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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 December 7, 2021

I saw a dog sticking its head out a car window in New Haven, and for the first time, I asked myself "why do dogs do that?" A quick search brought me to an ABC news article that asked a zoologist this same question. Their answer was:

"Their head is jam-packed full of sensors, so when they stick their head out the window, they've got this great pressure of air moving at great speed over them, and it's a sensory overload."

So this is their version of us walking into a candle store and smelling everything we can. But it's even better since dogs can smell it all at once. I don't know if dogs can distinguish each smell, but do they need to?

Imagine smelling every single scented candle in a store at the same time. You couldn't pick out each candle's scent, but the total sum of scents you get...that would be an experience. It'd likely be overwhelming for some people and they'd have to stop smelling it. I'd likely get a headache and have to step outside.

Not dogs, though. They get a collective scent like that pushed in their face, they love it and keep smelling as long as possible. Even knowing there are likely some bad scents mixed in, like cigarettes or folks leaving the gym.

That is hardcore smelling skill and passion on display there. Dogs poking their heads our car windows aren't only cute, they're olfactory badasses.

Note posted on November 29, 2021

I find it dark yet funny when someone's response to "life in America is so expensive/stressful/unequal" is "move somewhere else." It implies there's no possible way for America to NOT be expensive/stressful/unequal. It will forever be terrible for its citizens. You're better off leaving than trying to improve things.

Bonus points if this response comes from an "America is amazing and free and you should love it" person. Put those two thoughts together and there's some amazing cognitive dissonance.

"America is great, it's the greatest country in the world! But if you don't want a burnt-out life hanging by a thread, give up and move somewhere capable of doing better."