- Things I Learnt in 2020
For the past six months I have been sending out a weekly newsletter with things I learnt and read during the week. Some of those trivia are not trivial at all, so I decided to share the condensed crème de la crème of the Internet in this New Year special edition.
- How They Shot the Impossible Mirror Scene in ‘Contact’
2 Aug 2020
Mirror, mirror on the wall what’s the most mind-boggling blue screen effect of them all? We explore one of the coolest shots in Contact.
- 3 tribes of programming
18 Jun 2017
There’s an old joke that computer science is a lie, because its not really about computers, and its not really a science. Funny joke. Everyone laughs, then someone says “Yeah but it sort of is about computers though, isn’t it?”.
- Getting Started With Webmention and NextJS
3 Oct 2020
An overview of setting up Webmention on a NextJS site to collect comments from across the decentralized social web (i.e., Twitter, GitHub, Pinterest, Reddit) in a centralized place.
- Jumping Into Webmentions With NextJS (or Not) | CSS-Tricks
3 Jun 2020
Webmention is a W3C recommendation last published on January 12, 2017. And what exactly is a Webmention? It’s described as… a simple way to notify any URL
- Use Old School State
Let’s kick it old school and create a custom React hook that takes a callback second argument for `setState`.
Typically, functions are written for their reuseability, but I want to convince you that the reason to reach for a function is to encapsulate a concern.
- Paranoid password printing with a Raspberry Pi
29 Dec 2020
- Web design that focusses on text content is the best
24 Dec 2020
The modern web is full to the brim with consent forms, paywalls and popups, and in this new world, web design that focusses on text, simplicity and the reading experience is becoming my favourite hidden pleasure.
- Building websites and workflows
29 Dec 2020
There are a lot of futuristic technologies about these days, I realised today that what I like is building websites and workflows
- Failure Is Not An Option
- Facebook’s Unknowable Megascale
29 Dec 2020
A mere “website” — say, Wikipedia — that reaches an audience of billions is like the surface of an ocean: enormously expansive, but visible. Facebook is like the *volume* of an ocean: not merely massive, but unknowable.