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This is my blog, named for an old New York Lottery marketing slogan.

21 May 2018

Party Like It’s 1999

Make Frontend Shit Again isn’t the antidote to modern, anodyte, corporate-friendly web design we need, but the one we deserve. It’s pretty much a one-page greatest hits album for late 1990s websites hosted on Geocities, Angelfire, Tripod, etc. The idea was that the web used to be fun, and that corporations and capitalism ruined everything.

Isn’t that what corporations and capitalism usually do? And hasn’t frontend always been shitty?

Regardless, I like the idea of saying “fuck it” to the modern web and going back to hand-coded or copypasta HTML and CSS with JavaScript that does nothing but animate shit.

Bootstrap, Foundation, React, Angular, Vue.js and the like can fuck right off. Ain’t nobody gets paid enough for any of that shit.

If it doesn’t work in lynx, it doesn’t fuckin’ work. HTTP POST or GTFO!

02 April 2018

When You Want It Done Your Way

Open Source isn’t Burger King. You can’t always expect to have it your way. Sometimes you need to do it yourself.

30 March 2018

YouTube Must Be Destroyed

If web pages are bloated (and they are), YouTube embeds are one of the biggest culprits. Never embed what you can link!

30 January 2018

Tofugu on Japanese Web Design

Tofugu has an interesting article about Japanese Web Design and why it’s so different from US and European design. If you’ve ever been to a .co.jp site, you’ll recognize these elements of the Japanese web aesthetic.

  • Lots and lots of tightly packed text
  • Tiny images
  • Three-column layouts (making this not look like utter shit was the “holy grail” of web design before smartphones ruined the web)
  • poor or minimal use of whitespace and padding
  • links are usually blue
  • it’s a fucking mess

You’ll want to read the article to understand why. There are legitimate reasons.

24 January 2017

Creating a System Serif Font Stack for Web Development

An overview of the use of system UI fonts in stylesheets, with ideas on how to do the same with serif and monospace fonts.