Pink Tickets

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“To be permitted by your spouse to indulge in such activities that are normally banned in her absence” Hah-roomphf. And so begins the battle for time and permission by The Spouse to be allowed to do things without him or her. Oh, the games! Listen to enough conversations and you get a glimpse into a lifetime of… Read more »

Long Live the Desktop

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No doubt about it, hardware is getting plain ridiculous in terms of throughput. Gone are the days of old where 64K RAM was *plenty*. That said, we still have this unyielding and biased fascination with RAM and processor speed when it comes to comparing computing devices on the market. Truth is, computing has changed sufficiently… Read more »

The New Religion Called Diet

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Tele-evangelism like marketing leads the way with promises of a newfound you. These are backed up by powerful testimonies and anecdotal science (before and after photos). There’s also a strong altar call afterwards (buy these products, be they books or supplements) to all those wishing to change and converts go out into the world heralding… Read more »

Do Patriots Love Their Country?

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Patriot, a noun. A cursory look through some formal definitions reveals: * A person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors. * one who loves his or her country and supports its authority and interests. And the rest are similar. Essentially, there are 3 parts in that which are… Read more »

BabyGroup Tech Journey

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So here’s a little behind-the-scenes on one of SA’s newest e-commerce shops, BabyGroup. This has been a really great project to be involved with so it’s nice to be able to share a little on the journey. It’s also one of the few that are not “top-secret” so I can actually share some detail on… Read more »

Getting In The Way

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2013 and almost a decade has passed since I embraced agile development practices. Along the way, some of the fluff got dropped, some of it became lifestyle, some of it evolved into something better. “We” went through a lot. And those that made the decision back then to abandon established practices and try something new… Read more »

Be Less Do More

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In general, we have a obsession with the idea of “being something”. We start off young, being asked as kids: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” That same question is ingrained throughout our growing years, and becomes super important during high school. We make life choices based on what we want… Read more »

Violent Young Men

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For some time, I’ve been meditating on the source of authority. From organic social groups to governments, what mechanism propels an authority into being respected? And even more abundantly, how do “gurus” achieve their status despite having any official certificate? And for those who do have something “official” (read bureaucratic) what mechanism gives the institution… Read more »

Getting out of bed

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On my way to go paddle this morning, I stopped at a red traffic light. It was still dark out, a shade after 5:30AM and only the intermittent cars and buildings were glowing. In the shadows of the black, was a lone man; a vagrant. Blind. He was sitting softly at the light, clutching his… Read more »

Engineering CSS

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With sites becoming increasingly “full” with the focus on design, regardless of the simplicity, the explosion of CSS and it’s management is burdensome. There are some tools; some processes, but working with CSS on a “code level” has still got a long way to go. Yes, there’s SASS, which can help, but you’re still dealing… Read more »