Jan 5, 2024

All I want for Christmas is to design for fixed pixel dimensions.

(Rather than, say, 93 vastly different screen sizes.)

Boy howdy I get the appeal print design too now.

If I’m feeling greedy, I’ll ask for browsers to stop having myriad subtle incompatibilities too. (What is this, 2009?)

Dec 29, 2023

Went through a sculpture garden. Sweet idea: sculpture gardens should make 3D-printed mini models of sculptures for visually impaired folks. Kids would love them too. Heck, adults probably would as well.

Nov 17, 2023

After writing TypeScript for (how many years?!) I just discovered their reference sheet for utility types and I can’t believe what I’ve been missing. Even just the simple Record<K,T> I could have used so many times.

This is one side benefit of having GPT-4 try to write code for you: it will use common stuff you didn’t realize was common and you’ll learn about it.

Oct 10, 2023

I just realized that trying to make something pretty when you’re making a first draft is like trying to edit your writing while you write.

(It’s harder, don’t do it.)

Aug 29, 2023

It seems that now, it’s nearly impossible to know about niche things. Not because it’s too hard, but because it’s too easy. In other words, knowledge that used to be niche is now easily accessible.

The reason is that any niche thing you know about is now covered on YouTube. So whether you know a niche thing is just whether you’ve watched a particular YouTube video.

My example: I remember learning that the original Roller Coaster Tycoon was programmed in assembly by a single guy. I have held onto this as a bizarre and fascinating nugget. I was recently suggested a YouTube video explaining this fact.

I am sure people felt this phenomenon about the Internet itself.* But something about the explosion of knowledge on YouTube has made rare knowledge feel less valuable. Maybe it’s because YouTube video makers are incentivized to make videos as engaging as possible. So acquiring niche knowledge used to be a function of whether you were sufficiently interested in something such that you would pass the activation energy required to look it up. People who weren’t interested in it would never know about it because they would be too bored to tolerate the process of finding the information. But since YouTube videos are entertaining, this barrier no longer exists.

* Thinking more about this re: the Internet in general, it is certainly true. Going to a library and finding a book was a lot more effort than Googling something. I guess people probably felt the same about libraries. And writing.

May 17, 2023

Fake diary entries in a language textbook are surreal when you think about it a bit. You have an adult human going about their day and then writing about it using pre-preschool-level grammar.

Apr 24, 2023

Whoops it’s been a minute, huh? Here’s some low quality content to keep this alive.

Huh, low quality content to keep something alive. That this does something psychologically is interesting.

Mar 29, 2023

All I want for Christmas is for Nunjucks to support trailing commas instead of crashing.

Mar 19, 2023

After one month of exposure and careful consideration I would like to confirm that, yes, indeed, stinky tofu smells bad.

Mar 5, 2023

Encountered a cool instant ramen format twice now on accident. It comes with two bowls. Thought it was a packing mistake, but the instructions say to use one bowl + seasoning to make a soup from the noodle broth, and the second bowl for noodles + paste.

Big soup culture. Most restaurant meals seem to come with a starter soup. Nice.

Mar 4, 2023

Playing so much Pokémon Puzzle League that not only do I dream about it, but my normal dreams—i.e., where I am in some bizarre situation and must accomplish some task—have Pokémon Puzzle League gameplay as the substance. E.g., I have to solve some relationship problem, but the way I do that is trying to get a vertical 4-combo on water blocks. It’s actually too much.

Feb 26, 2023

Never seen an area like this before on Google Maps:

Feb 25, 2023

Second place we’ve visited now because of a really high Google maps rating that turns out to offer bribes for Google maps reviews. This one was a bar that gives you a free beer (!) if you left a review. Evil, but brilliant.

Feb 24, 2023

Karaoke. Every day. Starting midday. I want to appreciate the cultural context that allows total abandon, atonal bellows, long and confused vibrato following along to what I can only imagine are classics. I want to.

But I cannot.

Karaoke. Every day. Starting midday.

Feb 23, 2023

Interesting design: this overhead light changes the number of bulbs that are on every time you turn it off and on again. It goes between 3, 2, 1, and 0 (probably could have skipped that one), and then cycles back to 3.

Feb 22, 2023

Haven’t scrolled twitter in a long time. Wondered whether opening it up would release… wait, is there a name for the version of impostor syndrome where it’s not that you’re not capable, but it’s that everyone in the world is doing more interesting & successful things than you? Anyway, it did.

Feb 21, 2023

Starting a microblog. Will I finally be able to contain my verbosity? Time will tell.