Since we got a first look at
a Container Queries prototype
back in April 2021,
the syntax has changed a few times.
But now the spec is stable,
browsers are getting ready to ship,
and it’s time to make sure
you’re using the same syntax they are!
There’s a well-established ‘best practice’
that CSS authors
(as well as linters and minifiers)
should remove units from any
It’s a fine rule in most cases,
but there are a few common situations
where it will break your code.
There’s a new web API proposal
for transitioning shared-elements across pages.
It’s great for making smooth page transitions,
but what if we apply it to individual elements
with changing styles on a single page?
Reflections on making theater, and my family reacting to it.
What does it mean to be a person –
to have a body, and live in it –
to make choices, and change over time –
to tell the truth?
Cascade layers are a new CSS feature
that allows us to define
explicit contained layers of specificity.
A monkey hitting keys at random
for an infinite amount of time
will eventually want some help writing Hamlet (or whatever).
You’re the monkey. We’re here to help.
Working on a new CSS feature like Container Queries,
one of the most important considerations is
to ensure a “migration path” –
a way for developers to start integrating the new code,
without breaking their sites on legacy browsers.
“What is one thing you learned about building websites this year?”
CSS Custom Properties allow
us to manage and control both cascade and inheritance in new ways.
“What about building websites has you interested this year?”
Sass recently launched a new module system.
The new syntax will replace
a big step forward for making Sass partials
more readable, performant, and safe.
Pushing past the “variable” metaphor,
CSS Custom Properties can provide new ways
to balance context and isolation
in our patterns and components.
A reflection on change,
and the stories we tell about ourselves
I was invited to perform
a Vagina Monologue,
and ended up writing my own.
The Journal of Mennonite Writing
asked me to submit
for their queer issue.
I don’t identify as Mennonite,
but I did grow up in the church,
so I asked my friends what to write about.
They suggested the common question:
In a world without rigid gender roles,
would anyone need to be trans?
I shared an article about my impending surgery,
and a request for help –
both social and financial –
as I go through this.
I was embarrassed to ask,
and not sure what to expect,
but your response has been swift and overwhelming.
I can’t thank you enough,
but I’ll keep trying.
Denver Health has started offering vaginoplasty
in addition to their other trans medical services.
While I’ve been on the waitlist
for various surgeons around the country,
Denver Health called me this week
to give me a date: September 10,
less than two months away.
An LGBT concert of writers and composers
by the Playground Ensemble,
with three works by LGBT authors and the composers.
We are not here to flatter egotism,
or prop up humbug;
we are merely telling the [queer] story.
We value what is good in the book;
but we believe in the existence of other,
and more vivid kinds of goodness.
“I don’t have many guy friends, but my guitarist is one.
Parting, I lean in for the cheek-kiss
but he plants a good one right on my lips.”
I used excerpts from
Body & Gender Fragments
to talk about the contradictions
of transition –
a sort of “crossing over” without going anywhere.
Inspired by Robin Rendle,
I demonstrate some of my early experiments
combining CSS Grids and custom properties
to create dynamic layouts and data-visualizations.
At the family vacation in Moab,
everyone is doing their best.
It’s not enough,
and my day is peppered with the wrong name and pronouns.
I hide in my room through dinner
so they won’t see me crying.
“I’ve seen myself in the mirror.
I find me… disorienting.
What do they see that I don’t?
Why aren’t they laughing at me?”
“Mother finds me at her wardrobe, in her pumps and pearls.
What are you doing?
Being a mommy.
Are you, then?
She clips on the earrings (they pinch!),
reaches for her lipstick.”
A reflection on the nature and value of productivity for the
SuperYesMore series: The Human in the Machine.
Viewport units have been around for several years now,
with near-perfect support in the major browsers,
but I keep finding new and exciting ways to use them.
I thought it would be fun to review the basics,
and then round-up some of my favorite use-cases.
I wasn’t born in the wrong body.
I was born, a body.
Without my body, I don’t exist.
There’s a lot of language that gets thrown around,
but much of it comes loaded with
over-simplified baggage and misconceptions.
Here are a few that have been on my mind –
from gender identity to biological sex,
transition, passing, and visibility.
No matter what acronym drives your selectors
(BEM, OOCSS, SMACSS, ETC),
loops can help keep your patterns more readable and maintainable,
baking them directly into your code.
We’ll take a look at what loops can do,
and how to use them in the major CSS preprocessors.
Blog for people who make websites
There are some questions that come up again and again
if you are trans.
A few of those questions are terrible,
but most of them are well-intentioned.
I’m lucky to have a supportive community around me,
so I thought I’d write down my most common answers
to help ease your stress about
getting it right,
and ease my stress about
answering the same questions over and over.
Using Sass, you can write your stylesheets in a more concise,
dynamic, and readable way, and cut down many of
the repetitive tasks that come with writing vanilla CSS.
This book provides a thorough introduction to
Sass for the beginner.
Co-writen with my friend
An interview with the insightful
at Michigan Quarterly Review.
A fragmented memory of friendship –
navigating fluid genders, relationships,
and bodies that resist order, category, or completion.
Inspired by Margaret Clap,
and the many myths of Hermaphroditus.
Collaboration doesn’t have to be a social activity.
Successful collaboration is knowing when to bring people together
and when to send them home with individual assignments.
An archival rhizome ecology in ten parts,
and a reflection on the obsolescence of obsolescence –
documented on the cloud,
and open-sourced as a defense against post-post-obsolescence.
A novel about new love,
and what comes next.
A love story, and an after-love story –
told wiith poetry and pictures.
A modern, theatrical interpretation
of the Catholic Mass –
created by Grapefruit Lab
and Teacup Gorilla.
Combining the sacrifice, transcendence, blood,
and circumstance of the Catholic Mass with history,
live music, science, dance, literature,
and pop culture to find a wholly modern communion experience.
What we have left is our selves,
broken and battered,
but surviving together.
Grapefruit is a hybrid of lemon and orange.
Snow is hybrid of wish and lament.
An action comedy for the stage,
based on our favorite movie tropes.
The script was devised by the entire ensemble,
lead by Michelle Milne, Miriam,
Emily Swora, and Ben Jacobs.
I don’t believe this is the final script…
A live action comedy,
inspired by the movies,
and created by our ensemble.
We hurt ourselves for love…
a play in one act, and a short film
Reflections of a Mennonite
after the war
Based on a series of interviews
with Annie in 2003,
this play was produced first by Goshen College
as a runner-up
for the International Peace Play Contest,
and then in collabiration with New World Arts
for my senior thesis production.
a ten minute play, and short film
I wrote this at the start of the Iraq war (2003),
and later made the short film.
It’s been on my mind again
during COVID-19 isolation.
a glimpse of the aftermath
I worked as Master Electrician of
the college theater and music performance venues,
while I studied theater, writing, and visual art.