Playing too much Destiny 2

A few months ago I noticed that Destiny 2 had gone free to play and boy have I fallen for that trap. It is sublime, Bungie really knows how to make an engaging video game and Destiny 2 absolutely nails much of what made the Halo series so engaging.

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Operationalising Terraform with Jenkins

I started a new role around a year a go at a FinTech startup which has afforded me a level of freedom to implement DevOps practices in a way that wasn’t possible in my last job. One of the first things I wanted to implement was a way of managing our infrastructure as code. I’d like to quickly run through how I achieved this with Terraform, Git and Jenkins. Terraform I’ve looked at before, it’s a product from hashicorp that provides a common language for configuration of infrastructure resources. This makes it perfect for managing cloud deployments.It also makes managing that code base extremely sensitive as incorrect or conflicting changes can cause huge disruption an even irretrievable data loss to production systems.

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Learning to ollie - part two

I found a car park behind my work which had an extremely convenient skateboard wheel sized crack in it. This allows you to stand on the board and not worry about it shooting out from under you. I’ve just been going out every day, standing there for an hour trying to drill it into my legs. And like everything the more you do something the better you get at it. Every couple of days something would click, I’d figure out that if I lifted my back foot off the board really fast (aka “jumping”) the board would come up higher this sounds incredibly obvious but just having the confidence to really jump off your tail is a big step.

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Learning to ollie - part one

I’d been riding a skateboard into working every day for a month or so (I realise I'm becoming more like Nathan Barley by the week) when I decided that I wanted to learn some tricks. The most essential skate trick is the Ollie, a jump on a skateboard where the board rises as you jump. To somebody whose only ever played Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater it seems easy, it is not.

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My films of 2017

I have a very basic taste in film that hasn’t really evolved since I was 14. Even so there were loads of films that I loved this year. These were my 5 favourites.

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