November 14th, 2021

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Glenn Greenwald announced he is joining a podcasting project that is called Callin. Their site is a good illustration of the sad state of web development in a startup. The landing page is practically empty; but is built in Next.js and thus is pulling ~80kb of javascript every time it loads. The horizontal scrollbar with a little bit of scroll indicates that the developer is using a Mac, which hides scrollbars and prevents developers from spotting this mistake. The reason it is appearing is because the developer set width to 100vw. The reason he/she did that is because he/she clearly doesn't understand how CSS works. Elements with display: block will, by default, take 100% of the width of their parent; thus the 100vw applied to the header and the "body" divs (and to their children!) are entirely superfluous. These are the trademarks of a newly minted web developer who has started their career by learning react and skipping over the web fundamentals.



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I actually tried to watch it, duped by reviews like this one, and by a relatively high imdb score, and found it utterly unwatchable. No story to speak of, and a plot whose sole purpose seems to be to move characters from one fake choreographed fight to the next. Like a bad Jackie Chan movie.