This isn’t really a devblog, friends.
It’s more of a scratchpad for draft versions of articles and essays. I used to be a writer, but writing got too hard for me, so I dug clams and collected driftwood for a while.
A couple of dev-related drafts that I am poking away at are:
How Programmers Are Ruining the Web. The back-end people have moved into the front-end, and brought their video-game-boy culture with them. Process-oriented outlooks, black-hole projects, multiple layers of abstraction, obscurantist jargon, conference fads. Too many scripts and preprocessors and remote links. (“Dependencies,” as we say in dev cant.) Pages go down and no one can fix them because they were generated by kidneystone.js and webmangler, and nobody here now can do that, and anyway the servers got migrated so we’re not sure where this code lives. Ten years ago if you had a broken link it usually meant nothing worse than a missing image or a bad URL. Now it often breaks the entire page.
Slacker Jobs Have Vanished. This Is a Bad Thing. A tangential backstory to the foregoing. Artistic and technological progress both depend upon an ample supply of easy-to-get “day jobs” for our creative risk-takers. (They are not really “slacker” jobs, but I call them that here because that is how they are often regarded, inasmuch as they are not career-oriented.) Golden Age was 1980-2000. Steady decline since then. Bad for business, bad for society, bad for culture.