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Code. Glass art. Games. Baking. Cats. From Seattle, Washington and various sundry satellite locations.

Things that Matter To Me As a Speaker.

3.20.2017

Beyond the basics such as an enforced code of conduct and covered travel and lodging, there are a few things that I really appreciate as a speaker:

Sublime Text ColorHighlighter Tips.

2.24.2017

Sreenshot demonstrating ColorHighlighter for Sublime Text ColorHighlighter is a pretty nifty package for Sublime Text which can display the color of CSS colors values right in the text editor. Here are a few usage and configuration tips if you want to use it yourself.

Print vs. Online Products.

2.2.2017

Let us take a little time to compare and contrast printed products with their online counterparts - such as a printed newspaper and the same newspaper's website.

The printed version is tangible and tactile. Once printed, it can't be revised by the creator, though the user can make notes on the paper. Since it's a tangle product, the user must find a way to dispose of the used product; which may be repurposed as combustion or packing material. Each newspaper will probably only be used by one or two users.

The online version is interactive: searchable and sharable. It is easily updated. The website is much more likely to be seen by users outside of the physical area of the newspaper. Many users will use the same "version" of the paper, which can generate comments and discussions.

These are completely different products, even though they share the same content.

Creaming in Baking.

1.10.2017

Creaming is one of those weird terms you see in baking recipes. It does have a specific meaning though, and doing it correctly can really improve your baked goods.

Creaming means mixing the butter (or the main fat of the recipe) and sugar (white or brown) until "light and fluffy". This process puts a bunch of tiny bubbles into the proto-cookies, which help with leavening. You should see the volume of the mixture increase by about a third, and has lightened in color, due to all that air. You shouldn't be able to see any sugar granules, but you should be able to feel them if you rub the creamed mixture between thumb and forefinger. Creaming will take somewhere around 3 minutes with a mixer (I like to use a paddle with a scraper or edge beater in my stand mixer), and just about forever if you're mixing by hand.

Real Talk About Conference Speaking.

12.20.2016

Not to be a downer, but that "free" trip you got by having your conference talk accepted is pretty far from free. TANSTAAFL, and all that. Here some additional "costs" you may have to consider. (Organizers: think about the huge commitment your speakers are making when they agree to speak. Try to make things as easy for them as possible.)

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Git History.

11.2.2016

Want to take a spin in the good old git time machine? Here are some useful ways to do that.

git show --name-only [sha]
Show which files have changed between the referenced [sha] and the current HEAD.
git log --grep=[stuff]
Show any commits where the commit message matches the regular expression [stuff].
git log -p [filename]
Show the log (commits and changes) for a the file [filename]. You can add any log arguments to this, such as 25 for only the most recent entries in the log: git log -p -25 README.md.
git grep [stuff]
Use the power of git to search for any matches of the regular expression [stuff] in the repo.

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Finding Projects for Open Source Contributions.

10.9.2016

Have you been thinking about contributing to open source projects, but didn't know where to start? Here are a few ways to get started. find projects which are actively welcoming new contributors by highlighting their "starter" issues - bugs which are small in scope or otherwise make a good introduction to the project.