Archives: January 2018

CSS Grid

January 1, 2018 - Category: TIL - Tags: CSS

TIL about CSS Grid

100 Highlights of 2017

January 2, 2018

Derek Magill's 100 Things That Made My Year post inspired me to write one, too. Here are my 100 highlights of 2017:

WordPress Template Hierarchy

January 4, 2018 - Category: TIL - Tags: Wordpress

TIL a ton about the WordPress template hierarchy and the conditionals that select them.

CSS Confetti

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

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.