Hacking a Philips Hue Remote API in Node

I’m giving one of my favorite talks at Stir Trek this year – Quantifying your Fitness.  Unfortunately, the IFTTT->Philips Hue connector has ceased to work and neither IFTTT nor Philips Hue has deigned to answer my plea for help.  So, while Quantifying your Fitness used to use Twitter as glue, […]


Telling Your Story

Telling Your Story: Speaking for Non-Speakers 3

This year I was honored to be invited to contribute to the OSCON talks on presentation skills with my own take, Telling Your Story. I was placed into a slot where I was likely to have plenty of worn out attendees, the last slot on the second full day, so […]

Quick Docker Getting Started

Docker’s cool.  I mentioned this before, but hadn’t really made a great example for you to use for your own nefarious purposes… until now. I’ve created a base github repository where you can fork it, create your own docker container, and you and your users cal pull it to wreak […]



Promises, promises

This has got to be the fifty-bazillionth post about javascript promises with the same title out there, but I had a very particular problem I was trying to solve and had trouble finding the answer so once I got it working I wanted to share it with you. The challenge […]

Glue-ing together APIs for GlueCon 1

Last year, at Defrag, I made my IoT rube goldberg machine made up of a sphero, hue lightbulb, raspberry pi and my drone.  I might have accidentally almost attacked the audience with the drone.  But it was a success and entertaining for all. This year, instead of doing that, I’m doing […]


Irresistible APIs

New Book on MEAP: Irresistible APIs 1

APIs have been exploding across the internet for several years now, but we are just now getting to the point where the industry can start implementing best practices in design.  Up until now, most APIs have been designed at the architecture level, figuring out what the backend system does and exposing […]

Ask the Princess: Episode 1

This is the first in a series of posts entitled “Ask the Princess.”  I am a princess and a polymath, and I’ve got lots of opinions and experience around various things.  Topics covered here will be mostly about building APIs, but can cover martial arts, parenting, politics, or anything else […]



Docker for Simple Use Cases

As you probably know, I work as an API Evangelist at Akamai, and we’ve been working to decrease the learning curve for getting started with our APIs.  We’ve got an excellent online tutorial and our evangelists travel around giving workshops to our customers so they can get some hands-on experience using […]

Connect All the Things!

At Defrag this year, I gave a presentation entitled “Connect all the things” – a demo of connecting 4 IoT devices together in a rube goldbergy fashion.  The theory was this: My computer ran a node.js server which controlled the sphero and the Philips Hue lightbulb My raspberry pi had […]


Amazing Street Art

In London, I stayed at the Hoxton Hotel, and was treated to an amazing transformation outside of my hotel window.  Note that these pics were taken in panoramic mode on my iPhone 5s, and I claim no excellent technique or even motivation to do anything other than share this beautiful art. […]