This Modern Web

the personal website of Patrick Marsceill

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October 24




January 20


📺 Grand Designs has become my new obsession.

March 21

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

March 14


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

July 27


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

August 13

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

August 08

Zen and the art of website maintenance

August 06




Creativity Inc.

Amy Wallace and Edwin Catmull

December 10 Currently reading



The Outsider S1

Richard Price / HBO

January 31 Watched

Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest

Bill Callahan

January 05 Listened




February 24 Watching

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

February 19



February 17 Watched

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

February 15

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.

February 10

Vini Reilly

The Durutti Column

February 06 Listened

The Order of Time

Carlo Rovelli

February 05 Queued

Killing Commendatore

Haruki Murakami

February 01 Queued


Dark Waters

Todd Haynes

March 29 Watched

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.

March 29

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.

March 29

Ugly Delicious S2

David Chang, Netflix

March 22 Watching

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?

March 20

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).

March 17

High Maintenance S4

Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld / HBO

March 17 Watching

🎥 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.

March 15

Uncut Gems

Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie

March 14 Watched

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

March 13

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.


March 09

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.

March 08

Big congrats to Greg Storey for rebooting his infamous Airbag Industries blog. I love how it feels like a natural evolution of what came before.

March 05



March 04 Listened

Knives Out

Rian Johnson

March 03 Watched


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

April 07

Tiger King

Eric Goode & Rebecca Chaiklin

April 01 Watching