Ryan Irelan

John Hartford and Friends at Telluride Bluegrass Festival, 1998


Slaughter Creek trail. Austin, TX

Remote Work During a Pandemic

Mandy Brown:

The first lesson on leading a remote team when the world’s on fire is the most obvious one, but it’s shockingly easy to miss: the operative phrase is not remote team but world’s on fire.

Gary Clark Jr. - When My Train Pulls In

Greatest thing ever?

Testing with Codeception

A video course built for Craft CMS testing but could be used for anyone wanting to learn the fundamentals of Codeception and its syntax.

Lake Georgetown Out and Back (and bruised ribs?)

Fell just after the turn-around point at mile 6 and hit my right side pretty hard. X-ray results forthcoming.

Automated Acceptance Tests with Craft CMS

Craft 3.2 introduces full support for testing using Codeception. Have you never done automated testing before? Following along with me in the video and learn how to install Codeception in your project and create your first acceptance test.

Lakeway Canyonlands

Bandera 50k

Crossing the finish line at the 2019 Bandera 50k. The race was moved to Camp Eagle about 90 minutes west of the original location.

Craft CMS Plugin Development In-Depth

Ben Croker walks through the different pieces of a Craft plugin and why they do what they do. Perfect next step after Ben's Getting Started with Craft Plugin Development course.

Reading During Lunch

New habit: reading during lunch instead of consuming social media or other mindless activity.

Learn Craft CMS

Launched this a bit over six months ago. It's fun (and a little scary) to re-invent part of your business. But easier to do when the result is a better experience for everyone. There's a continuous flow of new tutorials for students and I get to react quickly to new suggestions and ideas. It is a ton of fun to work on.

Finished Bandera 50k

Completed Bandera 50k. Tough course.

Private RSS Reeder with Stringer

I've switched my feed collecting to a self-hosted app called Stringer. It's a app I control and it can connect to client feed readers, like Reeder.

Meeting Scott Jurek

I met master ultramarathoner Scott Jurek yesterday evening at his book signing here in Austin. A real treat.

Information vs Knowledge and Is College Worth It?

Nelson argued that “the educated college graduate is not simply the same person who matriculated four years earlier with more information or new skills.” Rather, “The educated college graduate is a different person—one who has developed the innate human capacity for learning, to the point of controlling it.”

The article reflects back on a 2014 The Economist article Is College Worth It?

It's unpopular in some tech circles (especially those that skew significantly younger than me) that college isn't required anymore; that the money it costs isn't worth it.

With the caveat that you should never exit college with crippling debt (there other ways to make it happen), college is, dollar for dollar, a sound investment that can be your safety net from downturns and shifts in the job market.

We're seeing one of those shifts right now. As some technology jobs become commoditized and easily done for cheaper outside of (in my case because I'm American) the United States, the crunch for work will only intensify.

One filter employers will use (just like they do now)? College degree.

It's still better to have a college degree than to not have one. Four years is a minimal investment for a 30+ year career.

Let the Goals Come

Des Linden on what's next after her awesome win at the 2018 Boston Marathon:

I’m going to let the next big goal come to me. I don’t want to force it. I want to ease back into the training, and see what gets me excited and gets me interested and passionate about training.

It's not about not being driven. It's about giving some extra space in between.

Weekend Work

Bill Marler on why he works weekends:

As I was thinking about heading back to bed to wait for the sun to come up, my cell phone rang – It was the father of a 13 year old girl still on dialysis over three weeks after eat chopped romaine tainted with E. coli O157:H7.  I promised the distraught father that I would take care of his kid and find the grower, shipper, processor and retailer (honestly, I know most of the chain already and the rest will flip shortly) that did this to his daughter.

All that had gone before

When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.

Jacob Riis

Stephen Hawking