I’m in Melbourne, Australia. It’s hot and humid down here. My current read is Hanging Out by Sheila Liming.
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
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 history of moquette | London Transport Museumltmuseum.co.uk
“...simply observe the older people working there. They are the future you.”moxie.org
Invisible Details of Interaction Design
A nice write-up on interaction/motion design thinking.rauno.me
A Deep Dive Into SVG Path Commands
An interactive guide to understanding SVG paths and path commands.nan.fyi
What if our experiences on the web were akin to those in physical public spaces?maggieappleton.com
The Social Life of Forests
“Such reciprocity does not necessitate universal harmony, but it does undermine the dogma of individualism and temper the view of competition as the primary engine of evolution.”nytimes.com
Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Essential Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger
I’m less interested in the content and more in the presentation. How could we have this sort of experience on a Kobo?stripe.press
Climate change: Mapping in 3D where the earth will become uninhabitable
An even better piece of visual, data, storytelling.interaktiv.morgenpost.de
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
Whole Earth Index
“Here lies a nearly-complete archive of Whole Earth publications, a series of journals and magazines descended from the Whole Earth Catalog, published by Stewart Brand and the POINT Foundation between 1970 and 2002.”wholeearth.info
“…very few interfaces do a brilliant job of the third need: showing me where I've been and how I got here… Patterns like breadcrumbs help us navigate through website or wiki with lots of subpages, but those don't scale well beyond ~7 steps.”maggieappleton.com
“The constant tension of shipping faster versus shipping better. Falling into a cycle of "Ship, then iterate" is a trap. It ends up being more shiterate. Things happen and that "fast-follow" V1.1 release or V2.0 you had imagined probably won't.”paulstamatiou.com
Tech doesn’t make our lives easier. It makes them faster
“We live in a mega-scale corporate capitalist economy, and in such a setting technology is never used to save time. It’s used to speed up production and consumption in order to expand the system. The basic rule is this: technology doesn't make our lives easier. It makes them faster and more crammed with stuff...Believing that AI will save time is like being a person in the late 1800s seeing their first car and thinking “oh how easy it’ll be to get to the meadow now!” People back then didn’t imagine that by the 1960s we’d be stuck in traffic jams for hours in mega-cities. Now apply this to AI.”brettscott.substack.com
Don’t waste food
A masterclass in visual storytelling.reuters.com
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
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