Notes

An experiment in adding the sort of short, freeform content I enjoy posting so much elsewhere (Mastodon, Twitter, Facebook, etc).

  • RSS fix, I hope

    Dec 1, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Something went wonky in the RSS for this morning’s post. So I rewrote the RSS template. Classic me.

  • Smug mode activated

    Smug mode activated

    Nov 22, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    via Fit on a Floppy

    I checked the site at Fit on a Floppy.

    Websites are getting bigger and bigger. The internet is getting faster and faster but not everywhere at the same pace. A floppy is a physical reminder of filesize.

    The first page fits, at least. Thanks to little efforts like when I weighed the site.

  • Art Nouveau, Psychedelia, and a Kalevala tangent

    Nov 21, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    No object was too mundane to be beautiful.

    Probably my favorite comment about Art Nouveau.

    Whoa. The Wikipedia entry mentions that it was called “Kalevala style” in Finland. Which – looking elsewhere – might be a little off. I mostly see references to National Romanticism, which is a bit of a mixed bag historically speaking. For Finland it was an urge to assert itself as a nation and not just some dirt swapped back and forth between Russia and Sweden. Writing down the Kalevala was a part of that same movement.

    And yeah JRR Tolkien loved the Kalevala, tying in another piece to hippy culture. I think every bookshelf I saw as a kid had a copy of The Lord of the Rings.

  • Having fun with Emacs

    Having fun with Emacs

    Nov 19, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    I kind of understand what folks say about Emacs being their operating system.

    BTW the theme is the poet package, more or less.

  • Be proud of your blog site thing

    Nov 10, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    via Happy 20th to This Blog!

    It‘s tempting to think that The Thing of my career has been NetNewsWire. And that’s kinda true. But the thing I’ve done the longest, love the most, and am most proud of is this blog.

    This Brent Simmons post is going around a lot in my RSS feed. Probably because many of us feel similar – or want to.

    It took me a long time to admit that my site was a blog. I disliked the word and aspired to be more like the sprawling mass of Softpanorama. Content not a mere stream of distractions. This was before Twitter, mind you.

    Eventually I settled down. Time is a factor for all content.

    And if I was starting today I doubt Softpanorama would be my target. Maybe CSS-Tricks.

    Yeah like I could ever be that focused.

    I’m proud of my blog site thing. I’ve made friends through it. I’ve lost a couple. It’s all over the place, but very much represents the changes and consistencies in who I’ve been the last couple decades.

    Start your own blog site thing if you haven’t already. Have fun!

  • Some manual symmetry with Linea Sketch

    Some manual symmetry with Linea Sketch

    Nov 7, 2019 at 7:27 am

    WelshPixie draws amazing mandala images. Inspired me to do something in Linea Sketch, a drawing app defined by its constraints. No symmetry tools. A focused approach to color palettes. Brushes limited to a couple pencils, a couple pens. Five layers, no more and no less. Stuff like that.

    It does have circle and straight edge drawing tools, which I clearly took full advantage of.

    The only feature I miss in Linea is custom canvas sizes. All drawings are exactly however many pixels your iPad has.

  • I got business stickers

    I got business stickers

    Nov 4, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Better than my original plan of business cards. Twitter handle – which already consists of my name, saving a little ink – and site URL, accompanied by a favorite drawing. Don’t need much more than that for the first batch.

  • Watched Netflix Explained; remembered Bowie

    Nov 2, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    We watched the “Code” episode of Netflix’s explained.There’s only so much that can be covered in 24 minutes, but I enjoyed the high level overview of concepts, history, and issues they presented within their constraints.

    One of many iconic snippets – I may do an explainer post if I don’t find somebody else’s first – was from this 1999 interview of David Bowie. Paleofuture posted a handy transcript of the highlights.

    “The internet carries the flag for the subversive and possibly rebellious and chaotic and nihilistic…”

    I would have been skeptical in 1999 about “nihilistic.” But after seeing things people do for the lulz? Yeah, nihilistic.

    “But it’s simply a different delivery system there,” Paxman says, holding his ground. “You’re arguing about something more profound.”

    “Yeah, I’m talking about the actual context and the state of content is going to be so different from anything we can envisage at the moment,” Bowie says. “With the interplay between the user and the provider will be so in sympatico it’s going to crush our ideas of what mediums are all about.”

    That summarizes the last twenty years, from Netflix to Facebook to 4chan to FOSS to 30-50 Feral Hogs and beyond.

  • On moving your life forward

    Oct 30, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    via Art of Manliness: Stop Living Life “Paycheck to Paycheck”

    When you metaphorically live life “paycheck to paycheck,” you do just enough each week to maintain your current existence. You take care of the urgent and outstanding tasks the neglect of which would disrupt the status quo, but you never take action on things that would improve and progress your situation.

    Even with Taskwarrior to help me tackle my TODO list, I feel the pain of living “paycheck to paycheck”:

    I have the numbers to show that I’m getting lots done. Somehow I feel like I’m treading water. There’s always more. Both the great ideas and the big goals grow stale as I address the urgent issues that must be done now.

    What is the recommendation to get out of that loop?

    All it takes is completing one single to-do — one single task that moves your life forward, even slightly — each week.

    Okay, I can do that. Well, sort of. I’m still trying to build some kind of idea what “forward” means for me. However, I can make a point of completing one task a week that’s been pushed aside by the high-priority, immediately-due attention grabbers at the top of task next.

  • Couple decades now

    Couple decades now

    Oct 26, 2019 at 8:13 am

    Twenty years ago – give or take a couple weeks – I started working as a backend programmer in tech for a real live paycheck, as opposed to designing sites for cigarette money from local ISPs.

    About six months later the outer layers of the dot-com bubble frayed and I experienced my first layoff. Couple recessions and a few mental breakdowns later, I’m still at it!

    I have no deep thoughts on the subject. I still like writing code, even when I hate it. I also enjoy eating. Being a programmer has made both these things easier.