Born in the Philippines in 1968. Moved to the United States with my family when I was three years old. Raised in Jersey City, New Jersey. Went to Catholic schools (St. Aedan's, St. Peter's Prep). Graduated college from Rensselaer in December 1990. Moved to Boston. Married Jenn in 1995.

I have two brothers, Ron and Renato. My Mom and Dad still live in New Jersey.

Jenn and I live in Arlington (a suburb of Boston). We have a daughter named Mia.

Yes, I write a blog. I've been writing Rick's Ramblings since 2001.

Jazz Guitar

May 31, 2019

Since January, I've been learning jazz guitar. Last December I had asked for and received an instructional DVD called No Nonsense Jazz Guitar by Jimmy Bruno. It...

Review: The Sympathizer

April 30, 2019

Viet Thanh Nguyen's 2015 novel The Sympathizer won The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2016. It is a remarkable mix of historical fiction and thriller, with elements...

Rethinking How I Watch Movies

March 31, 2019

Of late, I've been watching movies over multiple evenings. I watch a movie for an hour or so, then after a scene change, I'll stop it. I usually resume watching...

The Cars of My Life

February 28, 2019

I first learned to drive with my Dad's Chevrolet Chevelle in the mid 1980s. It was long, it was blue, and towards the end of its existence it belched out blue exhaust...

My 2018 Books and Movies

January 30, 2019

In 2018, I finished 31 books and watched 79 movies. My favorite fiction book from last year was Fatherland, by Robert Harris. It's crime-fiction set in a Germany...

Thoughts From My Lay Off

December 31, 2018

I was laid off in mid-January 2018, and it took me about a month and a half to find another job. It was a harrowing start to the year, but instructive nonetheless....

Review: Bohemian Rhapsody

November 30, 2018

I'm still in the sway of the movie Bohemian Rhapsody, the generous and loving bio-pic of the band Queen and Freddie Mercury, its lead singer. Rami Malek had the...

A Few Favorite Tweets

October 31, 2018

I have liked over 330 tweets on Twitter. I think a majority of them are sports-related. Of late, more and more of my favorites are images or video clips. Still,...


September 30, 2018

Earlier in the month, I was playing Texas Hold 'Em poker after work when I made a classic beginner's blunder. All of us were chatting and joking, amongst the betting...

I work in computers. At least that's how I put it when people ask me what I do. Below are some posts from my technical BLOG.

I'm the author of Learn Git in a Month of Lunches (Manning Publications).

Relearning JavaScript

February 3, 2016

For the past few weeks, I've been participating in Boston PHP's jQuery jAM. This virtual learning group is scheduled to run through the book Eloquent JavaScript,...

Learn Git in a Month of Lunches

May 28, 2014

I'm writing a book for Manning Publications called Learn Git in a Month of Lunches. It should be out early next year, but you can purchase a copy of the book via...

Praising "Code" by Charles Petzold

February 14, 2014

Last year (2013), I finished a most remarkable computer book titled Code. It's by Charles Petzold, who wrote the venerable Programming Windows 95, among many others....

Creating Top-Level Variables With CoffeeScript

June 23, 2013

I've been working on a small "Word Finder" game, mostly as exercise to learn CoffeeScript, a language that compiles down to JavaScript. CoffeeScript hides the tricky...

A View from a MOOC

November 22, 2012

I just recently finished taking an online course titled "Functional Programming Principles in Scala". The course was offered by Coursera, and it is an example of...

Indie Game: The Movie

June 24, 2012

Indie Game: The Movie (IGTM) is a documentary about independent game developers. When I saw the trailer in July 2011, I saw a shot of a real computer screen filled...

Making Wireless Work on a Dell D600 with Ubuntu

February 5, 2012

I recently inherited an old Dell Latitude D600 laptop, but the wireless wasn't working on it. After some investigation, I learned that it somehow didn't have a wireless...

Getting Twitter User IDs with PHP

November 26, 2011

When using the Twitter API's "Streaming API", you often have to pass in Twitter User IDs as arguments, rather than Twitter usernames (aka "screen name"). I wrote...

Getting PHP Debugging with XDebug Working (on Windows)

November 14, 2011

I've been learning about Drupal Module Development the past few weeks. I'm using the venerable "Definitive Guide to Drupal 7" and a few times in the module development...

Hiding HTML Using Data URIs and base64

May 29, 2011

I've been spending the past few evenings noodling with the HTML5 <canvas> element. I often bring up the HTML Canvas 2D Context Working Draft specification. The spec...

I'm a sports nut. I didn't used to be. But now I am. The links below will take you to posts from my sports blog.

Super Bowl LIII Pick

January 31, 2019

Easy. I pick the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl LIII.I'll admit that if the Kansas City Chiefs won that coin toss at the end of regulation, I could be picking...

NFC and AFC 2019 Picks

January 18, 2019

Here's my picks against the spread for the NFC and AFC championship games this weekend.The NFC game has the LA Rams against the New Orleans Saints, with the Saints...

NFL Divisional 2019 Picks

January 12, 2019

Here is the best weekend of the NFL. With the entrance of the 1 and 2 seeds, the playoffs just got serious. I was 2-2 last week (I was so wrong about those Texans)....

NFL Wildcard 2019

January 4, 2019

I'm excited for the start of the NFL playoffs! Here are my completely uneducated picks against the spread for this weekend's games.Saturday's games.Indianapolis...

ALCS and NLCS Picks

October 11, 2018

The teams are now lined up to complete in the American League Championship and National League Championship Series. Here are my predictions.The ALCS features the...

World Cup 2018 Final: Prediction

July 13, 2018

In the 2018 World Cup Final between France and Croatia, my mind predicts that that French will prevail, 3-1. However, during the match I'll be rooting for Croatia....

World Cup 2018 Prediction

June 30, 2018

Mexico! At work and on my FIFA predictions page, I've picked Mexico to win the World Cup this year.Of course, their road won't be easy. Thanks to some fantastic...

Stanley Cup: Rooting for the Caps

May 26, 2018

The Stanley Cup will be soon upon us. I'll be rooting for the Washington Capitals, a team I have cheered for as long as I could remember. My cousin lives in near...

Picks for the 2018 Conference Championships

January 15, 2018

We're on the cusp of the Super Bowl, or as I saw it on some Reddit: the Superb Owl.The AFC game is first, and it is a contest between the New England Patriots and...

The Surprising Celtics

November 22, 2017

I thought that the Celtics made a significant upgrade trading for Kyrie Irving in the off-season, but I never thought that this team would become the owners of this...

I have plenty of pictures at a bunch of places [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11], [12], but I primarily update Flickr and, more recently, Instagram.

On the New Tappan Zee

March 11, 2018

Outside Vegas in My Truck

November 16, 2017

Burger Joint Outside Vegas

November 16, 2017

Alma Mater (Columbia)

November 1, 2017

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster (Starring Aerosmith)

September 30, 2016

Walt Disney World Dophin

September 30, 2016

Boston Heat

November 8, 2015

Cloud Formation

October 31, 2015

The Quabbin

September 11, 2015

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