Category: Random

  • Taking Stock

    My wife has a go-to birthday question: Name the best thing and the worst thing about the past year. We realized that she has a habit of asking this for the New Year as well. Many of our family and friends have birthdays that fall around the holiday season, so the question becomes somewhat repetitive.…

  • Adding a Little Style

    I jumped the gun on a code syntax highlighter plugin for Wordpress. I now know exactly how many posts I have with code blocks in them.

  • New Cert, now what?

    I completed my PADI Advanced Open Water certification over the weekend. The question is, what’s next? Advanced Open Water The Advanced Open Water certification is a continuation of the Open Water training with a focus on opening up new dive sites, primarily by expanding the available depth. My certification focused on five areas: The Boat…

  • Get to the point!

    Navigating to mattgerega.com used to take you to a small home page, from which you had to navigate to the recent posts or other pages. Some quick analysis of my page traffic indicated that, well, all of my traffic was going to the posts. As my wife would say, “Don’t bury the lead!” With that,…

  • A New Chapter

    After 16 years, it is time to make a change. With that change, a bit of self reflection never hurts. Getting here At this point, I have spent more time in corporate full time employment than any other aspect of my life. I started my first full-time, salaried role in November of 2002, which I…

  • Aging into fun

    It is obvious that my posts have been, well, tech-centric for the better part of the last year. I do my best to not post specifics about my kids because, well, their life is theirs to live, not mine to post. But I have to credit them with introducing me to an activity that keeps…

  • Badges… We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!

    Well… Maybe we do. This is a quick plug (no reimbursement of any kind) for the folks over at Shields.io, who make creating custom badges for readme files and websites an easy and fun task. A Quick Demo The badges above are generated from Shields.io. The first link looks like this: My Github username (spyder007)…

  • Information Overload: When too much data becomes a problem

    I have had this post in a draft for almost a month now. I had planned to include statistics around the amount of data that humans are generating (it is a lot) and how we as are causing some of own problems by having too much data at our fingertips. What I realized is, a…

  • Node_Modules is the new DLL hell… Change my mind.

    All I wanted to do over the weekend was take a React 16 class library, copy it, strip out the components (leaving the webpack configuration intact), and upgrade components. To call it a nightmare is being nice. My advice to anyone is this: upgrade components one at a time, and test between each upgrade voraciously.…

  • Free Guy and the “Myth” of AI

    I have been able to get out and enjoy some movies with my kids over the last few weeks. Black Widow, Jungle Cruise, and, most recently, Free Guy, have given me the opportunity to get back in the theaters, something I did not realize I missed as much as I did. The last of those,…