Blog no.13

Open Tab Tuesday (June 8, 2021)

June 8, 2021

Top Ten Git Tips and Tricks

Useful tips for using Git, by Julie Kent. I agree with Julie: “Git is not fun. Git is not friendly. No. It’s just infuriatingly useful, so we’re stuck with it.” (There’s an intro article too: How Does Git Work?)

The right tag for the job: why you should use semantic HTML

This is a great explanation of why to use semantic HTML. It covers some of the ways that screen readers read your HTML. I’ve been using semantic HTML for a long time, but there were things in here that I did not know.

The Ablegamers Pride Heart T-shirt

I was going to add a photo of it here, but my CSS and WordPress’s defaults are still battling it out. So until I can figure out where those mysterious auto-added classes are coming from and how to override them, trust me that this is an AMAZING shirt featuring a rainbow heart made up of game controllers, and click on through to see it. Proceeds benefit AbleGamers and GaymerX, two very worthy causes.

A Cornucopia of Container Queries

CSS-Tricks has rounded up all the articles you could want to read (this week, anyway) about CSS container queries.

Who Pays for Open Source?

Mostly… nobody. Morten Rand-Hendrickson (the instructor of some excellent classes I’ve taken on LinkedIn Learning) explains how the dependencies we–and more importantly, huge corporations that make tons of money off those dependencies–are often developed and maintained for free, by the open source community.

Open Tab Tuesday

June 1, 2021

About once a week, I go through my open tabs and close the ones I’m not interested in anymore, then save the rest with OneTab. Here are some interesting tabs I’ve saved this week:

Remember when we used to talk about “web-safe” colors, and there were whole sites devoted to that? is like that for the modern age. It doesn’t have every single color you could possibly want, but it’s got the named ones, and it’s a good place to start if you want a color for testing.

How to Design Navigation for Large and Small Screens

A free class from Balsamiq Wireframing Academy with UX designer Donna Spencer. Everything you wanted to know about modern navigation.

Career planning course from 80000 Hours

A free eight-week course to help you plan a “high-impact” career. 80,000 Hours is an international nonprofit that focuses on helping people find fulfilling work solving the world’s problems. Their job board always has lots of interesting opportunities too.


They say it best themselves: “Iconoir is one of the biggest open source libraries with currently 914 SVG Icons. No premium icons, no email sign-up, no newsletters.”

How to make a trellis

Have you SEEN how much trellises cost at the local home improvement store? This guy has made a really nice one with some inexpensive wood, screws and nails, and (compostable!) cotton thread.

And… that’s it for this week. Go have fun!