Ricky Whitehttps://rickywhite.netRSS Feed for rickywhite.netMon, 22 Apr 2024 23:00:07 ESTMigrating a Python Package from Travis CI to GitHub Actionshttps://rickywhite.net/blog/migrating-python-package-from-travis-to-github-actionsGitHub Actions is the new hotness for continuous integration(CI) and deployment. To the point where it seems to be the default for new open source projects that are GitHub based.Wed, 31 Mar 2021 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/migrating-python-package-from-travis-to-github-actionsMy Spondylitis Storyhttps://rickywhite.net/blog/my-spondylitis-storyThis article has been taken from Chapter 9 of my book – Taking Charge – Making your healthcare appointments work for you.Tue, 26 Jan 2021 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/my-spondylitis-storyThis face...https://rickywhite.net/blog/this-faceThis is not a face of contentment. Nor the face of comfort. This is the face of someone who does what they have to, despite it being the last thing they wanted to do.Thu, 10 Sep 2020 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/this-faceAutomating new Python environments with PowerShellhttps://rickywhite.net/blog/automating-new-python-environments-with-powershellI'm a big fan of automation. If I can automate something, I will. One thing I do often is create a new virtual environment for Python applications, which is just a simple terminal command. But then I have to update pip. Every. Single. Time.Fri, 24 Apr 2020 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/automating-new-python-environments-with-powershellStop calling me lucky for having good kids!https://rickywhite.net/blog/stop-calling-me-lucky-for-having-good-kidsMy kids are just like any other. They've been tears galore at times. And the kids cry, too. But in the end, we get there. And at no point has luck played a part in it.Sun, 19 Apr 2020 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/stop-calling-me-lucky-for-having-good-kids5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Try Martial Artshttps://rickywhite.net/blog/5-reasons-why-everyone-should-try-martial-artsMartial arts is more than just about punching and kicking. It encompasses all aspects of a person’s well-being, not just the physical. By definition, martial arts is indeed an art.Sat, 18 Apr 2020 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/5-reasons-why-everyone-should-try-martial-artsA Brief History of My Martial Arts Journeyhttps://rickywhite.net/blog/brief-history-of-my-martial-arts-journeyI have fond memories sitting with my father watching countless Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris movies at a very young age. Only to be told to go to bed as soon as the movie in question had finished, which was also promptly followed by my mother yelling “stop fighting with your brother”.Sat, 18 Apr 2020 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/brief-history-of-my-martial-arts-journeyHow to Master Your Martial Arts School's Website: Fundamentalshttps://rickywhite.net/blog/how-to-master-your-martial-arts-schools-website-fundamentalsOptimize your martial arts school website to ensure visitors have the best experience, reducing frustration and attracting leads.Sat, 18 Apr 2020 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/how-to-master-your-martial-arts-schools-website-fundamentalsThe End Of The Beginninghttps://rickywhite.net/blog/the-end-of-the-beginningLooking back on my Kempo journey so far, I can proudly say that Kempo has changed my life. Truly. If you had told me before I started Kempo that a few years later I would be doing 204 burpees in 30 minutes for charity, and preparing to test for my black belt, I would have called you crazy.Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/the-end-of-the-beginningI Cried Todayhttps://rickywhite.net/blog/i-cried-todayI cried today. I cried because...Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/i-cried-todayAn Interview with Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragonshttps://rickywhite.net/blog/interview-dan-reynoldsI spoke with Dan recently to discuss the first episode of “This AS Life Live”, living with AS, and his ambitions for the future of AS care.Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/interview-dan-reynoldsImprove your healthcare appointments with this simple actionhttps://rickywhite.net/blog/improve-your-healthcare-appointments-with-this-simple-actionIf you have at least one chronic illness, you will have multiple symptoms and problems. That’s just a fact. You health will never be still. It will ebb and flow like a river. And you won’t always know what direction it will meander next.Sat, 11 Feb 2017 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/improve-your-healthcare-appointments-with-this-simple-actionMy first book launch - the results are inhttps://rickywhite.net/blog/my-first-book-launch-the-resultsIt's not everyday you launch your first book. Yesterday was that day for me.Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/my-first-book-launch-the-resultsThey don't know it, but my kids made my illness better!https://rickywhite.net/blog/kids-made-my-illness-betterIn October 2014, my life changed significantly. Not only did I move 3,485 miles away from my family and friends, but I also gave up my career as a nurse so that I could take on my new role within the household — becoming a stay-at-home dad.Sun, 18 Dec 2016 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/kids-made-my-illness-betterGiving Back to my Communityhttps://rickywhite.net/blog/giving-back-to-my-communityIf you have been diagnosed with a chronic illness, there is one thing that will help you along your journey more than anything — your support network. Sometimes this is your family and friends. It could be a weekly meeting at a support group. But more often these days it is to be found online. No one can deny the power of social media, especially when it comes to closing physical barriers, such as distance.Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/giving-back-to-my-communityEven the most solitary pawn can do the most extraordinary things. And so can you!https://rickywhite.net/blog/even-the-most-solitary-pawnIt has been over 9 months since I last wrote here, but with good reason. If you can remember in my last post I announced that I was emigrating to the USA. I am pleased to report that it went to plan, and I have now been a permanent resident of Virginia for the last 5 months.Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/even-the-most-solitary-pawnThe Ambivalence of Changehttps://rickywhite.net/blog/ambivalence-of-changeChange can be scary, provocative, and hysteria inducing. Change can also be exciting and positive!Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/ambivalence-of-changePlaying The Hand You've Been Dealthttps://rickywhite.net/blog/playing-the-hand-youve-been-dealtAutoimmune diseases – such as Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) – are often referred to as invisible illnesses. This is because we often look ‘fine’ on the outside, but on the inside we are in significant pain and discomfort. As a way of coping we often develop our own ‘poker face’.Sun, 02 Mar 2014 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/playing-the-hand-youve-been-dealtDon't be a Thorn, be a Rose: Finding your Perspectivehttps://rickywhite.net/blog/dont-be-a-thornOur view of the world can differ from day to day. We all know that Mondays are evil, and Fridays are our salvation. But they are both just days in the week, aren’t they?Thu, 15 Aug 2013 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/dont-be-a-thornAngry Birds, Bad Horror Movies and Invisible Illnesshttps://rickywhite.net/blog/invisible-illnessThere is nothing more uncomfortable than looking up to find a dozen people staring at you! This was the feeling I had recently on my commute to work.Fri, 22 Mar 2013 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/invisible-illnessHugs Optional, Compassion Compulsory: Dealing with Depressionhttps://rickywhite.net/blog/dealing-with-depressionI must admit, the word 'emotional' is not normally a word that is usually associated with me. Much like my father, I carry on my day with a stoic, expressionless face; which reflects calm and calculated thought, reflecting my practical and often clinical approach to life.Wed, 30 Jan 2013 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/dealing-with-depressionYou can win the Battle, but can you win the War?https://rickywhite.net/blog/winning-the-warLiving with a chronic condition like Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) makes you very familiar with the ups and downs of a disease that can leave you debilitated, with the dreaded 'flare' descending on you when you least expect it.Sun, 01 Apr 2012 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/winning-the-warGrieving For Your Diagnosishttps://rickywhite.net/blog/grieving-diagnosisOne of the hardest things to deal with in life is grief. Losing a loved one or family member can cause more pain than any physical injury ever will. Grief doesn’t just strike us when a bereavement occurs, grief can also strike with tragedy, but more pertinently, grief also visits us when being diagnosed with a chronic illness.Sun, 18 Mar 2012 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/grieving-diagnosisFinding the Silver Lininghttps://rickywhite.net/blog/silver-liningOne of the ways in which you can stay positive, despite your daily struggle is to look for the positives in a situation, and not focus on the negatives.Sun, 04 Mar 2012 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/silver-liningFinding Time to Managehttps://rickywhite.net/blog/finding-time-to-manageFor someone suffering with a chronic illness this is only made worse by the restrictions in which it inflicts. Living with Ankylosing Spondylitis has taught me a lot about time management.Sun, 12 Feb 2012 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/finding-time-to-manageDoctors are people toohttps://rickywhite.net/blog/doctors-are-people-tooThis might seem a bit of an erroneous title to some of you, but I have been reliably assured it is accurate. As hard as it is to believe they really are people too, just like me and you!Sat, 04 Feb 2012 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/doctors-are-people-tooChronic Ambitionhttps://rickywhite.net/blog/chronic-ambitionHaving a chronic illness can have an obvious impact on your dreams and ambitions. If you struggle to walk then your hardly going to be aiming to climb Kilimanjaro are you? Well actually maybe that is your ambition.Sun, 22 Jan 2012 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/chronic-ambitionUnderstanding - An Individual Barrierhttps://rickywhite.net/blog/understandingLiving with any chronic illness can be isolating at times. Not just because it can limit your work and social life, but mostly because you are likely to be the only one you know suffering with your daily problems.Sun, 30 Oct 2011 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/understandingHope - Just a dream? or achievable?https://rickywhite.net/blog/hopeLiving with a chronic illness can be both mentally and physical debilitating. This we all know, and live daily. Hope is the one thing that keeps us going, especially through the tough and difficult times.Wed, 03 Aug 2011 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/hopeRegrethttps://rickywhite.net/blog/regretSun, 17 Jul 2011 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/regretPMA - Positive Mental Attitudehttps://rickywhite.net/blog/pmaThu, 02 Jun 2011 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/pmaMind, Body..... and Soul?https://rickywhite.net/blog/mindbodyandsoulHealthcare today has advanced and evolved significantly to that of previous generations. No longer do we believe smoking is actually good for you, nor that mercury cures syphilis, or any other ailment that didn’t already have a cure for that matter. What we do know now is that the human body is complex, and healthcare should not just treat the physical form we have become. It should encompass mental and spirital health.Mon, 23 May 2011 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/mindbodyandsoulSleep? What's that?https://rickywhite.net/blog/sleepEveryone at some point experiences sleepless nights. Whether it be stress from work, crying babies at 3am, or that cough/cold that just won’t let up. This is all part and parcel of being a grown up, is it not? However; true insomnia is a different ‘kettle of fish’.Wed, 04 May 2011 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/sleepCatch 22 - The Vicious Cyclehttps://rickywhite.net/blog/catch22Everyone suffering from arthritis knows the pain and restriction it causes with mobility and exercise. Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is no exception, and is often exaggerated by ‘the flare up’ which blights us all.Wed, 20 Apr 2011 00:00:00 ESThttps://rickywhite.net/blog/catch22