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Greetings! I'm a web developer from Ontario, Canada, who is passionate about creating web apps using Laravel and plugins for WordPress.

I write open source packages like LaraCogs and Quarx. I write weekly articles about programming, and share useful tips.

My Two Year Outlook

Today I turn 34. I’m ok with this, as I’ve never really been subconscious about my age. I recently read about an exercise in a book, that laid out a different way of setting goals. The idea is to write 500 words of how you want your life to look in 2 years. Then work every day towards making your life fit that scene. I would like to share with you how I want my life to look like in 2 years. I am doing this for my own self-reflection, as well as to deliver accountability to myself. Continue Reading

A goal without a plan is just a wish.

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Slack: Where Annoyance Happens

I’ve been struggling with my communication with my co-workers for several months now. It seems I am always in one of two states. I am either bugging people on Slack, or I am the one being bugged. Slack did replace email for us, but it created a whole new problem in its place.

Eric Barnes seems to have the same problem. I love that his company has Slack free hours, and I think I’ve going to implement that in my company. I want people to get work done, as well as communicate their work. Unfortunately for some, the later sometimes overrides the former.

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A Tribute to Roy Halladay

Roy Halladay was one of the greatest pictures I ever got to see. For almost a decade he was the absolute best picture in baseball.

Doc Halladay was also one of my idols. First for his tireless work ethic and demeanour. Second for his absolute skill on the field. Third for what an amazing overall human being he was.

Many people have written about Roy Halladay this past week. I wanted to share my favourite, which is from Ian Hunter of Blue Jay Hunter. Ian writes more from a fan’s perspective, which is exactly how I experienced Halladay’s tenure.

RIP Roy Halladay

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Courage is not being fearless but rather acting in spite of the existence of fear!

– Roy Halladay

Why Profit Matters

I’ve been seeing an increasing number of founders discussing metrics like users, conversion rate, MRR (monthly recurring revenue). Missing from these metrics is profitability. A business’s goal is to make a profit. You may run the business for lifestyle reasons, financial reasons. However, if your business is not turning a profit, you won’t be in business for very long.

Some large startups like Shopify can survive for years without turning a profit (they still haven’t yet). Eventually even Shopify must turn a profit, or the company will inevitably fail. Justin Jackson has done a great quick presentation here to show you why profitability matters, and how to calculate your profitability percentage.

If you work for the rewards, the rewards will not be good. If you do good work, the rewards will be good.

– Anonymous