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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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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5 things I hate about Melbourne

This post could easily be renamed to “5 things I hate about Australia” but I wanted to contrast my post of “5 things I love about Melbourne”. Of course, while I love the city, no place is without its annoyances. History has shown me that people love a hating post …

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The fruit picking life: A farm life Q&A

Everyone always gives me different reactions when I mention working on a farm for three months. Some people are shocked, others find it funny, while some are curious as to what the whole experience would be like. My most honest summary is that it has been better than my expectations. …

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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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