Midwest.JS Weekend Report

midwestjs-logo-400It’s been a while since I’ve given you guys an update on what I’ve been up to (Left Foot Right M is still forthcoming) but in the meantime, I figured I’d post this weekend report on a programming conference I was at recently.

Back in August, I had the opportunity to travel out to Minneapolis, Minnesota for a programming conference called Midwest.js. I’m not going to lie, the conference’s incredible name was about 25% responsible for my decision on attending. But one of the other major draws was its price, at $300 for three days including a full day workshop, it was probably one of the cheapest (if not the cheapest) conference in North America, especially considering what you got out of it. Speaking to many of the other attendees, this was also one of the main reasons they were attending. Who wants to spend $2000 to learn languages from Apple in San Fran, when you can get a much better taste of the current wave of Javascript frameworks for a fraction of the price?

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LFRAppStore_thumbIt’s on hold indefinitely. It turns out my computer can’t actually run the latest version of Xcode (Apple’s programming software for iOS) without getting ridiculously slow. Sooooo the next update would have to be when I get a better computer (and that might not be for a few years…). The good news is that I’ve started looking into what it would take to turn LEFT FOOT RIGHT into a web app so it can run on every device all the time. Let us all take a moment of silence to appreciate LFR iOS which made it all the way to version 1.41.

To the future!

Update to ScratchThat and other stuff


It’s been a minute since I’ve pushed significant updates to anything in my portfolio–but these past few weeks have been relatively quiet so here are some new things. ScratchThat, my forever in-progress DJ-for-everyone-on-the-site app, is slowly improving. I can’t say it’s ready to enter the open beta phase but it’s pretty useable (for anyone who wants to listen to primarily my picks, as well as their own).

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LFR 1.3 has arrived

Rosa Double ParksThis is the big one. It’s been several weeks since the last update to LFR but anyone who downloads/updates to the newest version will notice the substantial changes. Not only is there now a background menu slider which keeps track of new options like the player score, glossary, and a deck viewer–but FINALLY for the first time in over 2 years, new cards have been added to the game. Rejoice.

Oh, and download it here as always.

Hacking Health Recap

theSeer_coverartYou know how you know an album’s really epic? When you listen to it again a few years later and it’s somehow grown ten times in how huge it sounds. I’m referring to The Seer, which has popped back into my playlist again now that Swans has put out a new album just this week.

Something else I realized is that it’s been ten whole days since we attended Hacking Health for Kids @ SickKids and I haven’t yet written anything about it. Looking back, I wish I had taken more pictures throughout the event (though I assume plenty will emerge eventually) as all I really have to share are screenshots from the app we built.

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