Neustadt.fr is where I share my thoughts on technology, culture, music, design and language.
I studied interactive media and foreign languages (French, Chinese and Italian) at Hampshire College in the US and went on to do a Master's in Communication at Sciences Po Paris. I'm currently working as a user experience (UX) designer and consultant at BETC Digital.
When I'm not appreciating good beer, I'm probably playing my guitar, cooking something, reading about how our universe might be a hologram, learning German or just watching episodes of a BBC comedy panel show.
Neustadt, or newcity in German, is a common name for towns in Germanic regions. According to Wikipedia, there are over 20 in Germany alone. It is also the name of a very nice Kreuzberg-esque café in the New Town Hall in Prague that has a piano that anyone can go and play. I liked the name a lot, enough for me to name my blog after it.
The .fr part is because I live in France. And because .com was not available ;)
Free and Open Source
Neustadt.fr is built using Metalsmith, an open-source node.js-based static site generator.
This website is also open-source and shared with an MIT license. You can access the Metalsmith back-end (and all the source files) on this public GitHub repository. You are free to reuse the code in any way you please.
Neustadt.fr is hosted on Digital Ocean servers in Frankfurt.
Accessible and Privacy-friendly
Neustadt.fr can be accessed from pretty much any device connected to the internet and able to read HTML: laptops, tablets, smartphones but also text-based browsers, screen readers and e-book readers. I favour native HTML elements to external resources and have deliberately kept all pages light and as free of dependencies as possible. The only linked external resources are web-fonts hosted on Brick.im.
This website does not store cookies, does not track you, does not pass on your referrer information forward, does not hijack your scrollbar for 'immersive experiences' and does not abuse your network bandwith. No share buttons, no Google Analytics, and no direct YouTube video embeds directly either.
All connections to this domain are also encrypted, thanks to Let's Encrypt.