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Brussels Sprout Casserole.

11.28.2014

Brussels Sprout Casserole from Pew Pew Laser Blog Try this Brussels sprout casserole recipe to turn around the Brussels sprouts hater in your household. Roasting the sprouts on a preheated sheet pan ensure that they get cooked through and dark and delicious on the outside. Being able to make most of this dish ahead of time makes it great for avoiding holiday oven-contention.

Nodevember 2014.

11.18.2014

I was a selected speaker at this year's inaugural Nodevemer in Nashville last weekend. (You can view my talk "0 to Nodebots in 45 Minutes" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFUSHrn8jPw; here are the related links: http://katiek2.github.io/0-to-nodebots-links/.) I was also able to attend some really great talks:

The Shoulders of Giants (Opening Keynote) - Eliza Brock

Gonzo Game Dev - Earle Castledine

Make Art Not Apps - John Brown

Open Sourcing Mental Illness - Ed Finkler

Build Your Own #bada55 NodeJS Development Environment - Derick Bailey

Growing Up JavaScript (Closing Keynote) - Jason Orendorff

There were other talks that I wasn't able to go to, which I heard were really good. Fortunately, all of the talks were recorded, so I can check them out when I have time:

The Mug of Sublime Text.

11.6.2014

Sublime Text has many powerful keyboard shortcuts, but they can be tricky to remember. So I created The Mug of Sublime Text - an online reference of the coolest and most delightful keyboard shortcuts for Sublime Text. I've tested each shortcut on Windows 7, and provided OSX alternatives when they differed. If anyone finds that alternative commands are needed for Unix, pull requests are welcome!

The Mug of Sublime Text is a loving tribute to Mug of VI. I used VI for a while 8 years ago, still have one of these coffee mugs with VI's most useful keyboard shortcuts printed on it. If you still love VI (or just want to dip your toes in the waters of VI), ST has a mode for that.

I tried to document only shortcuts that are part of ST's default installation, but some keymap customizations are too awesome to be ignored. I've also provided my customized keymap files in the repo so you can use them. I didn't include keyboard commands that are fairly standard to the operating system; such as Ctrl Shift t to re-open the most recently closed tab.

This reference is tilted towards my own front-end web developer workflow, so of course I've included some of the best Emmet.io shortcuts too.

Sassconf 2014 Notes.

10.26.2014

I don't have more detailed notes to publish from SassConf this year, but other folks have done a great job of sharing their notes and experiences:

Here are links to a few of the workshops:

And in case you missed it, here are some of the demos I did in my talk:

Job Smells.

10.16.2014

You've heard of code smells - those whiffy hints that something in the codebase just ain't right? Apropos, I present the below "job smells" - indications that it just may be time polish up that resume and do some job searching.

None of this is about my current job - my present position is super-great. Some of it from hearsay; and some of it is from actual past positions. Just remember, you deserve to have a great job!

Small Talk.

10.7.2014

Try these weird tricks for introducing yourself and making small-talk at meetups and conferences.

But for heaven's sake, avoid "Can you get me a discount on your company's stuff?" right off the bat.

Placekitten Protips.

9.27.2014

Placekitten is probably my favorite placeholder image service. In addition to providing kittens, it's got quite a few options: