Introducing Tab LabFebruary 08
DIY internet privacy
Roll your own VPN for (almost) freeMarch 27
👋🏻 I’m posting from the Micro.blog iOS app using the micropub API.
Here we go again
Is the future of the web a network of independent sites?March 14
Wrote code for the first time in a while today. Feels like stretching.
Are there any examples of design education that focus on how to effectively utilize existing infrastructures vs. blow everything up and start over?
“I love the smell of incremental correctness in the morning.” - Anonymous
Zen and the art of website maintenance
4 years at GitHub!
Amy Wallace and Edwin CatmullDecember 10 — Read
The Outsider S1
Richard Price / HBOJanuary 31 — Watched
Google is in a prime position to “pants” Apple over this encrypted iPhone back-up mess. Apple’s recent marketing campaign as being the company that cares about privacy is essentially meaningless if the reports are true that Apple shut down plans for encrypted iPhone backups to iCloud after the FBI complained, while Google has had this feature in place for years.
Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest
Bill CallahanJanuary 05 — Listened
Some things I did in the 2010s
Music, family, and a careerJanuary 04
CBSFebruary 24 — Watched
First time I’ve seen a pixel font in the wild in about a decade. I’m not mad at it either.
This modern what?
A new decade, a new site, and a new nameFebruary 17
NetflixFebruary 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.
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.
The Durutti ColumnFebruary 06 — Listened
The Order of Time
Carlo RovelliFebruary 05 — Queued
Haruki MurakamiFebruary 01 — Reading
Todd HaynesMarch 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.
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.
Ugly Delicious S2
David Chang, NetflixMarch 22 — Watched
Gary Hustwit is streaming his documentaries for free during the COVID-19 crisis. Watch this week’s flim Helvetica about the iconic typeface from March 17-24.
I’ve decided to stream my films for free to viewers stuck indoors anywhere in the world. No catch…
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?
High Maintenance S4
Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld / HBOMarch 17 — Watched
🎥 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.
Josh Safdie, Benny SafdieMarch 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
This web designer gets his wings
My first impressions of SwiftUIMarch 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.
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.
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.
CaribouMarch 04 — Listened
Rian JohnsonMarch 03 — Watched
Gruber’s review of the 2020 iPhone SE showcases the bonkers performance of the A13 Bionic chip:
…a $400 iPhone SE bests a $3,000 top-of-the-line MacBook Pro in single-core CPU performance.
Star Trek The Next Generation: Technical Manual
Rick Sternbach & Michael OkudaApril 15 — Read
Bill Dubuque & Mark WilliamsApril 11 — Watched
Doing It in Lagos: Boogie, Pop & Disco in 1980s Nigeria
Various artistsApril 10 — Listened
I am very excited to hear that NetNewsWire (my RSS reader of choice) is going to get iCloud syncing support! That was literally the only wishlist feature that I had for this app. Maurice Parker, a developer on the project wrote a nice piece about building the feature and his impressions of CloudKit in general.
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.
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
Eric Goode & Rebecca ChaiklinApril 01 — Watching
The Painter and the Thief
Benjamin ReeMay 23 — Watched
Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Fiona AppleMay 23 — Listened
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.
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.
Hacking from your iOS device
Developing with Siri Shortcuts and moreMay 13
Issa Rae & Larry WilmoreMay 06 — Watching
Jeff PopeJune 22 — Watched
Destin Daniel CrettonJune 15 — Watched
I love me some internet nostalgia and 98.css does not disappoint.
98.css is a CSS library for building interfaces that look like Windows 98.
A pretty damn faithful recreation of the UI that sent me online curiously building my first web pages, Winamp skins, Visual Basic programs, and pirated copies of PhotoShop.