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wpkickstart 2.0.1 and 2.1.0 plans

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Already (after just releasing 2.0.0) some minor changes in 2.0.1 are in the works that should have made it into 2.0.0 that I hopefully will get out over the weekend. But, also, the next major release 2.1.0 is also being built up which will improve on JS and and SASS development within wpkickstart.

I’ve been in chats with our team at WebDevStudios about this being as an official replacement for our plugin generator (which has been the primary goal of wpkickstart). But before I do my pitch I need to mull over considering the PSR4 standard for e.g. autoloading, namespacing, etc and how that all will fit in with wpkickstart. I’m going to have to give that more consideration before it gets officially pitched at WebDev I think—we’ll see—it has literally been keeping me up at night!

Special thanks to Eric F, Justin F, Ben, Aaron E. for their feedback at WDS.

wp-plugin-boilerplate becomes wpkickstart and turns 2.0.0

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Since I’ve been working @WebDevStudios I have been working on a project to help me build better plugins that I called wp-plugin-boilerplate initially, but is now called wpkickstart and is also updated to do more!

It’s a lot like our internal plugin-generator, in that it gives you a framework to work in, but is a “anti-generator” because it doesn’t generate code for you. I built it because I thought our plugin generator could be better at name-spacing, object-driven development, reuse of code, but also do a lot less (hence the anti-generator part).

wpkickstart is service and component driven where services deliver unique features of your plugin, while components serve to be re-usable bit-and-pieces that can be used over and over easily, and both have high-mobility (meaning code can move around project to project easily). As I used earlier versions of it (when it was called wp-plugin-boilerplate) I continued to refine it so that things got easier and easier to do, and made it as modern as I could without sacrificing ease-of-use, and now it’s ready to be used.

Everything is done via wp cli commands. Once you have it installed and activated (which you can do easily with wp too) all you have to do is run wp kickstart build, and give it a little bit of information about your project, and it builds a starting-point for your plugin/project.

It features an app() function that you can use to talk to different things in your project, uses an easy-to-get structure, and then it’s all up to you what you build!

Want to find out more? I’ve filled the Wiki with lots of information so that using and understanding it is easy.

35.0 OctoPress

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So, all weekend I’ve been working on reviving my site, aubreypwd.com. It has been commissioned for a number of reasons in the past:

  1. Not updating all that often
  2. Out of date content
  3. I have Twitter now ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  4. Lost a lot of content
  5. Lost a lot of images
  6. etc

But, this weekend, I was able to recover some very old posts. And I also forked a theme I’ve always loved, OctoPress Classic, and was able to get it up and running in WordPress.

So here’s version 35, using OctoPress, which includes (incomplete) content from post 2014—all the way back to 2009, when I’m pretty sure this blog was started (back when it was enethrie.com). A lot of the content, as mentioned, is incomplete, and I’ll be spending the next few days editing some of the content and-reorganizing it.

Also, this blog needed an update…last time I updated it was in 2016!

It has no longer been 2 years since Easy Photo Album has been updated! 1.3.6 is out!

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As a part of Five for the Future at WebDevStudios we get to work on Open Source WordPress projects every last Friday of the month all day, and as a result I was able to help the 7000+ Easy Photo Album get a working plugin.

Easy Photo Album is a plugin that I crossed while helping some users with this support request. I noticed that the plugin was old and hadn’t been updated in over 2 years! I tried to contact the owner for a few months, and finally we were able to work together to get the plugin updated at last!

1.3.6

1.3.6 features major updates to get the plugin working again:

  • Major fixes to missing minified files (previously fixed in 1.3.5 but came back) and WP Media
  • Simplified screen for creating Albums so Saving/Publishing is easier to understand
  • Fixes to TinyMCE button/modal when no albums were created
  • Can now organize Albums into categories called “Shelves,” props @kammak

Now on Github!

The plugins development is now on Github where other’s can contribute!

The Future

This plugin is used by a lot of people, so I would hope that I can help in contributing more! If you have any ideas or feedback, checkout the Support page on WordPress.org. This is why I love OSS!

The Story of My Life in Computers: The Apple //e

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As far back as I can remember back to how all this began, I always remember my first computer, an Apple //e. It’s an icon of my beginnings. I remember it looked like the image above. Same large 5 1/2″ floppy drives all mushed up into one big block. I remember the odd power button on the top right of the monitor. I also remember just taking the plastic off and poking at the innards, even removing a chip or two just to look at it. Of course, I put it back.

The //e always gets credit for being the computer. I still wish I had one now, just to play with. It’s amazing how far things have come along since then. Now, it was probably 1992 or something close to that. I had this computer while others had much different one’s and the Internet was around the corner.

My mother got it at a garage sale. She had no idea how it worked, I doubt she had even really used a computer, but she handed it to me and I remember being in awe. A TV that I could put things on myself.

It came with some original floppy disks but all I could ever get was a prompt on the screen. I probably spent 2 days figuring this thing out. I remember typing nonsense on it at first. I looked through the manual that came with it as I got an error here and there. As far as I can tell, programming came naturally to me. Type that, then type that, then GOTO 10, type RUN and it went through the steps. After a few weeks I imagine I was on it all the time making these programs. I remember being specifically fascinated with making a digital pet, well maybe really just a digital friend.

I spent a great deal of my time inside anyways. I was obsessed with club houses, secret rooms and the like. I remember I took the bottom bunk because I could drape a sheet over the edges and have my own little space. I also liked rooms, organizing them, setting up my little space. The //e can vaguely be remember sitting command center style dead center on a long desk I had constructed out of probably 3 or 4 different desks or tables. I spent hours deciding if the floppy drive should go under the monitor or to the right of me with something on it. The //e had fit directly into my organized structure life, and so did programming I guess.

I had eventually learned (though I can’t remember how) to save the programs from memory to a floppy disk. I can’t really remember what these programs were, I just remember typing GOTO 12 this and GOTO 54 a lot, but can’t seem to recall what it would do when it got to the line. But, I will never forget the symbol ], on the //e that was the prompt.

Bring an Apple to School

No one saw my creations but me. I never showed it off and no one ever really knew what I was doing. Well that was until my 4th grade teacher got uncomfortable that I wasn’t playing some game on the Apple’s at school.

I remember the school got some of these computers. They took up a lot of room in the classroom, piled onto 6 desks all stacked up next to each other. They were exactly like mine at home.

I remember being kicked off computer quite often because I knew how to get to the prompt and do things there. I even brought my own programs over on 5 1/2″ floppies. I never thought it then, but maybe Ms. Amen, my teacher, thought I was hacking, or maybe she just didn’t know what the hell I was doing. Were viruses a thing back then? I don’t know, but what I was doing wasn’t what the other kids were doing on them.

I have no idea, but I’d like to imagine my teacher knew exactly what I was doing and was encouraging me by letting me type odd things on a computer. I remember staying after school to be on the //e at school. When you start creating something in memory, well you have to finish!

But she let me do it. After getting kicked off a few times I think Ms. Amen discovered what I was doing was harmless, and it was! I can’t even remember what I was coding. I remember realizing how cool it was to move programs from computer to computer.

IBM took over Apple

When I was a kid, I was maybe 11 or 12, I had no idea what or who IBM was. All I knew was that my Apple was not loading, something was wrong. My mom decided to take my computer to an IBM store in Roswell, New Mexico. If only I had knew that it would be the last time I’d see my Apple computer.

I did not know it at the time, but I think my mom could not afford to fix the computer. I remember being very weirded out by the people there. Big glasses, suites…old. Were those computer people? I’m not sure if I’m putting a memory in my own head, but I think I knew something was different about IBM. Even the logo seemed different than the cool //e one, just didn’t seem like my //e was in the right place — and I was right!

Anyhow, we left it there to get fixed. I remember going back a few times to check on it. I grew up in a small farm town south of Roswell and so it was a trip and so I’d only get to check on it every couple of weeks. But, something on the board had fried and it was in some room filled with cubicles. The place didn’t even have a sign, it had some IBM thing in the corner of the window. I never saw the //e again. I think they hated it, maybe the burned it!

I think my mom couldn’t afford to pay them to fix it. I still imagine it there actually. Like if I went in one day it might still be there. When I go back into town I don’t even go by the area where the computer repair place was. I kind of like it that way.

Anyway, I had no computer. I had to go back to being a normal kid again. I went outside and I even picked up smoking. I can’t remember what happened, did I just not care anymore or did I just genuinely get distracted by being a kid? All I know was that I remember being bummed out that my great friend the //e was not coming back, but I think I accepted that it was forever going to be hidden in that cubical filled room.

Why Buddhism caused me to become a Stoic

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The title of this post could be many. Maybe “How Stoics clarified Buddhism,” or “How Buddhism failed me,” or maybe “How being a bad Buddhism lead me to Stoicisim” is a better title, but anyway you put it I have suddenly found myself “moving on” from being, or trying to be, a solid Buddhist.

Stoicism seems like Buddhism in disguise, but it’s not

When I first started reading about the Stoic way of life, a philosophy, I couldn’t help but find what I would call “Buddhism in plain sight.” Many of the complicated foundations of Buddhism are explained and practiced in Stoicism. No, not meditating. I’ll get to that later. But common ideas about habits, the mind, cause and effect, training, and relationships with people are all Buddhist ideas that, for one reason or another, didn’t stick when applied the “Buddhist way.” But when looked at through the Stoic looking-glass made so much more sense.

But, even though there are some similarities, Stoicism is not Buddhism. Buddhism focuses entirely on a couple of main subjects. Enlightenment, Morality, and Meditation. Enlightenment is the idea that you are reborn into existence, that is ultimately causes suffering, and that you can free yourself from this cycle. The “Eight Fold Path” can be summarized into Morality and Meditation, where you are called to be a moral person and practice concentration on subduing the mind. Now, for me, this all sounded great, but the more I looked at it the more it didn’t really fit into reality (at least for me). Years of meditation are not going to help me in the here and now, nor is the call to be moral going to suddenly make me moral. Buddhism, to me, always seemed to require such an intense practice and change that it always seemed to be out of reach to simply become the best person I could be…

Which is where Stoicism comes in. While Buddhism sought to find Enlightenment, something I wasn’t really concerned with, Stoicism seeks to simply make you the best person you can be in the here and now. Where Buddhism called me to Enlightenment, Stoicism called me to simply improve myself. Which, as time would tell, was the thing I was looking for.

My Enneagram Type is Type 1, The Reformer

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Enneagram Type 1 – The Reformer

Perfectionists, responsible, fixated on improvement

People of this personality type are essentially looking to make things better, as they think nothing is ever quite good enough. This makes them perfectionists who desire to reform and improve; idealists who strive to make order out of the omnipresent chaos.

Ones have a fine eye for detail. They are always aware of the flaws in themselves, others and the situations in which they find themselves. This triggers their need to improve, which can be beneficial for all concerned, but which can also prove to be burdensome to both the One and those who are on the receiving end of the One’s reform efforts.

The One’s inability to achieve the perfection they desire feeds their feelings of guilt for having fallen short, and fuels their incipient anger against an imperfect world. Ones, however, tend to feel guilty about their anger. Anger is a “bad” emotion, and Ones strive sincerely and wholeheartedly to be “good.” Anger is therefore vigorously repressed from consciousness, bursting forth in occasional fits of temper, but usually manifesting in one of its many less obvious permutations – impatience, frustration, annoyance and judgmental criticality. For this reason, Ones can be difficult to live with, but, on the high side, they tend to be loyal, responsible and capable partners and friends.

Ones are serious people; they tend to be highly principled, competent and uncompromising. They follow the rules and expect others to do so as well. Because they believe so thoroughly in their convictions, they are often excellent leaders who can inspire those who follow them with their own vision of excellence. Reform movements are frequently spearheaded by Ones.

Ones are often driven and ambitious, and are sometimes workaholics. But whatever their professional involvement, they are definitely active, practical people who get things done. They are natural born organizers, listmakers who finish everything on the list, the last one to leave the office, the first one to return, industrious, reliable, honest and dutiful.

The relentlessness of their pursuit of the ideal can make Ones tense people who have a hard time relaxing and who unnecessarily deny themselves many of the harmless pleasures of life. They tend to be emotionally repressed and uncomfortable with expressing tender feelings; they generally see emotionality as a sign of weakness and lack of control. They are seldom spontaneous. They have multiple interests and talents however; they are self-reliant and seldom run out of things to do.

Ones are often intelligent and independent and can easily mistake themselves for Fives, but unlike Fives, Ones are primarily people of action, not thought. Ones tend to worry and are prone to anxiety and can sometimes mistype as Sixes, but they are far less affiliative than Sixes and their standards are not reached by seeking consensus with a group. Finally, the relentless pursuit of perfection can take its toll and lead to depression. At such times, a One can mistype as a Four. But Fours have a tendency towards self-indulgence whereas Ones are self-denying. Fours are emotionally expressive; Ones are emotionally constrained.

Wing, 2

I was also described to have a “wing” of Type 2, The Helper:

Enneagram Type 2 – The Helper

Helpers who need to be needed

People of this personality type essentially feel that they are worthy insofar as they are helpful to others. Love is their highest ideal. Selflessness is their duty. Giving to others is their reason for being. Involved, socially aware, usually extroverted, Twos are the type of people who remember everyone’s birthday and who go the extra mile to help out a co-worker, spouse or friend in need.

Twos are warm, emotional people who care a great deal about their personal relationships, devote an enormous amount of energy to them, and who expect to be appreciated for their efforts. They are practical people who thrive in the helping professions and who know how to make a home comfortable and inviting. Helping others makes Twos feel good about themselves; being needed makes them feel important; being selfless, makes Twos feel virtuous. Much of a Two’s self-image revolves around these issues, and any threat to that self-image is scarcely tolerated. Twos are thoroughly convinced of their selflessness, and it is true that they are frequently genuinely helpful and concerned about others. It is equally true, however, that Twos require appreciation; they need to be needed. Their love is not entirely without ulterior motive.

Twos often develop a sense of entitlement when it comes to the people closest to them. Because they have extended themselves for others, they begin to feel that gratitude is owed to them. They can become intrusive and demanding if their often unacknowledged emotional needs go unmet. They can be bossy and manipulative, feeling entirely justified in being so, because they “have earned the right” and their intentions are good. The darkest side of the type Two fixation appears when the Two begins to feel that they will never receive the love they deserve for all of their efforts. Under such circumstances, they can become hysterical, irrational and even abusive.

Because Twos are generally helping others meet their needs, they can forget to take care of their own. This can lead to physical burnout, emotional exhaustion and emotional volatility. Twos need to learn that they can only be of true service to others if they are healthy, balanced and centered in themselves.

Twos can mistype themselves if they are not in an obvious helper role in their professional lives; they might not recognize the extent of their involvement in assisting others. This is especially true for male Twos, who have not received the same social rewards for helping as female Twos receive. Male Twos frequently mistype as Ones or Threes, the wings of type Two. Females, of all types, are bound to recognize some of the dynamics of type Two in their personalities, as such qualities have been socially reinforced. Female Nines, for instance, are especially prone to mistyping as Twos, particularly if they are the mothers of small children. But Nines are self-effacing and humble; Twos are proud and have a strong sense of their own worth.

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Notice: bp_setup_current_user was called incorrectly [FIX]

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Notice: bp_setup_current_user was called incorrectly. The current user is being initialized without using $wp->init(). Please see Debugging in WordPress for more information. (This message was added in version 1.7.) in /…/wp-includes/functions.php on line 3622

If you’re getting the above notice, you’re going to need to disable _doing_it_wrong for the bbp_setup_current_user() function, here’s how!

/**
 * Disables trigger_error for doing_it_wrong_trigger_error filter.
 *
 * @return boolean false disables the if condition to trigger the error display.
 */
function remove_bbp_setup_current_user_notice_filter() {
    return false; // Disable trigger_error.
}

/**
 * If bbp_setup_current_user() runs _doing_it_wrong(), disable trigger_error.
 *
 * @param  string $function The function, here we test for bbp_setup_current_user().
 * @param  string $message  The message (no modifications here).
 * @param  string $version  Version (not used here).
 */
function remove_bbp_setup_current_user_notice( $function, $message, $version ) {
    if( 'bbp_setup_current_user' === $function ) {

        // Filter trigger_error
        add_filter( 'doing_it_wrong_trigger_error', 'remove_bbp_setup_current_user_notice_filter' );
    }
}
add_action( 'doing_it_wrong_run', 'remove_bbp_setup_current_user_notice', 10, 3 );

WP NoteUp 1.1 “Cube”

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WP NoteUp, dubbed “Cube” (read more about Ice Cube) was just released to WordPress.org! Development around Cube was focused around releasing a version of NoteUp that allowed the user to format their notes, e.g.:

WP NoteUp 1.1 Cube

All the new features were accomplished because of the great CMB2 (which we use @WebDevStudios all the time). Now you can bold, italic, add links and images. You can even add bulleted lists.

I hope this allows users to really get more out of having a place to put content or takes notes without having to fudge up your content. If you enjoyed the update, let me know in the comments!

Checkout the plugin on WordPress.org, or checkout out development of 1.2 at Github

Why I switched back to Mailbox from Mail.app

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Yesterday I re-installed Mailbox after about a 3 week hiatus in which I went back to old-school Mail.app.

First, Mail.app is a great mail program, don’t get me wrong. The reason I went back to it was it’s “just works” thing it does where emails load correctly, contacts work together right, etc. But, after just a few weeks of using it I really felt like my email was getting out of control again. I got a little spoiled by Mailbox, really my email was “back to normal.” Hundreds of emails were in my Inbox, some to be buried forever as I was not going to scroll down through each one and….no, not going to do that.

Mailbox, however, with it’s deal with email later philosophy really helps me be in control of consuming my email. The problem with Mail.app is that when I get an email I don’t have time to consume it right then. I’m an extremely focused individual, I do not need to be carried off into email when I’m trying to do something else. The real kicker feature of Mailbox is the ability to delay an email until another time when you are most likely to be able to consume it.

So, after really getting a chance to compare a traditional email application to Mailbox, there is real value in being able to delay the consumption of email in order to remain in control of it. I’m much happier with Mailbox, even given it’s youth and lack of maturity in composing emails.

Checkout http://www.tabsnooze.com/ which let’s you delay content you open in tabs until another time….it’s great, does the same thing.

 

Life Update, June 20th 2015

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^^ Just what I’m listening to while I write this, just so you can get the vibe with me 🙂

So I decided to actually make time to write a little bit. Saturday. Coffee. Starbucks. Get out of the house…write something. Blog something that isn’t just WordPress stuff…

Yes, get out of the house. Ever since I got my job at WebDevStudios I have been working at home more than I really ever have. And even though I can’t express how thankful that I get to do that, you still need to get out of the confines of your work environment once in a while…

So this is just going to be an update blog on what I’m doing, how it’s going…all the things.

WebDevStudios

I still get a bit star struck that I actually work for such a great place, a great team (the A-Team) everyday. Things are going really well there. I just logged on to my WordPress install to write this and had a thought, “Shit I know where everything fucking is now.” My knowledge and familiarity with WordPress had multiplied 10 fold. I WordPress now…every damn day…and it’s great! Everyday that I work I feel more and more like an expert at this stuff, and that’s exactly something I set out for!

We’ve also been busy! Really busy. But, I’m not sure my team understands really how well we have it. Before WebDevStudios I was the project manager, the coder, the planner, the budgeter, you name it…even the recruiter (for offshore workers). I mean my work life was stretched pretty thin. I am so appreciative that we have great project managers, leads, and that WDS has such a great structure in place to really help people keep their sanity! (I elaborate on this more below.)

New things I’m learning (Friends, this will be technical, skip ahead)…

SASS: I’ll admit when I first came on, I was a bit of a CSS purist, and I still am. That means I’m not into preprocessors that much. But I’ve come to realize that for big project SASS is great for organizing large teams and I can’t express enough the power that SASS gives teams so that you don’t step on each other’s toes. Because you can use nesting in SASS you can make sure you are styling specific things vs. possibly styling very generic things and possibly changing things other people are working on. I mean it still happens, but it’s really rare. I will also say that now I wish CSS was written like SASS, it’s extremely more natural feeling to write.

Grunt all the things: Again more processors, but Grunt does save a ton of time. And on tight deadline projects, Grunt does help make things happen a lot quick. Grunt is just a great tool to get mediocre things done quickly. I am a Grunt convert for sure, though I still have lots to learn.

Bower: Easy dependency management. I’m still a bit of a noob here too, but I do know that when I want to include an external library, bower makes it super easy.

Teamwork…yeah. Working with a team has been enormously gratifying. I’ve always been the loner guy who does all the things. It’s a totally different dynamic. I mean I see sites churned out in weeks! I work for a few hours on a site and I see it being launched suddenly a few weeks later. I remember having that moment on a recent project we were working on. I saw that the site was about to be launched, and I just thought to myself, “We just started that thing, and it’s done!?”

BTW, WDS is hiring still! I didn’t think I would be doing fun stuff with them, but here I am! APPLY if you read the above without a strange look on your face.

Life

So working at WDS has introduced some new things into my life. For one thing, because I work in Arizona (where the time does not change) I get a chance to be a “westie” and a “mountain man” (terms used to refer to people in pacific and mountain time zones). Right now I’m a westie, I wake up at 7am and work until about 2 or 3pm with people in the pacific timezone. Being done with work around 2 is great! I can run errands, play with my kid, I mean it’s great! I keep wondering what it’s going to be like to be a mountain man.

I believe, just like normal physical energy, your mind has a limited amount of energy per day. Since I’m not spending all that energy stressing about budgets or project planning, etc, I have a lot of leftover mental energy. This means I can work on losing weight and I actually have some mental energy to focus on it. Having some mental energy for me is a great nice to have and really make a big difference.

I’m still a bad Buddhist lol

Although I have been learning a lot by having more time and energy to dedicate to reading, I still haven’t become that great meditator. I meditate rarely. I feel guilty actually, because I know, now, stress is not an excuse I can use. I’m still working on actually putting more and more things into practice, but I still have yet to really knuckle down and start meditating. But I’m also not beating myself up over it, I know it will come when I’m ready.

I’ve still been spending a lot of time learning about meditation. I am the kind of person that when I see a clear benefit of a goal, I’m on it and I’m into it 100%. I guess I haven’t really felt like meditation is going to turn it around for me. I read a lot, I spend a lot of time on the insight side of Buddhism. It’s something that has definitely helped me and had an effect, so I spend a lot of time there.

Tennis

So a big part of Tennis changes lately are all around trying to become more fit. I don’t feel like there’s much on the technical side of things that are going to propel me forward. Losing all this weight is going to make me faster and beat up less on my body…period. So that’s all I’m working towards really right now.

I’ve made some changes, though, technically to my game. A year ago I changed some things about how I play and it definitely helped in one area: exhaustion. The changes I made were put into place to help take less of a blow on my body, and it worked! But it had a negative effect on my game overall. Being a power-driven player, those changes made me have to work harder on strategy, etc, which I just am not good at. Coupled with weight loss I’m hoping that I can move my game back to a more aggressive power-driven style. So, I’ve been making those changes lately, and how my back feels at night is proof that it comes with a price.

But, I’m still really enjoying Tennis! Family…Code…Tennis. That’s life for me and that’s exactly the way I like it. I think the weight loss is really going to help me enjoy it more. I know the reason I don’t play well is because of my weight, so I feel like it’s really the only thing holding me back.

Fatherhood (Being Dad)

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I absolutely love my kid! But I think everyone says that about their kid, no duh. I always knew how much I would like being a Dad. Being a kid who grew up without one I was really excited to experience the whole Dad thing, and it’s really turning out to be a great experience. We were even blessed with such a great kid; not fussy, happy, smiling, fun, and smart. I always look forward to the future with Lexie, I know I’m going to enjoy every step of being her Dad.

She’s just about to turn 1 year old. She’s grown so much in just one year. I try and make sure and really take in the time knowing she’s going to grow so fast!

Lexie’s personality is really starting to show too. I see a lot of her Mom in her; happy, fun loving, curious, joyful. Those are all words I would use to describe Ashley and they totally apply to Lexie. She’s walking, and just like crawling it happened in just a couple of days w/out warning! She’s even trying to climb the gates we put up to keep her out of certain areas of the house.

But, doesn’t mean I love diapers or loud screaming! This great bundle of joy still comes with her challenges. And now that she’s getting older I’ve noticed she is getting a little more attached to Mom and Dad. She’s getting “stranger danger,” so it’s a gamble whether she’s going to enjoy being handed to someone else. I recently went to try on suits with her and she just wasn’t having it, so it’s safe to say I didn’t try any suits on that day.

Wedding

So, I am getting married pretty soon. I’m so ready to have that official stamp placed on our family. Marriage has always been about family for me, and Ashley, Lexie and I are already a great family. But we’re both excited to make it official!

…and Wedding planning is no joke…..lol

End?

So after writing that I feel like that’s not a lot. My life is pretty simple right now (and that’s a good thing). It’s funny how complicated things can feel still.

But I’m glad I finally got to do some “blogging.” Blogs aren’t just for nerdy WordPress stuff people!

31.1 Nahko

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Aubrey Portwood aubreypwd

Nahko 31.1 Screenshot

This time I went a little wild with some of the changes to my site, but that’s just because some of the recent changes to my life have been a bit wild. I kept most of the re-design from 31.0 Trevor Hall, but added some…funk? The theme and colors chosen are based on my recent landing of my dream job with WebDevStudios and a little splash of a New Mexico sunset.

Who is Nahko?

Nahko (and Medicine for the People) is an artist I have been listening to lately. There’s something infectious going on with his music, I think it really speaks to my spirit and where I am in my life right now. I would be lying if the music didn’t also help inspire the changes to my site!

The embedded video above is one of my favorite songs right now.

“I believe in the good things coming.” – Black as Night

Especially after joining WebDevStudios this repeated verse (in the song) really speaks to me. You really do have to believe in good things coming your way to really go out there and make them happen for yourself.

Nerd Notes

I also did something new. Usually, with my site, I would clone down WordPress and clone down the Publish-pwd theme into the themes directory. But, I’ve opted to version control my entire site and include WordPress.

The proof-in-case situation happened last night. I updated WordPress (the new way, by merging the 4.2 branch into mine) and found out 4.2 had a bug a plugin had a bug that broke my site (link to come later). I was easily able to revert that merge and all was well again.

The other reason is to keep track of the plugins and themes I use and version control those as well. So that’s new…

I know it’s wild, but that’s the intention. Makes me wonder what 31.2 will look like.

Provisioning’s a Bitch

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timeWhat am I most excited for? Never having to run vagrant up --provision again. Spinning up a new build everyday can be time consuming! Simply, I was starting to feel like VVV was just getting in the way of being productive. I got things to do!

Those are My RAMS (Performance)

VVV will take up about 1GB of memory working or not (and don’t try and lower it). This isn’t really VVV’s fault, mainly my own. I bought a new Macbook Air and started with the lower-end hardware. Though things ran faster (because of the SSD), I had less RAM’s and less HD space now. On my Macbook Pro (may it rest in peace) I never had to worry about RAM, but as soon as I started hitting projects all day it became apparent I needed all the resources I could get out of my machine.

I’m probably not even using VVV all-the-way!

Ultimately, this is what it really comes down to. I just haven’t felt like it was that much better than a MAMP or XAMPP solution. Ever since I fired it up I haven’t really found anything great about it far from other solutions (except that it’s Linux), but that’s probably my fault anyways. I just don’t use a lot of the powerhouse things Vagrant probably does and I feel like I’m sacrificing a lot.

XAMPP

When I first broke up with MAMP for VVV, it seemed like a good fit (and it was the hip thing everyone was doing). I thought the right thing to do was run my dev environment in a box that worked most like the Internet does, on Linux. But, after using it for about a year, and throwing that --provision switch a few hundred times, I’m trying out XAMPP, which just runs Apache, PHP, MySQL. That’s all I really need to do what I do and sudo xampp restart gets it done in under 10 seconds!

We broke up, but we’re still friends

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try out VVV! People swear by it, and there’s a reason, I’m just not sure if I’m aware of it yet… It was also built by very smart people that work on very smart projects. And, It’s still on my machine! Anytime I need to test a site outside of the typical Apache box (with NGINX becoming more and more popular), it’ll be there for me.

VVV probably does a lot of great things, but you better have a slow coffee machine–provisioning is a bitch!

I Landed a Dream Job at WebDevStudios!

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TL;DR: I totally landed a dream job with WebDevStudios! It’s late, I know….

2007, I download WordPress

When I downloaded WordPress to create my first site with it, I had no idea it would become such a huge part of my life. It was easy, it had plugins, it had themes, it was something I could work with. That’s how it all started. As the years went on I would go on to push WordPress as “the future,” and it was, especially for me. I would use WordPress to build many sites, it’s in everything I would build.

2007+

For almost a decade WordPress would be the center of most of the things I did. I can’t express enough how happy I am that WordPress is Open Source. My love, and of course need, for Open Source software is what pulled me to WordPress in the early days.

During this time I’d work building WordPress sites for lots of people, friends, and even family. Towards the end I would finally start working on my own WordPress themes and plugins.

…2014, I meet WordPress addicts

I attend my first WordCamp (#wcphx) and see all these WordPress addicts, thinking how lucky they are to get to do WordPress day in and day out and work with other WordPress people.

I decide to make a change. I need to work with these people, I needed to be a part of a community who are crazy about WordPress like I am. I set out to find a dream job, one of those “do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life” deals.

I aim high hoping for anything I could get my hands on. Let’s just say it was a trip and I learned a lot along the way. But I noticed WebDevStudios needs a front-end developer. I think it’s a long shot, but knew this would be huge if I were able to get a job with these guys…

2015, …and I did!

It was a big deal when I got the call from Dre telling me I had got the job. I’m pretty sure I said something in reply like, “This is great. I can’t wait!” But what I was really thinking was, “Holy shit! I got the job!”

It’s been an amazing couple of weeks. WordPress is now what I do and I’m excited to work and learn with the great people I’ve been getting acquainted with over at WebDevStudios. They’re a crazy bunch, but that’s right up my alley, and I’m honored to be associated with such a prestigious company.

Thank You’s

A lot of people helped me along the way, especially family and friends with their encouragement and support. They truly know the “journey” I was on trying to make WordPress what I do, especially my patient and very understanding fiance Ashley.

But, most of all, as cliche as it will sound, I do owe a lot to the WordPress community itself. Because they make a great open source platform like WordPress, they’ve opened up this opportunity for me.

WP NoteUp

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I’ve been waiting for a while to publish a new plugin! I have a few, but they are old and outdated. I’ve learned a lot about making better WordPress Plugins (coding wise) and I’ve finally got a plugin with something more modern.

Screen Shot 2015-02-20 at 5.11.20 PMWhen I set out to develop a new plugin I wanted to build something I wanted. I’ve tried other note taking plugins, but nothing has been simple and exactly what I needed.

WP NoteUp is inspired by Simplenote and aims to be as like it as it can be. Simple and right to the point, just text.

A Pro Version

I have plans, though, to release a Pro version of the plugin that features some vanity items like note backgrounds but should also feature more features like Markup or the Visual Composer.

I know people want more than what WP NoteUp does out of the box with today’s release, sometimes I want more out of Simplenote too. So, the Pro version will have these things and give people that want more…more, and if you just want simple just go with the .Org version.

Note sure how much, not sure when I’ll get it done. But when I do, I’ll post something here.

How to fix issue where external drive (non-NTFS) is being mounted as Read Only

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This is what I did anyhow…

Here my external disk is Sling and it has the proper permissions root:admin. Before it had root:wheel which wasn’t allowing me to write to the disk as I did before.

To get the right permissions I used sudo chown root:admin Sling/. I thought that this permission would only apply one time, but I ejected and re-mounted and it kept the permission.

Hopefully this helps.