Why I custom code my personal sites

The static route

When I built my first website, I wrote all of the HTML by hand. At that point, it was just HTML. It was annoying to replicate the navigation bar across every page, even though I only had a few pages to update.

I tried a few different methods, such as using frames, and adding the common code via Javascript. I also tried reducing the number of pages on the site that I needed to update, by adding a dropdown and opening some of the pages in a new window, sans navbar. The Javascript method stayed on the site for quite a while.

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Information overload: how are we supposed to keep up?

I’ve always been hungry for news. I like to know what’s happening – and I like to know when it happens.

The thing is, I feel I’ve reached saturation point.

I jokingly summed this up in a recent tweet:

Throw in Pokemon Go (I’m not ashamed to say I’m still enjoying it) and I’m torn between the buzz of feeling in the loop, and information overload.

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Different views: To-do lists

Here are two conflicting views on to-do lists.

Marissa Mayer, however, Yahoo’s CEO and former Google executive, explains that sometimes it’s making the list and prioritizing it that’s important—not finishing.

Source: Marissa Mayer Explains Why Having To-Dos Is Better than Finishing Them

Putting an activity on the TO-DO list is not the end, it is the beginning. DON’T CONFUSE PUTTING SOMETHING ON THE TO-DO LIST WITH GETTING SOMETHING DONE.

Source: The TO-DO List Is Your Enemy

I’m a great believer in to-do lists. However, I occasionally need a to-do item to clean up my lists!