They’re just words

Words are hard. They have multiple meanings – by definition and perception. I’ve never been a fan of modifier words when it comes to work – small, simple, easy, just, etc. Unless you’re also an subject-area expert, your modifier may be wrong, at best, or offensive, at worst. They’re more than just words.

Project Postcard

Unable to sleep, a restless mind with fresh typographic knowledge came up with a new project. A project – entitltedly titled – Project Postcard. The synopsis of the project is simple; I’m going to send handwritten postcards to some important people in my life outside of Manhattan (sorry Manhattan friends.)

Smelly cat

I need to get something off my, umm, feet. I would warn this post could possibly be too much information (TMI), but to warn of something being TMI on a personal website is a bit ridiculous. It’s certainly personal and informational, whether or not it’s too much is up to you. With that being said, I have a problem, a rather embarrassing problem, a body image problem – my feet stink (or at least I think they do)!

30 @ 30

Remember that show 30 Days? It was created by Morgan Spurlock, the dude who made Supersize Me. Well, this is a blatant ripoff of that, minus the cameras, post production, any sort of notoriety, or the enlightenment of others. But yeah, pretty much exactly the same. The premise is simple, I’m going to do (or not do) something for 30 consecutive days.

Django Frontend

After I initially released Django Frontend Static and Django Frontend Template, I didn’t like how they competed against each other instead of worked together. At the time I thought namespacing them along Django Frontend Skeleton to be same was a good idea…it wasn’t.

My personal style guide

A while ago I came across Harry Roberts’s article about his HTML/CSS coding style, which just happened to be around the time I was researching style guides for work. I decided for the time being a written style guide was overkill for our team, but I definitely have my own personal style that’s developed over the years.

Sass reusables

In my Should have kept it Sass-y article, I briefly mentioned and linked to a GitHub gist of Sass reusables that I wrote for my projects. While I’m sure most people who get far enough to see it will know what it’s all about, I wanted to include some explanations.

Should have kept it Sass-y

Truth be told, I hardly ever write plain CSS anymore (only if a project requires very little CSS or I’m updating an existing project without it.) Now Sass just feels more natural. It’s certainly more powerful and flexible. However, when I started updating this site I kind of wanted to write plain CSS for it…I soon regretted that decision.

Front-end quizzes

Throughout the years, I’ve trained several people (mostly students); however, like many other situations I often teach them HOW to do things not WHY do things. So as I was starting to train new students, I decided it was a good idea to put together some quizzes that ask why in addition to how. It also served as a pretty good refresher (or introduction) to other members of our team.

Defining moments

As I’m laying in bed unable to fall back asleep, my mind starts to wander as it does on occasions like this; for some reason I started thinking about certain books, articles or techniques that had a significant impact on my web development career.