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Hello Readers.

I’m Max Antonucci. I write code, blog posts, notebooks, and musings.

As a programmer, I code for the front-end and focus on JavaScript and web accessibility.

As a writer, I like explaining tough topics in simple, weird ways. I also write about random lessons and philosophies to avoid relearning them later.

As a chainsaw juggler, I don't do anything since I don't exist. I don't juggle chainsaws since '06.

Recent Writing

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Recent Notes

September 23, 2019

Have you ever felt pressure to turn your hobby into a career or branding asset? That any activity has to have some tangible, profitable value instead of just doing it for joy?

I think this has sent my drawing hobby in a now-predictable loop of events:

  1. Resume drawing for its freeform expression
  2. Start thinking of ways to incorporate it more into my writing or programming work
  3. Feel increasing pressure to do the above
  4. Drawing suddenly feels like a work chore instead of a hobby
  5. Give up drawing and look for another hobby to focus on

I don’t know if the capitalism culture I grew up in is to blame, or just me putting too much pressure on myself. Whatever the cause, I know this mindset isn’t healthy.

September 18, 2019

Something I’ve noticed is people with the most privilege are most likely to deny it exists. Or at least muddy the waters enough so any attempt to bring attention to it falls apart.

It’s most often the second one since it’s easier to disguise it as only “asking a question” or “trying to be fair.”

Why does this happen? My guess is it makes it easier for them to believe their privilege wasn’t a factor in their success. In a society with the core mantra “hard work will get you there,” it’s tough to accept we had some built-in cheat codes. I still struggle with this myself and it’s painful.

That changes the more I read about the world and others’ lived experiences. It’s harder for even the most defensive part of my brain to deny it. So while it hurts, I keep listening. When I get the urge to push back against facts and lived experiences, I remember to listen.

If you want to practice listening, I recommend this site.

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