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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


The Local Paper

A staple at my grandparent’s house was the daily paper. I have great memories of grandma and grandpa sitting on the coach sharing the different sections and pointing out to each other what they found interesting. Back then the internet wasn’t really a thing, cell phones didn’t exist, and looking back it felt like a …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday October 26, 2018


Just Ask

Today my friend Mohamed Said wrote on his blog about putting fear aside and reaching out to people , and he included the following video from Steve Jobs: As I watched this what really stuck out to me is how Steve asked. In his example, he called Bill Hewlett and asked for a very specific thing, frequency counters, …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Thursday October 25, 2018


SEO is still king

I’m not huge on looking on stats but about once a month I try to go through some and see where traffic is coming from, what posts are popular and attempt to get a general feel on what’s resonating with people. While looking today I looked at referrers for the past 90 days and was blown away how much was still from …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday October 24, 2018


Early voting

It’s election season again, time to do our civic duty and vote for politicians that will work for us and carry our voice. It sure doesn’t feel that way anymore, hyperbole aside I always dread voting because of the long lines and it taking forever. The past two elections I’ve started early voting and it’s been so …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday October 22, 2018


Host your own content

On a typical day when I see a link to an article with Medium in the URL, I tend to skip it and think the reason for this is subconsciously I don’t like how hostile Medium has been. A great example is this morning. I was checking my Twitter stream and seen someone I respect share a link to a Medium article. I read …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday October 22, 2018


Time-Lapse of Creating the Laravel Newsletter

As I sat down to start to start working on this week issue of the​ Laravel newsletter I had the thought, this could be cool as a time-lapse, so I set up my phone on a little tripod, hit record, and went to work. After I finished I imported into iMovie added some free music I found online and pushed it to YouTube. …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Saturday October 20, 2018


1Password for 2FA

The common security precaution is to never reuse the same password and the only sane way you can do that is by utilizing a password manager. There are few different companies making these and even Apple has one integrated, and I recommend you use one of these. Especially with how prevalent hacks are nowadays. My …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Saturday October 20, 2018