This Modern Web

the personal website of Patrick Marsceill

Hacking from your iOS device

Developing with Siri Shortcuts and more

May 13, 2020

This web designer gets his wings

My first impressions of SwiftUI

March 13, 2020

If I could bring one thing back to the internet it would be blogs

Maybe it was chronicles of their life as they got a job teaching in Japan and how it was leaving American for the first time and all the new things there and skateboarding and meeting people and trying to meet girls, or a photographer working for a while in Minorca or some island off Spain when music hit a rock scene period and all the young people were dressing up in leather and tight jeans and going out dancing to dance rock and writing about his thoughts on where he fit into the scene as he was kind of older but not old, or a compilation of weird and unexplained science and gnostic wisdom, or the things some guy was making out of wood or electronics in his garage, or some Japanese girl who posted pictures of herself looking extremely pink and pneumatic and writing little things with them.

a month ago

Most Thursday nights, I was with three other humans in a too hot (or too cold) room constructed out of hastily framed walls, unfinished drywall, and 200 year old brick. Ah band practice, how I miss you. These days you’ll find me at “band practice” in my home office smashing buttons on my Ableton Push, trying to get the most out of samples, VST instruments, and a lot of trial and error. A different kind of fun.

a month ago

Some thoughts I had this week:

  • I’ve never been this conscious about what I’m eating every day because we only have a finite supply of staples like eggs, butter, milk, bread, etc…
  • I’ve never been this conscious of how I manage my time every day because my wife and I are splitting childcare duties and we need to balance getting work done and not sitting my daughter in front of a screen all day
  • I’ve never been this conscious of how often I work out because we all need to get some physical exercise to stay mentally and physically well

Wellness in the time of global un-wellness, I guess.

2 months ago

Phases of social distancing / shelter at home: Week 1: WTF is this, the world is going to hell Week 2: Struggling to find balance between work and family Week 3: Every day is the same: depression Week 4: I’m lucky to have a job and be able to spend unlimited time with my family

3 months ago

I’ve been thinking a lot about how we can bring the principles and tools used in open source software development to the scientific and medical community to aid in finding solutions for big problems faster.

3 months ago

In a truly psychedelic moment during my morning run, I saw two older men (70+ years old) walking six feet apart, movements perfectly in sync, both wearing leather driving gloves, and both smoking giant cigars.

3 months ago

My daughter now has FaceTime dates set up with her classmates in pre-school because she can’t be physically close to them and probably won’t be for a few months. This makes me wonder if this time will have any long term affects on our kids?

3 months ago

Got inspired by Rafa’s Shortcut and whipped my own Apple Shortcut up to automate posting media and books to my Inbox from my iPhone. All I need is to select cover art from my Photos and the shortcut handles everything else (except the merge into master).

3 months ago

🎥 Uncut Gems might be the most stressful and anxiety provoking film I’ve ever seen. Amazing on so many levels and the celebrity cameos were done in a way that I’ve never really seen before — at this scale, anyway.

3 months ago

Popular Science’s DIY hand sanitizer recipe:

1 cup of 99% isopropyl alcohol, 1 tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide, 1 teaspoon of 98% glycerin, ¼ cup, 1 tablespoon, and 1 teaspoon (or 85 milliliters) of sterile distilled or boiled cold water

3 months ago

I hope we see more of this from the tech industry, which actually has the resources to put a dent in the detection effort despite our government’s ineptness:

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced today that it will commit an additional $5 million to help public health agencies in the greater Seattle region enhance their capacity to detect novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in King County, Snohomish County and other surrounding communities.

via gatesfoundation.org

4 months ago

This virus, while global, could be defined as “Trump’s virus.” The disease being the thing that actually takes him down (despite never contracting it), when all man-made attempts have failed thus far.

4 months ago

First time I’ve seen a pixel font in the wild in about a decade. I’m not mad at it either.

4 months ago

Kinda love the “build the plane as you fly it” approach to making my personal site. The more things coalesce, the higher it flies.

4 months ago

I’ve been sick for three weeks, the longest I can remember. Makes me wonder if my body is getting weaker or are the germs are getting stronger.

4 months ago

Are there any examples of design education that focus on how to effectively utilize existing infrastructures vs. blow everything up and start over?

2 years ago

“I love the smell of incremental correctness in the morning.” - Anonymous

2 years ago

Wrote code for the first time in a while today. Feels like stretching.

2 years ago

👋🏻 I’m posting from the Micro.blog iOS app using the micropub API.

2 years ago
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