Workflow, Responsible Responsive Design, And More Friday Links

I have already come across a few things this morning that I’ve wanted to share out, so it seems a short blog post is in order!

  • Profession Workflows & Best Practices | WPSessionsBrian over at WPSessions is hosting a free seminar on best practices for development and you shouldn’t miss it! It’s going to be a great learning opportunity for anyone, whether you’re new, a freelancer, or work with these tools every day. I can’t wait for this one!
  • This is a fun little game that shows you how well you can eyeball pixel values. I’m just OK. How do you measure up?
  • Sleeping Position by Profession: Funny and pretty accurate from my experience.
  • Story.AM: This service that’s launching soon. From the site: “Create and sell interactive longform stories on a collaborative platform built for storytelling.”
  • Responsible Responsive Design: The latest book by A Book Apart, penned by Scott Jehl. This is bound to be a good one. I can’t wait to read it.
  • Silicon Valley Job Title Generator: What are you? This morning I got “KICKSTARTER EVANGELIST.” Funny because yesterday, I blogged all about Why Kickstarter is bad for Christmas Gift (what I don’t mention in the title is what I think it’s great for).

Why Kickstarter is bad for Christmas Gifts

Don’t get me wrong. I love Kickstarter. I spend too much money there. I almost buy something everyday and have 2 projects I’m patiently awaiting the arrival of. But now that Christmas and the season of gift giving is upon us it’s important for people, especially first-time Kickstarter users, to know that the release dates are not always reliable. It’s nothing against the creators or the products. It comes down to something that people seem to forget: Kickstarter isn’t a store where you buy things. It’s a place where you show your support for projects and you get rewarded for that support.


The Diet: Week 2

Current Weight: 240 lbs

Change: -1 lb

I started the week off well but wasn’t as good as I should have been towards the end of the week. Weekends have always posed a challenge so I have to be more mindful of that. I also have to carve out time to work out. I haven’t been as diligent with my daily schedule as I’d like to be. So my Goals for this week:

  • Eat better (esp. on weekend)
  • Work out at least 3 times.

WordPress and .gitignore

Updates have been added after the jump!

In the coming weeks I’ll likely put a lot of my own personal code (as in, not code people pay me to write) in public repos on Github. A lot of my work is WordPress related so I’ll make a local repo at the root of some WordPress install as to not complicate things. In order to make sure I don’t put up something unintentionally (like say, my wp-config.php file), I’ve created a more thorough .gitignore than what I have seen from automatic generators. If you’re interested, I put it into a Github Gist, so you can just copy and paste it. If you think I’m missing something or am wrongfully excluding something, leave a comment on the gist!

Github Gist: wordpress-ignore


On Net Neutrality (2014)

There’s been a lot of hubbub about Net Neutrality again lately now that Obama has officially come out in support of it (something he supported when he ran in 2008, then seemed to not when he appointed Tom Wheeler to chair the FCC in 2013). This week I put together some notes for my students to review so that next week, we can have a class discussion about Net Neutrality and how it can affect us moving forward. After the jump, you’ll see the resources I provided to them.


NEPAWP November Meetup: Blogger Chat!

This month we are switching things up a bit at the NEPAWP Meetup and bringing it back to basics- we’re talking all about blogging! It will be a pretty open discussion about all things blogging: starting one, running one, SEO, more comments, using social media, and more. If you have a question about blogging, join us on November 19th at 7pm at CoalWork: 544 Spruce Street, Scranton, PA. RSVP Here.

For good measure, if you want to comment with your blog link here or on the RSVP page, I will compile a list to send to the attendees!

The Diet: Week 1

While speaking with Colin yesterday about my on-and-off commitment to weight loss and how I’m not making the progress I’d like, he mentioned something he did called, “The Diet.” He’d blog every week or two about his progress. I’d like to start that up today. Below is my current weight and goal. My incentive? I’m getting married. Here goes nothing!

Current Weight: 241 lbs

Goal: 170 lbs

That’s 71 pounds I need to lose. Let’s give it a year.

Seat Covers and Other Small Details

Did you know it’s said that Walt Disney can be attributed with the creation of the “Push” trash cans? When he was creating Disneyland, he didn’t want people to see trash coming out of the top of the receptacles, so he challenged companies to make trash cans that hid the trash. He would use whoever did the best. That’s because Walt was very much about small details. Hearing stories like that have made me think about how small details can go a long way, even if no one ever notices them. That brings me to seat covers.


Why Amazon Prime is so Great

Most of you probably know what Amazon Prime is and how it works, but if you don’t, the best way to describe it is an annual subscription that gives you free 2-Day shipping on orders from (+ some other perks). For the better part of a decade, you could pay $79 for Prime; in March they raised the fee to $99. At that price, it is still well worth it to me, and getting better every day. Here’s why.


Have a Daily Schedule when Working from Home

Working remotely is fantastic; you have a lot of freedom to work anywhere you want, create your own schedule (more or less) and overall have a better work-life balance. However, it can also have its drawbacks. It means that you are probably working from home most of the time, and that can blur the line between when you work and when you don’t. It can be easy to get sucked in and ‘just do this real quick’, especially if you like the work you’re doing. That’s why it’s important to have a schedule or routine when you work from home.