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Ryan Kopf takes the ALS ChallengeAug 20, 6pm

In this video I take the ALS challenge after being challenged by my VP. However there is a water shortage and I don't want to waste good drinking water, so instead I will be donating all of my two dollar bills to the ALS foundation.

Moving to Illinois for taxesAug 18, 11am

It looks like I'm very likely going to need to move to Illinois really soon, and for one simple reason: taxes. When you run businesses in multiple states, you have to file taxes in every single one, yet one of them is legally your "home state" wherever you live.

You don't have to stand for online bullying.Aug 18, 1pm

Online bullies have made victims out of more than "7 out of 10":http://nobullying.com/cyberbullying-bullying-statistics-2014-finally/ young people this year. Online bullies have made victims out of more than "7 out of 10":http://nobullying.

Don't steal from your friendsAug 4, 7pm

You, fellow congoer, wouldn't slip five dollars out of a friend's purse when they're not looking. And if you would, you can just fuck right off. The supermajority of people going to cons are the most awesome people in the world.

Setting up the Amazon AWS CLI on UbuntuAug 1, 2am

Amazon's documentation on their command line tools is unwieldy and confusingly setup. They have a lot of tools that are similarly named, yet you may need just a fraction of them for your particular purpose.

Image_Science not working with new Rails 3 installation.Jul 28, 5pm

Is your image_science throwing an error when you try to install Rails 3 on a new machine for testing and updating purposes.

Installing rails updates.Jul 28, 4am

Bundler doesn't do a good job of installing a lot of dependencies, which is likely a result of running bundler as a regular user yet needing to install system files as a sudo-wielding administrator. sudo apt-get install imagemagick libmagickcore-dev libmagickwand-dev Helps install RMagick.

AnimeCon.org platform being updated.Jul 27, 3am

What started as a few simple news websites and my own personal website has evolved into a solid platform hosting an anime dating website, a huge list of conventions, and the best registration system in the world.

Anime Midwest 2014 ReviewedJul 19, 5pm

Anime Midwest this month was one of the most exciting conventions to be a part of, ever. We had tons of things happening, we grew by 3,000 attendees, and everyone had a really awesome time. One review gave us an awesome 9.

Starting Cons on KickStarterJul 15, 12pm

It appears that more and more conventions lately have been trying to get off the ground using Kickstarter or the less famous IndieGogo to raise funds to start their conventions. And more and more are not getting anywhere, because what Kickstarter and IndieGogo are very good at is in hiding their failed attempts and spotlighting successful projects.
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