Bokeh Backer Update for June 2020

Hi friends,

I owed you an update last week, but with everything currently going on in the United States, I felt it better to wait a little. Yet again, we’ve seen how racism permeates our society and how that translates to the murder of black people. This is a systemic issue, that is unfortunately not a bug in the system, but a feature.

When I began this idea of Bokeh, one of the core reasons was because of the way I saw Twitter and Facebook handle racism on their platform. Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey have taken a lax and unethical stance on these issues, allowing people in power to spread racist and hateful speech. Racism has no place in our discourse, and if Mark and Jack weren’t morally bankrupt, they’d understand that and act on it.

But let’s be real here: the motivation is money. They refuse to kick racists and white supremacists off their platform because they can’t fathom the advertising money that they’d lose by doing it. This is what happens when your customers and stakeholders are advertisers rather than the people who actually use your social network.

As a society, we have much to do in terms of changing the systems that uphold and protect racism and white supremacy. I’m not going to claim to have all the answers. However, as a bare minimum, we as people should rightfully expect that our online communities be free of these types of hateful people and their violent rhetoric. Again, racism, white supremacy, and other hateful attitudes have no place in our discourse, nor will they ever have a place on Bokeh.

Let’s not forget friends; being anti-racist isn’t a political issue; it’s one of basic human decency and morality.

I hope this message finds you and yours well. I’ll be sending out a development update next week.


You can view the original backer update on Kickstarter.


🎧 Listening: ‘Changes’ by Justin Bieber

I stupidly pretended to dislike Justin Bieber for longer than I’d like to admit. The truth is, I’ve been 100 percent onboard the Justin train since 2012’s Believe.

Changes definitely feels like a transformation for Justin. The overproduction saturating most pop is all but stripped away in most of this album. Changes talks to Justin being a new person, learning some life lessons, and acquiring perspective.

It’s a welcome evolution for him as a person and artist, and I for one am pretty excited about this new musical era for him.

Favorite tracks: Yummy (Summer Walker Remix), Available, Get Me (feat. Kehlani)


My 2020 Channel Update

I published my channel update for the year today. Instead of doing this video at the beginning of the year and talk about the things I plan to do, I wanted to actually start doing them first.

I explain a little about what’s been going on in my life, the things I’ve been thinking about a lot, and the type of content I want to create. Thanks for watching and for your support!


The YETI Rambler 12 Oz With Hot Shot Cap Is My New Favorite Mug

Tools and Toys puts out a yearly Christmas Catalog where they find the best gift-worthy stuff, and compile it all into an amazing list. Last year’s list brought me YETI’s 12 ounce mug.

It has quickly become my favorite mug. I’ve been looking for a mug that keeps my coffee hot for longer, is spill-proof, and easy to clean. So far, all the mugs I’ve tried could do two of those things well, but definitely not all three.

No longer! This 12 ounce YETI Rambler has double-wall vacuum insulation to keep your hot drinks hot, and your cold drinks cold. This new lid called the “Hot Shot” cap is easy to open, spill proof, and lets you drink from any side. Most importantly, it’s a breeze to clean. The top portion of the lid painlessly twists off for you to clean by hand or throw in the dishwasher. Which, oh yea, did I mention this mug is dishwasher safe?! Thank the maker!

Pick one up for yourself, you won’t regret it.


Day Trip to Porto’s

Kelly and I decided to visit our favorite Cuban bakery, Porto’s. It’s worth every bit of LA traffic… which is sayin’ something.

Camera: Sony α7 III
Lens: Sony FE 50mm ƒ/1.8

Linked List

Linked List for January 31, 2020

Welcome to my weekly linked list! I enjoy sharing the interesting things I come across while exploring the far reaches of the internet. And 🎶 this is how I do iiiiit 🎶

Daniel Caesar: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert →

Umm… so how did I not know that Daniel Caesar had a Tiny Desk Concert?! Shout out to the YouTube algorithm for finally showing me this magnificent performance. His voice is nothing short of superb.

JetBrains Mono: A Free and Open Source Typeface for Developers →

The day Operator came out, I realized it was possible to have a crush on a typeface. I mean, look at it. It has the most beautiful italic forms of a monospaced typeface. The scripty feel was a bold choice and well executed. But ok, I’ve written four sentences about a font that was recently replaced by JetBrains Mono. It’s a good-looking font, and I’ve enjoyed using it for the past week.


Shitposts →

Andy Bell is hilarious. There are some great jokes in here. If you’re a web developer, I’m sure more than a few will make you chuckle. Here’s my favorite, and boy is it true.

Andrew Heath Art Prints →

Andrew Heath's Imperial Art Print
© Andrew Heath

Holy smokes. I’m planning on dropping some serious money on some of these prints. Although, since most of them are $5 or $10, it won’t break the bank too much. I of course ordered Imperial, but I’ll most likely order All You Have, Your Move, Creep, and Stretchy Pants next. Also, Andrew’s accepting Apple Pay makes ordering these way too easy.


Dear Basketball →

After Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven other people died suddenly in a helicopter crash, I’ve been watching everything about him I can find. I wanted to write something earlier this week, but it felt disrespectful to the people who actually knew him.

Watching him play was amazing though. Sure, his arrogance was irritating to me at times, but boy did I believe in him. If the Lakers were struggling, I had faith Kobe would close the game out. And goddamn, most times he did. Kobe Bryant felt like a basketball player with superhuman ability, who came through—what felt like every time—to will the Lakers to victory.

My thoughts are with Vanessa Bryant and the other families who are dealing with an unimaginable loss. It’s a horrific reminder that life is short, and that the time to tell people you love them is right now.

The Grammys Can’t Go On Like This →

Craig Jenkins’ summary of The Grammys is pretty spot on:

The hip-hop and R&B awards are constantly being shuffled out of the broadcast, so if you skipped the preshow, you might have thought Lizzo, the evening’s most nominated act, had won only Best Pop Solo Performance (for “Truth Hurts”). The message, that hip-hop and R&B are only sporadically deserving of top honors, is hard to handle in the era of Beyoncé, Rihanna, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar, all of whom made era-defining records over the past decade only to be largely shut out of the top honors at what felt like the peak of their creative powers — and in favor of Adele, Ed Sheeran, Swift, and others whose music is geared for broader mainstream appeal.

I wonder if at some point, we’ll collectively deem all of these awards and their shows as irrelevant. White artists (and by no means do I intend to disparage their talent) continue to suspiciously win awards. Billie Eilish is wonderful. I love her music and her unique voice, but Lizzo and Lil Nas X had much more influential records. For Billie to win all of the awards she did, just doesn’t sit right with me.

Smaht Pahk →

This commercial is perfect. Because of Captain America’s stoic nature, I’d forgotten how funny Chris Evans is. It’s a comedic trio I’d never imagined, but it works incredibly well.


More great links

Now for some self-promotion


‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’ Game Review

After finishing Fallen Order, I couldn’t help but want to talk about it. This might be the best video I’ve made so far. I did several passes on the edit, compiled some pretty good in-game footage, and I’ve got some new motion graphics I’m trying out too.

Spoiler alert: I loved every part of this game. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Linked List

Linked List for January 24, 2020

Welcome to the first ever “Linked List.” This list is an easy way for me to share interesting things I come across while exploring the far reaches of the internet.

Adam Driver Pulls Double Duty as SNL Host and Janitor →

After seeing Adam Driver in The Report, Marriage Story, and The Rise of Skywalker, I’m just in love with him. I don’t know how a person can be this likable and talented at the same time.

Also, the first comment made me laugh:

Adam carries that tree like he carried the sequel trilogy

Christine Tortorice

Aerosmith Drummer Loses Last-Minute Legal Bid To Play With Band At Grammys →

Joey Kramer, the drummer for Aerosmith (turns out he also named the band) is suing his bandmates because they won’t let him perform at the Grammys. Joey was out recovering from an injury:

Aerosmith used a replacement drummer for its Las Vegas residence, but then wouldn’t let Kramer rejoin when he claimed to be ready to resume his duties in November. Kramer said in the legal papers that he “announced his desire to return and formally made himself available to rehearse with the band and to attend the shows,” but that the rest of the band insisted he had to demonstrate that he was “able to play at an appropriate level.”

“I am being deprived of the opportunity to be recognized along with my peers for our collective lifetime contributions to the music industry,” Kramer said in a statement. “Neither the MusiCares’ Person of the Year Award nor the Grammys’ Lifetime Achievement honors can ever be repeated.”

Netflix Reportedly Lost 1 Million Subscribers to Disney+ →

Disney+ has apparently hit the ground running, as a recent Wall Street analyst report said that the new streaming service had around 24 million U.S. subscribers by the end of November – and that the House of Mouse’s gains were Netflix’s losses.

The report, which came from Cowen & Co., estimated that about 1 million of Netflix’s U.S. subscribers had canceled their subscriptions in favor of signing up for Disney+ […]

Holy shit. I was one of those 1 million 😬

Admiral Ackbar Was Initially Going to Appear in ‘Rogue One’, But J.J. Abrams Got To Him First →

Sure, Admiral Ackbar’s almost appearance in Rogue One is some interesting trivia, but Ben Pearson’s take on his death in The Last Jedi turns out to be much more profound than I expected from this article:

As for Admiral Ackbar’s death in The Last Jedi, I know there’s a huge contingent of people who feel like that character deserved more or that not concentrating on his death was disrespectful or something. I’ve always viewed Ackbar’s death as one of the more grounded aspects of any Star Wars film, because it embodies the idea that not all heroes die heroic deaths or have pivotal roles to play in every mission. Sometimes, war just takes those you love.

More great links

Now for some self-promotion


‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Official Trailer

Mark me down as officially hyped for the new season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Is it just me, or does this trailer fully acknowledge that Ahsoka Tano and Darth Maul are the best part of this series? I’m interested to see the show cover in more depth Order 66 and how Ahsoka survived.

The final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars will start streaming on February 21, 2020.


New Coat of Paint for My Landing Page

In what I’m calling a “weed-filled rage,” I ripped my old site apart and created a simple landing page instead.

See, I’ve been having a bit of a professional identity crisis (I guess a personal one too, but that’s not what this is about). I left frontend development and design in 2018 to go work for a podcast company. When I was unexpectedly let go, I didn’t know what I was. Designing and building for the web had changed so much in that year. Was I still a frontend developer? A designer? A podcast producer?

Turns out, it doesn’t matter. Those titles are nothing more than the job I had, not who I was or am. So this new landing page does a better job of saying that. I’m not my job title, but I am a geek, coffee snob, and a maker of stuff. And no one can take that away from me.