All the friends I’ve made in Bangalore in the decade that I’ve lived here are now scattered across the globe—from Delhi, Bombay, Goa, and Ahmedabad to New York, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver, and London. Out of the few who still live here, some have already made plans to move away. I feel like Jeff Winger in the series finale of Community, except I don’t have an Abed to tell me that eventually, it all comes back. We’ve reached the end of Season 6, and we're not getting renewed for Season 7. Dare I hope for a movie?
I’ve been working on improving the accessibility of this website. Automated tools for accessibility testing don’t always paint an accurate picture of what it's like to interact with a website using assistive technologies, so I’ve been learning to navigate the web using VoiceOver and NVDA. If you build user interfaces—on the web or a native platform—I implore you to try interacting with your product using these tools. You will be surprised to discover the ways in which your underlying platform exposes your software’s internal structure to accessibility APIs, and how easy it is to accidentally break this built-in functionality.
The way I listen to music is changing. Instead of full albums, I now listen to curated playlists on Spotify and Apple Music; instead of recent releases, I enjoy digging up older music that has stood the test of time. I can no longer find enough hours in the day to evaluate every new album myself, so I've chosen to rely on The Algorithm™ and Father Time™ to help me find tunes I might enjoy.
In a perfect world, someone with impeccable taste would listen to every track uploaded to every streaming platform daily, lovingly pick out the songs they knew I would enjoy most, add them to a playlist that was exactly forty minutes long, and send it to me along with words of encouragement that would put a spring in my step and a sparkle in my eye. But we don't live in a perfect world, do we?