Using exercise as a punishment

September 9th, 2013

I dont know much about teaching kids, or coaching in general really. I do know a little bit about association though, so Id like to pose this question. Are coaches doing it wrong by using exercise as a punishment? What do I mean by that you may be wondering.. Well when I was a kid in school, and I got in trouble in PE or in Athletics the coaches would ALWAYS punish me, or our team with things like “Looks like we get to run an extra lap because you were late”, or “Rice!! Give me 20 push ups for talking back!”. That made me associate push ups, running, sit ups, etc all with a negative thing that happened to me. I never really thought about it much until now. Now I have a teenage daughter in school, and she is having the same stuff happen to her. When kids on her volleyball team get in trouble they punish the child or the whole team by making them run, or do some kind of exercise. Are we not making generations of people associate exercise and working out with negativity which then makes us subconsciously not want to do it?


Anyway just a random thought I had.

Why I like Brewskime the Social Beer Drinking App

September 1st, 2011

I have been asked before by friends and even by random folks on Twitter why I like BrewskiMe, the social beer drinking app. Im going use this post to highlight some of the things I like that make me such a loyal user of the app.

  1. I like using it to learn more about beers I didnt know about before. For example when I post a status update about a beer it suggests similar beers. Another example is that when my friends drink something I can see it and check it out.
  2. Unlike some other apps out there BrewskiMe is a native app and LOOKS amazing and runs so FAST!
  3. Its the only social beer drinking app I know of that allows you to take pictures and post them with your status update
  4. I am a twitter junkie, BrewskiMe has support to post to twitter and also Facebook. When you post a status update and the brewery is on twitter it mentions them, then I know about someone else to follow on twitter for updates about their beers!
  5. BrewskiMe has the best User Interface out of all the apps I have tried. Every aspect of it from adding a new beer to posting a status update about the beer you are drinking is so simple and intuitive. Other apps left me confused and poking at them trying to figure out what to do, maybe even reading some docs to get that done.. Im busy drinking I dont want it to be hard or I wont use it..
  6. I think BrewskiMe is the only app that lets you select if the beer you are having is in a bottle, can, or draft. If Im wrong on this I sure cant find the feature in the others..
  7. BrewskiMe has a “Cellar” feature which is really awesome.. I add beers that I have (even homebrews) to my cellar. My friends now know what beers I have around the house if they want to come over and drink with me! Again if this feature is available in other apps I sure havent found it
  8. The BrewskiMe crew is also active on twitter. When you need help or have ideas for enhancements they are all ears. I found a bug once with timestamps, pointed it out to them on twitter and with in a week there was an update in the app store and it was fixed.

These are the main reasons I really like the app. I cant only point out the pros though.. I have to admit there are a couple things I would like to see changed. I have mentioned these to the team and they are addressing them. I will share those things with you too.

  1. Right now the app is only available on iOS devices. Thats no big deal to me personally but I do have a few friends who just LOVE Android and will not consider an iOS device.. The response on this from the team was that they would like to have an Android version but their primary focus is on the iOS platform at this time.
  2. You cant see the public status feed right now. I have been told this will be coming in the very near future

I hope this post will answer some of the questions about why I like BrewskiMe so much. If you want to be friends on BrewskiMe my username is errr, and on Twitter you can find me at @errr_

Wasting Money on Advertising

June 6th, 2011

Im curious. I want to know.. How much money is wasted on advertising?

What do I mean by this you may wonder.. What I mean is this: Do you own a Kindle? Then when you go to Amazon the first thing you see is them trying to sell you another Kindle. Maybe you are a customer of Rackspace Cloud and you do searches on the Internet for things that have to do with Rackspace Cloud docs or what ever, then suddenly everywhere you go there is a Rackspace Cloud ad staring back at you, and you want to yell at the dumb ad to go away because you are already a customer!! This is also a regular thing with Cellular ads. If you are listening to the free Pandora app on your iOS or Android device you will hear numerous ads for Living Social. A great product, one I signed up for because of one of these ads, but even after I sign up through my cellular device I STILL GET THE SAME AD over and over and over!

I understand sometimes it is going to be very difficult to know what is a wasted ad and what is not. Maybe when I am surfing the web there is no way for google to know I am already a Rackspace customer, I understand, its frustrating but I do understand.. But sometimes they know. Take amazon, they sold me the Kindle.. If I show up at Amazon and at the top of the page it say “Welcome back, Michael Rice” they know its me, and that they just sold me a kindle not 3 weeks ago. Why are they not pushing some other product in my face trying to entice me to buy it like they did the Kindle? And what about the Pandora ads? If I sign up for Living Social using the same creds I use to log into Pandora why cant they see I am a member and not waste that Living Social ad on me, and give me something else I might want to sign up for or buy?

Im just curious. Are we as developers even working on this for our companies? Do our bosses even see this as an issue? Am I just crazy to think this way? Is there even something WE CAN do to make this better? Furthermore is it something that needs to be made better? I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

Michael Rice and Facebook

September 27th, 2010

Yes I have a facebook account, here is a link to it.

Beer School

September 2nd, 2010

I have recently decided to take up a new hobby; the great hobby of making my own beer! This has been tons of fun so far. I have beer reading everything I can find about the subject. I decided to go to a local brew shop and see what all the fuss was about. This place happens to offer a free class with the purchase of a qualifying kit. I found one that looked like it would be a good fit for me, and to my great surprise it was only 5 dollars more than what the cheapest one I found online was, and this one didnt cost me any shipping and I got a free class so all in all its cheaper at the local shop!

I showed up for the class tonight about 6pm. Brett, the guy teaching the class, was ready for me when I got there and already had a pot of water on the stove heating up. This was a one on one class, so needless to say that was a major plus. He covered a lot of stuff and knew his material VERY well. I was never able to ask a question he couldnt answer. He stressed, as did all the other material I have read, that sterilization is one of the biggest keys to making good beer. He says “If you can boil water you can make beer. If you can boil water and keep every thing sterilized you can make great beer.” The process was so easy and didnt really take as long as I thought it would, and I was out of there and on my way home with 5 gallons of wort by 8:30 or so. Now the waiting game begins. In a week or so Ill be ready to rack my beer, and then bottle it up and in a few weeks I should have about 50 12oz home made Oktoberfest beers!

Soda Pop Addiction

February 7th, 2010

For years I have not had any kind of soda pop. At some point in my life I started noticing I would get a bad stomach ache after drinking a soda. I never really thought much about it… I just quit drinking them. Well a couple of years ago I started getting sick a lot. I went to my regular doctor and nothing was obviously wrong with me. I started thinking about the feelings I got when I felt sick.. it reminded me of when I would eat peanuts which I am very allergic to, it also reminded me of how I felt when drinking a couple of sodas. This made me think.. So I went and got tested for allergies again. I had not been tested since I was about 12. This time I asked that they only test me for food allergies. As it turned out I am allergic to soy, and corn too. Aha! No wonder when I would drink a soda I felt so sick. All the sodas seem to be sweetened with that nasty high fructose corn syrup crap.. Well bummer for me right.. no one makes soda with sugar these days right.. WRONG!! I don’t know if this is a good or bad thing because now I am re-addicted to soda again. I started looking around and found that Mexican Coke was still made with sugar, then I found out that the Dublin Dr Pepper plant still made Dr Pepper the original way using Imperial Sugar, next I start looking hard for all kinds of sodas that are made with sugar and to my pleasant surprise there are TONS out there. We now keep Mexican coke, Pepsi throwback, Dublin Dr Pepper, and many many others at our house. They all come in glass bottles too just like they should (except the Pepsi.. wth Pepsi..). I have found TONS of delicious Root Beers made just like it used to be made “back in the day”. I find most of these sodas at Central Market, and Whole Foods. The Mexican Coke and the Pepsi ate the cheapest at Costco from what I have found. I also found this AWESOME stuff called Bubble Up that is a lemon lime soda, it is made with real sugar and with Lemon and Lime oil extracts.. It is SO much better than Sprite or 7up could ever dream of being..

I already know that..

January 6th, 2010

I [already] know [that] is the default response from my daughter. Doesn’t matter what you are telling her. You could be telling her she needs to clean her room, or maybe that you were just thinking to your self how you were fixing to go outside. “I know!” is what she says. Tonight she noticed that she says that a lot. Her mom was telling her “Well I was fixing to go outside so I’ll let the dog in” and she replied “I know… well wait, I didn’t know that.. I guess I say that a lot when I don’t know huh?” It was pretty funny cute

5 years and I still dont have anything interesting to say…

December 30th, 2009

Wow so its been a little over 5 years since my first post. What a ride its been! I wonder what the next 5 will bring? With any luck the winning numbers to the lottery so I wont have to work any more 🙂

Please be safe while celebrating this holiday season and dont drink and drive

daemontools + mono + dream

December 23rd, 2009

daemontools is a wonderful alternative to using inittab or rc.d startup scripts on your favorite Linux and BSD boxes. I really like using it, but Im not here to sell you on it, simply to tell you how you can use it to keep your dream server going. I am going to use the 8-ball example from the mindtouch site for this example. First I like to go to the directory where I keep my dream app.

cd ~/8-ball/bin

This is the directory where my file is located. Next using my favorite $EDITOR I will


In this file I will add the following:

cd /home/errr/8-ball/bin &&
exec envuidgid www-data /usr/bin/mono script 8ball.startup.xml \
public-uri \
server-name \

Next save the file & set the script to be executable

chmod +x run

Now I will explain a couple of things here. First off the envuidgid is a command from daemontools so you may need to provide the full path to your file location of this if it is not in your $PATH. Second off is the IP flag. If you use an IP here from my testing then the host will only work when you type that IP. See more about that here:
Now you need to be root (or you can use sudo) for this next part. Head to your service directory. If you installed daemontools from source that is typically /service but if you are like me and use Debian/GNU Linux and used apt-get to install it then it will be located in /etc/service Simply change to the directory and symlink: | /home/errr | 16:38 |
» sudo -s
[sudo] password for errr: | /home/errr | 16:38 |
» cd /etc/service | /etc/service | 16:39 |
» ln -s /home/errr/8-ball/bin 8ball

From here its like any other new service we have ever added. svscan will automatically start the new service within 5 seconds. You can verify that its working with ps, svstat or by just hitting the URL directly. In my case you can see my example here

Slice Host

December 15th, 2009

So I got me a VPS the other day. I really missed having a Linux box at my disposal to test cool stuff with, or do what ever other really geeky things it is I do with Linux boxes. One of my buddies who happens to work at Rackspace just couldn’t say enough positive stuff about Slice Host and neither can I. As you may or may not know Slice Host is a Rackspace company (which means awesome everything!! support, stability, network speed…).This is a kick ass deal!! I currently have 2 256 slices. On one of them I am running tinydns for hosting my DNS (even though slice host will do that for me for free… what fun is that?),exim4 to host email for a few users (even though you get this super cheap offer from slice host to have rackspace host your email for you.. again what fun is that?), lighttpd to host some php sites (I am using SQLite for all my databases), and nagios to monitor some sites I like to keep an eye on. I also have that same machine setup for hosting Mono apps. One of which is Dream, a wonderful frame work I am very interested in right now. All this and I still have like 80M of free memory. Im not even sure what I am going to do with my new slice but Im sure it wont take me long to find some new cool thing I need to test out.