Your first Gutenberg Block – WC Kathmandu presentation

I was fortunate to attend WordCamp Kathmandu 2019 last weekend in Nepal. As promised, here are my slides and the code for the “Nepali Date” block I created for my session “Your first Gutenberg Block”. Here’s the code for the block javascript file:

Gender-fair WordPress: Fixing translation inequality at the core

At WordCamp US 2017, I took the stage to argue that it’s time that WordPress enables translators to add gender-variable translations, and that we can do this in a way compatible with our existing translation ecosystem. The slides: A couple of days later, during contributor day, I was joined by several amazing WordPress (and GlotPress) […]

Right To Left in WordPress – The Right Way

Here’s the short talk I gave about languages written from right-to-left at WordCamp Europe 2017. I’m visibly nervous — this was the largest crowd I’ve ever presented to. The slides: While the slides make it clear that I go from talking about rtl.css — the file, used in WordPress themes, to RTLCSS — the node […]

Greg Lake, Epitaph

King Crimson’s In the Court of the Crimson King is the album that made me fall in love with Prog Rock. Greg Lake‘s powerful vocals on the track Epitaph have much to do with this. Written around 1969, the lyrics (by Pete Sinfield) are almost prophetic: The wall on which the prophets wrote Is cracking at the seams Upon the […]

Tip: typing a long Google password into a new Android device

I use a password manager and create very long passwords where possible, including for my Google account. The problem? when setting up a new Android phone, I can’t download the password manager app until I’ve logged into my Google account, which is nearly impossible without the password manager app. The workaround? Enable USB debugging on the phone, and […]

A boy walking down the street

Today was Jonathan’s first day of Kindergarten. On the way home, as the radio played Eli Mohar and Yoni Rechter’s “As Long”, I burst into tears. While it doesn’t do the original any justice, here’s my attempt to translate the lyrics to English: A boy walking down the street On a clear September morning To the school the […]

WP-CLI live presentation, like a pro

I recently gave a talk about WP-CLI at WordCamp Israel 2016. I thought it would be interesting to actually demo WP-CLI in real time, rather than use boring slides. I used OS X split screen mode, with a terminal window on one side, and a browser on the other showing the site I’m creating and editing: The tricky part was to not have to […]