Category: Creative expression

  • A CSS Grid refresher with Mozilla

    I really like CSS Grid for layouts. My challenge is that I tend not to use it all that much in my day-to-day work (I provide a fair amount of CSS support, but it tends to be focused on narrower issues), so I don’t practice it all that much. Then, when I return to CSS […]

  • I noticed a curious sequence of events this morning. I responded to a tweet about Donald Trump’s latest tweet where he referred to his “great and unmatched wisdom” using the Twitter app on my Android phone – I then turned to our Android TV box where we were watching YouTube videos in the YouTube app, […]

  • We have an amazing culture at Automattic that includes giving each other kudos as one form of recognition for great work, whether that’s delivering happiness to a customer, or to each other. Typically we use a Slack bot to share kudos, and that’s posted to an internal WordPress site dedicated to showcasing internal kudos. At […]

  • New Automattic research on how to improve gender representation for technical roles

    Our team has just released a white paper titled “Trust, Growth,Inclusion: A Study ofWomen Engineers’Job-Search Priorities” that explores what motivates women and non-binary technical professionals to join companies, and what helps retain them. Better gender representation is a challenge. I’m proud of our team’s efforts to better understand this challenge, and how to meet it. […]

  • Multilingual keyboards can be tricky

    Here in Israel we have people who speak Hebrew, Russian, Arabic, and English (just to name more common languages). Keyboards sold here tend to have at least English and Hebrew layouts to cater for what are probably more typical requirements. When I bought a new keyboard and mouse for our daughter (I went with a […]

  • Machine assisted bowling – this might be considered cheating 🎳

    This is funny. Pretty sure this doesn’t comply with bowling rules (whatever those may be): I’m not sure if this is a real robot, but it’s pretty awesome either way.

  • Giving a 2011 MacBook Air new life with Linux

    I bought my wife a 11″ MacBook Air in 2011. It’s a Intel® Core™ i7-2677M CPU @ 1.80GHz (four core) laptop with 4GB of RAM. Over time the battery became less effective, and started to swell. We eventually removed it early last year, before it burst. That left my wife with her MacBook Air that […]

  • My son is a Tetris fan lately. He’s competing with my friend in South Africa (they’re both playing the same game, and sending boasting screenshots by WhatsApp). He came to me with his laptop (actually mine, I’ve loaned it to him) over the weekend, excited to show me how he’s playing Tetris on the MacBook […]