“Ambient privacy”:

the understanding that there is value in having our everyday interactions with one another remain outside the reach of monitoring, and that the small details of our daily lives should pass by unremembered.

Maciej Cegłowski offers this helpful term in laying out what is at stake, and what antiquated privacy laws fail to protect, with the rise of mass surveillance.

This interview with the architecture critic Paul Goldberger on the ballpark is full of amazing insights, but this is my favorite:

In both time and space, [the game of baseball is] technically infinite. It’s the only major team sport that’s not played against the clock, and you don’t have goals at each end of a defined space the way you do on a football field or a soccer pitch or a basketball court or anything else. It’s very, very different the way it approaches the land, and the rules only lay out the diamond itself. The outfield could go forever, in theory. Of course, no outfield goes forever, the same way that no game really lasts forever, but the fact that the rules don’t specify either an ending in time or an ending in space makes baseball very, very different.

Set up a micropub endpoint for my site today using indiekit! I’m up and running as well with Micropublish, a simple client for posting notes to that endpoint. With that, I no longer need to open a markdown editor, compose a note (with proper YAML frontmatter), commit it, and push that commit to my GitHub repo (all of which more or less requires me to be at my computer). Now I just open Micropublish from anywhere, compose a note, and post it 🙌

Tadanori Yokoo print going up in the apartment.

Tadanori Yokoo print for Ken Takakura Film Festival, 1979

Found a nice minimal, modern feed reader in Miniflux and got a copy running on Heroku in no time. Blog subscriptions have commenced in earnest. How nice is it to get back into this?

More from Shoshana Zuboff (link):

Th[e] power to shape behaviour for others’ profit or power is entirely self-authorising. It has no foundation in democratic or moral legitimacy, as it usurps decision rights and erodes the processes of individual autonomy that are essential to the function of a democratic society.

Nearly every product or service that begins with the word “smart” or “personalised”, every internet-enabled device, every “digital assistant”, is simply a supply-chain interface for the unobstructed flow of behavioural data on its way to predicting our futures in a surveillance economy.

Shoshana Zuboff discusses her new book, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

It’s not even strictly a “divide,” per se. OK, there’s JavaScript, and then everything else. But “everything else” encompasses any number of discrete (and challenging!) rabbit holes (so does JavaScript): accessibility, SVG, animation, PHP templating, not to mention just writing clean, semantic HTML and responsive, maintainable CSS.

This is largely how I feel, too: loving the work on both sides of the “divide,” but straining to master disparate and sometimes only loosely-related skills.

Right now, I’m enjoying working with React as a UI library, Apollo GraphQL for data, Cypress for integration testing, and webpack as a build tool. I am constantly eying up CSS-in-JS libraries. Yet, while I do consider those things a part of front-end development, they feel cosmically far away from the articles and conversations around accessibility, semantic markup, CSS possibilities, UX considerations, and UI polish, among others. It feels like two different worlds.

Chris Coyier, The Great Divide

The Great Divide: Chris Coyier on the current state of frontend development.

Looking for ways to optimize the process of publishing a note. On desktop, markdown-writer is making handling Jekyll frontmatter and Markdown syntax a breeze. Seems like Editorial could handle this on iOS. And Working Copy would solve the issue of pushing notes to GitHub 🙌

As a part of trying to blog more regularly this year, I’ve migrated all my notes here from micro.blog. I’m excited to have everything I write hosted in one place. I also want to get back into following blogs, and this feels like a good accompanying step to that.

I wrote a thing about how Sass helped me manage a rather complex color scheme for a recent website project.

Just registered for a week-long course on creating digital editions at #dhsi18!

My revamped personal website is live with a new look and a number of recent projects. I even started a blog! 😱

Update on my search for an alternative to Google Analytics: in the end, I decided to scrap tracking altogether. It’s for a small, personal project with an emphasis on simple design. And honestly I just don’t care about the numbers.

I would love to know if there’s historically any discourse in South Asia on the aesthetics of Nagari. I got a blank stare the one time I mentioned it in grad school, and never pursued it further.

Great to see that Rosetta’s Skolar Devanagari is now up on Typekit. There are so few well-designed typefaces out there for Indic scripts. Can’t wait to use it in a project!

Yesterday’s bake was definitely an improvement but still denser than I’d like. Maybe 100% whole wheat loaves will only open up so much. Still tastes great though!

Revisiting the hundo-hundo whole wheat sourdough formula today. This time gonna try autolysing overnight, plus an ambient proof rather than overnight retard to try to prevent over-development of the dough.

Rolling out a new website and at the stage where I’d normally set up Google Analytics without a second thought. But what about an alternative where I own the data and my users’ privacy is respected?

Rolling out a new website and at the stage where I’d normally set up Google Analytics without a second thought. But what about an alternative where I own the data and my users’ privacy is respected?

I have to confess I’d never heard of Dean Allen until I saw others mention his passing. What a bittersweet privilege now to read him for the very first time.

Reading Design, by Dean Allen

Made the switch from Chrome to Firefox Quantum and may never look back. So much less of a drag on my laptop, for starters. But I never knew how many damned websites have to be viewed in Chrome! Harmful for all parties.

“We have built the digital world too rapidly. It was constructed layer upon layer, and many of the early layers were never meant to guard so many valuable things.” Zeynep Tufekci on “The Looming Digital Meltdown”.