Icebreaker 2.0 at Toastmasters

On Thursday, I did my Icebreaker speech at Toastmasters.

This is the second time I’ve done an Icebreaker, so it’s my Icebreaker 2.0.

The presentation went well, got a few laughs and I was able to do the whole speech without notes.

When I joined my first Toastmasters club I’d always use notes with the lectern. This time I got up and moved the lectern to the side and went for it.

Now it’s time to prepare for my next speech.


Speaking at DrupalSouth Canberra 2018

DrupalSouth this year will be held in Canberra this December.

My presentation, Media Management in Drupal 8, has been accepted which is great news!!!

Best of all, I’ll be presenting at 9 am on Monday (the first day), which is great because I can get the presentation over and done with. Then I can relax and enjoy the conference.

My session is broken out into two parts; slides and demo.

I have 63 slides where I discuss the history of media in Drupal and which modules you should use.

Presentation slides

The rest of the time will be spent demonstrating how to configure modules.

Hope to see you all at DrupalSouth.

Offical Toastmasters Member

I’ve been sworn in as a member at a new Toastmasters club, so now it’s official. I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I attend my first Toastmasters meeting in a couple of years.

I’ve found a great club and looking forward to working my way through the new Pathways program.

I completed the competent communicator manual at the first club I joined which was about 12 years ago (damn I feel old 😀).

Now I need to work on my icebreaker speech.

Getting Started with Bootstrap 4 using Barrio in Drupal 8

In my latest tutorial over at WebWash, you’ll learn how to use Bootstrap 4 using the Barrio theme in Drupal 8.

This is the first of a few tutorials which cover how to use Bootstrap 4 in Drupal 8.

Link: Getting Started with Bootstrap 4 using Barrio in Drupal 8

Search across Fields in Views using Combine Fields Filter in Drupal 8

In my latest tutorial over at WebWash, I demonstrate how to use the “Combine fields filter” in Views.

It allows you to search across multiple fields in Views.

Link: Search across Fields in Views using Combine Fields Filter in Drupal 8

Back at Toastmasters

This week I went back to Toastmasters for the first time in a couple of years.

Toastmasters is an organisation that has clubs all around the world which meet weekly or fortnightly. You go there to become a better public speaker in a friendly and supportive environment.

I first went to Toastmasters in 2006 and went consistently for two years. In that time I learnt how to become a better public speaker which has helped my career.

Then I went back for half a year in 2014, and as of this week, I’m back (hopefully on a consistent basis) at a new club.

Add Files to Git Which are Ignored via .gitignore

In a recent project, I needed to add a file which was in a folder that was ignored using the .gitignore file.

Now I could edit the .gitignore file, commit the file, then edit the .gitignore again. But this seemed like a cumbersome way to do it.

Luckily I found that the git-add command has a --force option.

-f --force
Allow adding otherwise ignored files.

For example:

git add --force ignored-file.php