There is something magical about describing something into existence

Image by Paulo Colacino

It’s hard to explain to someone who hasn’t done it.

She asked me how I can take the boredom of just sitting there writing instructions to a computer for hours.

“Don’t you ever just want to scream?”

If I was writing a novel, she’d get it. It’s romantic even… the image of the reclusive writer weaving stories and directing characters through arcs of conflict and resolution, forever tumbling toward that final page.

A musician iterating through melodies, alone at [...]

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Regarding our current economic policies…

If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter; for he that is higher than the highest regardeth, and there are higher than they.

Moreover the profit of the earth is for all; the king himself is served by the field. He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver, nor he that loveth abundance with increase. This is also vanity.

When goods increase, they are increased [...]

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CSS, Forms, Borders and Biographies

This is just a bit of internet mix tape of interesting things I’ve read recently:

Little CSS Stuff Newcomers Get Confused About

If you’re a pro, it’s easy to forget the confusion you felt when you just started learning CSS. Just for fun, let’s try and remember some of those little weird confusing moments. I’ll start us out by listing some random ones I remember and have picked up on while helping others recently. Then you folks take it from there in [...]

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Accumulated Links

HTML5Pattern – A list of patterns that can be applied to many common form inputs  To celebrate the 12th birthday of metafilter @mathowie bought the domain of the first site ever submitted: Very long but good article about keyword research 6 Essential PPC Landing Page Optimizations Lessons From A Rewrite by Rebecca Murphey. I’m always impressed with her writing

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Wrong To Right

Wrong to Right - A word game by Lance Kidwell

The other day I ran across some very old code and decided to push it up to the interwebs. It’s a game I wrote when I was first learning jquery. That said, I wouldn’t recommend using the code to learn jquery best practices. It works though!

Check it out: Wrong to Right – A Word Game By Lance Kidwell


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Matrix of Emotions

Robert Plutchik’s Matrix of Emotions

I saw the image below recently and was intrigued. Unfortunately I saw the image without context so I couldn’t figure out what to google to learn more. The other day, however, I ran into it again. Here’s the explanation I found:

Robert Plutchik considered there to be eight primary emotions – anger, fear, sadness, disgust, surprise, anticipation, trust, and joy. Plutchik proposed that these ‘basic’ emotions are biologically primitive and have evolved in order to increase the reproductive fitness of the [...]

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The golden ratio in the Apple iCloud icon

The golden ratio in the Apple iCloud icon

via: Alan van Roemburg by way of this post

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Fathers, don’t frustrate your children…

It was late at night and I was standing in my kitchen, cooking bacon and crying.

I was cooking bacon because I was hungry and I had bacon. When those two conditions are true it’s not at all surprising to find me in the kitchen cooking. The crying, however, was new. It had taken me by surprise.

It had been a stressful and snarly night. I had come home from work tired and cranky. Shortly after I’d arrived Amanda came back from [...]

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Hub… hub… oh-my-zsh! God Bless You. LoL!

Eh, it's not even that funny

I was poking around on my desktop tonight because, let’s be honest, there’s nothing quite like a thursday night spent playing with .oh-my-zsh.

Quick Aside: I just noticed that in looking for the most “canonical” link to use for .oh-my-zsh in the previous paragraph I googled it and saw a few possibilities in the first serp, like a github repo, a blog post describing how its author uses it, among others. Nothing seemed very official. There was a twitter account linked [...]

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Coding Ugly

I am a forest - by Gustav Klim

Sometimes it’s good to just hack. Don’t worry about scalability or maintainability, don’t sweat coding standards, ignore DRY but mutter YAGNI as often as possible – just duct tape things together as you think of them.

It’s like sketching, but instead of a pencil you have a text editor. You pop around the control flow tweaking bits and dropping little #todo’s when you get an idea that might be worth pursuing… but later. Just jot it down in a comment so [...]

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