By neildaemond, an 'any-stack' hacking grasshopper.
Taking notes while tinkering

Merge All PDFs In A Folder

I like to use Boogie Board Sync to take notes, then sync them to my Laptop using dropbox. Unfortunately, the Sync creates a one page PDF for each saved screen. Therefore, having one folder per sorted topic, I open up the folder in terminal and run the following simple script which I keep in my PATH.

Step 1: Find The Time

My newborn son arrived 3 weeks ago, weighing in at a whopping 9.4 lbs. My poor wife battled out 30 hours of labor, and finally the doctors insisted that she have a C-section. Now we’re learning as we go and trying to keep our heads above water.

Surprisingly, I have been able to get coding sprints in and accomplish things here and there. Sleep has been scarce, however.

At this point, I have a strong desire to be both of two things:

  • A good father and husband
  • A hacker who can productively make cool things

Step 1 for me will be to find the time.

Hacking Until The Baby Comes

Although there hasn’t been any updates to this blog, I actually have been hacking away and learning some new tools which I’m very excited about. My wife has been pregnant for the last 9 months, and I’ve had to prioritize baby preparations above my blog updates. Now that most of my preparations are in place, I can finally take a breath and look at this blog again while we wait. My baby boy can come any day now (anyone have stories of hacking in between newborn raising?).

The tools I’ve been excited about are Elixir and the wonderful Phoenix Framework.

New Blog

I’ve finally started a new blog at

It’s bare at the moment, but hopefully my newly chosen blogging platform will allow me to be more efficient while writing posts. I have big plans for how I’m going to organize all of the varying content.