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I'm a self-employed web developer, family man, nerd, scuba diver, and author of many fine books. Manager/maintainer of the Elgg community site, and core Elgg development team member.

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Hey it works! Oh wait a sec...

What if I just add/subtract a bit of a fudge factor?

 

BFG Repo Cleaner

This actually saved me today.

The BFG treats you like a reformed alcoholic: you've made some mistakes in the past, but now you've cleaned up your act. Thus the BFG assumes that your latest commit is a good one, with none of the dirty files you want removing from your history still in it. This assumption by the BFG protects your work, and gives you peace of mind knowing that the BFG is only changing your repo history, not meddling with the current files of your project.

 

BFG Repo Cleaner
 

Sea lion dive 01/08/2017

Went diving with the sea lions at Hornby Island yesterday.  It was good until one of them stole my light and swam off with it never to be seen again, forcing me to become an enemy of sea lions as a species.

 

Screw 2016... I had to deal with Wordpress which is a substantially worse fate than mourning celebrity deaths

 

First custom component complete, I feel like I just leveled up!

 

Kojeon

Since Edison got into Pokemon his favorite has been Eevee, this little dog pokemon that evolves into a bunch of different types of stronger pokemon.  I started dropping hints that our dog Kojak might be a pokemon.  He wasn't buying it.  I kept it up, eventually expanding the hints to include his origin as an evolve of Eevee.  Now we're at the point where I call him Kojeon (to fit with Eevee's other evolves such as Flareon, Vaporeon, etc), and we actively debate whether it's possible that he's a Pokemon.  Edison insists that Kojak isn't a Pokemon because he's never seen him in the show or on a card.

I can't wait to see his face when this card emerges from a pack at christmas :)

 

Bio-terror drama based on CRISPR

Produced by Jennifer Lopez for some reason.  This should be good... and won't villify genetic engineering at all right? right?

Bio-terror drama based on CRISPR
 

Javascript environments... this hits close to home

After starting to work with Meteor, learning the ins and outs of node.js, mongoDB, and the blaze templating system, I was just starting to get somewhere with it and they changed everything in favor of moving to ReactJS.  No logical migration, just a "rewrite it all in React" statement.  I gave up, screw that, I had sunk a ton of time into learning that platform just to have the rug pulled out.

Now I'm getting into Ionic/Angular, also node based with a build step that used to use gulp but now uses rollupjs.  This stuff is pretty insane and changes way too fast.  Ionic 2 is completely different from Ionic 1, I like it, so I'm sticking with it, but damn if it isn't a ton of work to keep up with all this.

Javascript environments... this hits close to home
 
XKCD - Always so relevant
 

Ionic 2 Release Candidate

This is exciting, and is really perfect timing for a project I'm about to start.  Lots of breaking changes since the last beta though.

Ionic 2 Release Candidate