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Google’s 2017 Year in Search

Google’s 2017 Year in Search is out and the trends were somewhat predictable.


The (Un)Balanced Social Media Landscape

I discovered some stats from a 2016 Harvard study which discussed politics in the social media landscape. It’s a good read and worth checking out, but one (actually three partial) things stood out most of all: the political distribution on the open web, social media, and especially Facebok in particular.


On Moving to

The idea of moving to a first-name.tld-type domain had been on my mind for quite a while. I settled on after much internal deliberation and stomaching with the fact that it wasn’t available for just a handful of dollars a year. I ended up buying the domain from a private party a few weeks ago, and now that the dust is settled, I feel comforatable explaining my reasons behind the change.

.ly: Short But not Sweet

I’ve always had mixed feelings about purchasing a domain name from Libya. As a country, they’re not exactly known for open Internet practices so I bought my previous domain ( knowing that there’s a non-zero possibility that it might be pulled out from under me at any time for whatever reason. Not knowing where my money was ultimately going—given the odds the Libyan government had a significant hand in running the registry—was enough for me to consider an alternative. Coming to this conclusion sucked, though, because I was super excited when I bit the bullet and bought

Molding the Personal Brand

For whatever reason, my online nerd brand needed some improvement and I’ve always been a fan of early-to-mid 2000s Internet and the entire IndieWeb movement. Creating a home online without un-necessary siloing has always been a goal and I felt I could finally carve my place on the Internet for realzies. I also own,, and, so I could have used any one of those, but I opted not to since they either felt too long or not obvious enough.

Plus, having a .org address felt like it could hit home that my site isn’t one I plan on turning into a business or is any kind of commercial property. It’s barebones, loads pretty quickly, and there’s minimal tracking. One thing left on my domain todo list is see if I can get a hold of the non-double-H version of my name, too ( and have it redirect to here. It’d make life infinitely more simple when telling people and I don’t have to worry about the misspelling it. I could take it farther and round up other common spellings, but I think we’re entering cost territory I’m not quite comfortable with, yet.

Overall, I’ve felt comfortable with the conversion and I think it’ll be something I hold onto for a while. I’ve changed domain names every couple years in the past largely because I never really felt like it was my true online home. This feels like the real deal.

Fixing Browsersync Not Reloading

I wanted to jot this down real quick while I work on the next version of this site. I’m using Gulp and Browsersync and for the life of me I couldn’t get the reload to actually take place. Turns out I didn’t specify properly what files Browsersync needs to trigger when changed. Here’s the gulp.task() that worked for me:

gulp.task('browsersync', function (callback) {  
    proxy: 'localhost:2368',
    files: ['app/**/*.hbs', 'app/assets/scss/**/*.scss']


Note the files: array added to the browserSync.init() function. That’s the ticket, right there. Once I did that, it was magic sauce all over again.

Amateur Colorist

A couple weeks ago, I snagged an iPad Pro 10.5” on a Black Friday deal. At the time, I had a pretty good idea that I’d end up getting an Apple Pencil to go with it.

Sure enough, just last Friday, I waltzed into an Apple Store at 9PM and bought one.

The first thing I found myself doing with it is scribbling in Ten minutes later, I downloaded Pigment and the rest is history.

Really, it’s not history, but I’m having a blast and am considering opening a section on my site for some of the work I’ve done. Pigment lets users export in glorious detail (up to 4096px in either direction) so long as they’ve paid. At $10/month (or $5/month paid yearly), it’s not an inexpensive app, but the flow of designs is strong and the current collection is pretty large.

I’ve found myself spending several hours at a time just plugging (tapping and stroking?) away at the app and already have a couple pretty cool pieces to show for it.

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New York

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Red Sunset

Johnathan Lyman
Kenmore, WA,
United States
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