As I’ve mentioned in the obligatory introductory blog post, this blog doesn’t really need an introduction. It’s not fantastically organized and has no theme outside of being (generally) constrained to topics which interest the author that writes on it, yours truly.
You’ll note that I haven’t done a lot with navigation. Posts are categorized by topic (which is a much more sensible name for post categories, I think) and you will find a few series I’ve been working through on that page as well.
About the Author
I’ll spare some of the boring details (of course, if I spared them all, this section would be entirely blank). Basically, I’m a reformed Christian husband, front-end web developer, and designer. Here’s what I mean by each of those terms:
- Christian – I am someone who offended God to such a degree that I deserved death, like the rest of mankind. God the Father sent His Son Jesus Christ to die in my place when I was yet unborn. He sent His Holy Spirit to soften my hard heart toward Him. Now I believe that God is right and I am wrong; I believe that I do bad things in word and in action; and that only Jesus’ death and resurrection is sufficient to make me right before God. Jesus is King of the world and I am a rebellious subject who has been forgiven and turned to serve King Jesus. This affects everything I do because Jesus is Lord over all aspects of my life. I look to God’s Law to teach me how to obey in my various life roles. I expect that, sometime after I die, I will by God’s grace in Christ be resurrected in a transformed body and to live and reign with Christ Jesus forever.
- Reformed – This can be taken in three ways and I mean all three of them. The first way it can be taken is simply to mean that I am not a Roman Catholic; this is true. The second way it can be taken is to mean that I am a Calvinist in my doctrine of salvation; this is also true. The third is to mean that I hold to some form of covenant theology and at least some reformed confessions; this is also true. I would say that I generally affirm the Three Forms of Unity.
- Husband – At the time of this writing, I’ve only been married for over a year. My wife is a wonderful woman and a far better writer than I. She’s teaching me a lot and I am honored to be allowed to lead and serve her.
- Front End Web Developer – When you go to a webpage two things generally happen: First: back-end code generates and collects data to send to the user. Second: the server creates a webpage and fills the data into the appropriate places for the user to see on the front end. Both things require coding; although the front end is usually less code and simpler. I do the front end part, using languages like PHP, HTML, and CSS. Basically, I write the code that decides how the server-generated data ought to look.
- Designer – By designer, I don’t so much mean that I work with colors and aesthetics; although that is part of it. Design is about how things work and how people work with them. I like to understand how things work and then try to create the easiest and most pleasant ways for people to interact with them—another term for this is User Experience Designer.
It’s probably safe to say that the vast majority of the writings on this site will fall into these sorts of categories: Christianity, reformed theology, web development, design… and the rest of it.
I made the website, but as they say at the award ceremonies, I couldn’t have done it (or at least it would have taken much longer) without:
- WordPress – The site is built on it and it’s about the best blogging platform I’ve found. Very extendable and reasonably intuitive in its code base (for a PHP CMS). I’ve tweaked it a fair bit and made a custom template for it for this site.
- Compass and SASS – I built all the CSS using these wonderful tools. It’s great being able to have variables in my CSS and nest code. It also compresses my CSS so that it loads faster.
- Zen Grids – This is how I handled site layout. It’s extremely powerful and it generates significantly less code than you would get if you were to use a full-blown CSS Framework like Foundation or Bootstrap (although I still think those have their place).
- Typeplate – This is some super handy code that helped me tremendously with the site’s typography. It provides a lot of the defaults that any sane typographer would add to his CSS as soon as he started his project. This site is set in Brandon Grotesque.
- Typekit – I love fonts and through Adobe, I have access to thousands of fonts on Typekit. This site uses Brandon Grotesque, which is a fantastic sans-serif font.
- jQuery – A lot of people use this, but if you’re wondering how I make some of the nifty UI animations on this website (as well as a handful of other things), jQuery is how.
- Photoshop – Call me old school, but I still use Photoshop to do my early design work on projects. I just can’t get used to the new-fangled tools.
These tools and probably some others that I’m forgetting to mention enabled me to design and build this site over the course of about five days (working mostly in the evenings).