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My Code Editor Journey

MS Frontpage ➡️ Dreamweaver ➡️ Coda ➡️ Sublime Text ➡️ Atom ➡️ Vim ➡️ VS Code ➡️ Vim ➡️ VS Code

Here are the journeys of some other people: Bastian Allgeier, Philipp Kühn, Andy Bell, Harry Roberts

Sick of Slack

Trys Mudford:

I’m sick of the always-on mentality it promotes.
I’m sick of the expectation that a), it’ll always be open, and b), you’ll respond immediately.

Slack or real time multi people chat in general is a tricky thing. As a remote worker I heavily rely on it and it is super helpful in the day to day business but at the same time I feel the same about most of the points Trys is making, too. As so often in life, it’s about finding the right tradeoffs and using the tool in moderation, I think. But I know for sure that’s easier said than done.

Vegetarian for a month

On March 31st I decided that I’ll be a vegetarian for the month of April. I tried eating vegan for a month a few years back and it was a really interesting experiment, but I also was very happy when the time was over. I have a lot of respect for people who do it though. Recently I saw a talk about how living a vegan life can have an incredibly positive impact on climate change. But even abstaining from eating meat and fish should have a really good effect, I guess. I’m already not eating a lot of red meat, but I do like chicken and other poultry and generally enjoy a good german “Brotzeit”. But that said, I can definitely see myself living a (99%) vegetarian lifestyle. Besides that I’m trying to lose weight and I thought eating more vegetables should be a good idea.

Anyhow, the first week went really good so far. To my surprise I actually ate a bunch of vegan meals because often the step from vegetarian to vegan is only leaving out the cheese. I love cheese, but I made a bunch of vegetables and instead of adding some feta cheese as an extra, I added tofu, for example.

This sunday morning I missed my salmon, but after the first short sigh it was more than fine. I’m curious to see how the next few weeks go. The weather is good and that means it’s time for some barbecue soon. Which also means vegetarian barbecue. I have no idea how I’ll like that one, but I’m sure it will be fine. If you have any good vegetarian recipes, hit me up on Twitter or send me a mail.

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SVGOMG

SVGOMG is SVGO’s Missing GUI, aiming to expose the majority, if not all the configuration options of SVGO.

I use SVGOMG probably a couple times each week and I am incredibly thankful for Jake Archibalds work. 🙏

The Great Divide

Chris Coyier:

Two front-end developers are sitting at a bar. They have nothing to talk about.

I think this is a very good article and an important topic to talk about. I myself am definitely falling on the HTML/CSS/Design/A11Y side of things and sometimes have found it difficult to explain potential clients what I do and don’t do. I’ve thought about cooking up a new job title for myself, maybe something along the lines of “Web UI Developer”.

But I think putting all that superficial stuff aside, it’s especially important that either side of that “divide” knows and understands, that both sides are important and either job requires a lot of knowledge and experience. It’s important that we don’t develop a two-class society.

What’s next for CSS?

cssdb is a comprehensive list of CSS features and their positions in the process of becoming implemented web standards.

Super helpful site I only recently discovered.

Nutrition Cards for Accessible Components

A11Y Nutrition Cards is an attempt to digest and simplify the accessibility expectations when it comes to component authoring. Based on the WAI ARIA Authoring Practices Guide.

I want to get better at making the websites I built as accessible as possible. This simple site by Dave Rupert is helping me a lot currently. It’s full of helpful tips for common components like Accordions, Buttons, Menus, etc.

I deleted my Facebook account

A screenshot of the facebook login form saying 'the email you've entered doesn't match any account. Sign up for an account.

Bye Bye Amazon

After linking to the piece by Jason Fried I cancelled my Amazon Prime membership (you need to confirm your decision THREE TIMES!). In addition I will do something I’ve thought about for a while now: I’ll stop shopping on Amazon. Thanks to Jens for the last nudge. I feel like it’s the right decision to make, even though I will probably miss the fast delivery and easy shopping experience.

Putting on some wait

Jason Fried:

For example, when shopping online, I’m picking the slowest shipping option (I used to always pick the fastest one). […] When confronted with two lines at the grocery store, I’m choosing the longer one. […] Whenever there’s an opportunity to pick the wait, I’m picking it. And I’m not filling my time with other things I have to do while waiting – I’m genuinely waiting.

I had similar thoughts and almost cancelled my Amazon Prime a while back — but then I was too anxious thinking about the next time I NEED SOMETHING THE NEXT DAY.
Moving out of the city last year has slowed down my life a bit in broader terms but I’m still very focused on speed and efficiency in smaller things — and I don’t like it because it’s not pressure from outside, it’s just an unnecessary hurry I created myself internally and I’m trying to change that. So this article by Jason Fried really resonated with me.