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Hello Readers.

I’m Max Antonucci, a front-end developer in New Haven, CT. My code obsessions include CSS, web accessibility, design systems, and however much JavaScript my brain can handle.

I'm working at SeeClickFix, an app that helps citizens report local issues to municipal governments. You can see other work I've done at my Github and CodePen profiles, and my online notebook. In my spare time I write about coding, my life, and random musings.

Recent Writing

Recent Notes

May 13, 2019

Trying to be a better person is good, but trying too hard can backfire.

Take this purely hypothetical example: someone wants to be more independent and less burdensome to others. Up to a point, this makes them less intrusive and more respectful. Taken too far, this makes them dismissive and isolated. They could miss out on great relationships by thinking “I’d just be a burden to them” when that’s not the case at all.

Again, purely hypothetical.

Sometimes trying harder to be someone better is worse than trying harder to be yourself.

May 07, 2019

The best advice I’ve gotten for handling unwanted thoughts and emotions is simple. It doesn’t involve pushing them away or drowning them in affirmations. That only makes them stronger.

I let myself feel them without judgement. They’re there, then they go away, and they’ll likely pop up again. It’s pointless to pile thoughts on top of them - those thoughts do the real damage.