May 21, 2023
Week of May 14–20
My workload continues to be on the light side. I did have things to work on each day and bounced around jumping into a lot of different projects plus has time to read some articles and do some research.
- I updated the functionality on the Principal Media interactive catalog to only filter one genre at a time versus multiple genres. This solution involved switching from a checkbox to a radio element because radio elements only allow one selection at a time.
- I added some resources to the NAPEO National PEO Week toolkit.
- I helped out my teammate Brandon but writing the HTML and CSS for a new page template on the Toyota Policy Driver’s site which freed him up to concentrate on the backend programming to communicate with Quorom.
- I helped with QA (quality assurance testing) with the new LGND site we plan to launch soon. I also built out a case study in the Gutenberg editor.
- I took some time to research build tools. I am growing disappointed with Codekit; it is just not working well in a team environment. I have been exploring some alternatives such as Parcel, Laravel Mix, and Webpack. My teammates have been using Webpack and Parcel so I wanted to find out a bit more about how they work.
What I wrote
On Friday, I wrote a case study for the Principal Media interactive video catalog that we launched at the end of April. I incorporated some content from an earlier weeknote post from March. I always find it a challenge to sit down and put these types of things together. But the regular discipline of writing weeknote posts each week has really helped me. It is a great feeling to be able to document my work and process, if for no one besides myself.
Articles I read
- Who or What Is Our Primary Source of Happiness?
- As a Christian, I Went Down the AI Rabbit Hole. Here Are 12 Things I Discovered
- Surprising New Research Reveals Gap Between Inaction, Lack of Results (Chris Guillebeau)
- Store Up Today for Tomorrow’s Crisis – I want to make investments today in my character that will help me respond to whatever I encounter.
- Transgression Is Passé (Carl Trueman)
- The ongoing defence of frontend as a full-time job (Christian Heilmann) – It is a bit disheartening that we still need to do this.
- Someone is pretending to be me. – This is disturbing to think this could happen to anyone.
- Exploring :has() Again (Michelle Barker) – The more I see uses of :has(), the more I really like it. I was disappointed that it was not part of the recent update to Firefox.
- Conditional CSS with :has and :nth-last-child (Ahmad Shadeed) – I love how :has() makes it easier to write conditional CSS.
- The Guide To Responsive Design In 2023 and Beyond (Ahmad Shadeed)
Tim Keller passed away last week after a battle with pancreatic cancer. I admired Tim as a cultural thinker and one who championed the gospel in his messages. I enjoyed listening to his sermons both for the content and the warm, fatherly delivery.
- The Reason for Tim
- The Rev. Timothy Keller, Pioneering Manhattan Evangelist, Dies at 72 (NY Times)
- Tim Keller Video Tribute (The Gospel Coalition)
- Ray Ortlund: ‘I Thank God for Tim Keller’
- Tim Keller Into the Sunset (1950-2023) (The Gospel Coalition)
What caught my eye
Mike Kus is one of my favorite designers. I have enjoyed the blend of colors, fonts, and illustrations in his work. I appreciate how he takes from a print background and has translated that into beautiful and engaging Web experiences. ASM is one of his latest works.
Books I am reading
- The Creative Act
- Ten Words to Live By – I finished this one on Saturday.
- From Strength to Strength
- True to His Word
What I watched
- American Pickers (Netflix)
- Star Wars: Rebels (Disney+)
- The Mandalorian, Season 3 (Disney+) – We watched several episodes that my son had not seen yet.
- Break Point (Netflix)
- A Man Called Otto (Netflix)
- Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (Netflix)
- Blue Bloods (CBS)