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November 24, 2019

Stand-up Comedy – Trying Something New

Earlier this year I made the decision to get involved with stand-up comedy. It’s a hobby I’ve always wanted to involve myself in, but something I’ve found to be tremendously intimidating. The idea of standing in front of an audience telling jokes holds a more fearful place in my mind …

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By Ryder Damen
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September 29, 2019

One Audacious Request Per Week – Asking for what you want in Software Engineering

Recently I arrived at my gate three hours early for my flight to Toronto. Interestingly enough, an earlier flight to Toronto was on final boarding at the very same gate. After about 2 minutes of pondering, I decided to make my audacious request of the week; ask if it would …

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May 4, 2019

Running PostgreSQL in Kubernetes

Running a postgreSQL in Kubernetes is totally possible – but is it something that you want to do? That depends… Advantages and Disadvantages There are both advantages and disadvantages to running a postgreSQL instance in kubernetes. Here’s a quick summary of the major ones. Advantage: It’s Cheap First off, the …

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April 29, 2019

Why stackdriver kept alerting me every single day

A quick note about why my uptime check alerts were firing daily. Background: My Infrastructure I use a kubernetes cluster to manage my personal infrastructure, and to keep costs down, I take advantage of preemptible machines from Google Cloud Platform. Preemptible machines are a way for Google to allow developers …

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April 4, 2019

A quick way to optimize images for the web on OSX (without PhotoShop)

If you’re uploading images for web pages that are greater than 1mb, that’s not great. Here’s how you can fix it, on Mac OSX, without PhotoShop. Download the image you’re wanting to use. If you’re looking for content for blogs, I would highly recommend checking out UnSplash. Notice that the …

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Why I migrated my personal projects to Kubernetes

A little while ago I made the decision to containerize my personal projects and migrate them to kubernetes. If you’re not familiar with kubernetes or containerization in general, this comic is a helpful explanation of the basics. It took a long time, but I’ve migrated most of my personal and …

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July 21, 2018

Building a Slack App with Google Cloud Functions

Previously I’ve built a few slack apps for integrating things like my WordPress stats, reporting server crashes, and some things for work, but I wanted to build one for fun. A little while ago I built a npm package called the Leslie Knope Compliment Generator (knope.js). This package provides functions …

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A Guide to Executing JavaScript with PHP

If you’re looking to execute JavaScript with PHP, you’ve got a few options. In almost all cases, you should provide the JavaScript code to the user’s browser as a part of the page, which can be done in a few ways.   Only PHP (Browser-Side) This can be executed fairly …

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June 11, 2018

Posting Daily WordPress Statistics to Slack

I check my WordPress.com app daily to keep an eye on statistics of some of my more popular sites. It’s a nice easy way to keep track of who’s viewing what, but I wanted something a little more integrated with all my other systems. I use Slack as a monitoring …

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March 12, 2018

Building an AI Chatbot with data from The Office

One of my favourite TV shows is NBC’s The Office. A fan favourite, and on TV for many years, this show never fails to make me laugh, even after I watch the series for the 9th time. With a bit of free time on my hands, I decided to mess …

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By Ryder Damen