Ch-ch-changes

So I changed a few things.

After getting the first version of the site up, I was already unhappy. While not terrible, it was very much the product of my early lessons in Sass and Bourbon. And of course, life intervened and I had to put down development for longer than I would have liked.

So, a week ago, I finally cleared my docket and threw myself back into the mix. This redesign is the happy result. I'm still chewing through my portfolio — obscenely high standards notwithstanding — but hope to share some of it in the very near future. And, I'm happy to say that I'm ready to announce a few other irons in the fire.

Coming Soon(-ish)

With a wholesale redesign of the site, I'm very behind. Some updates on what I announced last post:

  • Standards-compliant code. I rewrote a ton of PHP and Sass for the redesign, and it is dirty. I'll be validating everything and optimising a ton of the final code.
  • Open-sourced code. I still don't grok git. Advice and pointers are welcome. As for hosting the code: given relatively recent events, I'm not wild about GitHub. Suggestions for alternatives are also welcome.
  • CSS transitions and animations. Though these were shelved for this redesign, I already have plans for various progressive enhancements.
  • Portfolio. It's real. It exists. And it's coming very, very soon. Promise.

And, as I mentioned above, I have a few new ideas I wanted to get out in the open:

  • Dynamic homepage. A few designer-types have said some very clever things about hosting your own presence and data online, and have given animus to a few ideas. I'm still in the early-thinking stage, but hope to be showing off something in the next few months.
  • Directory of stuff I like. This has been rattling around in my head for a long time. I always loved things like the Whole Earth Catalog and Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools, and the past few years have seen a serious upswing in curation/recommendation websites (e.g. The Wirecutter). While I don't intend to launch a reviews site, I've always wanted the space to wax poetic about my favourite widgets and media.

With luck, I'll have more cool stuff to show you soon. See you on the other side.

Matt Policastro

I'm Matt Policastro, a data scientist at Clearhead. I build analyses and software to improve experiences and outcomes. I like bicycles, coffee, and building neat stuff. Welcome to my site.

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