November 2019 Notes

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Smug mode activated

Smug mode activated

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.