May the 4th Be With You!

It’s Star Wars Day! I painted that picture. Not today. It’s from one of Kristen Olsen’s AE Uncorked classes from a little while back.

Enjoy a quiz for Star Tours – The Adventure Continues! Continue reading May the 4th Be With You!

Star Wars!

So as anyone on the internet probably knows, the second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released yesterday at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim. Hey! Let’s watch it again!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser #2
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So I’m a Dad Now

On March 18th at 9:24 PM, Sophia Lynn Minotti came screaming into this world. One minute later at 9:25 PM, Olivia Ann Minotti came screaming even louder.

Everyone always talks about what a life changing experience this will be. And academically, you get that. But man, nothing would have ever prepared me for the last week.

Sophia
Olivia
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Farewell, Big Ethel

big_ethel-14This weekend, something very exciting happened. I purchased a 2012 Subaru Forester with 10,800 miles on it. It’s a fantastic car.

But something sad happened too. It was finally time to say goodbye to my 2003 Toyota Highlander, Big Ethel. Continue reading Farewell, Big Ethel

Turn Off Philips Hue with Siri

I finally out two and two together to figure out how to control my Philips Hue lights with Siri thanks to IFTTT!

IFTTT allows you to text the service and allow certain hashtags to cause certain triggers. So I simply created a contact with the name “Philips Hue” using my IFTTT SMS number. Then I tell Siri, “Tell Philips Hue to turn hashtag off,” or some such phrase. Boom! The lights turn off. Check out the recipe below!

IFTTT Recipe: Use Siri to turn off the lights connects sms to philips-hue

Pebble Time

Pebble has returned to Kickstarter with their latest piece of hardware, the Pebble Time. Unlike the Pebble Steel, this isn’t just an aesthetic upgrade. Think of this as Pebble 2.0.

93e916f6051faf2f55e88f75e249c47d_originalI’m very torn. On the one hand, I very much love my Pebble. I bought it in September of 2013, and it has steadily gotten better over the course of a year’s worth of updates. My phone stays in my pocket, silent and with vibration turned off. I get my sports scores, pay for my Starbucks, and turn off my lights with my watch. That’s pretty great. Continue reading Pebble Time

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman-the-secret-service-1As part of my birthday festivities yesterday, my wife took me to see Kingsman: The Secret Service. This was one of those cases of going into a movie fairly blind. I vaguely recall a teaser trailer from a few months ago, and I had recollections of it being based on a comic book (it is). But that was about it. Continue reading Kingsman: The Secret Service

Hello world!

I guess I can leave the title of the default WordPress blog post intact. I realized that ajguy.com was actually available, so I figured why not? May as well try making some manner of blog (again). But I figured especially with my twin daughters on the way, it might be fun to have a place to chronicle my sudden role of dad in addition to all the other stuff I like. For anyone who knows me, that involves Disney stuff, nerdy stuff, techy stuff, and video game stuff.

I’ll post a bunch of photos and such too. It’s what I do.

Enjoy our epic, hill top wedding photo in the mean time.