Peter Binkowski • Designer



Twenty three things I've learned in twenty three years.

  1. You are more than the sum of your background
  2. Always choose people over places
  3. If you can, road trip through Europe
  4. Always choose an Apple computer
  5. Never believe you're finished learning
  6. Free pizza is good pizza
  7. "Please" and "Thank You" make a difference
  8. Say nothing if you can't say something nice.
  9. Stop comparing yourself to others, there will always be someone who is better than you at something
  10. And someone who is worse than you at something
  11. Strive to be the person you needed when you were younger
  12. Hating things is boring, talk about the things you love
  13. The only difference between you and a professional, is that a professional calls them self one
  14. Happiness > money
  15. Sometimes money can enable happiness (or peace of mind)
  16. Learn the difference between their, there, and they're
  17. As well as your and you're
  18. Confidence is everything
  19. Genuine kindness is undervalued
  20. Pet cats as often as you can
  21. Ask for help. Suffering in silence is pointless pain
  22. Talk to strangers on the internet
  23. I hate using the phrase "how are you" as a greeting

SASS Workflows


A lot has been written about SASS workflows. But I've never found something that works for my situations, which I thought a lot more people would relate to.

As a freelancer, I frequently just set up a sub folder on my FTP server to develop on. The biggest advantage of this is that I can collaborate with my clients in real-time. They see what I see. And, since the development team is just me, I don't use testing servers, development environments, all that. I used to start off my projects locally and use MAMP, but when I want to update the client on my progress, what to do? The most straight forward thing is toss the site to a live server.

SASS has been difficult to implement into my workflow. Working locally with it is a dream, but editing CSS files that are on a server just gets way to complicated way to fast. I've read a bunch of articles and looked through a lot of documentations, but I just recently found a way to do this simply and easily.

I just found this post by William Rainbird. Basically you can mount any FTP server to your computer, using Transmit, and then use sass installed on your computer to watch the files on the server and automatically update the CSS. This is my key to using SASS full time.

Now one of these days I might start using Compass, and Bourbon, and everything else I'm supposed to use as a front-end dev.

Introversion and the Internet


I’ve noticed something in my social life that started a few years ago. 

As my friends and I "grow up" we actually have had less time for each other. We have jobs, school, relationships, and massively different schedules. Thus it's been hard to have regular friend time.

And this is a obvious part of growing up. You sort of just understand that this drifting apart will happen. Though I think it might affect me differently than a lot of my friends.

Compared to my friends I’m incredibly introverted. It doesn't come naturally to me to have wide network of friends that I keep in regular contact, and the "how are you doing" chats that come with it. As an aside, I've always been baffled by people feeling the need to ask me "how are you"? It's not as if I'm going to talk to them about the personal details of my day right then.

I’ve also realize that the friends that I do have, none are my best friend. I can't tell them everything that's going on in my life or what's going on in my head, either because they wouldn't understand, or their personal views are do different than my own. And thus online, I find people who are more in tune with me.

On the internet it’s easy to make friends. I talk to a lot of people through social media/email/skype and consider us at least acquaintances. The thing is though, while I have plenty of internet friends, I don't have deep relationships with any of them. First because of we’re not physically together, and second because their are so many.

The internet propagates a very extroverted mode of friendship. That is a wide network of people that you keep in contact with to varying degrees of depth. (this isn’t to say extroverts don’t do deep relationships, simply that they have a much wider network of friendships).

Having friendships like that is difficult for me. By default my personality is to not talk to people. I don’t enjoy water-cooler friendships, how we seem to make small-talk a priority and that's the extent of friendship.

Though, to be clear, I have definitely loved every connection I’ve made on the internet, and I treasure each person that I’ve gotten to know, so don’t get me wrong.

To bring a point to this rambling mess, it seems to me that online friendships and communities encourage a much more extroverted lifestyle in the connections you make and the friendships you form. Reflecting on that, I can start to see the discontent in my personal life. Maybe it's because all I really have are water-cooler friendships, and I’m miss having a friend that’ll come over at 11pm and just talk about life.

Hello, Again


This is my first article. Hopefully just the first of many. I talk about this a little bit in /about but I've had many a blog, in fact I've written variations on this very post on most of them, however I want a place that can be an archive of my writing.

I've used half a dozen different CMS's, I've written in plain text, rich text, html, and markdown. I've gone through 3 or 4 different writing apps. I'm always fiddling. And I need a place that in addition to fiddling, I can also collect and express my thoughts. So hopefully this will become that place.

I want to be able to have a frictionless space on the internet that is full mine. So that's what this place is.

Frank Chimero, when he recently released a new version of his website, talked about how he wanted his website to feel homely. I really like that idea. I want this place to have that lived-in feeling.

Thanks for reading, and I hope that you enjoy your stay.