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Spirit 23 racing on Lake Union

I ran across a photo of this boat in the background of a Craigslist ad and then saw it racing the Lake Union Duck Dodge the next week!

If you know (or are) the owner drop me a line. The Spirit 23 boat is pretty rare and I would love to get in touch with the owner, and also find out what has been done to make that Spirit 23 a better racer.



2016 SBYC Burger Burn

Each year the Shilshole Bay Yacht Club (SBYC) host an annual Burger Burn on Blake Island. I love going to Blake Island (and have written other posts about it) and jumped at the opportunity to head out there with the wonderful new friends I have found in SBYC.

My boat, Zippey, is currently waiting on the boatyard for some work and Anne graciously invited myself and Josh to come over on her boat. The weather was supposed to be overcast and rainy on the way there but we had an excellent sail under bright blue skies.

Josh and I brought along our camping hammocks and hung up in the trees. Due to the overnight rains we set up our hammock tarps. It was an interesting experience since we had not needed to use them before. We were warm and snug away from the wind and rain at night.

Some of the students in the University of Washington Yacht Club came to the island as well. One sailed a laser all the way from the university, through the locks, and across Puget Sound! I want that skill.

Note: The laser laying over is 100% ok! They have no ballast so laying it over on the dock is the only way to keep it from running off.

Good friends, good food, boats, and live music from Joe, Tom, and Chris. What a wonderful weekend. The sail back home was excellent. Averaged 15 mph winds under blue skies again.


Make an empty git commit

Occassionally I have need to mark a specific moment in a git repository. Often this mark is to call out a deployment point. If everything has already been committed I will use an “empty commit” as a marker. Git makes this quite easy and in fact it is built into the commit command.

Run the following and your commit editor of choice will open to provide the commit message:

git commit --allow-empty

Alternatively you can provide the commit message inline with the standard -m

git commit --allow-empty -m "New commit message"

Quick recursive PHP file syntax check

I find it handy to run a PHP syntax (lint) check on files after resolving a merge conflict in git.

Here is a handy snippet that will run find every file in the current and sub-directories and run them through the PHP command line syntax checker.

find . -iname "*.php" -exec php -l {} \; | grep -i "Errors.parsing"

Hanging out with the family

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