Integrating Rifftrax Audio Into Movies

RiffTrax is a project by the actors behind MST3K. While they specialize in Sci-Fi B-Movies, they also offer “Just the Jokes": riff tracks that play over traditional Hollywood movies you’ve seen before. The tracks are traditionally played on a secondary device - you’re watching the movie and playing the provided MP3 file via some other means and doing your best to keep the two in sync with the provided sound cues. [Read More]

Scope Creep

I have a brand new home office setup. This all started when I planned to build a bed - a bed that doesn’t exist and that won’t be finished any time soon. How did things come to this? It was a series of small changes, each of which seemed reasonable at the time: Back in December, I started planning to build a bed. I ordered the hardware but not the wood (more on that later). [Read More]

The Importance of "No"

A tremendous amount of time, money, and effort goes towards training people how to get software jobs. Once someone has been hired, however, too often they are left on their own. Good workplaces pair new engineers with mentors (and if the new hire is fortunate enough to be paired with someone passionate about mentoring, the results can be good). For those who know where to look there are a number of good books which can help, but for the rest there are a number of lessons that are usually learned the hard way. [Read More]