14 August 2015
— Ralph Stuffyshirt, The Daily Bungle
Consider the movie blurb: a fragment of text splashed across an ad for a mediocre film. It gives the impression of clarity without actually offering any. What is ‘astonishing’? The quality of the special effects? The director’s incompetence? The blurb lacks the context you need to understand it.
So too with Apple’s iCloud Password dialogue.
24 June 2015
In my first post, I explained how I’m using Jekyll, Git, and bash aliases to publish this site. I chose this setup because it keeps the server-side of things simple: there’s no database, and no code executing when a page is served. Just some markdown files which get mushed together with templates to produce static HTML files.
For the most part, the site follows that simple formula. But there are a few instances where I need a bit more control over formatting, or a bit of logic to avoid maintaining links by hand. Enter the YAML serialisation format and the Liquid template language.
16 June 2015
If you follow typography or Apple at all, you’ve probably heard the upcoming iOS9 and Mac OS X El Capitan will use San Francisco as their system font, rather than the controversial Helvetica Neue.
I love the change.
10 June 2015
I finally built a blog.
To get past the blank page problem (and for my own future reference), I’m going to write a few posts about how I did it and why I did it that way. I’ll start with the publishing process.