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|	Hello Kroc,
|
|	I came across your blog, found it amazing, and thought I'd send a message of approval and support.
|	(It wasn't meant to be this long, it just happened.)

|	To me design has always been a hobby, but recently I have found myself to be more and more immersed in it.
|	Due to financial reasons, I'll probably be looking at making a living off it, for a little while at least.
|	({BTW|By the way}, I'm not sure I like the word "design" much, but haven't found anything better yet).
|	I haven't really done anything serious for the web in the past few years (mainly print), so I was looking into
|	brushing up my HTML skills and seeing what all the fuss was about regarding HTML5.
|	That's when I somehow came across your website (via a link in a CSS stylesheet!).
|
|	I always found HTML and CSS to be fun and very gratifying, but I could never consider working in an office,
|	writing hacks, implementing Flash ads, navigating through senseless tags and CSS properties. I don't see this as
|	being a noble and enriching experience. I like to design, not to program, yet it always seemed to me that code
|	could be "designed" as well. HTML5 made it possible, and you proved it to me (code *_is_* art).
|
|	I spent the past few days going over many of your blog entries, and found that your take on HTML and website
|	layouts was totally logical and totally made sense. I like simple and logical things. (For example, I never know
|	what to do with the original link of a drop down menu: should it be a link to a section? how do your readers know
|	this? should I disable the link? But the cursor says its a link! ok, f*ck the drop down menu).
|	I'm not sure I'm being clear, but I'm a bit of a perfectionist, and to me its all the small things that nag me
|	that make design interesting, not the Photoshop layers and effects. And this is why your blog is so beautiful:
|	you care about all these little things and you spend a lot of time thinking about them and implementing them.
|
|	I also appreciated your ability to deliver quality content. I very much like the tone of your posts, your ideas,
|	your choices and explanations, and to me this is proof that good content is at the centre of good design.
|	Clearly you write from the heart, and while your ideas might seem a bit Utopian or smug to some,
|	my first impression is that they’re honest. There's so much junk out there on the web, that stumbling across
|	quality content is like finding a treasure trove.
|	
|	I've always been fascinated by the whole concept of publishing, and one thing that really bothers me is the whole
|	ephemeral nature of the web. Before the web, probably due to printing limitations and costs, you would spend a lot
|	of time laying out, revising and publishing content. Once it’s printed, it’s out there, no going back.
|	In French we have a saying that goes something like "words fly, writings remain". Well, it seems nowadays most
|	writing doesn't remain for long, and generally doesn't mean much either. Now anybody can get a wordpress theme,
|	say anything without giving it much thought and gather interest, and this generates untold amounts of crap.
|	Old-school journalists must be absolutely disgusted at what's being "reported" on some web sites nowadays.
|	And don't even get me started on comment sections. Most of the web seems to be marketing ploys anyway, but thanks
|	to people like you, there seems to be a way forward. (I especially liked your post on stylesheets for legacy
|	browsers: again, it totally makes sense in a publishing kind of way)
|
|	And finally, on a completely different note, I was mesmerized by your post entitled
|	<~"Forget Passion, Focus on Process"~ (/passion_process)>.
|	
|	|	I am doing myself a lot of harm by being unable to decide what it is I really want to do,
|	|	and sticking to it.
|	
|	Sums up how I feel really, not sure what else to add to that. I'm French, almost 30, travelled a lot,
|	currently living in South East Asia but could be anywhere in the world in 6 months time, doing any kind of job,
|	and still looking for something to apply myself to.
|	
|	|	I know, without much doubt, that I could become truly great at any one thing if I wanted to, simply because
|	|	I know I am passionate enough and will simply learn and then excel at whatever is in my way to doing what
|	|	I want to do.
|	
|	Again, I'm speechless. My thoughts exactly. Some people have called me arrogant, but that's genuinely how I feel.
|	Last year, for the first time in my life, I managed a bar and put on cultural events and parties.
|	I'm not much of a drinker, don't go out much and I hate parties, but I can safely say it was one of the best bar
|	in town. Give me something to focus on and dedicate myself to, and I'm probably going to do it very well.
|	Now I just need to find something that truly means something to me and that will drive me forward.
|	At the moment I feel like a headless chicken running into walls. Like you said: its doing me much harm, and more
|	importantly it harms the people who are close to me. I feel like its a waste of a life. You on the other hand,
|	seem to have found something worthy and noble that keeps you going. I hope it will go on, and again, thanks you
|	for sharing your findings.
|	
|	Well, it seems this message ended up being longer than I imagined, but your work and ideas stirred a lot of things
|	inside my head. I found your work to be interesting on so many different levels. I still have a lot to learn
|	(won't we always?) and will most likely apply many of your ideas to what I'll be doing, even though some of them
|	might be way beyond my reach at the moment (PHP, .htaccess...). I know I will probably have to compromise on many
|	things due to clients demands (IE? really?!) but your ideas and work ethic have brought back the "web sparkle"
|	in my eyes.
|	
|	My hat’s off to you,
|	
| Toyo