Last week I spent 2 hours in the ER. I badly sprained my ankle 2 weeks prior and finally could not bare the swelling I endured every night after my mile-walk home.
I left with crutches, an air cast, and the worst cold ever. Also, my wallet was $50 lighter thanks to the copay.
Just like the next-to-last generation iPhone, I’ve passed said cold onto Jimmy. That’s what you get for taking such good care of me, boo. Now it’s my turn :)
Someone asked me if “people still use Google+” when I mentioned the site earlier today. It’s actually my social networking site of choice, probably because of its integration of Reader and the majority of users coming from the tech community. I like that a bunch of our IT and CS majors follow me and they all add great feedback and content.
Here is my Google+ profile.
I’m often on Twitter (@jennschiffer), Tumblr (jennschiffer), and Instagram (@jenn), as well.
Facebook became exhausting, so I “unfriended” all but my and Jimmy’s family members. There is a fan page for this blog there, but it’s mostly RSS-aggregated. If you want a stack of pancakes to show up on your timeline, though, go ahead and “like” it.
Of course, I also take part in the obligatory developer/designer communities, github and dribbble. They don’t see updates nearly as much because most of my repos are private and I’m not doing much design work as of late. Forrst is a fun community for developers and designers, especially when you follow some of the questions users are asking. Every once in a while I’ll go back on there to see what they’re all chatting about.
It kind of grosses me out thinking of all the social networking sites I am a part of, until I realize what different uses they each have, and the diversity of friends that I follow on each one of them. If I were to delete my Twitter account, for example, then I know of at least 10 dear people I’d lose touch with – not to mention I use that account to log into various other sites and applications.
So, yeah, that’s where you can follow me. Where can I follow you?
Notice that the only major showing women with a larger median salary than men is in Information Technology. Also, the wage gap grows as workers get higher-level degrees.
An interesting read on weeding out the proprietary CSS rules from CSS3 specs.
PS: Every time you kill a kitten, a kitten dies. Let’s stop killing kittens in our blog post titles.
Do it for the kittens.
It was my 27th birthday over the weekend and, although I do not normally personal-blog as much as I did when I first started college, I still feel like a freshman undergrad. It may have to do with the fact that I currently work a short distance from where I used to nap while skipping ACCT 201 back in 2004.
I’m also still madly in love with the boy who picked me up from campus every weekend so we can watch VH1 reality shows and eat bagged frozen “gourmet” meals every Saturday night. I still find myself coding until 5am, and I still miss my grandma, who will have passed away 10 years ago this coming December.
There are a lot of differences between me now and the me back then, though. I have this great job, I’ve met great people who want me to help them make the world a better place, and my cat is on a diet. Jimmy and I have graduated from bagged meals and VH1 to homemade pizza and MTV’s Jersey Shore (don’t h8, h8rs).
I have this weird feeling that 27 will be an interesting year for me, good-interesting that is. Getting my Masters will be a weight off my shoulders, and then I have a few tricks up my sleeve for the summer months. Worst-case scenario, we all end up in a black hole, but, eh, that’s not until December.
An impressive collection of WordPress hooks, scraped for our convenience and organized by version.
A neat bookmarklet to view your site in different screen sizes, on a single screen.
Lukasz gives a stupid-easy tutorial on how to build your first Jekyll site.
Just saw this on Google+, posted by my friend and CS dept. adjunct, Lukasz (yes, Luke, you have your own tag, now). It’s a cool tool that takes your chicken-scratch handwriting and converts it into LaTex and MathML code, which you can just copy and paste into your respective editors. Unlike Lukasz, who probably tried it out with an actual math equation, I drew a pig.
Cut me some slack. I’m home dealing with neuropathic back pain and my wisdom tooth is ripping the right side of my bottom jaw off. LET ME LIVE A LITTLE.
On a related note, WordPress.com, and the .org plugin Jetpack, supports LaTex:
That’s my piggy LaTex code. You probably can’t see it in the RSS feed, though. This is the first time I’ve posted LaTeX on this blargh. ~*MILESTONES*~
Updated 2/6 after latest Lion update that ruined everything.
I take screenshots all the time, and I hate the default black camera that Mac OS X has when you do selection captures. I figured it would be easy as hell to replace it: just find that icon, then switch it with the one I want. So while Jimmy made the world’s best grilled cheese sandwiches last night, that’s exactly what I did.
The first task was finding original camera image. I actually lucked out by assuming it was in a folder of cursors, since that’s what it technically is. I searched my Mac for “cursor” and it fortunately popped up pretty quickly (my machine is running Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2, by the way). You can do the same, or go to the patch of the folder it resides in. See the following screenshot to see what I mean – it’s quite a mouthful:
Edit 2/6/2012: Of course, the day after I published this, a new Lion update was released that not only changed the default cursor to an even UGLIER camera, but it also changed the format for the cursor from .png to .pdf. W.T.F. I’ve updated the following instructions accordingly. If you refused the update, you’ll see the cursor.png instead of cursor.pdf.
Once you’re in the folder that contains cursor.pdf, you want to open that image in Adobe Illustrator, or any graphics editor that will preserve the original cursor.pdf’s state, to add a layer for your new camera graphic, then delete the original layer. This way your new cursor is in the same mode and format as the original cursor. Bill Brown’s Camera Collection is hands-down the best place to go if you want to find 8-bit-style camera icons. Since I love my Diana+, I grabbed that illustration to be my new screenshot cursor.
Save the new cursor you made to your Desktop, as the cursor.pdf’s folder is not editable without authorization. Name it “cursor.pdf” and drag it into the cursor.pdf folder. The OS will most likely bark at you and make you log in.
I renamed the original cursor to “cursor-original.pdf” just in case I wanted to revert to it in the future. Once you’ve replaced “cursor.pdf” with your snazzy new icon, restart your machine to watch it take effect. No more boring camera cursor!
How I ever slept at night before I did this, I’ll never understand.