Revisiting ElectronJS

A couple of years ago, I had stumbled upon the ElectronJSframework from Github. I played around with the program and spawned an idea or two, yet could not for the life of me shake the idea that the Chromium wrapper on steroids was… unnecessary. I understood the intention of bringing web technologies to the desktop environment, although I always figured that if you can accomplish your goal with web technology, why not keep it on the web? At first glance, ElectronJS seemed like an unnecessary bloat to your system to accomplish writing quick and dirty programs without taking the time to figure out a language more appropriate for the job.

My view on this since then has shifted slightly. There is still a plethora of micro-programs, to-do lists, websites-in-an-app and other applications lacking in the form of imagination. And yet, Gitkraken.

Gitkraken is an ElectronJS program that defines what the power of the V8 engine should be used for. I was impressed with the speed and functionality of Gitkraken, and so I opened up to the idea of using more ElectronJS programs. I found useful programs like Abricotine, a visual markdown editor, and… well that’s just about it. There are a few submissions to the ElectronJS apps  page that seem decent enough, but I can’t find a use for them in my development cycle. The page is cluttered with an overwhelming amount of native web-service clients and list managers. It’s a sea of Hello, World‘s in there. Many of the programs aren’t even cross platform, one of the big selling points of ElectronJS!

In short, I’ll give more ElectronJS programs a chance, and maybe even spend some more time sub-atomic, but as for right now… I’ll stick to the native code environments.

[Mettle CMS Update] Small change, will continue this project, promises… promises…

[Mettle CMS Dev Log] Small change, will continue this project, promises… promises…

This is the big change I’m making to the Meddle project right now… the name. Something about Meddle always bothered me and I realized it was because the name sounds more like spyware than a powerful media tool. So I changed it to… MettleCMS. Over the next little while I’ll be making the appropriate changes. That’s all for now!

[Meddle CMS Dev Log] Making things, breaking them, fixing them and brains before beauty.

I’ve got news for you, Network. I’ve been struck with a new found passion for this project and have been toiling away at it for a couple of weeks now. So what new frustrations have I brought upon myself? Well, I’ve properly set up a devise (Member) model AND a CRUD interface for that model for admins. I’ve also had a moment of enlightenment.

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Slight changes that have no effect on anyone whatsoever

Hey Network! I’m changing things up a tiny bit. It’s not much, but I modified the header from it’s previous incarnation.








You’ll notice I made some changes to more properly emulate a Unix shell prompt. I decided to move that detail to the URL, because that just made more sense in the long run. I choose to represent a ‘root’ user to imply that we can do anything we want here.

That’s all. Just a little update today. Let me know what you think of the new look in the comment section!

Happy Coding!

Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women in Canada

Note: I will be deviating from my standard content today to open a dialogue on the missing and murdered aboriginal women and children in Canada. Please keep in mind during discussion, this is a sensitive topic for many people, so please be respectful in the comments section.

Today, I attended a panel discussion in Whitehorse, Yukon about the Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls in Canada. The panel included Melissa Atkinson, a renowned former Crown prosecuter and current criminal defense lawyer, Adeline Webber, chair of the Whitehorse Aboriginal Women’s Circle, Jessica Loacke-Thompson, the Director of the Yukon Human Rights Commision, and, Liane Charlie, Political Science Instructor at Yukon College. The panel was moderated by Christine Genier, a talented Southern-Tutchone actor and radio broadcaster who has worked extensively with programs and productions bringing awareness to the epidemic of violence against women.

The event started a wonderful and thought-provoking discussion that I would like to share. The panelists spoke about the reason behind the national ignorance around the topic of violence against aboriginal women. It also addressed the relationship between indiginous women and the RCMP and Canadian Justice System along with many other topics that beg to be addressed in a public forum.

During the discussion, when asked what they believe is a solution to the nationwide issue of unrecognized violence, Jessica shared this with the audience:

To imagine a world without [domestic] violence is to imagine a world where consent is one of our highest and most precious values. Toddlers can learn consent.

This point really stuck with me and is one with which I completely agree. The begining of the end of this sickness, this disease of disregard towards life and culture, begins with education. With teaching the next generation what it means to respect one another as equals. Our community deserves to know what it means to respect women. Women who deserve the right to equality and security, to live in their homes and neighborhoods without fear of being beaten or murdered.

Again, the panel brought up many points to be considered, including the lack of cooperation with the RCMP. CBC News has curated a page that explores 34 cases of missing and murdered aboriginal people, which the RCMP say do not invlolve foul play. However, these women’s families do not accept these findings, as evidence towards foul play is apparent but was not considered. Please note that many readers may have known some of these women personally. Any disrespectful mention of these women in the comments section will be removed and those commenters will be banned from discussion here. I’ve also shared links and contact information for those who are here to help in The City of Whitehorse and it’s surrounding communities. If you live elsewhere in Canada, I encourage you to share similar information in the comments section, which will be added either here, or in a page of it’s own.

Please show our women the respect they have a right to. Please take the time to research how you can help fight against passive and apparent racism in your community and our nation.

Those who are here to help:

Chantal Genier
Women’s Legal Advocate
(867) 633-7691
Skookum Jim™ Friendship Centre
3159 – 3rd Avenue
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 1G1

The Victoria Faulkner Women’s Center
Women’s Support Center and Safe House Drop-in
(867) 667-2693
503 Hanson Street
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 1Y9
Drop-in Hours: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday to Friday
Safe Place Drop-in: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Kaushee’s Place, The Yukon Women’s Transition Home
24-hour Crisis Line: (867) 668-5733
Third Party Reporting Information

Minetest: A Minecraft Clone That I’ll Definitely Be Playing

No beating around the bush here: Minetest is a game that was “inspired” by Minecraft. I won’t be talking about how to survive your first night, or what the first thing you should craft is, because Minetest is such a pixel for pixel clone that it plays almost exactly as our favourite, one-block-at-a-time voxel-based indie game. And I love it.

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Yup, I’m still here!

Hey network! I’m still around! I feel really bad that I didn’t get the chance to cover E3 like I had hoped, but it’s been a really crazy last couple of weeks around here. First off, I was taking an Immersive Web Development course and the final project was during E3. 🙁 However, I did pass the course and learned a lot of amazing stuff along the way! Hopefully, you can expect to be able to follow along the development process of some cool projects, I’m going to start working with some amazing writers and animators to jumpstart a project I’ve been thinking about for years!

To make it up to you, I have found an image to represent my reaction to the Electronic Entertainment Expo this year:

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Fallout Boy, It's Happening!

Yesssss! So happy!

So what’s happening? Whilst I am not good at periodic writing, I aim to better my skills in this area. My ultimate goal for Nerdy Stuff and Life-y stuff is to roll out two or three articles a week. Now, I’ve cheated a little bit and wrote the next three future articles already, to be published later this evening Friday and Monday.

So in short, I’m not going anywhere, and neither is all my Nerdy Stuff.

WWDC 2015 Kicks Off With Big News (That is not ripped-off from Google)

wwdcApple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) came out of the gates yesterday with some pretty hefty announcements. While I am unable to attend physically or virtually, I will be keeping tabs on the happenings throughout the Conference. Apple will be streaming events from the conference throughout the week on their website at


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Asciinema | An amazing terminal recording tool for UNIX

18744There are a slew of screen recorders out on the market, most used in famous tutorials and lectures from around the world. But one really catches my eye, and is perfect for a niche market. VIM users and command-line guru’s unite, because Asciinema is the PERFECT tool for terminal recordings. Asciinema works flawlessly with vim, zsh, and any other terminal application.

Simply run the following command in your terminal to install and begin using Asciinema! (Linux and Mac OS X)

$ curl -sL | sh

Please forgive the shotty video (below), I’m not a perfect typist and this was my third try! I recommend you check out the video by Asciinema at I can see this becoming an amazing tool for tutorials, or even documenting the development of your projects!

Let’s talk about asciinema on reddit! Check /r/simplynerdythings! Or tweet me your awesome “asciicasts” @josephwhays!

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Our Top Three Most Wanted Features in Fallout 4

Yesterday, Bethesda and Obsidian dropped the bomb on the gaming world. The internet immediately exploded as the first trailer for the (possibly) final instalment of my favourite franchise, Fallout 4. I may be a day late, but I had to compile my ultimate Top Three list for what I want what I need from this game. Personally, I’m just radiating with excitement. I couldn’t lock my feelings of the Boston Wasteland up in a vault if I wanted to.


Without further ado, the Top Three Most needed features for Fallout 4

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