Something I’ve been looking for a while, now, is having a place to store bookmarks. There are lots of tools, but tools like Firefox Sync, MSEdge sync and Apple’s iCloud Bookmarks, all have limitations around their browsers. Right now, I’m using mixed platforms. While the obvious solution would be to standardize, I don’t have the kind of money to make that happen right now.

Enter LinkAce. Actually, a couple of other tools entered, and then left the picture prior to that. It’s a simple web service that gathers bookmarks, checks them for validity and even links them to the Wayback Machine in case something changed. Exactly what I want.

Yeah, I stood up a new Gitea instance, again. Things have improved since last time. I’ve got a Lightsail instance that I don’t have to worry too much about. Especially if my home connection has issues, or, lord forbid, my server getting hacked and allowing the attacker onto my network proper.

It’s not as painless as Github, but it does work well. I’m using it in conjunction with my edits to the TwentyTwentyOne child-theme I’m using on this site. Ultimately, I feel like these are just toys to play with that are, at some points, useful.

Let’s see how long this lasts.

A World Without CSS or JavaScript

Would the world be better without these tools? Not too long ago, I might have agreed with that. The problem is people, not (entirely) the technology.

Kev recently posted about a designer’s thoughts on a style-less and javascript-less world. A world in which every page looks like something straight out of the 1980’s. While the idea behind these thoughts is sound: The current system allows for abuse and is often used harmfully. The problem with this thinking is that regardless of the medium, humans will abuse it to the maximum extent to get what they want. HTML is easy to abuse, and other formats that try and slim it down more, like Gemini and Markdown are still very abusable.

Ultimately, I think that Bradely is too close to the problem. As a designer, I can imagine that seeing such abuses daily, in and around your own work, and work of others in your peer group, can really drain the love of the craft out of your life.

Looking Good, Verily

Feeling good, Nathan!

New year, new theme. This time I went with a premium theme called “Nord” that has a much more streamlined look and feel. I wanted something that wasn’t so business-y, and something that had more blog-focused features than many of the general purpose themes. Believe it or not, it’s hard to find a theme that looks good but is also not basically designed for a storefront.

While I’m sure there remains some shakedown efforts to clean things up, I’m relatively confident that this will look good for a while, now.

Let me know what you think. You can respond to this post on the Fediverse or just leave a comment below.