California Math

Quick post to highlight this article that I found on Ycombinator:

I’ve helped my kids who are very smart try to understand math concepts that they don’t seem prepared for because the curriculum is not providing the foundations required for future success.

In response to lagging math scores, educators in California have been trying to water down math education — banning students from taking algebra in 8th grade, replacing advanced algebra classes with “data science” courses that don’t even teach the algebra required to understand basic statistics, and so on.


How I Work :: 2021 Browser Edition

I’ve been surfing the web for almost 30 years and gone through many browsers in that time. I’ve tried configuring them, writing extensions & themes and evaluating them for personal use. In the future I might go more in-depth on my choices, but by way of introduction (to myself, and this site) — here’s a snapshot of how I work with browsers, y rather convoluted way of surfing the Internet.

Chromium Chromium-based browser

Google’s open source browser is ubiquitous. It powers something like 99% of the web (that’s a made-up statistic that may or may not be true). As the engine for many different browsers, this can lead to some interesting trade-offs.

  • It’s by far the most used, so it’s a de facto requirement for any development efforts.
  • I really enjoy Chromium dev-tools.
  • I don’t want to be too deep in the Google eco-system, so if I can avoid Chrome, I will. (Yes, they currently have my email, calendar and maps — but I don’t have to make it easy for them).
  • The less extensions I have to install the better.

For this reason Vivaldi is my chromium browser of choice. It has fantastic tab-management, configuration and even gestures available out of the box in addition to the other tools I need (e.g. profiles, extensions, etc.)

I use a different profile for work, gmail, and personal.

firefox Firefox Developer Edition

My first browser was Netscape Navigator and I have always been rooting for it. When Mozilla spun off of Netscape I tried to use it, but it wasn’t until Phoenix (early version of Firefox) came along that I really loved it. I’ve gone away and returned many times as features have improved or stagnated.

Today, I really enjoy the container feature to sandbox almost every open tab into mini/temporary profiles. And it’s very snappy these days too. Firefox serves as a great daily driver (and is my default browser).


The last browser that I use on a daily basis is Finicky. This is a macos-only application (although there are comparable Windows/Linux options available) to route links to different browsers. If I click on a link in a different application (e.g. slack) it uses a series of filters to decide if it should open the Vivaldi work profile, or send it to Firefox.

Other Browsers

Every so often, I retry different browsers to see if something has changed — if they’re faster or better than what I’m currently using — great! So I have a rotating cast of secondary browsers making guest appearances on my systems. Google Chrome, Chrome Canary, Chromium, Safari, and Brave to name a few. Even other esoteric ones few might have heard of (like Browserosaurus). (Sidenote: I still need to give Edge a closer look, but as it shares the Chromium engine, I haven’t felt a need to kick the tires).

If you have seen a new or interesting browser let me know, there’s always room for another one.


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