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Today’s view from Mount Seymour.

Today’s view from Mount Fromme.

Vancouver under the moon.

Speaking of Relay FM, they’ve just released a video from their 5th anniversary celebration in San Francisco in which hosts from the podcast network play a game of Relay FM Family Fued. The video also contains a fun trivia game between co-founders Stephen Hackett and Myke Hurley. I wish I could have attended, but this is absolutely the next best thing.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month →

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and as with years past, Stephen Hackett and his team at Relay FM are raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude provides care to children suffering from cancer at no cost to the families, including Stephen’s son who is now a 10-year-old brain cancer survivor. Through the support of of individual contributors, St. Jude has been able to push the overall cancer survivor rate of children from 20% to over 80%.

Last year, Stephen and his friends were able to raise $69,000 for the kids of St. Jude. This year, the goal is to reach $75,000 in donations during the month of September. To push them over the edge, Stephen and his Relay FM co-founder, Myke Hurley, will be hosting a 6-hour video podast on Friday, September 20 (more details to follow).

Join me and all the great Relay FM listeners in supporting St. Jude and the incredible work they do for children fighting cancer.

Also received my awesome new pins from @superteamdeluxe today! These bad boys will be making their way to my messenger bag pronto.

Stoked to receive my pair of Make Happy shoes from @awonderfulshop! These shoes are made by @bucketfeet and are super comfortable.

#firstday of week 6 since I last worked for money 😊

Spent the weekend at Sloquet Hot Springs. This is a picture of Sloquet Creek.

A little treat at Richmond Night Market.

This might be my favourite thing I have ever drawn.

Tonight’s view from Dog Mountain.

DuckDuckGo Custom Search Box Generator

Several years ago, I wrote about how to add a custom DuckDuckGo search box to your website. When I was still running analytics on my site, that blog post was consistently in the top 3–5 visited articles on my blog.

For the last year and a half, I’ve been writing a lot of React. Earlier this year, React 16.8 was released with the ability to use Hooks which allow you to use state and other React features without writing a class. As someone who learns best by doing, I wanted to create a project that would provide an opportunity to learn this new technology.

Today, I’m excited to share the fruits of that labour. The DuckDuckGo Search Box Generator is a single-page React app that allows anyone to create a customized DuckDuckGo search form for their website.

Screenshot of DuckDuckGo Search Box Generator

The app features a live preview of what the search results will look like, allowing quick iteration to create a design that best works for you.

There’s also a live DuckDuckGo search form on the site that lets you test your settings on a real DuckDuckGo result page. Your settings are stored in your browser’s localStorage so that they’re saved for when you return to the generator. This makes iterating and testing new designs very quick and easy.

The code for the app is available on Github and is released under the MIT License. Issues and support requests can be filed on the Issues page and of course, pull requests are welcome!

If you or someone you know runs a website that needs a simple, privacy-focused solution for search, give the DuckDuckGo Search Box Generator a try!

Shirts and shoes and buttons, oh my!

Introducing the “Make Happy” Collection from A Wonderful Shop of Wonderful Wonders

I’m excited to announce the launch of some new products for A Wonderful Shop of Wonderful Wonders. The “Make Happy” collection features new shirts, shoes, buttons, stickers, and even beach towels with vibrant colours and a positive message.

New Wonderful Wonders - Make Happy - Available Now

I’m especially excited about the new cut-and-sew shirts and shoes, which feature an all-over print of the Make Happy design. The t-shirts are printed using Dye Sublimation with eco-friendly inks that are designed to last for years without fading in the wash, then individually sewn together by skilled artisans in the USA to ensure a flawless and vibrant graphic and a comfortable fit.

The shoes use a high-quality dye sublimation heat transfer print and feature a removable in-sole with cushion and comfort bubbles.

I hope you like the new designs! It would mean a lot if you would take a look and even more if you’d share this with friends :)

Sneak peek.

Didn’t get all the way in today, but needed to sit by the water for a bit.

Spent the afternoon here.

Took 3.5h to hike and swim to this spot and it was totally worth it.