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A list of the blog posts I have written. Click here to view this list as an RSS feed.

  • Archiving My Internet Presence

    Posted on: 10 September 2020 | Web

    I am working my way through reading a blog post by Peter Molnar where he talks about his project to retrieve his old websites. 1 Reading through this post has me thinking, again, about how I can archive my internet presence.

    1. I highly recommend Peter’s blog, especially for thoughts on technology. Check out the “IT” section for his tech-related writing. 

  • Homebrew Website Club London

    Posted on: 10 September 2020

  • Owning My Coffee Data

    Posted on: 09 September 2020 | IndieWeb

    The IndieWeb is all about scratching itches. When I think about what I want this site to become, I often say to myself that I am building a home for myself on the internet. Starting on the IndieWeb, this was enough. I needed to let my creative spirits run wild. I needed to try out different ideas. I looked at other people’s websites and thought about what I could implement.

  • Rethinking the Blog

    Posted on: 08 September 2020 | Web

    The reason this blog still exists today, after going through so many iterations, is that I always self-dogfood. This is a term in the IndieWeb community that means that I use my own creations. On my blog, everything has been built by me, for me. I haven’t thought about whether my code could be used by other people. It probably could. It’s all on GitHub for anyone to use. I have licensed my code under an MIT license so anyone can use it.

  • The Philosophy of Static Websites

    Posted on: 07 September 2020 | Coding

    I see websites in two categories: dynamic and static. I had a dynamic website earlier this year. Maintaining it took a lot of work. The one factor that made me hesitant to move to a static website was that I had a few features that relied on my site being dynamic. I had a grid which showed the days on which I had and had not written a blog post. I did not make that grid on this site because, at the time, I did not think it was possible.

  • Blue Bottle Coffee Course Notes

    Posted on: 07 September 2020 | Coffee

    At the weekend, I finally got around to taking the Blue Bottle Coffee course about coffee on SkillShare. The course covers the science behind coffee, the equipment needed to brew a cup of coffee, and tasting, among other topics. I was most looking forward to the lecture on tasting and I was not let down.

  • Trying Not to Overengineer

    Posted on: 06 September 2020 | Coding

    In a discussion with a friend, I mentioned how easy it is to overengineer solutions to problems. This weekend, I have been evaluating what it is that I want to do with my personal website. What matters most to me? In asking this question, I realize that I have been guilty of overengineering solutions to problems that may not actually be problems with which I should be concerned.

  • Writing an IndieWeb-Compatible Resume

    Posted on: 05 September 2020 | IndieWeb

    I used to rely on services like LinkedIn and AngelList as a resume. I quickly gave up on them because I did not use those platforms much and it was a burden for me to have to change my information on so many silos. That’s the thing about silos: you’ve got to learn their way of doing things. I never felt attached to my profiles on those sites.

  • How I Use Webmentions

    Posted on: 04 September 2020 | IndieWeb

    I sent my first webmention yesterday. Well, that’s not completely true. I have sent one or two in the past but they were just test-runs. Yesterday was the real deal. I had some thoughts on a blog post I read and I decided that I’d share them with a webmention.

  • My First Homebrew Website Club Meeting

    Posted on: 03 September 2020 | IndieWeb

    A Zoom call with eight participants of the Homebrew Website Club meeting posing for a picture, featuring James.

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