I’m in Melbourne, Australia. It's finally starting to warm up. My current read is Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman.
To self, to you, to whomever. What’s been on my mind. RSS
Agency, Not Agents
Feeling Our Way Forward
Biking the Empire State Trail: New York City to Montréal
Bikepacking the Bendigo Graveleur
AI as the Copilot
Automatic Smart Quotes in Eleventy Markdown Templates
Two Years of Freelance
Automatic New Tab Links for Markdown in Eleventy
Saving Kobo Highlights to Markdown or Notion
Reduce Video File Size With FFmpeg
Select items, served on the side.
You know those scraps of paper and receipts that clog up your wallet and pockets? This is a living, digital archive of that.
Print your own changing picture frame using an e-ink display and Raspberry Pi.
Kevin Kelly's 68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice, one at a time.
Your local guide to composting, wherever you are.
What I’ve found interesting lately from around the web.
A Coder Considers the Waning Days of the Craft
“Software engineers, as a species, love automation. Inevitably, the best of them build tools that make other kinds of work obsolete. This very instinct explained why we were so well taken care of: code had immense leverage. One piece of software could affect the work of millions of people. Naturally, this sometimes displaced programmers themselves.”newyorker.com
a portrait of Tenochtitlantenochtitlan.thomaskole.nl
Unbundling AI — Benedict Evans
“...\[LLMs] generate prose that is grammatically and linguistically correct, and the fact that the prose is perfect tends to hide the weakness in what the prose is expressing.”ben-evans.com
Generative AI exists because of the transformer
A beautiful piece of visual storytelling.ig.ft.com
The American Revolution Bicentennial Guidelinesstandardsmanual.com
“Advertising creatives have particularly well honed habits when it comes to the production of interesting ideas. They do it on demand. For money. They know, more than almost anyone else, that you can’t rely on inspiration. So they collect and collect and collect. Images, photography, illustrative styles, bits of type, overheard speech, fragments of idea, other ads, anything that grabs their eye. None of it with any real purpose other than one day it’ll come in handy. (And this is one place where the industry's reputation for kleptomania comes from.)”russelldavies.typepad.com
Are rebrands starting to look the same? The challenges defining commercial design
“…it’s then easier for larger studios to encourage more tent-pole clients to utilise those same motifs. The process is arguably less a case of direct plagiarism than an example of a slow trickle-down effect – almost akin to aesthetic gentrification”itsnicethat.com
“Anything that makes a city a worse place to drive in makes it a better place to live”xkcd.com
People I (Mostly) Admire: 114. Is Perfectionism Ruining Your Life?podcasts.apple.com
The Imperfectionist: Who's in charge around here?
“...if you’re waiting for some outside authority to give their stamp of approval to what you’re doing with your life—if you’re telling yourself things will only be truly OK once they’ve done so—then you’ll be waiting a long time. And even if they were to give it, it wouldn’t be worth getting.”ckarchive.com
New ways to build and farm
23 min in: urban farming as productive climate action. “Food growing architecture” as a design discipline.100climateconversations.com
How to Make Greens Last Longer | Cook's Illustratedamericastestkitchen.com
We need the right kind of climate optimismvox.com
How to Be Happier Without Really Trying - Barking Up The Wrong Tree
via Brad Frost.bakadesuyo.com
Should I add these features to Arc browser? (internal prototypes) - YouTube
100% agree with the ethos of this video.youtube.com
Palestinian embroidery, called tatreez, is a centuries-old tradition. Digital preservation efforts, like a database called Tirazain, could help preserve it for the future.tirazain.com
Fluid Responsive Design | Utopia
A much more sensible (and easier) way to set layout for the web.utopia.fyi
Search Engine: Does anyone actually like their job?
Yes, if it’s not work. Meat and potatoes at 28:40.podcasts.apple.com
Opinion | Our Economy Thrives on Bad Feelingsnytimes.com
Lovely brand identity work by Order.underconsideration.com