How to solve the “Mcrypt PHP extension required” problem during the Laravel installation

When it comes to learn or practice with something new the most frustrating part is when this new “toy” won’t work out of the box. And that’s what happened to me the first time I tried to install Laravel on my MacBook Pro. I struggled with this problem for a good hour before finally figuring out what was wrong, and I thought would be great to write it down for future installations or to help other dudes like me that could encounter this problem. So, let’s take a look.

My Birthday in Seattle

Grunge, Punk, Rock & Roll and Skyscrapers, Seattle hits you harder than you can imagine with all its passion and messiness. Spending my Birthday in Seattle was a dream since I was 19, since I discovered that music’s branch that crept into my veins and slapped my face with a metal glove. Only one year ago I would never image something like that, but finally I was there, and all the words are useless. Seattle is a beating heart of art and music, dirty, nostalgic, euphoric and sad, Seattle was a dream, and I lived that dream on a very special day!

The Flash Speed Painting – The sketch

A bit for fun, a bit for exercising, I present you the first part of my speed painting series based on one of my favourite DC Comics characters, The Flash. I recorded this video with Quicktime on my MacBook Pro 2011 with a Wacom Cintiq 13HD. This is just the first part, a fast sketch to set the space and figured out the character position. Hopefully, next week I’m gonna publish the detailed line-art and the inking section. Enjoy!

Photo walking in Vancouver

It’s almost a year that I moved to Vancouver and this city still impresses me every day. A simple walk turns out to be a wonderful sensitive experience with colours, sounds and perfumes that I’m still not use to. On a sunny Sunday we took a walk on West Georgia St, heading for Lost Lagoon, and in just few blocks we discovered a stunning neighbourhood where uncontaminated nature and skyscrapers blend perfectly together.

How to create a shitty 2000s button in CSS3

We all like slick, simple and super clean design, but sometimes when it comes that kind of client, could happen that we’re forced to throw our skills into the trash bin and bend over at the immense power of money or the infinite emptiness of our client’s brain. Create a shitty 2000s button in CSS3, and bring back the web2.0 graphic style with the strength of a kick in the nuts.

Life changing decisions

Life changing decisions. How I’m going to handle my decision to moving to Canada, my future job, and my life in general?
I’ve never been a good storyteller because I always end up to ramble between different topics, and I can’t just focus on one argument if nothing practical is involved, like a tutorial or a product or a job. Just like now, I’m talking about nothing, so, it’s better to get started with something understandable.