Using the AWS IoT Button and Lambda to Receive On-Demand Daily Briefings


Backstory A little while ago, I impulse purchased one of Amazon’s $20 “AWS IoT Buttons”. These devices, which are really just souped-up and customizable versions of Amazon’s extremely popular Dash Buttons, allow developers to connect to and trigger actions within Amazon Web Services (AWS). As you might imagine - people much smarter than myself have found about a million things to do with these little guys: everything from ordering pizza and Sweetgreen to triggering IFTTT (If This Then That) actions.

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Defense, Rest, and No D-Rose: The Cavs' Remarkable Turnaround


Down in the Dumps On November 9th, the Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Houston Rockets 113-117, pushing their already-disappointing record down to 5-7 on the year. After kicking off the season with an impressive win over the (admittedly Hayward-less) Celtics, the Cavs went 4-7 against a slate of mostly weak Eastern Conference teams. Perhaps even more concerning for the Cavs’ outlook, lineup and rotation changes threatened to disrupt their veteran chemistry.

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Automating Deployment of your Hugo Site to S3 using AWS CodePipeline


Recap A few days ago, I wrote a post outlining how I use Hugo and Amazon S3 to create a severless blog hosting platform. While this solution works awesome for hosting the site, publishing is still a bit of a pain. After a few too many rounds of drag-and-drop uploading, I set out to find a better publishing workflow. Intermediate Solution My first breakthrough was a quick terminal command using the AWS CLI to automatically upload the public directory that Hugo generates.

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Deploying a Static Website to S3 using Hugo


After deciding to launch this blog a few months ago, I was faced with the choice of how to best host and run a small website. Luckily for me, I found a whole host of options using a bunch of different technologies. Ultimately, I decided to use Hugo - a popular static site generator. What’s awesome about Hugo is that it can be used as part of a severless architecture that keeps everything cheap and super fast - let’s take a look at how to set it up!

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Analyzing the DC Housing Market - October, 2017


Following our examination of DC housing market in August and September, I wanted to update our numbers and graphs for the month of October. Thanks again to POPville and Kevin Wood for the data! Sales Data by ZIP Code During October, DC’s hottest ZIP shifted upwards into Takoma Park and Shepherd Park (20012). In those neighborhoods, homes sold for an average of $12,000 over closing (compare that to the city-wide average of $1,500 under closing).

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What's Wrong with the Thunder?


After adding Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, many assumed that the Oklahoma City Thunder would challenge the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, and San Antonio Spurs for seeding at the top of the Western Conference and potentially even knock those teams out in the playoffs. PG and Melo were expected to flesh out a roster led by reigning MVP Russell Westbrook, providing size and shooting ability at the forward positions while reducing Russ’s workload and offensive burden.

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Analyzing the DC Housing Market - September, 2017


Following our examination of DC housing market in August, I wanted to update our numbers and graphs for the month of September. Thanks again to POPville and Kevin Wood for the data! Sales Data by ZIP Code Nothing crazy here compared to last month - Northwest DC still dominates the most expensive sales. Some movement in terms of “hot” zips though, with Logan Circle/Penn Quarter (20005) coming in with the highest difference between asking and closing prices.

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2017 MLB Awards


National League Most Valuable Player Preseason Favorite: Bryce Harper (+300) The Pick: Giancarlo Stanton 3. Anthony Rendon: Bryce Harper’s injury set the stage for Rendon to continue his push into the public consciousness as an elite player in the MLB. Rendon, who is frequently overshadowed by his bearded teammate, was able to lead the Nationals to an NL East title by slashing .303/.403/.533 with league-best defense at the hot corner.

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Analyzing the DC Housing Market - August, 2017


The Data One of my favorite DC blogs is POPville - written by the Prince of Petworth himself, Dan Silverman. While skimming through posts earlier this week, I noticed an entry containing data on August, 2017 DC home and condo sales compiled by Kevin Wood, a local Realtor. True to form, I couldn’t wait to dig into it and see what I could learn about the city’s real estate market!

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Analyzing Week 1 Quarterback Performances with R


Week 1 Recap The first week of the NFL season was full of surprises. Beginning with a shocking Patriots defeat at the hands of resurgent Alex Smith and finishing up with the Saints struggling to put up points against the Vikings, not much played out as expected. Quarterback play, in particular, seemed especially suspect. A short list of high-profile passers who had statistically disappointing Week 1’s includes Cam Newton, Tom Brady, and Russell Wilson, who threw a combined two touchdowns and recorded only one win between them.

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