Alex Bea

Writing

Why my website looks jacked up

My site looks jacked up right now. If you’re reading this in the future, picture… text. That’s all it is. Black system font on a white background. The only real styling to speak of is keeping the text from going so wide it becomes unreadable. Why’s this?

The Sliding Scale of Giving a Fuck

Yesterday afternoon, a bunch of us developers were finishing up work a little late in the office and were clearly a little punchy from calls, meetings, and staring at the screen all day. Someone (me) brought up a somewhat contentious enhancement/fix to ApostropheCMS and another dev started up abo...

Let’s Get Excited About Maintenance!

I started a post yesterday about my new role in web development, but it felt silly to write a pure life update post. That’s not really what I want this blog to be. Then this morning I read the NY Times opinion piece linked above. It directly compared the attention and excitement that “innovation”...

Grid Garden

I’m a huge fan of the flexbox spec in CSS. Simply making vertical centering simple is worth the price of admission. That said, CSS Grid may be a bigger deal. In short, it makes CSS layouts a real practice in a way that has never really been the case before. In slightly less short, watch this 3+ m...

Interior decorating with the GitHub events API

Doing mostly Drupal and Wordpress CMS development I haven’t had too much need to work with APIs. Google Maps API has come up regularly, but it’s so robust and well documented that it can feel like cheating. In order to play with an API (and make this site a tad prettier in the process), I decided...