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.

Memories of Holding a Baby

March 28, 2015

The last time I held a baby was November 2013. The baby was my wife's cousin's child, a boy just a few months old. My wife's cousin was in town for a reunion, and...

Remote Starter

February 27, 2015

From the second floor office where I work, I can turn my car on, using a remote starter. The tinted office window overlooks the parking lot, and I have a line of...

My 2014 Books and Movies

January 29, 2015

The list of 29 books I read last year are on LibraryThing. I also started an account on Goodreads, where I hope to keep the lists in sync. I read a lot of good books...

Seeing Beyond Ourselves

December 31, 2014

I'm reading the book "The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace" by Jeff Hobbs. Set in the late 1980s, it describes the life of Robert Peace, who managed to leave...

Puzzle Time

November 30, 2014

Over the past few years, a small tradition has formed in my house: the winter puzzle. My father-in-law will bring over a jigsaw puzzle for Thanksgiving, and during...

Relishing Potter

October 31, 2014

For the past few months I've been enjoying the Harry Potter series. I am nearing the finish of Book 3 ("Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"). The books are...

Sick Day

September 29, 2014

I had to call in sick this morning. My third sick day this year. The first two were in late February. Before this year, however, I've rarely called in sick. Despite...

Finding Oceanic

August 30, 2014

Sometimes I have to pinch myself: technology can be amazing. A few months ago, I ate lunch with some co-workers at Royal India Bistro, a fine Indian restaurant in...

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...

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. The links below will take you to posts from my sports blog.

March Madness: Predictions

March 18, 2015

Like most of the nation, I'll be picking the prohibitive favorite Kentucky to win the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. I like rooting for perfection. It is...

That Winning Feeling

February 6, 2015

It feels great to be posting a winning BLOG entry on the New England Patriots' Super Bowl victory.  Like many New England fans, I was greatly affected by the...

Super Bowl XLIX: Patriots

January 29, 2015

My prediction for this Sunday's Super Bowl XLIX is Patriots 38, Seahawks 28. It'll be a game that gets right down to the last quarter, and I predict I will be...

Retiring from Ice Hockey (Repost)

January 22, 2015

This post originally appeared on my BLOG (October 30, 2002). I threw out my old ice hockey equipment today. In 1993, I took up the game of ice hockey, and I...

Melting Italian Ice (Repost)

January 22, 2015

This post originally appeared on my BLOG (February 21, 2006).  Barbara Fusar Poli and Maurizio Margaglio are the Italian 2006 Olympic ice dancing team (the Italians...

The Toll of Being a Fan (Repost)

January 19, 2015

This post originally appeared on my BLOG (November 12, 2006). I woke up this morning after a fitful night of sleep. I dreamt that the New England Revolution...

Seeing Tiger (Repost)

January 19, 2015

This post originally appeared on my BLOG (August 20, 2003). Yesterday, I saw Tiger Woods at a golf tournament. He was in Norton, Massachusetts, at the Deutsche...

Ice Skating (Repost)

January 19, 2015

This post originally appeared on my BLOG (December 11, 2004). There is now an ice skating rink in the Eiffel Tower. That's right, in the Eiffel Tower itself....

Rise of Patriots Nation (Repost)

January 19, 2015

This post originally appeared on my BLOG (January 1, 2004). When the Red Sox lost Game 7 way back on October 16, 2003, I was put into a sports depression. The...

Baptism Into Red Sox Nation (Repost)

January 19, 2015

This post originally appeared on my BLOG (October 19, 2003). I feel as if I'm now fully recovered from the awful Red Sox loss to the Yankees in Game 7 of the...

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.

Snow: After Cleaning

February 19, 2015

Snow: Before Cleaning

February 19, 2015

Super Bowl XLIX

February 5, 2015

Marcus Aurelius

November 4, 2014

S.75 AL America One

November 4, 2014


November 4, 2014

A. David Mazzone Park

September 20, 2014

Tall Cloud

August 8, 2014


May 30, 2014

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