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Monkeying around with awesome!
  • @ThatKevinSmith but it does make others give you a wide berth which is a pretty good effect of yelling "YO, SModCo!"
    10 months 2 weeks ago
  • Throwing it into the way back machine ==> The Choice is Yours : Black Sheep
    10 months 2 weeks ago
  • Finally Sparrow has a major update --> AIRMAIL! :: Now in the Apple App Store
    10 months 2 weeks ago
  • Santa Cruz Web Developers Group meeting in 10 minutes @ NextSpace Santa Cruz - 101 Cooper St.
    10 months 2 weeks ago
  • I have retread the first three books, but have not seen the third season. It still gets me. Martiin is brilliant!
    10 months 2 weeks ago

Closures -- Really not that hard

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 01:00 -- Darren

Closures can be difficult to understand when most of your JavaScript programming is based on making simple calls to jQuery functions or other framework calls. It must be said that it does not need to be difficult to understand. Simply put (from a programmers POV), a closure is an object that references a function and the environment in which it has been constructed.

Silly monkey say what? I will use a simple closure I found on the Mozilla Developer Network (MDN) that explains what I mean more plainly. Let’s consider the following function:

Higgs Boson announced 2012, July 4th

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 09:56 -- Darren

NPR came over the airwaves with the announcement of the Higgs boson and I got all excited, which got others around me confused. The questions poured and I did my lackluster best to describe the affect that had been proposed by Higgs in the 60's. I successfully passed without calling it the "God particle", at which point NPR kindly filled that in which prompted more questions.

PHD Comics did a much better job of explaining this, than I ever could (or did). Enjoy!

Site Launch :: Odden Creative Media

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 15:48 -- Darren

I recently was able to get a functional version of the Odden Creative Media site up and online. This site is designed using the responsive design parent theme, Omega, and built using HTML5 & CSS3 design elements. This allows for it be viewed across all platforms, but perhaps not all browsers. IE6 has been left in its grave where it rightly deserves to be, and some of the styling may view slightly differently based on browser.

Site Soft relaunch

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 12:23 -- Darren

I have pulled the trigger and have relaunched the Monkey Code. I have been hosting on AWS and when unaware and creating Micro Clusters, you can find that you are running a number of instances and suddenly, your out of pocket goes up. I pulled myself back down to three Micro Clusters for each of my main sites, but I am now consolidating even more.

Updates and changes are coming!

Thu, 12/15/2011 - 18:08 -- Darren

I know everyone is on their toes awaiting a system overhaul for The Monkey Code, L7 Web Design and what will be coming. (I am not certain many even know this is going on :^D ) Know that when this is complete structural changes will be made, system changes are happening, and documenting each of these changes will also occur. I am excited and will be happier when I have finished with these changes.

Part Two: Dead Gentlemen Productions and JourneyQuest

Wed, 08/03/2011 - 10:39 -- Darren

The Production Co.
Dead Gentlement Productions
It has been sometime and my client work had to take precedence. I did a write up about The Gamers 2.0: Dorkness Rising last month and realized it was time to get myself back on this second round of the article. As you may remember, Dead Gentlemen Productions has been producing shows, videos, under the Creative Commons License NC SA 3.0. The most recent project that they have shot and produced, with quite a bit of success and longing by its fans is JourneyQuest.


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Amazon Web Service Setup

A travelogue to the EC2 motherland.

After working years with dedicated servers, a virtual host was not serving most of my needs. What ensues is a search for the right solution that Amazon is able to provide.

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EC2 EBS Setup
EC2 EBS Mounts

Monkey Shines

  • Development

    PHP, Java, Cocoa, C#, jQuery, ExtJS

  • Data Architecture

    SQL, NoSQL, File Systems

  • Design

    Photoshop, Illustrator, UI, UX

  • Code Structure

    Frameworks, version control, open source, close source

Play with different technologies, learn new possibilities, push the limits of the current thinking of development and maybe even share what is learned. This can be a multi-directional conversation and it is encouraged that those who want or need to share what they know, to do so!