I’m finally back into American Horror Story Apocalypse

Micheal, eat your heart out

Once again, I have left the current series of American Horror Story until months after it has finished airing. I think it must be something inside me that doesn’t want to reach the end.

Last night I watched four episodes back to back — and I absolutely loved it. The old characters that have been making appearances have been so great. And the music, as always, is terrific.

Can’t wait to see how this series wraps up, and of course to begin 1984 in a few months time.

How I would set up Laravel with Docker

This is a quick brain dump for myself to remember how I set up Laravel with Docker. Hopefully it can help others out also.

I tried to avoid Docker for the longest time due to the ease of just running php artisan serve. However, when you have some dependancies that your site will rely on, Docker can be helpful — especially when having multiple developers — in getting up and running with the whole codebase easier.

This post assumes you have setup a basic Laravel project on a Linux computer, and have both Docker and Docker Compose installed locally.

What will this project use?

This is only a basic example to get up and running with the following dependancies. You can add more items to your docker-compose.yml file as you need to.

Note: whatever you choose to name each extra service in your docker-compose.yml file, use its key as the reference point in your .env file.

  • The main site codebase
  • A MySQL database
  • an NGINX webserver
  • PHP


Have a file in the project root, named `docker-compose.yml

version: "3.3"

    image: mysql:8.0
    restart: on-failure
      - .env
    image: nginx:1.15.3-alpine
    restart: on-failure
      - './public/:/usr/src/app'
      - './docker/nginx/default.conf:/etc/nginx/conf.d/default.conf:ro'
      - 80:80
      - .env
      - php
      context: .
      dockerfile: './docker/php/Dockerfile'
    restart: on-failure
      - .env
    user: ${LOCAL_USER}


Have a Dockerfile located here: ./docker/php/Dockerfile. I keep it in a separate folder for tidiness.

# ./docker/php/Dockerfile
FROM php:7.2-fpm

RUN docker-php-ext-install pdo_mysql

RUN pecl install apcu-5.1.8
RUN docker-php-ext-enable apcu

RUN php -r "copy('https://getcomposer.org/installer', 'composer-setup.php');" \
    && php -r "if (hash_file('SHA384', 'composer-setup.php') === '48e3236262b34d30969dca3c37281b3b4bbe3221bda826ac6a9a62d6444cdb0dcd0615698a5cbe587c3f0fe57a54d8f5') { echo 'Installer verified'; } else { echo 'Installer corrupt'; unlink('composer-setup.php'); } echo PHP_EOL;" \
    && php composer-setup.php --filename=composer \
    && php -r "unlink('composer-setup.php');" \
    && mv composer /usr/local/bin/composer

WORKDIR /usr/src/app

COPY ./ /usr/src/app

RUN PATH=$PATH:/usr/src/app/vendor/bin:bin


Have a default.conf file for the project’s nginx container saved here: ./docker/nginx/default.conf

# ./docker/nginx/default.conf
server {
 server_name ~.*;

 location / {
     root /usr/src/app;

     try_files $uri /index.php$is_args$args;

 location ~ ^/index\.php(/|$) {
     client_max_body_size 50m;

     fastcgi_pass php:9000;
     fastcgi_buffers 16 16k;
     fastcgi_buffer_size 32k;
     include fastcgi_params;
     fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME /usr/src/app/public/index.php;

 error_log /dev/stderr debug;
 access_log /dev/stdout;

Add the necessary variables to your .env file

There are some variables used in the docker-compose.yml file that need to be added to the .env file. These could be added directly, but this makes it more straightforward for other developers to customise their own setup.


The MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD and MYSQL_DATABASE are self-explanatory, but theLOCAL_USER variable refers to the user id and group id of the currently logged in person on the host machine. This normally defaults to 1000 for both user and group.

If your user and/or group ids happen to be different, just alter the variable value.

Note: find out your own ids by opening your terminal and typing id followed by enter. You should see something like the following:

uid=1000(david) gid=1000(david) groups=1000(david),4(adm),27(sudo),1001(rvm)

uid and gid are the numbers you need, for user and group respectively.

Run it

Run the following two commands separately then once they are finished head to http:localhost to view the running code.

Note: This setup uses port 80 so you may need to disable any local nginx / apache that may be running currently.

docker-compose build
docker-compose up -d

Any mistakes or issues, just email me.

Thanks for reading.

Rodney Trotter after going skateboarding with the Groovy Gang.

I just stumbled upon a classic episode of the TV series Only Fools And Horses. It’s the one where Del Boy, Rodney and Cassandra win a holiday to Spain after Del sends one of Rodney’s old school paintings into a cereal competition.

This series still stands up and I’m still laughing out loud watching it.

They truly don’t make them quite like this anymore.

A Beggar Woman 1861 Painting by Hugues Merle

During our trip to Paris a few years ago, my girlfriend and I visited a fair number of art galleries. Although I saw a lot of paintings that stood out to me, this one — A Beggar Woman by Hugues Merle — was one that grabbed me the most.

I’m not even sure what it is about it that spoke to me. I just found myself imagining stories within the world this woman lived in.

I am absolutely loving No Man’s Sky. The planets I’ve visited are absolutely stunning!

My first base is on a snowy planet I discovered. I called the planet “Ice Bonga”. The cold storms get pretty nippy on there.

Getting shelter in my space ship on Ice Bonga

After warp driving to a neighbouring star system, I found another new planet. This is probably my favourite planet yet so have decided to set up camp.

I have named this new planet “Plush Bonga” and have begun the base building.

A flooded walkway

Decided to go for a stroll, which ended up being a two-hour walk around a local nature reserve. Beautiful scenery but almost got bested by flooding water numerous times.