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  • Movies in October 2022

    Following on from my previous movie summaries, this is my October review. Overall, I watched 24 new movies this month, taking the total for the year to 278! The Alpinist A free-spirited 23-year-old makes some of the boldest solo ascents in history. W…

  • Making Gingerbread

    This weekend I decided it would be fun to make gingerbread with my (almost) four-year-old. I thought it would be a relatively easy task that would engage and teach them how to make something (which they can then eat). In my web development career, I…

  • Movies in September 2022

    Following on from my previous movie summaries, this is my September review. Overall, I only watched 19 new movies this month, taking the total for the year to 254! I reduced the number of movies I watched and instead focused on those I have been exci…

  • Movies in August 2022

    Following on from my previous movie summaries, this is my August review. Overall, I watched 25 new movies this month, taking the total for the year to 235! Acclaimed horror director Jordan Peele released his latest movie to much intrigue. Following o…

  • 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 ruining i…

  • 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 for bo…

  • 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 Weight…

  • 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…