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Writing Artifacts

Monkey Writr

» code art

A monkey hitting keys at random for an infinite amount of time will eventually want some help writing Hamlet (or whatever).

You’re the monkey. We’re here to help.

Jump Start Sass

» book

Using Sass, you can write your stylesheets in a more concise, dynamic, and readable way, and cut down many of the repetitive tasks that come with writing vanilla CSS. This book provides a thorough introduction to Sass for the beginner. Co-writen with my friend Kitty Giraudel.

Riding SideSaddle*

» novel

A fragmented memory of friendship – navigating fluid genders, relationships, and bodies that resist order, category, or completion. Inspired by Margaret Clap, and the many myths of Hermaphroditus.

Everything 'Writing'

Use the Right Container Query Syntax

» elsewhere

Since we got a first look at a Container Queries prototype back in April 2021, the syntax has changed a few times. But now the spec is stable, browsers are getting ready to ship, and it’s time to make sure you’re using the same syntax they are!

Not All Zeros are Equal

» elsewhere

There’s a well-established ‘best practice’ that CSS authors (as well as linters and minifiers) should remove units from any 0 value. It’s a fine rule in most cases, but there are a few common situations where it will break your code.

Every Transition is a Page Transition?

» elsewhere

There’s a new web API proposal for transitioning shared-elements across pages. It’s great for making smooth page transitions, but what if we apply it to individual elements with changing styles on a single page?

My Theatrical Delusions

» story telling

Reflections on making theater, and my family reacting to it.

Pity+Fear (a travesty)

» show

What does it mean to be a person – to have a body, and live in it – to make choices, and change over time – to tell the truth?

Monkey Writr

» code art

A monkey hitting keys at random for an infinite amount of time will eventually want some help writing Hamlet (or whatever).

You’re the monkey. We’re here to help.

Support (Not) Unknown

» elsewhere

Working on a new CSS feature like Container Queries, one of the most important considerations is to ensure a “migration path” – a way for developers to start integrating the new code, without breaking their sites on legacy browsers.

Custom Property “Stacks"

» elsewhere

CSS Custom Properties allow us to manage and control both cascade and inheritance in new ways.

Introducing Sass Modules

» elsewhere

Sass recently launched a new module system. The new syntax will replace @import with @use and @forward – a big step forward for making Sass partials more readable, performant, and safe.

CSS Custom Properties In The Cascade

» elsewhere

Pushing past the “variable” metaphor, CSS Custom Properties can provide new ways to balance context and isolation in our patterns and components.

Vagina Monologues

» show

I was invited to perform a Vagina Monologue, and ended up writing my own.

Rejecting Maleness

» post

The Journal of Mennonite Writing asked me to submit for their queer issue. I don’t identify as Mennonite, but I did grow up in the church, so I asked my friends what to write about. They suggested the common question: In a world without rigid gender roles, would anyone need to be trans?

Chosen Family (Thank You)

» post

Yesterday, I shared an article about my impending surgery, and a request for help – both social and financial – as I go through this. I was embarrassed to ask, and not sure what to expect, but your response has been swift and overwhelming. I can’t thank you enough, but I’ll keep trying.

Mia’s Medical Upgrade

» post

Denver Health has started offering vaginoplasty in addition to their other trans medical services. While I’ve been on the waitlist for various surgeons around the country, Denver Health called me this week to give me a date: September 10, less than two months away.

JANE/EYRE

» show

We are not here to flatter egotism, or prop up humbug; we are merely telling the [queer] story. We value what is good in the book; but we believe in the existence of other, and more vivid kinds of goodness.

Sex, Love, & Romance

» elsewhere

“I don’t have many guy friends, but my guitarist is one. Parting, I lean in for the cheek-kiss but he plants a good one right on my lips.”

More CSS Charts, with Grid & Custom Properties

» elsewhere

Inspired by Robin Rendle, I demonstrate some of my early experiments combining CSS Grids and custom properties to create dynamic layouts and data-visualizations.

(Mis)Gender

» post

At the family vacation in Moab, everyone is doing their best. It’s not enough, and my day is peppered with the wrong name and pronouns. I hide in my room through dinner so they won’t see me crying.

Shifting Nouns

» elsewhere

“I’ve seen myself in the mirror. I find me… disorienting. What do they see that I don’t? Why aren’t they laughing at me?”

Mothers, Fathers, Husbands, Wives

» elsewhere

“Mother finds me at her wardrobe, in her pumps and pearls. What are you doing? Being a mommy. Are you, then? She clips on the earrings (they pinch!), reaches for her lipstick.”

Stop Being Productive

» elsewhere

A reflection on the nature and value of productivity for the SuperYesMore series: The Human in the Machine.

Fun with Viewport Units

» elsewhere

Viewport units have been around for several years now, with near-perfect support in the major browsers, but I keep finding new and exciting ways to use them. I thought it would be fun to review the basics, and then round-up some of my favorite use-cases.

Body & Gender Fragments

» post

I wasn’t born in the wrong body. I was born, a body. Without my body, I don’t exist.

Some Clarifications on Trans Language

» post

There’s a lot of language that gets thrown around, but much of it comes loaded with over-simplified baggage and misconceptions. Here are a few that have been on my mind – from gender identity to biological sex, transition, passing, and visibility.

Loops in CSS Preprocessors

» elsewhere

No matter what acronym drives your selectors (BEM, OOCSS, SMACSS, ETC), loops can help keep your patterns more readable and maintainable, baking them directly into your code. We’ll take a look at what loops can do, and how to use them in the major CSS preprocessors.

CSS Tricks

» contract

Blog for people who make websites

Miriam: A How-To Guide

» post

There are some questions that come up again and again if you are trans. A few of those questions are terrible, but most of them are well-intentioned. I’m lucky to have a supportive community around me, so I thought I’d write down my most common answers to help ease your stress about getting it right, and ease my stress about answering the same questions over and over.

Jump Start Sass

» book

Using Sass, you can write your stylesheets in a more concise, dynamic, and readable way, and cut down many of the repetitive tasks that come with writing vanilla CSS. This book provides a thorough introduction to Sass for the beginner. Co-writen with my friend Kitty Giraudel.

Riding SideSaddle*

» novel

A fragmented memory of friendship – navigating fluid genders, relationships, and bodies that resist order, category, or completion. Inspired by Margaret Clap, and the many myths of Hermaphroditus.

Collaboration, Queer Art, and a Multi-Media Novel

» interview

Collaboration doesn’t have to be a social activity. Successful collaboration is knowing when to bring people together and when to send them home with individual assignments.

The Obsolete Book

» performable website

An archival rhizome ecology in ten parts, and a reflection on the obsolescence of obsolescence – documented on the cloud, and open-sourced as a defense against post-post-obsolescence.

Into the Green Green Mud

» novel

A novel about new love, moving apart, and what comes next. A love story, and an after-love story – told wiith poetry and pictures.

Script: Missa Populi

» script

A modern, theatrical interpretation of the Catholic Mass – created by Grapefruit Lab and Teacup Gorilla.

Missa Populi

» show

Combining the sacrifice, transcendence, blood, and circumstance of the Catholic Mass with history, live music, science, dance, literature, and pop culture to find a wholly modern communion experience. What we have left is our selves, broken and battered, but surviving together.

Grapefruit Lab

since August 2009 » theater

Grapefruit is a hybrid of lemon and orange. Snow is hybrid of wish and lament.

—Yoko Ono

Script: Bigger Guns III

» script

An action comedy for the stage, based on our favorite movie tropes. The script was devised by the entire ensemble, lead by Michelle Milne, Miriam, Emily Swora, and Ben Jacobs. I don’t believe this is the final script…

Bigger Guns III

» show

A live action comedy, inspired by the movies, and created by our ensemble.

Sadomasochism

» show

We hurt ourselves for love…

Every Other Day

» show

My first one-act play…

In a Time of War

» show

Based on a series of interviews with Annie in 2003, this play was produced first by Goshen College as a runner-up for the International Peace Play Contest, and then in collabiration with New World Arts for my senior thesis production.

Fallout

» show

I wrote this at the start of the Iraq war (2003), and later made the short film. It’s been on my mind again during COVID-19 isolation.

Goshen College

» education

I worked as Master Electrician of the college theater and music performance venues, while I studied theater, writing, and visual art.