Washington, D.C.

Washington and Jefferson Memorials

I’m in DC for a bit over spring break, because in the fall I’m moving out here to work at RedJack. Pretty exciting.

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Christmas

Trevor hiding behind the Christmas tree

A Freeland family Christmas.

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Carleton

Carleton fall

Carleton in the fall.

Evans and Lyman Lakes

Flowers

Bridge

Carleton in the summer.

Bees

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Redesign

I’ve been here for almost exactly one year now, so it was about time for a redesign. I think this one looks much better, but I’m biased. I’m also much more comfortable with CSS than I was a year ago and have discovered fancy tools, like CSS frameworks.

I first used inuit.css while making a futures market webapp for one of the CS professors. I picked it over more common frameworks because it had nice pretty defaults, and looked easier to get started with. Naturally, I used it here too.

What does this mean for you, O reader?

It means that many of the hard things I don’t understand like line heights, word spacing, and resizing for different screen sizes (try this site on your phone!) are mostly taken care of for me. This is incredibly helpful, because now I don’t have gross smashed together fonts like last time. It also means most (hopefully all?) elements should have styling even if I didn’t do it myself.

This is a good thing. I actually used LESS this time, because it is incredibly awesome. Math and variables and nested rules in my stylesheets.

I also changed the fonts and made them huge, because I really like large fonts. After discovering Readability and using it to read almost everything, reading pages with small fonts sucks. One of my goals is that this looks good enough that you won’t instinctively leap for something like Readability. I won’t anymore, which is progress.

Despite using inuit.css, this design is much more a product of my work. I knew what I wanted (for the most part — I had no idea what to do about the comment links), and I like what I got.

A few other notes:

That’s about it. Tested in Firefox, Google Chrome, IE 9, and the Android browser. If something is broken or weird for you, post a comment, or email me.

Let me know what you think. Note: posts with pretty pictures will return soon.

Also, I’m 21 now?

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Summer

Carleton College sign

Summer at Carleton is pretty quiet and uneventful, although we do get exciting things like miserably hot and humid weather, apocalyptic thunderstorms, and more! Like crimping steel cable.

macro window screen sunset after the storm

orange sky after the storm

The storms are pretty cool though. This one was a while ago and had lots of terrific lightning that I kept missing.

sunset after the storm

They also give nice sunsets.

Tomorrow I’m going to see Tally Hall for the first time in a few years. Their new album, Good & Evil is all sorts of wonderful, especially after having waited almost six years since their first album.

Hopefully these pictures are less emo. :)

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