First “daily recap” post

Jeanne and I were talking about how we have no idea what we did a year ago on any given day, and it’s time to start writing stuff down. So here we go.

Today I:

  • Met some cool people in Lockport
  • Worked on a few projects
  • Ate a chicken wing
  • Drove to Canada on a picture-perfect evening
  • Taught Nancy how to mow the lawn

Had to be the most beautiful day

Went up to Canada with Nancy and her friend. Stopped at the grocery, got the guac stuff and some burger meat.Chased a few house wrens away. Cleaned the cottage up while the girls made guac. Went surfing at Pleasant, watched Nan and her bud get sweet rides. Got a ticket there and almost towed but that’s fine. My fault. Back to the cottage, ate some Mabel’s pizza, made some burgers. Checked in with the neighbors. Came home to a wide open Peace Bridge, no wait, no hassle. Sky was epic with clouds and light all day. Home now and idling until Twin Peaks. Let’s hope Audrey Horne finally shows up.

In defense of “Code is Poetry”

Just watched Boone Gorges break down the ubiquitous motto.

If not poetry, what is code? Gorges suggested craftsmanship, architecture, bridge-building, collaboration, engineering.

None of those is text. Each of those has associative materials that could connect a perceivably banal thing with beauty: wood is craft, steel is architecture, mathematics is bridge-building, software development is collaboration and engineering.

Like poetry, code is text. So why not connect with text in its most beautiful form—poetry? No other kinds of text really work: journalism, prose, novels, articles, signage, though they may exhibit craftsmanship, don’t convey beauty as purely as poetry.

His intention was not to change the motto, but rather to be critical of pervasive idealism. He mentioned that many coders have come to the project precisely because of this desire for a more creative platform. But I would argue that if it’s that much of a danger to the project’s future, it should be dropped, not altered, or even criticized, since it’s perfect as it is.

Sketch

I have the app, I’ve played with it, made some icons, and I still don’t get it.

think folks who use it a lot aren’t fluent html/css coders. For me, it’s a lot easier to do the things people say Sketch shines at directly in code.

Do you use Sketch? Do you consider yourself a fluent front-end coder? I’d love to know if I’m just doing it wrong.

WP font

Who’s down to make a font for WordPress? I am!

I’ve brought this up before. It makes sense to have a custom font for your brand; Youtube just did it. WP has such a strong brand that its own font just makes sense.

Mystery Meat Icons

Icons are everywhere. As the contexts within which we interpret content become more unpredictable, so does our reliance on iconography to communicate ideas and messages. The use of iconography has exploded as dissemination of information must reach a multitude of user contexts. Icons can summarize universal ideas and complex actions with a few shapes.

Icons undergo intense scrutiny. They clearly “work” or “don’t work”. If someone is confused by a message, icons are often to blame. An icon which is not understood may be assigned the undesirable label of “mystery meat”; the stuff found in the lore of public institutions tasked with filling countless sandwiches to feed cretinous populations.

What we are experiencing is the construction of a new, universal language. But instead of taking millennia to evolve, it’s happening as you read this post. Symbols that best express universal messages are hotly debated, not only regarding what index they carry (see Meggs’ History of Graphic Design), but on whether the style they carry is appropriate (google skeuomorphic design for more on this).

My question is, who has the loudest voice as this language is constructed? The answer may carry insights about who determines what, as well as how, we communicate.

The best cole slaw recipe

I only post recipes that I make up and are simple, easy, and cheap. I’m a terrible cook because I’m impulsive, lazy, and AADHD.
However, this one usually works:

  • Half a cabbage, cut up however you like it. I sliver mine with a razor sharp Global.
  • 1 TBs Sesame Oil
  • 2 TBs Rice Vinegar
  • 1 TBs Black Pepper
  • 1 Ts Salt

Mix it all up and eat it now or wait until it gets even better.

New MacBook OLE Keyboard thing

Finally figured out a reason to like this thing.
I stopped using function keys for years, once it became necessary to hold FN to modify them so you weren’t, like, turning the volume down.
Sure, you could set it up so they would behave normally, but then you had to hold FN to, like, turn the volume down.
The new keyboard settings lets you have them switch automatically. If I’m in Adobe, editing code, or anywhere I use them heavily, they switch on by default. If I’m browsing or doing less work-productivity stuff, it switches back.
Now if I can only muscle-memory my pinking from accidentally resting on that ESC key all the time…

Birds

Probably my best bird photo yet, since I finally figured out how to use the autofocus
Downy Woodpecker