Setting up a Development Environment for Shopify Themes

I recently started looking into designing a custom theme for a Tekbell, an shop with kettlebells for sale online, running on Shopify. Turns out getting started is a bit more complicated than it should be. Getting started, I figured my options (in order of best to worst) were thus: Find some way of setting up a local test environment to develop my theme then upload to the shop. Find some way of easily pushing updates to an online theme so I can test as I go. Use the online editor in the Shopify store admin. Code it all locally then push and … Continue reading Setting up a Development Environment for Shopify Themes

Undocumented Gondor Commands

There a number of undocumented commands for Gondor, and I hate asking in IRC multiple times, so I’m starting this list. Please feel free to put more in the comments. I’ll add them as I discover more. Create a new production instance on a stack: gondor create –kind=production <instance-name>   Env variables: Set an env var: gondor env:set [instance] VARIABLE=var instance is optional here, it will set it globally if not supplied. Read env vars: gondor env [instance] [VARNAME] both instance and VARNAME are optional, using without instance will just show global vars, and without VARNAME will show all env … Continue reading Undocumented Gondor Commands

Stop Misusing Your Imagination and Free Yourself

Every once in a while someone hands me a phrase that changes my life. Sometimes it’s a new way of looking at things or a distilled concept wrapped up in a way that lets me carry it around and brandish it when needed. My dad recently gave me one of these which fits both of these categories and has changed my life. I was talking to him about my difficulties in opening conversations with women I find attractive but yet don’t know. (I’m guessing most of you guys out there have had this experience.) Suppose you’re at a party and … Continue reading Stop Misusing Your Imagination and Free Yourself

Online Tools for Learning Spanish

This is more a list for my own reference, but it might be useful to others, feel free to make suggestions as well and I’ll update it. Flashcard Program: I use Anki. It’s available on Linux/Mac/FreeBSD/Windows/Android/iPhone/maemo, so there’s no excuses here. Also if you set up an account you can sync between different machines or phones. You can also download pre-made decks from within Anki. I recommend “T’s Spanish Deck”. It seems the most intelligently constructed to me. Translations: http://translate.google.com/ Verb Conjugation Charts: http://www.learnalanguage.com/learn-spanish/spanish-verbs/ Verb Conjugation Practice: http://www.elmaeagles.com/spanish.htm Argentine Spanish (Castellano) Slang Dictionary: http://argentineslang.wordpress.com/ Someone should make an Anki deck … Continue reading Online Tools for Learning Spanish

Changing Things Up

I’ve spent a lot of my life since graduating high school moving to different places. Here’s a quick rundown for reference: Graduate after spending the first 17 years of my life in Missoula Move to Thailand for a year Move back to Missoula for 4 months Move to Washington for school for 9 months Back to Missoula for 3 months Back to Washington for 6 months Germany for 5 months Back to Washington for 12 months Seattle for 3 months Back to Washington for last 9 months of school Off to Los Angeles for 2 1/2 years (one inter-city move … Continue reading Changing Things Up

It Takes Two to Benefit Cortisol and Testosterone levels

I’ve recently taken up learning tango dancing as a new hobby. I’ve been doing it for several months now and have to say that it’s quite enjoyable. I mentioned to someone in conversation how when I dance, I feel very elated afterwards, and they remarked that there’s probably quite the testosterone response from tangoing. Not being one to let a good opportunity for over-examination go to waste, I did a quite good search for articles on tango and hormone release. Turns out that one exists. Here’s a link to an abstract. The study tested levels of both salivary cortisol and … Continue reading It Takes Two to Benefit Cortisol and Testosterone levels