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When designing developer tools, does one have to choose between making programming easier for programmers vs. making programming more accessible and inclusive to a larger group of folks?
Whenever I work with React I feel like it is an example of a tool that makes programming easier for programmers (read as “engineers” perhaps?).
If this is true, what then are the consequences of the ClojureScript community so fully embracing the way React does its thing? Is is alienating folks, or is it making react more approachable?
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Why I have a problem with React the library and spend a lot of time talking to my therapist
jQuery as a lisp!?
🙌 Liked: Wisp demo
You all. A week! Maybe a few. They’ve been something else, for good and ill, fun and “waaaha!?” A doozy. So, here is a doozy of a link log!
I haven’t given this a go, yet, but it looks pretty solid, and like a great/easier to use alternative to mutt or alpine.
I use jQuery just about every day, and, you know what…I really like it. 😬
The title of this post is a we bit deceive-ious, it is more of a list of awesome emacs resources than a manifesto/proclamation on why you “should” use emacs.
Linux From Scratch (LFS) is a project that provides you with step-by-step instructions for building your own custom Linux system, entirely from source code.
However cities want to encourage more park use at night, he stresses that they need to consult the “community anchors” to ensure that it meets the needs of the entire neighborhood.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons will have skin tone customization, gender-neutral hairstyles for Villagers
This piece serves as a great follow up to this previously linked post from Austin Walker, Me, On The Screen: Race in Animal Crossing: New Leaf
How to cook potatoes in an instant pot.
See also, Martha’s Rules
Montgomery said she is unfazed by criticism and will continue knitting until Christmas.
Knitting as both protest, and social signal.
But there’s a clear difference between Die Hard and Speed, […] Die Hard is about the individual — the lone wolf John McClaine, shooting his way through the terrorists — but Speed isn’t really about Reeves. It’s about the collective. It’s not just one of Keanu’s best movies; it’s one of the best movies about public transportation. Speed refutes one of the most pervasive myths about metropolitan transit systems in the U.S. — that no one rides the bus in Los Angeles — with its economically and racially diverse ensemble of riders, who must work together and with Jack Traven to keep the bus going until the bomb is dismantled.
Werewolf! is a free-form social roleplaying game (kinda):
Be your own curator. Archivist.
Question: what is to be done with the stuff after it has been cataloged and stored? Are we pinning butterflies for the sake of pinning them, or is there a moment of beholding, and re-use/re-mix down the line?
Save and make? Transform?
I like to think of what I do with these link logs as part curation, part compost.
Slight correction to CNN’s title, though — “migration camps” should be “concentration camps.”
Most of the trees in the forest are still too young to bear fruit. But once they become productive, about five years from now, McCord expects “literal tons of fruit.”
[…] Needing to build your own website, setting up your own webservers, and using non-user friendly applications to transfer data not only meant that most early users had a better core understanding of the technology and what its future might bring, it also meant that users had a sense of ownership. They were shaping the medium they were consuming.
A catalog of little despair.
The first step to recovery is admitting that you have a problem. I, as exemplified by this very post, have a tagging problem.
Interesting also in the context of “digital minimalism,” see Walking Alone: On “Digital Minimalism”.
@kicks offering the most cogent explanation of what the heck
date:// actually is that I’ve found!
Ok, so how does Dat work exactly? It is simply a unique address attached to a folder of files (kind of like a ZIP file.) You then share that folder on the network and others can sync it to their system when they visit the unique address.
A long, but worthwhile read.
The most important part of this announcement is the abstraction they’re working with, not the view surface being used for rendering.
Wherein the abstraction becomes a tool for focusing on interaction, rather than specific implementation.
Adversarial Interoperability: Reviving an Elegant Weapon From a More Civilized Age to Slay Today’s Monopolies
What made iWork a success—and helped re-launch Apple—was the fact that Pages could open and save most Word files […]
[…] Apple didn’t just make an “interoperable” product that worked with an existing product in the market: they made an adversarially interoperable product whose compatibility was wrested from the incumbent, through diligent reverse-engineering and reimplementation.
The need to regulate online privacy is a truth so universally acknowledged that even Facebook and Google have joined the chorus of voices crying for change […] No two companies have done more to drag private life into the algorithmic eye than Google and Facebook.
So why have the gravediggers of online privacy suddenly grown so worried about the health of the patient?
Part of the answer is a defect in the language we use to talk about privacy. That language, especially as it is codified in law, is not adequate for the new reality of ubiquitous, mechanized surveillance.
The question we need to ask is not whether our data is safe, but why there is suddenly so much of it that needs protecting. The problem with the dragon, after all, is not its stockpile stewardship, but its appetite.
Twitter is designed to escalate responses and keep people engaged. This has the effect of polarising discussions online which in turn has, in my mind, made it completely useless as a venue for discussing web development issues.
A decentralized blogging…thing…platform…service?
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
While I was struggling get some react and an API to cooperate other people were landing a probe on an asteroid.
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.
One of the key components to good technical communication is the right amount of context.
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.
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.
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.
A CSS tech-talk liveblog,
CSS tries to avoid data loss.
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
Leading to ⤵️
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! 🏴☠️
Shout out to the best from the collection, Jacquotte Delahaye’s “Back From the Dead Red” flag
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.
“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.”
This article does a bonkers good job laying out how quickly and how much China’s urban and suburban areas are growing.
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.
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.
RIP. Expecting more news of this sort in the coming years is terrifying, but also, hopefully, key to catalyzing change.
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…
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.
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.”
I like bookmarklets. I like that these are bookmarklets made by Mark. See also Mark’s Learn2JS.
This is an app that I have not tried, but that looks groovy if you are into creating pixel art.
Reminding us that it is important to remember that the medium is the message…especially when the message relies on a medium for transference.
Leave your ORM at the door. SQL fo’ lyfe!
RIP. You were the best robot adventurer. You will be missed.
I read this. It caused me to panic. Living in blissful ignorance and being busy with work and not having the money to actually really stockpile anything of usefulness is what keeps me from being a full on doomsday hoarder.
But responding to the possibility of the worst, by pursuing mere survival, seems a bit limited — even to the point of being paradoxical. Survival is conservative by nature: however bad the world might be, my best chances of surviving in it are by learning and respecting its rules. My best hopes at riding out any given disaster are if things, as far as possible, continue to follow laws and norms I already understand. And yet, the possibility of disaster is inherent to the world as it presently exists, as long as the world remains the same, that possibility will be there. In a way, then, the best thing to do would be to throw caution to the wind, to forget [mere] survival and embrace — as far as possible — radical change. Only then might we achieve a world in which we are genuinely safe, without ever needing to rely on mere survivalism again.
Nora Ephron on blogging.
…one of the most delicious things about the profoundly parasitical world of blogs is that you don’t have to have anything much to say. Or you just have to have a little tiny thing to say. You just might want to say hello. I’m here. And by the way. On the other hand. Nevertheless. Did you see this? Whatever. A blog is sort of like an exhale.
Of all forms of literature, however, the essay is the one which least calls for the use of long words. The principle which controls it is simply that it should give pleasure; the desire which impels us when we take it from the shelf is simply to receive pleasure. Everything in an essay must be subdued to that end. It should lay us under a spell with its first word, and we should only wake, refreshed, with its last.
An E Ink typewriter.
I had no idea that wombats were so beloved by the Pre-Raphaelites!?
TYPE DESIGN, TYPOGRAPHY, TYPEFACES AND FONTS: An encyclopedic treatment of type design, typefaces and fonts. This site is also known as on snot and fonts.
Need I say more than this title?
All (by which I mean most) of the websites I maintain for work now run a-okay under IE 11! 🕺
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