First Look at Dog

At the Boston Comic Con, I got to meet a comic book artist in the Boston area named Jay Kennedy. I pitched him my character named, “Dog”. Dog is the subject of some children stories and a board game that I have been working on in my copious spare time. I commissioned a color sketch drawn at the con based on the description from my pitch. Jay called me up a couple of hours later to show me what he had created. This is the first look at Dog… stay tuned. You probably are going to hear a lot more about this character in the coming months.

First Dog

Thanks, Jay!

 

Mesmerized by Frank Miller at Boston Comic Con

Hearing the origins of the Dark Knight as told by the legendary Frank Miller at Boston Comic Con 2016. I got very lucky to be able to watch his panel discussion along with Brian Azzarello. They turned Batman from a low-selling comic to a huge success with The Dark Knight Returns.

Frank Miller at Boston Comic Con
Frank Miller at Boston Comic Con

Frank shared his key to success. He suggests finding a character that no one is writing about or has a bad reputation and turn it around. He said, “Look for a loser, make it shine, and you will be a winner.” This is how he found Batman in the 1980’s – at the bottom of the ratings.

Open Source IoT Debug Tool for ThingSpeak and Particle

Often when building IoT projects, you end up wondering what data is being sent to a cloud service like ThingSpeak. The IoT Debugger tool allows you to see the data inside a ThingSpeak channel in a table view. The ThingSpeak Logger shows you data as the channel gets updated. This is an easy way to see if you are sending bad data or null data. The project is open source and available on GitHub.

IoT Debug Tool

Features of IoT Debugger

  • ThingSpeak Data Logger
  • Particle.io Webhooks Manager
  • Settings are saved in LocalStorage
  • Built using HTML5, Bootstrap, and jQuery
  • Open Source!

Demo and download the source code for IoT Debugger on GitHub.

 

Switching Back to WordPress

I am doing it. I have done it. I am switching back to WordPress.

“NotHans” started off as an address on Geocities in 1995. Soon after, I switched to a hand-built website hosted at Speedsoft. Over the past 20 years, I kept producing original content, but as different names: NotHans, Hans Bytes, I am Shadowlord, and Thinking About Things. I always had consistent themes: comedy, technology, projects, blogging, games, film, and sometimes photography.

Two years ago, I started blogging at Tumblr. I really loved Tumblr and even invested in a custom theme.

NotHans Tumblr Blog
NotHans Tumblr Blog

Tumblr offers some great features to bloggers. I did like that I could upload content and not think about how it was going to look. In WordPress, I often had to tweak everything by hand. Tumblr makes it easy for other Tumblr users to share and like each other’s content. My site is evolving into an application and want to make custom things. Little things like adding JavaScript to Tumblr started to be painful. I also hated that the mobile view of the blog was way different from the browser view.

During the two years using Tumblr, I noticed WordPress adding features and becoming what I was looking for. Features like Format, Jetpack, and the rich ecosystem of Plugins, convinced me to switch back to WordPress.

I switched. I will switch to another platform again. In all cases, I hope to keep writing and sharing. Consider “NotHans” to be under construction. Under Construction gif