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Because I’ve been so busy with school and a new job and an apartment fire, I haven’t posted in a while.  Here’s a quick instruction paper that I wrote for my technical writing class.

If you’re already an Android programmer, this guide won’t help you much.  This is just a tutorial to help you get a “hello world” project set up in Android Studio.

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I have a lot of saved posts on Reddit.  The problem with that is that there are SO many posts that I don’t want to even go through them to find that one post that I saved for later a month ago.  Not only that, there’s also a limit to how many saved posts you can have per account (I think 1000).  A lot of the posts I had saved a year+ ago are now gone. 
So I wrote a tool that will pull all of your saved posts, and let you either copy them to another account or export them to a file (html/csv).  It also lets you export them based on which subreddit they are in, which domain they link to, etc.  Just select the row that you want to filter, check “Match selected rows,” and you’re set.  NOW I can save all of my r/food posts to my Evernote, for example (export to HTML, save that file as a note).  I don’t have to worry about losing my precious posts again. :)
This was a lot of fun for me because I’ve never worked with the Reddit API (or ANY API other than my own, really), so I learned a lot in that area.  It was mostly a personal project, but I took some time to clean it up and comment the code the best I could so somebody else might benefit from it.
I have it hosted here on github.  The actual binary files are in the downloads section.  There’s also an example HTML file that has some exported posts.

I have a lot of saved posts on Reddit.  The problem with that is that there are SO many posts that I don’t want to even go through them to find that one post that I saved for later a month ago.  Not only that, there’s also a limit to how many saved posts you can have per account (I think 1000).  A lot of the posts I had saved a year+ ago are now gone. 

So I wrote a tool that will pull all of your saved posts, and let you either copy them to another account or export them to a file (html/csv).  It also lets you export them based on which subreddit they are in, which domain they link to, etc.  Just select the row that you want to filter, check “Match selected rows,” and you’re set.  NOW I can save all of my r/food posts to my Evernote, for example (export to HTML, save that file as a note).  I don’t have to worry about losing my precious posts again. :)

This was a lot of fun for me because I’ve never worked with the Reddit API (or ANY API other than my own, really), so I learned a lot in that area.  It was mostly a personal project, but I took some time to clean it up and comment the code the best I could so somebody else might benefit from it.

I have it hosted here on github.  The actual binary files are in the downloads section.  There’s also an example HTML file that has some exported posts.

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I’m taking a software engineering class, and for our group project we had to come up with a piece of software and then design it over the semester.  My biggest problem with the class was that it doesn’t actually get into any programming;  It just covers the processes behind software creation (Agile Software Development, the Waterfall Method, Use Case diagrams, etc).  That’s fun and all (and important), but I like doing the actual dirty work instead of talking about doing the dirty work.
So, here’s Tippa.  We decided on a really basic program so our diagrams and such wouldn’t be overly complicated throughout the semester.  I thought it’d be pretty a pretty easy app for Android, so I threw it together in a little over a day.  It wasn’t that bad, but there were still some things that slowed my progress down.
Anyway, Tippa helps you calculate tips based off of different percentages.  You can then split the check between different people and it will tell you the total.  It also has a tip suggestion screen that gives you general guidelines for tipping different people (Delivery, taxi, bar, etc).  That’s about it.  Yeah, I know, there are millions of tip calculators out there, but it was fun and easy and it gave me a chance to use ViewPagers and some other things I’ve never used before.  So get it NOW!!!!!
Google Play (or Market or whatever it is) Link Here!

I’m taking a software engineering class, and for our group project we had to come up with a piece of software and then design it over the semester.  My biggest problem with the class was that it doesn’t actually get into any programming;  It just covers the processes behind software creation (Agile Software Development, the Waterfall Method, Use Case diagrams, etc).  That’s fun and all (and important), but I like doing the actual dirty work instead of talking about doing the dirty work.

So, here’s Tippa.  We decided on a really basic program so our diagrams and such wouldn’t be overly complicated throughout the semester.  I thought it’d be pretty a pretty easy app for Android, so I threw it together in a little over a day.  It wasn’t that bad, but there were still some things that slowed my progress down.

Anyway, Tippa helps you calculate tips based off of different percentages.  You can then split the check between different people and it will tell you the total.  It also has a tip suggestion screen that gives you general guidelines for tipping different people (Delivery, taxi, bar, etc).  That’s about it.  Yeah, I know, there are millions of tip calculators out there, but it was fun and easy and it gave me a chance to use ViewPagers and some other things I’ve never used before.  So get it NOW!!!!!

Google Play (or Market or whatever it is) Link Here!

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Songwriters On Process Interview

A great look at the creative process in music from one of my favorite singers/songwriters/multi-instrumentalists, Matt Embree.  

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The RX Bandits sound fuses elements of rock, reggae, ska, and jazz.  Their multi-dimensional approach should come as no surprise, though, once you understand the creative process of songwriter Matt Embree. He writes all the time, and not just songs: Embree is an avid poet. And like any good poet, he finds inspiration everywhere.  He doesn’t necessarily seek out inspiration, but he puts himself in situations where it comes easily: he’s gone on a 2,000 mile motorcycle ride, and he’s hitchhiked all throughout Central America. When you engage with your environment as much as Embree does - whether it’s the physical environment of the wilderness or the people in a small village in Costa Rica - inspiration is easy to come by. And the songs that are the product of that creative process are rich in their influences.

RX Bandits are now on their farewell summer tour, though according to band member Steve Choi, they aren’t breaking up.  Rather, they are just doing their last tour.  So have no fear, RX Bandits fans, they will not disappear. Read my interview with Matt Embree after the video.

   What other creative outlets do you have besides songwriting?

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It is with an incredible sadness that I relay this news. The band that started it all for me and who were so instrumental in the creation of what has now become Sargent House. The one, the only, the great loves of my musical life, RX Bandits have decided that this Summer’s US tour will…

Oh, man.  This is such a bummer.  These guys put on the best shows I’ve ever seen.  I don’t think I know of any bands that can fill the void that they will leave behind.  :(

There’s no way I’m going to miss their last show in SLC.