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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


Paperlike iPad Screen Protector Review

After spending some time on the iPad one annoying problem I had was the fingerprints on the screen. I tried everything to keep it clean but it was a loosing battle. Finally, I decided enough was enough and went searching for screen protectors and found one named PaperLike . It’s marketing page said it makes your …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Sunday December 30, 2018


My 2018 – A Look Back

The last week of the year is when everyone seems to be writing and publishing their own year in review posts and it seems like a great opportunity for me to spend a few minutes looking back on my year. Biking I started out 2018 doing a mountain bike race in January called the Whole Enchilada, which is basically …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday December 28, 2018


My Strava Stats 2018

I always love the end of the year stats that companies send out based on your data. The video above is from Strava condensing all my workouts this year into a sub 2 minute video. Love it. If you are also into tracking workouts with Strava give me a follow and once I’m over my broken hand I’ll be logging my 2019 …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday December 28, 2018


Books I read in 2018

According to Goodreads, this year I read 9,544 pages across 28 books and that is down from the 38 books I read in 2017 . This year I wasn’t consistent in my reading. I would read everyday for a few months, then skip a month, then come back. I think a big reason for that was because I rode my bicycle more than ever …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday December 26, 2018


Royal Kludge RK61 Mechanical Keyboard Review

I’m not sure there is anything more satisfying than a loud clicky keyboard when writing. For me it a mechanical keyboard has a nostalgic feel and brings me back to the typewriter days. Earlier this year I got my first mechanical keyboard and it’s been great but I’m a little disappointed in the size. I thought …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Saturday December 22, 2018


New Year Planning

I use Basecamp for all the communication related to Laravel News and inside it I have a private group chat with a few friends and for the most part it’s a low key way to stay up to date with each other and cheer for each other. Today the following question was asked: How do you guys plan to finish out the year so …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday December 18, 2018


Refactoring For Prose

I’ve worked with a lot of legacy applications and one thing that I have seen many times is small things that are confusing. For example, I recently came across some code that looked like this: if ($foo) {

 $noAction = true; 

} else { 

 $noAction = false;

 } That is pretty straightforward and easy to …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday December 11, 2018


Breaking Routines

There are very few classes from college that I remember, and out of the ones I do remember, only one I’ve thought about since and that was personal finance. At the time, it was a required class for the degree I pursued and I wasn’t very excited about it. My parents taught me about the basics of money. Stay away from …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday December 10, 2018


Programming on an iPad

Since breaking my hand I’ve been struggling to find a workflow that really suits me, but one thing that I’ve found extremely helpful is the autocomplete and predictive typing from iOS. It’s been really helpful in quick communications like email, slack, Twitter, etc.. Plus the keyboard is smaller making those weird …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Thursday December 6, 2018


Siblings Fighting

I have two kids and one thing is guaranteed, if they are off playing by themselves its just as matter of time before they are fighting. I usually let them work it out, but when it escalates to a certain point they usually come screaming for me or my wife. Of course, not being in the room where it happened means it’s …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday December 5, 2018


“I Turned Out Fine”

“I got bullied as a kid, I turned out fine, it teaches you to be tough” “My family was verbally abusive, I turned out fine, it teaches you to argue your point” “I didn’t get vaccinated, I turned out fine, my kids don’t need those shots” In your opinion you turned out fine, and you are the one defining “fine”. …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday November 27, 2018


My Hand Surgery

I just finished having hand surgery and many people are asking me about it. Instead of writing the same thing over and over I’ll just make a blog post with all the details so I can easily share it. I shattered my pinkie finger and ring finger and the goal was to put some pins in today and then send me on my way. It …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday November 27, 2018


Teaching Through Everyday Life

I live in a neighborhood that has a home owners association which is fairly common in America. It is responsible for keeping up the shared public space, some of the infrastructure, etc. every year the bylaws require them to send out a financial summary for the next year. Included with these is an estimated operating …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday November 26, 2018


Creating Autographed e-books with the iPad

I’ve personally never had an autographed book but always wanted one. It seems as the world is switching from physical books to ebooks autographed copies are going to be a thing of the past. In digital form an autograph isn’t something unique. I was intrigued when I came across this post from Matt Gemmell on how he …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Saturday November 24, 2018