The Sheep at Sawkill Farm

February 25, 2018 - Category: photography

Amanda and I spent the weekend exploring the Hudson Valley. On our way back today we stopped at the Sawkill Farm store. I had my camera gear in tow and they graciously allowed me to take some photos of their sheep. It was a drizzly day, but I had a wonderful time. The sheep have so much character and personality!

Compared to What?

February 19, 2018

People often compare actual things with imagined, perfect, idealized alternatives. Asking Compared to what? helps you frame your decisions in relation to the relevant alternatives and ground them in reality.

Three More Book Notes

January 26, 2018

I'm catching up on my book notes. Today I posted three more: Show Your Work, Shoe Dog, and E-Myth Revisited.

Catching up on Book Notes

January 25, 2018

I'm catching up on my book notes. There are a lot of books I read this past year that I neglected to post notes for, so I'm getting caught up on that. I posted five new books to my Book Notes section today: Kindred, Stories of Your Life and Others, A Burglar's Guide to the City, Boon Island, and The Story of Sushi.

How to Back Up Your Laravel Homestead Databases

January 23, 2018 - Category: TIL - Tags: Homestead, SQL, and PHP

Today I upgraded from Homestead 4.0.0 to 5.0.1 so I could test my sites in PHP 7. That was a major upgrade and a number of things changed, so I decided that I needed to back up my databases before I did the upgrade. I'd only ever dumped specific databases before, but TIL how to dump them all at once. Here is how to do that in Laravel Homestead.

Free Charting Tools for Your Next Article

January 22, 2018 - Category: data-viz

A Praxis participant emailed me last week asking for recommendations on free embeddable charting tools for an article he is writing. I thought that the information would be useful for everyone, so I wrote an article with examples!

Rebuilding and Moving Old WordPress Posts to Jekyll

January 21, 2018 - Category: Development - Tags: Wordpress and Jekyll

Earlier this week I did a major revamp of It started with redesigning my page templates to include a sidebar, then it morphed into making a long-standing goal of mine reality: Reviving the posts from my old 2008-2012 WordPress blog and getting them into Jekyll while preserving old links. Here's how I did it.

SVG Viewbox

January 20, 2018 - Category: TIL - Tags: SVG

TIL how to use the viewbox attribute on an SVG to make it responsive and preserve the aspect ratio.

CSS Confetti

January 5, 2018 - Category: TIL - Tags: CSS

TIL how to make confetti with CSS. No javascript needed.