October 16, 2023
Week of October 1–7
As I mentioned in my last post, I asked my leadership to take off the week after recovery from a medical scare at the end of the previous week. I am so grateful for the unlimited PTO policy that LGND put into place almost two years ago. It gave me the freedom to take this time off when I needed it and not feel like I was burning through a small allotted amount that I might need more of later.
I completely stepped back from things knowing my teammates had me covered. I set up several medical appointments and took other action steps to help get to a healthier place. I relaxed and enjoyed reading, journaling, taking daily walks, watching shows on Netflix, and playing MLB The Show 23 on the PS4.
I was more deliberate in taking time to write in my journal. This is a great place for me to process and reflect on my life and identify some needs that I want to address in order to become a healthier person. It was nice to have the space to reflect, plan, and begin to execute some next steps.
Time with my son
One nice thing about taking time off was that it coincided with my son’s Fall break from Murray State. We hung out on Wednesday afternoon. He wanted to go downtown to check out the maker space at the public library. After that, we visited Stove Works. Most of the art on display was not my cup of tea but I enjoyed getting to talk about it with my son, who is studying graphic design and has taken several art courses in his first two years there.
We concluded the afternoon by visiting the Sculpture Fields at Montague Park, on the South End of Chattanooga. I enjoy walking around and looking at the different works. My son asked me what I considered sculpture. I can’t remember all that I said to him but we had an interesting discussion.
I enjoyed the different textures of the works. I would like to more about what the artist’s intentions were behind each piece, an artist’s statement if you will. My son asked me if it is important to know the artist’s intention.
We didn’t dive too deep into the subject. I think it would help me to appreciate the art more to understand where the artist was coming from and what influenced them to create the work. It would give me a deeper respect for the work if I really don’t get it or if it does not “speak to me.”
I was reminded once again how much I just enjoy hanging out with my son. I am glad that we were able to do several activities around art because that is such an essential part of his life and it helps me to understand and connect with him a bit better. I also was glad to have the space to talk about my medical scare with him and answer questions that he had.
I wish I had a better camera and the weather had been sunnier. Most of the pictures I took were took dark or they do a really poor job of representing the work we saw.
Classic rock, Mario Kart, and why we can’t agree on Tailwind
I read this article late in the week which is one of the best articles I have read in a while on the subject of web development. Josh Collinsworth provides a really good perspective on why Tailwind is so divisive in the Web developer community. He is open and honest with where he stands but was still able to give some balanced commentary.
It really comes down to tastes and to what it is that is important to you. He makes a distinction between two different types of developers–builders and crafters. The focus of both of these is what part of the job they consider most important. It comes down to what each of them values about the process of bringing the product to life.
Builders value getting the work done as quickly and efficiently as possible. They are making something and they are eager to bring it to completion. And Tailwind is a tool that helps them to do that.
Crafters, on the other hand, see the frontend as the product itself, not just something to get through to reach their goal. Speed is not the issue and they enjoy the challenges of using CSS and can find a tool like Tailwind getting in their way. Plus, many crafters have a deeper knowledge of CSS so they don’t really have a need for the tool (Tailwind).
Josh’s conclusion is that both sides are right. The reality is that there is not a “right” answer. It really comes down to what you value–what is most important to you as you build a project.
This is a very simplistic overview of what I got out of the article. Josh has a lot of other really good thoughts and I think he did a great job of building his argument. It would be well worth your time to read his thoughts. I think a lot of this same logic could be applied to other debates/divides within the Web developer community.
By the way, I am a crafter. I like to be challenged by CSS and enjoy that part of the work on a project the most.
Articles I read
- HTML popover, videos and display:blackhole (Bruce Lawson)
- WaterBear: Building A Free Platform For Impactful Documentaries (Part 1) (Smashing Magazine)
- A Mobile-Only Grid (Chris Coyier)
- Classic rock, Mario Kart, and why we can’t agree on Tailwind
- No, Andy Stanley, Christianity Without Repentance Is Not Drawing a Circle It is Erasing Truth
- Websites in the dock (Jeremy Keith)
- The Christian Life Involves Dance, not Drudgery
- If not Wufoo, then what? (Chris Coyier)
- Could There Be a Worse Home Than This? (Tim Challies)
- Never Be Discouraged and Never Be a Discourager (Tim Challies)
- The World’s Worst Archer (Paul David Tripp)
- A Pastoral Prayer About Labor and Rest (Tim Challies)
- Loving the Truth and Speaking in Love
- A (more) Modern CSS Reset (Andy Bell)
- Being Picky about a CSS Reset for Fun & Pleasure (Chris Coyier)
- Naming things needn’t be hard (Paul Robert Lloyd) – A resource to help developers name things.
- My God, My God, Why Have You NOT Forsaken Me?
- Already Unique
- When Being Affirming Isn’t Loving (Carl Trueman)
- A Sexular Stage (Stephen McAlpine)
- Introducing the Web Sustainability Guidelines (Michelle Barker)
- Bonding Over Books (Viget)
- The Problem With WordPress Is Positioning, Not Plugins (Smashing Magazine)
- Dad, Where Are You Going? – Addressing cancer diagnosis with your kids.
- Chiefs win ugly: Is it evidence of a disjointed season or positive for the long run?
- Rangers vs. Rays Wild Card predictions, pitching matchups and what you need to know
- As Rays are swept off the field, their empty seats hint at a much larger problem
- Rosenthal: Mike Trout, in his way, needs to demand more from Angels owner Arte Moreno
- Rosenthal: Numbers alone should not dictate baseball games. Trust and feel matter, too. – I agree. There has to be other factors besides just the metrics. Sometimes you got to go with your gut. Otherwise you take all the fun out of baseball.
- At 38, Evan Longoria having ‘full circle moment’ with upstart Diamondbacks – I am glad to see that Evan is getting a chance to go far in the post-season this year. He will always be one of my favorite Rays. I have been tempted to trade for him to put him on my MLB The Show 23 team.
- Dick Butkus, Chicago Bears legend and Hall of Famer, dies at 80
Books that I am reading
- Why We Love Baseball
- The God Who Gives
- Making Sense of God – I picked this one back up this week. I enjoy reading it every time I pick it up. I need to stop putting it down.
- Think Again – I picked this one up from the downtown library on Thursday when I went there with my son to check out the Makerspace.
- The Secret Lives of Color – I read several chapters in this intriguing book that my son brought home during his Fall break. I look forward to reading more of it when he is home for Christmas.
What I watched
- Chiefs-Jets game (NBC)
- Star Wars: Rebels (Disney+)
- Bluey (Disney+)
- Band of Brothers (Netflix) – I finished watching the series on Monday. I really enjoyed it and glad I finally got to see it.
- Project Runway (2004)
- The Irrational (NBC)
- The Night Agent (Netflix)
- Rays-Rangers ALWS (ABC) – I was excited that I got to see the Rays play since we don’t have cable. Not so excited by the result.
- Ahsoka (Disney+)
- The Great British Baking Show – Collection 11 (Netflix)
- Loki (Disney+)
What I played
- MLB The Show 23 (Rays) – I had a great week as I went 5-1. Four of my wins came in 1 run-ball games. I ended up playing a game on Wednesday after watching about 4 innings of the Rays’ playoff game against Texas. It felt good to win that game 4-1 after seeing the Rays get beat up by the Rangers.
- FIFA23 (Manchester City) – I played a trio of games on Saturday and won only one of them. But I only lost one of them with the third game being a draw.