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Just wanted to make another quick post about something else I’ve been working on. It is a script called Ignition, and it is for getting your Mac OS X computer up and running for Ruby/Rails development.

At work and at home, how many times is there a new computer, or you’ve recently formatted, and you just want to get back to work quickly? That is why I wrote Ignition. It is a quick way to get the same development environment set up on all machines. Behind the scenes it’s basically just installing most things using Homebrew, but it makes it simple by only requiring you to input one command and it does everything else in the proper order.

I based it on what my setup was at the time (Homebrew, rbenv, PostgreSQL, Pow, etc.) but I would like to extend it at some point to include RVM and MySQL support.

Using Ignition with a backup of your dotfiles and setup files makes it dead simple to format or set up a new computer. You can check out my dotfiles repository as well which I’ve been using with Ignition. All the code for both is up on GitHub, so feel free to fork, comment, submit pull requests, etc.

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envb-rails is a small Gem I’ve been working on for Rails projects. Basically what it does is display a small banner at the bottom of your site, letting you know which Rails environment your app is currently running in. This helps when you have multiple tabs and windows open, one with the production site, one with development and one in staging. It can get kind of confusing and sometimes you think you did something in prod and you actually did it in staging.

In the past we used a Gem similar to this at my job, but we eventually stopped. It showed way too much extraneous information that wasn’t necessarily relevant and the colors were so jarring and hard to look at. Since then, I wrote envb-rails and have been manually copying the code from project to project, so I finally decided to release it as a Gem. Hopefully it helps other people like it helps me from time to time.

You can find all the installation and usage instructions, as well as the code, up on GitHub. Search for, or follow this link to envb-rails on GitHub!

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GOOD Music – Cypher

CyHi’s verse is so good… you can skip just about everyone else. That is all.

"If you bite me it’s good for you like a vegetable."

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Lelia Broussard – Hipster Bitch

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CyHi The Prynce – Popular Demand

"Call me Golden cause I always got the grams!"

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Tim Hendricks – Roses 101

Really cool time lapse of Tim Hendricks free-hand drawing and then tattooing some black roses.

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This is probably one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long, long time. Too bad I don’t have any musical talents or I’d get an MPC and try it out.

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Avicii – Levels (Skrillex Remix)

Probably one of the best songs I’ve heard in all of 2011. Skrillex makes most things better.

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Career Advice from Alan Watts

"Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing, than a long life spent in a miserable way."

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via Johnny Cupcakes