Chuck’s This Week in UX #1

Hola a todos to the first ever edition of Chuck’s this week in UX! Also known as #chucksTWIX this is the first of a weekly (and sometimes fortnightly) blog series dedicated to shedding light on articles and videos I found to give some new angle or insight on the UX industry. From small tips and tricks to earth shattering discoveries, this is my week in UX.

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Raspberry Pi 2 [2/4] Installing Minibian & Minecraft

In this second instalment I will go through the thought process of installing my chosen OS, Minibian, and using it to setup a Minecraft server that can easily host 2-4 people. Also the different Minecraft server options are briefly explored such as Spigot, finally close some best practices I’ve discovered.

If you haven’t seen my first post I recommend reading it here to get some context – if you’re just here for the dirty details, read on!

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Raspberry Pi 2 [1/4]: Selecting an OS

This past weekend I’ve managed to get my hands on a Raspberry Pi 2; long story short I wanted to setup a Minecraft server that would keep running at home to avoid depending on my Macbook, and this was an extremely affordable and, as it turns out, capable little system. After being a Dev turned DevOps at work I used the skills I’ve learned to easily get it running and make my decisions, but others might not be so fortunate. In this short four part series I will go through selecting an OS, getting Minecraft up and running, automated world backups and finally how to get a retro gaming rig going.

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Finisher Sets

So I’ve been training consistently for just over two and a half years now and I’ve tried, failed and succeeded with a number of different techniques to take my training to the next level. One concept that I’ve used lately is the notion of finisher sets. Now, this technique is not for everyone and it isn’t a fix-all method to apply to any workout plan but I believe it to be an invaluable tool to use when you want to keep your level of work high.

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Potatoes: The Perfect Cutting Carbs

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During the summer undertaking my Masters degree I spent £10 on a rice cooker – a simple no frills cooker that did the job. Ever since then my diet has mostly been rice, white or brown, with whatever I happened to have cooked in the fridge. I thought it was the best thing ever since you can have something you can eat large amounts of when you’re bulking (white), but also something more fibrous and nutritional if you’re trying to cut (brown). Even more so, you can cook it without paying attention! This was going into Autumn and Winter though so it didn’t matter.

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12 Weeks to Maximum Size

It feels like only just yesterday I decided I had built up enough strength, and it was time to embark on an all out muscle building plan. When you’re a student you get by and do what you can but as a working adult you have resources available – to feed yourself, to get there in 15 minutes by car instead of 50 minutes by bus and no excuses really. Here we are 12 weeks later and pleased with the results, packing on 3.6kg with some fat loss. Even better, I’ve learned a lot from it not just about my body but my mind too.

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GMBT – Day 50

I’m too busy, I have a job, I don’t have time, it’s too much effort, I have to study I’m in College/University, I’m too tired…

 – Majority of the poulation

Time and time again I hear the same old excuses, and I hear from other people who hear of people who hear the same excuses too. Complaints that for one reason or another they are unable to get their shit together and actually work towards something worthy of your time – your life.
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Natural Limit Break

So according to a study I read many moons ago (and after meticulously measuring myself and performing numerous calculations) I found what apparently is my approximate maximum muscular potential for a natural person. According to my height and stature, when I reach my limit at my target of about 10% bodyfat I would be approximately 89 kilos. For those in America that would be about 196 lbs. At 5′ & 10.5″ I figure that’s not too bad but at the time I was still a good 10 kilos away from reaching that goal.
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Swala – Swift & Scala

After experiencing both Swift and Scala for a substantial enough period of time to get a feel for them, in that order, I’d like to share my thoughts about them. Not because my thoughts are ridiculously original – however – they may give you some insight into the languages and what it’s like to work with them on their own. Or together in a cross-functional manner (if you’re into that thing). I’ll start by sharing a mini-light-bulb moment I had a few days ago.
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The pre-workout shake

One thing I was advised against using was a pre-workout shake. For those that don’t know what they are, it’s a concoction of various powders that you consume with water prior to your regular workout routine. I’ve heard everything from don’t take them at all due to the addictiveness, take it before a major workout to ingesting it religiously before every session. Wanting to improve my game at the gym and take my training to the next level I decided to investigate a little further and start by making my own. I’d first need something to put it in.
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