Jason Rodriguez

Writer, designer, web + email advocate.

Latest Writing & Things of Interest

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September 23, 2017

It’s 4am, I’m sitting in the San Francisco International Airport, and it’s right after Litmus Live. Naturally, I just outlined my talk for next year.

Logbook: September 15, 2017

September 15, 2017

tooth extraction tool illustration

I had all four of my wisdom teeth extracted today. It was a wonderful way to spend a Friday morning.

It took quite a bit longer than expected, mainly because my lower left tooth refused to be numbed and I could feel everything they were doing. I opted for only local anesthesia so that I didn’t have to coordinate anything with my cardiologist. It was quite the experience.

I didn’t realize how violent the procedure was. It was quite literally a doctor (who looked nearly identical to Tim Robbins) with a (fancy) pair of pliers yanking my jaw around until the suckers popped out. Despite the violence and resulting pain, I’m thankful for modern medicine and an employer that offers such good benefits. I can’t imagine having my teeth taken out 50 or 60 years ago, let alone hundreds.

I’ll be spending the weekend healing up, looking forward to Litmus Live San Francisco next week. Fingers-crossed for no dry sockets, I hear that shit’s the worst.

Is there any value in people who cannot write JavaScript?

September 14, 2017

I certainly hope so, as I’m one of them.

I love this post from Mandy Michael and wholeheartedly agree with it. Especially this bit:

When every new website on the internet has perfect, semantic, accessible HTML and exceptionally executed, accessible CSS that works on every device and browser, then you can tell me that these languages are not valuable on their own. Until then we need to stop devaluing CSS and HTML.

And then this bit:

The worst part about pushing the “know everything” mentality is that we end up creating an industry full of professionals suffering from burnout and mental illness. We have people speaking at conferences about wellbeing, imposter syndrome and full stack anxiety, yet despite that, we perpetuate this idea that people have to know everything and be amazing at it.

The whole damned thing is great. Go read it.

Sublime Text 3.0

September 14, 2017

At last! The production release of Sublime Text 3 is out! I’ve been wandering around editors lately, but always end up back at Sublime Text. I’ve had a license for years and I’m happy to pay the $30 upgrade fee. Such a great piece of software.

Logbook: September 12, 2017

September 12, 2017

More and more convinced that these health problems aren’t just migraines and wisdom teeth. A visit to the doctor today yielded an appointment with a neurologist, an order for an MRI, and some new meds. Those first two are a ways out, so I’m calling again tomorrow to try to get in for some faster, emergency appointments.

This pain and sensation is getting more frequent and severe, and shit is tough to deal with.