Journal

The complete works of Blake Watson.

2017

  • My answer to the gratuitous new tab page

    I created a small web service and Chrome extension that replaces your web browser’s new tab page.

  • Why I left Facebook

    After being an early adopter of Facebook and using it for over a decade, I decided to delete my account. Here’s why.

  • An ode to web pages

    I reminisce about a time when I created websites without all the complexities of modern frameworks, libraries, and tooling.

2016

  • 2016: My year in review

    I take a look back at the work I’ve done in 2016, from Mad Genius work to my first app on the Mac App Store.

  • SVG logo animation with Anime.js

    Anime gives you structured and granular control of your animations. Here’s an example using my logo.

  • A decade of Mac

    I’ve been using a Mac since 2006. Now I’m taking a look back at what I love about the Mac, then and now.

  • How to lessen your exposure to Google

    I’ll occasionally mention in passing the various alternatives to Google that I use for web browsing, search, and email, but I haven’t talked about it in much detail.

  • Better UI components with KnockoutJS

    How to make a reactive UI component, such as a filterable list, using the JavaScript library, KnockoutJS.

  • A geek’s defense of Monopoly

    Permit me to offer some counterarguments to common gripes people have about Monopoly.

2015

  • Why Darth Vader can’t be a barista

    An illustrated comic

  • 5 Sublime Text packages that make it a little more like Coda

    Sublime Text is very extensible. But out of the box, it doesn’t match up against Coda’s main selling point: it’s super amazing sidebar that consist of a full-featured file-browser, FTP client, and snippet manager.

  • New personal mark

    My personal mark improved as I became a better designer and turned my energy toward freelancing. Still, it never felt completely right.

  • How to get smart quotes in wok

    Smart quotes (i.e., “curly quotes”) are a must-have for me. Here’s how to use the Typogrify package to get them automatically in wok, the static-site generator.

  • This site’s design is not original

    There’s nothing new under the sun.

  • Making this site: Going static

    Pivoting my site from a freelancer’s pitch to a developer’s journal, I really wanted to get back to basics.

  • Hard refresh

    I still have most of the source code for every design iteration of this site from its beginnings in 2005 to the 2013 design, which stayed in place through the summer of 2015. I managaed to put together a graphic that shows the homepage of each iteration.

I hate stairs

The following is an archive of entries that I (and contributors) wrote on my no-longer-maintained disability blog, I hate stairs.