Getting Started with

This is the where the microdata spec is documented. In general, I’d say that microdata can be a bit confusing to start, but this section of is quite insightful (as compared to the actual documentation). I highly recommend reading through this area before digging to far into microdata.

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A Gigantic Thank You

I’m not completely sure where to put this post so for lack of a better place I’m just gonna set this thing down right here…

If you know me at all it should be no secret that I just got married. Well, a week ago anyway. Leslie and I just got back from a completely amazing honeymoon trip to St. Lucia and while I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of things I’ve done some reflecting on the last couple of weeks. And man, I really feel the need to try to thank anybody and everybody who contributed in anyway whatsoever to make our wedding experience truly memorable. There were so many people that were genuinely doing everything they could to help give us the best experience possible and they all nailed it. Our friends and family and even colleagues were so incredibly supportive and it made all the difference in the world.

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Today is a Big Day

Today is a big day. Today is the day that I get to marry my best friend.

The last few years have been quite the whirlwind. A new home, a new career, basically a new life. There have been some rough days, but they’ve been completely outweighed by the great days. When I look back at that time one thing clearly stands out. I wasn’t alone through any of it. I had my best friend by my side every single day. Life all of a sudden became full. It became complete. Having that unconditional love and support has been the difference in my life.

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Sketch Resource List

​Last updated: Dec. 14, 2012

I’ve been using Sketch 2 from Bohemian Coding off and on for a couple months now. I actually messed around with the app right after the major version 2 release and then didn’t use it for a while. I’ve been doing some actual UI work with it lately and have really enjoyed it. I wanted to further my skills with the app and see just how other people were using the software and I’ve had a tough time finding the information I was looking for.

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Up to Speed with Sparrow

​It’s been a fairly busy last few months and one of the projects I’ve been working on durning that stretch has just launched this morning. Up to Speed with Sparrow, a screencast to help you learn to use the wonderful Sparrow Mail app for your Mac.​

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I Don't Think I'm Full of Enough Shit

​I’ve been in Chicago for about four months now (wow, I didn’t realize it had been that long until I wrote it) and I’ve been steadily working on a few things. I’ve been working on my writing by just doing more of it in more places. I’ve been working on getting more connected with the Chicago web development and design community. Combined with that I’ve been constantly working on my web development and design skills​ and found myself feeling the need for some additional instruction and mentorship and ended up at Code Academy. As part of these last two items I’ve been attending some Meetups in Chicago focused on the various skills I’m trying to better myself at and areas in which I’d like to meet some people.

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37signals Invests in The Starter League

​This week brought some interesting news to the Chicago tech community. 37signals made their first investment in another company. Yes, that’s right. Their first. The Starter League, a Chicago web development education start-up that has been in existence for less than a year, reached an agreement to sell a non-voting share of their company to the web app development company, 37signals.

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My Code Editor - A Workflow Realization

​As designers and developers, we use many different applications and tools in our everyday lives. This group is a constantly changing, continuously morphing toolbox that enables us to get to the desired end product of any project as efficiently and easily as possible. The center piece of this group, for this crowd, is undoubtedly the code editor.

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Why Is Instagram Worth $1 Billion?

​The purchase of Instagram by Facebook has been covered extensively by all sorts of media outlets. And for good reason. $1 billion is a lot of money to pay for a small company that isn’t generating any revenue. The conversations have ranged from: “this is completely crazy” to “it’s a justified purchase” and every conceivable tangent in between.

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27 inch Apple Cinema Display - Is It Worth $999?

​In July of this year, Apple announced the 27″ LED Cinema Display and, as most of us would expect, it isn’t a cheap piece of hardware.

Apple has a reputation for producing high quality products – and no one can deny that. There is often a good amount of discussion as to whether they mark their prices up simply because they know the Apple fans will pay for it, or because their products are actually superior to their competitors.

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