A Blog Not Limited

to web design, standards & semantics


Thicker Skin
“To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” — Elbert Hubbard, American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher
Here’s Hoping
Outside of my business success, my life this year sucked quite a bit of ass. This may come as a surprise to those of you who don't know me very well. Maybe even to those of you who do. I suppose that's thanks to my nasty habit of pretending everything is fine, when it isn't. So, in honor of breaking that bad habit, I've spent a lot of time the past few weeks thinking about all that happened in my…
“If you are going through hell, keep going.” — Winston Churchill, British politician and statesman
“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” — Henry Ford, industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company
Catch the Travel Bug! Wandering EE Designers & Devs
The latest episode of The ExpressionEngine Podcast is now live, and it is my absolute favorite one so far. In episode 51, Lea and I take a slightly different approach than we've been doing. Instead of interviewing a single person, we interviewed several. And instead of a primarily technical ExpressionEngine focus, we discuss life, travel and the work-life balance.
“Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness.” — Robertson Davies, Canadian novelist, playwright, critic, journalist, and professor
Know Thyself
“I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.” — Augusten Burroughs, American writer
Fear > Growth > Change
“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn to do it.” — Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter, draughtsman, and sculptor
Moving On
Just over five years ago, I started an exciting new job as a web designer for a software company. The opportunity arose after getting laid off as a government contractor and spending eight months moving from job to job in search of the right one. And there is no doubt that I found the "right" one. The work was challenging and varied. My boss was open, engaging and expected the very best from me. My skillset grew, as I learned…
“Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings.” — Miles Franklin, Australian writer and feminist
The Last Useful Tweets (#29)
Yes, you read that title right. This is the last post in my Useful Tweets series. I seriously doubt you are disappointed by this news, as these posts are my least read. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised is no one is reading this now. The series started as an attempt for me to take advantage of my "micro-blogging" on Twitter and generate content for this blog without having to do too much. But I'm getting increasingly less prolific on…
How Do I Love Thee
Three years ago, I made one of the best decisions of my life. I sold my house in Bowie, Maryland, hired movers, packed my cats in my car and proceeded to drive across the country to my new home in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Two Thumbs Up for Therapy!
“Neurosis is simply this boring imprisonment of the self in itself, crippled by its terror of the new and unexpected, carrying its sameness with it wherever it goes, so that it has the protection of feeling, whatever it might stretch out its hand to touch, that it never meets anything but what it knows already.” — Frederic Jameson, American literary critic and political theorist
Fundamental Attribution Error
“Coming home from very lonely places, all of us go a little mad: whether from great personal success, or just an all-night drive, we are the sole survivors of a world no one else has ever seen.” — John le Carré, British author
The Next Level
Ever since I started this blog and became active on Twitter, my professional life has taken some dramatic (at least to me) turns. Before, I just had a job. A rather unsatisfying job. And while I still have that same (soul-sucking) job, I'm much more satisfied in my professional life. Why? Because I actually have a career now. Just looking for the presentation details? Feel free to skip right to them.
Excess in Moderation
“Don't eat a mushroom stem and see colors. Eat the whole bag and see God one time in your life.” — Doug Stanhope, American stand-up comedian
“Happiness is a place between too little and too much.” — Finnish proverb
New Year’s Resolution
“Remember your past mistakes just long enough to profit by them.” — Dan McKinnon, Canadian singer, songwriter, guitarist & historian
Survival Skills
“I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.” — Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist & author
“I've acquired quite a taste for a wellmade mistake.” — A Mistake, Fiona Apple, American singer-songwriter
“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” — Katharine Hepburn, American actress
“The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.” — Virginia Woolf, English novelist & essayist
Existential Crisis
“I had a stick of Carefree gum, but it didn't work. I felt pretty good while I was blowing that bubble, but as soon as the gum lost its flavor, I was back to pondering my mortality.” — Mitch Hedberg, American stand-up comedian

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Emily Lewis

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I'm a freelance web designer of the standardista variety, which means I get excited about things like valid POSH, microformats and accessibility. I ply my trade from my one-person design studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106 USA.

A Blog Not Limited is my personal blog where I pontificate about web design, web standards, semantics and whatever else strikes my fancy. Head on over to Emily Lewis Design if you'd like to see my work or, even better, hire me.


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