Stuff (Blog)


Here is all the stuff. Depending on what you’re after, you may wish to look at a subset of stuff. Maybe you are from the tech community and don’t want to read about Sea Canaries and what driving in Sweden is like. Or maybe you know me as a human and don’t care about JavaScript bundlers and Web APIs. In that case you can choose:


November, 2016

  • #tech
  • #js
  • #hardware
  • #web

Understanding Ohm's Law thoroughly changed my whole reality—it's the key to infinite electronics hackery. But I couldn't just let the standard hydraulic-based (water) metaphors be my guide. I had to involve gnomes.

September, 2016

  • #life

Four months ago, I upped stakes from my hometown and moved thousands of miles to the middle of the forest in Vermont. I took a break from the Web and changed jobs. Everything has changed…or has it?

April, 2016

  • #tech
  • #js
  • #hardware
  • #web

There are several ways to use JavaScript to control physical objects. Lately I've been doing a lot using a host-client setup and the Johnny-five Node.js framework.

January, 2016

Am I Good Enough to be Here?

  • #tech
  • #opinion

Navigating between merit and diverse inclusivity is profoundly hard. Sometimes I end up on the sad side of the fence.

December, 2015

  • #tech
  • #opinion

Opinionated review of the good, the bad and the delusional trends I saw in conferences over the past year.

  • #tech
  • #web
  • #js

Everything about Node.js is exponential curves right now. While at Node Interactive here in Portland, my mind has started racing about understanding and managing Node.js versions.

November, 2015

Talking to myself with git

  • #web
  • #tech

Even when my projects involve a crowd with a size of one (me), I still use git workflow tactics. Is this good practice or an unnecessary monologue?

October, 2015

  • #life
  • #til

The month has blurred by; let me capture some things before they float out of my head again!

September, 2015

  • #tech
  • #web
  • #rwd

Max Firtman’s post about iOS 9 Safari technical details contains a lot of stuff to get amped about, but let’s not get so geeked over details that we inadvertently restart a web design arms race.

  • #tech
  • #a11y
  • #web
  • #howto

There are lots of elements in play when trying to make web sites and apps accessible, but correct use of ARIA roles in HTML is straightforward and has big impact.

Time for a New Project

  • #projects
  • #life

I guess I shipped a few things at the end of the summer, but now it’s time to find the next biggish thing. Will I be able to emerge from the inspirational doldrums?

August, 2015

  • #life
  • #til

Sea canaries, sea otters, the aurora borealis, and the economical joys of a late-summer trip to a high latitude.

  • #tech
  • #teams

There is this question that I’d like to suggest is never useful to ask another developer. I find myself asking it when I talk to other developers, too—I’d like to stop.

  • #tech
  • #javascript

I’ve been lamenting about JavaScript bundlers lately, calling this step of our process my “personal Kryptonite.” And yet maybe I’ve been misunderstanding why I’m frustrated.

  • #tech
  • #standards
  • #site

Did you know that, using CSS transpilers, you can use to-spec CSS of the future, today? Here are some of the magical things I’m using these days.

  • #work
  • #tech
  • #events
  • #speaking

Jeremy Keith has released videos from the sessions at Responsive Day Out 3 in Brighton. Here is my session!

July, 2015

Lyza’s Index: July 30

  • #life
  • #til

In which I mention a few things I learned.

  • #site
  • #tech

In which I save myself from the fripperies of excessive fonts.

  • #oregon
  • #life

In which I am old, and from here.

  • #tech
  • #standards
  • #events

In which I sweat and moderate a panel, and it is good.