Microblog – Personal Webpage of Blake Watson https://blakewatson.com The personal webpage of Blake Watson Fri, 10 Jun 2022 03:30:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 167038248 Homemade app project https://blakewatson.com/journal/homemade-app-project/ https://blakewatson.com/journal/homemade-app-project/#respond Fri, 10 Jun 2022 03:30:48 +0000 https://blakewatson.com/journal/homemade-app-project/ I’m working on a side project where I am trying out some new guiding principles:

  • It’s just for me. Don’t worry about making it scale or work for anyone else.
  • Use the most low-tech approach that is practical.
  • No build step.
  • Use only CSS named colors.
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Character test https://blakewatson.com/journal/character-test/ https://blakewatson.com/journal/character-test/#respond Tue, 24 May 2022 19:19:00 +0000 https://blakewatson.com/journal/character-test/ In my experience, a good test to gauge someone’s character is whether they’re the kind of person who would “make a scene” in a restaurant. Legitimate complaints? Fine, but those should be rare—and discreet. If it’s a drama for the other patrons to watch… nope.

Just sayin’.

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12/03/2021 https://blakewatson.com/journal/12-03-2021/ https://blakewatson.com/journal/12-03-2021/#respond Fri, 03 Dec 2021 20:25:27 +0000 https://blakewatson.com/journal/12-03-2021/ I try not to complain about apps too much because software is hard, etc, but Apple Music, the app, is so bad.

  • It’s clunker than Spotify, which is saying something because Spotify is an Electron app.
  • For years iTunes and then Music has been plagued with the whole randomly-skips-songs bug.
  • The UI is inconsistent to the point where it’s not always clear whether you’re searching your library or the AM catalog.
  • Various UI is horrible—just now the app took focus away from the search input three times whilst I was typing in it (wtf)

Guess it’s back to Spotify for me. It’s a damn shame because iTunes on Windows XP was my favorite app and the reason I eventually became a Mac user in 2006.

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Publishing personal notes https://blakewatson.com/journal/publishing-personal-notes/ https://blakewatson.com/journal/publishing-personal-notes/#respond Mon, 20 Sep 2021 02:14:39 +0000 https://blakewatson.com/?p=599 This might not be useful to anyone else but my SSH key on my web host, NearlyFreeSpeech.NET, recently quit working. I first noticed it when my deployments on DeployHQ were failing. Long story short, it seems that OpenSSH recently invalidated certain (weaker) RSA keys. I made a personal note about how to create a custom keypair and upload it to DeployHQ.

I wanted to share the note with someone so I published it. I haven’t shared this yet but I recently created a system for publishing my plain text notes to an 11ty site. I wrote the code in a very this-is-just-for-me manner (home-cooked you might say). Maybe eventually I will cleanup the code and release it. Plenty of apps have this note-publishing functionality but I like the idea of my notes being on my own website that I control.


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07/08/2021 https://blakewatson.com/journal/07-08-2021/ https://blakewatson.com/journal/07-08-2021/#respond Thu, 08 Jul 2021 05:52:19 +0000 https://blakewatson.com/journal/07-08-2021/ I’m thinking of doing GitHub Game Off again this year. Web game idea—an idle game where you control a money printer and the goal is to print more money in order to buy upgrades for your money printer.

Come to think of it, this game probably already exists (I mean other than the IRL “game”).

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Bloomberg’s UI dumpster fire https://blakewatson.com/journal/bloombergs-ui-dumpster-fire/ https://blakewatson.com/journal/bloombergs-ui-dumpster-fire/#respond Sat, 26 Jun 2021 00:00:21 +0000 https://blakewatson.com/?p=592 This UI is a hot mess:

Got hit with an annoying yellow alert screaming at me as well as an obnoxious subscription modal that has a lot of weird shit happening within.

For starters it’s extremely disruptive. The design is chaotic (evil). And what kind of pricing choice is this? I can choose $1.99 a month or, inexplicably, $290 a year. You have to click around and read the gray print to realize it’s a 3-month offer.

No way I’m paying for Bloomberg though because, among other reasons, The Big Hack.

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06/14/2021 https://blakewatson.com/journal/06-14-2021/ https://blakewatson.com/journal/06-14-2021/#respond Mon, 14 Jun 2021 03:38:59 +0000 https://blakewatson.com/journal/06-14-2021/ I started using Craft toward the end of last week when a coworker shared it with me. After playing with it over the weekend I am very quickly becoming a superfan.

  • As a designer I’m impressed with the beautiful, snappy UI.
  • As a developer I’m impressed with the control over data and ability to export to many formats.
  • As a user with a pretty severe mobility impairment, I appreciate the first-class support for working in a mouse-oriented manner or keyboard-oriented manner, depending on which is easier in the moment (referring to the Mac version).
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06/12/2021 https://blakewatson.com/journal/06-12-2021/ https://blakewatson.com/journal/06-12-2021/#respond Sat, 12 Jun 2021 00:55:31 +0000 https://blakewatson.com/journal/06-12-2021/ Two ideas I live by:

  • People are weird.
  • Everything is complicated.
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06/09/2021 https://blakewatson.com/journal/06-09-2021/ https://blakewatson.com/journal/06-09-2021/#respond Wed, 09 Jun 2021 03:19:10 +0000 https://blakewatson.com/journal/06-09-2021/ I have been writing CSS for 15+ years but I only recently started using user styles via the Stylus browser extension. I don’t know why I haven’t done this sooner. It’s really an amazing perk of the web. Don’t like something about the way a website looks? Change it!

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06/06/2021 https://blakewatson.com/journal/06-06-2021/ https://blakewatson.com/journal/06-06-2021/#respond Sun, 06 Jun 2021 01:17:04 +0000 https://blakewatson.com/journal/06-06-2021/ Playing Universe Sandbox inevitably ends with dropping Sagittarius A in the solar system just to see what happens. Spoiler: everything gets eaten.

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