Hack/Make is written by Nick Wynja and is about going beyond hacks to do more things and do things better. Life hacks are easy and can get you started but making is the hard work that will get you places. This is about taking what matters, figuring out why, and living an intentional life being mindful of that.
Hack vs. Make
Hacking, both with code and life, has become popular. A hack is a way to take a shortcut around something difficult and get a result that will help you make progress, whether that solution is elegant or not. The progression is the good part of hacking but by only ever taking shortcuts you can miss the bigger picture.
Making is design. Design is learning about what you’re trying to accomplish, what time, resources, and attention constraints we have, and joining that with a desire to make something beautiful.
Both have places in our toolbox as we try to progress through life constantly becoming better. Sometimes taking shortcuts makes us better. Sometimes spending hours, days, months planning something and doing it right sets the path of us becoming better.
I post links about things I find interesting and that are relatable. I publish essays that I hope will shift or refine perspectives. I write technical things about Macs that might help your workflows.
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I believe that a technology stack should be transparent and that tools and workflows are important but not as important as the work you do. But since we are geeks, here are the details.
This site is run on my Continental fork of the Second Crack static, Markdown, Dropbox-syncing blogging engine. It’s valid HTML and CSS that’s hosted behind a Varnish caching layer on a Linode VPS. Type is set in Futura and FF Meta Sans. The Reference section uses
markdown.css for Markdown-style HTML output. I write in Byword on iPad and BBEdit on the Mac and make the clackity noise using a Filco Majestouch 2 tenkeyless board with MX Cherry Blues.
You can read more in depth about my writing workflow.