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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 23, 2019

The recent Alabama abortion ban got me thinking about other policy positions that match with “holding all forms of life sacred” and all that. When someone tells me they’re pro-life, I’d expect them to also hold the following views:

  • Universal, or at least affordable, and inclusive healthcare. So no one dies of preventable illnesses due to inflated costs.
  • Affordable childcare and preschool education. Also universal education access, since it’s one of the best ways to improve one’s quality of life long-term.
  • No death penalty or capital punishment, assuming there’s no exceptions to “all life is sacred” that were conveniently left out.
  • Global poverty aid to stop more prevantable deaths worldwide. This includes accepting migrants fleeing violence so they’re not senselessly killed.
  • Sex education and birth control to reduce the number of abortions. I’d assume someone who hates abortion would support strong measures that removes the need for many of them.

The less someone “pro-life” supports policies like this, the more I see them as simply “pro-birth.” That’s the much less pleasant position of “make women have babies if they can’t keep their legs closed, and the rest is not my problem.” Which is exactly as cruel and damaging as it sounds.

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.