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Some nice props

Some nice props

(This kind callout –and this one, too – from the good folks at Reclaim Hosting, have made me update my stagnant blog today. Thanks for making me dust off my intercobwebs, fellas.)

If you asked me today what is the most important programming language to learn, Javascript would probably be it, at least if you’re doing anything on the web. Interacting with API’s like WordPress will use it, building applications with server-side code using Node.

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Some nice props

Some nice props

(This kind callout –and this one, too – from the good folks at Reclaim Hosting, have made me update my stagnant blog today. Thanks for making me dust off my intercobwebs, fellas.)

If you asked me today what is the most important programming language to learn, Javascript would probably be it, at least if you’re doing anything on the web. Interacting with API’s like WordPress will use it, building applications with server-side code using Node.

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Make it so right

“The way you truly win big in software is to take something deeply abstract, weird, and confusing, then put an interface on top that makes it look like the most normal thing in creation.” – Not my quote, but summarizes what I’m thinking right now…

The quote is actually buried in from a Bloomberg article about Microsoft buying GitHub. I rather like the quote. Not the sale.

 

Make it so right

“The way you truly win big in software is to take something deeply abstract, weird, and confusing, then put an interface on top that makes it look like the most normal thing in creation.” – Not my quote, but summarizes what I’m thinking right now…

The quote is actually buried in from a Bloomberg article about Microsoft buying GitHub. I rather like the quote. Not the sale.

 

Bookmarking the Future INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, VCU

Bookmarking the Future INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, VCU

In this post, I will be lazily drawing a connection from the Past to the Present using the discovery of Ancient Browser Bookmarks.


I don’t know how many of you follow the habit of always importing your old web bookmarks/favorites from browser to browser, year to year, for seemingly forever. I predict that many of you have since it’s the default behavior of most browsers. You just go with the flow, like me.

If you do, you’ll be glad you did! (another Past/Present wordplay there..)


(The ancient Netscape, FTW)

I found many such gems, but one in particular I will discuss here, because it’s oddly amusing.

Inside one of my old pixel-dusted bookmark folders labeled innocently enough ‘Personal Interest‘, there was a folder named ‘Architecture‘– a long lost interest of mine.

Inside that, there was only one bookmark – so it must have been a really good one! A real treasure, perhaps. I was especially excited after I noticed I had previously re-named the bookmark to read STEVE HOLT! ARCHITECTURE

Bookmarking the Future INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, VCU I laughed at my cheeky former self.

The website was actually for Steven HOLL Architecture. Seeing that, I somewhat disappointedly clicked around trying to figure out why I had saved this many years ago – probably around the earliy 2000s based on the AD reference. So what was it that made me bookmark this? I have no idea. It was a nicely designed site now. Maybe it was then, too. Maybe that was all it was.

As I clicked around the site some more, I discovered a World Map section. I clicked it. Seeing the world map with circles around the world, I noticed some over North America. I began to zoom in. And zoom in some more.

Bookmarking the Future INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, VCU Bookmarking the Future INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, VCU Bookmarking the Future INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, VCU

It seemed RVA was squarely in one of the circles. Indeed it was!

So I clicked the info circle. Behold! It was for the new ICA of VCU!

Eureka! My past self knew I was going to work at VCU one day, exactly in the same year that HOLL architecture would be building their beautiful piece of architecture! Fascinating!! How did my clever past self know?!

OK. That’s some lazy connecting of the dots with 20/20 hindsight, but it’s still fun.

Now you try it.

Look if you have a collection of old, forgotten bookmarks Bookmarking the Future INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, VCU that your past self once deemed absolutely worthy of saving, but your present self could seemingly care less about (considering you never visit them anymore.)

I’m sure you can find something. Aren’t you curious to see why your former self once cherished it so? Maybe, just maybe,  you’ll find a hidden message from your former past self, too…

The Art of Creating Purpose

(This article gets to very heart of why I named my site what I did, “In Pursuit of _____”. It’s was meant to be filled in by the visitor with their own idea – or for them to guess mine. If I had to pick one word to fill in that blank, you’d see “Purpose” at the end. It could change. Things can change. That’s the point.  –Matt)

In 1958, the legendary journalist Hunter S. Thompson wrote a powerful letter to a friend. This friend had reached out to the late writer to ask for life advice. This was before Thompson was famous. In fact, he was only 20-years old when he wrote the letter.

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5 things CSS developers wish they knew before they started

Una Kravets is absolutely right. In modern CSS development, there are so many things to learn. For someone starting out today, it’s hard to know where to start. Here is a list of things I wish I had known if I were to start all over again.

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