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Shopping Local

Don's Quality Market I have been driving passed this view for over a year now and haven’t taken a photo of it until now. I think I like lettering on the building.

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Animated Pie Chart With jQuery Knob

Animated Pie Chart I spent an afternoon rewriting some old code for an animated pie chart that is part of a web app I am updating. The previous code was written by a contractor who may have taken a quick route to completion. This made it very difficult to change it and also it was a few hundred lines too long. So I scrapped it and looked for a new solution. I ended up using jQuery Knob as the base and building on top of that. Since I couldn’t find anything quite what I was looking for, I decided to put it together myself and to make it a modular as I can. Basically, the pie chart has illustrates a percentage value and it’ll animate to that. I also have a colored label in the center that has a title, a tagline and the percentage updated as the pie chart is animated. With SCSS, I made it easier to customize the size, color, fonts, etc. It’s still a work in progress, but I decided put what I have on GitHub.

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Web Finds for November 13, 2014

Today’s Web Finds are things I have found that are immensely helpful in my blogging workflow. These are just the recent ones. I may put together a more detailed post about blogging with Jekyll.

Facebook Object Debugger
I use this to check my Open Graph meta data. It is comprehensive.
Twitter Card Validator
This is similar to the Facebook Object Debugger. It lets you preview your twitter summary card when you paste in a link. As someone running a website, you can set it up so that there is a title, summary and an image. If you want twitter to support cards with your website, you do have to set it up on twitter’s developer site.
SearchLink
Most of the things that Brett Terpstra does are a little over my head, all of which tend to increase productivity in a magical way. There are a few projects that anyone can make use of. SearchLink is one of them. I just started using it. It makes generating markdown links so simple and quick. It is definitely worth checking out.
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Fountain Pen Day

Fountain Pen Day Happy Fountain Pen day! I don’t really have much to say about it beside how much I enjoy writing with fountain pens. I think I’m drawn towards the customization aspect of it. It’s the same with what I do with computers and guitars. I like to make it my own. I am relatively new to the fountain pen community even though I’ve been a pen/pencil lover for maybe over a decade. Today I inked up my Jinhao X450 with some Noodler’s Bernanke Blue. If you have any interest in getting into fountains, I have some links for you below. Also, if you have any questions or comments, post them below.

Be a Fountain Pen Nerd

The Pen Addict Podcast
It’s a podcast about pens, pencils and stationery. Sounds geeky and it is, but it will get you interested into fountain pens and pens in general.
The Pen Addict
This is the blog created by half of the Pen Addict podcast, Brad Dowdy. You’ll find a lot of info about fountain pens. You will also find a lot of resources for other fountain pen sites. There are a lot out there, but this is a good place to start.
Lamy Safari
I don’t have a definitive favorite fountain pen, at least not yet, but I do love the Lamy Safari and I use it regularly. I think it’s a solid fountain pen to start with.
Goulet Pens
There are a lot of places to purchase fountain pens, but I think one of the best places is Goulet Pens. They also have a great YouTube channel.
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NaNoWriMo 2014

NaNoWriMo 2014 It’s been a couple of years, but I’m participating in NaNoWriMo again. This year, I’m writing a novel about creating a startup company in the Midwest. The working title is Minimum Viable Person. I have a rough outline of the story in my head and hopefully I can let it out. I’m trying to keep it light and humorous. I am a little behind, but I will try to make up some of that this week.

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Movember 2014

Movember 2014 This year, I am taking part in Movember. I’m not going to lie. My moustache will probably be the most unimpressive ever. I mostly go from a clean shave in the morning to scrub in the afternoon, but it basically stops at that point. Though I never tried to keep growing it out, I doubt it’ll get anymore than scrubby looking. However, that is not really the point of Movember. It’s about supporting men’s health. So if you can, support me, or someone else, or participate yourself.

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What is Movember?

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Teaser

I can’t state how much I want to watch this movie now. The combination of Joss Whedon and James Spader making this film together is almost too incredible for me to believe.

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Foo Fighters Sonic Highways

I am looking forward to watching Foo Fighters Sonic Highways TV series that’s premiering this Friday, October 17th, on HBO. It’ll be an eight episode series that circles around them recording an album in different studios in cities around the country. After watching Sound City, which I loved, I have high hopes for this show. I think Dave Grohl is just one of those people who lives music and is, in my opinion, a great story teller. Sonic Highways is going to worth watching for any music lover. The album with the same name is also coming soon on November 10th.

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Web Finds for October 6, 2014

Markdown Quick Look Plugin
A plugin that lets you preview your Markdown files with Quick Look. It’s super helpful if you work with Markdown.
Marka
Beautiful transformable icons built for the web.
Tinycon
A small library for manipulating the favicon, in particular adding alert bubbles and changing images.
WOFF 2.0
A new web font compression format that averages a 30% gain over WOFF 1.0. At the time of writing this, only Chrome 36 and Opera 23 supports it. Hopefully, support will expand soon.
Real Favicon Generator
A very comprehensive favicon generator. I’ve used this a couple times now. It works great.
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Frank Enters

Frank Enters TWSBI 580 / index card

Frank enters the room.

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