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Ghost Recon Wildlands: Ghost mode, rifle sighting, and more over 2 years later

When I picked up Ghost Recon: Wildlands, I didn't expect it to become a mainstay game for me. Very few of them do; Skyrim (plus Oblivion and Morrowind), Fallout 4 (and 3/New Vegas before that), AC: Odyssey, and Asheron's Call. That's about it, honestly. Games that capture my interest get an extra level of dedication. […]

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CSS, SCSS, and naming conventions: Why?

I've spent a long time writing CSS. With somewhere around 15+ years writing CSS alone, you get into habits. Some of them are hard to break, and some of them are less than ideal. As an example, my current homepage has a single css file, hand-written, that is just over 500 lines of pure, unadulterated […]

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How much does it cost to be a web designer and/or developer?

As a web designer & developer, I've spent a lot of money not just building up my skills, but maintaining the tools necessary for my craft. That's why it always irks me when someone asks me to do something for free; "All you're doing is just writing some code! It doesn't cost you anything!" is […]

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Preparing meals as a handicapped person

Let's talk about something besides art. Besides web development. Besides whatever project I have going on at the time. Let's talk about preparing meals as a handicapped person. I originally hated cooking for one reason: I'm bad at it. As a programmer, I find the vagueness of so many instructions to be maddening. Do I […]

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Can you use Windows for web development & React? Yes!

I can't tell you how many times I've heard shocked gasps when I utter the phrase "I do design & development on Windows". This is, typically, from people not in the industry, or people who aren't technically inclined. Why? They bought into the Apple marketing hype. You can absolutely do web design, graphic design, development […]

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Learning React as an "old" web designer/developer

As I've alluded to previously, I'm pretty well seasoned in the web design/dev world. I got my start back when we used tables for layout, and CSS was just a glimmer in the web's eye. So, when I started working towards learning React, as an "old" web designer/developer, I wanted to ensure that I didn't […]

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CSS Animation Tutorial: How I created the live with coal homepage CSS entrance animation

It has been a while since I've shown my work, so to speak, so I thought I'd document the CSS entrance animation for my June 2019 homepage. You can read additional details about the redesign here, or just jump to the codepen example of the CSS entrance animation. Without further ado, here's the breakdown. HTML […]

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Live With Coal, Plan For A Diamond - The Redesign

If you're reading this in June 2019, you're looking at a new redesign of my website. To celebrate 20 years of being a web designer/developer (yes, I started when I was 16 years old, crafting HTML templates and designing video game mod sites), I opted to pursue a theme contrasting the previous, ego. If you […]

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A celebration of pride, and what it means to me.

It is pride month, and I can't be happier.. And more sad. I was born in June, and sharing my birth month with father's day, as well as the first day of summer, kinda bummed me out. I'm not here to talk about the reasonings there, though. I'm here to talk about what pride means […]

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How often should you redesign your website as a web designer? Often.

Come tomorrow, I will have been a web designer for 20 years (estimated - I believe I started in June, but it has obviously been a long time). That's a lot of years in an industry that changes constantly, and frequently, wildly. How do you keep up with the changes in the web design & […]

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