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🙌 Liked: Berry Creative designs Climate Change stamps with heat-reactive ink
In reply to: Wind Turbine Blades Can’t Be Recycled, So They’re Piling Up in Landfills - Bloomberg
The municipal landfill in Casper, Wyoming, is the final resting place of 870 blades whose days making renewable energy have come to end. The severed fragments look like bleached whale bones nestled against one another.
In reply to: The World Remade – Reasonably Sound
On flailing in the rising tides, as well as the ecological impact of vinyl records and digital music streaming.
In reply to: Meet Sweden's Chief Storyteller for Climate Change - CityLab
Just saying, ‘Everyone should stop driving and eat plants instead of beef’—that isn’t storytelling. That’s advertising, which doesn’t work any longer.
🙌 Liked: Substituting Beans for Beef Would Help the U.S. Meet Climate Goals - The Atlantic
I look at the state of politics and what we’ve done to our planet and I am utterly paralyzed and terrified. I want to spring to action, but what can one person do?
I look to my son and wonder how different his life will look from mine — having grown up in the 90s and 00s.
What is the John Green quote about love: slowly, then all at once?
🙌 Liked: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the only wonder our world has produced | The Outline
Yo politician-types: “move to higher ground” is not a valid way of addressing the climate crisis.
🙌 Liked: The end times are here, and I am at Target | The Outline
🙌 Liked: We Can’t Do It Ourselves | LOW←TECH MAGAZINE
🙌 Liked: The New Humanitarian | Ten humanitarian crises and trends to watch in 2019
WebAuthn; A better alternative for securing our sensitive information online
I’ve mixed feelings about this — but tbh, I am not in the lease qualified to opine one way or the other. That being said, I’m really digging the
Video of a Japanese Space Probe Touching Down on an Asteroid
While I was struggling get some react and an API to cooperate other people were landing a probe on an asteroid.
The Geography of America’s Mobile and ‘Stuck,’ Mapped
The United States is facing a new class distinction: those who are mobile across state lines, and those who are stuck.
I catch myself (panicked) thinking about this a lot in the context of climate change, wondering where we should live if we are going to be stuck there.
Technical communication is particularly hard for newcomers
One of the key components to good technical communication is the right amount of context.
Cache-Control for Civilians
One of the most common and effective ways to manage the caching of your assets is via the
Cache-ControlHTTP header. This header applies to individual assets, meaning everything on our pages can have a very bespoke and granular cache policy. The amount of control we’re granted makes for very intricate and powerful caching strategies.
Handy dandy skip to point link
The Growing Complexity Of Developing Websites and the Growing Ease Of Using Site Builders
The downside of this change is that it’s becoming more difficult for someone new (particular on the design side) to enter the field. The barrier for entry is increasing as the requirements are growing more complex.
I think this is spot on — something that I believe is missing from this conversation, however, is that raising the barrier for entry also runs the risk of making the community even more homogenous.
The Great Divide
Very much in-line with the previous entry:
The divide is between people who self-identify as a (or have the job title of) front-end developer, yet have divergent skill sets.
This article is nice in that it spells out a solution, and offers some guidance for how best to talk about the work of front-end development…and points out that front-end development can mean a lot of different things to a different people.
An exercise in progressive enhancement
Making Things Better: Redefining the Technical Possibilities of CSS by Rachel Andrew
A CSS tech-talk liveblog,
CSS tries to avoid data loss.
Writing in Emacs
A nice little assortment of packages for writing words inside of emacs. I’ll also take this as an opportunity to plug my homespun config that I’m still really digging: tilde.el
Code hidden in Stone Age art may be the root of human writing
Climate crisis and a betrayed generation
Leading to ⤵️
The Servant Economy
West Marches: Running Your Own
Zelda Breath of the Wild meets table top gaming! An open world, sandbox style RP is something I’ve always wanted to try…maybe set on the high seas! 🏴☠️
Check out all these historical Jolly Roger flags from wikipedia
Shout out to the best from the collection, Jacquotte Delahaye’s “Back From the Dead Red” flag
Explaining Code using ASCII Art
People tend to be visual: we use pictures to understand problems. Mainstream programming languages, on the other hand, operate in an almost completely different kind of abstract space, leaving a big gap between programs and pictures.
Cyberfeminism ~1990s - present, Cyberfeminist Index by Mindy Seu
“I’m currently working on a printed publication, a la the Whole Earth Catalog and the New Woman’s Survival Catalog, that will provide an overview of cyberfeminism and its evolution into networked feminism (like social media activism), xenofeminism (gender-abolition), and posthumanism/bio-hacktivism. It will be a resource guide: a sampling of books, essays, collectives, online communities, hackerspaces, etc.”
China’s urban policy unit just met for the first time in 38 years. Here’s what it recommended
This article does a bonkers good job laying out how quickly and how much China’s urban and suburban areas are growing.
Networking - 🚂 Choo Documentation
I’ve been exploring alternatives to React lately, and keep coming back to Choo. I very much like this bit from its documentation:
A fun way to think about browsers, is as a standardized Virtual Machine (VM) that includes high-level APIs to do networking, sandboxed code execution and disk access. It runs on almost every platform, behaves similarly everywhere, and is always kept backwards compatible.
Technology has always existed in a social context, and evaluations of the risk or reliability of a tech platform have always relied on social indicators. But the acceleration of these patterns, and the extending of the social networks around code to include the majority of working coders, means that institutional indicators (like “which company funds its development?”) now come second to community-based signals.
Similarly, top-down indications of technical maturity like documentation (often an artifact of outside investment in making a technology accessible to a new audience) are complemented, or even eclipsed, by bottoms-up indicators like how many people have bookmarked a framework, or how many people answer comments about a toolkit.
The piece reminds me of something I recently heard John Siracusa talk about on a podcast — he speculated that software may be the most complicated non-biological thing that humans have ever built. At first I thought it was hubris, but then, as he continued to make his point and draw a line from software to hardware to physics and the physicality of computing I was swayed.
What we often think of as being ethereal and “digital” is, at the end of the day, still in meatspace…
See also “Being Popular” by Paul Graham.
I’m skeptical of CSS in JS for a few reasons, but this article softened my views. I still don’t love it, but my reasons for not loving it aren’t technical, really.
Pragmatic rules of web accessibility that will stick to your mind
Good high-level intro. I could see this being valuable for someone trying to convince “management” of accessibilities “value.”
Time to Panic. The planet is getting warmer in catastrophic ways. And fear may be the only thing that saves us.
‘Our little brown rat’: first climate change-caused mammal extinction
RIP. Expecting more news of this sort in the coming years is terrifying, but also, hopefully, key to catalyzing change.
A Journey Into the Animal Mind
Crows are among the most sophisticated avian technologists.
That is a solid sentence. I read it allowed to myself a few times when I came across it.
Cisco Trash Map, On railroads, oil rigs, uranium mines, 7-11 pizzas, Thelma and Louise, ruination, salvage, and the limits of the garbage gaze.
…I absorbed the common critique of ruin porn — that it tends to erase history and inspire myth. It’s true that as a high schooler I had a pretty vague sense of the politics that made Milwaukee’s ruins. But mythmaking has always shaped the U.S. landscape…
…Ruins are the idealized structures of a vaguely defined past; rubble is the aftermath of specific events that people live in, reuse, and form material relationships to…
Medieval trade networks v.4
A detailed map of medieval trade routes. I always find this sort of thing fascinating and, in my experience lacking from contemporary historical education in the U.S. History is often presented as vignettes, as specific narratives, that are disjointed from a large context. I love how a map like this helps to contextualize the ecology, or maybe society? of history.
Five Lessons From Seven Years of Research Into Buttons
The first point is interesting, and click bait-y “1. Buttons Aren’t Actually Easy to Use”
I think it may be better presented as “buttons require context.”
Or, perhaps “The value of a good label.”
🙌 Liked: City Grids Intensify the Urban Heat Island Effect - CityLab
🙌 Liked: Antarctica Is Melting, and Giant Ice Cracks Are Just the Start
With all this talk of the U.S. pulling out of the Paris Agreement, it felt apt to repost this ramblly-post about the personal climate essay as an emerging new genre
On the personal climate essay
I’d never stopped to think about the degree to which weather shaped my consciousness until I moved somewhere without much of it.
From “This Was The Winter When It Rained In LA,” by Doree Shafrir
I think this essay is fascinating. In a recent issue of his fantastic 5it news letter, Alexis Madrigal described this essay as “a personal climate essay.”
I’m a total nerd for established climate fiction, and emerging climate genres. 💯 nerd.
In response to Frankenstein (perhaps the first piece of climate fiction?) the question was posed: “How do you write about the psychological impacts of climate change on an individual and on a society?”
I think the personal climate essay is a good way of doing just that!
Timothy Morton describes climate change as a “hyperobject.” In 140 characters or less:
- A hyperobject is a phenomenon or object that is so massively distributed in time and space that we struggle to perceive it.
…which is maybe the reason some folks struggle to understand the urgency of our global climate situation. Climate change is REALLY REALLY big. Mind boggelingly big. HUGE. Bigger than huge. The climate has, historically, gone about its business at a fairly geologic-pace. Come the dawn of the industrial revolution, however, things started to change. The pace started to quicken. We’re reaching a point where the climate is getting ready to lap us, and leave us in the dust. We need to act. 😱 😰 😵
None of this is news. I’m just panicking now. Back to the topic at hand. Personal climate essays.
I think the personal climate essay is a powerful tool in combating climate change because it offers individual entrance to, perspective on, and articulation of a hyperobject.
Some folks don’t have the luxury of needing literary articulation of a hyperobject. A climate refugee’s lived experience is articulation enough. Nonetheless, I’m glad to see this excellent piece of writing published online because we probably need all the perspective we can muster.
Woof, post got a little heavier then I anticipated it would! 😳
Follow up item: Buzzfeed is knocking it out of the park! Here is an intimate (as opposed to personal?) medical essay, this one contextualizes the importance of affordable healthcare.
“Who should pay for Evan Karr’s heart?”, by Anne Helen Petersen.