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Daily Routine

Everyone has their vices. One of mine is an unhealthy obsession with other people’s daily routines. I find them genuinely interesting and have probably taken a thing or ten away from a few of them to try to bring into my own routine. But, wow, do they always sound so….neat and tidy. Like: Get up at 4am Meditate for an hour Drink coffee and plan out my day Workout Etc, etc, etc I realized I, too, have a routine. A messy one. So...

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Making The Right Thing Easy

Over the past 14 months or so, I’ve gotten serious about taking better care of myself. I work out Monday through Friday, with rare exceptions. While I’m not super strict on what I eat, I have gotten much healthier there as well—replacing most of my usual sugary snacks with fruits and vegetables and ditching fast-food lunches in favor of salads or other healthier alternatives. I used to drink very little water, opting for, well,...

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Using the Platform

The other day I was listening to the latest Shop Talk Show podcast while out for my morning run. They had Jen Simmons on the show, talking about (among other things) the standards process. It’s a great conversation, as you would expect—Jen’s super smart and has been doing great, meaningful work for a long time. Among the things that she discussed is the care that has to go into new browser features because once shipped, it’s...

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Save-Data Usage

Yesterday someone at Shopify let me know on Twitter that they started reducing page weight if the Save-Data header is on. @tkadlec http://shopify.com is now Save-Data aware. About a 13% reduction in page weight, https://webpagetest.org/video/compare.php?tests=190828_NC_2480ff19108ef9d64a3cbb0a3061b15c,190828_1B_bd8a98e3b3ed3758c5586c4bc371e004 Early data shows 20% of Indian/Brazilian requests contain this header so happy days #webperf...

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Approachable Tooling

I’m lucky to be able to work with a wide variety of organizations and teams, with different architectures and workflows. I like it. It keeps things fresh. I sometimes find it’s nice to have a version of their site running locally to make it easier for me to dig deeper and test different optimizations. I see a lot of similar tech-stacks between my clients nowadays. The most common from the last year and a half has involved...

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Book Review: Good to Go

I worked out all the time in high school, back when my teenage brain thought it was totally plausible that I could eventually become a professional basketball player (ahem). But after that? I didn’t do much at all until I decided to commit to the Couch-to-5k thing last fall. I haven’t stopped working out since, mixing in everything from more running to strength training to HIIT (gosh that’s painful stuff). Naturally, as an...

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Characteristics of a Strong Performance Culture

During Katie and Addy’s Google I/O talk, they referred to an internal study that found that 40% of large brands regress on web performance within 6 months. That’s a large, discouraging number, but it’s not entirely surprising. In my experience, teams want to build fast sites. When given the opportunity, like a large organizational push, they relish it and can make tremendous progress. However, these concerted efforts often fix...

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New Network Fallacies

I remember reading articles about how 3G connectivity was going to transform performance and, more generally, the way we used the internet altogether. I remember how, later on, a common question I would get in after giving performance-focused presentations was: “Is any of this going to matter when 4G is available?” The fallacy of networks, or new devices for that matter, fixing our performance woes is old and repetitive. To be...

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Book Review: And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer

I often come away from novella’s and short stories feeling a little underwhelmed. I suppose it’s just not my format. I struggle to get into the story and to connect with the characters. This was not the case at all with And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer. This book is just…it’s beautiful. The story, as Backman puts it in his opening letter to the read, is “…about memories and about letting go. It’s a...

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Book Review: The Business of Expertise

I have never liked the term “expert”, and I’ve not been shy about it. So when a friend recommended The Business of Expertise I bristled a little. Still, the reviews were great and moving past the term, using my experience and the knowledge I’ve gained to help organizations is how I make a living so there was no denying the topic was relevant. The book started off a bit slow. The first several chapters are pretty foundational...

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Book Review: The Winter of the Witch

I absolutely loved The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower so as soon as The Winter of the Witch came out, it jumped immediately to the top of my list to read. Katherine Arden is one heck of a storyteller and this was a wonderful conclusion to a fantastic trilogy. Book three picks up moments after the conclusion of the second book and takes off at a tremendous pace that doesn’t really ever let up. Vasya continues to be...

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The Ethics of Web Performance

One question I’ve seen posed a few times in the past several months is whether performance really is a moral or ethical concern, or if that’s all heavy-handed exaggeration. It’s a fair question, I suppose. Advocates of any technique or technology can be a bit heavy-handed when it suits them if they’re not being careful–myself included. But I’m not sure if that’s the case here. When you stop to consider all the...

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Book Review: Head On

A deftly crafted murder mystery and robots: what more could you want? Scalzi is one of those author’s who very rarely, if ever, steers me wrong. He’s got a knack for writing gripping, fast-paced novels that are wildly entertaining from start to finish and Head On fits the bill perfectly. It’s the second book (well, maybe the third if you include the short story prequel) in this world were a number of the population has been...