Shallow Thoughts

because deep thoughts smack of effort

Becca Meyer

Posted in Personal Declarations,Stuff I need to remember by Bridget on June 7th, 2014

This was Becca Meyer. My friend Eric, a wonderful father, lost his daughter today to anaplastic astrocytoma, an aggressive brain cancer. It was her 6th birthday. This should not be permitted.

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Becca jumping in waves at the beach

Dear FCC Response

Posted in Uncategorized by Bridget on May 26th, 2014

Thank you very much for contacting us about the ongoing Open Internet proceeding. We’re hoping to hear from as many people as possible about this critical issue, and so I’m very glad that we can include your thoughts and opinions.

I’m a strong supporter of the Open Internet, and I will fight to keep the internet open. Thanks again for sharing your views with me.

Tom Wheeler
Federal Communications Commission

Dear FCC

Posted in Web Stuff by Bridget on May 15th, 2014

From The Washington Post regarding the vote by the FCC on Net Neutrality (emphasis mine):

The plan is not a final rule, but the vote on Thursday is a significant step forward on a controversial idea that has invited fierce opposition from consumer advocates, Silicon Valley heavyweights, and Democratic lawmakers. The FCC will now open the proposal to a total 120 days of public comment. Final rules, aimed for the end of the year, could be rewritten after the agency reviews the public comments.

My comment is framed on what is available on

Dear FCC,

Net neutrality, the principle that Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all data that travels over their networks equally, is important to me because without it:

  1. users may have fewer options and a less diverse internet.
  2. small companies will need large bankrolls in order to compete.
  3. innovation will die.

A pay-­to-play Internet worries me because:

  1. new services that can’t afford expensive fees for better service will be less likely to succeed.
  2. users won’t know why the site/app/service feels slow – they’ll just think, “This sucks!”
  3. innovation will die.

As a web developer, I want to know that what I am building can reach a broad audience. I do my part to be mindful of latency and bandwidth usage so I can provide a pleasant experience for that audience. I want to be certain that such diligence and care in how I build things for the internet makes a difference. I cannot be certain that is the case if what I am building does not qualify for the “fast lane.” Will the users of my site/app/service suffer a poor experience as a result?

When I run tests on my service’s performance, will I know the root cause of why it is so slow? How will I be able tell that poor performance is the result of something in my code not being optimized rather than just not having enough juice supplied because I do not work for a company that can pay for a fatter pipe?

Building for the internet is an amazing and exciting task. As of late, it has become more challenging due to the proliferation of different devices with which to connect to the internet. As a development community, we advocate best practices in the area of performance which has many factors we must consider. An internet of varying speeds already exists for the end user based on their access gateway. As a developer, I take that variation into account and it sometimes breaks my brain. I cannot fathom having to factor in another variation in speed based on whether or not my employer pays “enough” to an ISP.

I’m sure my story doesn’t amount to much. I’m just a web geek mucking about in the coolest thing to hit the planet Earth: The Internet. I want to see its promise fulfilled. I wholeheartedly believe that can happen best if the internet remains neutral and open for all.


Bridget Stewart
Senior Front End Developer
Internet at large

Responsive Images Breakpoints

Posted in Web Stuff by Bridget on September 2nd, 2012

Responsive Images Breakpoints

Yes, I’m way behind in my reading. Don’t judge me.

I finally got around to reading Jason Grigsby’s excellent post on Cloud Four which is already about 10 days old. I found myself about to submit a really long comment when I realized I’d essentially written a blog post of my own. So, instead of saying what I want to say over there, I’m saying it over here.


Interesting read:

Posted in Stuff worth reading,Web Stuff by Bridget on August 11th, 2012

Interesting read:

Posted in Stuff worth reading,Web Stuff by Bridget on August 11th, 2012

10 things I hate about Git

“Git history is a bunch of lies.”

via Steve Bennett blogs

Interesting read:

Posted in Stuff I need to remember,Stuff worth reading,Web Stuff by Bridget on August 11th, 2012

Interesting read:

Posted in Stuff worth reading,Web Stuff by Bridget on August 11th, 2012

Combining HTML Hypermedia APIs and Adaptive Web Design

The discussion in the comments and the links from the article were also good reads.


Ehrmergerd Twitter is Doooown!

Posted in Nonsense,Personal Declarations by Bridget on June 21st, 2012

You’d think that when Twitter goes down, productivity would increase. Not so. In fact, productivity declines even more – evidenced by my refreshing Down Right Now repeatedly just so I will know when it is back up!

This is a trick I learned in playing video games. You go to any server status information outlet and refresh, refresh, refresh so you can be first back on the server. It’s hard to break certain habits…

Resizing stubborn viewports

Posted in Stuff I need to remember,Web Stuff by Bridget on June 20th, 2012

The way to make the viewport in Firefox resize below 400px is to disable the navigation bar.

The way to make the viewport in Chrome resize below 400px is to dock the Developer Tools to the right. Or, use Chrome Canary and resize in the Override Device Metrics feature to set the device size.

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