Packing Light for WordCamp Philly

I tend to overpack for trips.

Hell, when I went to Rome last December, I took 2 carry ons and a rolling bag that was checked. After having to deal with all of that luggage while in Rome, I decided I’d never pack that much.

So, this last April when I went to San Diego for a team meetup, I only took two checked bags. This still ended up being a bit much since the bags were strapped and not rolling.

Tonight, as I packed for my 4-day trip to Philly tomorrow, I decided I’d try to take as little as possible.

It took a little bit of forethought, but I decided I’d only take the following:

  • 4 pairs of underwear
  • 4 shirts
  • 2 pairs of khaki shorts
  • Miscellaneous bathroom stuff
  • MacBook Pro
  • MacBook charger
  • Hotspot
  • Beats earbuds
  • iPhone and micro usb cords
  • Eye glasses
  • Notebook
  • Eye mask and earbuds
  • Wall adapter

I got all of the above into the bag below. ????

Flickr – Photo Sharing!

Stephane Daury recently shared a link to a Chrome extension from Flickr that opens up a new image each time a tab is opened.

Being a web developer, I am in my browser all day looking at documentation, testing code, learning, and collaborating with coworkers.

Having this Flickr extension for Chrome allows me to take brief breaks from staring at text.

Here are images from the first three tabs that I opened as a demonstration.


Credit: Antonio Aliaga


Credit: Klaus Greipel


Credit: littlekiss

Deploying to for the First Time

This past Thursday began like many other days at Automattic. I woke up a bit late in the morning and reached over to grab my phone so I could catch up on the company chatter.

Beau posted a few messages to let me know that he was pushing version 1 of some experimental code we were testing for a small group of Automatticians. We had tested the patch the night before, so I was pretty confident.

I hopped out of bed and went to the bathroom so I could get ready for the day. Within minutes, chatter started picking up…

It’s Broken in wp-admin

Turns out that for all of the testing I had done the previous day, I never thought to see what the experimental feature looked like in wp-admin. :facepalm:

On the plus side, I had written all of the code for this feature, so when I heard what was wrong, I had a really good idea of what caused it and how to fix it. I was able to fix the issue and test that it worked across several sites within 10 minutes. But, this was only the beginning…

Today was also the day that I would finally get commit access to This meant that along with fixing the patch that was just committed, I would also have to figure out how to commit to without breaking all the things. I was a bit nervous…

That First Patch

Beau gave me a quick rundown of the process for committing and deploying to and then let me get to work with a final, “let me know if you run into any issues.”

To say I was nervous at this point would be an understatement. I’ve pushed to repositories before that were owned by a small team, but knowing that what I committed pretty shortly would be affecting millions of people was a bit surreal.

After triple checking that the latest patch worked correctly, and running svn up multiple times, I finally committed the code, but not being familiar with vim, I accidentally posted without a message.


I was able to learn more about the deploy process as well as successfully commit a patch. After everything was said and done, I didn’t break and I learned, so I’ll call it a success.

Stop Desktops Automatically Switching Places in Mac OS

For the longest time, I have very quietly been irritated by my desktops (spaces) being rearranged automatically.

My workflow usually involves using at least 3 desktops, one each for:
– Chrome and Terminal
– IDE of choice ( PhpStorm for now )
– Spotify

When these desktops periodically reordered themselves it was quite annoying since I would then be guessing which order the desktops were in, which complicates using keyboard shortcuts to switch between desktops.

Turns out that there’s an easy fix.

If you go to System Preferences > Mission Control, you can uncheck the box that says
“Automatically rearrange Spaces based on most recent use.”

Here’s a screenshot:

Automatically rearrange spaces