Robert Brodrecht

No web person can write a succinct article about the latest “web is slow” discussion because web performance is horribly complex.

No web person can write a succinct article about the latest "web is slow" discussion because web performance is horribly complex.

A Rambling Discussion of Performance and The App Versus Web Debate

Several people I follow (and genuinely respect) have been subtly arguing that the web is in danger of going away in favor of native apps. I don't buy it.

The Apple Watch

On September 9th, 2014, Apple introduced the Apple Watch. It may not be an obviously revolutionary device, but I saw a few features that could prove to be the prototypes for ways the device could change our lives.

Helvetica-like Web Font Without The Monthly Fee

I spent part of my morning trying to find a shop that could license for Helvetica Neue for web fonts outright, without subscribing to a monthly plan. I came up empty, but all is not lost.

A Crown

When I was little, I had a deer antler. I don't remember where I got it from. One day, I decided to cut a piece off. I don't remember why. It may have been to make a necklace or something. What I do remember is the thick smoke and acrid smell as the blade cut through.

How to Avoid CAPTCHA

CAPTCHA, short for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart, has become user-hostile.

Remembering the Birth of my Daughter

Today, September 4th, 2012, at 3:58 PM, my daughter, Mia Kathryn, was born. We were very lucky to have an easy delivery. I don’t think we could have asked for better.

Morality as a Product of Evolution

I was sitting in church last Sunday pondering a theory of ethics (rules of right and wrong). Or, really, where does our morality (our innate sense of right and wrong) come from, but it’s related to a theory of ethics.

Twitter and the End of Web 2.0

Twitters recent API updates are accepted by most as hostile toward third-party client developers, and thereby hostile toward the users of those clients, the ones who likely helped create and popularize at-replies and hash tags.

Requiem For A Lost Love

The thing about Communism (in the Marxist sense) is that it is utopian on paper, but shoddy in practice. Men coming together in harmonic balance is ruined by the scum that collects on the outside, and it wears away at the collective until the commune falls apart.