Sometimes I write things.

ReactJS and Redux Educational Resources

June 15th, 2016 (3 minute read)

In my job as a full-stack developer at Dealer Inspire  (if you like this stuff, you should work with us ), I developed one of our new products using the React/Redux stack.  It was completely new to me when I started, and honestly, quite confusing at first.  After reading, and reading, and reading…. I finally “got it”.  I put together a list of some of the resources I found…

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

September 1st, 2015 (1 minute read)

This recipe is based on something I saw on Food Network from Ina Garten on Barefoot Contessa.  It is delicious. Ingredients 2 heads Garlic (about 40 cloves) 5 Pounds Chicken Thighs (bone-in, skin-on) Kosher salt Black pepper 1 tablespoons Olive oil 1 tablespoons Cognac (optional) 1.5 cups white wine 1 bunch fresh thyme 1 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 tablespoons heavy cream…

Server Farm Setup for Knife Depot

July 2nd, 2015 (5 minute read)

OK… the title is a little misleading.  This post actually discusses the setup for my entire company, Internet Retail Connection .  We run a few other sites, like Picnic World  and  Backyard Chirper , but Knife Depot is our bread and butter. A very abridged background story is that we run our own ecommerce websites on a custom platform developed over the last 10 years.  It…

Storing Symfony Sessions in MongoDB

July 2nd, 2015 (1 minute read)

This post was written about Symfony 2.7 . It may or may not be correct for your version of Symfony. By default, Symfony stores session data using the default handler, which uses the server filesystem. This is fine in most cases, but if you need your app to work on multiple web servers behind a load balancer, the default handler won’t work. There are a few options , but I will…

Building Our Minimalist Home Gym

October 4th, 2013 (5 minute read)

I’ve been lifting weights for about 1.5 years now and my wife has recently shown an interest in starting a similar strength program ( no ladies, lifting weights will not make you bulky ).  Because she is a pediatrician and doesn’t really have time to go to the gym, she hasn’t been able to follow a program regularly.  We talked about it and decided to cash in some credit card…

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