riderofrohan0

iOS and Web Developer. Renaissance Geek (comics, sci-fi, fantasy, movies). Armchair sociologist, runner, and dodgeballer.


Villians

If you’ve never talked to me about movies you should know one thing: I believe the most compelling movies is a great villain. Oh yeah, good heroes are great but they are only astounding with great villains. Luke Skywalker is not as good without Vader, Indiana Jones isn’t as compelling without Nazis, Atticus Finch just doesn’t have that same punch without racism (okay maybe not the last example). So… I’m curious. What makes your favorite ...(Read More)

Guide to Namibia

I went on a recent trip (October-November 2019) to Namibia a beautiful country on the southern side of Africa. Honestly, it wasn’t really on my radar until somebody suggested it as a location to go and it had a a diverse set of awesome activities to do. The country divorced itself from South Africa in the 90s and is this huge mostly empty country. The highlights include safari animals (lions, elephants, etc), delicious sea food ...(Read More)

Why Avatar the Last Airbender has the best and worst ending all at the same time

If you’ve never seen the show Avatar: The Last Airbender, go watch it. It’s an excellent overall show that has amazing set of characters, fun action, a cool world, and compelling storyline. I’m going to spoil the fuck out of it. I just recently watched the show with my girlfriend Mel. We watched it slowly but with a regular cadence. This is pretty different from the first time I saw it when it was coming ...(Read More)

Date Formatting

Date and Time Formatting are an annoyingly cumbersome topic for most engineers and designers. There’s various combinations of date and time that we can show to people and honestly I’ve found there’s a few things that we can do to avoid confusion. This blog post covers the standard Gregorian calendar involving formatting. When talking about other systems like the Japanese imperial system or the Buddhist calendar then we’ve got a more complicated system in place. ...(Read More)

Working too hard

What I’ve been up to If you haven’t seen me in the past few months there’s been a reason. I got invested into the idea of a promotion at work. I’m currently a “Senior Software Engineer” which is considered a “terminal” level for Software Engineers. It means you’re smart, effective, and can build things. Many people will never make it past this in their career. The next level is “Staff Engineer”. It could be a ...(Read More)