June 21, 2015 in Tutorials+Tips, WordPress

WP Super Cache and Browser Caching

I've been jamming on WP Super Cache these days. As great as Super Cache is (and it is great), however, you will consistently be failing in YSlow's "Expires Headers", Web Page Test's "Cache Static Content", and Google Page Speed Insights' "Leverage Browser Caching". Shouldn't a plugin with name "Super Cache" take care of all things caching? Not necessarily.

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May 29, 2015 in Thoughts

Cocktails on the Pastry Box

For those unfamiliar, the Pastry Box Project is a curated collection of thoughts and articles from anyone who works with the web. I wrote an article about cocktails and websites, i.e. my two favorite things, and it was published! You can read it here.

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May 13, 2015 in Thoughts

I wrote a post for CSS-Tricks and people read it

This week, I had a guest post published on CSS-Tricks. You should read it. It kinda blew up. Well, definitely blew up. What started as legitimate comment thread on the post turned quite sour when the article was shared on r/programming: Not a nice way to rephrase my post […]

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January 19, 2015 in Projects, WordPress

MTNmeister.com:
Timber + ACF for the Win

I’m excited to officially announce the launch of MTNmeister.com. It was really fun to build, thanks to my new favorite pair of things in the world: Timber with Advanced Custom Fields. I’d like to share some highlights of my process, and maybe even convince you to try out Timber on your next project.

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January 10, 2015 in Inspiration, Miscellaneous

I designed some skis

I’m into skiing, and it’s time for a gear upgrade. Courtesy my brother at MTNmeister, I’m getting custom skis from Parlor Skis in Boston, and got to design the graphics myself – how cute are these? And here they are in Alta (took a very nice, unplugged vacation […]

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November 22, 2014 in Updates

What I’m Up To

I’ve been working my tail off: Simple Sassy Starter MTNmeister WP site (created with Timber) DiJiFi site redesign (also with Timber) Angular Wireframing Kit Many a blog posts about these in the icebox – coming soon-ish! […]

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October 5, 2014 in Research, Thoughts

On Progressive Enhancement

In a nutshell, progressive enhancement is building "content out", separating the structure of a website (HTML) from its presentation and behavior (CSS and JS). Content should be available regardless of the capabilities of the device, and should not rely on styling or scripting to function at a base level. There are some strong opionions for and against, but it sounds like a good idea to me!

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September 18, 2014 in Updates

New Workshop! Getting Started with Sass

Sass is "CSS with Superpowers" and infinitely awesome. But maybe you don't feel like spending an entire weekend pounding your head against your laptop, figuring out how to get set up. Come to this evening workshop and we'll walk through it all, step by step. You'll have Sass up and running in your projects by the end of the night!

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August 28, 2014 in Thoughts

Coding and Me

All too often, someone new to the tech world sees coding as some kind of magic language we coders are born with. When you see a programmer slapping away at the keyboard, it’s no wonder! But it’s not magic. Really. Coding is not like this This morning I read a […]

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August 19, 2014 in Links

“Just” is a dangerous word.

“Just update your ruby gems, generate a new SSH key, and run a git rebase…” … I don’t envy those just entering the field of web development. In addition to learning the fundamentals, there’s an expectation to be proficient in an increasingly exhausting laundry list of buzzwords and technologies. So […]

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August 3, 2014 in Updates

New workshop! Responsive CSS layouts

CSS layouts are tough...I don't care who you are! Floats and clearfixing are just hard concepts to grasp, and building layouts in CSS the proper way is no small feat. Come to this evening workshop and learn to create your own responsive layouts. Where and when, you ask? August 21, 7-9pm at New Work City Use the code "salmon" for $25 off. Register here

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July 23, 2014 in Updates

I’m talking at WordCamps

That’s right, WordCamps…plural! I will be presenting at both the New York City and Montreal WordCamps in August. And what will I be talking about? Read on, my friend. Freelancing: Real Talk (NYC, August 2-3) Description: How much do you charge? How do you price? How […]

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July 14, 2014 in Projects

Negronis and Side Projects

One thing that may not be evident from my web presence is that I’m into cocktails. I had the best Negroni of my life at Gin Palace the other night, and when I needed an idea for a project, naturally that Negroni came to mind.

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July 7, 2014 in Links, Projects

I made a Codepen

See the Pen prIFw by Lara Schenck (@laras126) on CodePen. A notlaura.com realign is officially underway (didn’t I just do one?). Don’t expect anything too soon, but the above is a little preview. Plus I’ve been […]

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