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Create a temporary Drupal demo application (macOS)

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This is an amazingly quick way to create a fully working Drupal demo on your computer. It’s perfect for mucking about with and exploring before you take that deep dive into theme, module or software development.

Drupal Demo Requirements

  • Terminal
  • PHP 5.59+ (included with macOS)

Create a new directory for the instance and move into that directory:

mkdir drupal
cd drupal

Download the latest recommended version of Drupal into this new directory:

curl -sSL https://www.drupal.org/download-latest/tar.gz | tar -xz --strip-components=1

Start the built-in PHP web server and install the sample theme:

php core/scripts/drupal quick-start demo_umami

This will also open your browser all ready to log in.

That’s it. Easy. And of you need help then:

php core/scripts/drupal quick-start --help

Plans for the rest of 2019

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2019 is shaping up to be an interesting year so far: new job, new hobbies, change of life direction. All the usual. But I’m planning how to break down the rest of the year.

I’m going to make this blog the main focus for all the things I’m trying to do. A central repository for projects, coding, work, rest and play.

I’m not sure how may times I’m going to post, but I’d really like to make future posts informative and useful. So bear that in mind.

This is what I do.


During the daylight hours, these are the guys that I project manage for. I get great opportunities to meet interesting people / organisations. I also work on developing people’s technical skills to help them change their lives. All very rewarding. I’m certainly going to try and do more of that this year, f’sho.

we make small, beautiful games.

Sparkwood and 21

My wonderful and scrambled organisation that seems to have settled down as some sort of Game Development organisation is still knocking about.

I’m working on games. Two games. Currently doing a lot of background stuff so there’s nothing to be seen there for a while. When something does finally happen you’re totally going to know about it here.

IF you want, you can go and check out how the site looks. It’s cool.

I can’t feel anything below the skin.

Skinny Feels

This is the band I’m part of. When I can’t sleep I make unusual musical tunes that come under the Skinny Feels umbrella.

I’m currently working on an EP called Make Albion Great Again. It’s a series of songs that have been inspired or have inspired some folk horror short stories. Hopefully, all will be published and released by the end of the year. But we shall see. That’s a very positive outlook.

For all the current stuff, go check out the website.

uses this


Yes, that’s right. I’m learning how to code properly. Design is dead! Long live code!

Anyways, I’m learning Swift so I can make apps for the Mac. I have a bunch of ideas and I want to see if I can make any of them see the light.

After that I’m going to learn Python as it’s a great all-round language and it’s close to GodotEngine code. And that’s what I’m going to be using to make the games for Sparkwood and 21. Because it’s open source. And has a fairly low barrier to entry. Other than the whole learn Python bit.

Yes. That will keep me out of trouble. See what I’ve started already.

Landscape Series
A fairly old 3D image I had to knock out in 2 hours.


I can’t lie. I love 3D art. I love making 3D abstract art. So I’m going to keep on doing it. Not as much as I used to, but it’ll still happen.

I’ve decided that I will stick up various ‘seasons’ of abstract art onto my Behance Profile so it can all stay in the same place. I can explore different styles and ideas per season, if you will.

It’ll be fun.

As usual, I’m going to be using the latest version of Blender to make these things happen.

Vector map of Bath

Vector Graphics

I love how detailed you can get with vector graphics and what lovely things you can create with them.

I’ve made a bunch of them before and I’ll be continuing with creating the occasional one of these as and when I can.

I’ll probably stick them on my Dribble Account as and when they happen.

And that is pretty much it. Seems like a lot, but it’s all done slowly and methodically as and when I have the spare time.

I like your hair.