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12 Sessions We’re Excited About for SXSWi 2014

| http://monkee-boy.com/blog/2014/03/designux-sessions-were-excited-about-for-sxswi-2014/

Monkee-Boy at SXSWi 2014

SXSW kicks off Friday and the Monkee-Boy team couldn’t be more excited. With a wealth of sessions going on we have been sorting through them a lot over the last few weeks and have compiled a list of 12 sessions that we are most excited about. Everything from the PostPSD Era, the love of UX, being happy in your office, future of responsive design, and plenty more. This is a pretty small collection of what we hope to take in over the next several days; not to mention Film and Music! If you are attending SXSW tweet us what sessions you are excited about at @monkeeboy.

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simpleWeather v2.4

| http://simpleweatherjs.com/

I recently pushed out a new version of simpleWeather. With v2.4 [diff] you now have access to a five day forecast instead of just tomorrow. It still uses the Yahoo Weather API but that is subject to change if I find a better one that I like. What's next for simpleWeather? I'm working on a few great demos to show simpleWeather in action and give more unique cases for using it. Outside of that I'm actively looking into other weather APIs that might offer more data for me to serve up. Yahoo's is fairly easy to use and doesn't require an API key. I'm open to recommendations though so hit me up at @fleetingftw if you have any thoughts. Until then go check out simpleWeather v2.4.

Year in Review 2013

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Wichita Falls to Austin

2013. I’m not really sure where to start. As somebody who normally dislikes change, this year was nothing but and as far as I can tell...I’m still here and kicking. This was our first year in Austin, Texas. This has turned out to be the best change we have ever made. It is an amazing city with great people and an awesome culture behind it. This kicked off the rest of the year for us.

After graduating nursing school at the end of 2012 Melissa took the test and officially became a licensed RN in January. At the same time she started her first job at the Austin State Hospital. This was a much needed boost...finally two incomes! That excitement lasted just long enough for the student loan payments to kick in. Yeah. We celebrated by buying our first new car; a 2013 Dodge Dart. After several months there she made a move to Cornerstone Hospital doing acute care instead.

After being a little nervous about a new school the kids made lots of great friends pretty fast. Chase is still trying to achieve perfection in school and Rachael has stepped up this year to work towards better grades and not talk so much in class. I’m sure it’s hard for somebody with the social status of an eight year old. Chase was finally convinced to try a sport. We opted for baseball; it went pretty good. Although he won’t admit it, I think he had fun. He got hit with a few balls, left with some bruises, and did pretty well at second base. We knew sports weren’t really his thing but I wanted him to have the chance instead of regretting at least trying.

I spent the majority of the year working remotely for CRANE | WEST. It was great to work for a company that allowed me to relocate and continue doing what I do. I volunteered on the film venue crew for SXSW which turned out to be pretty awesome. I’ve been invited back as a theater manager for next year. After four years with CW and having moved to Austin I started looking for other opportunities. It wasn’t long before one came around that I couldn’t ignore. I accepted an offer from Monkee-Boy to be their Senior Front-end Developer. It has been amazing so far. Extremely talented people, a creative inspired culture, and lots of perks that just make you love what you are doing.

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Foundation 5

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Foundation 5

I've used Foundation for awhile now and love it. It's great for prototyping, creating a clean look for a quick web app, giving your side/weekend/hackathon project a modern interface, and overall use on any site for the responsive grid and js components. Here at Monkee-Boy we use it on every site. In most cases we only include the SASS grid and any JavaScript we might need. I've also used it for side projects both for a user interface and for a quick site with a download link. It is an amazing, lightweight, fast, and versatile framework. It's now even better.

Last week Zurb finally released the next version of Foundation. Foundation 5 is focused on speed; faster for users, faster for developers, faster to learn. This includes removing older selectors for IE8 and below, switching back to jQuery from Zepto, the new command line tool to start projects, and using Bower for Foundation upgrades. Two new additions will help with responsive sites; Interchange for responsive images and Off-canvas for those nice offscreen navigations. All elements in Foundation 5 have also been updated with a new modern look, more breathing room, and a reduced code size. Other features and improvements to note include easier forms, fastclick.js for mobile users, the ever popular medium grid, Sublime Snippets, new templates, and Libsassy for fast SASS compiling.