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Happy new week, friends! 👋

Personal blogs seem to be on the rise lately. I see more and more new blogs, and I'm there for it!

Many people think that blogging is primarily about writing things down for others. It's not. My blog has turned into my own little knowledge base over the years. I don't mind publishing quick thoughts or notes with five sentences. 🤷‍♂️ If people find value in it, great! If not, also great because I posted it for my future self.

I often don't remember solutions or facts, but I remember when I made a note on my blog and read my own posts multiple times a week. I write things down to remember.

As Marco Heine puts it in "Just hit publish":

It doesn’t have to be perfect. It has to be on here. That’s the main goal.

Strongly agree!

But it's not only about creating a second brain. Writing things down streamlines thoughts. No matter if you're debugging something, collecting points for an argument, or trying to come up with a plan. Putting some headlines on paper, and coming up with an outline; all these steps help me make sense of this wild bundle of thoughts I'm facing daily. 🙈

Zine about writing things down.

You might know that I have a blogroll on my site. If you're blogging, tell me about it! I'd love to add you to my RSS feed because I'm super curious about the things you put into your knowledge base!

And with this, today you'll learn about:

  • CSS border tricks
  • Experimental VS Code editor features
  • How to become a better public speaker

... and, as always, GitHub repositories, a new Tiny Helper and some music.

Lastly, welcome to the 184 new subscribers! I'm super excited to have you around! 👋

Something that made me smile this week

First Pull Request – What was the first pull request you sent on GitHub?

Do you remember what your first GitHub PR was? will let you travel back in time and find out.

Find your first PR

Sticky editor lines

VS Code editor with two sticky function signature lines

VS Code v1.70 introduced a new experimental sticky scrolling mode. Function signatures, object properties or nested CSS selectors can now strick at the top of your editor window.

I love it!

Make it stick

TIL – why Norwegians don't like YAML

The reason to why this is problematic in some cases, is “The Norway Problem” YAML has: when you abbreviate Norway to its ISO 3116-1 ALPHA-2 form NO, YAML will return false when parsing it.

The following made me laugh – I barely use YAML, but I learned that it treats all the following values as false: n, N, no, No, NO, false, False, FALSE, off, Off, OFF.

That's a lot, but one of them is undoubtedly annoying when you live in Norway (NO). 😆

Learn more about YAML's Norway problem

Public speaking tips

My 🌶️ spicy take 🌶️: I don’t like seeing tech talks live.

Chelsea Troy published an article about tech talks and describes why she dislikes most of the presentations out there. And while she's very snarky in the post, Chelsea gives some excellent advice on how to give an engaging talk! 💯

Level up your public speaking

TIL – calc() doesn't work with zeros

Note: Because <number-token>s are always interpreted as <number>s or <integer>s, “unitless 0” <length>s aren’t supported in math functions. That is, width: calc(0 + 5px); is invalid, because it’s trying to add a <number> to a <length>, even though both width: 0; and width: 5px; are valid.

This week I learned that calc(0 + 1em) leads to an invalid CSS property value. I've never run into this. 😲

Miriam Suzanne explained why it doesn't work.

Avoid the zeros

Creative borders

Two borders that look like radars.

How creative can you get with CSS borders? It turns out, very! This post from DEV author "Coco" includes multiple border effects for your bookmark collections. It's worth it, I promise!

Spice up your borders

Is this person real?

Random Face Generator (This Person Does Not Exist)

I heard in a podcast that people use to generate images for testimonials. Why? You don't have to ask for permission to use their picture. They don't exist!

Sometimes I'm scared and creeped out by all these AI/ML things happening, but nevertheless, it's impressive how realistic the fake faces are.

Generate fake people

A curved image carussel.

Jhey Tompkins continues with his outstanding speedy CSS tricks, and this curved carousel is no exception. Find an explainer video and CodePen on Twitter.

Use some CSS magic

Random MDN – clip-path

Clip-path example included on the MDN docs.

From the unlimited knowledge archive called MDN...

I've seen multiple CSS demos using clip-path this week. If you haven't used it, learn more about it on MDN.

Clip the path

TIL recap – Multiple borders without pseudo-elements

A button with two different borders.

Four years ago, I learned that you can create multiple element borders by using backgrounds on the CSS border-box, padding-box, and content-box. There are no pseudo-elements needed for a "doubled border". Learn more about it on the blog!

Tweak your backgrounds

Find more short web development learnings in my "Today I learned" blog section.

Three valuable projects to have a look at

A new Tiny Helper

hhhue 🎨  – Curated collection of beautiful color palettes. Start by selecting a base color, or generate your own using the color palette generator:

Are you looking for great-looking color palettes? hhhue is a beautiful collection of hand-crafted color combinations.

Check hhhue

Find more single-purpose online tools on

Thought of the week

Everybody's busy these days. There's always stuff to do. Greg Kogan explained that being swamped or busy isn't a good thing. It's a lack of prioritization. I agree and have to get better at it for sure.

Being swamped isn’t a badge of honor, it’s something to work on.

A song that makes you stop coding

Mando Diao – Down in the past

Oh my... time flies. Mando Diao's "Down in the past" was released 18 years ago. It's a track for the ages, and my tiny Indie heart puts on its dancing shows when the song is played on the radio.

Listen to "Down in the past"

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And with that, take care of yourselves, friends - mentally, physically, and emotionally. I'll see you next week! 👋

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Frontend nerd with over ten years of experience, freelance dev, "Today I Learned" blogger, conference speaker, and Open Source maintainer.

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