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Baby Rosaline Transforms!

April 30th, 2009 by Alan Carl Mitchell

My 8-month-old daughter Rosaline recently learned to stand up using other objects to brace herself, so I decided to make this little video. Behold, baby Rosaline transforms!

As with the video where Rosaline eats an oreo, this one is definitely better with sound.

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CSS Font Styling Shorthand

April 23rd, 2009 by Mister Mc

Here’s a quick reference on how to style all of your font properties (and one text property: line-height) in one rule.

font: weight | variant | style | size/line height | font-family

font: bold small-caps italic 1em/1.25 Georgia, "Times New Roman", Times, serif;

For this to work, you must include font-size and the font-family (in that order).  They must also be the last two values listed.  If you leave out values, those values will render in their default state, ignoring inheritance and other group selectors.

Line height is optional.  Note that line height doesn’t have a unit.  Eric Meyer explains why.

10 Habits That Help Job Security

April 23rd, 2009 by Brandon Buttars

I wrote an article titled “Gaining Control of Job Security” the other day and thought I would trim the fat and get straight to the points of that post. These are some habits and things that my employers have expressed to me throughout the years and things that I have learned about job security. Feel free to comment and add to the list in the comments.

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Inspiring Creativity Through Education

April 22nd, 2009 by Mister Mc

Nearly everyone has an opinion about education.  It’s an emotionally charged topic, like politics or religion.  Sir Ken Robinson adds profound insight into the discussion using humor in his talk at TED called, Do schools kill creativity?

This video has been widely circulated on the web for the past few years, but it seems that the message becomes even more important as time goes on.

iPhone User Interface Design

April 21st, 2009 by Mister Mc


I just watched Endward Tufte’s video review of the iPhone and pulled out some interesting principles of UI design and usability. The inherent challenge of a designing for a small screen is the lack of screen real estate. To overcome that challenge, Apple gives their users a high resolution screen and amazing design to mange the information. Watch the video and see for yourself how the iPhone reduces cognitive overload by keeping information on just a levels rather than deeply stacked hierarchies.

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Rosaline Eats an Oreo

April 20th, 2009 by Alan Carl Mitchell

So our 8-month-old daughter just learned to crawl a few days ago and we were trying to catch it on camera. We ended up putting a box of Oreos in front of her to see if that would be motivation enough. When she started crawling towards it we figured the trick worked, but soon realized it wasn’t the cookies she was after. To her credit, though, she ditched the keys pretty quick once presented with a clearer choice.

Oh yeah, It’s much better with sound…

Graph of Top 5 Social Networks by Traffic – Holy Cow Facebook

April 16th, 2009 by Brandon Buttars

I’m a big fan of Compete.com if you haven’t guessed by now and by how often I refer to them.  Well as I often do, I thought I would check out how much traffic the top 5 on my list are doing.  My list comes from a list of over 360 social networks.

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Valid XHTML for good CSS

April 15th, 2009 by Mister Mc

If you’re like me, you’ve been learning how to design and build websites on your own, mainly by finding a site that you like and reverse engineering the code to see how the author made something work.  There are some really great books and web resources out there to teach you the fundamentals.  Sometimes it’s difficult to sort through the massive about of information and decide what is the most important to grasp.  I believe that the thing the separates great artists and technicians from everyone else is how well they understand the basics.  Here are a few of the foundational concepts regarding well-formed XHTML to make your CSS pages display more predictably across browsers and platforms.

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Ruby on Rails Spotlight Search in Mac OS Leopard

April 15th, 2009 by Chuck Wood

Have you ever wished you could search the Ruby on Rails API with Spotlight? It turns out that you can!

Mac OS X Leopard’s Spotlight search will search through dictionaries you install on your machine and enable. And, it just turns out that such a dictionary exists for Ruby on Rails written by Priit Haamer. Here’s how to set it up:

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Suggested Guide for Writing Effective Blog Posts

April 14th, 2009 by Brandon Buttars

This is a suggested guide to help bloggers create a consistent blogging process for blogging to make it much easier to come up with information and topics. This guide will help give you direction in how to write your post, along with building your reader following and spreading your blog post out on the internet.

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