Scott Gruber This site is handcrafted with love by Scott Gruber. en-us Sat, 20 Jul 2024 02:05:47 -0700 Sat, 20 Jul 2024 02:05:47 -0700 LA Rivers Challenge - Ride LA’s Historic Waterways - Bike for Play Tue, 15 Jun 2021 16:40:00 -0700 Scott Gruber I want to ask you to support my efforts.

The LA County Bicycle Coalition is a strong advocate for bicycling in Los Angeles County and works to make all communities in LA County healthy, safe, and fun places to ride a bike. I’m a supporter of their work hence my participation in the LA Rivers Challenge fund drive.

During the first week I rode 100 kilometers or 62.3 miles.

During the second week, I rode 133.89 kilometers or 83.2 miles.

Mostly I ride along Ballona Creek Bike Path and the LA County Beach Bike Path.

To make a donation please visit my fundraising page

If I raise at least $50, not only do I help a good cause, but I also earn an LA Rivers Challenge t-shirt. And who wouldn’t want a cool t-shirt. My month-long fund raising goal is $500. And, of course, this is a completely voluntary effort with no expectations. If you can afford to donate—great. If not, just sharing this news with you and getting your virtual encouragement is plenty for me.

Now on to some swag.

To help visualize LA's river waterways, please check out the cool map below. It even includes waterways with bike paths!

Below that are the badges I’ll be earning as I attempt to reach my goal of riding 100K each week throughout the month of June.

And if you scroll all the way to bottom you can see me in lycra!

Thank you for your help.

100 kilometers ride today is my longest yet! Mon, 15 Feb 2021 15:39:00 -0800 Scott Gruber Feeling 💯 💪 🚴🏼


Dawn Sun, 17 Jan 2021 07:22:00 -0800 Scott Gruber Sitting in the backyard before the sunrise. Drinking a cup of coffee. The light changed and I looked up. I heard a solitary bird singing. And light grew brighter.

Palms dance in the Santa Ana wind. High up in the sky a flock flew south. A plane higher still flew along the same path. A seagull passed low heading west to the bay. And then again the light changed.

Slowly, minute by minute, critters began to stir. A first bird song. A hummingbird landed on a wire. In the neighbor’s tree a squirrel rustles past the leaves. Wind whipped up on the highway caused a drone. A siren wails in the distance.

And the sky grew brighter, still. Dawn. This dawn. This day, this morning happens only once. I look around and breathe it all in. Stand up, go in our home and whisper to my dear. Our day has begun.

Which WordPress plugins should I use? Tue, 12 Jan 2021 08:45:00 -0800 Scott Gruber Content





What Just Happened? And Where Do We Go Now? Mon, 11 Jan 2021 10:32:00 -0800 Scott Gruber Rain, lightning bolts and thunderclaps Mon, 28 Dec 2020 08:12:00 -0800 Scott Gruber I went for a 42.0 mile Ride Sat, 26 Dec 2020 15:16:00 -0800 Scott Gruber I see Venus in the early morning sky Mon, 14 Dec 2020 06:36:00 -0800 Scott Gruber Watched @TheaterofWar's Zoom meetup for Frontline Medical Providers Tue, 08 Dec 2020 11:26:00 -0800 Scott Gruber Listening to @0uter0uterspace “Intro to Variable Fonts” keynote @indiewebcamp Sat, 14 Nov 2020 07:51:00 -0800 Scott Gruber Vote up Content Strategy Hacks for Civil Discourse Sat, 14 Nov 2020 07:35:00 -0800 Scott Gruber IndieWebCamp East 2020 Sat, 14 Nov 2020 07:03:00 -0800 Scott Gruber We are lost Thu, 29 Oct 2020 08:02:00 -0700 Scott Gruber There's no art in this White House. There’s no literature, no poetry, no music. There are no pets in this White House, no loyal man’s best friend, no Socks the family cat, no kids’ science fairs. No time when the president takes off his blue suit red tie uniform and becomes human, except when he puts on his white shirt and khaki pants uniform and hides from the American people to play golf.

There are no images of the First Family enjoying themselves together in a moment of relaxation. No Obamas on the beach in Hawaii moments, or Bushes fishing in Kennebunkport. No Reagans on horseback, no Kennedys playing touch football on the Cape. Where'd that country go?

Where did all the fun, the joy and the expression of love and happiness go? We used to be the country that did the Ice Bucket Challenge and raised millions for charity. We used to have a President that calmed and soothed the nation instead dividing it, and a First Lady who planted a garden instead of ripping one out.

We are rudderless and joyless. We have lost the cultural aspects of society that make America great. We have lost our mojo, our fun, our happiness, our cheering on of others. The shared experience of humanity that makes it all worth it.

The challenges and the triumphs that we shared and celebrated. The unique can-do spirit that America has always been known for.

We are lost.

We have lost so much in so short a time.

— Elaine Griffin Baker

On November 3rd, vote them out.

Bruce Springsteen via @springsteen

How would you build a simple website today? Sat, 24 Oct 2020 15:31:00 -0700 Scott Gruber Replace master with main branch on Github Fri, 23 Oct 2020 17:14:00 -0700 Scott Gruber This is a simple fix to avoid any negative connotations inherit in master:slave terminology. Although in the history of git the etymology of master was in the sense as master:copy.

Move the master branch to main with the command:

git branch -m master main

Using the argument -m will transfer all of the commit history on the ‘master’ branch to your new ‘main’ branch so nothing gets lost. Push the newly-named main branch to GitHub (assuming that is your remote repository) with the command:

git push -u origin main

Point HEAD to main with the command:

git symbolic-ref refs/remotes/origin/HEAD refs/remotes/origin/main

Now you need to set "main" as the default branch for your project on GitHub. To do that, log in to your GitHub account, open the repository for the project, and click Settings | Branches. In the left sidebar, click Branches and then select Main as your default from the drop-down. Click Update and, when prompted, click I Understand. Now, back at the terminal issue the command:

git push origin --delete master

That's it!

Sources: Github, Techcrunch, 9/22/2020

Ten quick tips for teaching with participatory live coding Tue, 15 Sep 2020 16:02:00 -0700 Scott Gruber Listen First Tue, 08 Sep 2020 08:44:00 -0700 Scott Gruber What does Listen First mean?
  • Listen First to understand rather than to reply
  • Listen First before rejecting a conversation
  • Listen First before dismissing alternative ideas
  • Listen First before launching attacks
  • Listen First to more effectively advocate your position

Top 10 Listening Tips

  1. Allow others the courtesy of silence while they are speaking.
  2. Maintain a calm and respectful tone when you are speaking.
  3. Come with an open mind, ready to learn and grow.
  4. Listen to others as you want them to listen to you.
  5. Listen to and consider others' views before sharing your own.
  6. Be present and curious rather than thinking of how to respond.
  7. Fully engage, free of distractions.
  8. Restate what you heard to clarify understanding, using "I" statements (“What I heard you say was” or “The way I understand your position is”).
  9. Ask thoughtful and respectful questions, free from judgement, assumption, or bias.
  10. Seek to discover common interests and areas of agreement by focusing more on why than what, more on personal experiences than positions.


Project Management High Level Scope Thu, 20 Aug 2020 09:47:00 -0700 Scott Gruber Key questions to answer when starting any project.

  • What are we doing?
  • Why? How?
  • How much will it cost?
  • When do we start and how long will it take?
  • Who will work on it?
Full Michelle Obama D.N.C. Speech Transcript Tue, 18 Aug 2020 07:05:00 -0700 Scott Gruber Smart Citizen Kit at Canopy Studio labs Sun, 16 Aug 2020 19:33:00 -0700 Scott Gruber Inclusive design Fri, 31 Jul 2020 22:08:00 -0700 Scott Gruber Long distance PR Sun, 26 Jul 2020 13:45:00 -0700 Scott Gruber A Domain of One's Own Meetup Thu, 23 Jul 2020 09:44:00 -0700 Scott Gruber Web Accessibility Specialist Thu, 09 Jul 2020 08:59:00 -0700 Scott Gruber
  • IAAP Web Accessibility Specialist (WAS)
  • Body of Knowledge
  • Accessibility Pro Certified: To Be or Not To Be
  • IAAP Certification Exam registration
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    Two years today Wed, 08 Jul 2020 07:43:00 -0700 Scott Gruber I've reached a personal milestone of two years since taking the first steps out of depression, anxiety and addictions.

    The work has been rewarding and challenging. For the next 2-3 days I plan to reflect on my past, check-in with my mental well being, and set my compass on the next steps on my journey.