This was Becca Meyer. My friend Eric, a wonderful father, lost his daughter today to anaplastic astrocytoma, an aggressive brain cancer. It was her 6th birthday. This should not be permitted.
You’d think that when Twitter goes down, productivity would increase. Not so. In fact, productivity declines even more – evidenced by my refreshing Down Right Now repeatedly just so I will know when it is back up!
This is a trick I learned in playing video games. You go to any server status information outlet and refresh, refresh, refresh so you can be first back on the server. It’s hard to break certain habits…
Those of us who came into the Front End Development profession approximately 5 years ago had the ability to learn it in a much more stable environment, if you will. Mobile wasn’t a “thing” like it is now. CSS3 wasn’t a thing yet, it was just a dream we drooled over. Preprocessors weren’t a thing. Responsive Web Design wasn’t a thing. This field of study is so much broader with so many more considerations.
I know it can be argued that there was always a lot to learn or that the topics we consider “things” today were always important. We’re just more vividly aware of it now, thanks to device proliferation. Regardless, people coming into the Front End Development specialty today have so much more to grasp at the onset than we did 5 short years ago. I dare say we had it a little easier, even if IE6 made us cry bloody tears all the time.
And it isn’t going to get easier, imo.
Ok, so I’ve been away from my blog for approximately half a year. I apologize for that, but I had good reasons. It’s been a hell of a year. It seems like every 10 years, there is a cycle of discomfort to remind me it’s customary to have problems – just like everyone else. I don’t want to complain because for 9 years it’s relatively smooth sailing, comparatively speaking. But on the 10th year, The Universe plays catch up and heaps a shit-storm upon me and/or my family to bring things back into alignment.
Now that things seem to have settled into normalcy, I’ll try to do better. I’ll attempt to return to sharing my shallow observations and unsubstantiated rationales on whatever I am prompted to write about.
If you are interested in what transpired this year that kept me away, keep reading. If not, move along. (more…)