My Process for Illustrations

Posted 3 years, 41 weeks ago.

I’ve wanted to share my current process for doing illustrations for a while (it’s changed a lot over the years), but never had a good, simple example to work with. This year, I felt like it was time for an avatar upgrade: my previous one was an illustration done in 2011 for my wedding. So! Time for a new self portrait.

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A Letter to Palace Electric

Posted 4 years, 37 weeks ago.

This weekend, I went to see the new Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit at Palace Electric with the ladies from Silver Screen Queens. The movie was OK, maybe 3 stars, but the experience I had was the worst.

In their defence, they did reach out to ask me for feedback, and so I wrote a rather long email to explain what went wrong, and how they could have improved it.

This is that email.

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Working for Equity

Posted 4 years, 43 weeks ago.

Imagine you want to build some form of house. You don’t have any money, really, but that shouldn’t stop you. There are heaps of people making millions in the housing market according to your sources, so this will be easy money. You draw up your plans, buy the plot of land, and call a builder.

“Look, I can’t pay you any money, but how about I give you 20% of the value of the house when I sell it?”

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One More Thing 2013

Posted 5 years, 20 weeks ago.

These are the notes I took during the talks at the One More Thing conference in 2013, including the slides which I’ve collected into one convenient place.

If you think there are any inaccuracies or if there’s something missing, please get in touch so I can ensure these notes are complete and accurate.

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Installing PHP Extensions with MAMP

Posted 5 years, 45 weeks ago.

This last weekend, I decided to knuckle down and build an OAuth server in PHP. One thing that had kept me from doing it until now was that I didn’t have the required extension installed in my development environment.

My development environment is MAMP (not the PRO version), which I’m running on OS X Mountain Lion. The combination made it a little more difficult to install extensions than I would have liked (though I am a bit of a command line n00b, so I guess there’s that).

So both to assist those who come after me, and also to remind me when I have to go through this again, here’s what I did.

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