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Learning Log, Mar 2022

A close-up of light pink cherry blossoms hanging low from a tree.

Sometimes (often) when I sit down to write these monthly logs, I am at a loss for how another entire month has passed by. What the heck did I actually do with the time? Side-stepping the inevitable existentialist freakout, a few things come to mind:

  • In order to play more with headless CMSes, I’m working on a world snacks review site. It combines data from Contentful with my all-time fave SSG Eleventy. I am having the most fun time pulling in snackies and manipulating the data—and of course, consuming candy. For research purposes.
  • One of the things I’ve been enjoying as a product manager at Netlify is the opportunity to don my design hat again on various little projects. I think it’s possible to wear multiple hats at any size company, if that’s enjoyable to you and beneficial to the team’s success. But I appreciate the product design team that I work with, who have made it particularly welcoming to jump in and join the party.
  • Figma library analytics are very cool and helped me track down an example of a component being used in situ. The Eye of Sauron sees all [instance detachments].
  • I got a new Macbook for the first time since 2014, and had to spend a bit of time fixing a bunch of old Sass packages that imploded on various and sundry side projects when I cloned them to this device.
  • I have been slowly, imperfectly re-establishing my running practice that fell off at the beginning of the pandemic.
  • Now that it’s light after work somewhat, my fiancé and I have been talking nice early-evening walks together. Seattle at this time of year is heartbreakingly gorgeous, thanks to all the cherry blossoms in bloom. 🌸

On the Internet

  • The Gender Pay Gap Bot retweeted companies posting about International Women’s Day, along with pay gap data, leading to a lot of corporations with egg on their faces. I recall seeing one company with equal pay.
  • This beautiful, ethereal illustration. Don’t know what it is, but I like it.



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