My Top Nine Photos of 2017

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These are the top nine images I put on Instagram this year based on likes. Going from left to right:

  1. Random iOS homescreen.
  2. A quote from the book Essentialism that is relevant for developers. “Essentialists accept the reality that we can never fully anticipate or prepare for every scenario or eventuality; the future is simply too unpredictable.”
  3. Wearing a Santa hat in warm weather.
  4. My daughter and I did our first 5k
  5. Giving a brief overview of LaraJobs at Laracon. Gosh, I hate being on stage.
  6. A screenshot of the daily Laravel News digest.
  7. Date Night!
  8. My dad’s Camero
  9. Date Night!

What to wear to workout when it’s cold outside

I live in an area where the temperature, for the most, is bearable year round. We will have weeks where it dips to freezing and maybe an inch of two of snow each year, but when it turns cold I never know what to wear to workout. Most of the time I put on way too many layers and overheat and when talking to a buddy over the weekend he sent me this picture as a guide:

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  • 60F and above: Tank top or singlet, and shorts
  • 50-59F: T-shirt and shorts
  • 40-49f: Long-sleeve light-weight shirt, shorts or tights (or nylon long pants), mittens and gloves
  • 30-39F: Long-sleeve medium weight shirt, and another T-shirt, tights and shorts, socks, mittens or gloves, and a hat over the ears
  • 20-29F: Medium weight long-sleeve shirt, another T-shirt, tights and shorts, socks, mittens or gloves, and a hat over the ears
  • 10-19F: Medium weight long-sleeve shirt, and medium/heavy weight shirt, tights and shorts, nylon wind suit, top and pants, socks, think mittens and a hat over the ears
  • 0-9F: Two medium or heavyweight long-sleeve tops, thick tights, thick underwear (especially for men), medium to heavy warm up, gloves and thick mittens, ski mask, a hat over the ears, and Vaseline covering any exposed skin

I thought that was brilliant and found the source which I hope to refer back to every winter.

December iOS Homescreen

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This is my current home screen that I’m planning on carrying into 2018. It’s not super inspiring, but one thing I’ve done is move all my social apps off the main screen and put the focus on apps that I’d be better off spending a few minutes in, for example, reading a page in the Kindle app.

SourceForge and Slashdot Sold

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“With SourceForge, our plans all surround returning the site to being the ‘gold standard’ and most trusted destination for open source software discovery, development, collaboration and distribution on the web. We will improve and accelerate development of useful open source software developer tools in addition to rekindling the original spirit of open source that made SourceForge an industry leader.”

I can’t see this happening. How many things that have lost this much momentum ever climbed back up?1 Especially when the target market is developers.

I think of the code editor changes over the years. Textmate was hugely popular, it lost momentum on the v2 release and never recovered. Eclipse and Netbeans taken over by PhpStorm.

Even BitBucket which is almost on par with GitHub just can’t seem to pick up steam from the open source community. But I know of a lot of consultant shops using it.

I just can’t see how SourceForge will ever return from how bad the name is tarnished. It’ll be an uphill battle and will take coming up with something truly​ innovative.


  1. Maybe Vim. It’ll survive the apocolypse.