I’m super excited to officially announce that I’ll be presenting my ‘UX of Stairs’ talk this May at Scotland JS in Edinburgh. This will be my first time leaving the United States other than a few trips to Ottawa, Canada when I was a kid, but does that really count? Just 3 days after CodePaLousa in Louisville, KY I’ll be boarding a flight across the pond.
Over the weekend, there has been a lot of buzz about ‘the dress’ and whether it is blue and black, or white and gold. The reality of the dress is that due to white balance in the camera, lighting conditions and the fact that everybody perceives color a little differently the true color of the dress can not be known from that single photo. But it is this last piece I want to talk about today.
The United States Access Board has just released details on how they plan on updating Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as well as guidelines for Section 255 of the Communications Act of 1934. These updates will have major impacts to people providing technology and telecommunication solutions to government entities and their subcontractors. They are open to public comment for the next 90 days.
I have been a vegetarian or vegan for a nearly 10 years. I first chose to be a vegetarian after having read The China Study. My family has a history of heart disease and cancer, and I was following the same path as my father who had a heart attack at 41. The China Study claimed that animal based protein was a major catalyst in these “western” diseases. In hopes to avoid my father’s path, I embraced this new diet. It wasn’t difficult as I didn’t eat much meat and it was mostly chicken.
As a developer, I hear terms like behavior driven development and test driven development being used constantly. And these are good methods for building software. The concept being you establish an expected behavior of your software and write testing scenarios to prove your software meets that behavior.
A while ago I made some stickers of my social media avatar so that I could pass them out as business cards at conferences. They were so popular, that I even sold a few via my site. Well today I added another sticker to my collection.
Joe is my grandfather. Like most people, I did have two, but Herman passed when I was just a toddler and I have no real memories of him. Joe is the one I remember. He was always there from my childhood until just before my kids became adults of their own.
A little while ago I introduced a new design to my site using a bunch of tricks I had learned over the last year. It didn’t feel like me, nor did it feel complete. So I did it again. Here are a couple of screenshots if you missed the last revision, hopefully it is cleaner now. It certainly feels more like me. It’s not perfect, but neither am I. It’s not done, but neither am I. I’ll keep iterating on it, just like I do with everything.
Two thousand and fifteen. 2015. It will be a big year, I hope. I turn 40 this year. My baby boy turns 18. My little girl turns 16. All important birthdays. I’m also dedicating this year to tapping into my creative and design side more. For 20 years I barely picked up a pencil to draw due to how I was critiqued by a single person. I’ve let that drag on me for far too long.
I took a little time off from speaking due to the new job and how difficult it was to gauge my abilities given my diagnosis of Chronic Subjective Dizziness (more commonly known as forever having vertigo without a reason). But this summer as I became more aware of my abilities and the story I have to tell, I started up again.