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Work Journal – №2

This week was a short week for me. Monday was the MLK holiday and then today I had a hand doctor appointment so I took the morning off, and then spent the rest of the afternoon trying to get caught up. My hand is making good progress and the bones are basically healed now, but it’s still a long process ahead. The …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Saturday January 26, 2019


Support Local?

I’m in the market for a new pair of boots and wanted something that would last me the rest of my life. After finding a brand that came highly recommended I went out to buy them. At first I decided I’d just get them online like I always do. I got the size I normally wear and placed my order. Two days later they …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday January 25, 2019


Gone with the Wind

I have a hard time reviewing classic literature. I feel like most of the world has already read them and if not they can find much better written reviews than what I could come up with. With that being said I just finished listening to the audio book of Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell and wanted to share …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday January 23, 2019


Strength to Love

Today we celebrate the life and achievements of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He is best known for leading the civil rights movement in 1950’s and 1960’s and was assassinated in 1968. He is responsible for many great works and one I’d like to share today is from his book Strength to Love about loving your …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday January 22, 2019


Work Journal – №1

My friend Adam Wathan relaunched his website a few weeks ago and a new section he added was a work journal . His goal is to share once a week some of the things he is working on, problems he ran into, and just a general overview of his week. I love the idea and I wanted to “borrow” it for this site and every …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday January 18, 2019


Modern Business Books Are Just Filler

I have always loved reading business books and finding new ideas that I can put to use. Over the years I’ve read many different business books by many different authors and although a lot of the knowledge overlaps, most are packaged up and written in different ways to share new angles. It seems like all modern …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday January 18, 2019


Sending Email? Remind us who you are

I subscribe to a lot of newsletters and company marketing lists. I enjoy staying up to date through various mailing lists but a pattern I keep seeing is getting emails from companies that I don’t recognize. Just today I received this one: Happy New Year! We’re excited about 2019 here at {randomWordCompany}: …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday January 16, 2019


Signal v Noise moves to WordPress

Today Signal v Noise announced they have moved from Medium to WordPress and there main reasoning seems to be because of the change in how Medium is ran. I personally tried out Medium back when they originally switched and had high hopes, Medium said they were going to work for the writers but more and more you …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday January 16, 2019


Anyone Can Draw

Although I love drawing I am not very good at it, but I don’t let that stop me. The act of creating something, even something terrible, brings me joy so I keep doing it. If you are like me, remembering that you can draw almost anything with a circle, a rectangle, and a triangle then it allows you to break down an …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday January 14, 2019


Shortcuts

Some people believe the only way to learn a skill is by the hard knocks of trial and error and spending hours stuck on frustrating problems that an expert just knows. Granted this way of learning works and I know this from experience. That is the path I took into being a developer. Now that I’m older my time is much …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Saturday January 12, 2019


An Easy Way To Save

It’s always hard to bring down your standard of living but you need to do that in order to save more money. If that doesn’t sound appealing the next time you get a raise take the extra money and put it all in your retirement account or an emergency fund that you can’t easily access. Your standard of living will …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Thursday January 10, 2019


Set your Terminal to Red for Production

Making mistakes in production is one thing that always scares me. This problem multiplies if you use a lot of terminal tabs but a quick and easy solution is to make production red so it’s immediately noticeable where you are logged into. For the image above I’m using Termius on iOS which supports this and allows …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday January 9, 2019


Triggered

A few times a month I’ll get emails that trigger me. The writer isn’t being totally rude, but just the way its worded screams of selfishness or little slights. Every time my instant reaction is anger and I want to fire back to let them know how bad of a person they are. We all know how well that would end. Instead …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday January 8, 2019


My iPad Setup

I published a post today over on Laravel News about how I’m using an iPad for web development . This is their first time I’ve written down all the tools I’m using and the setup. If you are interested in that kind of thing give it a read.

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday January 4, 2019


The Bear is Awake

Yesterday, Apple released it’s earnings report and their earnings will be lower than expected. I know it’s never a good idea to base the market on a single company but it seems like the bear is waking up from hibernation. This past year the market was down overall but to me it feels like 2019 might hurt even more. …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Thursday January 3, 2019


Farewell 2018

Daily Log Book When you are a kid each year feels like a century, when you are an adult each year feels like a month. The photo is of my daily log book and it’s a great time to start one. You can find this particular one on Amazon but any notebook will do.

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday December 31, 2018