Really like this quote from Twyla Tharp that was shared in the most recent Offscreen Newsletter.

Generosity is luck going in the opposite direction, away from you. If you’re generous to someone, if you do something to help him out, you are in effect making him lucky. This is important. It’s like inviting yourself into a community of good fortune.

I'm Excited About and the IndieWeb

I’m tired. It’s time for a change.

It took a bunch of people I follow on Twitter to decide to take a Twitter break for me to really start to think about how I use Twitter. It just sucks me in and takes over my mind almost countless times a day. And for really no good reason. What am I getting out of mindlessly flipping through posts? It pretty much only makes me tired, stressed or anxious. It just. Wears. Me. Out.

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Hey…Don't Forget About Those HTML Elements

As much work as I do in HTML I often forget all the different elements we have at our disposal. I think the ones that are most often forgotten and also most useful are the inline elements. What’s great about leveraging HTML elements is that you likely get a little browser default styling (which usually doesn’t break anything) along with improved semantic meaning and more accessible code. That sounds like a pretty sweet deal. Let’s check out some of my favorites.

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Sass Maps are Cool

One of the most basic, yet most useful functions of a preprocessor like Sass is the ability to leverage variables in your stylesheets. This little feature can save you lots of time and shield you from many headaches. There are a variety of strategies for using variables, but we’re not going to get too caught up on that type of thing right now. Just so we’re all on the same page, let’s look at an example of a basic variable usage.

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Google Structured Data Testing Tool

I’ve been spending a fair amount of time working with microdata recently and I’ve found this Google Structured Data Testing Tool an incredibly useful to have a tool to help me test whether or not my markup has been correctly written. This tool allows you to either analyze a URL or an HTML snippet. I’ve had a lot of luck copying snippets I’m working on and pasting in the tool to validate my structure. Writing the markup incorrectly doesn’t exactly fail so a testing tool is essential for both learning and validation.

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Extending HTML5 — Microdata

This post from html5 Doctor is more than four years old, yet it’s still one of the best resources on microdata that I’ve found. If you’re working on the web then you should have some knowledge of microdata. Essentially we’re able to add more semantic meaning to our markup. This is something that requires a small amount of time and only benefits.

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W3C Microdata Specification

Reading through a spec is not always super useful for actually understanding how to use it, but it isn’t a bad thing to have on hand.

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Google — About Microdata

Here’s a brief introduction to the concept of microdata from Google. It’s a nice resource with a handful of examples attached. SEO is definitely something that microdata improves so info coming straight from the horse’s mouth is something we should pay attention to.

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