Listened to TNT by Tortoise

I was introduced to this album in 2007, nearly 10 years after its release. It’s very chill, a little jazzy, and is easy listening.

Taking back control takes time…

complicated browser relationships

Since I started using the Internet in the late 90s, I’ve had two long-term monogamous relationships with two browsers: Internet Explorer and Chrome. When Firefox appeared on my radar, sometime before its 1.0 release, I’ve used it off and on. I was, however, mostly faithful first to IE6 and then again to Chrome.

Google owns a lot of my data and this won’t change in the near future. It’s naive to think I can completely quit Google even if I want to. Why? Their services like Google Maps are far ahead of the competition. Google Analytics is almost as synonymous with websites as HTML, CSS and Javascript. I use an Android phone and likely will continue to because of my reliance on Google services. I also have a naive but established level of trust that Google is only profiling my data for ads and not selling identifiable information to third-parties.

For the foreseeable future, I will probably have a complicated relationship with Chrome. All Google services will continue to use Chrome. I will keep using Chrome’s DevTools for most development work because of features like Workspaces, Lighthouse, and breakpoint inline comments which are quite useful.

Google has forced Chrome to become a huge privacy mess. I don’t care how much trust I put into Chrome, I will treat it like any other service that wants to siphon my data by now limiting my usage.

I’m forcing myself to go back to Firefox. But I will likely switch between the two most of the time.

For all the rest…

  • I don’t use Windows enough to care about Edge and its user experience doesn’t impress me. It also lacks privacy and script blocking extensions I desire
  • Using Safari is no better than Edge for the same reasons. Apple is likely not a privacy issue like Chrome but I don’t have the same established trust with Apple’s closed-source browser code. I also don’t enjoy using it for development; its version of DevTools aren’t as polished in ways that Chrome’s is such as inline comments during debugging
  • Tor Browser is great privacy browser but far too slow for day-to-day use. Good to keep it in the toolset, however

I hope Firefox can claim almost all of my Internet consumption someday. Until then..

It’s complicated.

Bookmarked PixelFed (PixelFed)
Federated Image Sharing

This is a neat Instagram clone. Can federated, decentralized apps rival normal social media? I’d love to see the day. But usability and improved user experience still have a long way to go.

My kryptonite with writing front-end code is the need to do better. I’ve gotten carried away for four months making this custom WordPress theme perfect!

How does WordPress not have a feature or even a plugin to allow comments sorting?

Today is my 14th anniversary in Los Angeles. Crazy.

resurrection

I think it’s time.

asuh.com has been in limbo long enough.

It might take me more time, but I want to renew my desire to publish here. The social media landscape, while convenient, is filling another medium that gets lost in a void.

It’s been a few years since I’ve written long-form stories and thoughts so this type of free writing will be rusty.

The good thing, however, is that there are new tools and communities out there to help me renew this space.

I also want to give asuh.com more.
A photo gallery.
A portfolio.
A voice.

Let’s see what happens.

Bridgy + Twitter

If I see this message on Twitter, it means I published this from my website.

Edit: Nope, it just published a link back to this post. Now I need to figure out how to publish a whole message to Twitter.

I’m moving

It was a long time coming but it’s finally official.
I have 30 days to vacate my residence.

The house which I’ve called home for 8 years will soon become a place in my past. The owner put the house up for sale last summer, something which was long in the making. They were beyond ready to sell this place.

I came home after a day at my temp job followed by a social call with a friend.  Not soon after I dumped my bag on the bed and started getting online, my roommate comes to the room and says, “Breaking news, the house has been sold”.

Shock.
Not that I didn’t see it coming but it had been so long that I put it out of my mind.

I have the next 30 days to decide where my next adventure will begin. This has been a long chapter that I’ll be happy to leave behind for so many reasons but not without some sentimental reflection. Eight years of my life was consistently spent in this house. In fact, I moved into this house the weekend of my birthday of 2004. Seems so long ago.

At this moment, I do not have the answers I seek.
Who, what, where, and why.

All I know is the when.
The last possible when.

The answers will appear. I just hope it’s sooner than later.