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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 Read



The Outsider S1

Richard Price / HBO

January 31 Watched

Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest

Bill Callahan

January 05 Listened




February 24 Watched

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 Reading


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 Watched

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 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.

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


Star Trek The Next Generation: Technical Manual

Rick Sternbach & Michael Okuda

April 15 Read

Ozark S3

Bill Dubuque & Mark Williams

April 11 Watched

Doing It in Lagos: Boogie, Pop & Disco in 1980s Nigeria

Various artists

April 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.

ht @manton

April 10

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.

April 10

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


The Painter and the Thief

Benjamin Ree

May 23 Watched

Fetch the Bolt Cutters

Fiona Apple

May 23 Listened

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.

May 18

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.

May 18

Insecure S4

Issa Rae & Larry Wilmore

May 06 Watching


A Confession

Jeff Pope

June 22 Watched

Just Mercy

Destin Daniel Cretton

June 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.

July 08


Yesterday marked my five year anniversary of working at GitHub 🎉

September 09

It feels obvious now, but just starting to realize that my own creative output correlated to my personal happiness and probably my mental health, also.

September 09

Long-Forgotten Fairytale

Avalon Emerson

September 09 Listened

The Crown

Peter Morgan

September 09 Watched