Polytechnic

The personal brain-dump of Garrett Coakley

  • Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes

    (I’m amazed I haven’t used that title before)

    Apologies if anyone following had a huge amount of updates appear in their RSS readers, but I recently flipped the switch on moving this site to Perch and a new responsive design, something that’s been in the works for quite a while now.

    This is the start of some long overdue improvements around here, including more frequent posting and moving to more of a POSSE type publishing method.

  • The Web API

    Wherever there were Windows PCs in businesses, there’s now the web. Wherever there were peripherals connected to that PC, there’s a need for a new peripheral… just the same, but with a simple web API. Every time you see a dated PC, only running the back-office because of the peripherals hanging off it, there’s a product opportunity.

    Matt Webb

  • RIP Tony Benn

    If one meets a powerful person -- Rupert Murdoch, perhaps, or Joe Stalin or Hitler -- one can ask five questions:
    1. What power do you have?
    2. Where did you get it?
    3. In whose interests do you exercise it?
    4. To whom are you accountable?
    5. And, how can we get rid of you?
    Anyone who cannot answer the last of those questions does not live in a democratic system.
  • Albums of 2013

    In no particular order, my albums of 2013.

  • Solving problems

    Too many people think graphic design is not a specialty, but something anyone can do, because the tools to make decent-looking Web pages, newsletters, books, and the like are readily available. But design isn’t putting stuff on a page. It’s about solving visual problems through an iterative process of decisionmaking, which may involve consultation, or may happen in private. If you can’t master that process, you can’t work in the field.

    Glenn Fleishman on Yahoo’s logo redesign.

  • 10 Rules of Internet

    8. When a company or industry is facing changes to its business due to technology, it will argue against the need for change based on the moral importance of its work, rather than trying to understand the social underpinnings.

    10 Rules of Internet – Anil Dash.

  • Lockdown

    That world formed the web’s foundations — without that world to build on, Google, Facebook, and Twitter couldn’t exist. But they’ve now grown so large that everything from that web-native world is now a threat to them, and they want to shut it down. “Sunset” it. “Clean it up.” “Retire” it. Get it out of the way so they can get even bigger and build even bigger proprietary barriers to anyone trying to claim their territory.

    Well, fuck them, and fuck that.


    Lockdown – Marco Arment.

  • Battle for the planet of the APIs

    If those services don’t trust me enough to give me an RSS feed, why should I trust them with my data?

    Jeremy Keith — Battle for the planet of the APIs.

  • Music was my refuge

    Music was my refuge (151/365)

    Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.

    Maya Angelou

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  • On writing

    Remember what it is you’re trying to do when writing for a wide audience: communicate an idea clearly and accurately.

    If a reader ends up confused, it’s not their failure as a reader but yours as a writer.


    Alok Jha

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