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  • Movies in July 2022

    Following on from my previous movie summaries, this is my July review. Overall, I watched 27 new movies this month, taking the total for the year to 210! One Cut of the Dead is such a unique movie that is very difficult to summarise without ruini…

  • Movies in June 2022

    Following on from my previous movie summaries, this is my June review. Overall, I watched 25 new movies this month, taking the total for the year to 183! Top Gun: Maverick is the latest legacy sequel to try to tap into our collective nostalgia fo…

  • Custom Laravel disks & environment-based filesystems

    Laravel provides a flexible way of using different "disks" or filesystems to store files. This means you can store files locally in a path relative to your code or using a remote storage solution such as Amazon S3. Out of the box, Laravel a…

  • Movies in May 2022

    Following on from my previous movie summaries, this is my May review. Overall, I watched 30 new movies this month, taking the total for the year to 158! Nicolas Cage stars as Nick Cage in this incredible self-referencing satire. The Unbearable We…

  • Checkboxes; hidden input and Laravel request solutions

    Checkboxes are an HTML element that allows you to define a simple on/off piece of information. However, developers often stumble across an issue where if the checkbox is not checked, then no information is sent to the server. When making a POST reque…

  • Spotify and YouTube extensions for CommonMark

    In a recent blog post, I wanted to use the Spotify embed code, so I could easily showcase the music about the bands I was talking about. However, I stumbled across a massive problem. My blog posts are stored as Markdown, more specifically the standar…

  • Movies in April 2022

    Following on from my previous movie summaries, this is my April review. Overall, I watched 28 new movies this month, taking the total for the year to 128! Stephen Graham stars as head chef in a busy fine dining restaurant in Boiling Point. The wh…

  • Less Than Jake at the O2 Institute

    On Wednesday I watched ska-punk legends Less Than Jake for the umpteenth time. They've been a band for 30 years now and toured extensively in the UK since then. The last time I saw them was their 2018 co-headling tour with Reel Big Fish. They played…

  • PHP, Carbon and Dates

    It was the end of the month and another date bug raised its head. In my Laravel application, I make use of the dependency Carbon, which adds syntactic sugar to help manage notoriously complex date handling. I needed to find dates up to the end of the…

  • Movies in March 2022

    Following on from my January and February movie summaries, this is my March review. Overall, I watched 32 new movies this month, taking the total for the year to 100! I also watched a few short movies.…