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Bon Iver

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Mike Monteiro:

Can someone who’s not on Paxil please explain Bon Iver to me.

I don’t think music should have to be explained. You either feel it or you don’t and not everybody has to like all the same stuff, especially when it’s as emotional as music.

And I understand the “I’m just an asshole on Twitter” thing, that’s all good. But I’m sure that feeling comes from a real place so I figured I’d take a stab at “explaining” why I like Bon Iver. Here’s how I feel about the songs:

Beyond that, Justin seems like a really nice and smart guy. AND he personally thanked characters from Northern Exposure in the liner notes of the first album which goes a long way with me. AND the second album is just as good as the first.

War is never the solution

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

An email I got:

Chris please make a video on how to detect ad blocker software (Like ad block plus firefox extension) with JavaScript or PHP and do something to show ads because this days over 12 million internet user are using ad block plus and many other ad blocking software.

My response:

I think if people run an ad blocker they shouldn’t see any ads, that’s the point. It’s not them being rude, it’s them reacting to there being so many awful, overwhelming ads on websites. What would be rude is for front end developers to disrespect that wish and force ads anyway.

Starting a war of front end developers trying to fight ad blockers and ad blockers trying to fight front end developers isn’t the solution. The solution is for websites to be more tasteful with ads and so that users aren’t driven to ad blockers out of frustration.

How To Make an Awesome Italian Sandwich

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Start with a quality loaf of fresh bread. Like REAL BREAD. Probably some kind of Italian white. I used a sourdough here, which isn’t particularly Italian but was still good.

Cut into the bread at an angle all the way around, so the bottom part creates a well.

You may want to remove a little bit of bread from the “lid” or from inner walls of the well to make room for the toppin’s. Your call.

In a ramakin, create an italian dressing from olive oil, red wine vinegar (or possibly balsamic, I like the extra bite of red wine), italian seasoning (or something less ghetto like actual basil/oregano/rosemary/thyme), salt, and pepper.

Spread the dressing on the bread. I use more on the bottom (since it’s more bread to seep into).

Thin dry salami.

Thick big pepperoni.

Smoked turkey (just to break up the all-cured-meats party).

You’re never alone with provolone. (smoked)

Little bit of crunch with baby spinach.

Garden tomatos.

Thin sliced red onion.

Pepperoncini on top so their vinegary juice can hang out with the bread.

Apply the lid.

I like to squish it together and leave it for a bit. Nothing is too delicate in there.

Slice, and enjoy!

Since probably some of you can’t eat a sandwich made from an entire loaf of bread, put in plastic bag and suck the air out. Saves for days.

Wrapup of WordCamp San Francisco 2011

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Three weeks ago I moved to “The Bay Area” (Palo Alto, California) from “The Bay Area” (Tampa, Florida). Palo Alto is ground zero of another slang geographic term: silicon valley. It’s no joke, it’s super tech-y out here. Lots of tech events, lots of tech companies, lots of tech people working at tech companies going to tech events. Sweet.

This weekend I attended my first major local tech event: WordCamp San Francisco. I probably wouldn’t have been able to attend the event if not for my newfound proximity to San Francisco. Sweet. Now that I live here, I would have probably gone to this event anyway, but wild horses couldn’t keep me from it since Matt Mullenweg, the creator of WordPress, asked me to come speak there himself.

This was my very first WordCamp ever, which is a little embarrassing really since I’ve been blogging about WordPress, creating screencasts about WordPress, creating online training courses for WordPress, and writing a book about WordPress. I’ve also been asked to speak at WordCamp’s before, but the cards have have never lined up. I’m glad they did this time.

Highlights for me

My talk

I gave a talk as well! I gave my pseudo elements talk, which I’ve given a number of times now which I’ll have to retire here pretty soon. I have really enjoyed giving it as it touches on a lot of things I care about: doing cool stuff with CSS, writing better markup, and being progressive but providing good experience to all browsers.

Taking a page out of Lea Verou’s book I’m going to post some tweets of folks who attended my talk:

I was in your session yesterday. Brilliant, energizing, inspiring… did I say already brilliant? Welcome to the bay! @secretsushi

Best talk ever about CSS pseudo elements @davebonds

Most entertaining and enlightening talk at #wcsf so far has been @chriscoyier’s on CSS3 psuedo-elements #hilarious
@colinloretz

Holy crap @chriscoyier is showing CSS Magic right now! @dholowiski

Best presentation at #wcsf by far by @chriscoyier @jwhitney64

Loving @chriscoyier’s talk re: CSS pseudo elements @ #wcsf. Content is helpful, but his engaging presentation style is what makes it fun. :) @the_simplist

It takes a great speaker to do a whole preso on the :before and :after pseudo-elements. Totally enjoying Chris Coyier. @GregF

Listening to Chris Coyier on Pseudo Elements – great (and funny) presenter! @vimcat

The CSS Pseudo Elements presentation by @chriscoyier here at #wcsf is very entertaining and educational. His slides are hilarious. #epic @rachelbaker

Who’s crushing their CSS session at #wcsf? This guy -> @chriscoyier @adriarichards

I want him to sign my book and my chest, most entertaining speaker this weekend! @mcpace

As per usual @chriscoyier is killing it on stage @RichStaats

@chriscoyier just left me tweetless. @tweetsbycrystal

I Like It / I Hate It

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Aren’t these just two sides of the same coin? Equally useless critiques?

Nope. Because “I like it” makes people feel good and people that feel good do better work. They also spread that good feeling. “I hate it” makes people feel bad and people that feel bad do worse work. They also spread that bad feeling.

No.

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Here’s an email I received from some stock photo selling site (name of person, but not company, withheld): (more…)