Matt Mehlhope

On Meetings and Standups

Meetings are often a test of fortitude. Twirling a pen, doodling, and daydreaming are only a few of the saving distractions from the gnawing boredom. Tuning in and out of a conversation that has little or no impact on you, you scan around the room, questioning why some of the invitees are even here and

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Meetings are often a test of fortitude. Twirling a pen, doodling, and daydreaming are only a few of the saving distractions from the gnawing boredom. Tuning in and out of a conversation that has little or no impact on you, you scan around the room, questioning why some of the invitees are even here and how others haven’t died of boredom yet. You peck away on your laptop, sending IMs of, “Please kill me” to your colleagues, looking for any chance of comedic reprieve.

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Swapping Developer Roles: A Lesson in Empathy and Cross Disciplinary Work

If you’ve ever found yourself in a code oriented meeting in which people are going over issues and you find yourself dozed off in the corner – you’ve got an empathy problem. It isn’t explicitly because you’re a jackass (which, you very well may be), but because you cannot relate to the issues. Maybe you’ve

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If you’ve ever found yourself in a code oriented meeting in which people are going over issues and you find yourself dozed off in the corner – you’ve got an empathy problem. It isn’t explicitly because you’re a jackass (which, you very well may be), but because you cannot relate to the issues. Maybe you’ve never coded a REST interface before, handled the scaling issues of a database, or written the markup for a responsive website. You don’t know what pitfalls exist, what complexities often arise, or what technical challenges are present — it’s all unfamiliar and unknown. To remedy this, a colleague — Willie Miller — and I engaged in what we call “dev swap.”

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The Tenets of Responsible Web Design

In my previous post I introduced the concept of Responsible Web Design, which transcends any particular design methodology and is rather a holistic approach to ensuring that web content is delivered effectively to all audiences and mediums. It’s no secret that over the course of the past decade we, as designers and developers, have been

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In my previous post I introduced the concept of Responsible Web Design, which transcends any particular design methodology and is rather a holistic approach to ensuring that web content is delivered effectively to all audiences and mediums. It’s no secret that over the course of the past decade we, as designers and developers, have been doing our best to make content work across browsers. But, we’ve ignored our responsibility to support all devices or the fringe users of our sites. It’s time for that to change.

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Responsible Web Design

As web designers and developers, we carry the heavy burden of ensuring that content is delivered to an incredibly heterogenius audience – internet-enabled devices. These devices come in different shapes, sizes, and capacities. Regardless of their capabilities each device platform deserves the same level of respect, something that we have not historically given each equally.

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As web designers and developers, we carry the heavy burden of ensuring that content is delivered to an incredibly heterogenius audience – internet-enabled devices. These devices come in different shapes, sizes, and capacities. Regardless of their capabilities each device platform deserves the same level of respect, something that we have not historically given each equally. While responsive and adaptive web design have become buzz words in the industry, they are simply emblematic of our need to design responsibly — for all users and devices — rather than for the capable few.

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The Pains of Exercising with a Herniated Disk

Nearly 6 months ago I began to feel a pain in my lower back, just above my left buttock that was nearly unbearable when doing certain movements or exercises. I recalled having a similar pain just over a year ago on the opposite side of my back that was due to an inflammation of the

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Nearly 6 months ago I began to feel a pain in my lower back, just above my left buttock that was nearly unbearable when doing certain movements or exercises. I recalled having a similar pain just over a year ago on the opposite side of my back that was due to an inflammation of the muscles and nerves around my sacrum (the fused joint where you spine connects to your pelvis). Like a good patient, I de-loaded my weights in the gym and took ample amounts of ibuprofen, iced the area and was fairly liberal in the length of my hot showers. I expected the pain to go away like it had before, but if anything it got worse.

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