Why Designers Should Code

Over the past several years the topic of the designer who codes has generated quite the lot of controversy within the tech community. Some camps believe designers shouldn't distract themselves with code and instead maintain their roots in graphic design as pixel-pushers, while others think that designers should be getting...

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Working Remotely as a Digital Nomad While Traveling

On June 3rd, 2016 my girlfriend and I left San Francisco for New York City, kicking off the start of a 6 1/2 month journey that would take us around the world until we return to California just before the Christmas holiday. While its all been extremely exciting, traveling...

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Gearing Up for the John Muir Trail

To those who know me personally it's no secret that I love a good adventure. Whether it's traveling in a foreign country or biking across my own, testing your limits by pushing yourself outside your normal comfort zone positively expands your character in a way that no other type of...

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Setting Up SSL for Ghost on DigitalOcean with Lets Encrypt

August 11, 2016: Updated guide to add steps breaking apart enabling HTTP, verifying LetsEncrypt, and enabling HTTPS. After reading entirely too many articles and a lot of trial & error, I've finally managed to get HTTPS working on my DigitalOcean-powered, Nginx-backed Ghost blog using LetsEncrypt's free SSL certificates. For years...

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Turning Down the Noise

I still remember getting my first cell phone. The year was 1999 and my mom passed down her beater of a silver Sprint flip phone. For the time it was high tech, featuring an exterior notification screen, polyphonic ringtones, and a few games that would later look “totally lame” next...

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2015 - Year in Review

It seemed like 2015 went by fast, but I've blinked twice and it's already almost the end of January halfway through February (okay I've really been procrastinating on this post). For years I've read “years in review” by others in the tech community, but never did one of my own...

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Is Self Hosted Blogging Dead?

Or, the case against hosted blogging options. More and more I find myself reading articles on blog networks, and by networks I mean Medium. There was a promising short lived moment where smaller, topic-oriented blog networks like Svbtle (amongst others) started appearing, but even those seem to have gone by...

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12 Resolutions for 2016

I've always thought that if something in life is important enough you shouldn't need a yearly resolution to make that change. Unfortunately life isn't that simple, so after more than a decade of abstaining from resolutions I've decided to give it a go with an appropriate first item: Regularly re-evaluate...

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