Jasper

Posted by on December 26, 2013

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Born Christmas Eve at 2:30am to two very proud parents.

Without a doubt the best present ever.

Good news, bad news

Posted by on December 5, 2013

Update: I managed to rehome Max with some friends.

I miss him like crazy, but he is hopefully going to enjoy his new home more than he would our limited space, playing second fiddle to the coming addition to our lives.


I have some good news and I have some bad news.

The good news is that my partner is pregnant and I couldn’t be happier, there is just one minor exception.

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With the very imminent arrival of this third housemate (or as some people more accurately call them, a child) and after 5 and a half years together I am having to look at rehoming my cat Max.

Having spoken to a few people about it, almost all seem to have come up with the same response. Which is along the lines of why can’t you keep him? Plenty of people have babies and cats and everything is fine.

I am sure I would have had this response if someone else was telling me the same thing about their cat, but unfortunately I know too many realities of our current situation.

We live in a somewhat small, but open plan house. It has 3 rooms, there are 2 bedrooms where Max already isn’t allowed, a bathroom and then the rest of the house as an open area. At this point in time, he spends his days in a single space, with the option of hanging out in the bathroom if he wants a change of scenery. I’ve tried letting him outside, but the house is near a busy road and he doesn’t want to be outside for any length of time greater than a minute or two.

This current home of ours is barely a home for two people and a cat. Two people, a baby and a cat is going to be a compromise for all of us. So something has to give and I am afraid for the benefit of all of us, that is Max needing a new home.

There is talk of us moving, but it isn’t going to happen very quickly or in any way that would allow for plans around temporary rehoming.

I want this to be the case and to say that I need someone to take him in for a few months or for however long. I don’t have a large network of family or friends in Australia, but someone might be willing to do it. The problem with that scenario is that I have no idea what parenthood looks like and when/if I’d be in the position to take Max back. It feels more like I would be taking advantage and imposing on someone with no clear end in sight.

Another factor to consider, having moved house with Max three times already, is that it would not be a positive experience for him to be put into a situation of repeated upheaval. He does not move well.

The more I consider all the options, the more I realise that rehoming is likely to be best of all of us, my growing family and for him. He gets a forever home and I get to approach first time parenthood without compromises. I love him and the idea of him not being in my life is an incredibly sad and scary thought.

My experience in Australia wouldn’t have been the same without him or his companionship. I’m a crazy cat guy and proud of it, but this is going to be the better option for all of us I hope.

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Rehoming him is going to need to happen as soon as possible and at the moment I am looking at the options available in Melbourne for doing this.

The point of me writing this, other than the cathartic release of putting into words what a sad thing this is going to be, was to see if anyone else has had experience in rehoming cats, either in or around Melbourne or just in general. If you do and you wanna get in touch, you can email me at navitronic@gmail.com or reach me on twitter @navitronic, I’d love to hear from you.

Update: A few people have asked, Max has just turned 6 years old. He’s desexed, microchipped and vaccinated. His breed is a bit of a question, when we got him, we were told he was a domestic longhair, but he is a spitting image of a Nebelung, so who knows.

Any other questions, just let me know.

Sequel Pro

Posted by on May 26, 2013

sequel-proI have come across a lot of developers who deal with MySQL and use PHPMyAdmin for accessing and administrating both remote and local databases. If you’re a Mac user, there is a native app called Sequel Pro, that like PHPMyAdmin is also free (although donations are encouraged).

Sequel pro offers number of features that provide an improved experience over the browser based alternative.

Some of the features that I use regularly include:

  • Connecting to local MySQL databases either via a socket or an IP address.
  • Connecting to remote MySQL databases, either directly or via SSH.
  • Favourite connections, allowing quick access to databases that you use regularly.
  • Importing SQL and CSV files
  • Exporting in multiple formats, including SQL, CSV, XML and Dot files
  • Query editor with powerful text editor style features, autocompletion, query history, saved queries, query placeholders amongst other more advanced features.

In short, if I am doing development involving MySQL, which is more often than not, I will be using Sequel Pro. It is a solid application that I would rate alongside more well known development tools like Transmit, iTerm, Textmate in terms of quality and functionality.

So, if you are sick of dealing with PHPMyAdmin in a browser and want a fast, free native alternative, give Sequel Pro a go.

Symfony Live – San Francisco 2012

Posted by on September 29, 2012

So the main point of my trip to the states was to attend the Symfony Live event being held in San Francisco on September 27-28th.

It was a fun conference overall and I learnt a lot about Symfony in the 2 days, even if it did feel quite jarring to have to pause the sight seeing and discovery of San Francisco for a couple of days.

You can view videos of the main presentations on the Symfony website, along with more from other Symfony Live events around the world. You can also find a collection of notes here from another attendee.

Critical Mass – 20th Anniversary

Posted by on September 28, 2012

On the last Friday of every month in San Francisco, a bike ride known as Critical Mass brings the city to a standstill. Whilst I was in San Francisco, it happened to be the 20th anniversary of it’s inception, which presumably brought a lot more people to the ride.

Anyhow, the basic premise was that anyone that wishes to participate would meet at Justin Herman Plaza, aka the EMB, and set off on a ride around the city, with the route only being decided at the last minute to prevent it being shut down by the police I guess.

Interested, I decided to head down and catch the beginning of the ride, with some of the photos shown below. It was an amazing spectacle to see so many passionate cyclists in one place on such a wide variety of bikes and other contraptions. However, the ride supposedly does bring the city to a standstill in places, which is unfair to people just wanting to get somewhere, be it home after a long day or similar, so I’m not quite sure where I stand on it in general.

SF Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks

Posted by on September 27, 2012

After an afternoon drinking at Zeitgeist, I headed back to an empty hotel room and decided that I needed to do something fun, so I jumped into a taxi and headed to AT&T park to watch a baseball game. I had no idea about the rules of baseball and after 2 and a half hours of the freezing cold in the nosebleeds section, I am still none the wiser.

San Francisco – MOMA

Posted by on September 25, 2012

Checked out MOMA. Had the same issue I have with all galleries, by the end your brain is just overflowing with art/ideas and it is difficult to process everything.

Haight Ashbury

Posted by on September 24, 2012

After Fishermans Wharf, I headed up to Haight Ashbury. It is a kinda cool area, let down by its own success, based on all the bong shops etc. I did enjoy checking out the Whole Foods supermarket, I wish we had those in Australia.

Fisherman’s Wharf

Posted by on September 24, 2012

I took a cable car up toward Fisherman’s Wharf to check out Lombard Street and the views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate bridge.

Unfortunately, it was far too foggy to really take in much of the Golden Gate bridge, but it was fun to have a wander around.