Jun 27

Qualified!

Hey All!

I am very proud to announce that I qualified for the Florida House of Representatives District 49 race.  My name will be on the ballot this election!

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This is exciting, and will be an extremely tough race.  I am running as a No Party Affiliated candidate.  I believe in:

  • Equal Rights
  • Let Teachers Be Teachers
  • Single Payer Healthcare – Medicare Expansion
  • Paid Sick, Paternity, & Maternity Leave
  • Expanding Mental Health Care
  • Online Education
  • Lowering Textbook Prices
  • Lowering Student Loans
  • Better Internet Options
  • Open source and Open Standards for Government Documents
  • Bodycams for our Police Officers
  • Abolishing Private Prisons
  • Turning Prisons into Places of Rehab
  • Net Neutrality
  • Marijuana Reform

If you believe in that as well,  I would love your help.

-Shea

Jun 13

Sunday At Home In Orlando

Sunday Sucked.  I haven’t felt this numb and exposed in a long time.  My deepest sympathies and love go out to all the families, victims, and survivors in this awful tragedy.  The only shining light in all of this was how we as a community reacted to the aftermath.

To quote Mr. Rogers:  “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

My thoughts on gun control:

I have grown up around guns. I was taught how to handle them, fire them, clean them and store them safely.  From an early age my mother and father put into me a healthy amount of fear and respect when dealing with firearms.

We need to extend the 3 day waiting period to all firearms, not just handguns.  The waiting period should also be increased, and having a concealed weapons permit shouldn’t waive that requirement.

My thoughts on gun violence:

What happened in my home town was a tragedy.  I never want to blame the weapon, for that shifts blame to an inanimate object.  It is a person’s own decision to brandish and use a weapon.  It should be easier to get mental health care than it is to get a gun.

-Shea

Oct 10

Friday Post: Orlando iX 2015

Orlando iX was amazing.  I was expecting nothing, and I got treated to an incredible 3 days of awesome tech heads talking shop and showing off their cool stuff.  From cool indie games such as Battery Jam, to a storytelling “robot” plush named Trobo.  The entire event was just filled with energy.

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I had so much fun.  And I took this whole week off.  I spent most of this week just relaxing, sleeping, and playing a fan translated version of Mother 3.  So good!

Have a good weekend all!

-Shea

May 14

I’m Back! Thanks to my new host vNucleus

Hey All,

Hopefully I didn’t worry you all too much.  I’m kinda embarrassed to admit this, but for the past few weeks, I’ve been effectively locked out of a lot of my web apps due to my old host’s server not being able to handle the load.  I’ve been with them for 3 years, and in that time these applications have grown exponentially.  I have sadly outgrown them, and for a while was worried about where I could go.

Good hosting isn’t cheap and it’s worth every penny.  I looked at AWS, but that would have cost me a small fortune for the amount of bandwidth I use.  Some VPS providers would have been good, but I don’t have the time to manage every part of my server.

I’m very lucky to have a good friend who owns the hosting company vNucelus, and has graciously offered me space on his servers.  Everything was migrated today and it all seems to be running super smoothly!

I’m glad to be able to post again, and I hope you are excited to read again.

Thanks for sticking with me!

-Shea Silverman

Dec 10

Holiday Shopping Guide 2014

Hey All,

Figured I would post a list of items that I feel would be awesome purchases for anyone with an electronics itch to scratch!

Holiday 2014

Raspberry Pi Model B+ (B PLUS) 512MB Computer Board
Raspberry Pi Model A+ (256MB)
Mayflash PS2 PS3 PC USB Universal Arcade Fighting Stick
Qanba Q1 PS3 & PC Joystick (Fightstick)
X-Arcade Video Game Controller – X-Arcade Solo
AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable – 6.5 Feet (2 Meters) Supports Ethernet, 3D, and Audio Return
Motorola USB Wall Charger with Micro USB Data Cable – Bulk Packaging (Black)
RASPBERRY PIHUB
Tontec® 7 Inches Raspberry Pi LCD Display Screen TFT Monitor AT070TN90 with HDMI VGA Input Driver Board Controller
Teensy++ 2.0
Super Scratch Programming Adventure! (Covers Version 1.4): Learn to Program By Making Cool Games
SanDisk Ultra 32GB UHI-I/Class 10 Micro SDHC Memory Card Up to 48MB/s With Adapter- SDSDQUAN-032G-G4A [Newest Version]
Rii Mini Wireless Keyboard with Mouse Touchpad-Black
Edimax EW-7811Un 150Mbps 11n Wi-Fi USB Adapter, Nano Size Lets You Plug it and Forget it, Ideal for Raspberry Pi, Supports Windows, Mac OS, Linux
SanDisk 16GB SDHC Card Class 4 Secure Digital High Capacity – Bulk Packaging
FlexPi Raspberry Pi Case (Blank)

 

Apr 18

Friday Post: PiPlay 0.8 Beta 3

Update: PiPlay 0.8 Beta 3 is uploaded!

Lo all,

It’s been two weeks and my Kickstarter is at 242% funded!!  This is incredible.  I’m so excited and humbled at the community support.  Thank you!

PiPlay 0.8 Beta 3

I am uploading the latest SD Card image of PiPlay.  0.8 Beta 3 includes:

  • Recompiled kernel with Xin-Mo encoder support.
  • Better GBA support.
  • Better Neo Geo support.
  • Fixed issues with Genesis and Final Burn Alpha emulators not running.
  • Genesis emulator can now use Zip files.
  • Updated PiPlay to have a better updater system.
  • 2 player keyboard support in SNES emulator.

What I’m currently working on:

  • Snapshot/screenshot support in ROM list.
  • Documentation.
  • Looking for MSX, Atari, and TG16 emulators to add.

Look for this SD Card image to be available tonight or tomorrow.  My laptop is locking up / freezing randomly and I’m trying to generate a more recent backup, so I have to hurry up and wait while that happens.

I will update this post when it’s uploaded!

-Shea

Jan 03

Friday Post: Hello 2014

Hello All,

Happy 2014!

Today I found out my blog post about dogecoin was featured on Adafruit 🙂  I hope a bunch of readers got some good info from that.

Over the holiday break my friend Zach and I have been working on the PiMAME Menu system.  We got a lot done, and even though it’s very beta, if anyone wants to try it out and contribute some code, it is all on GitHub.

Video of it in action:

that clanging noise was the joystick falling off my desk.  It’s ok though!

Have a great weekend!

-Shea

Dec 27

Friday Post: 2013

Hey All,

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year!!!

This year has been amazing to me.  I owe a lot of it to my readers.  Thank you.

I have had new PiMAME stickers made up.  If you would like one, send your address to me using the contact form and I will ship one out!

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Thanks everyone!  Here is to a wonderful 2014!!!!

-Shea Silverman