September 11th, 2023

In literature, you reach the universal through the particular.

— Jeffrey Eugenides

August 31st, 2023

JavaScript is the fastest way to build yourself a slow website.

— Harry Roberts

July 14th, 2023

This is a female text and it is a tiny miracle that it even exists, as it does in this moment, lifted to another consciousness by the ordinary wonder of type.

— Doireann Ní Ghríofa, A Ghost in the Throat

July 10th, 2023

On Inishbofin he looked to the sky and saw fires on the moon.

— Kevin Barry, Roethke in the Bughouse

June 8th, 2023

Sophie on stage in front of a slide emblazoned with that quotable observation.

Building a personal site is a radical act in 2023.

— @sophie@social.lol CSS Day 2023

May 15th, 2023

Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree
If mankind perished utterly;

And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
Would scarcely know that we were gone.

— Sara Teasdale, There Will Come Soft Rains

May 9th, 2023

You meet with a Facebook person and you see in their eyes they’re psychotic. The Apple person kind of listens but then does what it wants to do. The Google person honestly thinks what they’re doing is the best thing.

— Anon

November 3rd, 2022

I think a life or a time looks simple when you leave out the details, the way a planet looks smooth from orbit.

— Ursula K. Le Guin, Solitude

May 24th, 2022

When the daily parade of the troubles you made gets you down, just consider the fate of the wide open space from town to town.

— Microdisney

May 17th, 2022

The idea that only Designers should Design strikes me as a kind of protective gatekeeping, not unlike the idea that only Priests know the word of God, and it should be spoken in Latin.


May 16th, 2022

… blogging is great isn’t it? You don’t have to write every week or every day. Just write when you have something you want to write about, and up it pops in RSS feed readers, or posted to Twitter, or whatever. Lovely.

— Phil Gyford

April 28th, 2022

Replying to a tweet from @Cennydd

By theorizing well in advance of data, science fiction provides a framework for developing and testing ethical standards for the treatment of AI.

— Amanda Rees


April 24th, 2022

It’s a great time to be learning and investing in the primitives of the web platform over transitory framework abstractions.

— Jim Nielsen

February 19th, 2022

Spotify is trying to do to podcasting what Facebook did to “having your own website”.

— John Gruber

February 11th, 2022

Be conservative in what you send, be liberal in what you accept.

— Jon Postel, 1943 – 1998

Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself.

— Marcus Aurelius, 121 – 180

January 30th, 2022

My heart besieged by anger, my mind a gap of danger.

— Séamus Heaney, The Road To Derry

December 29th, 2021

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

November 24th, 2021

When JavaScript is the first tool we reach for to solve every problem, we risk restricting access rather than expanding it.

— Jeremy Wagner, Responsible JavaScript

November 20th, 2021

Put into strict UX terms, some things cannot be designed in a human-centric and empathetic way. And those things should not be built.

— Eva PenzeyMoog, Design For Safety

November 16th, 2021

The idea that it’s alright to do whatever unethical thing is currently the industry norm is widespread in tech, and dangerous.

— Eva PenzeyMoog, Design For Safety

August 28th, 2021

The world cannot be understood without numbers. And it cannot be understood with numbers alone.

— Hans Rosling, Factfulness

August 11th, 2021

Should I press “play” on the toaster?

— A thing I said, just now.

August 10th, 2021

It’s the damnedest thing: The dead abandon you; then, with the passage of time, you abandon the dead.

— Jennifer Senior

June 2nd, 2021

One of the biggest paradoxes of doing consisently good work is that it starts to make you think that good work is what makes you a good person.

— @DesigningInward, blowing my mind at #UXfest.

February 24th, 2021

When you measure include the measurer.


January 29th, 2021

I arrive at the bus station and immediately long to get away so I can miss the place again from the safety of some distance.

— Colin Walsh

January 9th, 2021

Cynicism is a theory of everything.

— Rutger Bregman

October 30th, 2020

Replying to a tweet from @aardrian

Then make them real pages.

Completely agree with you there!

Big modals that are basically fake web pages—even if coded accessibly—feel deceptive, lacking in material honesty.

July 2nd, 2020

It feels like everything is falling to pieces outside, but remember that fundamentally, most people are actually nice to each other and when people aren’t nice to each other, it’s generally out of fear and hurt.

— Dan Hon

March 29th, 2020

I felt it right there in my chest, the cool clutch of a cliché: my heart sank.

— Machines Like Me

March 29th, 2020

My radio, with its irregular blobs of solder on a board, appears no less a wonder than consciousness itself arising from matter.

— Machines Like Me

March 19th, 2020

Replying to a tweet from @Aizlewood

Knock knock.

Who’s there?

Control freak—now you say “Control freak who?”

March 2nd, 2020

It was a comforting myth, and one I embraced because I had seen comfort, without realising it was only a myth.

— Abolish Silicon Valley

February 3rd, 2020

We are but whirlpools in a river of ever-flowing water. We are not stuff that abides, but patterns that perpetuate themselves.

— The Human Use Of Human Beings

August 1st, 2019

In elevating frontend to the land of Serious Code we have not just made things incredibly over-engineered but we have also set fire to all the ladders that we used to get up here in the first place.


April 10th, 2019

The real measure of information is not in the symbols we send—it’s in the symbols we could have sent, but did not.

— A Mind At Play

March 8th, 2019

The events of the world do not form an orderly queue, like the English. They crowd around chaotically, like Italians.

— The Order Of Time

March 7th, 2019

Don’t design to control; design to give control.

— Gerry McGovern

December 28th, 2018

> Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. — Groucho Marx

Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.

— Groucho Marx

October 15th, 2018

…and all the fond nothings of daily life should clothe themselves in elemental sparks and shoot with fiery speed in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, from hemisphere to hemisphere…

— A Thread Across The Ocean

September 4th, 2018

Conquerers live in dread of the day when they are shown to be, not superior, but simply lucky.

— The Stone Sky

August 6th, 2018

If a religion is a system of human norms and values that is founded on belief in superhuman order, then Soviet Communism was no less a religion than Islam.

— Sapiens

July 21st, 2018

Like a government diverting money from defence to education, humans diverted energy from biceps to neurons.

— Sapiens

July 5th, 2018

So many ways to screw the pooch, and just one staggeringly complex, scrupulously modelled, endlessly rehearsed, indefatigably tested way to succeed.

— Hidden Figures

April 22nd, 2018

They sat there in the evening of the last day. And, though there was no actual point to it, they loved each other.

— The Best Of Richard Matheson

March 6th, 2018

Photographs are photons on flypaper.

— The Ursa Major Moving Group

February 12th, 2018

Language is imperfect; poetry, perfectly imperfect.

— Time Travel

January 9th, 2018

And since we are speculating, we’ll use those powerful pseudo-laws, the Principles of Mediocrity and Minimal Assumption.

— A Fire Upon The Deep

October 13th, 2017

Technology isn’t destiny, no matter how inexorable its evolution may seem.

— The Dream Machine

September 29th, 2017

We are dead stars looking back up at the sky.

— Dr. Michelle Thaller


July 6th, 2017

The world spun the sun to the Center of the sky and then downward once more.

— Grass

January 8th, 2017

The circle of life on Ceres was so small you could see the curve.

— Leviathan Wakes

January 7th, 2017

The flower responded to the star.

— Helliconia Spring