Blog by Alex Recker


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San Francisco

My company sent me on a trip to San Francisco.

October 16, 2016

The Baby

We had a baby. Here is the recap.

July 22, 2016


Hoping to inspire a new attitude toward medication and mental health, my wife bravely shares her personal journey of discovering her anxiety disorder.

January 26, 2016

Using Selenium to Buy a Bus Pass

A brief tutorial of my new favorite Selenium script.

January 12, 2016

Our New Sid Meier's Civilization Inspired Budget

My wife and I were inspired by Sid Meier's Civilization to look at our finances differently. Here is our new system

November 13, 2015


An interview with my mother, Jane Recker.

October 25, 2015


The early seasons of Seinfeld - are these episodes evidence of a Sitcom finding its stride, or a prologue to the lives of the four people that surrendered to a life about nothing?

September 9, 2015


An embittered account of our war with orchid knoll over bedbugs. You decide who the real parasite is!

July 24, 2015


Farewell, Rockford. It was a pleasure being your citizen for two years.

April 8, 2015


You are probably expecting a 'you suck if you are watching the superbowl' post. You're wrong, reader. I'm turning over a new leaf. I'm ready to rejoin society with new found empathy.

February 1, 2015


Happy new year, everybody. It's the season for gym memberships. I hope you all don't mind, but I got a head start. I share my mediocre weight loss journey to date.

January 3, 2015

The Wolf of Wall Street

I say some words about the movie The Wolf of Wall Street.

December 28, 2014


Let's talk about Linux. Where did it come from? What can it do for you? How long does your beard need to grow before you can get it to work?

November 24, 2014


Six pages into my high school journal and I have already proven Islam wrong. Join me and high school Alex as we discuss pride.

November 9, 2014


My journal from high school. This is no ordinary journal, however. Judging by the eccentric handwriting, this thing must be full of philosophical howitzers.

November 5, 2014

Clockwork Orange

Time for a bit of the ‘ol Kubrick Week, eh readers? This week we take on the mental flogging that is Clockwork Orange. I’ll be rebuilding my sense of morality all week.

October 11, 2014

Barry Lyndon

My wife and I review the movie Barry Lyndon. A beautiful film filled with fancy people, as well as life lessons about taking your luck for granted.

October 8, 2014

Full Metal Jacket

Marissa and I review the movie Full Metal Jacket, and we try not to get all sad about it. No matter what goes down, we are hoping a whole bunch of marines don’t show up at my place tomorrow to beat me with a pillow case full of soap.

October 7, 2014

Eyes Wide Shut

Kubrick Week kick off. My wife and I were inspired to spend a week watching Stanley Kubrick movies. As far as I can tell we are working in order of 'most Tom Cruise' to 'least Tom Cruise'.

October 6, 2014

Marketing on Reddit

I have had it with all those flashy marketing sites claiming they know how to get traffic from Reddit. There is some serious misinformation out there. This calls for some good old fashion education.

September 22, 2014

The Top 5 Ways That My Corgi Has Taught Me How to Be a Better Person

My wife takes the blogging soapbox from me this week as my very first guest writer. She reflects on the top five lessons she has learned in owning a dog.

September 10, 2014


Style talk - programming style that is. What does your programming style say about your stance on moral responsibility?

August 26, 2014


Bronies are all over the Internet, as well as the people who hate them. After a brief catchup on what the heck the whole Brony thing is, let’s don our evolutionist hat and break this thing down.

August 14, 2014


We got married! And we finally have photographic evidence.

August 3, 2014


I review the movie Hercules, starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. What I expected was to see my favorite wrestler beat elephants to death. What I didn’t expect was a valuable lesson.

July 27, 2014


I worked at Starbucks for about seven years. The system is a lot simpler than you would think. Here is everything you need to know to be a great customer at your local coffee shop.

July 9, 2014

Good TV

Let's talk about TV. Here are the three rules all good TV shows follow.

June 28, 2014

Can I Interest You in Some Totalitarianism?

You have woken up in a world stifled by a massive totalitarian government. For once, let’s not talk about the worthy implications. What would suck? What would be pretty good?

June 3, 2014

Touching Base

Just keeping the blogger-reader connection alive with general thoughts and impressions of the direction of this blog. Also, bulldozers and the use of the word ‘Programmy’.

May 28, 2014


I have always liked to write, but college writing classes led me to the comfortable pastures of amateur writing. Here are some tips on how to be a mediocre writer.

May 22, 2014

These Chemical Analogies are Terrible: Part 1

As a lengthy final suicide note to the discipline of chemistry, I have decided to kick off a final brain dump of all the awful analogies that have helped me limp my way out with a degree.

May 20, 2014


Blanking on a chemistry question this week spurred an identity crisis, a Breaking Bad reference, and a tender look back on all the chemists that have been a part of my life.

April 25, 2014


Don't be like that, bae. This week, we discuss arguments.

April 16, 2014

Welcome Home

Wordpress has served me well, but my soul longs for the wilderness. Retreat with me into the backwoods of the Internet.

April 3, 2014

Raising a Child Who Plays Video Games

This week, a twenty-three year old kid tells you how to raise your child.

March 12, 2014


I offer up my perfect escape plan up for authoritative critique. Did I just break the way we patrol our highways, or am I really an idiot?

March 5, 2014


Google released an official list of "do's and don'ts" for Glass wearers. Let's get real, everyone. I think Papa Google is getting senile.

February 19, 2014


A late-night quicky: reflections on joining a modern workplace. How college students should view work.

February 14, 2014


A review of the movie Frozen, followed by a totally unnecessary and gratuitously violent alternate-ending.

January 27, 2014


A tedious discussion of my relationship with Google - as well as an admonishment for yours.

December 10, 2013


A tender look back on the life of the best little brother I've ever had.

December 5, 2013

The Miss-Steak

Learn to cook one of the first edible meals that has ever left my humble kitchen. Let's try not to poison ourselves with this buttery steak sandwich.

November 20, 2013


Thoughts on the direction of YouTube in Google's hands in the wake of the new comment system scandal.

November 10, 2013

Apartment Life

Catch a glimpse of my glamorous apartment life through my daily routine and a couple of pictures

October 23, 2013


Having just moved in, I'd like to share my 4 rules to safely assembling Ikea furniture.

October 3, 2013


Last Saturday, I got engaged with the help of a few very generous Redditors. Here is the story.

September 26, 2013

The Vow

Review, and ultimately a snarky rewrite, of 'dramacomedy' The Vow. Let's fix this mess.

September 15, 2013


Let's examine the psyche of everyone's favorite kid Jedi - Anakin Skywalker.

September 15, 2013


Being a devoted Seinfeld fan, the idea of making room in my heart for another pop sensation portrayal of regular people set in New York irked me.

September 2, 2013


A story about my first try at skateboarding. Getting the courage to try out the Olympic Skatepark in Schaumburg, I'm helped by two really friendly locals.

August 23, 2013

Obsessed with Computers

A reflection on how four different, admittedly embarrassing, pursuits derailed my education and got me a job in computers.

August 8, 2013

Computers on our Face

Official Promotional video for Google Glass, released this past February. Well this is interesting, Google

July 30, 2013

Brace for Ego

Let's try blogging. First, some rules…

June 17, 2013