How the Web Inspector can make you faster, stronger, and more good-looking

"WHAR BE THE WHITE WHAALLLE?" ... "Uh, Mr. Ahab, sir, I need another nickel."

The reactions are just priceless whenever I pull up my browser’s Web Inspector in front of somebody who isn’t a developer. All I’m doing is debugging some simple CSS, but by the shock and wonder on their faces, you’d think I was hacking the damn Pentagon. That’s just silly! Everyone knows you need two people simultaneously typing on the same keyboard to hack the Pentagon. Continue reading “How the Web Inspector can make you faster, stronger, and more good-looking”

Dr. Grant Says that Whitespace in Images is a Very Bad Idea

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This page left unintentionally blank, because Todd didn't get the shipment of pixels we ordered. Thanks a lot Todd!

You guys remember Jurassic Park III? Yeah, the one with Roman Numbers. The one where William H. Macy (of all people) charters a jet to land Alan Grant on Isla Somebody to go find his missing kid. Just after deplaning on Shit Jungle Runway, we get this classic exchange (I make no apologies for the quality, this is the best 2001 technology can buy):

Yeah, so yelling through a megaphone into a jungle teeming with toothed creatures is a very bad idea, who knew? You know what else is a very bad idea? Putting whitespace around images. Dr. Grant would agree with me. Continue reading “Dr. Grant Says that Whitespace in Images is a Very Bad Idea”

DON’T PANIC: An Editor’s Guide to the WordPress Text Editor

Don't worry, there definitely isn't a space monster lurking behind the Andromeda galaxy. Definitely.

Like the vaunted Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, I feel like the WordPress Text Editor could benefit from having the words DON’T PANIC inscribed on the cover. If it had a cover, that is.

Nothing gives novice WordPress managers more angst than the Text Editor. Don’t panic. We’re gonna make this better.

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