April 8, 2021
I set up my site’s WordPress theme to automatically strip all CSS styles on April 9th in celebration of CSS Naked Day.
The point of the silly exercise is to celebrate semantic HTML and web standards. The idea is that if your website’s HTML is well-written then your website should still be generally usable—even without CSS styling. I’m sure my site isn’t perfect, so let me know if you find anything completely broken.
March 16, 2021
I really dislike this trend of web services that are only available via mobile app (ie, don’t offer a web version). I’m not really able to access my phone easily so I’m all-in on desktop and web apps. I’m not saying companies shouldn’t go mobile app only. I’m just personally annoyed by it.
February 28, 2021
Update for Minimal Character Sheet. You can now choose to make your character sheet publicly available as a read-only version. https://minimalcharactersheet.com
February 15, 2021
Launched d20 v3 today! After about 2 years in the making it’s finally out. Here’s the “official” tweet.
Get it here: https://d20app.me/
February 11, 2021
Hey Nova users! I made a color scheme for you. Tomorrow Night Eighties, based on the Base16 Tomorrow Scheme “eighties” variant. Here’s a Nova link: nova://extension/?id=blakewatson.TomorrowNightEighties&name=Tomorrow%20Night%20Eighties
February 4, 2021
I added CoinMarketCap to my A Fine Start page so I can ratchet up my anxiety level in one click.
February 3, 2021
Whenever I want dark mode on a website that doesn’t have it, I use the Stylus extension to add this CSS, which works surprisingly well:
filter: invert(0.85) hue-rotate(180deg);
January 26, 2021
Nova by Panic is so buttery smooth. Been using it for work (and play) for a few days. Fast as lightning. I hit a rough edge or two but no showstoppers.
January 25, 2021
I always misspell the word “habit” by putting 2 Bs. But I just thought of a mnemonic device to help me remember: You can put a B in habit, but don’t make it a habbit.
January 15, 2021
Not too bad for a WordPress site.
January 6, 2021
d20’s icon evolution…
January 2, 2021
I didn’t think I was going to like macOS Big Sur but I’m kind of into it.
January 1, 2021
I’ll be releasing d20 v3 very soon. Here’s a sneak peak. Big new features: 1) you can group your presets, 2) you can roll attacks and damage at the same time. 🗡 🏹 🔥
December 30, 2020
Oldie from a few years ago… this is article about what football will look like in the future is a mental trip you will not see coming. https://www.sbnation.com/a/17776-football
December 22, 2020
If you need a last minute gift for the developer in your life, check out these programming zines by @b0rk. Or you can just buy them all for yourself, which is what I did 😄. https://wizardzines.com/
December 22, 2020
PSA: If you are trying to capture a website or social media post for proof, don’t screenshot it. Images can be altered so no one can really trust that it’s accurate. If it is public, grab the URL and archive it with @waybackmachine.
December 17, 2020
December 12, 2020
Web app developers: make dark mode in your app a device-specific setting rather than an account-specific one. Your users might use different devices in different contexts (a light or dark room for example).
Adding an option for defaulting to system preferece is one way to do that.
December 4, 2020
Who knew watching microbes could be so relaxing. Do yourself a favor and take a peek into the soothing odyssey that is Journey to the Microcosmos. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBbnbBWJtwsf0jLGUwX5Q3g
November 30, 2020
A site dedicated to coding fonts: https://coding-fonts.css-tricks.com/fonts/operator-mono
I’ve used Operator Mono for several years now. Previously, I used Anonymous Pro. There’s something industrious and nostalgic about monospaced fonts that I just love.
I also enjoy using monospaced fonts for writing. I fell in love with Nitti when I first discovered it in iA Writer. I now use iA Writer Duo often when writing. The iA Writer fonts and the IBM Plex Mono fonts they are based off of are freely available.
October 25, 2020
I added a pop-out player on synthwave.live so you can have quick access to playback controls and info about the current track.
October 7, 2020
Sneak peek of d20’s new icon and website.
September 20, 2020
I commissioned a favicon for synthwave.live!
September 1, 2020
I gave Zoom permission to access my Downloads folder. I’m pretty sure that was a bad idea. Fortunately my Downloads folder is 90% boring screenshots.
August 10, 2020
That moment when you have to search the web because you can’t remember if the person you’re thinking of is still alive.
Spoiler: Steve Wozniak is definitely still alive. Phew. 😅
August 9, 2020
Sometimes I have an irrational fear of new code concepts or problems.
Example: I put off learning about JS’ requestAnimationFrame for years just because it looked scary. When I took an afternoon to make a little canvas game, I realized it wasn’t scary at all.
Getting over this irrational fear of new things is one of my tips in Finishing side projects.
August 5, 2020
I hope that one side effect of the pandemic is a lot of new songwriting by all of our favorite artists.
July 30, 2020
If you want the Simplenote web interface to make the first line of a note a little larger (like it does in the Mac app) I made some user styles that handle that as well as style the note list’s scrollbar in Firefox.
If you use these with a custom style extension, make sure you use Stylus and not the official Stylish extension which is filled with tracking BS.
July 29, 2020
Side projects are awesome, but notorious for dying out before they get completed. I wrote about some of the tips and tricks I use to stay motivated and ship my side projects. – https://blakewatson.com/journal/finishing-side-projects/
July 22, 2020
I’ve been using Operator Mono as my code editor font for years, but today I grabbed Operator Mono ScreenSmart and it’s great. It especially improves legibility of light themes in my experience.
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