A blog about web development, productivity tools, photography, and occasionally an existential quip.

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Geeking out on antique lightbulbs, cause why not?

I had some friends over for waffles and mimosas yesterday, and it was glorious. Since I've been traveling all over the earth hanging out with friends in the design / development community, I haven't spent many weekends at home. While I love my adventures on the road, I also value a good lazy day...
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First thoughts on Nylas N1, the extensible, open source mail client

While Gmail, Outlook.com, Office 365, iCloud, and other web-based email applications have become ridiculously popular, many (I'm one of 'em) choose to continue to access email through traditional desktop apps like Microsoft Outlook, Mac Mail, Mozilla Thunderbird, and other less-used open source variants. The truth is, Microsoft Outlook and Mac...
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Clear CTAs and the danger of giving users too many options

What a fun morning at WordCamp NYC! I talked about optimizing calls to action. Check out the slides below. Guilty of giving users too many choices? Few things clobber user experience more officially than option overload. Even if your site harbors the cleanest code, the sharpest design, and the most...
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Whats on my desk + creating a standing desk

Since there was a lot of interest in my post about what's in my bag, here's a follow-up "what's on my desk" post. Healthy working The purpose of my workspace (besides being a workspace) is to promote standing over sitting. There have been many articles written about the benefits of standing, and it seems...
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Defining grit and building mental muscle

If you’ve ever had a moment in your life when you thought you couldn’t go on… If you’ve ever accomplished something you never thought possible… If you’ve ever rallied in the face of adversity and fiercely overcome the same… If you’ve ever wondered how incredibly successful people accomplished mind-blowing feats…...
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Can you learn to have grit?

When I first went to college in 2000, I was irresponsible. Sure, there were certain things I was great at staying on top of, but livings aren’t made solely atop drinking beer and half-assed school work. I failed out of college twice. You know the friend that is always unreliable? Whenever you make...
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Dress up your Apple Watch Sport with this hack

The Apple Watch Sport is a beautiful piece of hardware, but after the first couple weeks I owned it, I realized I was hoping for a little more visual excitement in a daily driver. Sometimes a guy just wants to wear a snazzy watch, and the sport band wasn't cutting...
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Looking back on a year of WordPress travel (and launching a new feature)

This year I've traveled the world to learn from the WordPress community how to make GoDaddy's products, service, marketing, and community involvement even better. I've learned from the brightest, forged incredible friendships with makers, innovators, thought leaders, and go-getters in the industry, and I've been humbled by the opportunity to...
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Flight delays and fraudulent credit cards

I'm on my way to Canada for WordCamp Toronto today, and it's been a bumpy morning already. I woke up to a notice from American Airlines letting me know that my flight was delayed. Then another notice telling me I'd miss my connection. And finally, the proverbial icing on the...