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On Password Management (and Brand Loyalty)

I recently started looking into the Family/Team/Group tiers of the various password management apps to help bring someone I love ๐Ÿ˜˜into the 21st century and off the hand-written-on-a-sheet-of-paper password system. In doing so, I discovered that LastPass actually “won out”, having all of the features I need, plus being less expensive than the app I’d […]


New digs

Stillwater has a new co-working space, and I’m their first member! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Lift Bridge Cowork (@liftbridge_cowork) on Jun 23, 2019 at 5:49pm PDT I’ve been waiting for something like this to open up in Stillwater. Mostly for the professional meeting space (better than my kitchen table or […]


Team work (and Git is less hard!)

I’ve worked on my own (and from my house) for the majority of my career now, and have found that I can generally be productive and successful doing so. But every so often (maybe after a couple months (years?), I get the itch to be on a team. Teams are great for a bunch of […]


Buh bye, MediaTemple ๐Ÿ‘‹

A decade or so ago, I realized the importance of having a good host for the WordPress websites I build. So I moved off of the cheapo/basic hosting I’d been using and shelled-out* for a MediaTemple Grid. (*Looking back, this is pretty funny, ’cause this meant going from maybe $10/mo to $20/mo… These days $20/mo […]


2018 Wordcamp MSP

Wordcamp MSP 2018 was a blast! The conference was run very well, with great speakers, food and swag (sponsors). 👍 Theme of the day. Scratch your own itch. – Joe Casabona, Wordcamp MSP 2018 The undercurrent that I picked up on for this conference was “scratch your own itch”. Follow your interests in web design, […]


I led a workshop at the 2018 Brainier E3 Learning Conference showing corporate managers how to use the “Custom HTML Pages” feature in the Brainier LMS*. I quickly covered the basics of HTML and CSS, and then went into some examples of how they could create some common layouts using the basic structural tools I […]


Some of the tools I use.

I love to geek-out reading about what some of the other professionals in my industry use to get their work done. Whether it’s a tip on a helpful app, or just a link to a really cool backpack ๐Ÿคค, that kind of insight gives me some sense of connection to the people/lives behind the work. In […]


Git is hard.

As a solo dev I use Git very narrowly. (So I can work on a local codebase and push up changes to a production site when ready/approved.) My understanding of the tool is pretty limited, but I don’t typically have any trouble in that most-basic workflow. But if/when something goes wrong in Git, I’m completely […]


Hudson Area Public Library

We (me plus Christiansen Creative) launched the Hudson Area Public Library’s new website a few weeks back. Tricia at Christiansen Creative did a great job working with the library staff to identify the pain-points on their current site and add some additional goals for the new site. The new design is fun & bold, and […]


New website!

Hey, I made this thing! The new site was well past-due, and I’m glad to finally have it up. Look for updates to the theme & work section in the coming weeks. What’s with the “orbs”? For the design, I was playing with simple shapes that I could make into basic “w” and “m” shapes… […]