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Jon Blumenfeld Resume Template

Jon Blumenfeld Resume Template

I’ve applied to a ton of jobs the past couple of years. Luckily I have one now that I’m really happy in. However, I have a lot of friends, family members, and other acquaintances that aren’t! I’ve helped a number of friends redo their resumes, and in the process I’ve developed the following template. It’s […]

Regular Expressions, mod_rewrite, and Apache

Regular Expressions, mod_rewrite, and Apache

This past month I went through the process of migrating all of the posts that I had from thecampuscompanion.com to my new site here at sparqvault.com. The process of migrating all of the content was tough enough, but in order to maintain the traffic that I was receiving from the articles, pictures, and general site […]

Change MODx Resources to Cacheable In Bulk

Change MODx Resources to Cacheable In Bulk

Whenever I edit a MODx page I usually find myself making it uncacheable so that I can temporarily make quick updates and see the page in its new form upon each refresh. The problem is that I sometimes forget to make the page cacheable again when I’m done editing. If you are careless like me […]

Les Crayons de la Maison Caran d’Ache

Les Crayons de la Maison Caran d’Ache

I’ve always been a nerd for pens and pencils. I don’t know where it comes from, but I get excited every time I walk into the writing materials aisle at Staples or Officemax.  I found Les Crayons de la Maison Caran d’Ache somewhere on the internet. At this point I don’t even remember where, but […]

How to Remove "Duplicate Of" and "duplicate-of" in MODX

How to Remove “Duplicate Of” and “duplicate-of” in MODX

Modx does this thing when you duplicate a resource. It will automatically add “Duplicate Of” to the page title and “duplicate-of” to the alias. In theory this should be very helpful because it: Differentiates between the old resource and the new resource Highlights it as something that needs to be changed in the resource tree […]

1 Week of Blue Apron [Giveaway]

1 Week of Blue Apron [Giveaway]

Blue Apron is an amazing service that will send you a box off 3 meals for 2 people every week. All of the meals are delivered with every ingredient you could possibly need to make them. Everything down to the spices and condiments are included in the box which comes on a day of your specification […]

Curated: Nicolas Jolly

Curated: Nicolas Jolly

Nicolas Jolly is a french artist that works primarily with black ink. His work reminds me so much of Vincent Van Gogh’s reed pen drawings it’s crazy.  It’s remarkable how much simple strokes of a pen can illustrate form and movement. Nicolas’ drawings all have a “fingerprint” design that absolutely amazes me. I can’t imagine how he […]

Lipis Social Network Buttons for Bootstrap

Lipis Social Network Buttons for Bootstrap

These simple and elegant buttons for Twitter Bootstrap were put together with love by Lipis and can be found here. These buttons are something that I’ve been looking for for a while now. I just want a very simple set of uniform, clickable, and beautiful buttons. I think I’ve found them in Lipis’ buttons here. […]

Curated: River Luna

Curated: River Luna

River Luna is Marisa Redondo’s small shop on Etsy that I’ve fallen in love with. She uses watercolors on archival paper to create intricate paintings of flowers, sticks, butterfly wings, animals and other objects. Simply put her work is beautiful. Her art reminds me of somewhat of aboriginal art in some respects. The white lines, dots, and patterns […]

Buddha’s Hand & Thai Basil Cocktail

Buddha’s Hand & Thai Basil Cocktail

Buddha’s hand is a fruit native to Northeastern India and parts of china. It is arguably the coolest / ugliest fruit known to man. It looks like something you would see in a science fiction movie served to passengers on an post-apocalyptic intergalactic freighter. I need to find this fruit, and make delicious drinks out […]