Saturday, May 18th, 2019
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019
Three URLs I referenced in my @naconf workshop today:
Tuesday, October 31st, 2017
Tuesday, July 18th, 2017
Starbuck. Breq Mianaai. Furiosa. Rey. Ghostbusters. Jyn Erso. Diana Prince. The Doctor.
It’s a good start.
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017
Monday, January 2nd, 2017
2016 reading list
I was having a think back over 2016, trying to remember which books I had read during the year. To the best of my recollection, I think that this is the final tally…
- Endurance by Alfred Lansing
- The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley
- The Real World of Technology by Ursula Franklin
- Design For Real Life by Eric Meyer and Sara Wachter-Boettcher
- Practical SVG by Chris Coyier
- Demystifying Public Speaking by Lara Hogan
- Working The Command Line by Remy Sharp
- The Revenant by Michael Punke
- The Adjacent by Christopher Priest
- Helliconia Spring by Brian Aldiss
- High Rise by J.G. Ballard
- The Affirmation by Christopher Priest
- Brodeck’s Report by Philippe Claudel
- Greybeard by Brian Aldiss
- Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges
- The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
- The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu
- Death’s End by Cixin Liu
- The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
Seems kinda meagre to me. Either I need to read more books or I need to keep better track of what books I’m reading when. Starting now.
Sunday, January 1st, 2017
When I took a look at back at 2015, it was to remark on how nicely uneventful it was. I wish I could say the same about 2016. Instead, this was the year that too damned much kept happening.
The big picture was dominated by Brexit and Trump, disasters that are sure to shape events for years to come. I try to keep the even bigger picture in perspective and remind myself that our species is doing well, and that we’re successfully battling poverty, illiteracy, violence, pollution, and disease. But it’s so hard sometimes. I still think the overall trend for this decade will be two steps forward, but the closing half is almost certain to be one step back.
Some people close to me have had a really shitty year. More than anything, I wish I could do more to help them.
Right now I’m thinking that one of the best things I could wish for 2017 is for it to be an uneventful year. I’d really like it if the end-of-year round-up in 365 days time had no world-changing events.
But for me personally? 2016 was fine. I didn’t accomplish any big goals—although I’m very proud to have published Resilient Web Design—but I’ve had fun at work, and as always, I’m very grateful for all the opportunities that came my way.
I ate some delicious food…
I went to beautiful places…
And I got to hang out with some lovely doggies…
Have a happy—and uneventful—new year!
Sunday, December 11th, 2016
OH: “What are these flowers called? Fannywinkles?”
(they were pussywillows)
Thursday, November 17th, 2016
Every front-end developer at Clearleft went to FFConf last Friday: me, Mark, Graham, Charlotte, and Danielle. We weren’t about to pass up the opportunity to attend a world-class dev conference right here in our home base of Brighton.
Normally FFConf would be a good opportunity to catch up with some Pauls from the Google devrel team, but because of an unfortunate scheduling clash this year, all the Pauls were at Chrome Dev Summit 2016 on the other side of the Atlantic.
I’ve been catching up on the videos from the event. There’s plenty of tech-related stuff: dev tools, web components, and plenty of talk about progressive web apps. But there was also a very, very heavy focus on performance. I don’t just mean performance at the shallow scale of file size and optimisation, but a genuine questioning of the impact of our developer workflows and tools.
He makes the point that if you really want fast rendering, nothing on the client side quite beats a server render.
Unfortunately, all too often, I hear people say that a progressive web app must be a single page app. And I am not so sure. You might not need a single page app. A single page app can end up being a lot of work and slower. There’s a lot of cargo-culting around single page apps.
Cell networks are basically kryptonite to the protocols and assumptions that the web was built on.
Today’s frameworks are mostly a sign of ignorance, or privilege, or both. The good news is that we can fix the ignorance.
Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
Saturday, April 9th, 2016
Monday, November 16th, 2015
Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
Monday, January 12th, 2015
Sunday, December 21st, 2014
Watched “Youth In Revolt” again …the only film to feature an acting appearance by my favourite astronaut, Michael Collins.
Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
Resignedly awaiting the inevitable Apple apologism.
“It’s good that you wished URLs into the cornfield, Safari.”