Experience and complexity

In one way, it is easier to be inexperienced: you don’t have to learn what is no longer relevant. Experience, on the other hand, creates two distinct struggles: the first is to identify and unlearn what is no longer necessary (that’s work, too). The second is to remain open-minded, patient, and willing to engage with what’s new, even if it resembles a new take on something you decided against a long time ago.

Everything Easy is Hard Again (cache)

Franck Chimero nailed it. Everything in that talk is what I fought against/for within the last two years and my attempt to go back to basics, struggling with that infinite loop of technologies bringing more complexity at each and every new turn.

That breaks my heart, because so much of my start on the web came from being able to see and easily make sense of any site I’d visit. I had view source, but each year that goes by, it becomes less and less helpful as a way to investigate other people’s work.


That is why I tried to document as much as I can my HTML here: no compression, no tooling, just raw HTML, CSS and JS (alright some is minified with a link to the source). I wonder if somebody even tried to look at it, I consider this as passive transmission for active readers.

That is the beauty of the plain old web, each page you download is yours to hack, mess up with, understand.