Battling Google Calendar Spam

IF THERE’S ONE THING I HATE, IT’S SPAM! There’s no such thing as a good kind of spam, unless it’s made by Hormel. The latest thing I’ve fallen victim to has been the random and annoying Google Calendar events about making money. I mean, COME ON, my schedule is clearly busy enough without all this crap!

Actual screenshot of my busy, busy lifestyle. Soldiers not included.

If you wanna know what you can do about it, read on.

Daily Regex: Google Analytics Tracking IDs

This won’t be a daily thing. But I just put together a quick Google Analytics Tracking ID for one of the apps I’m putting together. You know, to make sure you enter the correct one. It’s super easy.

function isGoogleAnalyticsTrackingId(id) {
var pattern = /^UA-\d{2,}-\d{1,2}$/;
return pattern.test(id);

Now, I’m sure you, astute readers, will be able to pick apart any errors in this. So, have at it!

He Said, She Said


I composed this piece back in 2007 I think. Really, I just sat down and played piano a lot and turned each piece into an entire 15-minute suite.

I was asked by a friend a while back to score a piece he was working with. I sent this as a sort of, “Here’s the ideas I got. If you like it let me know and I can clean it all up for you.” There are a lot of little finger flubs cos I didn’t write any of it down. Also, if anyone asks me to play this, I couldn’t. Because I never wrote it down.

But anyway, here it is. And I hope you enjoy it.

He Said, She Said

Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now

starshipWell this was fun to do. Sarah and I recorded this version of that classic Starship song “Nothing’s Going Stop Us Now” like, sometime in 2013. It was fun. And I sat on the masters because the piano just sounded horrible. But I eventually got it right. And then I forgot to upload it for like a year. Anyway, I really hope you enjoy it. It was a fun collaboration.

Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now

Jason Vertucio: Guitar, Vox, Piano
Sarah Meeres: Vox, guitar arrangement

(image by Mike C, used without permission)

Another reason why I hate Android

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I’m sitting here at work wondering why this Mobile Framework that I’m developing works flawlessly on my iOS Simulator and on my iPhones and iPad, but literally doesn’t even have my stylesheets on Android.

Turns out—ready for this?

Turns out that I stash my framework in a folder called _framework. And you’ll never guess which folder of files wasn’t reading!

Seriously. Everyone goes on and on about how Android is better than the mobile Apple OS.

  1. I hate programming for every splintered version out there (over 30% are still running such an obsolete, two versions ago version of Android)
  2. I hate that I literally wasted three hours trying to figure out that when I renamed _framework to framework everything worked fine! IT DIDN’T WORK BECAUSE OF A STUPID UNDERSCORE. AND NOW IT WORKS.
  3. Actually, that’s a lie. Because now I’m getting errors with DOM elements not being found, even though there they are in my Chrome Desktop environment, and also on all the iOS devices!!!!!!!


iOS, I love you. I love you because you take the time to be as stable as possible. You run on, at most, six different devices.  And people don’t say of you, “Just don’t upgrade the OS.” And I love you because when I program something for you, I don’t have to worry about you not working.

For all interested, once I’ve had a successful deployment of this MOB Framework, I will release it. Maybe you’ll try it out. Maybe you’ll love it.

I’m redoing this site

So, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the site looks a little different. I started putting together a theme and next thing I knew it was six hours later. I haven’t even eaten dinner, and I have to go to bed now.

So anyway, a few of the reasons for the new look are, (a) I hated the old theme’s way of making the blog sections just an “archive” with “excerpts” instead of full posts, (b) I just wanted to make my own theme for my own site, (c) it’ll be easier to add new things since I’m not constrained by the previous theme’s design, and (d) I wanted my old eyes to be able to read the damn text.

I’m not much of a web designer, so the page will look very simple. And the bottom even states, page “design” by. I’ll get around to the rest of it later on. This theme is not yet responsive, so when you look on your phone you’ll be all WTF I HAVE TO SCROLL THROUGH ALL THIS?! but it’s okay because I’ll get it all fixed up and pretty for you.

Well, maybe not pretty, but at least doable on a mobile phone.