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Dev Log: Building a web app from start to finish

When you work as a web developer, you're always learning. With all the new tech coming out and becoming standard, I knew it was time that I expanded my skill set in a big way. I decided that it was time to learn React & Node.js. My method of learning has always been focused on […]

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A Day In The Life of Will: Living with chronic pain

The Gambling on Life series may be done, but I'm still living with chronic pain. This is an account of my day, and how I managed it. I woke up at about 6 AM this morning. My girlfriend was downstairs doing laundry, and the buzzer on the dryer woke me up. I hurt, but that's […]

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Why you shouldn't use WordPress for your website

While the title may seem click-bait-esque, I really am here to tell you why you shouldn't use WordPress for your website (unless you know what you're doing). I'm going to summarize it into a few main points, so let's dive in. Learning WordPress is hard. WordPress, at it's core, doesn't do much. If you want […]

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A new year, and a brand new website

Those of you who follow my work know I enjoy redesigning my website on a regular basis. Approximately every 6 months I complete a design surrounding a special project, theme, or focus. This year, I am focusing on everything. If you're interested in the technical aspects of this design, it will be further down in […]

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Working With Database Front-End Generators: A Case Study

This case study is an abstract of a PHP/MySQL project I worked on quite a while back in my history as a developer; Essentially, a management system that was built utilizing a database front-end generator needed substantial updates. I'd like to share my experiences with it, and caution anybody looking to utilize a front-end generator […]

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Gambling on Life: The Conclusion & Gabapentin Withdrawal

This is the final part of a series called "Gambling On Life", my experiences in the US healthcare system. Read part 4 here. Gambling on Life: Quitting Gabapentin & Withdrawal Symptoms Let me start by saying thanks to everybody who has supported me in this journey. It has been difficult; each medication came with its […]

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Sensitive Hearing and Fireworks

First of all: Happy 4th of July. Second of all, let me tell you about my sensitive hearing, and fireworks being the bane of my existence. I've had slightly weird hearing for a long time now. As a teenager in High School, I had earned the nickname "Human Tuner" given to me by some of […]

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Gambling On Life: Pain Management Side Effects

This is part 4 of a series called "Gambling On Life", my experiences in the US healthcare system. Read part 3 here. Pain Management: Side Effects I'm no stranger to medication; I've been taking various kinds of pills for nearly all my life. I've been on all sorts of drugs; from standard anti-histamines to Valium. […]

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Gambling On Life: Pain Management Costs How Much?

This is part 3 of a series called "Gambling On Life", my experiences in the US healthcare system. Read part 2 here. Pain Management: Costs It had been almost a month since my first visit with Jordan at QMG. I had been taking the Gabapentin like clockwork, and was up to 200mg morning and evening […]

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Gambling On Life: Pain Management First Visit

This is part 2 of a series called "Gambling On Life", my experiences in the US healthcare system. Read part 1 here. Pain Management: First Visit My first visit with pain management was interesting. I checked in 15 minutes early, knowing I'd most likely have some paperwork to fill out. I am used to this […]

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