Lately, I've been sliding back into the habit of working late at night (or, at least, certainly intending to.) However, a break between leaving work and the late night makes it somwhat difficult to get back into the swing of things.
I find it often helps to build a simple, useless, weird project before getting started to help get my mind in the right place. Some of my most recent projects are:
It's a weird bag of clever and overengineered CSS that gives you something
that vaguely resembles what you might remember working on an old, gaussed CRT
looked like. You can type
wat over and over. It also served to teach me
about some of the weirder corners of the latest CSS specs, like
webkit-mask-image - I'm particularly proud of how I got the corners, and only
the corners, to blur on the "screen". (And using a radial gradient at that.)
I also used that as inspiration for my latest blog design. Not sure if it'll stick or not, but here's trying. The color scheme is based on Andrea Leopardi's Gotham and I implemented it while listening to a lot of Com Truise.
I took a listing from
grepped it to find what
[0-9a-f] along with some letters I could translate
l = 1, z = 2, etc.) I then took that and built a big page of all the colors.
It made me realize how long it's been since I actually did manual DOM
manipulation without fifteen layers of libraries abstracting things away. I'm,
manually creatig document fragments and stuff. it's crazy. At one point I even
wrote my own
new XMLHttpRequest() before I moved the
colors array into the
same file for performance.
Anyway, I hope someone gets a chuckle, or at least exhales sharply out of their nostrils. It was fun. Now, back to work.