Proud to be British

Seeing this video of European cities displaying the Union Jack has really moved me to post a comment on this controversial topic I was mostly saying away from.

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Let’s Encrypt Gitlab

Let’s Encrypt is now publicly providing free SSL certificates so I thought it would be a good time to get on and secure my Gitlab instance.

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Material Theme for PhpStorm

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Material design. I defiantly think it gets over and incorrectly used. That said I am enjoying the new Material Theme for JetBrains IDEsPhpStorm in my case – by Chris Magnussen. The theme comes in the form of a plugin, once installed you get three syntax colour themes – Light, Regular and Dark – and it also includes new file icons for the Project window.

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British Faker data in Laravel model factories

If you use Laravel you should be using Model Factories. If you’re then check out this introduction to Model Factories on Laravel News.

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Happy Back to the Future day!

So October 21, 2015 has arrived. Flying cars? Hoverboards? Unfortunately we’re not quite there yet—however the lack of fax machines is not such a sad thing.

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thoughts on life and film

Using composer on Gandi Simple Hosting

Update: Good news, you can now use composer natively on Gandi Simple Hosting with thier update to PHP 5.6.

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Building things

I decided last night that I am just going to get something done. That’s it … I decided. Of course I didn’t actualy do anything—except lay awake for half the night thinking about what I could do, and sneezing.

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thoughts on development and businsess

Enormously significant insignificance

Did you see it? Take another look at the cover image.

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thoughts on life, the universe, and everything

Typewolf Cheatsheet

Quotes & apostrophes, dashes & hyphens, useful typographic characters and accents are all covered in @typewolf ‘s Typography Cheatsheet—along with answers to questions such as:

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thoughts on design and typography

Absolute zero downtime deployment

So, a common technique to deploy a new release of your app might use a directory structure something like this:

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Con Man: Because Convention Man doesnt sound as cool

A new comedy from Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion is raising a phenomenal amount of money on Indiegogo. The Vimeo exclusive show follows Wray Nerely (Alan Tudyk) who was a co-star on Spectrum, a sci-fi series which was canceled too soon yet became a cult classic! Wray’s good friend, Jack Moore (Nathan Fillion) starred in the series and has gone on to become a major movie star…

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thoughts on tv and crowdfunding

X-Clacks-Overhead "GNU Terry Pratchett";

AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER

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Simple, approachable, wonderful!

1988. Apple have already been taking over the world with the Apple II. This little machine that I got my hands on is a revision or two from the ground breaking, industry defining Macintosh that introduced itself just four years before.</p>

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Here's To The Crazy Ones

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo.

You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward.

While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

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thoughts on apple and steve jobs

The Source Sans Step

Web designers have been presented with two problems over the years; firstly the lack of choice to use anything more than Helvitica (or worse Arial) and Times New Roman for text on a web page. Secondly the expense and complex licensing of quality fonts.

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thoughts on fonts, adobe, and open source