Blog Posts

Adventures In Frugality Pt 1

Going grocery shopping with my mother when I was young was a lot of fun. It was when we could connect with each other and share what was going on in my life. My mother also taught me a good deal about cooking, but more on that in another post.

My Top 5 Favorite Books

I have a long relationship to books. I learned to read early in life, around 3 years of age. Later in my life my passion for books lead me to land a job managing a bookstore for 11 years. Those were great times and I often still dream I’m heading to work, ready to unpack boxes and shelve books.

Let’s not get technical

Although RefinedRapture.com will continue to represent my career as a web developer, my blog posts will reflect more of my personal interests such as spirituality, music, cooking and so forth.

Debugging CSS Animations Without Tears

I had been doing some work for a client who wanted an animation transition removed. This was a legacy project that involved many plugins and going through the stylesheets became nearly like untangling how many levels in Inception.

Auto Deploy Your Code With Git!

On an assignment recently, I worked with a dev-ops team that refused to have anything to do with FTP, and rightly so..it can be a very inefficient and insecure way to transfer files.

When I asked “well, how do I get the code to the server then?” I was told it was all done behind the scenes when I commit to git. I was intrigued and wanted to do that for my personal projects …and this is how I did it.

Meet George Jetson

It may surprise many who know me that I’ve consciously limited the amount of technology I rely on for my day to day life. Sometimes it’s a matter of being a ‘traditionalist’, or sometimes it just turns my stomach when a company creates a product merely for its ‘cool’ factor over any sense of practicability.

HTML Emails

On my last assignment, we had a need for an occasional HTML email blast. I generally have relied on Mailchimp to make such emails but this was for a small, internal audience so such a service would have been overkill.