Open your creative side this week

If you’re living in Phnom Penh and want to free some of your untapped creativity, there’s no better place to start than my girlfriend’s upcoming evening art course at the Phnom Penh Community College.

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Last FM New Releases RSS Feed

Are you always missing the latest releases from your favourite musicians?

You can make sure to not miss another album launch by using’s “new releases” section, what’s more you can have it automatically pop up in your favourite feed reader using this simple tip.

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PHPSpec – Defining custom inline matchers

At first I didn’t get PHPSpec’s “inline matchers” but have since discovered how to use them for matching custom conditions in your tests.

It’s amazing how far a few simple examples will take you, and thanks to kind-hearted folk on the net, I’ve had my eyes opened and hopefully can provide some useful examples for other people.

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Getting PHPSpec to work with Laravel

I’ve recently started using PHPSpec to drive my testing efforts in a new Laravel project. The behaviour-driven approach makes a lot of sense to me but I am finding it a little difficult to master.

This post provides a fix if you find PHPSpec throwing Class not found errors after running your test suite on the command line.

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The day of St. Patrick

I don’t really celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, aka Paddy’s day. However this does not mean that it doesn’t irk me to hear people call it Patty’s Day or St. Paddy’s Day.

There now follows some rambling thoughts about nationalism and patriotism.

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Don’t work late

Finishing work late in the evening and trying to get to sleep soon thereafter is not a good idea.

Word to the wise – make sure to give plenty of time between finishing work and actually going to bed – and don’t go checking your work email just before bed, that just re-activates all those thought processes.

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