Category Archives: Friends

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Congratulations Justin & Kelly

Two of my dear friends just got married and their ceremony was as beautiful as it was fun. (of course you should replace the rehearsal dinner with a retro party!) ;)

They had a quote on their site which really struck me and made me feel lucky to have my friends.

Oh, the comfort – the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person – having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.

~Dinah Craik, A Life for a Life, 1859

Photo Credit: Erin Leppo.

Being Shy and Being Myself

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A little over a year ago Ajaxian published a piece on my CSS techniques. Fortuitously, this forced me to start talking to people about my ideas, to create an open source project, and to speak at conferences. I’m shy, so I might not have taken the leap on my own.

For the first time, people followed me on twitter that I hadn’t met before. My blog posts got actual, interesting comments — along with some trolls, of course. Immediately, I stopped posting anything non-techie. I shouldn’t bother people with the delight I felt at eating corn flakes for breakfast, right? The truth is, I was terrified. I’m a lurker. I rarely even comment on blogs. For about a month, I stopped tweeting. Then, slowly, I became less shy and more spontaneous. A year has passed, and I’ve learned a lot about not taking things personally, how to deal with trolls, and how to be myself and be on the internets.

A couple months ago, a friend, for whom I have a lot of professional respect, launched a redesign of her site. I was very inspired that she put modern home design on equal footing with her web work. I used to write about the colors I had chosen for my living room, but I let shyness get in the way.

Veerle inspired me, this is my website and I should be myself! I geek about all kinds of things and I want to share a wider range of that with the world. I’ll talk about geeky stuff, but also industrial modern furniture, carpentry, building a bicycle seat, ergonomics, and toe-cleavage ballet flats. Maybe I’ll even tell you how I painted a room in my house “accidental lavender.”

If you aren’t interested in all that, you can always browse in the “geek” category only.