Crystal Preston-Watson: On to The Next One – The Alternative Twitter

Instead of looking for a Twitter clone, this time would be better focused on discussing potential future social media platforms’ effect on our culture and society and what we seek from them as dominant institutions in the digital informational age…

No Depression: Sam Bush performs John Hartford’s ‘In Tall Buildings’ 🎵📺

A faithful version of one of my favorite songs. Sam Bush was the mandolinist on Hartford’s 1976 album Nobody Knows What You Do, which features this song.

Now playing on the turntable: “Out” by White Heaven 🎵🎶

A friend ordered this and two copies were shipped to him, so I was the lucky beneficiary of the distributor’s mistake. I wasn’t familiar with this Japanese band before, but I am a fan of noisy guitars/psychedelic rock.

a gold or copper colored vinyl record with a marble finish

Matthias Ott: Shitty Code Prototypes

Prototyping with code is my favorite way to build prototypes whenever I want to work with the real material of the Web and sketch out an idea in the browser with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Maybe it’s a layout that uses CSS Grid, a GSAP animation test, or a little interactive component. Whatever it is, I try to focus on the essence of what I want to try out and learn. What I don’t focus on, however, is code quality. And this is where it can get complicated.

Yesterday was the one year anniversary of my father’s unexpected death.

I don’t have dreams about my father often, but last night I dreamed the two of us were at a guitar shop together, trying out different insturments and playing songs.

Music was one of the many things we shared. I miss you, Dad.

a double exposed photo from the early 90s of a balding man and his young son. the man has a 12 sting acoustic guitar and the boy is playing a miniature 6 string guitar

The New York Times: The Troubling and Humane Photography of Baldwin Lee

On every possible level, this is an extraordinary body of work: moving, illuminating, troubling, above all humane. Mr. Lee did not frame his photographs to appall, although any minimally empathetic person will be appalled by the conditions they often capture. He framed them in a way that most often features, within the surroundings of brutal poverty, human beings whose expression, gesture or stance insists on their own profound dignity. On a self that is irreducible and irreplaceable.

working from gnome

Day two at my new (fully remote!) job. Costumes were “highly encouraged”. Update: I won the costume contest!

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Oh, no! This iconic album was released 40 years ago today. 🎵

oh, no! it's DEVO on the turntable, with the five spudboys on the record sleeve

That’s good!

Mandy Brown: No one is “non-technical”

When we talk about the makeup of our teams, there’s often an impulse to break people down into “technical” and “non-technical” roles, as code for “engineers” and “everyone else.” The latter comes up often when discussing internal tools or systems, which by definition have to be accessible to those “non-technical” folks. Sometimes the language bleeds out to refer to users of a product, especially if the product has both a developer-facing experience and orientations for other kinds of users. I’ve even used the “non-technical” language myself, bemoaning the lack of a better alternative. But that right there should have been a tell: there’s no suitable synonym because the concept is a fiction. There’s no such thing as a “non-technical” role; there are only different techniques.

Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza: Generation Amazing!!! How We’re Draining Language of Its Power

There is a certain point when turns of phrase are so out of fashion they become fresh again. Orwell’s dying metaphors of the 1940s were take up the cudgel for and ring the changes on, which would feel interesting now. Ours are full-throated and deep dive and unpack and dig in and at the end of the day.

I also picked up a new pop-linguistic phrase from this article: “semantic bleaching.”