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Colin Devroe

Reverse Engineer. Blogger. Chills easily.

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Carriage House, Hill Section, Scranton, PA – April 2018

I found this little gem just a few paces from my new office.

Lackawanna County Courthouse, Scranton, PA – January 2017

I don’t know how this happened, but I’ve never published this photo here on my site. This was one of the first photos I took with my current drone (the DJI Phantom 4 Pro) and has already been used by several Scranton-based companies in their materials.

Hiking in Seven Tubs Nature Recreation Area, Bear Creek, PA – April 2018

On Saturday Eliza and I went for a hike around Seven Tubs, a series of “tubs” carved out of the bedrock by glaciers a few thousand years ago. Beautiful area, beautiful day.

New office vibes – March 2018

Jujama’s Scranton, PA offices are 👌

The Anthracite Center, Carbondale, PA – February 2018

I seldom get the chance to drive through Carbondale at night. It was nice to see The Anthracite Center lit up.

A few photos from Berwick, PA – January 2018

Eliza and I drove to a brewery and a few wineries a few weekends ago. We love to explore new areas and find places that are slightly off the beaten path – especially those somewhat close to home.

Snowy Saturday, Prompton, PA – December 2017

Paper Caves, Honesdale, PA – December 2017

Goregous, immersive art exhibit.

Cider Mill, Clifford, PA – December 2017

Down Wyoming, Scranton, PA – April 2017

Duffy’s Coffee Company, Clarks Summit, PA – November 2017

This being my day 2 entry of the Micro.blog photo challenge.

Prompton Lake – October 2017


Cedar Ave. Scranton, PA – September 2017

Attending October’s NEPA.js meet up

On Tuesday, October 10 I attended October’s NEPA.js meet up. John George of NEPA Web Solutions was this month’s presenter and his topic was Bitcoin and the Blockchain: Democratizing How We Exchange Value.

I believe all members of NEPA.js would agree, John’s presentation was arguably the best presentation the meet up group has had to-date. Though the Blockchain can seem a complex topic, John did an excellent job describing how it worked, where it is currently being used, and its future potential. Though the meet up was relatively well attended, I left wishing that so many more people had heard his presentation.

To further the lesson beyond the walls of the Scranton Enterprise Center, John also gave each attendee a gift in the form of a wallet containing a single bit of BTC. He also incentivized attendees to claim that bit for themselves by awarding the first few that did so with $50USD in BTC. Those that did it were rewarded indeed since the value of BTC has jumped to new record highs this month. Those that didn’t claim their bit may be kicking themselves for dragging their feet.

John will likely do this presentation again, in some form, under the NEPA Tech banner. Meet up’s like October’s are what is spurring the group to expand the group into a more general direction. This particular presentation had nothing to do with JavaScript – as the name NEPA.js would have you believe – and so we want to make sure each meet up is approachable by all that would be interested. You may remember me saying this over the last few months, and even in January I spelled it out specifically, but now there has been positive steps towards this happening. We’ll have more to announce in the near future.

Thanks to John for the amazing presentation, and for the bitcoin, and to the attendees for the active discussion.

Side note: My apologies for a terrible pano photo. I’ll try to do better next time.


The Giving Tree Wellness Center, Penn Avenue, Scranton, Pa – September 2017

In September Mark Keith and I poked our heads into this brand-new business in Downtown Scranton. They have a nice spot (and sensory deprivation chambers).

Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic – October 2017

So much fun.

Attending the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic: The Music of John Williams (audio)

This past weekend Eliza and I attended an orchestral presentation by the NEPA Philharmonic that featured musical scores composed by John Williams – my favorite score composer.

Forgive the audio quality, the fact that I forgot to record more than I did, and that at the end I yell “it’s all over” so fast that it is unintelligible. I was quite literally blown away by the presentation. I cried (both at Jurassic Park and during Leia’s theme), I laughed (at the conductor playing the role of Indiana Jones), and my spirits were soaring (during Hook!).

Not my best audio bit so far but definitely my favorite.

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Keystone Observatory from above – September 2017


Trees, Merli-Sarnoski Park, Carbondale, PA – September 2017

Attending September’s NEPA.js meetup

On September 12th, NEPA.js held its September meetup. Anthony Altieri presented on beacons – the typically small Bluetooth devices that “chirp” some very basic information multiple times per second allowing app developers to understand the proximity of a user. This allows for things like understanding where a shopper is in a retail space.

His overview of the devices, the spec, some of the software, and the differences between iOS and Android, and iBeacon and Eddystone – was a really nice introduction into the space. He did a great job.

I learned a lot during his presentation. Thanks to him for putting it together.

If you haven’t yet been to a NEPA.js and you live in our area – I implore you to check one out. It is consistently attended, always fun, and isn’t always focused solely on JavaScript. But even if it was, it is worth your time.