The Times They Are a-Changin’

Looking out from atop Mount Mitchell in Burnsville, NC.
Looking out from atop Mount Mitchell in Burnsville, NC at sunset. Mount Mitchell is the highest peak in the United States east of the Mississippi.

Time has really flown by these last few months. I’ve not written — or really even thought about writing — in a while. My list of things that I need, should, or want to do is seemingly never ending and there’s always something else for which I wished I had more time. To catch up, I offer you these somewhat incoherent and shallow glimpses into my life these last few months.

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Who Loves Snow? This Guy.

Me. Specifically, me waving in the snow.
I love snow. Lots of snow. And, I love snow most when I don't lose power! PHOTO CREDIT: My wife (from the warm dining room)

North Carolina is under a blanket of snow this week. Now, granted, what passes for a blizzard here is a mere couple of inches (we had an entire 4 to 6 inches with this storm). And, unlike our neighbors to north (and apparently Sochi), we often go years without a storm worth mentioning—at least in the piedmont.

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Simple Open Graph and Twitter Card Implementation Guide

Open Graph Logo

Many of the websites I work are inevitably distributed through social media, particularly Facebook and Twitter. So, I always try to provide support for the Open Graph protocol and Twitter Cards, both of which are implemented via metadata. Want to add Open Graph and Twitter Card support for your own website? Follow this short tutorial.

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2 Years In, Process Still In Progress

Me standing with dad just before the NC State vs. Syracuse football game on October 12, 2013.
Me standing with dad just before the NC State vs. Syracuse football game on October 12, 2013.

This past Saturday marked the second anniversary of my return to NC State. At times, I’ve been excited, surprised, and genuinely impressed by the projects I’ve worked on and the people I’ve worked with to build them. At other times, I’ve been overwhelmed, angry and utterly frustrated. Process is what keeps me sane and process is always a work in progress.

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Building Consistency in the Void

A high-level sketch of a new forms module that will be part of www.ncsu.edu.
A high-level sketch of a new forms module that will be part of www.ncsu.edu.

Building consistency where there has been little or no consistency is hard. That’s where I find myself now as we tackle a full re-brand at NC State.

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BlendConf 2013

Last week, I attended the first ever BlendConf in Charlotte, NC. BlendConf is a 3 day, generalist web conference featuring over 50 speakers and a day of workshops. Aside, from workshops, attendees were asked to leave devices in their rooms and pockets and focus their attention on speakers and fellow attendees. Overall, the experience was terrific. I’d like to recap all the talks in a meaningful way, but I don’t think I’d be able to do most of them justice. Instead, I’ve pulled quotes that resonated with me from my notes.

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New Semester, New Season, New Message

Videographer, and coworker, John Vanaman watches the game from a box in Vaughn Towers.
Videographer, and coworker, John Vanaman watches the game from a box in Vaughn Towers.

The first few weeks of the fall semester are the best time to be on campus. Students return from summer break welcomed by festivals and various campus activities that have been in hiatus. The humid, sticky North Carolina summer temperatures retreat back into the pleasantness of the mid-70s. And football finally arrives.

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The Obligatory First Post

I could probably throw out any of a number of cliches here, but I’ll refrain. The first post is almost always awkward. I could speak of my great aspirations. I could layout a master plan. I’ll spare you from all of it, but perhaps you could imagine that I didn’t?

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