“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.”—Steve Jobs, via Brain Pickings
LightningJS achieves the three goals of being safe (each library gets its own window context while still having access to the original document), fast (does not block window.onload), and asynchronous (exposes an easy way to asynchronously call methods).
“If you do anything that’s too different, even if it’s different in a good way, you’re going to start pulling users out of flow and they will start thinking about the product instead of thinking what they’re doing.”—Alex Faaborg, UI Design Lead for Mozilla
Without any mercy yet with a little bit of hesitation I decided to remove my old blog. Just like I was tired with clutter on my desk and room and thrown out or gave out a lot of stuff I don’t consider necessary or useful anymore, I was tired that over the years my blog became an accumulation of lots of things - inspirations, posts, work information and other stuff - and decided to just mow it down and start from a blank slate.
I don’t expect to write more often, because - frankly - I am a lousy blogger. I am probably going to keep it pretty quiet, until I have something important that I think should go on the blog - outside of that, I’ll just use Twitter.
So here it is - a blank slate. After giving it a lot of thought and even more trial & error with different approaches, from pure HTML to going with a couple of different content management systems, I decided to go with Tumblr for a couple of reasons:
it allows me to write posts in Markdown, so I use iA Writer and then copy-paste it into Tumblr edit area
it is simple enough to not dwell on details, plugins and such and meanwhile extendable enough to do what I need without having to spend lots of time on it
the templating engine is pretty friendly and fun to do and default themes are good enough to sit there while my inner perfectionist lets me finish the personalized version
I decided to remove Disqus, because I think comments are a thing from the past. If you want to say anything about one of my posts, just reach me on Twitter. I also removed a contact form - if you feel a sudden urge to contact me with more than you can say via Twitter, use any other service listed in the sidebar, most of them have some kind of personal messaging.