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.

Everything I Want?!

July 30, 2014

An old friend sent me a birthday greeting this year on Facebook. He said "Make sure you work on your bucket list." Yes, maybe I should. Tonight, I rummaged around...


Mowing and Weeding

June 30, 2014

For the past few years, I've been mowing and pulling the weeds in my lawn and shrubbery more regularly. Before this, our lawn and small garden would become overrun...


Anticipating "The Giver"

May 30, 2014

As the Summer movie season gets underway, the one movie I'm anticipating the most is "The Giver". "The Giver" is a book by Lois Lowry. My daughter had to read it...


Praising the Turkey Terrific

April 30, 2014

My favorite sandwich of the past many years is the Turkey Terrific from Neillio's in Lexington, MA. To describe it simply, the Turkey Terrific is a Thanksgiving...


Evaporate Faster

March 30, 2014

I do the dishes here at home. My wife cooks, and since I do not cook, I contribute by doing the dishes when I can. For the most part this involves putting dishes...


Cracked iPod

February 28, 2014

Last month, I cracked the glass on my iPod. For all the vaunted stories I've read about iPod's Gorilla Glass, the glass does crack if it falls from height. The glass...


My Books and Movies from 2013

January 31, 2014

In 2013, I only read 11 books, according to my list on LibraryThing. My favorite book was "Code", by Charles Petzold. In this fascinating book, he takes the intrepid...


A Secular Life

December 30, 2013

One of my favorite words is secular. One dictionary I have defines it "of or pertaining to the temporal rather than to the spiritual." Google's definition: "denoting...


An Immigrant's Gratitude

November 27, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Philippines, devastating the city of Tacloban on the island of Leyte. It was a worrisome time because I do have close and distant...


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.

This year, I've been writing Learn Git in a Month of Lunches for Manning Publications.

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...


Diving into HTML5

May 20, 2011

Like a lot of programmers, I've begun to wonder what all the fuss is about regarding HTML5. Casting about, I found Mark Pilgrim's fantastic tutorial on HTML5, appropriately...


I'm a sports nut. I didn't used to be. But now I am. My sports blog is on ESPN's SportsNation.

Final Four: Wisconsin versus Florida?

April 4, 2014

The Final Four is this coming weekend, and I am leading my small pool. My championship game selection was Wisconsin versus Virginia, because my youngest brother...


Super Bowl XLVIII: A Mugging in New Jersey

February 8, 2014

A few years ago, I wrote that defense generally wins Super Bowls [1], so I wince now at my prediction last week declaring that the number one offense of the Denver...


Super Bowl Pick: Denver Broncos

February 1, 2014

I predict that the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl, over the Seattle Seahawks. They will cover the spread. (As I write this, Denver is a 2.5 point favorite.)...


My Divisional Playoff Picks

January 11, 2014

This weekend, which some consider "the best weekend in football" (as do I), features the last eight teams vying for the AFC and NFC championships. Here are my picks...


The Rhythms of Basketball

December 4, 2013

If baseball were like basketball, each hitter would only get one swing against a pitcher. The winner would be which team scored the most 'runs' after the entire...


Red Sox on the Brink

October 30, 2013

I'm typing this the morning of Game 6 of the World Series between the Red Sox and the Cardinals. This Red Sox team has been immensely satisfying to watch throughout...


League Championship Series Picks

October 12, 2013

Baseball's League Championship Series are upon us. I'm well enthralled in the dramas, having feasted on exciting Division Series baseball featuring the Pittsburgh...


Reacquainting with the Red Sox

August 17, 2013

After the Stanley Cup ended in late June, a few local sports commentators remarked that we were now starting the dead zone of sports. This is defined as the long...


What I Watch When I Watch Hockey

June 20, 2013

The Boston Bruins are in the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks. I've been glued to the TV, watching and enjoying the best that this sport has to offer....


NBA Finals Prediction: Miami Heat

June 6, 2013

When Ray Allen got traded to the Miami Heat after the end of last season, I wasn't upset. He's looking out for himself, and I totally understand that. It's a team...


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.

Tall Cloud

August 8, 2014


DCA

May 30, 2014


Blue Shoes

April 13, 2014


Souvenirs for a Local

February 2, 2014


Glove and Tree Cookies

December 15, 2013


A Normal School

November 5, 2013


Ice Skating: Left Turns

September 16, 2013


Danny Lewin

September 11, 2013


Harvard's Student Organization Center

May 27, 2013


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