Ronald Huereca

Writer and software engineer Ronald Huereca has been a developer at notable agencies like iThemes and 10up. His varied background has him working with WordPress since 2006, eventually creating his own plugin which, of course, lead to more. He spends quite a bit of his time volunteering with the WordPress project as a core and polyglot contributor. With all of his passions, writing has been the way Ronald expresses himself best. He has written both technical books as well as fiction. Some of his works include Project Mayhem, Mindefusement, and WordPress and Ajax. “You can only delay the inevitable” is his favorite quote. Ronald enjoys reading Stephen King and John Grisham. When he’s not writing, Ronald dreams of building websites filled with cats yawning, disclaimers his strong opinions, sings karaoke, and advocates for empathy surrounding mental health.

Bipolar

Mania In The Time of Stress

Stress can trigger mania in those suffering from bipolar mental illness. In this short article, I will go over what mania is, the symptoms, and how to combat it.

What is Mania?

Also known as “going manic”, mania is a serious mental condition where a person’s mood is typically elevated.

Here’s a definition:

Bipolar mania, or simply mania, is a phase of bipolar disorder.

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Mindefusement - A Terrifying Thriller

Mindefusement Review

Mindefusement was published in March of 2019. To be honest, it hasn’t been well-received (meaning lack of sales and reviews). I decided recently to re-read the book as a reader to see if it has any merit. I admit, I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

Here’s my review below (warning: spoilers ahead).

Introducing the Characters

The first half of the book is introducing the characters, going headfirst into torture templates (the ideas that clients want to bring to life), and a history of the company.

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Anxiety Sucks

I’ve been struggling with anxiety for decades. It’s painful. It affects my mood. It’s probably one of the main factors that ended my first marriage in hindsight. It’s very likely it’s what caused me to drink heavily, resulting in horrible liver factors and possibly the cause of my diabetes.

What is Anxiety For Me?

For me, anxiety has me on edge 24/7.

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Going Off Xanax – My Experience

Going off of Xanax has been a life-changing experience. My psychiatrist prescribed it for anxiety, and I mostly used it at nighttime to help me sleep. I wasn’t abusing it per se, but I took it nightly. I was on the 2MG tablets, which is the highest dose.

Why Were You Taken Off Xanax?

For starters, let’s get into why I was taken off Xanax in the first place.

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Sing! by Smule

American Idiot

Over the past year or so I’ve been doing American Idiot songs on Smule. I’m not a great singer, but here goes.

American Idiot

https://www.smule.com/p/1033257757_2994857611

Jesus of Suburbia

https://www.smule.com/p/1033257757_1375407056

Holiday/Boulevard

https://www.smule.com/p/1033257757_3075029690

Are We The Waiting/St. Jimmy

https://www.smule.com/p/1033257757_1369893080

Give Me Novocaine/She’s a Rebel

https://www.smule.com/p/1033257757_3003033097

Extraordinary Girl

https://www.smule.com/p/1033257757_3026105743

Letterbomb

https://www.smule.com/p/1033257757_3075014621

Wake Me Up When September Ends

https://www.smule.com/p/1033257757_3075064778

Homecoming

https://www.smule.com/p/1033257757_3063205009

Whatshername

https://www.smule.com/p/1033257757_2260691794

And honorable mentions…

Ordinary World

https://www.smule.com/p/1033257757_1090858443

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Picture of Donuts

Life as a Diabetic

I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about 2 years ago. It runs in my family, and I was an alcoholic, so that may have had a lot to do with it.

I have since quit drinking, which helped my liver recover, but my blood sugar A1C was hovering around 15%, which is incredibly bad. I would go on sugar binges, sneak snacks into my friend’s house, and go for snacks after I would leave my friend’s house.

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The Decline of Uno and Friends

We’ve written numerous articles about Uno & Friends, but the latest rumor is that Uno & Friend is going away.

In the spirit of the other posts, I’m keeping this one short and opening it up for comments.

Why do you think Uno & Friends is going away and please feel free to share your frustrations in the comments.

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Microphone on stage

10 Signs You’re a Rockstar at Karaoke

Everybody wants to be a rockstar, correct? Well, karaoke is a good outlet. Here are ten ways you can be a rockstar at karaoke.

You Know Your Song Inside and out

Let’s face it. Karaoke is hard. But you’ve researched your song, listened to a karaoke version on YouTube, or perhaps you’ve tried it on Smule.

You’ve got the lyric timing, and highs, the lows, and maybe practice your fake guitar skills during guitar solos.

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