I wrote a ReactJS App Called BIDI

Years ago I created a simple web application called Before I Die I... which was a public facing bucket list of things to do before you die.

Given that it was public facing and not much personalization, I took the site down to focus on other things.

Before I Die I - 2008

Years later, actually, 8 years later, I launched the site again. This time writing it with personalization in mind.

Before I Die I - 2016

The site is extremely simple. Since the "bucket lists" are private, every user must have a registered account to use it. In this case, I've decided that Twitter is the simplest method of authenticating a user with the least amount of data stored. In this case, all I am capturing is a session ID. No other personal information is being captured or stored.

Tech Stack

I decided to build the app in ReactJS. It needed to make use of "State" so I used Redux. For the database, storage, authentication and hosting I am using Firebase. This provides the app with with several options for it's future growth. Additionally, the app is running in real-time. In the future I will create a React-Native Mobile app to allow users to create and manage their lists on the go.

Check it out

Please go check out the project at https://beforeidiei.com and create your bucket lists today!

Years ago I created a simple web application called Before I Die I... which was a public facing bucket list of things to do before you die. Given that it was public facing and not much personalization, I took the site down to focus on other things. Before I Die…

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How To Record Music

Over the weekend I found just enough time to put together a new website called HowToRecordMusic.com that will be dedicated towards my love of teaching the art of recording music. I have been recording music for over 20 years and while it's been a wonderful journey of giving my music away, I've never had the ability or desire to give my tricks of the trade away. Well, all of this will change now. I am going to focus in on what works and what doesn't in the modern world of recording music in every genre.

Music Is My Therapy

To me, music is my therapy, my inhale, my exhale, my way of capturing and releasing my emotions, my way of communication. Music has always been there for me when times became overwhelming.

My Personal Goal

HowToRecordMusic.com is going to keep me inspired, honest, dedicated, hungry, and educated. I can only hope that it treat you the same.

Get Social

Today is the first post. I setup the YouTube Channel: @howtorecordmusic and I plan on uploading at least 1-3 videos per week. I'm still re-learning how to use final cut pro (it's been awhile) so bare with me while I crawl through the learning curve and find a nice content creation rhythm.

Additionally, you can stay connected to more content on Twitter: @howtorecordnyc, Instagram: @howtorecordmusic, Facebook: @howtorecord, and Google+: @howtorecordmusic account to help you stay connected to the content.

Contact

As always, please feel free to reach out to me personally at @erictherobot or checkout my blog at erictherobot.com

Over the weekend I found just enough time to put together a new website called HowToRecordMusic.com that will be dedicated towards my love of teaching the art of recording music. I have been recording music for over 20 years and while it's been a wonderful journey of giving my…

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How To Stream Any Audio Source To Amazon Echo

Today I needed a quick way to stream audio from Soundcloud to my wonderful personal assistant, Alexa. She said she can help me connect Soundcloud or any audio source to her speaker, just ask her (voice command) to do this:

"Alexa, pair bluetooth"

She'll then respond with instructions, telling you to go to the Bluetooth settings on your phone, tablet, or desktop. Once Alexa is paired, any audio you queue up on your device will play through her speaker.

Please note: Any controls -- like play, pause, next, etc. -- must be done on your phone. Eventually, we hope, Alexa will be able to handle voice commands for Bluetooth audio.

Enjoy your robot life!

Today I needed a quick way to stream audio from Soundcloud to my wonderful personal assistant, Alexa. She said she can help me connect Soundcloud or any audio source to her speaker, just ask her (voice command) to do this: "Alexa, pair bluetooth" She'll then respond with instructions, telling you…

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Weekend Project: Doorman iOS App

I've done a few weekend iOS projects before, but I quickly abandoned them after becoming frustrated. This weekend, I made great progress with an app idea I've been kicking around lately.

Please say hello to "The Doorman App" - an app to help you know what the girl : guy ratio is before going to any venue.

The doorman chooses the venue he/she is working at and as people enter the establishment, he/she's job is to choose "male" or "female" - this data is then published in real-time online. It's a novelty app I've been wanting to do for awhile, so here's a video of my progress:

It's a native iOS app with some hybrid HTML5 features.

It's using AngularJS, NodeJS, Ionic Framework and more.

Hopefully in a few months I will get around to releasing it to the app store.

I've done a few weekend iOS projects before, but I quickly abandoned them after becoming frustrated. This weekend, I made great progress with an app idea I've been kicking around lately. Please say hello to "The Doorman App" - an app to help you know what the girl : guy ratio…

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