About

Miscelanea is the continuation of an active blogging hobby I started in 2002, which unfortunately went dormant for a decade.

By day I am on the product design team at Automattic that works on WordPress, the platform that runs about 30% of the web 😱. By night, I moonlight on the editorial team of A List Apart. These were fairly recent, serendipitous transitions. Previously I had been at IBM Watson for a few years, designing software for ML/AI, which really was as nerdy and intense as it sounds.

A “Miscelanea” is a type of little neighborhood general store commonly found in Mexico that sells assorted items, like soda, [individual] eggs, school supplies, firecrackers. They are usually in the same building as where the owners live.

My dad opened one for my grandmother to live off of in the 90s, and when I’d visit in the summers, I ran the counter. In the back of his mind, he thought we would eventually move back. But a couple of years ago, when my grandma died, we closed it down. It had been operating at a loss since big-box stores opened in town, and life had moved on in the United States long before.

The most common sign found on the storefronts, “Abarrotes en general,” translates roughly to “groceries and such.” I don’t expect to live off this blog, but I think it’ll feed me. Stop by for a snack and chat.