The Quick & Dirty:

  • 9+ years in the biz, 10 messing around
  • All the latest in HTML, CSS, JS & PHP (Sorry, no .net or Ruby skills yet)
  • Cross-browser compatible code from Photoshop or Illustrator files.. or napkins!
  • Custom Specialities in Wordpress theming & plugins, Twitter & jQuery
  • Subversion, server-log analysis, and blocking hack-attempts (of late).
  • Data/Project Geek. I ♥ timelines.

I’ve compiled some handy PHP functions I’ve had to whip up. More extensive code-samples are also available.

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Wordpress-from-static HTML

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Ben Bashford – Notebook of Things – DisplayCabinet

This is such a fun idea. Some people might not like the “totem” idea, saying “What if it gets lost or can’t find it?” But there are plenty of applications that use totems already, particular… children’s toys! Can you imagine a kid putting cookie monster on that circle & the latest Sesame Street clip with …

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How to (not) use Color

A quick game of thumbs-up, thumbs-down: Alternating color-blocks on the left: thumbs UP!!  (And that wood-tone is dandy.) Color-pattern: Thumbs-meh. Anyone can do it, anytime. It’s never out of style, and yet, it screams so-last-year to me. Color-pop/splashes: Thumbs down. Like a thumb that was just hit missing the nail. I understand that some of …

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Forms of Life: The Computer as a Person

There’s an older sociological study that has gotten some press-time a week or two ago. In the 60′s, when computers were first getting going, it was found that some people tend to value & reciprocate with technology with human qualities. 3 Notes: 1) While there is a long-standing history within humanity to anthropomorphize, this seems …

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Why do scrollbars still exist?

Remaining content 'edged' by gradient

Scrollbars are kinda, sorta, useful. I remember teaching my mom how to use a computer & she would consistently use the scrollbar backwards. And it makes sense: moving it down is moving the page up.. wha?? What the rest of us take for standard (scrollbar-as-document-representational) is backwards to how we read any other book or …

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A Better Openbox transparency

I’m lately in love with openbox for it’s simplicity and lack of screen-coverage. Sure I could have setup my desktop within xubuntu, but I wanted to expand my horizons. My original theory was for netbook application, maximizing screen real estate & reducing the hard drive & processor use. But lately, I’ve been toying with xcompmgr, …

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