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Vegetarianism: my account

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 5:40 pm
tags: life

Today marks 1 year of being vegetarian. "What's the plan now?" I've asked myself for, well, about 11 months. A year of not eating meat was never a goal from the outset; I rather unceremoniously slid into it after watching the eye-opening Cowspiracy documentary. I was raised and have always been surrounded by meat-eaters, and up until a little over a year ago, I hadn't even entertained an alternative lifestyle.

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Package Development in PHP & Laravel

Monday, 17 November 2014 10:47 pm
tags: composer development laravel packages php web

Packages are great. For PHP, Composer has made modularising your code and managing dependencies within your app easy peasy.

The topic of this blog post, however, is about what exactly constitutes a package, and where things do and don't belong. I will be talking in the context of the Laravel, as this is what we use at work, but these points should be roughly relatable to any modern framework that utilises Composer.

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101 things in 1001 days - the results

Sunday, 7 September 2014 11:48 pm
tags: 101project

Almost 3 years ago, I started my "Day Zero" challenge, or as knew it as, the "101 things in 1001 days" challenge.

I hadn't realised, but 1001 days was up over 70 days ago, and I finished on the grand total of 33 tasks complete. Not quite a third of the list.

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Trailwalker - my experience

Monday, 29 July 2013 11:11 pm
tags: challenge oxfam trailwalker

Trailwalker was hard; the hardest challenge I’ve ever undertaken. But it’s one I won’t forget in a long time. Here is my experience.

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Thursday, 21 March 2013 7:21 pm
tags: coding

A suitably ambiguous title I know, but it will become clear soon enough. On a slow evening earlier this week, after a brief perusal of the latest goings-on on Twitter, I found myself on the 37signals website. More specifically, reading their free downloadable "Getting Real" book. Flicking through it, I stumbled upon a brief excerpt from (I assume) a book called The Pragmatic Programmers. This particular page caught my attention the most.

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