Finding That Inner Calm

Published on Jun 18, 2013 by Jamie Munro

Iíve played sports my entire life and I find certain sports for me itís easier to find that inner calm.† When your head is clear and only exactly what you are about to do matters.† This is always when Iím at my best.† Everything around me slows down, if Iím aiming at something, the target becomes clearer Ė almost as if Iím pulling the target to me Ė and there is no way I can miss it.

I wish I could say this statement is true when Iím writing code.† Oftentimes, my mind is racing with needing to get something done and having a thousand more things to do.† At times it can take me a little while before I realize that Iím actual moving slower because my mind isnít focused.

Iíve found a great technique that Iíve learned by playing golf that helps me focus better!

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Tags: performance | stress | Theory | organization | Rants

Slowing Down Before You Speed Up

Published on May 29, 2013 by Jamie Munro

No this isnít a typo, nor is it an oxymoron Ė I consider this a fact.† If you find yourself feeling like you have to much to do and not enough time to do it, youíll probably be really stressed.

When youíre this stressed itís most likely that your mind wonít actually let you focus on the task at hand.† Instead, the only thing your mind will be focusing on is how you have to get ďthisĒ done now while not thinking about how you are going to get it done.

Circle back to the title of this article and this is where slowing down comes into place.

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Tags: stress | Theory | organization

CSS: Start Generic before going Specific

Published on Oct 23, 2012 by Jamie Munro

This might be a boring refresher for some people; however, I think itís important from time-to-time to go back and visit the basics.† CSS can provide a lot of power to a web developer (or designer), but when used improperly it can cause a lot of headaches.

When using CSS, like doing on development, itís important to stop and think about what you are doing and more importantly, whatís the easiest way to accomplish it!

Letís start with understanding the acronym behind CSS Ė it stands for Cascading Style Sheets.† Cascading, being the very important word to understand.† This means that the base styles you define will carry throughout (or cascade) all of your design unless a specific style is overridden.

Iím going to begin by demonstrating how I typically begin creating a style sheet.

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Tags: CSS | organization | CSS