About Me

Jamila and Daniel, I think in Seattle

I'm a digital craftsman, web developer, and AI enthusiast, currently working as director of online communications for The University of Texas at Arlington. I love building online experiences and am excited about how technology continues to progress. I consider myself a user advocate and care about usability, privacy, security, and performant solutions.

Latest Blog Things

Text Transformer

February 11, 2018

Text Transformer is a general-purpose text transformation utility. Basically it allows you to quickly apply a series of regular rexpression "replace" functions on an input text. It's something I've always wanted for tedious tasks like refactoring code, getting datasets into the right format, etc. It comes with a few example "preset" functions, and I'm hoping to add some more. Enjoy!

Ulam Spiral

July 4, 2016

Check out this visualization I made of the Ulam Spiral. The Ulam Spiral is a structure for visualizing prime number distributions — basically you just write all the whole numbers in a spiral, and if you circle or highlight the prime numbers, you'll see some interesting patterns. I definitely enjoyed this challenge, and learned a bit about prime numbers!

Go Rulesheet

May 29, 2016

I recently became interested in the game Go—mostly because of attention to and the success of Google's Alpha Go—but when learning to play the game, I had a hard time finding a concise rule sheet or guide, so I put one together based on the American Go Association's rules and other sources.

The goal was to make it printer-friendly, so the below file is two pages, which you can print front-back on a single sheet of paper and then throw in with your game board!

Google Custom Search Arrows

May 17, 2015

I wrote a JavaScript module that adds "next" and "previous" navigation arrows to Google Custom Search Engine search results.

Root Beer Float: Notepad++ Theme

March 9, 2014

So I decided to make a theme for the Notepad++ text editor. Notepad++ has been my favorite editor for a long time, and so far I've always used the default color scheme. But last week I decided to take a stab at creating a new theme, and here it is!

Sudoku Solver in XSLT 1.0

February 25, 2012

I actually did this project in November 2010. I wanted to see if it was possible to write a sudoku-solving “program” in XSLT 1.0. Apparently it is!

I'm nowhere near an expert with XSLT, so I'm sure there are better ways to do this. Performance is pretty decent though, if you have an XSLT-capable browser (you probably do), then you should find the examples will be solved in about 1 second.

Here you can see it solving some example puzzles I found on WebSudoku.com.

Random Chess

February 5, 2012

I started on a Javascript project this past winter break called Random Chess, and now it's ready for release.