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torrez
San Francisco, CA
I am a programmer living in San Francisco, CA
Interests: Pizza
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As I backed out I raised my hand to push the button on the garage door remote. The homeless man who had been laying next to our garage thought I was waving at him and he gave a small wave... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2013 at Andre's Notes
We were on a road trip a few weeks ago and I had an idea for an educational app I would build if I had time. You start the app before you take your trip and set your current location.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2013 at Andre's Notes
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For the past few months I have been using a time management method called The Pomodoro Technique. Despite the name it is a simple way to manage your work time. To follow it you: 1. decide on the task to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2013 at Andre's Notes
I posted this to Flickr earlier this evening, but some people wanted to know how I did it so here you go: If you are on a Mac the command you want to run to put a burger in your... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2013 at Andre's Notes
There is a quote you are probably familiar with from William Gibson: “The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed.” I like it for what it means, but I also like it because it is from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2013 at Andre's Notes
It’s been a couple days now since I [took a break from Twitter](http://notes.torrez.org/2013/03/when-i-quit-smoking.html). Here is a list of things I use to keep up with what is going on: * [http://nextdraft.com/](http://nextdraft.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ed102783e87fee61c1a534a9d&id=03730a427d&e=aa0d5b058f) (Not only informative but also funny.) * [http://thebrief.io/](http://thebrief.io/) (Thoughtful... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2013 at Andre's Notes
Just over ten years ago I quit smoking. I had tried for many years but the thing I realized is that you can only quit when you know it is time to quit. Like a lot of smokers I had... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2013 at Andre's Notes
A few months ago I was contemplating buying a subscription to a service when I was shown a screen that reminded me I could cancel at any time. I figured I could try it for a month and then cancel... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2013 at Andre's Notes
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I’d been wanting to get this Pibow Case for a while now. And I just found out a really good reason to: [Every Pibow ever made works with Lego](http://shop.pimoroni.com/blogs/news/7511856-pi-and-prejudice) Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2013 at Andre's Notes
[Less than two weeks ago](http://notes.torrez.org/2013/03/how-to-unsubscribe-from-thousands-of-subscriptions-in-google-reader.html) I whittled my 2,000 feeds to about 100. I had to do this in the piece of trash that Google Reader had become and it spurred that blog post about how to deal with its... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2013 at Andre's Notes
“But as the smiling face of the fastest-growing company in history, Mason was also a shield, a barrier between the press and Eric Lefkofsky, the co-founder and investor behind Groupon, and a man with a track record of creating hypergrowth... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2013 at Andre's Notes
Because I just figured this out after unsubscribing from over 2,000 sites I wanted to share how to do this. Going into Manage Subscriptions, selecting all, and then clicking unsubscribe **does not work**. You get an error “Oops. ..an error... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2013 at Andre's Notes
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“One day, I went to work — I live in SF and I have to commute to Mountain View and there are these shuttles — I went to the shuttle stop and I saw a line of not 10 people... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2013 at Andre's Notes
I am shuffling some ideas around in my head but I wanted to put down all the elements before I forget about it. I might revisit when I can form a better post. You might find some of these links... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2013 at Andre's Notes
1. A small service that collects a set of vetted RSS feeds and looks for Twitter style @mentions. I noticed Jason [credited me today](http://kottke.org/13/01/game-of-tag-has-been-going-for-23-years) and I didn’t notice until I saw it in my RSS reader. It would have been... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at Andre's Notes
Last night I did some research on static blog publishing. The winner for me was easily [Pelican](http://blog.getpelican.com) because: 1. it is built with Python. 2. it supports plugins. 3. it uses a sensible template engine I can tweak. 4. it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2013 at Andre's Notes
Having a conversation with [DantsyPants I had an idea](https://twitter.com/dantsypants/status/289877092169035776) . A giant storage place like you see on TV and by the freeway, but every thing I check-in is scanned and I can affix a price to it if I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2013 at Andre's Notes
How did your [Code Year](http://codeyear.com/) go? I hope well. But if you have unsubscribed from that mailing list or haven’t caught up to the lessons, I would like to share an idea I have for people who want to learn... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2013 at Andre's Notes
For Christmas I put [Snap Circuits](http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002AHQWS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=andretorrez-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0002AHQWS) on my wish list so that my son and I could start putting together circuits. He doesn't get most of it, but the little bits he does get (what certain components do, how things... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2013 at Andre's Notes
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This year [I will be listening to music from 1987](http://notes.torrez.org/2012/12/choose-what-i-listen-to-in-2013.html). It looks [like a good year](http://rateyourmusic.com/charts/top/album/1987). My wife and I went down that list talking about the bands that we loved and others we didn’t yet know. After clearing off... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2013 at Andre's Notes
For a couple years now (2010 and 2012) I have made a resolution to only listen to music released in that year. That is, I only listened to music that was new and had been released in that year. This... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2012 at Andre's Notes
Oh look, [a very nice article on the New York Times](http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/17/business/media/buffeted-by-the-web-but-now-riding-it.html) about Briam Lam’s [The Wirecutter](http://thewirecutter.com). (I rarely do this, but: [I was all over that last year](http://notes.torrez.org/2011/12/good-site-of-2011.html)!) Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2012 at Andre's Notes
“What Will Ad Tech Look Like Without Cookies?” This is a very interesting question raised on PandoDaily. I think a lot about ad serving and ad tech so this kind of stuff is always interesting to me. It reminded me... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2012 at Andre's Notes
I did a large amount of my Christmas shopping before our yearly vacation this year. And one thing I tried to do was order from places that weren’t Amazon. I did order a few things from Amazon, but I made... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2012 at Andre's Notes
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[Matt posted about Facebook vs. Twitter on Medium](https://medium.com/i-m-h-o/52a20d7a17de). We were talking the other day about this and I said something that occurred to me during our conversation. Facebook vs. Twitter is essentially real names vs user names. And it makes... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2012 at Andre's Notes