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May 26, 2021

The ol’ ellipses. That punctuation that denotes a pause. If ever there was something that could be used as a placeholder for the past year, the ellipses may fill that void. It marks a transition and leaves unsaid the unspeakable. It represents the digital conversations about to be had, waiting on others to say their piece, waiting on you to say yours—conversations that would be more pleasurabl...

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April 21, 2021

Just a few days after writing about the expectation of not getting a vaccine anytime soon, the provincial government seemed to be getting pushback and suddenly they announce availability of the AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged 40+. The news got announced on Sunday. I signed up for half a dozen waitlists on Monday—because a centralized, well-managed system for vaccinations doesn’t exist ...

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April 15, 2021

Throughout much of this pandemic, while traumatic, it was comforting that we were all in this together. Now, as many of my American and UK friends get their first vaccinations, they are starting to return to a normal life. They are travelling, they are visiting family, and they are making plans for the summer. In Canada, however, vaccines have been slow going and cases are on the rise. Cases p...

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August 02, 2020

I’m standing in line at the grocery store. My hands are full of products I don’t recognize but should be sufficient for the next couple days here. I place things on the conveyor belt, hoping the cashier doesn’t ask any questions. Of course, she does. I assume she’s asking if I want a bag and shake my head no. Thankfully, that seemed to answer her question. The few items are rung up and ...

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That’s Pretty Clever

July 25, 2020

I was over at my friend’s place—in the backyard, outside—playing some games. Thankful for the warm summer nights and not looking forward to a pandemic lasting through winter. One of the games we played was a dice game called That’s Pretty Clever. We each had our own piece of paper and pen to mark off various items to be scored at the end. The scorecard is very specific to the game ...

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Reply via Email

July 20, 2020

While I don’t blog nearly as often as I used to and while I removed comments from my site a few years back due to lack of use and the constant barrage of spam, it is nice to hear from people that either have something nice to say, have a helpful critique, or want to have a dialogue on an interesting topic. As others have done, I’ve added a “Reply via email” mailto link at the bottom of...

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An Exploration of Flavour

June 26, 2020

I came across a screenshot the other day that had a list of projects that I had built over 10 years ago. There was a Flickr app, a Twitter app, a job site, an ad platform. I had forgotten how prolific I was at one time. I definitely fell into a rut there. Lately, though, I’ve been getting back into exploring design and flexing my design and front-end skills on some personal projects. Last ye...

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Overlapping Header with CSS Grid

May 18, 2020

I have this design. Historically, I’ve done this with negative margins. The header has a height that adds a bunch of padding to the bottom and then the body gets a margin-top: -50px or whatever the design calls for. Since I knew I was going to be using Grid for the shell of this page, I wondered if there was an easy way to do this. I set up the page using three columns and four r...

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