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Here’s some stuff I wrote.

  1. Using CSS Masks to Create “Transparent” JPGs

    JPG images are great. They allow us to show photos on the web while keeping the file size relatively small (compared to a photo saved as a PNG, anyway). But what do you do when you need a photo with transparency and you don’t want to sacrifice file size? Enter CSS masks.

  2. Apple CarPlay: First Impressions

    A little over a week ago, I got a new car which came equipped with Apple CarPlay. If you’re not familiar with CarPlay, it’s essentially a platform that allows you to replace your car’s built-in user interface with an interface that runs off your iPhone. I’ve spent some time with it and wanted to share some of my initial thoughts.

  3. PlayStation Vue vs. Sling

    I’ve been looking for a great way to stream live TV over the internet for a while now, and I’ve tried both Sling and PlayStation Vue. Here’s my take on how the two stack up.

  4. Make a Real Fast Site With GitHub Pages

    A couple weeks ago, I remembered how awesome GitHub pages is. I also had been playing around with gulp for a few days, and I had the idea to redesign my website and host it on GitHub pages. In order to do that, I knew I would have to make the site static.

  5. A Month (or so) With Amazon Echo

    I asked for an Amazon Echo for Christmas, mainly because I wanted a reliable way to control my Wink-connected lights with my voice. I had pretty high expectations, but I’ve found that the Echo is even better than I expected; and it keeps on getting better.

  6. Decide For Me

    It’s been a good six or seven months and I totally forgot to write about this, but I made a super simple little web app called Decide For Me. Basically, it’s a pro/con list which allows you to give each item on the list a weight.

  7. Unfixify

    Unfixify is a neat little bookmarklet that looks for elements with position: fixed; and converts that to position: absolute;. It will almost certainly break some styles somewhere and make a page look silly, but at least there won’t be any fixed elements anymore.

  8. List of Ridiculous Browser Bugs

    I am starting a list of common and ridiculous bugs that I’ve found in different browsers along with quick fixes if I know of them. It will most likely grow over time as I find and remember more idiotic bugs.

  9. Getting Symbolset to Work on Android

    I have noticed on a couple of recent projects that I’ve built, that Symbolset’s keyword replacement doesn’t work as expected on Android devices (specifically, Android version 4.3, but it may affect other versions as well). I don’t think I ever came across any documented fixes for this issue, which I assume is because Symbolset’s website says that keyword replacement works on Android.

  10. The Greatest Man I Ever Knew

    The greatest man I ever knew wasn’t famous, although he touched more lives than I can even imagine. He wasn’t proud or boastful even though he could have been; he accomplished a great deal in his life. He was the most generous, loving man I’ve ever met. He was my father-in-law, David Koffman.

  11. New Blog, New Goals, & New Adventures

    It has been too long since I blogged. A lot has happened in the past few months. I redesigned my blog, we had a great “2013 Goals” meeting at Mighty, and my wife and I even had the chance to go to England for a week so that I could go to New Adventures.

  12. The Importance of Specialization

    I have been learning web design for a couple of years now. Up until recently, though, I never really understood how important specialization is. For the last few months, I have been moving from one language to another, learning bits and pieces. As a result, I have a pretty basic knowledge of many different web technologies.

  13. Trust Me, I Know What I’m Doing

    My first job was at Target. It was a seasonal position during the Christmas season of my sophomore year of high school. I was really excited to get the job, as it was much more appealing to me than something like working at Arby’s (which I ended up doing a few months later). Looking back, it wasn’t a terrible first job. There were just a couple issues though.

  14. Fun With Web Standards

    I recently finished a major redesign of my site. I had a lot of fun designing and building this new version and got a chance to experiment a ton with new things. A few of the changes that I made include using CSS3 instead of images, the addition of media queries, and simplifying the entire site to focus more on my blog.

  15. Firefox Finally Adds CSS Transitions

    This is just a short note to say that it looks like Firefox will finally be supporting CSS transitions in their next release. I downloaded the beta release of Firefox 4 the other day and was very happy to see that my -moz-transition styles were working.

  16. Is Chanel Being Good?

    About three weeks ago, my fiancée (Emily) and I bought a puppy and named it Chanel. She’s probably the cutest dog that has ever lived, but she is also a huge pain. She poops everywhere, chews everything, and barks constantly. I decided to make an iPhone app called “Is Chanel Being Good?” so that I can let Emily see what she’s missing out on while she’s gone.

  17. AEA Seattle

    Last week I had the opportunity to attend An Event Apart Seattle. The conference itself was two days long, followed by a one day workshop on HTML5 and CSS3. I got to hear from experts like Jeffrey Zeldman, Dan Cederholm, Jeremy Keith, Andy Clarke and a lot more. I even got to meet and talk to Andy Clarke at lunch.

  18. Playing In The Sand

    This weekend I really wanted to design a quick site and try out some new CSS techniques I’ve been learning, so I made a sandbox site. What’s a sandbox? Basically it’s a place where I’ll post my experiments and little projects that I’ve been playing around with.

  19. Square is Sexy

    It seems like rounded corners are everywhere these days; they’re quickly becoming one of the main ingredients of a lot of sites. I suspect that CSS3’s new border-radius property has something to do with it, but whatever the cause, I think we’re starting to go a little overboard. It’s starting to feel like a fad on the same level as overdone gradients and drop shadows.

  20. Should Designers Code?

    A couple of days ago Elliot Jay Stocks posted a tweet about his feelings on web designers who can’t write code. Since then, the web design community has erupted into a debate on whether or not designers should be able to code. I can see valid points on both sides of the argument and I must admit I’m not totally sure where I stand on this subject.

  21. CSS Animated Tooltips

    I have worked on a few sites before where I had to develop tooltips. You know what I mean, those little boxes of text that come up when you hover over a link or an image. I used jQuery plugins in the past, but for my site I wanted to try something different. I wanted a solution that used no JavaScript, but still looked good and had some cool effects. Luckily, some pretty standard CSS along with some CSS3 animations were all I needed.

  22. I’m Famous! (Sort of)

    A few months ago I came across a site called Simple Desktops - “a collection of desktop wallpapers curated by Tom Watson designed to make your computer beautiful without distraction.”

  23. Create A Retro Animation With CSS

    There has been a lot of excitement about CSS animation lately, and I’ve been playing around with it. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to use CSS Animation to make an old video game style website.

  24. Helvetica, Arial, & Font Stacks

    About a year ago I watched Helvetica. It had a really big impact on the way that I look at the world. I became obsessed with identifying the type face in the wild. One thing that I started to notice, though, was that a lot of websites used Arial as their primary font. I started to look into it more and found that many of these sites put Arial before Helvetica in their font stacks. I was (and still am) really confused by this.

  25. Give Me Web Fonts, Or Give Me Death

    Most web designers know that typographic options on the web are… well, lacking. The list of fonts that are available on all computers is a short one. Luckily, though, we have CSS font stacks. This allows us to specify the font that we want, and then provide a list of backup fonts in case a visitor to our website doesn’t have the one we intended. Font stacking is all well and good, but imagine how great it would be if we could ensure that every visitor to our website saw the font that we wanted them to see every time. How great would that be? No more Arial in place of Helvetica. No more Georgia instead of Hoefler Text.

  26. What’s A College Grad To Do?

    As my days as a college student draw to a close, I find myself looking forward to beginning my career in the web. I can’t wait to start designing websites for a living, but finding a job is proving difficult. Here’s a rundown of my current experience.

  27. Web Design and College

    Universities are great places to learn a lot of things. Traditional four-year programs offer a lot of courses that are of huge benefit to students. One program, though, that seems to be out of place in most traditional universities is web design. The reason I say this is because, unfortunately, I chose to major in web design at a traditional college.