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Biloxi Beach

A photo of Biloxi Beach in Mississippi

My daughter has a dance competition in Biloxi, Mississippi over the weekend. While there, we took a stroll down Biloxi Beach. I loved how the clouds look like a Bob Ross painting!

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Sand Point Lighthouse

While on vacation in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, we took a drive over to Escanaba, Michigan. While there, we walked around Sand Point Lighthouse, which is one of four lighthouses in Delta County.

Unfortunately, both the lighthouse and its museum were closed due to COVID-19, but it was still a nice visit and I grabbed this shot.

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Code

Displaying EXIF Data in WordPress

Over the last 6-months I’ve taken a half-dozen or so courses on LinkedIn Learning, read a couple of books, and spent countless hours taking photos trying to level up my skills as a very amateur photographer.

For me, the technical side of photography is a lot of fun; so when I’m admiring people’s work, I love to look at the technical details behind a photograph. Such as, aperture, ISO, and shutter speed (also known as the exposure triangle) as a beginner, these details are just as interesting as the photo itself.

The standard for saving all kinds of technical details inside a JPG image is called, “Exchangeable Image File Format” — or EXIF for short. I’ll show you how to quickly display some of those details using a WordPress shortcode.

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Books

WordPress For Dummies 9E

In the spring of 2020, I partnered once again with Lisa Sabin-Wilson to tech edit the 9th edition of WordPress for Dummies.

WordPress For Dummies, 9th Edition helps readers discover the power of the WordPress web content building tool. Web builders have created 75 million websites using WordPress and this book will show you how to add your blogs and websites to that count. 

Look for it on January 7, 2021 wherever books are sold.

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Code

Reddit Image Viewer

TL;DR: https://reddit-image-viewer.vercel.app

I’ve been deep diving with React and Next.js lately. A big part of that immersion, is the simplicity of Next.js.

For me, Next.js has the perfect amount of abstraction…somewhere between Create React App and Gatsby. You don’t have to know Webpack or routing, but you’re also not locked into an opinionated way of doing React things alongside Node.

Next.js just blends into the background, so you can focus on building components and ship a static (or SSR) website in no time.

Anyway, there are a bunch of other Reddit image websites and apps out there, but I’ve always wanted to create my own. Here goes…

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Emma & Jordyn

My daughter Chloe is now in her 4th year at Center Stage Dance Studio. Here are her two role models, Emma and Jordyn. I love the dramatic shadows, mixed with the white and blue lights, which seemed to dance along with them.