Craft By Zen

👋🏽 Hi, I'm Jeremy

I'm currently leading application development at Clear Labs

And I write essays on eclectic topics, from programming, cooking, and strange habit of collecting obituaries.

  • Stochastic Parrots

    From this ACM paper, On the Dangers of Stochastic Parrots, the hypothesis is maybe these LLMs are parroting back what we already know and aren’t learning. We can probably, maybe, safely say that is no longer the case.

  • Students Have the Right to Protest Apartheid

    From The Progressive: Students Have the Right to Protest Apartheid. My lovely fiancé wrote a piece about the student protests for Palestine.

    While the Republican-led Congress has used its power to condemn any protests on behalf of Palestinians, where was the same outrage and zealousness when white nationalists came to college campuses?

  • TIL importmap

    I forked a small demo from Wes Bos and ran in on my own sandbox. It seems much cleaner than using a script tag per each dependency, and works on all major browsers.

    In my little demo app, I placed the importmap in the head of the document. I’m using react as well as my own utils file to test out the functionality.

    <script type="importmap">
        "imports": {
          "react-dom": "",
          "react": "",
          "utils": "./utils.js"

    Read more about importmap on MDN

    From there, I imported these libraries in a script module.

      <div id="app"></div>
      <script type="module">
        /* eslint-disable */
        import { useState } from "react";
        import { createRoot } from "react-dom";
        import { formatMoney } from "utils";

    I had a hiccup with [plugin:vite

    ] as I found countless others have, so I wrote a custom bun server to host this project. Hopefully there’s a better setup I can find with Vite using importmap in the future.

  • Screenshot of uuid tool

    Guitar Fingering Tool

  • Screenshot of uuid tool

    UUID Tool for easy generation of UUIDs (v4)

  • Screenshot of tech tree

    Visualized Technology Tree, templated for easy customization, with the help of ChatGPT.

  • Screenshot of piano app

    A playable piano

  • Created by: Makoto Shinkai
    A modern action adventure road story where a 17-year-old girl named Suzume helps a mysterious young man close doors from the other side that are releasing disasters all over in Japan.
  • Created by: Brad Frost
    When designing from the ground up, create small, atomic components that can be combined into bigger components. Using biology as a guide, the complexity is organized into molecules, organisms, then pages. Templates are also used as layouts for those pages.
  • Created by: Gwern Branwen
    Gwern Branwen is a freelance American writer & researcher.
  • Created by: Rachel Roddy
    Rachel Roddy condenses everything she has learned about Italy's favourite food in a practical, easy-to-use and mouth-watering collection of 100 essential pasta and pasta sauce recipes.
  • Created by: Debra Fraiser
    Debra is the author and illustrator of many award-winning picture books including On the Day You Were Born and Miss Alaineus, A Vocabulary Disaster. In addition to her well- known talks on creative process, Debra’s innovative "Book Events" build a community’s creativity through projects that start with a story.
  • Created by: Cord Jefferson
    A novelist who's fed up with the establishment profiting from "Black" entertainment uses a pen name to write a book that propels him into the heart of hypocrisy and the madness he claims to disdain.

Newsletter Series

I have put back together my newsletter after years of absense! These are primarily updates on my blog, "Craft By Zen", and maybe some highlights to the new articles I've written. There might be some life updates as well. I'm doing away with the old format of weekly longform essays, and trying some new things with my newsletter.

Read more in the announcement.

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