Sunday, May 1, 2016

Haiku Day 30/30

Day 30:

Sometimes the best thing
It's not the best thing for you
That is also fine

Haiku Day 29/30

Day 29:

Constant improvement
Not quite there yet, bit by bit
Over and over

(oops, i fell asleep)

Friday, April 29, 2016

Haiku Day 28/30

Day 28:

You should just shut up.
You're so good at being wrong.
Did you practice it?

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Monday, April 25, 2016

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Friday, April 22, 2016

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Haiku Day 20/30

Day 20:

Birthdays and birthmarks
Marks of age and marks of skin
Similar but not

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Haiku Day 18/30

Day 18:

Old friends catching up
Familiar conversation
Some things never change

(Oops, this one's late, but if I was in a hypothetical UTC-12 time zone, this would be on time...)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Haiku Day 16/30

Day 16:

Still counting heartbeats
Waiting for you endlessly
Day and night and day

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Friday, April 15, 2016

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Haiku Day 9/30

Day 9:

I don't believe you
When you say it's not worth it
Nothing matters more

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Friday, April 8, 2016

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Haiku Day 4/30

Day 4:

Hearing your sweet voice
Nothing ever sounds the same
I still get goosebumps

Monday, April 4, 2016

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Saturday, April 2, 2016

30 Day Challenge: National Poetry Month Edition (Day 1)

It's been a while since I tried doing a 30-day challenge, so I'm doing one this month. I had this idea a few weeks ago about writing a haiku every day, so when I learned that April is National Poetry Month, it seemed only natural to do it now.

Day 1: Blue

Blue is my fav'rite
So calm, so cool, so serene
I should marry Blue

bowl of blue dark chocolate m&ms

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Sharing: Then & Now

In a time when the world was less digital, we shared real things around. You could tell a well-loved book from a freshly-printed one. The yellowing in the paper, the cracks in the spine, and the dog-eared pages (perish the thought!) were all dead giveaways.

These days, sharing digitally, books aren't handed from person to person. When you give your friend a PDF, you're not even giving it away. You're giving them a clone of it - perfectly preserved bit-for-bit identical.

The original text is as-intended, but in doing so, we lose out on the tiny details. You won't find grains of sand in the pages reminding you of that lazy trip to the beach you took last summer. The tears you wept when reading a particularly-touching passage don't stain your pages. And certainly no heartfelt inscription from your best friend blemishes pristine inside cover. From the first reading to the thousandth, everything is exactly the same.

But sometimes, even digitally, there are signs of wear and tear.

You see them in your email from a mile away. FW:FW:RE:RE:FW:FW:RE:haha this is so funny!

You see them in videos. Whether it be from someone using their phone to take a Snapchat (or whatever the kids these days are up to) of their TV or a square aspect-ratio video letting you know it came from Instagram (from back in the day).

You see them in images, too. Small images get blown up, leaving their imperfections for the world to see. JPEG compression tortures black and white diagrams into producing greys.

So, yeah, basically I wrote this post because I saw a stupidly-compressed text-as-image post on Twitter and it made me kind of mad... and then it made me think.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Towards a Mobile-Friendly, SEO-optimized Blog

A few months ago, Google announced that they'd be updating their mobile-friendly test, penalizing sites which present app install banners over the main mobile content. I didn't have any mobile apps to promote, so this change would only affect me as a user, not a site owner. I promptly forgot about it.

But if that's where the story ended, this would be a tiny blog post!



Shortly after the change went into effect, I received an email with the subject of "App install interstitials that hide content found on http://blog.ryanbraganza.com/" What was going on?
 
I opened up my blog on my phone and, as expected, I didn't see any app install interstitials. I did see something curious, however. When my blog loaded, my most recent post would slide in from the bottom - up and over the second-most recent post. It wasn't that I had an app install banner obscuring my content, it was my content that was doing the "obscuring!"

I chose a different theme, reran the "Mobile Friendly Test" and now all is well.