Best of 2015: Documentaries

It was a great year for the docu, TV Series or film, and opened our minds to great tragedies, social injustices, and the criminal justice system. Here are my can't miss docu's from the past year.

5. Amy

Everything she sang about was true.

4.The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

This story takes place in the county I grew up in, Westchester. A great true crime story, and one hell of a ride.

3. Making a Murderer

Steven Avery was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault and spent 18 years in prison. Less than two years later, he is charged with the murder of Teresa Halbach. He is convicted of murder in the first-degree and sentenced to life in prison largely based off coerced testimony from his then 16-year-old nephew.

2. Tyke Elephant Outlaw

Watch this if you need a reason to never support animal captivity again.

1.Winter On Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom

Social change is happening all over the world. As we continue to become more connected, events like this will send ripple effects to other parts of the world.

This is my pick for top docu of the year.

Tags:best of 2015documentaries

Posted:Dec. 31, 2015, 2:26 p.m.

A Year of Music

It started with Music last year, that Lane 8 Mix is still one of my favorite mixes. Every time I listen to it I can't help but think back to our first road trip down to Coachella. Since then I've been building up playlists as the months roll on. It's a bit nostalgic and theraputic; I hope you've enjoyed some of them along the way.

To mark a full year of playlists is another one with my favorite tracks from this past year.


Listening to:A Year of Music


Posted:May 3, 2015, 12:14 a.m.

It's Not Delivery. It's California Cooking.

We've been cooking alot here in SF. With all the fresh produce and free range anything, its hard to resist!

Ina Garten's How Easy Is That? has been an invaluable resource. I highly recommend picking up a copy. The kitchen is fully stocked with all her books, but How Easy Is That? is a great starting point. Bolognese. Trust me. Oh, and Sliders, too.

The New York Times has also been a great source for recipes. Simplest Roast Chicken is one of the easiest, tastiest dishes I've ever cooked. Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper and you're done. Recipe here. I like to cook it with a veggie; you can't beat fresh green beans in a Teriyaki Sauce or baby carrots in a honey glaze.

The recipes are countless, but don't limit yourself to just whats in the recipe, change it up a bit!

Cooking with fresh ingredients is a lot of fun, but it's a lot work. The shopping list every week, the Whole Foods run, and the "I need to stop at Trader Joes on the way home from work because I forgot to grab the basil" trips, make everything all the more tasty.

But Liz is out of town for the weekend, so I'll be ordering a pizza from Long Bridge.

Do you have any fav's? Leave links to recipes in the comments.

The Bolognese bolognese

Sliders sliders

Simplest Roast Chicken simplest roast chicken

Listening to:March 2015


Posted:March 28, 2015, 3:38 a.m.

Twitter changed my life

...and now I'm using it to help others.

March 2011, I had been on Twitter for 2 years. I'll admit I was one of the ones who thought it nothing more than an alternative to the away message on your Aol Instant Messanger. But that's not how I think about it today.

Today, Twitter has created connections that I take advantage of on an almost daily basis. I even have Twitter to thank for my current job, seriously. It's a great service if you're connected with the right audience.

That being said, I'm currently running a service called It's primary goal is to get more followers. Since flipping the switch back in September, I've gone from 300 -> 3800, thats about a 1300% increase in 6 months.

When the service was first started, it was nothing more than a python script. It was then turned into, a pay as you go service to get more followers everyday.

I'm sure you've seen those sites on Google that promise to give you an extra 5000 followers by the end of the week. Those don't work, it's just a ton of spam accounts setup simply to inflate your following count. The number might feel good but when you look at your list of followers and realize its all porn bots and spammers you'll soon regret your decision.

Followme excels at creating real connections with users on Twitter who you otherwise might have missed. It's created freelance and other business opportunities that I wouldn't have made without it.

Sign up for a 10 day free trial. If you enjoy it, use this coupon code, BLOG25, to get 25% off your first month when you start your paid plan.

I'd love to hear how Twitter has influenced your life and where you think you would be today without it.

Listening to:Panama - Always EP


Posted:Feb. 8, 2014, 3:23 a.m.


I've always programmed while listening to music, and I tend to listen to it when I write. I thought it would be fun to add a section to the posts where I put a link to what I was listening to while writing. Look for it below in this and upcoming posts.

Something simple. Enjoy :)

Listening to:Lane 8 #ABGT Guest Mix


Posted:Feb. 6, 2014, 12:51 a.m.

Django admin CSS

During the process of creating this blog I made the decision to use Django Admin as the backend for the it. I knew it had its short-comings, but that didn't really matter. I'm not even really sure what I mean by shortcomings, as it's proven time and time again to be as flexible as I need it to be for something as simple as a CMS.

Anyway, I had wanted to customize the CSS of the /admin/ section and found myself going all over the place trying to find the correct process to do so. It entailed the django docs and some stack overflow sifting. So I figured I'd just put it all in once place here.

The first step is to copy the system installed static files (css, js, images) to your app. You'll want to run

$ python collectstatic --noinput

This will copy those files to your local app, and you can pretty much remove everything except for whats in /admin. I found it easier to move the files from my apps folder into the /public folder.

You'll also want to make sure you have the Static Files setting setup


If you use apache to handle your static files, when you do that you dont have add an additional Alias to handle the admin/css, admin/js, etc.. folders as they'll already be covered under your /public route.

Most of the styles will be under /css/base.css

I was tempted to convert the CSS to LESS to make it a bit more organized, but things are already broken down fairly nicely, and I felt I wasn't going to be editing all that much to put the time into doing so.

Here's my flattened result:


Posted:Feb. 6, 2014, 12:27 a.m.

Steve Jobs On Product Development

Tags:steve jobs

Posted:Feb. 4, 2014, 11:53 p.m.

Bill Nye vs Ken Ham

Bill Nye, The Science Guy debates Ken Ham on whether or not creationism has a place in science today.

I had a few problems with this while the livestream was going on. And had to refresh every few seconds. I wanted to take the time to finish watching it. It's astonishing that Bill Nye took the time to do this. I noticed that he calls himself a scientest, corrects himself then refers to himself as a "reasonable man".

They even start to discuss, "What is conciousness?". Really cool stuff.

Its almost 3 hours long, but worth the watch.


Posted:Feb. 4, 2014, 11:28 p.m.

Simple Lists With Less

Ever need to make a list of comma separated values but always have that last "," at the end?

Here's some code I've been reusing for a while, including on this blog.


.tags {
  margin-bottom: 0px;

span + span { &:before { content: ", " } } }


<div class="tags"> 
  {% for tag in post.tags.all %}<span>{{ tag }}</span>{% endfor %}


Posted:Oct. 27, 2013, 4:54 p.m.