March 2023



Nicholas C. Zakas talked about delegation in a newsletter a while back. I remember my first experience with delegating was making the choice to hire people in the early CSS-Tricks years. I wanted to do it because entirely because of time. There was just too much to do and if I could delegate stuff, I […]


I enjoyed this podcast with Susan Rogers who’s new book This is What it Sounds Like digs into why we like the songs we like. Susan unpacks the seven dimensions of music and how they show up along a varying spectrum in every song. She explains how everyone has an individualized taste for the configuration […]

I Wish TMUX Looked Good

I kinda like tmux. A terminal multiplexer. Hell yeah. What it does, anyway. Less so how it looks or works. 😬 Toss a little tmuxinator on there and now the config is a tolerable incantation of yaml. (Or, probably, some shell script that sets things up and then calls that command.) Away we go! The […]

Yeah that Apple Podcasts thing was a weird detour. It’s Overcast time.

I got disenchanted with Pocket Casts last month after the incessant crashing in Car Play. And I figured, gosh, Apple Podcasts is still a super dominant app for listening to podcasts, maybe I should just switch to that. I’ve always been attracted to that idea of “running a stock machine” that is to say not […]

Doing Computer

When it’s hot and sunny outside, I can do computers inside in the nice air conditioning. When it’s cold and wet outside, I can do computers inside with the lovely warm heat on. When I’m sad, I can do computers and find something to cheer me up. When I broke both my elbows, my wrists […]

Why aren’t logical properties taking over everything?

They are just better than their non-logical counterparts. Because: So since they are better and support is green across the board, why aren’t they taking over all usage? I don’t know that I have any killer advice here. I know that my own brain has done OK in flipping modes and making me think in […]


I’ve been calling it sem-EYE-glue-tide in my head for the last 5 weeks, but I heard it on a recent podcast it’s pronounced more like it’s spelled: seh-MAH-glue-tide. Much smoother. Anyway: 258. Down from 270 the day I started Ozempic. A decent 2lb-per-week slide down. Feels sustainable. 250 is a good goal for me. I’d […]

Stretchy Numbers Apple Watch Face via Variable Fonts

I just noticed this morning my Apple Watch has a slick face where thinking with the knob makes the numbers on the clock face stretch wide and narrow, to rather extreme degrees: That’s the San Francisco font surely, which I recently discovered was a variable font as-installed on macOS. That gave me a little inspo […]

Zebra Stripe Lines of Text Even When They Wrap

The trick is essentially the same as the gradient text trick. Make the letters act as the mask, and set the background to a gradient. It’s just this time, the gradient will be solid alternating colors. The trick is the lh units. New! Line-height units! Cool! Just Chrome so far, so best to wrap this […]

A little CSS helper app from Henri Parviainen. So you can quickly design up some beefy ass scrollbars like Tim Burners Lee probably intended. I prodded Henri to add the standardized scrollbar-color in addition to the more fancy -webkit- ones as well as use the custom properties. I imagine, one fateful day, the standardized properties […]

Can the AI revolution at least write all my stupid unit tests?

It’s lookin’ good kids. There’s one use case that I find very well suited for Copilot, which spares me tons of tedious work – unit testing. Yanis — Using Github Copilot for unit testing I’ve seen that in my own test writing. GitHub Copilot has surely seen so many unit tests it’s really quite smart […]

What’s the best URL you can send someone to subscribe to a podcast?

The best one URL, that is. That’s tricky. For ShopTalk Show, I could give you an Apple Podcasts link, that’s a pretty popular choice: But not everybody uses Apple Podcasts. You’ve got your Pocket Casts people, your Overcast people, your Spotify people… … and a lonnnnggg taiillllll of others. Most of […]

Nesting in PostCSS — Which Way to Go?

There are two major plugins for nesting in PostCSS that I’m aware of: There is a lot to unpack here! I think many people think of PostCSS as a “future syntax CSS processor”, probably due to the ease of setup of using postcss-preset-env, a plugin that is essentially a big group of plugins designed to […]

You can just put a folder of files on the internet if you want to.

Here’s mine: It’s absolutely nothing compared to Ethan’s famous, but it’s mine. I chucked this directory online just a month or so ago after I was doing some digital file management. I had a couple of huge boxes of cases full of burnt (burned?) CDs and DVDs. There was a bunch of live music […]

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