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Scott Andrew

lives in Seattle, makes stuff for the web, writes songs and plays in bands. He thinks you're pretty cool.

Last Build Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:01:02 +0000


Using not-boring math to measure code’s efficiency

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:01:02 +0000

A nice tutorial on using Big O notation to express the time and space complexity of an algorithm, using sample code in different languages. I’ve been brainstorming ideas for using Neat Hobby! to create fun illustrated guides to basic computer science concepts, like complexity, graph traversal, etc. As someone who’s always struggled with the abstract … Continue reading Using not-boring math to measure code’s efficiency

$PHP = {poo_emoji};

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:56:28 +0000

“Every developer knows that the quickest and most efficient path to getting anything accomplished is to complain a lot and start from scratch.”

A Comprehensive Guide to HTTP/2

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:43:31 +0000

Alleged to be the best overview thus far on HTTP/2 and server push. Configure your back-end to preemptively serve static assets for a page during the same request.

Introducing a faster BBC homepage

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:49:28 +0000

An overview of the front- and back-end technologies used to speed up the load time of the BBC homepage. Interesting but unsurprising to note that React in the browser was unacceptably slow for their use case.

Currying in JavaScript

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:29:17 +0000

Short and to-the-point tutorial on curried JS functions. Additional reading: an even simpler overview at Stack Overflow, the CS concept of arity, and the amusing history of the the term “currying.”

The Benefits of Server Side Rendering Over Client Side Rendering

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:44:00 +0000

An interesting article from the Walmart platform team. For what it’s worth, I still prefer the SSR approach to send the user a fully-functional base UX, with non-critical functionality wired up with JavaScript on the client side.

The invisible parts of CSS

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:22:07 +0000

A nice overview of the CSS box model and visual formatting model and what it all means.

An International Color Symbolism Chart

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 13:14:38 +0000

(PDF) Thing I learned: in Thailand, pink is the color of Tuesday. Via Six Degrees.

Watch this video of Morgan Freeman as a singing vegetarian vampire, brought to you by the letter “V”

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:37:15 +0000

A childhood memory, forever preserved on YouTube.

Study Confirms: The More You Use Facebook, the Worse You Feel

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:36:30 +0000

The study details are interesting, but you really only need to read the last paragraph: Exposure to the carefully curated images from others’ lives leads to negative self-comparison, and the sheer quantity of social media interaction may detract from more meaningful real-life experiences. What seems quite clear, however, is that online social interactions are no … Continue reading Study Confirms: The More You Use Facebook, the Worse You Feel

Kill Six Billion Demons (a webcomic)

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 14:29:51 +0000

I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of this. An adventure comic with an incredibly dense yet coherent mythology, with artwork that sits somewhere on the continuum between Moebius and Brandon Graham. See also this dedicated Wikia.

Relevant XKCD

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 23:29:16 +0000


Leaving social media feels like escaping a cult

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:00:58 +0000

I’ve never done social media very well, but I’m almost certain Twitter wasn’t a screeching technicolor firehose of seething panic and spittle-flecked rage when I first joined in 2006. That’s bad enough, but here is the cumulative effect: the feeling that social media insists on telling me what to think, what to think about, and … Continue reading Leaving social media feels like escaping a cult

DeepLeap commerical (circa 2000)

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 14:26:26 +0000

You had to be there.

Grid Garden, an interactive CSS Grid tutorial

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 23:26:13 +0000

A cute tutorial for learning the new CSS Grid spec. A sequel to Flexbox Froggy.