Melbourne vs Vancouver

Melbourne is the current most “livable city in the world” while Vancouver is a former number one. They compare a bunch of crap that you probably don’t care about, but what you probably do care about is major lifestyle areas. This is the first of a series comparing various cities …

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Dear me: A letter to past and future self

Dear Chester, Your birthday has recently passed, and a significant one some might say. A real milestone for many people! I think it’s a great time to reflect a bit on the past and look into the future a little. What are your fondest memories? What do you look forward to …

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5 ways Melbourne is like Vancouver

People from Melbourne always have the impression that Australia is a lot like Canada. My response? “Well Canada is a very large Country so that’s not really true.” That being said, there are similarities between Vancouver and Melbourne. Since it’s a common perception, I’ll pick what I think are 5 …

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Lessons from the farm

“You can learn everything you need to know about life at a farm.” Michael once said. How true do you think that statement is? In Australia, backpackers come to a farm for different reasons: either for the experience, the visa days, or for some money to travel. You can often …

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Practical Object Oriented Design in Ruby (POODR) Review

Practical Object Oriented Design in Ruby (POODR) is one of the most well-known and iconic books in the Ruby library. While the book uses Ruby in all of its examples. The core concepts of object-oriented design are beautifully explained and are applicable to all object-oriented languages. It’s very different from …

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The story that never was

Everyday we make simple and complex decisions which impact our course in life. With a mix of circumstance, timing and choice, we mix three powerful ingredients to alter our lives in tiny to significant ways. With every cross-road, we have the ability to change our story. We make new stories and …

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The long goodbye

I’m not good at goodbyes. I often have things I want to say, but it rarely comes out the way I mean them. Nowadays, I try to keep goodbyes shorter to avoid being overly emotional. If you have traveled to some degree, you will be very familiar with the endless hellos and …

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Grounded Rubyist review

The Grounded Rubyist (second edition) is one of the first ruby books I read from cover to cover. This review is long overdue from last year but I wanted to review some of the books that I have read over the last year. This one in particular, is a great …

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40 things only Fruitshackers understand

Fruitshack

30 minutes = McDonald’s cone Fucken fruit picking ladders You start a new farm job and you don’t mind it for the first bit, but by the end of the day, you want a different one. The first time you saw Mr. Oreo, you thought he was the biggest cat …

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