How To Create a Spooky Halloween Hackpack with Laravel and Arduino


I found myself trapped in what seemed like a terrible dream. Visions of ghosts and bats blinking at me in the darkness were revealing what looked to be a foreign language. As I peered closer I caught a glimpse of what looked to be dollar signs and weird arrow shapes. Could it be? Yes, it was in fact my worst nightmare: having to work with a… Read More

Finding Out When to Buy World Series Tickets with PHP, Guzzle, Seat Geek API and Twilio


Born and raised in Kansas City, I’ve been waiting my whole life to see the Royals win a World Series. This year “The Boys in Blue” have made it back to the fall classic and they’re playing the team that represents my adopted home, the New York Mets. I have my Royals cap ready and I want to support KC when they play in the greatest… Read More

Call Tracking with Google Analytics Measurement Protocol


“Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted. The trouble is, I don’t know which half.” – John Wanamaker Dear Saul Goodman, Esq., First off, my compliments on your phenomenally effective advertising. I can’t drive down the streets of Albuquerque, sit at a bus stop or watch my favorite shows on AMC without seeing one of your ubiquitous “Better Call Saul” ads. Judging from the,… Read More

Victory 91.5 Takes Radio From Hardware Powered to Software Powered with Twilio


There are certain tools of the trade all radio stations use. The most insufferable morning zoo drive-time duos and world’s best DJs (cough, cough Seattle’s KEXP) all drop radio station ID’s. You know how it goes, a famous musician or excited fan shouts out the radio station’s name and motto. It seems simple enough, but getting audio from the phone to the airwaves is a tricky… Read More

Mobile Passwordless SMS Authentication: Part 1 – Building the API with Laravel and Twilio


Lately there’s been a lot of discussion about the future of passwords – some have even declared that the password is obsolete. When I saw that one of my favorite apps, Cover, decided to launch passwordless authentication I was intrigued. I realized what a great experience passwordless auth provided after using it for the first time. Users don’t have to worry about remembering an overly complex… Read More

12 Hacks of Christmas – Day 7: Spread Christmas Cheer With littleBits, Laravel and Twilio


My mom’s favorite Christmas song is “I’ll be home for Christmas” which means I’m in major trouble since I won’t be making the trip to KC to visit her this year. I imagine many of you, like me, may not be able to spend the holidays with your families. I wanted to build a hack that helps people feel connected to the ones they love no… Read More

How to Build a Digital Decoder Ring Using PHP, and Twilio MMS


Over the past few months I’ve been rewatching one of my favorite TV shows, Alias, on Netflix. For those of you who haven’t experienced this television classic, Alias follows CIA agent Sydney Bristow as she travels around the world solving mysteries and beating up bad guys. If you are like me you’ve probably always wanted to tap into your inner Sydney Bristow and become a kick-ass… Read More

How to Build an MMS Ticketing System Using PHP, Laravel and Twilio


Have you ever arrived at a movie, flight or concert and realized you’ve forgotten your paper ticket? Imagine how much worse it would be if you showed up at Willy Wonka’s front door, but forgot your golden ticket! To prevent an epic disaster such as this,  we’re going to build an app that delivers Willy Wonka’s golden ticket directly to your phone using MMS. All the… Read More

Getting Started with Twilio and the Laravel framework for PHP


One of the things I’m grateful for in my work so far is having the chance to write meaningful code in many different programming languages. Most recently this has been JavaScript (node/browser), Objective-C, and Ruby, but I cut my teeth as a Java/JEE developer, developed huge Adobe Flex apps in ActionScript 3, and have been asked to contribute code (for good or ill) in C#, Python,… Read More