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Boxer’s Fracture

Every November there is a local mountain bike race that I enjoy competing in called a Ride-n-seek race. The goal is you and a partner have four hours to complete as many checkpoints as possible in the shortest amount of time possible. Today was the day of the event and I got up super early to head to the race and …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Sunday November 18, 2018


Flickr

Flickr was THE place to upload and share photos until Yahoo bought it and ruined it, much like they did Tumblr and everything else they touched. A few months ago it was announced that Smugmug was buying Flickr and was to keep it going and then a few weeks it announced pro plans and a limit on the number of free …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Saturday November 17, 2018


Family Dinner

Many households struggle in today’s hectic world to sit down and have dinner together and, according to a UCLA study, when they do, it’s typically done in the kitchen instead of the dining room. Take a look at the diagram below where the red dots are the position of a family member every 10 minutes. A diagram from …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday November 16, 2018


Impressionable

There is an old saying, “you are the sum of your friends” and it’s true. If most of your friends workout, you are probably going to workout. If most do drugs, chances are you’ll be doing drugs. Although I’ve heard this saying for many years and have always believed it, I have never experienced it first hand like I …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Thursday November 15, 2018


Laracon 2019 Apple Music Playlist

The Laracon US  site was relaunched for the 2019 conference and the new design is hotness. I love that it ventures so far from the traditional clean and minimal style of Laravel. Big props to the designer Jack McDade from Statamic for it. In honor of the style I threw together a quick Apple News playlist with …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday November 14, 2018


iPad Only Frustrations

With the release of Apple’s latest iPad Pro I’ve been reading a lot of articles and blog posts where people are still attempting to ditch their laptops and make the move. For the past few years they all read the same to me and come to the same conclusion. Going iPad only is great if you aren’t a developer, and if …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday November 14, 2018


Bloggers I follow

  My virtual friend Michael Brooks announced on his blog that he is challenging himself : Something I would like to try out for this month is post less on social media (excluding Instagram) and post more on WordPress. I rarely spend time posting to social anyway, but it could be interesting. Even if it’s just …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday November 12, 2018


Reading the days news

Almost every work day I have a routine where I try to stay up to date with the world through the paper, Twitter, and of course Hacker News for the nerdy stuff. Of course, all of these sites can be time-consuming and just staying up to date with these three could take hours a day. Here are a few bookmarks I use to cut …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Sunday November 11, 2018


Gravel Grinding in Kings Mountain

It’s been raining a lot the past week and most of our local single track is closed until it dries out. I knew that meant either going and getting muddy at Poston Park  which never closes. Instead of that, I decided to try and hit some gravel roads, but most roads in Gaston County are now paved. Using Gravel Map  I …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Sunday November 11, 2018


Sleep on it

The old saying, “sleep on it”, meaning spend some time tonight thinking about the question and have an answer tomorrow.  It’s a common phrase in our language but how often do you literally put aside time to actually think about it? Having a busy life outside of work with family, hobbies, dinner, everything else it’s …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday November 9, 2018


Striving for Simplicity

I recently launched Laravel Events and it was one of those projects that came to life because I wanted to better keep the community informed on what all local events were happening. As I sat down and started planning the project I wanted to start with the goal of doing the absolute minimum to make it work. This …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Thursday November 8, 2018


Wink. — Laravel Based Publishing Platform

Today, Mohamed Said launched a new blogging platform called Wink . that runs on Laravel. Wink is a modern publishing platform carefully designed to only include what matters. Built on top of the world’s finest PHP framework, Laravel, making it easy for everyone to install and maintain on any cloud platform. I …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday November 7, 2018


Future Planning

Yesterday, I came across this interview with Brunello Cucinelli  who I had honestly never heard of and didn’t know much about but I was captivated by the interview and one part that’s had me thinking is the following quote on his business plans: As for my business plans, I have three-year business plans and …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday November 6, 2018


No One Knows What They Are Doing

It’s election season which means we spammed to death by political campaigns and all politicians claim to know the answer and their party knows the right course for the entire nation to take.  Of course, the reality is no answer is black and white and we all live in a grey area where no answer can be 100% correct. …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday November 5, 2018


A Printed Laravel Magazine?

For the past few years, I’ve been on an analog kick and I’ve been loving printed magazines like the ones in the photo above. These aren’t traditional magazines like you find at the newsstand, instead, these are made out of high-quality materials, over 150 pages, and about a quarter inch thick. I’ve been internally …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Saturday November 3, 2018


It’s NaNoWriMo Time Again

It’s November which means it is time for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and it’s one of those projects I’ve never participated in, but it has always intrigued me. The premise is you write a 50,000-word novel from November 1st to November 30. 1,667 words a day! That is insane to me because as I honestly …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday November 2, 2018


Dear Siri, I have no confidence in you

I’ve tried to use Siri more and use it for common tasks but every time I feel like I get burned. Today is a prime example. I had my phone on my desk and AirPods in. When I went to get a cup of coffee I decided I wanted to listen to some different music. Hey Siri, play 80’s music… Really?! You couldn’t find any …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday October 31, 2018


My Workspace

It seems like sharing your workspace is all the rage this week and since everyone else is doing it, I figured I will too. Before I get into sharing my space I should prefix mine with a note that I change my home office a lot. I’d estimate every 90 days or so, I rearrange it somehow just to freshen it up and make …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday October 30, 2018


Book Review: How to Fight a Hydra

How to Fight a Hydra by Josh Kaufman is a book for artists, creative professionals, and entrepreneurs with advice given through a story of a warrior learning to face their fears, learning from mistakes, and persisting through a fight with a Hydra, a mythical serpent with nine heads. I bought this book based on a …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday October 29, 2018


DIY: Field Notes Cover

Field Notes are great little notebooks. You can throw them in your pocket keep, them in your car, the opportunities are limitless. Sometimes you just want the usefulness of them but in a different cover and here is a quick way of using a 12 pack box to accomplish that and make your own little travelers notebook …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Saturday October 27, 2018