July 25, 2018

Being an Absolute Geek

I have four kids. They are awesome. I have a serious job: I’m a senior prosecutor. In all respects, I am a very serious person. Watch out when you see me in public, my shirt is tucked in and I am wearing high-class loafers.

In all seriousness, I am anything but. I don’t just follow popular games on Twitch, I don’t even have a gaming system. My sole exposure to all the pleasantries of E3 comes from Twitch and Youtube. What a drag.

On top of it all, I watch anime. Not only do I watch anime, I aggressively devour it. I am peculiar in my tastes, but I have hit all the normal highlights: Naruto, SAO, One Piece, Bleach, etc. I have attended Anime Expos in LA and Comic Cons in SD. By all accounts, I am a geek.

The question remains though: how long can this personal slant be acceptable? I am (ugg) 35 years old. That means that I am responsible for molding young minds at work and molding young minds at home. Where do I draw the line? If I draw too much association with the immature aspects of my subordinates/children, then I will gain respect, but I will lose authority. If I do the opposite, then the reverse will occur.

At the end of the day, I think the only answer is being yourself. If I am a hardcore geek that requires hours of anime, deep-dives into future Pokemon consoles, and up-to-date programming paradigm news, then so be it. I have raised my children with the belief that nothing is off limits (except sex). If they watch violence, so be it. If they watch conspiracy and corruption, so be it. They need to see the reaches of the human experience. I draw a line at sex because sex is permanent. If my daughters have kids, that is a lifelong commitment.

My children have excelled. They are reading at least five grades above their current grade and are enjoying the benefits of being in gifted” education. I should owe this to my wife, as she is the maestro of our home, but deep down, I want to owe it to the geekities I have afforded them.

When my children attend Anime Expo, they learn a ton. When my children watch hours of anime, they learn new cultures and new emotions. When my children learn to program, they learn to think analytically. I don’t know what success is, as I only have my own context, but I think this is working.

Allow your children to be independent. Allow them to be successful. But above all else, when they show interest is something, geek the fuck out with them. Geek out, no matter what. Geek out, and never look back.

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May 9, 2018

I’m a Connoisseur of Fine Memes

I have been digesting memes on a daily basis for a while now — like four years or so. I know they originated somewhere on 4chan and have evolved to be everything from the vehicle of the weird-twitter movement to the symbol of the Alt-Right movement. At the end of the day, they are fun and a great waste of time.

I had an issue where I wasn’t seeing the best memes, and I had to go to like 10 different sites. I wanted to change that. I wrote some code, dropped it on my home server, and have been collecting memes like it is my job. I take in everything, to include gifs, and push them out through an API (like http://meme.ryankeeter.com/api/image/6867). I made a SUPER basic front-end site, and it is located at http://relax.ryankeeter.com.

The app has a few features:

  1. Login” with just a username

  2. The current meme a person is on depends on the username they are logged in with. Thus, if you login as bob” and close your browser while at meme number 6000, the same meme (number 6000) will be the first meme you see when you login later as bob”

  3. The memes go back in time, for example, if you start at meme 100, the next meme will be number 99

  4. You can hit get latest memes” and the most recent meme will be displayed

  5. The sites that are pulled from capture much of society, so if St. Paddy’s day is going on, there will probably be a bunch of memes around that time about St. Paddy’s day. Or, if President Trump tweeted something about Israel, there might be some memes about that. Who knows, society dictates and the app merely displays it

  6. If you right click and save the entire page, and open it later, it will still work. The page is standalone. You could literally email the webpage to someone and it would work (instead of just giving them the link)

Give it a go, see if you like it. If you do, then awesome — enjoy!

(here are some screenshots)

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