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Maggie Appleton

Creates visual explanations of technology, anthropology, and programming.

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The Digital Garden

A consistently tended collection of half-baked notes, research, and sketches.

Fetishism & Mechanical Keyboards

Learnable Programming Patterns

A Short History of Bi-Directional Links

Transclusion and Transcopyright Dreams

The Eponymous Laws of Programming

Are Data Unions the Future of Data?

Visit the Garden

Illustrated Essays

How to Draw Invisible Programming Concepts - Part One

Meat Planet: The Illustrated Notes

Building a Second Brain: The Illustrated Notes

Illustrated notes on the Building A Second Brain system by Tiago Forte

A Shelfish Starter Guide to Databases

The absolute minimum you need to know about data storage.
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Illustration Projects

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Library Notes

A past and present reading collection. Complete with very loose and opinionated notes.

Browse the Library

Where The Action Is

Paul Dourish
Feb 25, 2021

Speculative Everything

Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby
Feb 22, 2021

Governing the Commons

Elinor Ostrom
Jan 24, 2021

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