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.


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!


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.