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.

My 2015 Books and Movies

January 31, 2016

I finished 34 books last year. I posted them on Goodreads. I read a bunch of books that were made into popular (and current) movies: The Martian (Andy Weir), The...


A California Christmas

December 28, 2015

On Christmas day this year, the temperature was nearly 70 degrees (Fahrenheit). It was an unusually warm day, capping off a series of warm weeks that Massachusetts...


Wear and Tear

November 30, 2015

When I empty the dishwasher, whenever possible I make sure to put the newly cleaned dishes under the ones that are already stacked in our cabinet. I feel this evens...


Praising "In Our Time"

October 30, 2015

"In Our Time" is my favorite podcast. The show is a brisk 40-45 minute discussion on all manner of subjects: history, art, literature, and science. The host is Melvyn...


Product Placement

September 30, 2015

I pulled my 2007 Subaru Legacy sedan into the Panera parking lot. It was a short distance to the door, but it was raining. I pulled up the hood of my New England...


Beating an Addictive Game

August 31, 2015

In July I started playing "Can You Get to Twenty" on my iPhone. It's a pairs matching game that is very simple to understand, and you can play it in a web browser...


U-Haul People

July 31, 2015

I refilled a propane tank at a nearby U-Haul, where people seem always to be in transition. I saw a woman alone, her car filled with belongings. Was she returning...


Becoming An Adult

June 30, 2015

My wife and I were chatting about money one day. It's a frequent touch point: the everlasting discussion about money. My daughter was with us, and she asked "Is...


Neal Stephenson

May 31, 2015

I attended a book signing event for the author Neal Stephenson. His new book Seveneves was just released, and he was on tour promoting it. He's written over a dozen...


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.

I'm the author of Learn Git in a Month of Lunches (Manning Publications).

Relearning JavaScript

February 3, 2016

For the past few weeks, I've been participating in Boston PHP's jQuery jAM. This virtual learning group is scheduled to run through the book Eloquent JavaScript,...


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...


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.

My Super Bowl Pick: Panthers

February 5, 2016

Super Bowl 50 is nearly upon us! As I type this out, the Carolina Panthers are 5.5 point favorites over the Denver Broncos. Take the Panthers. I do not think...


Conference Championship Picks

January 23, 2016

There are only two games this weekend: the AFC Championship and the NFC Championship. Here are my picks (against the Vegas spread). New England Patriots (-3)...


Divisional Playoffs Picks

January 14, 2016

Someone once mentioned to me that the NFL Divisional Playoffs provide the best NFL football weekend. I'd agree. Every team and every game is a must-watch (though...


Wildcard Weekend Picks

January 8, 2016

The 2015-2016 NFL playoff season is upon us. Well, it's upon me, actually: I have been meaning to post my picks for this wildcard weekend. Shall we? (The favorite...


Rooting for the Mets

October 31, 2015

I posted this on Reddit, at the start of the 2015 NLCS between the NY Mets and the Chicago Cubs. I'll be rooting for the NY Mets. In 1986, I was a freshman...


Between Football Seasons

September 19, 2015

Week 2 of the NFL has already started, and my sports mind is now feeling recovered from football's offseason. It helped that the New England Patriots played and...


NBA Finals Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers

June 4, 2015

I'll be rooting for the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James to win the NBA Championship, which starts tonight.  Maybe this is a function of being a very mild...


NHL Stanley Cup: Rooting for Tampa Bay

June 3, 2015

The Stanley Cup Finals start tonight, and I'll be rooting for the Tampa Bay Lightning.  The Chicago Blackhawks are the favorites, but I like when an underdog...


MayPac

May 1, 2015

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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...


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.

Boston Heat

November 8, 2015


Cloud Formation

October 31, 2015


The Quabbin

September 11, 2015


Bicycle Rack in Madison

August 9, 2015


Piscataqua River Bridge

July 17, 2015


Arlex Oil Corp.

May 22, 2015


Snow: After Cleaning

February 19, 2015


Snow: Before Cleaning

February 19, 2015


Super Bowl XLIX

February 5, 2015


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