It’s been close to a whole year since I’ve written, and we’re in the middle of Never Graduate Week (which I’ll now call NGW), here at Recurse Center. I’m surrounded by so many wonderful, and inspiringly awesome people this week – so I decided it was time to start blogging again!

I’m in the middle of lots of transition and balancing right now in my life, and it’s been a super busy week (on top of all the really awesome talks, workshops, and events going on during NGW). As dev stuff goes, my laptop died 2 weeks ago (which turned out to be a blessing in disguise) – so I went from a 4 or 5 year old Acer V3-551G-X419 15-inch running Windows 8, to an XPS 12 (which simultaneously doubles as a tablet and a laptop)!! It’s turned out to be a blessing in disguise, and I’ve discovered (much to my surprise) that I really love Windows 10, and that I’m really loving having a 12-inch laptop[1] – words I never thought I’d say about either one of those!

Here’s some dev stuff I’ve been working on recently:

  • Daily web design and development learning
  • Getting my new Windows 10 laptop setup for all my dev needs (both natively in Powershell, and in their implementation of bash)
  • Developing the new zemanim widget[2] for haSepharadi – along with handling some other website things here and there
  • Modifying or replacing the plugin I’ve been using to populate my portfolio pages on
  • Getting Jekyll and GitHub pages to build on my laptop, so I can re-create and have a separate website for my broader dev and life interests
  • Getting samples from past website projects up on my GitHub, as well as porting some of those projects over to Sass/Scss
  • Learning React.js
  • Learning Javascript testing, and writing tests into current and previous projects
  • Updating my profiles on job search websites, and Applying for jobs
  • Looking for some Open Source projects to lightly contribute to[2]
  • Staying on top of all of the above, via the Habitica app (formerly known as HabitRPG)[3]!
  • Getting familiar with Docker and nodist

On a fun note, got to attend a really great workshop on Drawing with CSS by Alicja Raszkowska, as part of NGW. The first half covered drawing with box-shadows, and the second half covered drawing with linear gradients. I highly recommend checking out her very awesome blog posts (linked above). I unfortunately haven’t been able to catch most of the other cool talks so far this week – but I’m looking forward to catching up with them, when I’ve got the chance[4].

So that’s what I’ve been up to lately!

  1. Though I definitely need to get a USB-C to HDMI Adaptor, so I can use it with some properly sized monitors, and not always be staring down at a tiny screen!
  2. In Jewish tradition, there are certain prescribed times of day when you are supposed to do (or refrain from) certain ritual acts or other religious obligations. In Hebrew, these times are referred to as Zemanim. The plugin builds on a no-longer maintained plugin by Adato Systems, and adds in automatic location detection (via the HTML5 geolocation API and Google Maps’ reverse geocoding)
  3. I’m actually hoping to help contribute to Habitica’s code base – if I can get it running locally (this is part of why I’m looking into Docker and nodist)
  4. Recorded livestreams are such an incredible and amazing thing!!