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Me, Myself, and I

From the moment we are born we see the world through our own eyes. Everything we see, everything we do, everything we think is from our point of view, and it’s easy to become selfish. I always notice it when I start thinking things like… What can they do for me? Why are they treating me this way? Because so …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday September 17, 2019


Advertising

I always assumed people hated online advertising because of the tracking and the sleazy way companies target you after you’ve seen an ad. That’s also why I generally dislike it and like to rely on more direct sales with my stuff. As an example, for the past four or five years now I’ve been running a weekly Laravel …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday September 16, 2019


Used books

I like books and to save money I started buying used ones off Amazon. You can find some really good deals and even though it takes a few days or weeks to arrive you never really know what you are going to get. Today, Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson arrived and when I opened it I found tons of underlines and …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Thursday September 12, 2019


9/11

This year Laracon was back in New York and I had the ability to take the family to the 9/11 memorial and below are some of my favorite photos from that visit. 9/11 such a solemn place and the only attack on US soil that I remember. In fact, I still remember everything about that day. Where I was at …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday September 11, 2019


Rush hour

This morning I had to drive into the city during rush hour. Having worked remote for the past decade it was eye opening and a little bizarre. On a high level it’s strange that a million people all get in their cars at the same time and drive to a 20 square mile spot with some buildings. It’s even stranger when half …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday September 10, 2019


Personal Blogs?

We all know the mantra, own your space yet we all seem to love our walled gardens. At first it was Medium and we all gave them content only for them to take advantage of it. Instead of learning our lesson now everyone seems to be moving to dev.to or whatever flavor of the month is. Social media is no better, just …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday September 9, 2019


Breaking Records

Today, with the Laravel 6 announcement the Laravel News site had the single best day according to WordPress stats. It’s fun to see these things even though I rarely look too deeply into stats. Usually I’ll check the month over month stats, or the year trend lines and I like to see them going up, but I’m not to …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday September 4, 2019


Happy Labor Day

Today we celebrate Labor Day, which as a holiday seems to be used to represent different things. The original intend was to celebrate laborers, the backbone of society, but today it seems everyone just uses it to signify the last weekend of summer. For me, it reminds me that life is a marathon not a sprint. Yes, …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday September 2, 2019


First Website

This week my friend Jack McDade made this tweet showing a screenshot of the first website he created that he made more than $1,000 on: This was the first website project I ever got paid more than $1k for. I still feel like I should send that money back. pic.twitter.com/PRmnrTFWUD — Jack McDade …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Saturday August 31, 2019


Off the grid

Where I live (Charlotte, North Carolina) it’s hard to get off the grid. Most places have wifi, and we have cell coverage almost everywhere. That’s great if you work on the go or if you like to do adventurous stuff alone. This past weekend I took the family camping in the Pisgah national forest and it was deep …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday August 27, 2019


Fryingpan Lookout Tower

This past weekend we as a family decided to go camping up in the Pisgah National Forest and spend the day Saturday tubing down one of the rivers. We reserved a camping spot, threw the tent in the truck, and headed out as soon as school let out Friday. The drive up started out great but as soon as we reached the …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday August 26, 2019


Camping and Mountain Biking

For the past few years, I’ve been a part of a weekend guys trip where we camp, ride our mountain bikes and just have fun. This past weekend we did it again and I wanted to share some of the pictures from the weekend. I know we all get tied up with work and home life but if you have the …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday August 6, 2019


Pear Programming​

I made this drawing one afternoon back in January and I remembered sharing it but couldn’t remember where. After searching for what felt like an hour I found it on Twitter . Pear programming. pic.twitter.com/nJGbaOlYhj — Eric L. Barnes (@ericlbarnes) January 17, 2019 I’m cross-posting this back here …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday July 29, 2019


Cameras

I just got back home from Laracon in NYC and this year I decided I should take my real camera pictured above. I carried it around taking photos for two days then the battery went dead and I forgot the charger. doh. From that point forward I only used my iPhone. Now that I’m home I started reviewing all the photos …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Saturday July 27, 2019


Trust

Another day, another report of a security issue . I guess I need a tinfoil hat because I’m to the point where I don’t trust apps, extensions, or much of anything. For my phone I download a few games, and a few utility style apps, but for everything else I use Safari where I can run blockers to prevent sites spying …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Saturday July 20, 2019


Seasons

Having a daily routine is important as it allows you to coast through the day knowing what comes next. For most people, daily routines include going to work, having dinner, picking up the kids, etc. and once it’s ingrained into your daily life it seems to just happen. I’ve noticed for me my routine of creating stuff …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday July 8, 2019


“Thoughts On” journals

Derek Sivers has a blog post from back in January on the benefits of a daily diary and topic journals and this part is something I started trying: There are certain subjects in your life you think about a lot. People, places, hobbies, health, plans, finances. For each subject that you might have ongoing …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday May 22, 2019