Closing chapters of our lives

“We are more likely to have positive feelings about transitioning from one stage of life to the next if we have a “well-rounded ending”—or one marked by a sense of closure.”

Life’s Transitions Easier With Well-Rounded Endings (NYU)

Our recent move from Toronto to Durham Region felt like strong closure. We left the city, bought a house, and now we’re settling into the next stage of our lives.

Staying afloat is a win for yourself

“Build something good, keep your costs low, keep your growth in check, hold back your expectations, find some customers, charge them money for your good/services, make more than you spend, and you’ll buy yourself another day, or week, or month, or year in business. Just aim to stay open, don’t aim to win anything from anyone. Staying afloat is a win for yourself.”

Q&A: How do I win in a packed category? (Signal v. Noise)

This is exactly what I’m trying to do with my new side hustle. I’m “soft launching” it at WordCamp Niagara next week, and formally opening it up on November 1st.

Related: My notes and recap for Company of One by Paul Jarvis.

HTML + CSS is remarkable

“There is something remarkable about the fact that, with everything we have created in the past 20 years or so, I can still take a complete beginner and teach them to build a simple webpage with HTML and CSS, in a day. We don’t need to talk about tools or frameworks, learn how to make a pull request or drag vast amounts of code onto our computer via npm to make that start. We just need a text editor and a few hours. This is how we make things show up on a webpage.”

HTML, CSS and our vanishing industry entry points (Rachel Andrew)

HTML + CSS is the output of everything we build on the web. It’s what we create by proxy through JS frameworks and the like. Yet an understanding of HTML & CSS is disappearing as a common starting point for new web developers.

The last pre-web generation

“I am both part and not part of this new generation. I was born in 1988, two years before the development of HTML. I didn’t have a computer at home until middle school, didn’t have a cell phone until I was eighteen. I remember the pained beeping of a dial-up connection, if only faintly. Facebook launched as I finished up high school, and Twitter as I entered college. The golden hours of my childhood aligned perfectly with the fading light of a pre-internet world; I know intimately that such a world existed, and had its advantages.”

Reading in the Age of Constant Distraction (Paris Review)

I feel this. I was also born in 1988. We didn’t get online until the late 90’s.

Local news is a public service

“Deep local coverage is as essential as any other public service that local governments provide. Local journalists hold wrongdoers accountable, as police do; they respond in emergencies as surely as the fire department does; they let people know where and when to gather, just like the parks department; and they provide context and knowledge as certainly as the local library does.”

Why taxpayers should pay for local news (Zocalo)

Having moved from Toronto to Durham Region, I’m really missing the depth of local news coverage. The local news site,, is paywalled by Metroland Media.