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.

Poker

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...


Push-Ups

August 31, 2018

When I was in high school, one professional athlete that caught my attention was Herschel Walker. He was a marquee football player for the New Jersey Generals (of...


My Favorite Vacations

July 31, 2018

Summer time is vacation time. In rough chronological order, here are the memorable vacations from my life. Philippines - When I was 10 my family and I spent a month...


Junkyard Dogs

June 30, 2018

I grew up near a trucking garage. Not fifty yards from our house, in a residential part of Jersey City, was an industrial garage. It was located at the end of a...


Ulysses Reading Diary

May 31, 2018

Over the long weekend I put together a small web page of diary entries I made while reading Ulysses, by James Joyce. It took me almost three years to finish this...


My Fiftieth Reckoning

April 30, 2018

There are two days in the year that we reckon with ourselves. Two days in which we take stock. Take measure. Those two days are New Years Day, and Birthdays. And...


A Book Update

March 31, 2018

My short e-book, I Couldn't Keep It To a Tweet, has been purchased exactly seven times since its publication in September 2017. I remember an interview I heard with...


Beginner Baker

February 28, 2018

For the past year or so I've been slowly learning how to bake. My first step was making breakfast waffles from a box mix. I was whisking water, eggs, waffle mix...


My 2017 Books and Movies

January 31, 2018

In 2017, I finished 26 books (see my profile on Goodreads). I finished some terrific books, including Chaos Monkeys (Antonio García Martínez), The Underground Railroad...


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.

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...


World Series Rooting Interest

October 23, 2017

I am going to root for the LA Dodgers in the 2017 World Series, though I will be happy with the Houston Astros winning it also.Once the Red Sox were eliminated (by...


Kicking Off Baseball's 2017 Post-Season

October 2, 2017

The Red Sox have won the American League East Division, despite losing their last series to the Houston Astros. The Sox will have to regroup quickly because the...


NHL Conference Playoff Picks

May 13, 2017

The NHL Playoffs are now reduced to four teams.In the Western Conference Finals, the Anaheim Ducks will play against the Nashville Predators. The Ducks are the Number...


My Final Four

March 17, 2017

As of right now, I'm ahead in my office March Madness Pool. I know better than to think this will translate to me winning the whole thing.My Final Four: Villanova,...


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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