I am a software developer living in Indianapolis, Indiana. My day job pays me to work on a Microsoft stack, and admittedly that is where most of my experience is. However, I am interested in all technology, regardless of the origin company.

Since 2011, my wife and I have taken Ballroom dancing lessons. The studio we attend has events throughout the year that we participate in, and some of the videos we have taken can be found on this site and on my youtube channel.

About This Site

Web host Dreamhost

Blog Software Jekyll The website is generated using the Jekyll framework, with the { Personal } Theme. I migrated my blog to Jekyll for several reasons:

  1. To update the design of my site to something more modern
  2. To decrease the load time of my site by using a generated static HTML site
  3. I wanted a site that would be more of a landing page for me, but with the ability to add blog content, rather than being all about the blog, like my previous site was.


Q: How do you pronounce ‘yanigisawa’?

A: Just how it’s spelled. Really, does it matter how one says it? Just shorten it to “yani” if you want to refer to it verbally. (though, I don’t know why you would want to, “James” is easier to say) The background for this nickname I use on twitter and around the web is that in High School, I played a Yanagisawa brand of saxophone. My senior year, I started taking lessons from a college professor at Indiana State University, that was amused by the name, and said it really fast, like the Micromachines guy. This amused me more than the actual name did. Later when I needed to find a unique name to create an email account (hotmail), I got frustrated trying to use my real name (since mine is so common, most derivations on it were taken), and refused to append a number, (e.g. jalexander1234) as this just seemed cheesy to me. So, I remembered “yanigisawa” and it has been a unique name for me everywhere I go on the net.

Q: Why are you blogging?

A: Mostly just for kicks I’m following advice from an An episode of Pragmatic Programmers and Scott Hanselman who both say that all software developers should have a blog, an on-line presence, and gasp, a personal brand. I don’t know about the whole personal branding idea, but having an on-line presence has allowed me to generate content that have helped others, and myself reference problems I have solved in the past.


18 Mar 2018 . . Run Sonic Pi on a Chromebook Comments

Sonic Pi is a coding environment designed to create MIDI synthesized sounds as a result of entering programmatic constructs. I.e., you can make music with code! The software is cross platform, but unfortunately doesn’t support Chromebooks by default. Since Sonic Pi works by installing itself on the local machine, ChromeOS does not natively support installing applications. To work-around this limitation, read on. Step 1 - Enable Developer Mode First we need to enable developer mode. WARNING Enabling Developer Mode will erase your hards drive’s local data. However, since most of the benefit of running ChromeOS is using cloud hosted services, this shouldn’t be a huge issue for ChromeOS users. Read more details about enabling developer mode from this How to Geek Article. The TL;DR version…

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