Dragged a hard drive icon into infinity

Also though it was another lifetime ago, I used to work at Apple, so when I have issues with my Mac, it bruises my ego. Lucky for me, the internets are full of answers to questions. My hard drive disappeared from the finder. I knew it was ok, I could get to it through the Terminal, but how to get it back up in my finder window. Here’s the answer I needed today:

Show missing hard disks in the Finder sidebar
The Finder sidebar is a convenient location to access frequently used items such as hard drives, various folders in your home directory, network shares, and any custom items you drag there. If you use the sidebar for accessing hard disks, then there may be times when certain hard disks do not show up here, while others do.

The likely reason for this occurring is if you have removed that specific hard drive from the sidebar. Even though the Finder has a sidebar setting you can check or uncheck to globally show or hide all external hard disks, there is a gray area where only some of these enabled items will be shown. This happens when you select and drag items off of your sidebar manually.”


wordpress localhost subpages not working

I’ve been banging my head against the wall because a local install of a wordpress I’m developing would for some reason not let me go to any wordpress subpages. I kept looking at my permalink settings, they looked fine, tried adding mod_rewrite to my htaccess file. It didn’t make sense because the admin pages were working. Then I found this tip on Stack Overflow. Sometimes all it takes is going to the permalinks page and hitting the save button to regenerate the permalinks. Thank you Enniu!


Frank Stella does Moby Dick


Stella explained “I think the Moby Dick series [1986-1997] is a kind of turning point. I was a little afraid, and probably still am a little, with Moby Dick, but the pictures [are] essentially curved surfaces. They started to really move, and the novel moves; you’re going around the world, it’s pretty wet, there are a lot of waves and motion (Pobric).” In this manner, Stella creates a visual narrative as powerful as its original textual form.

Forever Stubborn

I was reading a Twitter conversation between two programmers a couple months ago. One of them said “I’m not a good programmer, I’m just stubborn.” I completely related and I’ve had that statement on my mind ever since. Despite the dozens and dozens of tutorials over the last few months, despite building my own projects, writing out code with pen and paper, dreaming nonsensical dreams about key-value pairs, playing coding games with my kid, reading at night until my eyes close on me, I still feel like a bad programmer. But I am not giving up, ever. OK? Never. Never ever.

I had an interview today. I was given a logic test. I eventually answered it but I’m embarrassed at how long it took me to answer it. After the interview I went on Amazon and looked up logic puzzle books. I looked for websites with logic puzzles. I thought, well, I’ve uncovered this inadequacy and now I know it’s there, have to do something about it. Stubborn. Stubborn. Stubborn. Determined and stubborn until the day I die.

I’d love to sit and chat some more about my stubbornness, but I have to get back to my umpteenth Javascript class.


I’m having too much fun with Scratch. I just started this dinosaur chomping apple game. Need to add some dangerous objects to avoid and maybe a winning score. For now, time for bed.

Fun with Scratch

Back in November I’d done some research on kids coding apps. I made a scratch account but wound up playing more with Scratch Jr. on the iPad with my daughter.. I’ve been spending more time with it and I’m having a blast just goofing off. Here’s my sweet dance moves:


Jolene Kelley website is live

Jolene Kelley is a Craniosacral Therapist in Portland, OR. She hadn’t updated her site in several years. Her previous site was not responsive and while it did a good job of delivering information, it needed a refresh. Jolene was also frustrated that she was unable to update the site other than adding and editing posts and pages. In order to save time and money, I found a template (Colorist by <span class=”author”><a href=”https://wordpress.org/themes/author/webulous/”>Venkat Raj</a>) </span>with a great customizer and used that as my starting point.

There’s a funny story about how I met Jolene. I’ve been job hunting for several months off and on. It’s been stressful to say the least. I needed to give myself a day off so I headed to the soaking pools at <a href=”https://www.mcmenamins.com/kennedy-school”>McMenamin’s Kennedy School</a> for a soak. Jolene was there with her 4 year old daughter. Her daughter to a liking to me, it happens a lot to me, whether Juniper’s with me or not, kids tend to like me. Jolene and I started chatting about life and work. She asked me if I was looking for small website work and I said yes! Her beautiful site is the result. She had a big hand in the design, I just made the code magic happen. She threw in a Craniosacral appointment as a thank you and, let me tell you, this woman has a real gift. I’m so proud of how great the site turned out and I’m extra lucky that I met a great person.

Check out her site!

Go Deep

Applying River Tips to Life Struggles

“If you’re stuck in a hole, balling up and letting yourself go deep instead of fighting the water should help you flush out.”

–Quote from Irene’s Kayaking Blog

I used to raft quite a bit. Rafting is an interesting sport. Normally the term “swimming,” usually invokes images of happy summer days, splashing around a pool, possibly while sipping drinks with tiny umbrellas. In rafting and kayaking, swimming is a very very bad word. You don’t want to swim. Swimming means you’ve been ejected from the safety of your raft and are more than likely fighting for your life, possibly getting hypothermia, risking a head injury hitting your head on a rock, or getting pulled into a hole you can’t get out of.  A hole is a powerful, churning whirlpool that happens in an eddy, where the water rushes in and gets trapped, pulling any debris (or swimmers) down into it’s depths. It’s hard to get out of a hole. You can’t tell which way is up, gravity makes no senses, and you suddenly realize how important air is to you. Holes are nasty.

I was thinking about river holes today. I kind of feel like I’m stuck in a hole right now. I don’t know how to get out. This diagram and the preceding tip are a reminder that I can’t just tread water forever. At some point I’m going to have to ball up, go under, and try to shoot out to other side. When I do, I might not have enough oxygen to make it out the other side, but if I stay in this hole, I’ll eventually drown.

When Things Go Wrong on the River – And How to Get Out of a Hole


The Journal Tweak Experiment

I was served an ad for the self journal on Instagram (bestself.co). Have you seen them? They are pretty great. I was incredibly curious about the company and I appreciated their openness to share what the journals offer and how they developed the idea. I loved that it’s a mash up of a day planner and a journal. I loved that it could help me set clear, concise, 3 month goals for myself. Continue reading “The Journal Tweak Experiment”

Double Bind

Book: Double Bind – First Glance, but mostly about me and how it’s not about me.

First, before I tell you about this cool, new book, I’ll give you a snapshot of my life as I see it pertaining to the book’s subject.

After umpteen years in the tech industry, I left my career as a web developer to go back to school and pursue a career in art. I earned my Masters Degree hoping to become an art teacher. I needed to find a career that didn’t take me for granted. I needed to feel like my ambitions and skills appreciated and not squandered. I needed to feel like I mattered to the world. I’d been feeling mostly like a cog. Continue reading “Double Bind”

Break Me

If I’ve learned anything from software development, it’s that the only way to make sure something is really strong is to spend a whole bunch of time finding out where it breaks and make it stop breaking.

This is a sentiment I understand pretty deeply on a personal level. I like to see how far I can bend before I break.

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 me remember how to create a new db, the instructions in the quick start aren’t working for me.

This post shows a much better method for creating new databases once you’ve gotten everything else running from the quick start guide above.


Step 1
mysql.server start
Step 2:
shell> mysql -u root -p

Enter password:
Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 1
Server version: 5.0.88-log Source distribution
Type ‘help;’ or ‘\h’ for help. Type ‘\c’ to clear the current input statement.

shell>  create database db_wordpress;
Response: Query OK, 1 row affected (0.08 sec)

shell> GRANT ALL ON wordpress.* TO admin@localhost IDENTIFIED BY “YourPWHere”;
Response: Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.08 sec)

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 back into web developing. I spent some time thinking about my role as a woman in tech. About how my leaving to pursue a masters in art had sort of made me a statistic. Women leave tech mid career 50% more than men. I did a great deal of research and soul searching. I thought about my own experiences, and how gender inequality might have been a factor in my decision to leave. After spending some time on this I realized many things. 1. I love to code. I have missed it so much. 2. I would be doing myself, the world, and my daughter a disservice to stay out of tech forever. Great, I took a break, I gained some perspective, I strengthened my art practice. Now it’s time to go back to tech.

The article was great fun to write. I had help from many great friends. My former colleague and tech writer Lynn Beighley helped me strengthen and polish my ideas. Masse university professor Lucas Haley and former cohort at PNCA fed me lots of inspiration and lit a fire under my ass. PNCA Librarian extraordinaire Linden How edited my piece into a finely forged  treasure.

That under my belt, I began consuming online web developer tutorials like a pig to swill. I’ve completed or watched over 60 tutorials on a multitude of subjects like: vanilla javascript (which I’m kinda falling in love with), JS frameworks like Ember,js, React.js, and angular.js, some advanced WordPress templating, git, sass, gulp, node.js, html5. css3, bash, sublime text editor (mad advanced user skills), PHP, I made some IoT projects with my raspberry pi and an Intel Edison board on an Arduino, learned some Python, expanded my PHP knowledge…. the list goes on and on. When I’m not actively coding along, I’m watching videos while I pedal away on my bike trainer in the basement. I’ve built vergepdx.com in ember for my curatorial practice and started a web developer website, which at the moment doesn’t know exactly what it wants to be in React.js. I’ve joined user groups like Women Who Code PDX, PDX Women in Tech, and Portland React.JS, although because I’m a mom, I can’t make ti to most of the meetups because they happen after school and before my husband gets home to take over parenting duties.

I am a force to be reckoned with. All I need now is my forever job. Have you seen it?

Until then, I have a couple of freelance clients and I continue to eat up knowledge.