Get Static

It seems like the web is slowly going full circle. The complexity of both backend and frontend stacks have exploded over time, but we’re seeing more and more movement on awareness of the disadvantages of that.

Lately however it seems to be the new cool thing again, going static. There already has been a plethora of static site generators like Hugo and Jekyll and the term JAMstack has been around for some time, but it seems to be more popular now than ever:

JAMstack search popularity over time

Eric Meyer captures it nicely I think: Get Static.

If you have any sort of critical information, get static. Only you know how to do it.


TIL about the Headington Shark

The Headington Shark is a most peculiar rooftop sculpture in Oxford. Wikipedia has a beautiful description of it:

The sculpture was erected on the 41st anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki. It was designed by sculptor John Buckley and constructed by Anton Castiau, a local carpenter and friend of Buckley. Heine said “The shark was to express someone feeling totally impotent and ripping a hole in their roof out of a sense of impotence and anger and desperation… It is saying something about CND, nuclear power, Chernobyl and Nagasaki“. The structure is in deliberate contrast with its otherwise ordinary suburban setting.