New Project:


So I had an idea, and decided to flesh it out into a prototype. People seem to really enjoy it. JuiceDB is a database to keep track of the thousands of flavors for Nicotine Vaporizers (E-Cigarettes) and help users determine what they like.

JuiceDB - E-Liquid and Vape Juice Reviews

The site is built using the same frameworks as my other projects:

  • Laravel V3 (PHP Framework)
  • EpicMongo (MongoDB ORM)
  • MongoDB
  • jQuery
  • TukTuk (CSS Framework)

It's been a blast to work on so far. The site (IHMO) looks pretty great and it's easy to browse around for that flavor you're looking for.

These NV/PV/E-Cig devices that have been coming out have really helped me kick smoking. Sure i'm still addicted to nicotine, but atleast this way it's a lot healthier than smoking the real things :)

D3Up and R2-Db Development Visualized


I recently stumbled across some awesome Gource videos and decided to make some of my own. Gource takes the commit history (code changes) in a project and then basically turns it into what looks like a game. Little avatars fly around and zap files while you watch the project grow and evolve.

I ended up using the imperial march for both of em, because Youtube's audio selection is limited. It fits for the R2-Db one, but D3Up could use some diablo music. I didn't look too hard for D3 music, but I figured it would probably fall under some copyright laws and not let me use em anyways.

So, here are the two videos I did:

Enjoy! - Diablo 3 Item Compare, Hero Builder and more

Posted about - Diablo 3 DPS / EHP Calculator

I've been bouncing pieces of the app off /r/diablo for about a week now as I created the components for the site, but I think it's finally ready for some actual testing in a larger scale. I haven't spent an incredible amount of time on the app, I really just wanted something I could plug numbers in to determine if something on the AH is an actual upgrade and what exactly it would do to my statistics.

So without further ado, I present to you:, an app designed to help you fine tune your character, find upgrades and share information.

So, what exactly can the site do right now? Here's a brief overview, I'll go into more depth after the list.

  • Anyone can create "Items" for sharing, selling, whatever they'd like.
  • Anyone can view any "Item" created by anyone.
  • Anyone can view any "Hero" created by anyone.
  • Users that create "Items" can go back and edit them with the edit button found below while viewing the item.
  • Users can create "Heroes", which serve as representation of your character or a character you'd like to build.
  • Users can equip "Items" they've created onto their "Heroes", which will update the stats of the character (fairly) accurately.
  • Users can use the "Gear Compare" tool, which allows them to compare an item they have equipped to another item they've created (of the same slot). It will generate a detailed DIFF of the stats you'd gain or lose.

Read on for more :)

The power behind

Posted about

For the last 2+ years, Corey Frang and I have labored away on building the engine that powers (and I can honestly say that I'm proud of the work we have done and the progress we made. We developed some revolutionary ideas for the traditional "Item Database" model, we had our moments in the spotlight, and made some mistakes along the way.

Unfortunately, the passion behind has diminished a lot since the launch of the game and neither of us play Star Wars: The Old Republic anymore. I could write an 10-page article on what went right, wrong and why we stopped/slowed development, but that's not what this is about.

What I want to talk about is the most positive thing (well, besides the experience) to come out of the project.

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I'm either Jesta or Aaron Cox, depends on who you ask. I put stuff here that I'm thinking, working on or have an opinion about. PS - The site isn't done.