The Albino Farm: A SW Missouri Legend

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North of Springfield, Missouri (in the SW of the state) is The Albino Farm. Some say that the farm was actually a group home for albinos and other social “outcasts”, others say it was a hospital for the same, while still others say there was an albino caretaker who used to threaten trespassers with a shotgun. The version of the story that I enjoy the most was told to me by old friends. I’m no storyteller, but here goes!

Freelance website almost done – do you need a web designer?

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I’m putting the final touches on my freelance website. Design-wise, it’s simple, and it will definitely change over time (and much more quickly at least in the first year or so), and content-wise it’s a duplicate of my many portfolios around the web, but hopefully will serve as a single repository for my best work that should land me more work.

Speaking of work, if you or anyone you know is in need of a small website or in website design, or if you need a front-end designer on a contractual basis, get in touch with me! When working freelance, I specialize in small businesses (typically agricultural) and brochure websites, also known as informational websites, landing pages, or one-page websites. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Goal: network more (uuuuughghghghgh)

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I’ve been trying to network more, because I dislike doing so. Part of it is a dislike of socialization, especially pointless or random socialization, and part of it is a genuine anxiety that I’ll be judged harshly by my peers. Of course, everyone has this problem, but it seems like a worse problem for some than others, or some are just better at pushing past it.

Part of it stems from the fact that I’m not very conventional: I have blue hair, I have an usual name, I curse like a sailor, and I don’t really pull punches. I’m brutally honest nearly all the time (something I’ve had to work on since having a kid), and I often say that life is too short to beat around the bushes. That being said, I’m not going to try to hurt people’s feelings on purpose, but if someone asks me my opinion I’ll be honest, often regardless of the consequences. Freedom self-imposed, if you will.

I got a Microsoft Surface Pro 4!

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So a couple of weeks ago, I was surprised with a gift of a Microsoft Surface Pro 4. I had been drooling about them for awhile, and have recently decided to ramp up my freelancing business so my husband decided one would make a fantastic fourth anniversary present. It was a sweet gesture, and it’s a fan-fucking-tastic machine.

I’m not sure what I like better, the ability to touch and get things done – whether that is just opening a link on a page or selecting objects in Illustrator – or the ability to¬†draw on the fucking screen. I miss my old Wacom tablets terribly, and this is fucking great.

I’ve drooled over a Cintiq, which is probably what you get when your digital artistry REALLY gets going, but yeah, so far I’m loving this thing. (I wrote this post on it as well, I actually really love the keyboard, it’s like my wireless one for my computer, so non-clacky and short-statured.) For now, this will be great for me.

Plus, I can code on this thing too. Sure, it’s a bit of a shock to have only one screen (what the hell did I do before I had multiple monitors?!) but it’s also a great focuser; if I can’t click into Pocket, I can’t get distracted by 14 different articles about the 2017 front-end industry or yet another review of the Tom Bihn Pilot bag.

Expiration dates for .io domains on Google Domains

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TLDR: As of February 2, 2017, the policy of the vendor that Google Domains uses for .io domain registration is that an .io domain is auto-renewed or deleted 3 days before the expiration date displayed in WHOIS information and the Google Domains dashboard. This means that your “real” expiration date is effectively 3 days earlier than you might expect. While there are email notifications at the 30 and 7 days prior marks that list the “real” expiration, there isn’t any obvious indication in your dashboard and only the email seems to mention the “real” expiration date.

Happy 4th anniversary!

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It’s my fourth wedding anniversary and I made this little “card” for my husband Spydir. He loves coffee, I love puns, seemed appropriate!

white coffee cup with face on the cup and hearts above the cup and the text "words cannot espresso how much I love you" underneath
An anniversary card I made for my husband for our 4th anniversary February 11.