• I turned 35. 🎂🥳 We celebrated at Bill’s for breakfast while looking over the ocean. Leo picked out a singing Thomas (the train) birthday card for me.
  • We went to my favorite Starbucks for lunch on Saturday and Leo has progressed to eating an entire tuna-cheese melt. I didn’t think he’d eat it all as he’s only 2.5 and a bit years old, but he did.
  • More people getting interested in sustainable web design. James recently started working to make his site more sustainable and I totally dig it.
  • Someone should make a site scanner to help you improve the sustainability of your site – analyze images, css, and then give you tips for how to improve it. Doing it all and doing it right would be a large undertaking.
  • I’ve started thinking about getting solar panels again. It won’t happen this year, but maybe next year or the year after that. In doing research I found this cool site that will, given a postal code, give you estimated solar generation based on the weather from the past 10 years. Using that you can plunk in your usage actual numbers into a spreadsheet and better estimate when they’ll pay for themselves.
  1. Thank you for mentioning my post in your weeknotes! I must say that I like the style of your website. It is somewhat reminiscent of the Low-Tech Magazine site. I like the focus on the text content. That’s something I have tried to do to make my site more sustainable: less fluff, more focus on the text.

    I must say that I’ve gone through varying degrees of sustainability. To start, I had a white background on my site. I then started to add color. I now support webmentions. I like to think about sustainability not as a constraint but as a consideration in my design.

    I like the idea of creating a tool that gives you tips on how to improve your site. I considered setting up a bsic HTML page with tips on how to build a sustainable site. I’ve never gotten around to it. You could probably get far by summarizing the tips you gave in your article on sustainable web design.

    Happy belated birthday! I turn 18 on October 1st – our birthdays are in the same week!

    • Happy Early Birthday, James! 🎉

      Thank you for the comment :). Good eye, indeed – the current design was heavily inspired by the Low-Tech Magazine website. I hope to tweak it more over time so it’s more distinctly mine, but for now, I’m digging the simplicity.

      Sustainability in software, I’m coming to believe, is much like security: a continual process. It’s easy to introduce sustainability (or security) setbacks as requirements change and systems evolve – require a constant consideration.

      That’s a good idea about the just starting with a basic HTML page for sustainable web design. Then over-time it could evolve to include different tools, rather than trying to do everything all at once. I’ll have to noodle on that.

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