Moving the family to slack 06 Mar 2016

I’ve done the impossible. I’ve moved my family to Slack. After seeing a post making the rounds on twitter a few months ago about moving their family to Slack I decided that I’d try it. There were a number of different motivations for this: I no longer use Skype since it’s a useless piece of crap these days, this limits my ability to text chat with my Dad. James doesn’t use Skype much either. My mum doesn’t have any other chat system other than text. I don’t speak anywhere near as much as I should to James. Slack is rolling...

Sculpin to Jekyll 22 Feb 2016

A while ago I found Sculpin through @opdavies it looked really great, a PHP based blogging engine. It’s pretty decent but there are a few issues with it. Namely this, there’s already a PR for it but it’s not been merged in and doesn’t look like it will any time soon. The bug renders it all pretty useless when trying to modify things. I was initially learning sculpin so that I could move Mental Health Awareness week over to it, but after trying to implement the existing theme in sculpin I found it nearly impossible to get anywhere fast. Theme...

My Journey 04 Feb 2016

The posts below are my journey through the past few years of my life with depression and anxiety. They’re rough, crass and raw. Looking back through all this is a challenge and shows how far I’ve come. Each post represents a large part of my life. Day Zero 23rd July 2014 - https://mikebell.io/anxiety-and-depression An Update 25th July 2014 - https://mikebell.io/an-update/ An Update Part 2 18th August 2014 - https://mikebell.io/an-update-pt-2/ Honesty, Medication and Mental Health 22nd September 2014 - https://mikebell.io/honesty-medication-and-mental-health/ CBT Round 1 23rd September 2014 - https://mikebell.io/my-first-cbt-session/ CBT Round 2 14th October 2014 - https://mikebell.io/cbt-round-2/ Time 27th October 2014 -...

Alias Drupal Composer Project 03 Feb 2016

alias d8build="composer create-project drupal-composer/drupal-project:8.x-dev --stability dev --no-interaction" It’s too big for a tweet but it’s certainly useful, saves me having to remember all the params. Stick that in your .bashrc or .zshrc and enjoy! Run d8build sitename and watch it do it’s stuff.

Traveling with Anxiety 28 Jan 2016

I’ve been fortunate in my life to be able to travel around a lot, both in the UK and the World. While growing up our family used to go camping a lot, later on we started to go abroad more. I love traveling, meeting new people and experiencing their cultures is just amazing. As I grew older things started to change. I think this started around 7 or 8 years ago. I started to become anxious about traveling. I realise now that this was the beginning of a battle with anxiety and depression that would lie under the surface for...

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