Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Updating my sites.

I have been long away from this blog, for quite a long time. It's a shame really, as it's neat to see all the interface updates that have been made here. I'm glad to be able to post a few updates occasionally now, as my time frees up. Some of the things I've been working on lately are:

Anime Cons
Of course, this is my big thing, and my main job.

Computer programming.
I've been developing almost exclusively in Ruby on Rails, but using a lot more Javascript, HTML, and CSS, than ever before.

My TV Show.
I hope to bring this back someday soon.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

2012 Horror Conventions

If you've ever been a fan of genres like Horror and Sci-Fi, you might want to check out some Horror Conventions. There are nearly two dozen listed on my Squidoo lens, which I linked to, and I think it would be awesome to get go to even more of them! <3

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Certificate verify failed on Ruby 1.9 Ubuntu Solution

I hope you find this, it will save you hours of googling.

Are you getting a certificate verify failed error in Ruby 1.9? I had this problem while trying to use Amazon's MTurk / Mechanical Turk api for AWS. It could honestly be ANYTHING that tries to connect to another website that might have this error come up. Have you found a billion websites that suggest doing something like turning off SSL verification. Well, that would work. Or you could fix this damn problem.

COMMAND PROMPT: export SSL_CERT_DIR=/etc/ssl/certs

If this helped you at all, you owe me a link back to my blog. Wasted a ton of time finding this. XD


Things not to waste time with (that might work):
  • http.ca_file = "/etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificate.crt"

Thursday, July 9, 2009

New Ryan Kopf Website

I finished a really nice design for a new Ryan Kopf website. It features a little about me, links to some of my projects, news updates, and more.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Titles Are Hard To Think Of

Randomly writing. UpcomingCons.com seems to be growing at a healthy rate so far. I've optimized the on-page titles and started getting links from convention websites, so I should see Google search visitors increasing at a regular rate. I need to get a lot of visitors to my websites (I have so many) so that I don't have to work so much. I guess I'll stick to adding conventions and writing articles for now, then build up some more PR. Also getting lots of incoming links is definately good. Some major sites get 190,000 hits daily, x $3.00 CPM is $570 daily. I would be happy with that amount monthly. In other news, I should prepare some hotel sharing for AFO 10, and calculate all our costs, plus prepare questions for our Anime Festival Orlando news articles. Lots to do.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Anime Conventions - Empire Building - Etc

I am BUSY. Yes, busy! I need to figure out a way to properly utilize all my time right now, considering the vast amount of work that I could potentially do in relativity to the amount of work that I must do. Back to the more concrete, right now I am working on:

  • A new Anime Convention website

  • A new UISG website

  • My twitter programs

  • Mindbridge Event Registration Software Database

  • Other Misc. Stuff Like Always

Now to start getting things fully finished to cross them off the list....

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

How To Make A Personal Cooling Suit (Vest)

If you don't follow me all the time, you might not know about me attending several anime conventions as Sephiroth (from Final Fantasy VII). The outfit, which is all black vinyl, can get very warm: here's a picture below.

As you can see, I have to get hot very quickly, and with no way to cool down I can't wear it for more than an hour at a time. That's why I decided to build my own water-based personal cooling system! Although getting the materials was tricky, and some creative genius was involved, it was actually fairly straightforward. Let me share what you'll need.


  • 1/4" tubing - water will run through this tubing around your body

  • An old shirt to sew the tubing onto

  • Some kind of battery operated rotary pump

  • A side belt-pack for the pump and ice

Alright, starting with the tubing. You can find this easily at Lowe's in the plumbing department. Get the clear kind that is easy to bend and flex. Anything bigger than 1/4" will probably be too big. Next you'll need an old shirt or some kind of vest to sew the tubing onto (very loose fitting). What you're going to do is pinch together parts of the shirt, sew, and then run the tubing through them. I'll provide more details on this part later when I can provide more pictures.

Then you'll need something to pump the water through the tubes. Finding a battery operated rotary pump was, I thought, impossible. But then I stumbled by the fishing section of Wal-Mart and found a device that was meant for helping keep bait alive by pushing air into water through such a pump. I'll give more details on the name/brand so you can try to find it later.

Next you need to put the tubing through the shirt you've sewn, and then have the two ends both come out one side. You're going to put them, with the pump, and ice packs (this cools the water) in a belt-pack or fanny-pack together. Use your pump to fill your tubes with cold water, then attach everything together, put the ends on the pump, in the pack with ice (you'll want to coil a few feet of tubing in the pack so that the water is exposed to the ice for a longer period of time).

Here are some pictures of my beta version (higher resolution will come when I find my good camera).