I'm Sri (pronounced "Sreeee"), formally known as "Dave". I still answer to Dave professionally as it's been part of my online identity for so long, but I vastly prefer Sri (they/them) these days.
Purpose of this Site
Personal details aside, this website is a work-in-progress open journal / knowledge management system. It will, in time, help me recall, share, and remix what I know with greater ease.
There are three main categories of knowledge/information you'll find here:
1. APPLIED KNOWLEDGE
This is the collection of things I've made since starting dsriseah.com; for work predating 2022 visit davidseah.com.
In general, you'll find the tools, packaged kits, and working prototypes that I think are shareable as-is. If you're mostly interested in stuff that's ready to use or are working examples of a methodology, you'll find that here.
In-progress experiments, prototypes, and collected materials.
Working examples that demonstrate a concept or project intent.
Utilities and recipes for getting common tasks done.
Standalone works that provide immediate utility to interested people.
2. CONCEPTUAL KNOWLEDGE
This is a currated reference library of methodologies, patterns, taxonomies, and conceptual models that help me understand and manipulate the world. This is my wheel house! If you are interested in how things work or connect together, you might find an interesting idea or two in this section.
An encyclopedia of unique Sri-isms like "Investigative Designer"
Collected reference information; data for future review and use
Conceptual models, maps, transformations, and other mental building blocks
3. PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS and NOTATIONS
I use a stream-of-consciousness writing style to capture what thinking as I'm working stuff out in my head. Some of this thinking can be filed as applied knowledge or conceptual knowledge, but quite a lot of it is subjective to the point it only makes sense to me or someone who knows me (or wants to know me) very well. I file those tidbits away here.
With the exception of JOURNAL, these categories are not part of the main site navigation because of their subjective and fragmented nature. I do, however, occasionally refer to them in side notes if they are relevant.
The day-to-day blogging of what's on my mind and what I'm trying to figure out
Products and services that I find novel, exceptional, iconic, or canonical
Fleeting ideas that are exciting but distracting, "pickled" for later review
Examples of applied concepts/systems that I find interesting
Notes on my personal foibles and idiosyncracies; part of doing the hard "inner work"
Data Collection Policy
WEBSITE TECH STACK
rsync to push all the static files to my web host.
I'm using Opalstack (affiliate link), a really great developer-oriented host at a good price. It's the improved spiritual successor to WebFaction!
Previously I was using some Adobe TypeKit fonts, but their engineering has yet to update their CSS to use deferred font loading. This is irking so I removed them, but now I have to find open source replacements that I can serve the font files myself. Unfortunately, that means I need to spend time redoing the typography 😔
For fastest load times, I'm now I'm using a stack of "websafe" fonts: Times New Roman for 'lining-style' numbers via
@fontface unicode subsetting and Georgia for everything else. For headers and monospace fonts, I'm using whatever default
monospace are available.
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