Don’t just do something, stand there

The worst thing I ever did for my back was become a full time Software Engineer. It’s a constant battle because for that long is not good for you. The last few years I make sure and drink a lot of water and coffee so I’m forced to leave the desk to go to the rest room or fill up my cup to keep the justices flowing. Another thing that has really help is getting an adjustable desk and chair. This way I can stand for 20 – 30 mins and then take a break.

Here are 5 health benefits to having this setup as sited by Smithsonian.com

  • Reduced Risk of Obesity
  • Reduced Risk of Type 2 Diabetes and Other Metabolic Problems
  • Reduced Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Reduced Risk of Cancer
  • Lower Long-Term Mortality Risk

Needless to day … get a standing desk. I also find that it helps me focus more on the task at hand.

Below I’ve shared the “electric” adjustable standing desk that I use every day, the chair that I use when I do sit and the computer monitor arms that I bought. They won’t break the bank and the quality is good enough that you can rely on them to work for you for a long time.

LexMod Attainment Drafting Stool, Brown
ApexDesk 71
Loctek Heavy Duty Gas Spring Dual Arm Desk Mounts Fits 10
programming algorithm books

How do I learn algorithms and data structures?

Great Answer from:  Hounshell

Clubs feature for League of Legends

I was really excited to see this. This video from an article on Game Spot talks about the coming Clubs feature that I’ve been working on with my team at Riot. Here is the full article talking about a lot of cool things that are coming to League of Legends http://www.gamespot.com/articles/introducing-the-new-league-of-legends/1100-6434200/

League of Legends photo

About Matthew Wallace

The lowdown on Matthew Wallace:
I’ve been a  software engineer for more than a decade. The technologies and languages I specialize in are many. Problem solving is something I really enjoy.

Languages I work in: Swift, Objective-C, Actionscript, Java, Ruby, Python, C++, Javascript

Niche Technologies that I work in: Video streaming platforms using Wowza (Java), FMS, WebRTC. I also have done realtime alert and chat systems using the same technologies such as FMS, XMPP, and others.

I tend to work in three main areas. Desktop, Web, and Mobile application development.

What you will get out of this:
My website is meant to showcase things I’m working, things I’m learning or interested it and also if you are looking for a software engineer, you’ve come to the right place. Feel free to reach out. I’d love to hear about what you are working on and what need I can fill or problem I can help solve.

Free online computer science lessons to students

starwars:

Disney and Code.org have teamed up to offer free online computer science lessons to students around the globe! By learning to code their own Star Wars game through Hour of Code, kids can be proud of the technological treats they construct.

Learn more at code.org/starwars

Playing games on the PC is making a comeback
by Nick Statt, cnet.com

Video game consoles have long dominated the video game industry, offering a seemingly cheaper and more consistent experience. But not for long.

Playing the Xbox and PlayStation from a living room couch isn’t what it used to be.

This week, the…

Really great article about PC gaming. Really proud to see that Riot Games is mentioned because of their contribution to the e-sports in the industry right now.