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My first study using the Wacom Cintiq 22HD Touch and various Adobe Photoshop brushes developed by Kyle T. Webster.

The language you use and the story you tell yourself is fundamentally important to what you actually achieve and do. That's why I've kicked my bucket list in favor of S.M.A.R.T. goals.

This week, I've been listening to the audiobook,  Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Iscaacson . My favorite part, so far is where he recounted thirteen virtues that Benjamin Franklin recorded in his  autobiography . I think Ben Franklin wrote these in 1726, at the mere age of twenty. Temperance . Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation. Silence ....

Angular 2 provides a Title service that you can use to set the title of a page. This is good, of course, for SEO. Here's how to use it.

My sister tried to kill herself. I was eleven years old. I only remember bits and pieces - like all the little pink heart-shaped speed pills dripping out of the vomit she'd sprayed on the upholstery above my head. "Roll down your window," Mom said. "She needs air."  I needed it worse. The stench was bad. She had her stomach pumped at the hospital. She lived. I...

In Angular 2, to format a currency, use the currency pipe on a number as shown here.

When Gulp bombs on a problem, it doesn’t always log information that you can make sense of. Luckily, there’s a Gulp plugin that can help you coax more troubleshooting info out of these errors. 

Today, I had to install the Java plugin for 64bit Firefox on CentOS 6.4. The procedure wasn’t too bad, but it wasn’t exactly straight-forward either. So, I’m recording what worked for when I have to do it again.

Your inbox says a lot about you. What does it say? That you waste precious time? That you lose sight of important messages? That you're unresponsive? Unfocused? Unprofessional? If you don't have a simple and consistent system for dealing with e-mail, you should be ashamed of yourself. Stop the madness, get your ass in gear and get a handle on it, man. Here's a simple system that...

Last night, I did something I haven't done in a long time. I went to bed without my laptop or smart phone. Once in the bed, I did not so much as peek at either screen. I didn't even set an audiobook or podcast to playing as usual. I just laid there in the dark with nothing but silence and my very own thoughts. Not even a book. As I laid there, for what seemed like forever, I was...

Writing is rewriting. If you want to improve your content, here's an editor's checklist you can use to polish your work.

In Angular 2, to get the index (or the iteration number) of the current item, add a second part to the ngFor expression (after a semi-colon) as shown here.

Beyond all the marketing, fun and games, executives want to know: Who is the real Watson? What can he do for me and my company…today?

Recently, I created a story structure diagram to help me visualize and plan as I work on my novel. There are plenty of story structure diagrams on the Web, but I wanted a version in Adobe Illustrator so that I could use layers to overlay my own elements (character arcs, major events, and what-not). In case it’s useful to someone else, I’ve provided the Adobe Illustrator file...

Hyperlinks are dumb. Literally dumb. They link one document to another – one little piece of text to another, but they don’t know how. They don’t know why. They don’t know diddly squat. The only real sense that search engines can make of their incoherent connections is that one page is more popular than another, probably, maybe. They’re dumb, first of all, because while they can...

Recently, we experienced some excessive memory consumption that was leading our servers into an out-of-memory (OOM) condition. To troubleshoot the issue, we needed a way to identify any large objects that were filling up the heap. As it turns out, there’s a JVM argument for this. Generic JVM argument:  -Xdump:stack:events=allocation,filter If you set this option, whenever an...

I don’t think I was older than seven when I saw my first dead body, but they’d been common in my imagination up to that day. I saw them mostly around water – on the banks of creeks, half buried in mud, and with all the color drowned from their eyes. I saw them in piles of garbage – a severed part protruding accidentally from a suspicious trash bag. If they’d been sitting out long...

Here’s a simple command that will startup an HTTP server from any given folder on a Mac. Open Terminal, cd to change to the directory you wish to serve files from, and then execute the following command. python -m SimpleHTTPServer 8000   This can be very handy for web development on a Mac; especially when using the Google Chrome web browser, which doesn’t allow you to run ...

Pressing CTRL + SHIFT + F in the Eclipse editor will automatically format source code according to the default or specific formatter preference settings. However, if team members do not format consistently before committing code, relevant changes can become difficult to identify amongst code style changes. One way to alleviate this problem is to force Eclipse (or any Eclipse-based...

  Even though you can  limit the maximum size  of the resources that can be uploaded in WCM, you may still wish to perform an occasional audit for large files. The FindLargeResources module, developed for APAR PK75187 (going back to Portal 6.1.0.4), was created for such a task.    WHY? Users can experience poor performance when viewing large resources that have been...

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