Kevin Rich

Adventures in Sci-Fi (Part 4)

Into the 21st Century

I'm that age in which the 90s seem "only a few years ago" which means that most of the films here I consider "new" despite some (looking at you Pitch Black) are twenty years old.The one thing that stands out as I added films from this era is the number of "indie" films. Pitch Black, Sunshine, Moon, and The . . .

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September 08, 2020

Adventures in Sci-Fi (Part 3)

The 90's: Bigger & Badder

The 90's took film up a notch. Science Fiction became cool, which meant more money for film budgets. Computer Generated Imaging began to mature, giving directors the ability to create scenes that hadn't been possible before (for better or worse).

Part I: The Before Times; the 60's & 70's
Part II: The Awesome . . .

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September 08, 2020

Adventures in Sci-Fi (Part 2)

The Awesome 80's

I am a child of the 80's; this is the Golden Age of Science Fiction for me. 80's films fall into three categories for me. The films I didn't see until I was older: The Final Countdown, Escape from New York, The Thing. The films I didn't appreciate at the time: Blade Runner, Dune, Terminator. The films I lived on: The Wrath of . . .

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September 08, 2020

Adventures in Sci-Fi (Part 1)

The before times, the 60's & 70's

I'm a huge fan of Science Fiction films so I thought I'd share a list of my favorites with the hope that someone finds something new, and include a fun fact on them. These are generally sorted by release date.

Part I: The Before Times; the 60's & 70's
Part II: The Awesome 80's
Part III: The 90's; . . .

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September 08, 2020

AWS Budgets in CDK

Creating a basic budget using csharp CDK for AWS

Problem

I wanted to create a budget for my AWS account using a CDK Construct.

Prerequisites

Solution

Use the CfnBudget low level apis

// generate a topic to use
var topic = new Topic(...);
topic.AddSubscription(new . . .

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May 17, 2020

VS2019 and LibMan for JavaScript

MVC Core, Libman, and Client Libraries

Summary

Adding a javascript library to an ASP.NET Core MVC web development project.*

Background

In a recent ASP.NET Core MVC intranet project, I found myself needing a client library for a datetime picker. I don't need package management in my app as most things are handled server-side. I also don't do a lot . . .

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July 27, 2019

Unit Testing: Activate Easy Mode

The Four Horsemen: AutoMock, AutoFixture, Shouldly, and xUnit

Introduction

Yesterday, after presenting to the Willamette Valley Software Engineering meetup about Dependency Injection, an engineer by the name of Josh and I got to talking. After making an offhand comment about a testing framework combination I'd used, he got really excited. I figured I'd use this as an excuse to do a . . .

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March 08, 2019

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