Bryan Helmig

Co-founder of Zapier, speaker, musician and builder of things.

yukon ho!The times I’ve been caught talking to myself I was saying things like “Bryan, you won’t be doing any of that boring personal life blogging will you?“, to which I would answer: “No, of course not“. Please note, I’ve denounced drinking on more than one occasion/morning, and we all know that wagon skipped town long before I got a chance to hop on (“You’ll get hop-on’s“). So, let me just get the relapse out of the way: I vacationed in Alaska/the Yukon and it was a hoot. Let me tell you about it.

Let’s talk a little about our group (we were in a tour group, just like the original Alaskan explorers!). First off, we had the venerable Scott, the twenty something law student leading the charge. With the single exception of some lovely young ladies from Chattanooga, mostly everyone in the tour was old and boring. No offense to old and/or boring people, of course. Who am I kidding, you don’t use the internet anyways.

Though we did stop at every expansive view, where we would all topple out of the bus, the majority of our time was spent riding a bus. I won’t elaborate.

Because lists are easily digested, let’s just list the things we did by the order of coolness:

  1. Plane ride over glaciers. This was just good ol’ fashioned awesome. You really have no idea what you are dealing with when it comes to the great white north until you see it from the sky. Really. Just look.
  2. Kyle’s first three (legal?) beers. They seem to grow up so fast! Especially when you cross a border where the drinking age is lower…
  3. White water rafting in the Nenana river. This was very cool too. I’m man enough to admit I was the only white water virgin on the raft that day. Good thing the Tennessee family went with my little brother and I, otherwise we’d had been the only two in the raft.
  4. Old junk at the gold dredge. I’m a sucker for rustic like junk artifacts (read: not trash). I just love taking photos of old equipment because it’s so freaking cool. It is also easy to do and makes me feel like a big-boy photographer.
  5. Panning for gold. Though I didn’t find much, my little brother found a little. So did my parents. About $30’s worth combined.

You can check out our entire Helmig Family Flickr photostream for the photos, we’ll be adding them regularly. Not sure if any of the tour members will ever run across this, but if you do, drop a comment and say hi!

Posted June 9, 2009 @ 12:52 am under Life of Bryan.

Just this weekend, I launched my take on collaborative music online. I am sure there are already sites out there that do this, but I wanted to focus on the layering concept of creating music with a multitrack editor. Anyone who’s ever recorded with a single microphone knows the process of layering subsequent tracks well. […]


Posted May 3, 2009 @ 12:36 am under Work.

So I’m doing homework, and this center of gravity thing is pretty cool. In Location Strategy they use it to find the best location for stores and such on an X-Y plane with points that have certain weights or populations. “Well that’s neat,” I thought to myself. “I’ll make a little calculator using AJAX and […]


Posted March 31, 2009 @ 7:11 pm under Help.

This has been added in 2.8! Don’t install this if you have 2.8! Read this instead. This little plug-in adds a fancy little description field to the “Edit Tag” pane in WordPress. It also adds a function called single_tag_description(); that does just that but only on the tag page. Not really sure why the tag […]


Posted March 28, 2009 @ 12:05 pm under Work.

Well, I just put together a little mini web-app with AJAX jQuery goodiness called Was That Guy In…?. The basic is concept is this: Sometimes I am watching a movie and I notice an actor or actress that I think was in some other movie I had previously seen. Unfortunately, I rarely know thier name […]


Posted March 4, 2009 @ 12:43 pm under Interesting.

I came across this little guy today while I was trying to track down a pesky audio driver for Windows XP. It seems to contain the entire driver profile for the Vostro 1400 so you no longer have to search for each of them individually. Nothing like being punished for not wanting Vista. By the […]


Posted February 26, 2009 @ 9:55 am under Help.

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Posted February 9, 2009 @ 12:05 am under Work.

Now, I hate reality television as much as the next guy, I avoid “Big Brother 43” and “Survivor 37: Urban Style” like the plague. However, there is one show that doesn’t quite deserve being lumped into the same category as the others, although it is definitely real and is on TV. It isn’t the similar […]


Posted December 9, 2008 @ 2:14 pm under Musings.

Just when I thought I had kicked the habit. I hadn’t been playing Halo 3 on XBOX at all, and I haven’t played through any PC games (save Portal and company) for like 2 years, which was my real obsession. I only rarely indulged in Wii on a drinking night. I hardly ever played Desktop […]


Posted November 19, 2008 @ 11:02 pm under Life of Bryan.