Hi 👋, I'm Stephen Meriwether. This is my blog where I write about technology and the internet.

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May 28, 2021

Building a product on nights and weekends

Like most software developers I’ve spent countless hours, outside of work, on side projects. Also like most software developers, I have nothing to show for it. I’ve mostly blamed myself - “I don’t have enough discipline” is a common phrase echoing in my head. That very well may be true but that certainly isn’t the entire story. I’ve spent the past...

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April 22, 2021

How I build and host static websites

I love building websites! I’m not talking about web apps that are more common on the internet these days, whether they be single-page React apps or server-side rendered Ruby on Rails apps. I’m talking about good, old fashioned websites. Websites that are simple and accessible. Websites that you don’t have to fight with and also have a small footpri...

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April 14, 2021

How to think about CSS font-display

Web font performance is often overlooked, but can have a real impact on your website’s user experience and performance. One of the best controls available to us is the CSS font-display property. Using it, we’re able to tell the browser how we’d like it to render our web fonts.font-display Block – don’t render any text until the fonts load, resulti...

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April 13, 2021

Chia fundamentals and plotting Chia in parallel

What is Chia?Skip this if you already know what Chia isChia is a new cryptocurrency based on “proofs of space and time”. It differs from “proofs of work” crypto (like Bitcoin) in the amount of energy it takes to validate transactions on the blockchain. With Chia, the energy-intensive work is done up-front to create “plots”. Those plots are used to...

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November 10, 2020

Thoughts and Predictions about Apple's upcoming 'One More Thing' Event

Tomorrow (11/10/20) is Apple’s ‘One More Thing’ event 👨‍💻. Rumors have it that we’ll see the first ARM-powered Macs. The transition to ARM has a ton of upside but the plan for a successful ecosystem transition is murky. I’m excited to see what gets announced tomorrow. Of all the things I’m excited about, there are 2 things that standout: graphics p...

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