chrispederick / Chris Pederick

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  1. 229: Rapidfire 67 - ShopTalk

    We’re answering your questions right after Dave finishes grinding his gears about SaaS. Programming after 30? Development environment possibilities? Getting content from clients? rems vs ems? Angular vs React metaphors?

    Q & A

    8:03 Foundation is specifically built with Sass, and heavily leverages imports for each feature. Basically, if you don’t need the feature it is up to the developer to not include it.

    19:00 I’m starting to finally understand the concepts of Angular and React. However, I’m struggling to understand when I would reach for one over the other. Could you give me an example of a use case for Angular and a use case for React?

    28:30 What’s the deal with rem vs. em?

    38:57 I wondered if you’d ever considered doing a show about ‘older’ people making the jump into tech. By older I mean 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond, as I’m aware that in tech 30+ is often considered old, which I find hilarious!

    49:00 Any tips on process for getting content from clients? We’ve tried stuff like dropbox folders, master word docs, etc. Getting it all wrangled into a clear deliverable from them feels harder than it should be.

    54:50 I thought a very cool thing about Wes Bos’ React course (which was great) was the first video on getting your dev environment set up. I’d love to hear if you guys have locked into a workflow to solve this particular issue, or just generally if there are parts of your workflow that you think are cool and are worth sharing.


    Nudge by Richard H. Thaler


    CSS only custom-styled select

    JS Jabber

    React for Beginners

    rem vs em

    Clarity Conf




    Jekyll Archives





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    Digging thru log files trying to debug issues

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    Practical SVG

    Harness the power and possibilities of crisp, performance-efficient SVG with Chris Coyier. From software basics to build tools to optimization, you’ll learn techniques for a solid workflow. Go deeper: create icon systems, explore sizing and animation, and understand when and how to implement fallbacks. Get your images up to speed and look sharp!

    Job Mention

    Lead Frontend Developer at Firefly Learning

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  2. JavaScript Air | How to be a mentor

    Episode 035 of the live JavaScript broadcast podcast. With so many new developers coming into the JavaScript world, there’s never been a greater need for experienced developers to mentor and teach others. In this episode we’ll chat with some experts on how to be an effective mentor.

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  3. 036: Working Remotely – Fragmented

    In this mini Fragment we touch on a highly requested topic – working remotely. Donn talks about how to ease into remote working, tools for working remotely, tips and tricks for staying sane and productive while remote and he wraps it up by discussing the benefits employers have when hiring a remote workforce.

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    Show Notes

    Remote work is best suited for information workers (programmers, designers, engineers, etc)

    Read Remote by DHH and Jason Fried

    Great book that echoes what I feel about working remote.

    Tip: Listen to it on Audible, it’s faster to consume.

    How to ease into remote work at your current job

    Convince manager to allow a 1 day trial for one – three months.

    Remote day should be on Friday (fewer critical things happen on Friday, on average)

    After trial, if success, aim for 2-3 days of remote work. (Again, do this at the end of the week. Wed,Thu, Fri)

    Once successful, rally for full week of remote with an occasional in office visit (a day every week work two)

    Staying sane while working remote

    Donn’s blog post on this topic

    Create a work day schedule (5am-2pm, 8am-5pm, 10am-7pm, etc)

    When you’re done, you’re done. Leave work (your office/etc).

    Schedule. Schedule. Schedule. Stick to a schedule.

    Get up at the same time

    Get dressed for work (no PJ’s etc)

    Do your hair.

    Be presentable

    This is all mental

    Prepare for the day

    Get coffee/tea/water and snacks

    Try to limit the opportunity of distractions

    During the day

    Take a lunch, away from your desk.

    Go out for lunch with someone (significant other, friend, etc) at one to two times a week.

    Work out of the house a couple times a week, this increases our creativity.

    Outside of Work

    You need social interaction, Cabin Fever is a real thing.

    Exercise 3-4 times a week if possible.

    Group classes are perfect for this.


    Martial Arts




    Communication When Remote

    Put 3x-4x more effort into communicating than previous. You’re not visible seen so you need to be more vocal.



    Blow up the Slack/Hipchat channel/etc

    Objective – Clear your own path


    For remote to work effectively, everything should be considered remote. If one employee is remote, then all meetings should occur as if the team is remote. This ensures that everyone can work effectively without missing anything.


    Group Chat



    Video Chat

    Google Hangouts


    Task Management





    Remote for Employers

    Benefits from Remote workforce

    Much larger talent pool than the exhausted pool (or non-existent one that local). Higher quality employees/contractors/consultants for the same overhead.

    Remote creates much more loyal employees. You’re giving them their life back and this is reciprocated.

    Your company becomes anti-fragile as you’re able to adapt with the industry faster. You can hire in areas others cannot.

    On average, remote employees work harder and are more productive than their office counterparts.

    Less overhead! No need to pay for additional office space.


    Rollbar – special offer: Bootstrap plan free for 90 days


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  4. Remote working with Scott Hanselman

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  5. Mac Power Users #322: Cleaning Up with Hazel - Relay FM

    David and Katie dive deep on Mac automation assistant Hazel, discuss how to get started and ideas for file and document based automation and give ideas of how they’re using the program. David also announces a new MacSparky Video Field Guide.

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  6. Canvas #11: Travelling with iOS - Relay FM

    This week Fraser and Federico discuss travelling with iOS devices.

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  7. Canvas #10: Third Party Email Clients - Relay FM

    This week Fraser and Federico (particularly Federico) drop serious knowledge on 3rd party iOS mail clients.

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  8. Mac Power Users #316: Locking Down Your Technology - Relay FM

    David and Katie run down options for securing your tech and staying safe online. We cover securing your iOS devices and Macs as well as discuss best practices for passwords, email, web browsing and locking down your online profiles.

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  9. How Bleacher Report is Challenging ESPN for Internet Sports Superiority | Fast Forward

    In this week’s edition of FAST FORWARD, FOX Business Network’s Jo Ling Kent interviews David Finocchio, the CEO and co-founder of Bleacher Report, a digital media company that covers all kinds of sports from all over the world. David talks to Jo about how Bleacher Report is different from other spor

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  10. The Science Hour, History of Everyday Technology

    History of technologies that have changed our lives.

    Gareth Mitchell tells the remarkable stories of some of the technologies and devices that touch our lives every day. Melissa Hogenboom picks six technologies and finds out how they developed with the help of objects and curators at the Science Museum in London. Tilly Blyth, keeper of Technologies and Engineering at the Science Museum, talks to Gareth about the process of technological innovation.

    Syringe Selina Hurley, associate curator of Medicine, tells the story of how we’ve worked out how to get drugs in and blood out of our bodies. The story goes from the eight century, via lancets and the origins of immunisation to the modern syringe.

    Refrigeration In front of the Science Museum’s collection, Helen Peavitt, curator of Consumer Technology, talks about the development of the fridge from American ice boxes to modern fridge freezers.

    Navigation Once a gyroscope starts spinning it stays upright. David Rooney, curator of Navigation, explains how the gyroscope is behind the navigation of ships and spacecraft, although the gyrocar, the brain child of inventor Louis Brennan at the start of the 20th Century did not take off.

    Brain Scanners Seeing inside the brain with scanners has helped to diagnose injuries and disease. In front of the first CAT scanner, Katie Dabin, curator of Medicine, explains how it was invented by Godfrey Hounsfield, then an engineer at the electrical company EMI, better known for putting out The Beatles records.

    Computers Tilly Blyth traces the history of computers from Charles Babbage’s difference engine, through the Pilot Ace of the 1950s to the BBC Micro in the 1980s.

    3D Printing James Watt is known for his work on the steam engine but in his old age he built machines to reproduce busts and other objects. In front of Watt’s workshop, which has been recreated in the Science Museum, Curator of Mechanical Engineering, Ben Russell, discusses this forerunner of 3D printing with Melissa Hogenboom.

    The Science Hour is presented by Gareth Mitchell with comments from Melissa Hogenboom.

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