16 open tabs
Right now, I have 16 open tabs in my browser.
By all measures, this is not a lot of tabs. I see people at work that have tab stacks so dense only a single pixel rendering the faintest sliver of each tab. Or multiple windows, 6 or 7 layers deep, each with 10 tabs or more, the tab bar taking up the full width of the screen. I try and do better than that.
I like to treat my work environment with a little more respect by closing things down at the beginning or end of each day, or at very least once a week.
So that leaves my pc at home. That’s where the tabs pile up, unread and unwanted, for weeks on end. I come back to them every day, occasionally adding to them, and sometimes nuking the whole session altogether.
But on any given day I have an accretion of internet detritus to ponder over. It was Jorge Luis Borges who said that reading is a more intellectual activity than writing; I never read most of them.
Here is the (annotated) list of tabs I currently have open:
- Pinboard: popular bookmarks - I usually have this one open. It’s replaced the orange website and reddit for me. I don’t bookmark very many things these days but I like the format of “a whole bunch of links” to peruse
- Native lazy-loading for the web | web.dev - haven’t read this yet, sounds like I’ll get to continue not writing lazy image loading code and get the whole thing backfilled for me by browser vendors
- How to get your first 10 customers - a link from pinboard I kinda looked at and moved on from
- Rust Language Cheat Sheet - I bought the Rust book a few months ago and will use it in future projects, so this seems like a keeper
- Netflix is not a tech company — Benedict Evans - in general, I try to avoid thought leaders like Ben Evans, with the exception of him specifically, to be taken with a healthy amount of salt
- Getting Real About Distributed System Reliability - Jay Kreps - I haven’t read this yet. I like horror stories about hard problems that involve lots of computers.
- Nicomachean Ethics, by Aristotle. Translated by F. H. Peters - Standard Ebooks: Free and liberated ebooks, carefully produced for the true book lover. - Nassim Nicholas Taleb turned me on to NICOMACHEAN ETHICS and it’s some heavy shit. This is a free ebook version that’s not completely fucked.
- How to Write a Thesis, According to Umberto Eco | The MIT Press Reader - big ups to Umberto Eco, whom I’m totally down with. FOUCAULT’S PENDULUM is a great read, as is his collection of essays, TRAVELS IN HYPERREALITY
- Fast Software, the Best Software — by Craig Mod - this is a name I recognize and might be interesting. Skimmed the title and opened the tab.
- History and effective use of Vim - heavy nerd shit. An internet wrote about vim, nerds will read this and nitpick and drool.
- Bookshelf · Patrick Collison - one of the brothers Stripe has a bookshelf that’s ridiculously intimidating and also somewhat ridiculous. Stripe Press is dope thought
- Daft Punk Live DJ Sets from the 90s - babby boomer blogger discovers old daft punk; I’ve had this one open for weeks
- Startup idea checklist | defmacro - an (famous) internet has a do’s / dont’s list but like for startup ideas; who cares but it’s probably worth consulting
- Sixteen Years of Listening: My Audible Favorites - Ben Galbraith - Medium - sick list of good audiobooks, for which I am a fiend. I plan on putting together a similar (running) list of my favorite because this is a good idea for a post, and exhibits demonstrably better curation than Audible ever has
- Observability — A 3-Year Retrospective - The New Stack - recommended by a colleague, to read
- Nintendo Never Should Have Pandered To Women And Created A Female Mario - satire from THE ONION surfaced to me by THE FACEBOOK