False Start

By mrbagnall | 13 November 2016

Selling a house is more stressful than you may think. It's not as easy as "move out, collect check". It's packing up your life. Reducing your memories, pictures, belongings into a sequence of boxes that will, in our case, be sitting in a warehouse for the next 12-18 months. It's home inspections. Home repairs. Cleaning and keeping your 3 year old from messing up that which youv'e cleaned. It's deciding what to sell, what to donate, and what to trash. It's the stress of planning the where, when and how of your life. 

The End of Independent Consulting

By mrbagnall | 15 October 2016

There comes a time when you must evaluate where you are in life, what your needs are, and where you want to go with the rest of your years.

In the last few months, I've been struggling with something I knew in my heart that I had to do.

Say goodbye to independent consulting.

With the conclusion of my one project that I am working on which will wrap at the end of the month, I am going to move on to other interests. I want to work on my own projects, my own dreams and maybe take on some new hobbies.

Comfortably Mediocre

By mrbagnall | 13 October 2016

Mediocrity is a learned behavior. It's not something we were born with. It's not some rare disease. It is a pattern of behavior caused through inherent comfort.

Let that sink in.

How comfortable are you? What do you do in order to maintain whatever comfort you have? Do you take risks? 

Reinvention?

By mrbagnall | 10 October 2016

Reinvention.... one of those words you find on a business-speak, buzzword bingo card.

The idea of remaking yourself is very popular amongst the motivational-speaker class. The concept that you can somehow fundamentally change who you are and what you are has become part of our vernacular. 

Common sayings such as "Me 2.0" somehow bring about the insinuations that major improvements to ourselves somehow make us an entirely new thing. When we know from history and the human experience this isn't possible.

Today It Begins

By mrbagnall | 08 October 2016

Commitment. Without it we drift. 

Today I'm committing.

Committed to being healthier both mentally and physically. Committed to developing a routine and sticking to it. But most importantly, a commitment to moderation. 

I have an all or nothing mentality. I've never been good at the shades of gray. While I harness this into success in some areas, it is a very big failure in others. Moderation is likely the most difficult of these goals but I need to achieve it in terms of my commitments. 

Features, Dependencies and the Drupal Way

By mrbagnall | 17 April 2016

I recently gave a talk at the DC Drupal group where the subject of features and dependencies came up. I may have been the only person in the room who dislikes and dis-trusts features as vehemently as I do. Why?

OpenCalais in Drupal

By mrbagnall | 17 April 2016

Wordpress Image Optimizer

By mrbagnall | 27 March 2016

WordPress isn't native tongue to me. That said, I feel as competitent with it as I do any standard PHP content management system not written in an unfamiliar framework. Recently, I had been tasked with optimizing a WordPress site that was front heavy, slow loading, and experiencing a ton of show view times and high bounce rates.

Encoding LP's, Albums, Casettes in FLAC

By mrbagnall | 07 September 2015

I have recently taken to encoding my vinyl record collection to try and capture what is a superior sound quality. I am learning a few things along the way since this is all pretty new to me even though I'm pretty technically skilled at audio and computers. I was curious if anyone could help me with any of these questions and I'll post answers as I get feedback.

Installing Xapian.so Without MacPorts/Homebrew

By mrbagnall | 22 August 2015

If you've followed this blog or even specific entries on this blog, you will know I am not a proponent of MacPorts, Homebrew or other package management applications as they relate to OS X. Instead, I have chosen the "roll your own" route more than once. 

On my blog entry for installing PHP with GD and other utilities on OS X without Homebrew,I have detailed the process that I prefer for maintaining these sorts of applications.