The Dark Mirror: We Are Our Technology

Technology spins a tight web with our social structures—technology is born from systems and social structures already in place, enhances them and strengthens them. It is not the technology itself that creates a system, it is us.

The Gamification of Life

When I first heard the word “Gamification” it is highly likely I rolled my eyes. Back then it seemed people wanted to turn everything into a game (collect 2 points for checking your bank balance woohoo!), much to the agony of actual game developers and anyone forced to collect stamps on their journey to learning their company’s new intranet.

Ethics in Web Development

My friend is currently at a state-required class to keep his professional license. The class is called Ethics in the Modern World. He’s a massage therapist.

The Profession-alism of The Web Industry

Remember when we were just “web masters”? When only nerds used computers for anything other then work or typing up a book report?

Lest We Forget: An Ode to the Border Radius

Border radius seems like such a simple, obvious CSS property. But can we all take a moment and pour one out for that time we had to create tiny images and place them all around a container?

Why Can't That Be Me

It’s funny, the stories we tell ourselves about who we are. These stories seem to a mix of family stories (you’ve always been the smart/dumb/slow/fast one), stories of people we identify with (if she can do it, so can I), and stories from our peers.

Dear Recent Code School Grads

Back in the fall, I had my first experience teaching. I was the co-instructor for an evening class that centered around front end development tools and best practices. I won’t get into the class itself much, but it was an interesting experience, and I enjoyed teaching. During the past few weeks I have met with a couple of former students over coffee, as they struggle to figure out what to do next in their journey to become professional coders.

Lessons from TV Land: My years as a front end developer for TVs

When I first started freelancing back in 2008, I had a part time contract with the global television manufacturer Sharp Labs, primarily designing and developing apps for this very new thing known as “Smart TVs”.

The Ethos of the Web

I never really understood what the internet was truly for or what made it interesting until my friend Angela showed me her website. It was 1997 or 98. She built a fan girl site on Angelfire, and I was in awe. She designed a thing, she made this thing, and she put it up in a public space where anyone could see it.

2 years in

I’m been successfully employed now for 2 years. Probably doesn’t sound particularly impressive, but after 4 years of self-employment, I was pretty dead-set on never working for anyone else ever again. Today seems like a good time to read over the first post on this blog, which was written shortly after I started working here. (The best line is definitely “sitting around waiting for the email to ring”).