Review: Counterpart (2017)

Starz premiered Counterpart in December 2017, and it may just be the best new show of the fall season. For 50% that’s because of the unique storyline, but the other 50% is totally because of J.K. Simmons acting. Set in present day Berlin (but in a different world), there is a portal that leads to […]

Controlling Itho CVE ECO ventilation with Domoticz

For ventilation, our 17-year-old house is equipped with an Itho air handler for mechanical ventilation. Exhausts in the kitchen, toilet, and bathroom make sure that fresh air gets pulled in through ventilation inlets located over the windows. The air handler made a lot of noise for the past few years, so we mostly had it unplugged. Since that’s a terribly […]

Having fun with Sass lists and strings

At SassConf I presented a one hour “featured workshop” on lists, while also touching on new Sass 3.3 features such as maps and string functions. After all, the best way to learn how new functionality works is to toy around with it (and break stuff), so I decided to create an “animation trajectory grid” (or […]

Should you use a Sass mixin or @extend?

If you want to DRY your CSS, the easiest way is to start using a pre-processor like Sass. Specially in the beginning though, you need to regularly look at what your Sass compiles to. By using mixins for instance, you can seriously scale back the amount of code you need to write. But if you […]

Fostering a development community

Yesterday I wrote a controversial article about how I see and hear that the Ruby community is more and more influenced by poor developers. I knew it would stir up a shit storm, but the amount of tweets and comments on various sites still surprised me. We’re talking 7,000+ unique visitors in the first 18 […]

Will Rails be the new PHP?

UPDATE 2: Here’s a follow-up to this post with some thoughts on how we can turn the tide if what’s to follow below is true. UPDATE: I’m sure this is going to feel like an uncool move, but I’m not only not going to respond to all individual comments, I also closed the thread. Anything […]