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By Max Jacobson

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blog posts

back to school

04 Apr 2013

So I’m migrated and making plans for the future. The main part of the plan is to go to Flatiron School and get really good at Rails. Other parts include having my tonsils removed to ease my sleep apnea, sclerotherapy to zap the knots of veins weighing down my face, and a wisdom tooth out, possibly all in one surgery. It’s been eight years since my last treatment. I remember afterwards, when the swelling was gone, not recognizing myself. It’s been eight years since my last face scrambling and that’s long enough that I hardly recognize myself again. Some guys have the discipline to get a haircut every three weeks; maybe it’s a standing appointment, maybe it’s a reoccuring calendar entry. My hair graph slopes up as I don’t think about it then roller coasters down every few months. Same as my fat lip, which slowly grows over the years and eventually needs dealing with. I’m not afraid of doctors or hospitals but whenever I spend time around them I find myself marveling at, like, the modularity of diagnostics, and whether that’s amazing and weird or just amazing. Each doctor has a specialty they’re real good at fixing, almost like an assembly line worker, and you feel like an elephant bouncing between blind men (neither analogy is fair at all). Learning to write code establishes a context for clarity that I want to fit everything into, but bodies aren’t computers and neither is The Universe. Least clear of all, probably, is this blog post. I’m tired and anxious and it’s the middle of the night and Art Brut is singing, “The record buying public shouldn’t be voting!” and that helps, but only so much. So I’ll try to sleep. I’ll finish smashcut. I’ll eat lentil soup and I’ll tutor people. I’ll go back to school.


23 Mar 2013

A few days ago on ADN I noticed tech blogger Harry Marks complaining about his blog host, Squarespace. For various reasons, he wanted to take his blog elsewhere. What they gave him was as a large xml file with more than sixty-thousand lines of bracketed stuff amounting to 5.5mb, which is kind of humongous for a text file.


19 Mar 2013

Note: When I was first learning Ruby in late 2012, I made a small web app called “beefsteak” to act as my blog. I wrote several posts on that blog while I was exploring and adding features. I’ve since migrated my personal blog away from beefsteak and to Octopress, and then Jekyll. I decided to collapse those posts into one post because I think they’re kind of confusing now that they’re on a Jekyll site. I’m writing this note on July 10th, 2016. By the time you’re reading this, who knows what the blog is running on…

click to ugh

21 Jan 2013

It’s time for You’re Doing it Wrong, my sometimes series where I complain about blogs whose HTML or CSS bugs me!

using mobile web inspector

15 Jan 2013

I’ve just figured out why infinite scrolling wasn’t working on Layabout on my iPod Touch.