Here’s the first one from the drafts, saved as is on 2019-06-12:
Thinking about taking one month off and not doing anything. Planned holiday work. No commitments and just fun. What will happen? I want to know.
This is a fun and interesting look back, because roughly seven months later I posted “Escaping the Virus” after which I got stuck in Thailand lockdown and only returned to Hong Kong after an unexpected sort of three months sabbatical. This break was a nice to have and allowed for a big recharge.
Another fun episode of HTTP 203, but I have to admit I haven't watched any in a long time…
This episode is about "How to write good alt text", which seems easier said than done. There is always something to learn there, with that simple thing called HTML 🙃 Watch and find out why context and emotions do matter.
When I read this, I just thought to myself: Yes, yes and yes.
To be a writer, to be successful at anything, we have to create like no one is watching, listening, or reading. We have to fight that inner voice that says don’t do the thing because we are wired to question sharing our ideas based on originality.
This is a very comprehensive post by Will Boyd on the ::before and ::after pseudo-elements which covers basically everything you need to know to make use of them is a variety of scenarios.
I especially like the accessibility section at the end, which is will make a huge difference if we include this little extra in the future.
While at first I didn't like the title “Why is CSS Frustrating?”, I finally got to read it and it covers a few good points. I think I still don’t like the title much, since it seems to establish an incorrect fact, or rather a fact for some people. You could say the same thing about other languages and things to learn, depending on your experience, preference or personal learning curve.
The final sentence though makes perfect sense, and is a general good advice, not only for learning and understanding CSS.
Pretty nice that the proposed native lazy-loading for images or rather the loading attribute now made it into the HTML standard. A while ago Chrome started out with this idea and from now on it is also supported in Firefox Nightly. I've been using native lazy-loading for images on this site for a few weeks to try it out, and added it to a Kirby plugin for optimised images. It seems lazy-loading will stay on this site for a longer time now :)
This is a great article on the "approach and mindset" of progressive enhancement. I really like this phrase. After so many years of talking about progressive enhancement, it’s still being widely misunderstood. Also still not cool. While I still think that the PE approach is such a great approach—it doesn't really matter what and how you’d like to enhance—I’ve always felt there are a few reasons, why it never really caught on, or rather became widely practiced:
It can be a lot of work, if e.g. you want to provide a non-JS solution for everything as a fallback;
A lot of budgets aren’t big enough to cover this amount of work (or PE is not important enough…);
You need to know and understand a lot of web technologies. And if you do, go back to 1.
Today I had a little time to catch up with the growing list of unread articles in my RSS reader and came across this short post on Marc’s blog. It’s so simple and I wholeheartedly agree. The below quote is from 2006, but it well stands the test of time. It is such a great answer to what a blog is:
[…] it’s this record of who you are, your persona […]
Today, 02.02.2020, is a special day, because today’s date is a palindrome, which can be read forwards as well as backwards. What makes it even more special is that a date like this will occur only once this century.
This rather fun and entertaining video provides the full explanation of why, how and when such dates did and will occur again, plus a few more interesting tidbits.
A happy Chinese new year! Today is already the second day of the lunar new year and this year, it is the year of the rat. It also marks the eleventh CNY to me, which takes it almost full circle in the twelve zodiacs. Hopefully this year will be a better one, the previous ones haven't been so amazing, but I've heard that this one will be good for tigers. Usually I always get and read the Chinese horoscope for the new year, but I haven’t gotten around to get one yet. It’s always a fun read and surprisingly and without being especially superstitious, it’s often been quite right in many ways. I hope that all of you will have a great year head, wether you’re into CNY or not, yet it’s always nice to get to celebrate a second start of the year.
This article and the idea of a “Digital Garden” also got me thinking about the way information could be presented and I like the idea of curating content for sections a bit more.
For quite some time I’ve been thinking about what to do with my Notes section, if it might be redundant or could be combined with others. The more I think about it the more I start to like the idea of one section with “Everything”, that can be filtered, e.g. by long and short reads and what other content types there might be.
Every few months things want to be changed around, but the holy grail is yet to be found ;)
What are your thoughts and ideas to make blogs more interesting? What are ideas so we can push the boundaries and do things differently, even if just for the sake of exploration? There’s still so much that could be done, yet the patterns have mostly stayed the same for many years… I’d love to hear your progressive or other thoughts on this.
I did skip the last update to 3.3.1 because I didn’t find the time, but have finally managed to update my site to the latest Kirby 3.3.2. After the rather huge update to 3.3.0, the last two releases feature more fixes and enhancements, yet it’s great to see constant improvements and additions, aka active development. It’s for sure the most fun CMS I have had my site on so far and I enjoy it a lot.
WhoCanUse is a helpful tool to test the color contrast of different color combinations and informs you about the contrast ratio and the WCAG grading. While it might not be 100% perfectly accurate, it provides a good indication of how well the colors work for the various vision types. Interestingly enough, there are a lot of vision types that I wasn‘t aware of at all.
What is whocanuse.com?
It's a tool that brings attention and understanding to how color contrast can affect different people with visual impairments.
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) covers a wide range of recommendations for making Web content more accessible. Just a tiny part of making the web more accessible is accommodating for those with a form of blindness or low vision.
A few days ago Kirby 3.3.0-rc.2 has been released and I‘m now giving it a spin. It‘s a long list of changes, fixes and additions containing a lot of good stuff. It feels really good to run a site on a CMS that I like, is fun building with, and that is (very) actively supported.
3.3.0 is a massive new release with more than 110 closed tickets in just one month. We added dozens of enhancements and a few really cool new features. But more importantly this release is all about fixing issues and solving day-to-day problems for you and your users.
I’m a fan of data visualisations and this campaign, resurfaced from 2008, depicts the amount of animals in a certain species by the amount of pixels used in their image. This is a great way of visualising and unfortunately some of the images put it in a rather worrysome perspective :( Yet it’s a neat and creative way to display the information. I suppose the numbers aren’t correct anymore, since it’s been 10 years, and hopefully you’d think they would have improved again by now…
For a long time I wanted to be able to post newly published articles and possibly more stuff from my site directly to Twitter. I like the idea of POSSE (Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere) and this could be a good first step to many more ideas and possibilities.
Long story short, yesterday I wanted to do something fun and started to write a Kirby plugin that would do exactly that. It didn‘t take long to get a first working version up and running. It seems to work well now, even though I‘ve only tested it on the dev site so far, and after this post I will find out if it did work. Or not.
Update: It doesn‘t work yet… and I‘ll fix it soon. Bummer :(
Having my own website says I care about what I do beyond clocking in and out and cashing a paycheck. It shows I’m proud of what I create.
But the real truth is that as long as we’re putting our work in someone else’s hands, we forfeit our ownership over it. When we create a personal website, we own it – at least to the extent that the internet, beautiful in its amorphous existence, can be owned.
I really liked this article by Tobias van Schneider about his thoughts on running your own website and why owning our content is a good idea. We've been over this a few times, but it can't be said often enough I guess. And when it's well put, it's definitely worth reading and sharing. In case you don't have your own website (yet!), maybe this article is inspiration and a possible step of convincing that it is be a good idea and worthwhile thing to do to create your little, own corner on the web.
The other day I had a connectivity issue with the macOS app of ProtonVPN. The app wouldn't stop loading after launch. I couldn't find a way to solve the issue, so I send an email to customer support. I was very surprised to quickly hear back, but that's of course a very positive surprise :) I explained the issue and while there was no immediate fix it, I was still able to connect via the network settings. The next positive surprise followed soon after, when later that day ProtonVPN released an update to their app which fixed the issue.
Fast and friendly customer support like this is great. It confirms that I've made the correct choice with the chosen product. It gives me the impression that the company cares, as much about their customers as the quality of their products. Experiences like this can go a long way. It makes me, as a customer, more loyal to the brand and I'm much more likely to recommend the product or service to my friends. I might even write about it.
I really liked this thread by Corey Ginnivan explaining the theory behind HEX color codes. I always found understanding this well can help a lot with adjusting or finding matching colors. For a long time I also wanted to write a conference talk about this topic, but hey… maybe one day. Anyways, for now this little thread is definitely worth checking out.
Recently the audio on my Mac sometimes stops working for an unknown reason… It‘s been happening with video in browsers and Tweetbot. I'm not sure what it is and where it‘s coming from, but here‘s a quick fix that has worked for me.
Open Terminal, type sudo killall coreaudiod
Press return (⮐)
Start playing audio ;)
Obviously this is not the works-all-solution, but can be a possible quick fix.
Users spend a large proportion of their online time on mobile devices, and a significant fraction of the rest is users on untethered laptop computers. For both, battery life is critical. In this post, we’ll talk about factors that affect battery life, and how you, as a web developer, can make your pages more power efficient so that users can spend more time engaged with your content.