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April 2018


Codestock 2018 Slides and References


CSS: Can you? !== Should you?

Many developers have not taken the time to stay immersed in what CSS can do, and most take advantageonly of the most minimal levels of what it can do when applying styles to a project. However, CSS is capable of far more things now than many developers realize. This presentation reveals some of the things CSS can do that many people use JS frameworks and plugins for, and discusses performance and usage pros and cons. We can make a pure-CSS party parrot, but that doesn’t mean we really should… or should we?


Codepens used as examples in the talk:

To answer questions raised after the talk – for those brand new to CSS:


Happy CodeStock!

Hi there!

Yes! I am announcing in my talk today that I am posting the slidedeck and a list of references. I expect this to be around mid-afternoon, and I didn’t queue it to go automatically, because I thought I might fine tune the list based on any questions received during my talk.


So you are in the right place, if that’s what you’re looking for! Just have some patience, and if you want to be automatically notified, follow me as @ambroseya on twitter and I’ll update when it’s posted.


Letterpress, Life, Productivity

Welcome to the Chase Alley Press!

I’ve been distant on my blogging these last months, as we have had extensive family upheaval. After moving in January 2016, and spending a full year moving / working on the old house / finally selling the old house, my aunt was in a car accident in November 2016. This led to the most trips between Tennessee and Maryland that I ever thought possible. Trips to sort out her things, to clean out and sell her house when it became obvious she could not return home, and to move those family heirlooms that I wanted from her home. Then in January 2017, my grandfather fell ill with pneumonia, and without my aunt to assist, we brought him home with hospice car in February 2017 to his home in Maryland. We made many trips to visit family over the year, and my grandfather died in December 2017.

In these first few months of 2018, we have been frantically cleaning out my grandfather’s home (which he purchased over fifty years ago) of all of the items that we wanted to keep — including his printshop. My grandfather, Jacob LaRue Warner, was a hobby printer for over 50 years. Here is an article he wrote in his monthly journal The Boxwooder, which was reprinted in Type & Press in 1989.

And here is a very well researched obituary article written about my grandfather, written by Dave Tribby for The Fossil:

All of this leads to the birth of the Chase Alley Press. Marc and I are very grateful to be done with the printshop moving process, (which included riggers using cranes to move equipment from the basement to our truck) and have taken possession of all of the presses, type, printed matter, and other equipment from the Boxwood Press and are naming our private press the Chase Alley Press. We shall be publishing a series of articles about the presses and the shop as we complete our inventory and restoration process.