Another inspiring day at work in the life of a technology enthusiast in the year 2012.
Today I ran the social media stream for the iFixit twitter account while the Dozuki team (specifically Kyle Wiens) pitched the product at DEMO Spring 2012. It was really fun. I had a good setup on my two-screen setup at my desk, and I kept a pretty decent stream of content flowing the whole time.
After the initial presentation, I did some follow-up tweets and then decided to hold a giveaway contest: a free custom-laser-engraved iFixit 54 Bit Driver Kit to a randomly selected retweeter/mentioner of @Dozuki. I received a stack of entries, picked one at random by opening a separate browser tab for each entry, then tabbing through each with my head turned until I lost any notion of which tab I was on then stopped. I chose a gentleman from Portugal (who was a very happy and gracious winner), engraved his custom message with the laser cutter, and put it in a box and shipped it out. It was easy to do. I hope he enjoys it; no one else has a custom-engraved kit like that in the iFixit-sphere.
I got a free avocado from a new girl at work. We were chatting in the kitchen about this and that, and she offered it to me. Oops, and I forgot to take it out of my briefcase when I got home. I’ll just do that now…
This post is about what I want digitalRyan.com to become.
I hadn’t quite thought about it to the fullest extent that I should (and probably never will), but I really ought to give some serious thinking time to what I want to accomplish with my own web domain.
Historically, I have wanted to host a website with the intention of showing off things that I found on the web. At the age of 11, I was designing HTML pages with Frontpage with all my Simpsons GIFs, WAV files, and writing Virtual Springfield walkthroughs… all for naught because I didn’t know how to register a domain much less get the content online. I resorted to very crappy Geocities sites which didn’t provide a fraction of as much creativity power that I possess now with all I’ve learned since then.
So now that I know how to publish a site with all the cool-looking widgets about my Twitter feed, Twitpics contributions, foursquare check-ins and badges, and blog posts… what next?
I want to detail the plans I have for my House of the Future (home automation with Aruduino, X10, and other electronics), so I suppose that’s a place to start.
I registered a Dozuki site on a subdomain to create online guides for God-knows-what, so I could work on authoring some sweet step-by-steps to show people how to do something.
I am passionate about a great many topics, some more controversial than others. I could start writing about those. Problem is, I don’t want to ostracize myself from certain social groups because of ideologies. It’s not that I’m ashamed. I just realize there is a time and place for all kinds of discussions and I don’t like being bombarded with people’s beliefs so I won’t do it to others.
I’m still in school – I’m using the back end of my site to practice in my web design class. CSS and XHTML is much easier to test when it’s live on a site and you can upload quickly via FTP.
So what to do? I guess I have all kinds of options. As Yogi Berra said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”