Blind Hindsight

Posted in Startups, Thoughts

How many times have you heard about stories like Excite having a chance to buy Google, back in 1999, for $1 million? Or, if only someone not named Bill Gates got the rights to distribute …

The Value of Quora

Posted in Thoughts

A few days ago, I ran across this post commenting on the decline of Quora, at least in mindshare and media coverage. While this conclusion is dubious based on raw traffic numbers, my own anecdotal use has steadily declined …

Readability, or the Lack Thereof

Posted in Blog, Web Design

Call it an experiment gone wrong, or an overzealous symphony of clashing font properties; I’ve had more than one person complain that this blog’s text isn’t that readable, and that while the styles are certainly …

HTML5 Madness

Posted in Front-End, Thoughts

I’m conflicted. As a front-end web developer, I should be excited about the advancements in HTML5: the new HTML tags that correct all the hacks and self-replicating divs; the correctly cross-browser rendered styles which have …

Code Pessimism

Posted in Engineering, Thoughts

Raise your hand if you’ve ever looked at a your codebase and uttered one or more of the following: Hm, should get to that TODO at some point. I’ll love deleting that chunk code when …