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matt.toigo

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Tech for Product Managers - Speaking at General Assembly

July 24th, 2015 dev

A talk I gave to my co worker Catherine Colwell's Product Management class at General Assembly. The purpose was to give Product Managers a brief overview of software engineering terminology and give them advice on working with technical teams.

Speaking at PHPWorld 2015

June 26th, 2015 dev

I'm going to be speaking at the 2015 PHPWorld Conference this November in DC. My talk will be on common problems that agile projects face and how to overcome them.

What Goes Wrong With Agile and How to Fix It

June 17th, 2015 dev

A piece I wrote for Huge based on my experiences leading agile software development teams and identifying solutions to common problems they face.

74 Schwinn Twinn Deluxe Rebuild

April 25th, 2015 wheels

Rebuilding an old Schwinn Tandem bicycle for a summer of fun.

Wednesday Night Spins Video

April 3rd, 2015 wheels

Onboard footage from the awesome Wednesday Night Spins race series that Crosshairs Cycling put on in a parking garage in Crystal City. This footage is from the C Group Race on March 26th.

Pulling Google Calendar Events with Node.js

December 7th, 2014 dev

A quick tutorial on pulling down Google Calendar data with Node.js

Vietnam and Cambodia

November 22nd, 2014 travel

Two weeks of traveling in Southeast Asia with my dad, little sister, and Katie.

2014 Cycling

October 5th, 2014 wheels

I've gone through the arch of being really into running when I was younger, then dabbling with triathlons, and lately I've been getting really into cycling. Here's some photos and rides from this year.

Toilet Racing

September 12th, 2014 wheels

Soapbox Derby... but with Toilets!

Mount Washington

February 13th, 2014 travel

A trip up north to hike Mt Washington and climb some ice.

FYBO Scooter Rally Interview

January 18th, 2014 wheels

A local paper in Raleigh, NC interviewed me about a vintage scooter rally I was down there for.

Image Cropping and Resizing with Just Javascript

December 30th, 2013 dev

A quick example of resizing images using just Javascript and Canvas. A good way to replace server side technology like GD or ImageMagick when you want to let your users crop and resize photos.

5 Pointz

October 6th, 2013 travel

Photos of some of the best aerosol art around. These were taken about a week before everything was painted over.

Biking from Pittsburgh to DC

August 9th, 2013 wheels

The story of that time when I rode my bicycle 335 miles through the woods from Pittsburgh to DC.

Vespa P200 Rebuild

January 13th, 2013 wheels

Photos and details on going through my old Vespa.

Scooter Cannonball

October 19th, 2012 wheels

I rode a 1979 Vespa P200 2500 miles across the US as part of the 2012 Scooter Cannonball Run.

Tetris

September 5th, 2012 dev

A version of the classic puzzle game Tetris written purely in Javascript and Canvas. It seems like everything is heading towards Javascript lately so I mostly wrote this just for fun and to improve my JS skills. It is playable in Chrome, Safari, and Firefox and does not work on mobile. The source is available here.

Ice Climbing in the Adirondacks

January 5th, 2012 travel

A great day of Ice Climbing up in Northern NY.

ORM with Validation in Kohana 3

October 17th, 2011 dev

It took me a while to get this working correctly and I'm betting I'm not the only one. This example will give you everything you need to setup user creation with ORM and model level validation.

Charm City Mods vs Rockers

October 2nd, 2011 wheels

"So what did you do with your weekend Matt?" "Pretended I was in a gang from 1960s Britain.... trust me it's cooler than it sounds."

9/25 - Summit Point Track Day

September 26th, 2011 wheels

A great first track day with Motorcycle Xcitement and a Ninja 250.

Colonial Beach Scooter Camping Trip

September 10th, 2011 wheels

Just a short weekend camping trip with the P200.

Motorcycle Trip to Nashville

September 4th, 2011 wheels

1400 mile trip to Nashville and back on an 81 CB750

North of San Francisco

August 30th, 2011 travel

Riding a Triumph Bonneville north of San Francisco for the day.

June Northern Virginia Ride

June 26th, 2011 wheels

Monthly ride on some of the best roads around DC.

Pittsburgh Vintage Scooter Club: Band Camp XII

June 19th, 2011 wheels

Vintage scooters take over a band camp in Ohio.

East Coast Classic Scooter Rally

June 9th, 2011 wheels

What kind of maniac rides a tiny little 37 year old scooter over a 200 miles? Pretty awesome weekend at the largest scooter rally I've ever gone to.

Seneca Rocks

May 30th, 2011 travel

A really great weekend of hiking, climbing, camping, swimming, live music, and via ferrata out in West Virginia.

Hiking and Camping in Cental Shenandoah

May 1st, 2011 travel

A weekend of camping nearly ruined by storms turned out pretty awesome.

Linking to YouTube on Mobile Websites

April 25th, 2011 dev

Launching a native video player via the HTML5 video element if possible is the slickest way to handle video on mobile websites. An alternative that requires less development and QA time is simply uploading the video to YouTube and then linking to it. This approach has the advantage of letting YouTube deal with optimization, CDN (content delivery network) caching, and also having the video play on BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 which can be problematic (also not likely worth the effort) to implement yourself.

Rocky Top Shenandoah Hike

April 10th, 2011 travel

20 mile hike in central Shenandoah near Skyline Drive. Got in at 11PM on Friday night and hiked 3 hours with headlamps before setting up camp. Hiked the remaining 17 the next day through some of the thickest fog I've ever seen.

Developing Web Pages for BlackBerry

April 7th, 2011 dev

You may not use one, your friends may not be using one, but the people who sign the checks for large mobile web project likely are. BlackBerry (BB) is still a large part of the smartphone ecosystem and any mobile web project should have support for BlackBerry.

74 Vespa Super

April 7th, 2011 wheels

I've owned a 74 Vespa Super for about a year now and racked up over 2,000 miles on it. Luckily I've yet to run into any issues with it that I haven't been able to fix. It is extremely satisfying learning how to work on old scooters like this and I would highly encourage anyone who owns one to spend the time learning how to fix it (you pretty much have to though). Below are resources and notes that have helped me through any repairs I've encountered.