Ramiro Franco

A Dog's Needs

Written on Thursday December 20, 2018 at 9:03 a.m.

I've been having a mobile groomer come take care of Jake (my dog) here at the house, because he can't be near anything dog-like without stressing out. Recently our regular groomer had to move away, and the search for a new groomer took me like two weeks. We ended up going with http://youdirtydogpdx.com and I had them come by as soon as they could, and I honestly couldn't be happier with the result.

Jake came out super cute, and his fur was whiter / fluffier than it's been in ages. I wish Jake was as happy but, doesn't really like being held in one place too long πŸ˜‚.

So Many Changes.

Written on Wednesday December 19, 2018 at 8:54 a.m.

A great many things have passed since I last posted.

My wife has found her way into the tech industry and is flourishing. I'm so proud of her and love watching her really enjoy her work and the company of her co-workers.

I have switched jobs yet again. I'm now working over at OpenLaw. I'm having some trouble adjusting to the tech stack still (we've got a Scala based backend, and a flow-react front-end). I'm doing my best to adjust to both, the latter being much simpler for me since I'm mostly a front-end guy, but still finding myself struggling. The people at OpenLaw however, are great and it feels like a good culture fit for me.

I've started learning to play the Piano. I had this big ol' surprise I had thought of for my next anniversary but managed to expose my plan really early.

Speaking of β€” I booked a big trip to Bora Bora for my anniversary. This was essentially what I wanted to do for my honeymoon and it feels like about time I get to experience it. Granted, this won't be for months but I'm very excited all the same.

I purchased a card deck of sorts to try to keep myself writing blog posts more often. I'm getting used to the idea that it doesn't have to be great or interesting. It can (and should) be for me, so I can read back at what I've done and have an anchor to my emotions and experiences.

A Little Heavier

Written on Monday May 21, 2018 at 3:57 p.m.

For the longest time I've been trying to put on weight, and this morning for the first time in a very long time I had a weigh-in with some progress. +4.8 lbs of it, which is a big chunk.

I'm not delusional enough to believe that's all muscle or "good" weight, especially since this was over a time frame of only two weeks, but I am hopeful that at least some of it sticks, it's been a long time since I've seen the scale budge at all and I could really use some encouragement.

Inspired to make a Move

Written on Tuesday May 15, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

I've been using Fitocracy as my fitness tracking service for a very long time. I love the social aspect, and the design at the time was one of the best available. I still think UX wise it's got some improvements over others, but over time it's quality has just dropped.

I can no longer save workouts correctly, the client hasn't been updated for iPhone X screens ( which, it should have already been updated to use iOS's autolayout years ago, but that's just how long things have been declining ) workout availability is off and on, and the lack of a way to add custom exercises has always been a major flaw.

So now, I've decided to take all my data and move onto my own tracking service. I'll probably open it up to the public and I'll try to get feedback / make improvements, but since this is a solo project it'll likely be slow moving. That being said, I'm pretty excited to start this project.

I started working on a scraper this morning, once I'm all wrapped up I'll try to add a blog post on how that goes.

Warming up

Written on Tuesday February 9, 2016 at 3:17 a.m.

Last night I was doing a little bit of clean up before bed and I heard a loud, terrifying, gurgling sound come up from my basement. It wasn't so frightening as conjure images of lovecraftian horrors or any some such, but enough that I felt I had to investigate to make sure my house was sinking into a new hot spring.

I go downstairs, follow the sound ( all of like, ten feet away ) and quickly find that it's coming from my furnace. I did some google searching with what little I knew about what I was looking at and ended up deciding to call an expert first thing in the morning.

Next thing I know my wife wakes me up freaking out about it and even though I assured her that the internet seemed to think we were ok with the heat on for the time being, she insisted we turned it down ( to a frigid sixty-five degrees ) until we could get someone to come look at it.

Only about six hours later, and fifteen degrees colder than what I'm used to, an HVAC specialist shows up to save the day. Turns out though, that the horrific gurgling coming from my basement was actually just the sound of condensation evaporating from my furnace and wasn't at all something to be concerned about. He did find however that our filtration system was woefully neglected, and suggested (and taught me how to) I replace it.

That was a hundred and fifty dollars and a few hours ago. So now I'm just waiting for my wife to come home so I can go out and fetch said filters, but at least I have the heat back up.