WordCamp US

Quick summary of the trip:

The conference:

The location:

Weather: was awesome

Family: Loved seeing my Mom, Dad, Clare and Bob, walking around and learning the neighborhood

The Barnes Museum was too crowded. But this made it all ok.

Food: Spice End was the best thing I ate on the trip. Second best was Tir Na Nog because it was pretty good and my folks were there. Woulda been first except for the Papyrus logo. Worst was the disappointing cheese steak at some place I can’t remember. I don’t know what I was expecting. I don’t know how you could possibly beat Jim’s Steakout’s Diablo.

Travel: American Airlines came through nicely  My first experience with Uber was bad. I downloaded the app and had to put in my CC info. Being a typical traveler, screw that wallet noise. Especially after seeing a 40-60$ estimate to get me to the hotel, and the long line of GOF taxis waiting to bring me there, and especially the quote of $25 from the guy in the front. My last experience with Uber was good. A bunch of west coast dudes had an Uber XL reserved with an extra spot. They were all over 7′ tall but there was room for me. One of them (from Arizona, didn’t catch his name) paid for it and wouldn’t take my $, so thank you AZ dude.

 

WordCamp Scranton

What an awesome experience, and great job done by the organizers. As an organizer myself, I learned a few tricks and got some ideas for the next WCBUF. One thing I want to consider is killing the whole lunch thing altogether. Too many variables that inevitably go wrong. Provide coffee and water all day long, and people can bring their lunches.

I’ll write more when time permits.

Why I don’t put a link to my website in my clients’ footers

Because it looks bad. When someone builds your house, they don’t put “built by houses-r-us™”. When someone replaces your roof, maybe they’ll stick a sign in your lawn saying “Roof by roofs-r-us™”, but you’re gonna yank that thing out pretty quickly.

If people want to know who built my site, they’ll contact the site owner.

Lorem Ipsum

Why do we use this in designing comps? There’s a psychological occurrence that needs to be explored here. “Pretend this is the text that will really be hear” is a loaded request.

Nancy soccer

She’s the only one on the field without an “uh” sound at the end of her name. The coaches are playing with them in a little scrimmage, and they keep kicking the balls at the girls.

Depeche Mode

Always been one of my favorite bands, but their songs are hit or miss. Actually, the segments of their songs are like that. At times they can blow me away with Gahan’s vocals and the layers beneath, and then lose me with a shift into something that’s just not right.

E.g.:

The chorus there is as good as anything DM has done, but the rest of the song is just eh. Still, I’ll take it.

Narrow focus

Responsive design means narrowing your viewport to see if you can still understand the content.