Quick Start Guide for WordPress development on OSX

I found this great WordPress guide on installing a local development environment using brew and npm for wordpress, php and mysql. With the db running through brew services. Loving it. Install was fairly easy, with a little bit of troubleshooting (why oh why did I not document the troubleshooting part!). Here’s the site: http://www.brodybits.com/wordpress/osx/homebrew/2016/03/09/quickstart-wordpress-testing-with-osx-homebrew.html I cannot for the life of […]

What I’ve Been Up To

What a wild ride it’s been. I left my job at PNCA at the end of June 2016. I had a glorious summer with my daughter — the first one we’d had together since I started grad school in 2013. I also biked a bunch and enjoyed the sunshine. Starting in the fall I went […]

Gendered Dummy Data in Online Programming Courses

The test data/subject matter of all these programming courses I’ve been taking is always either dungeons and dragons or games or robots, seriously. Where are the programming classes that use glitter or barbie as test data/subjects. What about cleaning products, vacuum cleaners, diaper brands, laundry detergents.  No wonder men are so reluctant to share home […]

Signing Your Emails

In my job search I’ve been emailing many relative strangers lately. I’ve always just used “Thank you” but I’m getting tired of it. I found this helpful article. I’m probably just going to mix in “best, warm regards, and many thanks.” https://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2013/09/27/57-ways-to-sign-off-on-an-email/#4061f6cf25d0    

A great in-depth article about custom fonts in wordpress

I’m impressed with this very in-depth article about ading custom fonts. If you are looking for a specific answer, it’s easy enough to scroll down and find what you are looking for, but if you want a full primer, this has lots of great info. Adding Custom Fonts to WordPress with @Font-Face and CSS3

Don’t Panic

So… a few thoughts. The moral of this story is: I am relearning old (to me) stuff (JavaScript, CSS3, HTML5, bootstrap, mysql, WordPress) and learning new (to me) technologies (React.js, Angular.js, Ember.js, Node.js, git) at home, alone, utterly alone. So very utterly alone with my screen full of letters and number and brackets. Developing alone, learning […]

ReactJS For Stupid People

This person is hilarious. It’s also a great perspective on what React is and isn’t. http://blog.andrewray.me/reactjs-for-stupid-people/ Laughing outloud to this little tidbit: There are three separate, competing quickstart guides. I’m overwhelmed and I’m not even drunk. The sidebar below that is straight out of my nightmares, with sections that obviously shouldn’t be there, like “More […]

bash_profile vs bashrc

I’ve been spending a great deal of time with BASH lately and I’m confused about best practices on the mac. I found this helpful article. http://www.joshstaiger.org/archives/2005/07/bash_profile_vs.html Why two different files? Say, you’d like to print some lengthy diagnostic information about your machine each time you login (load average, memory usage, current users, etc). You only […]

The Tech Gender Gap: The Lack of Women Coders and the Movement That’s Fixing It

I recently wrote an article about the lack of women coders. Women programmers are almost as rare as unicorns. Take a peek into any developer meeting and you’ll most likely find one or two women surrounded by room full of men. It’s a subject that has been passionately investigated by many institutions and organizations, but […]

About Eliza

ELIZA is an early natural language processing computer program created from 1964 to 1966[1] at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory by Joseph Weizenbaum.[2] Created to demonstrate the superficiality of communication between man and machine, Eliza simulated conversation by using a ‘pattern matching’ and substitution methodology that gave users an illusion of understanding on the part […]