Hello again


So, nostalgia for an event that itself was based on nostalgia. What is that? It feels weird.

The older I get the more nostalgia seems misguided at best and actively harmful at worst. I read Jason Kottke's site outage post-mortem which referenced Heraclitus's observation that you can never step in the same river twice. There's a new river. Do something with the new water.

But. Here I am.

Wondering if I should change the color scheme.

The site feed is still still there.



Tidying up. New year and all. Out with the old.

The site feed is still there.

Why is the New Stuff Down at the Bottom??


I like reading things from the top of the page to the bottom of the page. A very quick, first page of results search didn't show any writing systems that work bottom to top. Yet that's how most web pages with regular, new content work, if you want to read chronologically.

Actually, it's worse than that because you have to scroll to the bottom, read the oldest thing top to bottom and then scroll back up past what you just read to get to the next item. This is the blog or article experience. Social media feeds want you to just scroll back in time. Reading in reverse chronological order. If you are diligent and the app or web page doesn't mess with you too much you can read chronologically by scrolling back to the top of the page. Since all the content is shorter this doesn't involve as much back and forth scrolling.

That's why the new stuff is at the bottom.

At least for now.

But then new-stuff-at-the-bottom is terrible too because if you come back to this page you have to scroll past everything you've already read.

I can come up with solutions to these problems. I am sure you can too. But, in general, the tech world has not done as well as a book or magazine with a bookmark.

And that's because the incentives are all terrible.

There's a lot more to say about this, but it is getting late and I'd rather have this out there half-done then never out at all which is an all-too-real possibility.

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