1. I propose this law of system personality:

    Put a system in a box and it becomes a thing. Give a thing a name and it becomes a product. Give a product a brand/atmosphere and it gains a personality.

  2. Aral Balkan: Funny to think my first blog ever was plain static HTML, then a custom full-Flash site, then b2/Wordpress, and now plain static HTML again.

    aral I find I go in similar “abstraction loops” for many things. Start off basic → try out an abstraction → try out a higher abstraction → and another → get tired of abstractions, return to the original/something similar. The process always informs me in useful ways, however horrible the intermediate results are ;)

  3. Laura Kalbag: Avatars. Do they add anything to comments, or are they a waste of space?

    laurakalbag they add significant value to conversations, as they provide a recognisable visual indication of who is speaking and where each comment starts/ends. I am inclined against comments, but would recommend having avatars if you do :)

  4. Aaron Parecki: @brennannovak lol yea... I'm still trying to find the best way to syndicate content to Facebook... Maybe I need a graphic for a "note"

    Aaron Parecki funny you should mention that, I’ve been making a little indieweb-oriented icon set. Not public yet, I’ll drop it on GH this morning

  5. I absolutely love Averia, and use it all over my personal website. I think it is a wonderful idea, brilliantly executed. The result is surprisingly readable, and the slight “erosion” effect reminds me a lot of very early type. Many thanks for making these fonts and licensing them so freely :)

  6. Andy Hume: Goodness. My SXSW ramblings voted in the top twenty web conference talks of 2012 in @netmag. Suddenly everybody likes that one. Chuffed.

    Andy Hume I wasn’t there, but listening to the huffduff and looked through the slides was enough to change the way I wrote

  7. Brennan Novak: @BarnabyWalters Lulz... some of those *look* nice ;) In other news- it seems your site is no longer default HTML styling- what gives?

    Brennan Novak the naked HTML week is up, so I’m adding little tweaks and fixes back in gradually. I’d be interested in feedback about the typeface. It’s Averia.