Ryan Matthew Pierson

A Blog of Ersatz Savvy

For the past 10 years, I’ve had a recurring obsession that completely overtakes my media consumption habits for weeks at a time: Pawn Stars.

In the software development world, a full stack engineer is someone that has a diverse set of skills that span multiple levels of the development flow. The same is true for technical writers, where having skills that go beyond the ability to write good content come in handy.

For generations, Rocky Balboa has served as an inspirational character personifying the pursuit of dreams in the face of insurmountable odds. Rocky is more than an underdog story. It’s a series of life lessons shared through the eyes of one of the most recognizable figures in cinema history.

Nest is a great brand for introducing anyone that has thought about making their home a ‘smart’ home to ‘smart’ home technologies. Nest, which was purchased by Google in 2014, has a host of smart home products including a thermostat, smoke alarm, and indoor and outdoor cameras.

Being an expecting...

What legacy will you leave when you’re gone? Will what you have done matter in 100 years? These are questions that I’ve been asking myself a lot recently.

Earlier, I wrote about the Nest Cam being my baby monitor of choice. It still is, though it isn’t an optimal always-on solution. You have to be near a smartphone, tablet, or PC to see the live stream.

Enter the VTech DM111 Digital Audio Baby Monitor. This inexpensive, always-on audio monitorin...

Move over, Amazon. UPS isn’t giving up its grip on delivery services just yet. In fact, UPS is testing its own drone delivery system – and this one can be based anywhere a UPS truck can roam.

One of the toughest challenges for delivery services is getting to hard-to-reach customers in rural areas....

Have you ever wondered what the Ewok translation of “Are we there yet?” is? Do you want to be able to offer a Wookie a drink in her own native tongue? How about the best escape plan should you find yourself in a Tusken Raider camp? This is exactly why Ben Burtt wrote the Star Wars Galactic Phrase B...

On first glance, this headset appears to be shiny red hockey pucks linked together by a plastic and foam band. Thankfully, they’re a lot more comfortable than they look, and the sound they deliver is exceptional considering its low price point when compared to comparable headphones in its class.

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Last Tuesday, our dog Rocky Balboa went blind. It happened out of nowhere in the middle of the evening. Earlier that day, he chased a red dot emanating from a lazer-sighted thermometer we use to measure the baby’s formula before feeding times. He ran around the yard, tried to provoke me into a chasi...