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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Moving from Sublime to VIM

Like many developers starting out, I used Sublime Text as one of my first text editors. It’s one of the most popular free editors that is also beginner friendly. It’s packed with features and has a mature suite of productivity plugins for tons of customization. When I joined a commercial …

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When things fall apart

The Unsuccessful Student has been utterly quiet these past three months. If you’re on my Facebook, everything would seem to be peachy, but truth be told, the last three months have taken a most unexpected turn. After a wonderful honeymoon phase with Melbourne, everything went wrong. An unexpected parting with …

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Staying motivated: A wall of encouragement

Everyone has times when they feel uncertain about themselves. Even with a strong why, you will find times of difficulties and times of weakness. Many years ago I came up with an idea called a wall of encouragement. It was pretty simple; I took quotes, notes and things people have …

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My experience with technology recruiters in Australia

Regardless of the industry, recruiters have a bad reputation. For many individuals, they may be no better than used car people. They are said to be dishonest and sneaky as they attempt to fill their vacancies by any means possible. They are also known to focus on higher paying jobs …

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Can you still run a marketing campaign on Tinder?

Tinder exploded in 2013 and 2014 as the world’s most famous hook up app. Look at a picture, swipe left for no and right for yes. If you both approve of each other, it’s a match and you can chat and get it on. As tinder’s popularity grew, creative people …

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The first week in Melbourne

The first three weeks in Australia have come and gone very quickly and if I could sum it up in two words it would be the following: exceeding expectations. There are lots of details I can share, but I’ll start by summarizing my first week. As excited as I was …

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Months in review

It’s been many months since I’ve had a “month in review” post. In the beginning I found it useful to give myself some direction each month, but the last six months have felt more focused on different obstacles that have naturally presented themselves. I wanted to take a few moments …

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