Welcome Roy Cooper, a governor for us all!

North Carolina Governor - Roy Cooper

The Good

Roy Cooper was recently elected the governor of North Carolina and he is the best choice to get the state back on track after helping to repeal HB2, bring back businesses and entertainment events that left the state due to HB2 and overall his leadership will make North Carolina great again (MNCGA).

My favorite part about North Carolina is the pro-economy, the diversity of the people of North Carolina and the over-all friendly-ness and progressive nature of the State. We took a hit from the last four years of Pat McCrory and the Republican legislature, but as Roy Cooper himself said, he will make it a priority for businesses, events, and people to “Come Back to Carolina” after the disaster that was Pat McCrory.

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so long 2016, welcome 2017!

Get your website ready for 2017

2016 was not the best year for me. In a lot of ways, 2016 was like taking a step backward as opposed to moving forward.

2016 was also a bad year for my home state of North Carolina. A discriminatory law was passed by the state legislature early in the year called HB2. I felt this bill was wrong and stupid from the beginning. The fallout from this bill made North Carolina a joke to the rest of the nation and also resulted in lost jobs due to companies such as Paypal and Deutsche Bank deciding not to expand. There were also scheduled entertainment and sporting events canceled such as Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and the NBA All-Star Game. If that wasn’t bad enough a damaging Hurricane Matthew blew through in October and caused major flooding in the Eastern part of the State.

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Semantic HTML and Modular CSS

Semantic HTML and Modular CSS

The definition of semantic is relating to meaning in language or logic. Semantic elements are not only smart when coding HTML, but also are important for other reasons as well. In this blog post I will elaborate more as to why it is important to create semantic HTML markup.

First off it is easier to develop and maintain semantic HTML code rather than to create junked-up code. Some examples of HTML semantic elements are:


    <header> – Defines the header of the document or section
    <main> – Defines the main content of a document, excluding global items like nav or footer
    <nav> – Defines navigation links
    <article> – Defines a self-contained piece of content within a document (blog posts, comments, etc.)
    <section> – Defines a section within a document
    <aside> – Defines content that is aside from main content; should be related to surrounding content
    <figure> – Defines self-contained content that is independent (photos, illustrations, videos, etc.)
    <mark> – Defines highlighted or important content
    <figcaption> – Defines the caption for the figure
    <hgroup> – Defines a group of header tags
    <footer> – Defines the footer of a document
    <time> – Defines the time

It is way better to use a semantic element for a page header for example than span junk.

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Give your website a face-lift and checkup in 2017!

2017 Website Checklist

O.k, first things first. You have a business or portfolio website. Maybe you have had the same site for a while and it is working well for you or maybe you have a snazzy new redesign. Either way, there are quite a few steps to take to make sure your website is the best is can be and can meet the expectations of your users. After all, the more users visiting your website, the more chances you have to convert those users to be a customer or a client. If visitors don’t like your website or if they cannot find what they are looking for quickly, then they will leave and may never come back.

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website accessibility is a right, not a privilege

Web Accessibility for AllIt is a requirement that all government related websites meet section 508 accessibility guidelines, and your business website should as well. Accessibility is a right, not a privilege.

Common visual problems are due to cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, corneal opacity, diabetic retinopathy, childhood blindness, trachoma and onchocerclasis.

Since people with visual disabilities can’t actually view your website they need to utilize assistive technologies(AT). A common screen reader for windows is JAWS (not the shark). JAWS is an acronym for Job Access with Speech. JAWS used a virtual cursor when interacting with web content.

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I’m not with him…

I'm not with him - Donald Trump

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” – United States Declaration of Independence

Soooo…. the election is now over and it didn’t exactly go as I thought it would (for that matter not like most people thought apparently). I wanted Hillary to win. Not because I am a huge Hillary Clinton fan, but because of the two candidates, I agreed with her policies more than I did with Trump, I thought she would be a better person to bring together a divided country and additionally she had much more foreign policy experience than Trump. After the election results, I was stunned, disappointed and maybe even a little butt hurt.

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websites I admire and visit often

Websites I admire and visit regularly

As a web developer, I am pretty picky of the websites I visit on a regular basis. Yes, I look for a good design, usability, mobile friendly and all of that good stuff, but let’s face it. In the end, content is king, and why people visit websites. I visit a website over and over again because I really like their content and find the site useful. There are a handful of sites I visit monthly, weekly, or daily because they are so useful to me and here they are:

W3 Schools – great site for learning web coding. Clark Howard – Clark is great at warning of scams and giving sound solid consumer advice. WRAL – I visit this site every day for local news and weather.

CNN

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My all-time favorite movies

Favorite Movies All-Time

Movies have always been a big part of my life. I grew up in a really small town in the South Side of Virginia. There wasn’t much to do. I know this is a cliche but it was really true back then. There was no internet. No cell phones. No video games and no Netflix. If you wanted entertainment you went to the cinema.

That said here is my definitive list of my all-time favorite movies. Not necessarily in any particular order.

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The civil unrest continues…

Charlotte Protest

The recent events that have unfolded in Charlotte, North Carolina are unsettling and disturbing. A man was shot and killed by police, which brought out protesters and in some case rioters in the Queen city, the largest city in North Carolina. A modern city wich is a banking hub and home to sports franchises, the Carolina Panthers (NFL) and Charlotte Hornets (NBA) as well as home to NASCAR.

This was just the latest in a string of violence between the police and black men over the last several years where black men have been killed by police officers and it has been on social media, filmed on camera phones, played out in the media and lead to protest in the particular city where it took place. This has lead to a divided nation and no trust between the police officers and the communities in which they serce.

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My desert island musical selection

Desert Island Musical Selections

One important thing all human beings should think about is what music would they want to have with them if they were stranded on a musical island (because you just never know, right?)
If I had to pick one CD, I might go with Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon, Led Zeppelin IV, U2 – Joshua Tree, Radio Head- OK Computer, Pearl Jam -Ten, Nirvana – Never Mind, The Eagles – Greatest Hits or The Who – Who’s Next.

In a perfect world , I would have a mixed CD to accompany me during the lonely days and nights on the deserted island that I may or may nor inhabit one day. If that was the case, here are the tunes that would be on that CD.

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