Boarding an airplane to fly into 2022.
Archive: December, 2021
Friday, December 31st, 2021
Thursday, December 30th, 2021
Manrope – free sans-serif variable font
This font is a crossover of different font types: it is semi-condensed, semi-rounded, semi-geometric, semi-din, semi-grotesque. It employs minimal stoke thickness variations and a semi-closed aperture.
Add Less | CSS-Tricks - CSS-Tricks
Let the power of the browser work for you, and use less stuff!
Your websites start fast until you add too much to make them slow. Do you need any framework at all? Could you do what you want natively in the browser?
Replying to a tweet from @molly0xFFF
Ooh, Parable of the Sower almost topped my fiction list this year (great book!):
I’ll definitely be reading Parable of the Talents in 2022.
2021 in numbers
I posted to adactio.com 968 times in 2021.
That’s considerably less than 2020 or 2019. Not sure why.
March was the busiest month with 118 posts.
- 4 articles,
- 99 blog posts,
- 397 links, and
- 468 notes.
Those notes include 170 photos and 162 replies.
Elsewhere in 2021 I published two seasons of the Clearleft podcast (12 episodes), and I wrote the 15 modules that comprise a course on responsive design on web.dev.
Most of my speaking engagements in 2021 were online though I did manage a little bit of travel in between COVID waves.
My travel map for the year includes one transatlantic trip: Christmas in Arizona, where I’m writing this end-of-year wrap-up before getting back on a plane to England tomorrow, Omicron willing.
Books I read in 2021
I read 26 books in 2021, which is a bit more than I read in 2020. That said, some of them were brief books. I don’t think I actually read any more than my usual annual allotment of words.
I’m glad that I’m tracking my reading here on my own site. About halfway through the year I thought that I was doing a pretty good job of reading a mix of books from men and women, but a glance at my reading list showed that wasn’t the case at all and I was able to adjust my intake accordingly. I wasn’t doing as badly as some but by just keeping an ongoing reading list is a handy to spot any worrying trends.
I continued my practice of alternating between fiction and non-fiction. It’s working for me.
Now that the year is at an end, I’m going to my traditional round-up and give a little review of each book. I’m also going to engage in the pointless and annoying practice of assigning a rating out of five stars for each book.
- a one-star book would be rubbish,
- a two-star book would be perfectly fine,
- a three-star book would be good,
- a four-star book would be excellent, and
- a five-star book is unheard of.
This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
I was reading this at the end of 2020 and finished it at the start of 2021. I let it wash over me, which I think is how this impressionistic and rightly short book is meant to be enjoyed. But I might just be telling myself that because I wasn’t following it closely enough.
Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman
A terrific book about human nature. As I wrote at the time, it makes a great companion piece to—and is influenced by—Rebecca Solnit’s excellent A Paradise Built In Hell.
The only frustrating facet of Bregman’s book is that it’s also influenced by Yuval Noah Harari’s mess Sapiens. That’s probably where it gets its wrong-headed fantasy about the evils of the agricultural revolution and the glories of a pre-civilisational nomadic lifestyle. Fortunately it sounds like this pernicious myth is in for a well-earned skewering in Davids Graeber and Wengrow’s new book The Dawn of Everything
Apart from that though, Humankind is pretty darn wonderful.
The Stinging Fly Issue 43/Volume Two Winter 2020-21 — The Galway 2020 Edition edited by Lisa McInerney and Elaine Feeney
Reading this collection of stories, poems and essays was my way of travelling to Galway when a global pandemic prevented me from actually going there. The quality was consistently high and some of the stories really stayed with me.
The Moment of Eclipse by Brian Aldiss
Another pulp paperback of short stories from Brian Aldiss. I wrote about reading this book.
Sustainable Web Design by Tom Greenwood
Reading a title from A Book Apart almost feels like a cheat—the books are laser-focused into a perfectly brief length. This one is no exception and the topic is one that every web designer and developer needs to be versed in.
Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor
A thoroughly enjoyable first-contact story set in Nigeria. It’s absolutely dripping in atmosphere and features fully-formed characters that feel grounded even when in the middle of fantastical events.
Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet by Claire L. Evans
Yeah, that’s right: five stars! This books is superb, the perfect mix of subject matter and style as I wrote as soon as I finished it. What a writer!
British Ice by Owen D. Pomery
This is a bit of a cheat on my part. It’s a short graphic novel, and the story is told more through pictures than words. The story is somewhat slight but the imagary, like the landscape being described, is hauntingly sparse.
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
This one divided opinion. I thought that, on the whole, the novel worked. There are moments of seeing the world through a robot’s eyes that feel truly alien. It’s not in the same league as Never Let Me Go, but it does share the same feeling of bleak inevitability. So not a feelgood book then.
It pairs nicely with Ian McEwan’s recent Machines Like Us to see how two respected mainstream authors approach a genre topic.
Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez
Sharp and scathing, this is a thorough exposé. Sometimes it feels a little too thorough—there are a lot of data points that might have been better placed in footnotes. Then again, the whole point of this book is that the data really, really matters so I totally get why it’s presented this way.
A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
Properly good human-level space opera with oodles of political intrigue. I will definitely be reading the next book in the series.
My Rock ‘n’ Roll Friend by Tracey Thorn
I really enjoyed this account of the friendship between Tracey Thorn and Lindy Morrison. I’m a huge Go-Betweens fan, but the band’s story is almost always told from the perspective of the boys, Grant and Robert. You could say that those narratives have (puts on sunglasses) …Everything But The Girl.
Anyway, this was a refreshing alternative. Writing about music is notoriously tricky, but this might be the best biography of a musician I’ve read.
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
I loved this! If I tried to give a plot synopsis, it would sound ridiculous, like someone describing their dreams. But somehow this works in a way that feels cohesive and perfectly internally consistent. Just read it—you won’t regret it.
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
I enjoy reading books about the craft of writing and this is one that I had been meaning to read for years. It didn’t disappoint. That said, I think I might have enjoyed it more as an autobiography of an American childhood than as a guide to writing. Some of the writing advice is dispensed as gospel when really, that’s just like your opinion, man.
A Brilliant Void: A Selection of Classic Irish Science Fiction edited by Jack Fennell
A quirky collection of 19th century and early 20th century short stories. Today we’d probably classify them as fantasy more than science fiction. What was really interesting was reading the biographies of the writers. The collection has an impressive amount of stories by fascinating women. Kudos to Jack Fennell for the curation.
Let The Game Do Its Work by J.M. Berger
An enjoyable little study of dystopian film sports (I’ve always wanted to do a movie marathon on that theme). The format of this work is interesting. It’s not a full-length book. Instead it’s like a quick exploration of the topic to see whether it should be a full-length book. Personally, I think this is enough. Frankly, I can think of plenty of full-length non-fiction books that should’ve been more like this length.
The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin
Sci-fi? Fantasy? Magical realism? This has a premise that’s tricky to pull off, but it works. That said, I think it could’ve been shorter. I enjoyed this but I’m not sure if I’ll be reading any sequels.
Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About The World - And Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Roennlund
Wonderful! A book about facts and figures with a very human soul. It can be summed up in this quote:
The world cannot be understood without numbers. And it cannot be understood with numbers alone.
Sometimes the self-effacing style of the late Hans Rosling can be a little grating, but overall this is a perfectly balanced book.
The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again by M. John Harrison
Dripping with creepy Brexity atmosphere, this is more of a slow rising damp than a slow burn. But while the writing is terrific at the sentence level, it didn’t quite pull me in as a book. I admired it more than I enjoyed it.
The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal
More escapist wish fulfilment in the Lady Astronaut series. These books aren’t great literature by any stretch, but I find the premise of an alternative history of the space race very appealing (like For All Mankind). This third book has a change of narrator and a change of scene: the moon.
Let It Go: My Extraordinary Story - From Refugee to Entrepreneur to Philanthropist by Dame Stephanie Shirley
Absolutely brilliant! Both the book and the author, I mean. Steve Shirley is a hero of mine so it’s gratifying to find that she’s a great writer along with being a great person. Her story is by turns astonishing and heartbreaking. She conveys it all in an honest, heartfelt, but matter-of-fact manner.
I didn’t expect to find resonances in here about my own work, but it turns out that Clearleft wouldn’t have been able to become an employee-owned company without the groundwork laid down by Steve Shirley.
If you’re ever tempted to read some self-help business autobiography by some dude from Silicon Valley, don’t—read this instead.
Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor
The third in the Binti series of novellas is just as good as the previous two. This is crying out to be turned into a television show that I would most definitely watch.
Design For Safety by Eva PenzeyMoog
Another excellent addition to the canon of A Book Apart. I found myself noting down quotations that really resonated.
Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
Excellent writing once again from Octavia Butler. Like Kindred, this can be harrowing at times but there’s a central core of humanity running through even the darkest moments. I’ll definitely be reading Parable of the Talents.
Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers
I wasn’t that into the first book in the Wayfarers series. I enjoyed the second one more. When it came to this third installment, I was completely won over. I was in just the right mood for it after the heaviness of Parable of the Sower. There’s not much in the way of threat, but plenty in the way of warmth. I’m also a sucker for stories of generation starships.
The Road from Castlebarnagh: Growing Up in Irish Music, A Memoir by Paddy O’Brien
An enjoyable series of vignettes told from the viewpoint of a young boy growing up in rural Ireland. I was hoping for more stories of the music, but if you’re involved in trad music in any way, this is well worth a read.
Now it’s time to choose one book of the year from the fiction stack and one book of the year from non-fiction.
In any other year I think Parable of the Sower would be the fiction winner, but this year I’m going to have to go for Piranesi.
There’s stiff competition in the non-fiction category: Humankind, Factfulness, and Let It Go are all excellent. But it’s got to be Broad Band.
Most of these books are available on Bookshop if you fancy reading any of them.
And for context, here’s:
Wednesday, December 29th, 2021
Going to Bisbee. brb
Add a Service Worker to Your Site | CSS-Tricks - CSS-Tricks
Damn, I wish I had thought of giving this answer to the prompt, “What is one thing people can do to make their website better?”
If you do nothing else, this will be a huge boost to your site in 2022.
Chris’s piece is a self-contained tutorial!
Given how fast framework complexity has escalated in the past couple of years, it feels like we’re at the point where not using a framework for web dev could be a strategic advantage for a new startup or company
— Baldur Bjarnason
Saturday, December 25th, 2021
I don’t know who’s more excited: my four year old niece waiting for Santa to visit or me waiting for the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope.
🎅 🚀 🔭
Friday, December 24th, 2021
Thursday, December 23rd, 2021
Brian Eno on NFTs and Automaticism
Much of the energy behind crypto arises from the very strong need that some people feel to operate outside of a state, and therefore outside of any sort of democratic communal overview. The idea that Ayn Rand, that Nietzsche-for-Teenagers toxin, should have had her whacky ideas enshrined in a philosophy about money is what is terrifying to me.
Even more writing on web.dev
The final five are here! The course on responsive design I wrote for web.dev is now complete, just in time for Christmas. The five new modules are:
These five felt quite “big picture”, and often quite future-facing. I certainly learned a lot researching proposals for potential media features and foldable screens. That felt like a fitting way to close out the course, bookending it nicely with the history of responsive design in the introduction.
And with that, the full course is now online. Go forth and learn responsive design!
Getting very excited about a James Webb Space Telescope Christmas …but also getting nervous, remembering the Beagle2 Christmas that wasn’t.
Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021
Tuesday, December 21st, 2021
شب یلدا مبارک
Monday, December 20th, 2021
Sunday, December 19th, 2021
Replying to a tweet from @rosen_paul
I think that IE10- and Safari6- can’t access The Session anyway because of TLS protocol mismatch, so ditching those polyfills shouldn’t cause any issues.
Saturday, December 18th, 2021
Replying to a tweet from @rosen_paul
I’ve still got some polyfills in place for IE11 on The Session, but I’d be happy to see ABCJS ditch its polyfills if it makes for a lighter payload.
(Or let me know what the polyfills are and I could add them in myself.)
Reading The Road from Castlebarnagh: Growing Up in Irish Music, A Memoir by Paddy O’Brien.
Friday, December 17th, 2021
Replying to a tweet from @nileshtrivedi
“Personalized ads pay better, hence tracking exists.”
Thursday, December 16th, 2021
Going to Arizona. brb
Tailwind and the Femininity of CSS
So when it comes down to the root of the problem, perhaps it isn’t CSS itself but our unwillingness to examine our sexist ideas of what is worthy in web development.
Wednesday, December 15th, 2021
Remove Trackers - CSS-Tricks
Laura and I are on the same page here.
All I want for Christmas is for the James Webb Space Telescope to make it to L2 okay.
Tuesday, December 14th, 2021
Defensive CSS - Ahmad Shadeed
This is a smart collection of situations to consider and the CSS to resolve them. It’s all about unearthing assumptions.
Monday, December 13th, 2021
Replying to a tweet from @nileshtrivedi
I don’t agree with your assertion that “The real problem isn’t that the code comes from a third-party. It is that the third-party can change the code arbitrarily.” A tracking script with subresource integrity is still a tracking script.
Serve folder for web development
This is a very nifty use of a service worker—choose a local folder that you want to navigate using HTTP rather than the file system.
Embrace the Platform - CSS-Tricks
This is a wonderful piece by Bram. Half history lesson, and half practical advice for building resilient websites today:
By embracing what the web platform gives us — instead of trying to fight against it — we can build better websites.
Keep it simple. Apply the Rule of Least Power. Build with progressive enhancement in mind.
Saturday, December 11th, 2021
More writing on web.dev
Last month I wrote about writing on web.dev. At that time, the first five parts of a fourteen-part course on responsive design had been published. I’m pleased to say that the next five parts are now available. They are:
It wasn’t planned, but these five modules feel like they belong together. The first five modules were concerned with layout tools—media queries, flexbox, grid, and even container queries. The latest five modules are about the individual elements of design—type, colour, and images. But those elements are examined through the lens of responsiveness; responsive typography with
clamp, responsive colour with
prefers-color-scheme, and responsive images with
The final five modules should be available later this month. In the mean time, I hope you like the first ten modules.
Help Users Accomplish What They Came For - CSS-Tricks
If I were to point out one thing that people can do to make their website better, it is to take a moment to think about the most crucial actions that we want our users to be able to do on a page and make them as easy and accessible as possible.
All visual effects, fancy graphics, beautiful interactions, and tracking scripts should come second.
Wise words from Anna.
I hope that progressive enhancement doesn’t become yet another buzzword and that you really take a moment to help the user accomplish what they came for.
Friday, December 10th, 2021
Linking Manifesto – Manifesto for Ubiquitous Linking
We invite software developers to do their part, by
- ensuring their users can conveniently obtain a link to the currently open or selected resource via a user interface; and
- providing an application programming interface (API) to obtain or construct a link to that resource (i.e., to get its address and name).
Test Your Product on a Crappy Laptop - CSS-Tricks
Eric’s response to Chris’s question—“What is one thing people can do to make their website better?”—dovetails nicely with my own answer:
The two real problems here are:
- Third-party assets, such as the very analytics and CRM packages you use to determine who is using your product and how they go about it. There’s no real control over the quality or amount of code they add to your site, and setting up the logic to block them loading their own third-party resources is difficult to do.
- The people who tell you to add these third-party assets. These people typically aren’t aware of the performance issues caused by the ask, or don’t care because it’s not part of the results they’re judged by.
Thursday, December 9th, 2021
Ain’t no party like a third party
This was originally published on CSS Tricks in December 2021 as part of a year-end round-up of responses to the question “What is one thing people can do to make their website bettter?”
Tuesday, December 7th, 2021
Inertia - CSS-Tricks
Here’s a thoughtful response from Chris to my post about Svelte, Astro, and React.
Replying to a tweet from @bensauer
But it is a zero-sum game.
Any money that one person makes from buying low and selling high must come from someone else who bought high and sold low – there are as many losers as winners.
Advent of Bloggers 2021: Day 3 | James’ Coffee Blog
James is featuring a different blog every day of Christmas and he chose mine for day three. What a lovely project!
I love writing this series. For the last three days, one of the first things on my mind after waking up is “what blog am I going to feature today?” I have seen so many interesting websites in the last few years. If you ever feel like the web is all the same, I’d recommend checking out the IndieWeb or clicking through the websites I feature in this series. You’ll realise there is still a great deal of creative content on the web written by independent bloggers: you just have to know where to start looking.
Simon Collison | Stream on
Writing has been essential for focus, planning, catharsis, anger management, etc. Get it down, get it out. Writing is hard, but it’s also therapy: give order to a pile of thoughts to understand them better and move on.
I concur! Though it’s worth adding that it feels qualitatively different (and better!) to do this on your own site rather than contributing to someone else’s silo, like Twitter or Facebook.
Web tech is better. Developer norms are worse. | Go Make Things
The web historically moves in waves.
Libraries are created to push complex features in an easier way. Then the libraries themselves get complicated, often more so than the benefits they provide.
Eventually, (some of) the core features of those libraries make their way into the browser itself, but the libraries linger like water on the shore, slowly receding.
And before the sand has a chance to fully dry, a new set of libraries washes in to push the web even further.
morals in the machine | The Roof is on Phire
We are so excited by the idea of machines that can write, and create art, and compose music, with seemingly little regard for how many wells of creativity sit untapped because many of us spend the best hours of our days toiling away, and even more can barely fulfill basic needs for food, shelter, and water. I can’t help but wonder how rich our lives could be if we focused a little more on creating conditions that enable all humans to exercise their creativity as much as we would like robots to be able to.
The Case Against Crypto | Pervasive Media Studio
The underlying technology of cryptocurrency is based on a world without trust. Its most ardent proponents want to demolish institutions and abolish regulation, reducing the world to a numbers game which they believe they can win. If the wildest fantasies of cryptocurrency enthusiasts were to come true, if all the environmental and technical objections were to fall away, the result would be financial capitalism with all the brakes taken off.
The promotion of cryptocurrencies is at best irresponsible, an advertisement for an unregulated casino. At worst it is an environmental disaster, a predatory pyramid scheme, and a commitment to an ideology of greed and distrust. I believe the only ethical response is to reject it in all its forms.
Monday, December 6th, 2021
Reading Record Of A Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers.
Sunday, December 5th, 2021
The three-part almost nine-hour long documentary Get Back is quite fascinating.
First of all, the fact that all this footage exists is remarkable. It’s as if Disney had announced that they’d found the footage for a film shot between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back.
Still, does this treasure trove really warrant the daunting length of this new Beatles documentary? As Terence puts it:
There are two problems with this Peter Jackson documentary. The first is that it is far too long - are casual fans really going to sit through 9 hours of a band bickering? The second problem is that it is far too short! Beatles obsessives (like me) could happily drink in a hundred hours of this stuff.
In some ways, watching Get Back is liking watching one of those Andy Warhol art projects where he just pointed a camera at someone for 24 hours. It’s simultaneously boring and yet oddly mesmerising.
What struck myself and Jessica watching Get Back was how much it was like our experience of playing with Salter Cane. I’m not saying Salter Cane are like The Beatles. I’m saying that The Beatles are like Salter Cane and every other band on the planet when it comes to how the sausage gets made. The same kind of highs. The same kind of lows. And above all, the same kind of tedium. Spending hours and hours in a practice room or a recording studio is simultaneously exciting and dull. This documentary captures that perfectly.
I suppose Peter Jackson could’ve made a three-part fly-on-the-wall documentary series about any band and I would’ve found it equally interesting. But this is The Beatles and that means there’s a whole mythology that comes along for the ride. So, yes, it’s like watching paint dry, but on the other hand, it’s paint painted by The Beatles.
What I liked about Get Back is that it demystified the band. The revelation for me was really understanding that this was just four lads from Liverpool making music together. And I know I shouldn’t be surprised by that—the Beatles themselves spent years insisting they were just four lads from Liverpool making music together, but, y’know …it’s The Beatles!
There’s a scene in the Danny Boyle film Yesterday where the main character plays Let It Be for the first time in a world where The Beatles have never existed. It’s one of the few funny parts of the film. It’s funny because to everyone else it’s just some new song but we, the audience, know that it’s not just some new song…
Christ, this is Let It Be! You’re the first people on Earth to hear this song! This is like watching Da Vinci paint the Mona Lisa right in front of your bloody eyes!
But truth is even more amusing than fiction. In the first episode of Get Back, we get to see when Paul starts noodling on the piano playing Let It Be for the first time. It’s a momentous occasion and the reaction from everyone around him is …complete indifference. People are chatting, discussing a set design that will never get built, and generally ignoring the nascent song being played. I laughed out loud.
There’s another moment when George brings in the song he wrote the night before, I Me Mine. He plays it while John and Yoko waltz around. It’s in 3/4 time and it’s minor key. I turned to Jessica and said “That’s the most Salter Cane sounding one.” Then, I swear at that moment, after George has stopped playing that song, he plays a brief little riff on the guitar that sounded exactly like a Salter Cane song we’re working on right now. Myself and Jessica turned to each other and said, “What was that‽”
Funnily enough, when we told this to Chris, the singer in Salter Cane, he mentioned how that was the scene that had stood out to him as well, but not for that riff (he hadn’t noticed the similarity). For him, it was about how George had brought just a scrap of a song. Chris realised it was the kind of scrap that he would come up with, but then discard, thinking there’s not enough there. So maybe there’s a lesson here about sharing those scraps.
Watching Get Back, I was trying to figure out if it was so fascinating to me and Jessica (and Chris) because we’re in a band. Would it resonate with other people?
The answer, it turns out, is yes, very much so. Everyone’s been sharing that clip of Paul coming up with the beginnings of the song Get Back. The general reaction is one of breathless wonder. But as Chris said, “How did you think songs happened?” His reaction was more like “yup, accurate.”
Inevitably, there are people mining the documentary for lessons in creativity, design, and leadership. There are already Medium think-pieces and newsletters analysing the processes on display. I guarantee you that there will be multiple conference talks at UX events over the next few years that will include footage from Get Back.
I understand how you could watch this documentary and take away the lesson that these were musical geniuses forging remarkable works of cultural importance. But that’s not what I took from it. I came away from it thinking they’re just a band who wrote and recorded some songs. Weirdly, that made me appreciate The Beatles even more. And it made me appreciate all the other bands and all the other songs out there.
Saturday, December 4th, 2021
Jacques Corby-Tuech - Marketers are Addicted to Bad Data
We’ve got click rates, impressions, conversion rates, open rates, ROAS, pageviews, bounces rates, ROI, CPM, CPC, impression share, average position, sessions, channels, landing pages, KPI after never ending KPI.
That’d be fine if all this shit meant something and we knew how to interpret it. But it doesn’t and we don’t.
The reality is much simpler, and therefore much more complex. Most of us don’t understand how data is collected, how these mechanisms work and most importantly where and how they don’t work.
Making Colophon Cards – Baldur Bjarnason
I think Baldur is onto something here with his categorisation of software. There’s the software based on innovation, something truly novel:
Innovation’s the word. Pushing the boundaries. You know the phrases. Usually spouted by that dude at the party.
Then there’s the software based on itertion, making a better version of a proven tool:
We are now in a place where we have entire genres of software that have decades of history, are backed by stacks of new and old research, have dozens of successful, well-made exemplar apps, and a broad enough conceptual space to allow for new variations on the theme.
In short, we have genre software and we have avant-garde software, and I’ve always been more interested in genre fiction than literary fiction.
Ain’t No Party Like a Third Party - CSS-Tricks
Chris is doing another end-of-year roundup. This time the prompt is “What is one thing people can do to make their website bettter?”
This is my response.
I’d like to tell you something not to do to make your website better. Don’t add any third-party scripts to your site.
Thursday, December 2nd, 2021
Now you can play a demo of Townscaper right in your browser.
There goes your productivity.
Wednesday, December 1st, 2021
Aliendscapes - Alien Planet Generator
Click (or refresh) for a new one.
Best laid plans by Amy Hupe, content designer.
All of Amy’s writing recently has been absolutely wonderful, some of the best I’ve read in a long while, but I particularly needed this one.
I don’t know where we go from here, with this latest pandemic setback, but I do know that things will keep moving.
And if you feel bad today, feel bad. Feel sad or angry or scared or whatever it is you need to feel. Give yourself to yourself as you are.
Things will keep changing. Life will keep unfolding. We will keep going.
Prompted by my talk, The State Of The Web, Brian zooms out to get some perspective on how browser power is consolidated.
The web is made of clients and servers. There’s a huge amount of diversity in the server space but there’s very little diversity when it comes to clients because making a browser has become so complex and expensive.
But Brian hopes that this complexity and expense could be distributed amongst a large amount of smaller players.
10 companies agreeing to invest $10k apiece to advance and maintain some area of shared interest is every bit as useful as 1 agreeing to invest $100k generally. In fact, maybe it’s more representative.
We believe that there is a very long tail of increasingly smaller companies who could do something, if only they coordinated to fund it together. The further we stretch this out, the more sources we enable, the more its potential adds up.