Archives for Month: October 2015

Spring is one of those weird times in Sydney where its either hot or cold and rarely anything in between. On the day of shooting, it was pretty cold which is evident in the clothes I’m wearing, though obviously not as cold as my Winter post. What I wore for this shoot is very typical of what I wear in Sydney during Spring.

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There is a reason why I don’t interview my really close friends straight away… they serve as good backups when you are waiting on responses from several different people and need someone to do an ‘emergency interview’! I know my friend Rachel wanted to be interviewed at some point, so she is a total saviour for having the free time to answer my really strange questions.

Rachel and I have been friends for a very long time – I hosted her website back when it was called something embarrassing that she probably does not want me to reveal. And I remember thinking, what an awesome person who has commented on my blog post and left a really nice comment too! From that moment our friendship grew and we’re still joking about Google Maps telling us to travel to each other’s respective countries by kayak.

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Here’s a funny story. If you’re like me and incredibly pedantic about your code, and new things like accessibility get you overzealous, you may be able to relate to this story.

Accessibility is still something front-end developers fight for. Was it really that hard to come up with some descriptive alt text? That feature has been around since HTML2. It’s been almost twenty years. The original spec states the following as the description of the use of alt:

text to use in place of the referenced image resource, for example due to processing constraints or user preference.

Due to processing constraints or user preference. Regardless of the image not loading (‘processing constraints’), a visually impaired user does not have a preference either. By default, they simply have trouble viewing the image the way a person without a visual impairment would. Although the spec says nothing about the term accessibility, it suggests that yes, the image may not load as required, and yes, the user can turn image loading off. In fact, I remember doing the latter in my dial-up internet days.

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There’s a bit of a casual feel to today’s outfit. I remember writing a while ago that it was rare for anyone to see me in jeans because I preferred dresses and skirts. But I’ve warmed up to jeans a little and wear them occasionally. I like to wear them on weekends too!

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In Indonesia, black sand is common, whereas white or yellow sand is not. Yellow-sanded beaches were too far for us to travel to from the middle of Jogjakarta, so we were stuck with one black one at sunset – Parangtritis Beach.

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‘I love this place,’ I said to Nick a couple of months ago, while we were at a SydCSS meetup held at Campaign Monitor.

I was listening to the speakers and loved what they had to say, although a tiny part of me burst with the affinity I had for this company. I had used their product, I liked what the company did, I loved emails – from writing them, to replying to them, to having a clean inbox, to being interested in marketing, to building the damn things (the emails, that is).

But like falling in love, hilariously enough, you don’t realise it until it’s so close and that someone, or something, ticks all the boxes.


I’m in a position now where I have an online presence that is closely linked – if not daisy-chained, ha! – with my real life duties. It’s been like that for a while. I’ve been blogging for twelve years, as I mentioned in my previous post. Issues of censorship are no longer issues, and reading articles titled ‘Why You Should Not Blog About Work’ unsettle me – if not for their content, then for the reason they were written.

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I don’t think I’ve done very much travelling in my life but I always wondered, are we really that short on time when we travel, so much so that our blog posts about our trip end up being scattered across several days or weeks after we’ve come back home? If I were to spend several months travelling or even devoted my life to it, does that mean I would never write about it until I got back? Many months later?

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Today I am interviewing Kev, who I know as web developer from the UK! We’ve had several chats over Twitter (you can follow him at @kevrowe), and I think he’s a humorous and interesting person, so let’s see what wacky things he says in his interview!

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A Day in the Life is a monthly linkup where bloggers document their daily life on a designated day each month to show what a typical day is like. To find out more, click here.

I sort of wonder what happens with bloggers who travel a lot – how do they deal with their blog posts? Which timezone do they set it to? What if they are constantly on the go?

As I intended for this post to be published on the 12th October but I am in Indonesia, which is in a timezone four hours behind my home time, this post time will be edited accordingly. I don’t suppose it’s cheating, but isn’t it funny that the date can possibly become redundant when it’s ‘tomorrow’ in another city? That said, I’ve always disliked the quote ‘Don’t be scared about the future, it’s already tomorrow in Australia’, because, well, I live in Australia. 😛

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