WordPress widget for recent posts in same category

WordPress widget for recent posts in same category

Working on a site update recently, I needed to provide secondary navigation to recent posts by category. The theme my client was using provided no such navigation, but did have at least a dozen spaces for widgets. I created a child theme and put code similar to the following in functions.php, but one could also… Read More »

Taking the pulse of search engine rankings

Taking the pulse of search engine rankings

A few months ago I tested my curiosity about and suspicion of “search engine optimization” (SEO). First, I hypothesized that some people might search for a tool that helps them find their heart rate. Second, I created a website that did one thing: measure a user’s pulse. Third, I registered a domain made of words… Read More »

Steamed orange fennel mussels

Steamed orange fennel mussels

I extemporaneously picked up some mussels at the grocery earlier today. Not having prepared mussels before but having much experience eating them, I read several recipes and found a recipe for orange fennel mussels that seemed rife to riff upon: 1 tblsp canola oil 1/2 yellow onion (1/3 cup, diced) Zest of 1 orange (1/2… Read More »

Free money!

Free money!

I bought some Dogecoins a few weeks ago and they lost 20% of their value pretty quickly. But I’ve had enormous fun wheeling and dealing in currencies on the CoinEx and Cryptsy currency exchanges. Many of the currencies are worth tiny fractions of a US penny each which allows you to buy and sell tens… Read More »

Stop order vs stop-limit order

Stop order vs stop-limit order

I’m an investing novice and have only owned six or seven stocks my entire life and have lost money on almost all of them. This year, I’ve set aside a bit of money to lose on short-term investing but to minimize what this hobby will cost me I’m doing a little reading on investing and… Read More »

Portfolio

2013: AgStar Rural Capitol Network This regional bank needed an outlet for thought leadership from their mission-related investments team. Challenges for me as a developer included stretching the boundaries of the WordPress platform to accommodate the project’s required site structure and the security requirements of the bank. This project was under contract to Ciceron. (visit… Read More »

Home-brewed apple cider

Home-brewed apple cider

After five or six brews, I produced a batch of apple cider that’s not just very drinkable but very good. The juice was pressed by a hobbyist in Victoria, MN and is mostly Honeycrisp with some McIntosh and Haralson. Part of the trick was being patient – the apples were pressed September 18 and the… Read More »

Protected: The MNSure website’s usability problems and how they can be fixed

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48 screenshots of things that are wrong with the MNSure website

Recipe: Garlic Mint Shrimp, Buckwheat and vegetables

Having fresh mint leaves to use, I googled “garlic mint shrimp and came up with a recipe that worked nicely. I modified and reduced the the ingredients to serve two as, 1/2 lb. shrimp, peeled, and deveined 1/4 canola oil 6 cloves garlic, chopped 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/4 teaspoon black pepper… Read More »