“Triangular Interference” T-Shirt

TriangularInterference-Shirt

How about a mashup between the 80s, 90s, and 2020s? Maybe not cyberpunk but certainly outrun/vaporwave-inspired, this shirt is a throwback to the halcyon sandy shores and ocean waves of my youth along the northern California and southern Oregon beaches. Maybe it can be the bearer of some swell memories for you too.

  • Fashion-forward, future-retro mashup style
  • Eye-catching, abstract ocean/sand design

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JQuery Loves DOM

A.k.a. …okay, I fixed it.

I don’t think I’ll become a poet any time soon, but I needed to release some stress stemming from a few CSS/jQuery bugs I’ve been dealing with; thus, the strange and beautiful(?) post from yesterday. (FYI: I’ve got nothing against ice cream, it just doesn’t do much for me.)

But before I get into the bad, a few things have gone well. You may notice a fancy new menu on the left (or above, for those on smaller screens). Nothing really significant, just the standard tree menu you would find on many sites, but I wanted to make it from scratch for a few reasons:

  1. To brush up on my jQuery.
  2. Ditto for CSS flexboxes.
  3. So I can make changes later.

The third point being somewhat important since a lot of premade menus will work quite well, but there’s often little to no customization possible. And, while it looks pretty good now, I want to play around with it some more and make it look really slick.

Flexbox is honestly a godsend and, once you get your head around it, you’ll save so much time with any kind of layout imaginable. Using floats to align items can be a little quicker sometimes (e.g., I use it for right aligning thumbnail images in posts — as seen in the T-Shirts! article). But for anything even slightly more serious, flexbox is the much better long-term choice. (If your interested in learning, I can’t recommend CSS-Tricks’ guide highly enough.)

And I just really like jQuery/Javascript. However, there are a few quirks I ran across (i.e., now for the bad), which mostly contributed to yesterday’s madness. For example, jQuery is a stickler for proper DOM, specifically meaning that you can’t add open HTML tags (i.e., no closing tag) — that would be invalid DOM. So you can’t do this:

some-html.before('<div class="newDiv">')
later-html.after('</div>')

This would result in <div class="newDiv"></div> coming before some-html with no closing tag (i.e., </div>) ever appearing later. JQuery really, really wants to close all tags ASAP. It’s not a big deal though, it’s easy enough to work around by using .wrap() instead of .before() and .after(), but it’s still kind of a pain for larger blocks of code.

There are still a few other bugs and additions to take care of before I can consider the theme complete (for now), but I’ll be putting those off for a bit in favor of adding more content and working on some shirts/wallpapers/etc.

[Edit: Just now noticing I need to update the CSS style for <pre><code> blocks (like for the bit above). Maybe tomorrow.]

So, in the meantime, just please don’t set your window size to exactly 927 pixels wide. Or, at least, don’t keep it there. The site doesn’t like that.

There’s a problem with the site…

…and I’m not going to fix it.

A.k.a. A Problem with Perfectionists


First thing’s first: If you know Javascript, you might as well know jQuery. It’s just such an obvious HTML/CSS/* step.

Second thing’s second: You can solve any problem. I bet you so much money you can. Generally, to me at least, it’s about willingness and strength of idea.

“Is it truly a wonderful thing?” –Yes
“How long can you hold on to that before it breaks you?” –Um.

Combining the two (satisfactorily) is hard.

Some things are easy:

Ice Cream
A lovely combination of cold (good for hot days) and sweet (good for always).

Now eat a 100 gallons of ice cream in 100 days.

Can you do it? Would you do it? Why would you do it?

To know why you love what you love is important.

I don’t like ice cream.

I do hate hot days though.

Can’t fix that.

T-Shirts!

Amazon has a relatively new program called Merch. The idea is this: Amazon pays for all the overhead and you make a brand, add some designs, choose what you want it to cost, and make the profit. Pretty simple. The idea’s been around for a while but no one’s obviously had the customer base that Amazon has.

There have been a few designs I’ve personally wanted for a while; so, I’ve gone ahead and created the TForden brand.

Enough preamble, here are the six designs I’ve come up with so far (click on a shirt to see a detailed view of the design):

Unbalanced

Unbalanced-Shirt

A simple, minimalist design that’s sure to turn a few heads. If there’s enough demand (and sales), I’d like to add a few extra colors and/or make some long-sleeve and sweatshirt versions.

  • Unique, minimalistic, art piece design
  • Trendy, eye-catching, casual wear

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Like the design? Get it as a wallpaper.

Dot Matrix Earth

DotMatrixEarth-Shirt

Simple, sleek, dot matrix (i.e., made of dots) earth shirt. The minimalist style is great for working out or lounging around in.

  • Sleek Futuristic Dot Matrix T-shirt
  • Cool Simple Minimalistic Green Design

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Vaporwave Sunset

VaporwaveSunset-Shirt

For lovers of electro-wave, the 80’s, and/or mondo cool aesthetics, here’s the shirt for you.

  • Nostalgic outrun/retrowave-style setting sun
  • Clean, rainbow color gradient w/ CRT-style interlace

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Icy North

IcyNorth-Shirt

I love winter — I know not everyone does, but I do — and this design was meant to evoke that: winter, mountains, glaciers, and the arctic. However, even if you don’t love the colder climates, you may enjoy the fashionable “draping necklace” structure or the cool, origami-style graphic.

  • Fashion-forward style at a reasonable price
  • Uniquely slimming, striped mountain graphic design

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Spicy Heart

SpicyHeart-Shirt

A shirt for those who truly love the hottest of the hot, el mas caliente de la caliente, there’s no better way to show your mettle of the mouth than with this fiery shirt. A clean, minimalist shirt that shows what matters, not only do you love the spice, you’re made from it.

Just be aware: By waving this red-hot flag, there will be plenty who want to see if you can handle your stuff. Not for the faint of heat.

  • Uniquely cool, geometric/wireframe design
  • Combination heart/pepper iconography

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Half-Star

HalfStar-Shirt

A clean, minimalistic shirt design that makes a great joke gift, but also something that lets the world know you don’t take yourself too seriously.

  • Fun, friendly, and self-depricating
  • Simple, elegant design

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Human Circuit

HumanCircuit-Shirt

A colorful, empowering graphic that works great for your morning exercise, meditation, or yoga routine; sport it to flaunt your fashion-forward style; rock it to symbolize your love and support of LGBT+ rights; or don it and get in touch with your Chakra while bingeing your favorite show. There are no wrong answers!

  • Fashionable chakra-inspired, geometric design
  • Simple, bright, uplifting colors and symbology

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A Few Other Things…

Sorry for the abundance of puns.

All shirts come in a variety of colors for men, women, and kids.

And one caveat before I go: So far, these designs only available via the US (.com), UK (.co.uk), and German (.de) Amazon sites. If you don’t happen to live in one of those countries and can’t wait, I think you can still buy them and ship them from those sites, it just might be a bit more expensive and a longer wait.

There are still more ideas and designs in the works, and I’ll be adding them here as soon as they’re approved on Amazon.

So, which (if any) of these designs made an impression on you? Any favorites? Any subjects or designs you’d like to see? Let me know in the comments. See ya soon~

Bug Hunting

I’ve been updating the site for about the last week now. It’s mostly been lots of little things:

  • Fixed a few broken HTML/CSS elements.
  • Added some pages (with many more on the way).
  • Integrated responsive design by way of a dropdown menu for small devices (change the window size or screen orientation to see it in action).
  • And other, dumb, technical odds and ends.

There’s also a pet project I’ve been working on that I’m super stoked to reveal, but I have a few more things to take care of for now, so look forward to that announcement tomorrow or the next day.

In the meantime, I’d recommend checking out my new desktop wallpapers. I think they’re cool, and, while they are made for desktops, they translate to mobile devices pretty well (just takes a bit more effort).

Please keep in mind, the site will be a bit disorderly while all these updates are happening. Things may look strange for a bit, but whatever the problem is will be ironed out soon enough.

Thanks for stopping by; see you soon.