Well Hello to the Volvo S90!

Of the three cars I have ever owned, all of them have been Volvos. When Ford purchased Volvo back I figured it was the end for Volvo. Although I am still rocking my 2000 S80 – I have been thinking about what I would drive next. No Volvo over the last ten years really excited me and all of them seemed like some “high end” Ford that did not have anything that made it special. I was excited to see how Jaguar changed after being sold by Ford and was hoping the same would be true for my beloved car company Volvo. A few years ago, Volvo was sold and I patiently awaited the rebirth of their amazing car line. Thankfully, the wait is finally over. Volvo recently announced their new S90 which looks amazing inside and out.

Half profile Volvo S90 Mussel Blue

Half profile Volvo S90 Mussel Blue

For the first time in a long time Volvo announced a car that looks very promising as well as looks like a return to the Volvo I know and love. I am very excited to test drive it in the next few months and regardless if I end up buying one – I am glad to see Volvo back on track. Nice work Volvo and welcome back!

This Stinks!

About a week ago I saw a hole dug by an animal under our front stairs. I thought to myself – I should really deal with that, but instead walked in the house and did not give it too much thought.

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Two days later the skunk that dug the hole decided to move in under our front stairs and sprayed everywhere. Our house now stinks, we stink, and I have windows open in every room…while it is in the 20s. This just reminds me that simply ignoring issues is not the way to go. It is always better to be proactive v. reactive and we are now paying the price.

So – if you see an animal moving in somewhere around our house – take action right away…and if you are visiting us, perhaps wait a few days until pest control has this under control.

A Little Clean Up Goes a Long Way

Sure – the app/theme/plugin you created a few months ago works, but I bet there have been updates or improvements or even optimizations that could make it better. For this reason, each year I like to take a month and do some general “spring cleaning” to most of my active projects in order to make sure things are kept up. For me – January is the month to take care of this.

I generally try to do the following:

  1. Verify backups
  2. Look for any unused code and remove it
  3. Look at ways to simplify any complex code (now that you have had some time to step away from the code/re-evaluate things)
  4. Look for updates to javascript plugins/frameworks
  5. Add any filtering/escaping if it is not present
  6. Look any software and make sure to update anything marked as “not supported” (due to end of life) gets upgraded

All the items above will make projects easier to maintain and more enjoyable to work with over time. Think of this like car maintenance. Sure – your car can run without maintenance – but it will run better/longer with it.

Be Kind…

I cannot stress this enough to my kids…(and myself)

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”

― Wendy Mass, The Candymakers