I have been listening to Jeffrey Way’s Laracasts and they have been extremely helpful in improving my knowledge of OOP PHP and Laravel’s platform. I have been a happy paying subscriber to his site for a year now. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to improve their PHP and Laravel framework abilities.

Automated Tools

I really love building automated tools! I built my Shopify autoresponder for helping customers out this weekend and it is working amazingly well so far. Very happy to have fun puzzles to work on.


I rarely post on politics here as it generally will not sway anyone’s opinion. People are not interested in evidence changing their mind, they have a psychological bias for finding evidence that reinforces preexisting opinions.

I might try anyways.  🙂

Special interests are siphoning trillions of dollars both from the right (oil and farm subsidies) and the left (teachers unions that fight to keep bad teachers hurting children).

The tax code has become a nightmare that is impossible to follow for any business entirely. We had a presentation yesterday by a company specializing in trying to manage the tax code talk to us yesterday. There are 14,000 rule changes a year and thousands of different tax regions in our country and every single one has its own maze of rules.

Only taxing 10% on capital gains is a giveaway to the very rich scumbags in the banking industry. Taxing 50% on those entrepreneurs who are building the country by creating jobs and new goods and services is demotivating.

Our legal system is set up to extort enormous riches for the lawyers while not really solving problems like divorce or patent issues.

Our healthcare system is set up to extort a huge percentage of our GDP to doctors (insurance companies are just the happy beating boy…). The AMA tightly controls the supply of doctors and rules for medical practice, forcing prices insanely high while treatment quality stays low.

Our government keeps ballooning in size. If a business offers goods or services people don’t want, that business fails and it’s resources go to things people truly want. There is no such mechanism for the government. The people who work for the government are a powerful special interest trying to keep their jobs, while the rest of us don’t care enough to fight them.

These are the things that actually matter, but you will never hear about it because it’s hidden from you on purpose. You are being distracted by the clown show of the presidential race. You have a trust fund baby (Trump) and the wife of a former president leading the race on each side. Might as well ask a Khardasian to run.

It doesn’t matter who wins because the special interests above will keep getting what they want. Issues that don’t matter (immigration, defense policy) compared to the big economic areas are the scraps the common man gets.

Your vote is 1 in 400,000,000. The odds of your vote actually changing an election is zero, ask a mathematician. And that’s assuming that our two big political parties actually allow your vote to make a difference in real policy (see Khardasian side show above).

That is why I have never voted and probably still won’t.

What’s the solution? I don’t have one yet. Anyone else have ideas?

Great Quote from Quora

“Lastly, I personally don’t think that power corrupts (i.e. I think the maxim is incorrect).  I think power attracts corrupt personalities, so actually more likely is not the man who builds an empire becoming corrupt, but rather after the empire is built (and I can tell you the Facebook empire has not yet been built), the late-joining senior executives or even a successor who starts out corrupt (but hides it) and then, attaining the power they have sought, reveal themselves.  If you look in the history of revolutions and nation-building, you will see that this is often the case.”

Competitor Research

A crucial business technique is to research what your competitors are doing to find good ideas you can use in your business. Sam Walton did this heavily as he built Walmart and wrote about it extensively in his autobiography. He would visit other retail stores and talk to their employees daily. The best ideas he found he would bring back to his own business.


System Administration

I really had a lot of fun last night working on administering my Linux server where my recruiting site is hosted. I had been having a problem where applicants who went to upload large Youtube video files would cause the server to run out of memory then the upload would fail. I cleaned up the server and moved it to a much larger AWS instance and that has helped. Next I need to figure out why the resumable uploads / chunking to Youtube is not working correctly.


All weekend I have been working on a very challenging bug. I have Apache2 set up to reverse proxy my nginx server for the CT jobs site and everything seems to work okay except very large file uploads for the Youtube videos. Videos over 150 MB end up getting this weird error cast back. I have not yet figured it out.