All posts by Nathan Shumate

Making Coffee at Home Savings Calculator

  This morning while having my obligatory giant cup of coffee, I started to wonder how much money I have saved by making lattes at home - vs - going to my local chain coffee shop. After some quick sketching out on paper, I realized this could make a great little programming exercise. First I needed to gather all of my data. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics(BLS) has an open API with all of the data for the Consumer Price Index(CPI). Some of the data available goes all the way

The Perfect Cold Brew

"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons." T.S. Eliot I have always loved a hot mug of coffee. However, with the temperatures beginning to heat up here in the southland a hot beverage just isn't that attractive. That is where iced coffee drinks save the day. With cold brew I am able to get the jolt of caffeine that I need without all of the added acid and bitterness you get with traditional brewing methods. After some research and my own trial and error, I am pretty sure I

Einstein’s Riddle

  “Einstein’s Riddle” is a logic puzzle whose creation is often credited to a young Albert Einstein (though there is no hard evidence to support this claim), and it demands patience and logical processing to be properly solved. If you can figure it out without looking at the hints on how to solve this, then you would probably be a pretty good programmer. Here’s the riddle in three pieces: Background: There are five houses in five different colors A person with a different

Driving In Mexico

Most people who vacation to the Mayan Riviera in Mexico usually rely on the transportation services of their resort or tour company. During my fiancée and I's trip last November we decided to brave the unknown and rent a car for the duration of our stay. Despite the horror stories of police checkpoints, bad drivers, and theft, we wanted to have the freedom to move around easily and explore many different areas during our week there. I wanted to share our story in hopes that it will help someone

Algorithms Are Your Friend

Last year, I was approached by a client with an existing web application that stored the shipping details for large transoceanic shipping containers. They were in need of validation on a form that ran the ISO 6346 algorithm on the BIC Code or serial number for the container. Such code needs to be registered at the Bureau International des Conteneurs in Paris to ensure uniqueness worldwide. Using Javascript, I was able to add this validation to submit the form only after the ISO 6346 Algorithm

My Journey To Becoming An Entrepreneur

My story begins like most, it is the decisions I have made that have taken me to this path I travel down today. From a young age I have known that I was not like most people. Back in the 80's they didn’t understand kids like me, so I was quickly labeled with a ADHD diagnoses. The truth was, school bored the hell out of me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved learning. I absorbed everything I read. I just felt like, and still feel like, the current educational system does not praise individuality and

The Three Day Startup

Everyone loves a great story, but I would not call this one of those. I think this falls more into another category altogether. Three days ago, I was scrolling through my news feed on LinkedIn when I came across this quote, “Success rewards implementation, not knowledge” — Peter Voogd” It hit me like a ton of bricks. I had spent countless hours trying to learn the latest and greatest technologies. Hours trying to come up with the perfect application architecture for the next billion dollar

About me

Nathan Shumate

Nathan Shumate

I am a developer and consultant based in Conway, Arkansas. I am constantly reading, writing, and experimenting with the latest in web technologies. When I am not doing that I am trying to find the perfect cup of coffee, looking for new hiking trails, or planning my next adventure.

Coffee Savings Calculator

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Early morning workout, productive day at work, pizza 🍕 for dinner, hot tub 🛀 time with the wife and kiddo, now finishing off the day with this delicious craft brew. #good
Some light reading this morning.
On the way to food truck in Austin
I love the artwork on this bottle 🍷
One week of marriage. Heading out on a winery tour 🍷 ❤️ 👰 🎩
Sculpted in 1775, the Rose Window is considered to be one of the finest examples of baroque architecture in North America.  Its sculptor and significance continue to be a mystery.  Folklore credits Pedro Huizar, a carpenter and surveyor from Spain, with carving the famous window as a monument to his sweetheart, Rosa.  Tragically, on her way from Spain to join him, Rosa was lost at sea.  Pedro then completed the window as a declaration of enduring love.