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Getting Started with Laravel 5

A little over a year ago, I decided that I wanted to learn Laravel. I had seen quite a few tweets about the framework and it piqued my interest.  I spoke with my boss, and he was okay with me learning Laravel in my down time so that I could rewrite our custom CMS package … Continue Reading

Welcome Back

This place has needed a facelift for quite some time now. I had planned on creating a new theme after WordPress 3.0 was released. Well, WordPress is now at version 4.3.1, and 4.4 is probably just around the corner. I guess I’m just a little bit behind my intended timeline. In addition to the design, the content … Continue Reading

Thrive-ing

I’ve had belly issues every now and again for the past few years. Nothing major and no discernible patterns. It generally happened after I had eaten too much cheese. On Easter, I dealt with issues worse than I ever had before. I wasn’t in pain, but I definitely wasn’t comfortable. I had gotten to a … Continue Reading

Getting Started with Git

I recently had to help a couple co-workers set up Git on their computers so they can work with the various repositories that I’ve set up and so they can set up repositories of their own for projects that they work on. Since I had to put together some documentation for them, I thought I … Continue Reading

My 2015 Chase Grid

It’s that time of year again. The Chase is starting this weekend. I should probably put together my Chase grid. I didn’t do very well last year, and I probably won’t even come close to getting it right this year. But it is kinda fun to figure out who I think is going to win. … Continue Reading

Reflections

I have a birthday coming up next week. I’ll be the big 3-8. 38? Thirty-eight?!? How the hell did I get to be 38? I’ve been feeling a bit down since Monday … more so than usual. It has me reflecting on my life and where I am. Yes … I am a home owner. … Continue Reading

Goodbye Windows

For a long time now (over a year), I’ve been thinking about switching from Windows to Mac. The major thing holding me back was the fact that a MacBook Pro laptop starts at $1800. That’s a LOT of money. Back in August (or around there), I decided to just go for it. The main reasons … Continue Reading

Actually, I’m just ignoring you

A while back, I bought some noise canceling headphones to use at work. I got a good deal on them from NewEgg, and I needed some new ones anyway. They’re not completely noise canceling, but they do a pretty good job at blocking things out. I share an office with 3 co-workers, and my back … Continue Reading

Hazards of being a web programmer

I have been meaning to completely re-do this place since WordPress 3.0 came out. The current version is 3.4.2, and I *still* haven’t managed to get this place redeveloped. Oops. I work on other people’s websites all day at work. I get ideas for my own sites (this one and my professional site) from time … Continue Reading

PC vs Mac. Which is right for me?

My laptop will be 5 years old at the end of this year. It’s a Dell Inspiron 1520 (running Windows 7). It has served me well, but it’s been wigging out on me the past few months. The video driver has been crashing and it won’t run more than an hour (if even that) on … Continue Reading