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Max Antonucci

Journalist turned full-time coder, part-time ponderer.

Hello Readers.

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

As a programmer, I code for the front-end and back-end. For my work, I write a lot of JavaScript, Ruby, and Ruby on Rails. I'm also building more specialized knowledge in web accessibility and design systems.

As a writer, I write to remember lessons I've learned in programming, psychology, philosophy, and absurd topics that tend to confuse my friends.

As a human being, I enjoy reading, boxing, and some casual gaming. I don't enjoy paying bills, getting too little sleep, and fighting my inner demons of perfectionism and self-pressure.

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

Recent Writing

My blog is where I keep my big lessons. Sometimes they're important code knowledge or concepts. Sometimes it's career or life lessons. Other times it's broad changes in how I think. But they're all short stories taken from the novel of my life.

You can read more of my blog here.

Recent Notes

Whatever I want to write but can't quite fit into my blog goes here. From the profound to the silly to the random, it shall be scribbled in a note.

You can read more of my notes here.

Note posted on January 14, 2022

I spend a (worrying) amount of time reflecting on past choices and mistakes. It's a good way to avoid boredom since I'll always have more material. The most common thought I have while doing this is "how would my life have changed if things were different?"

It's a painful feeling to know so many other life paths are now closed off. Would they have been better or worse? Would they have been almost identical or wildly different? I will never know these answers until I get my multi-dimensional telescope patented and working.

But this image always makes me feel better.

"A chart showing all past paths closed off, but all future paths are open."

It's never too late to prepare myself for better life paths ahead. No matter where I am now, things can get better. Especially once that telescope is ready.

Note posted on January 5, 2022

I've been thinking about an old blog post, Individuality is a Job. The main idea is how individual identity takes work, and we should base it on actions instead of only ideas. After all, if ideas don't inspire new action, how much value do they have for us?

But also, viewing individuality as a job could be counter-productive. It's more likely to become a chore we put off, not invest enough in, or give up on. Taking it too seriously may keep someone from treating it seriously enough. The innate irony of the human mind always amuses me.

It could be better to see individuality as a hobby or a side project. Something we work on without the pressure of deadlines, constant maintenance, or paycheck anxiety. It makes us more likely to experiment or have fun with who we are. In the process, we can find better versions of ourselves.

A good New Year's Resolution could be to take ourselves less seriously (but not too much).