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Breaking Out Of The Tetris Mindset - Christian Heilmann @ Beyond Tellerrand Conference, Düsseldorf 2017

The Beyond Tellerrand Conference keynote by Christian Heilmann resonates with me, much.

I'd never thought being seen as a 'conservative blocker on the right', but obviously, when it comes to the foundational layers of building stuff for the web, I find myself more on the right side of Chris' block chain (although the 'square' would describe my attitude best).

Tetronimos by Christian Heilmann

Again, this talk is very much worth your time, and don't forget to read the corresponding blog post, which goes deeper into the topic.

(…) There’s been a meme going around for a while that summarises this feeling quite well. It is about the game Tetris:
“If Tetris has taught me anything, it’s that errors pile up and accomplishments disappear”
There is some truth to that. We worked for almost two decades on the web and the current state of it isn’t too encouraging. The average web site is too big to consume on mobile devices and too annoying to do so on laptops. We limit things too much on mobile. We cram a proverbial kitchen sink of features, code and intrusive advertising into our desktop solutions.
Let’s see what’s going on there and how we can shift ourselves away from this Tetris mindset. (…)

And if you don't have time, and need one take-away from this, here it is:

You don’t owe the world perfection, but you have a voice that should be heard and your input matters. Get creative – no creativity is a waste.

The new oil

Anselm just published a response* to NYT's "The Big Five tech companies increasingly dominate our lives. Could you ditch them?" quiz.

His personal results seem to be quite similar to what I'd find out. Ditching Apple for example would be way harder for me as, say, ditching Facebook - which I already try to avoid as much as possible, but as Anselm wrote, with friends using Instagram and Whatsapp constantly, there's no way around touching FB from time ...

RIP Chris Cornell

I'm sitting in the office, teary-eyed and listening to this voice, that meant so much to me.

The Secret Life of Comedy - Espen Brunborg @ Beyond Tellerrand Conference, Düsseldorf 2017

This is my favorite talk from this year’s Dusseldorf edition of my favorite conference. Which was brimming with great talks, and to be fair, this “this is my favorite yaddayadda” is highly personal, and a short survey among attending friends showed that one person’s highlight didn’t impress another one and vice versa. Which is the secret sauce of the ...

WordPress 4.7.5 Security and Maintenance Release

WordPress Logo an die VW-Fabrik gephotoshopped

Ladies and Gentlemen, start your update engines:

WordPress versions 4.7.4 and earlier are affected by six security issues:
Insufficient redirect validation in the HTTP class. Reported by Ronni Skansing.
Improper handling of post meta data values in the XML-RPC API. Reported by Sam Thomas.
Lack of capability checks for post meta data in the XML-RPC API. Reported by Ben Bidner of the WordPress

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Everything is better with double bass drums

– sogar das offenbar unbeliebteste Musikvideo auf youtube (in Deutschland) gewinnt mit etwas Fußmaschinensport

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Ascii Map. Zoomable World Map in your console

Wie geil ist das denn bitte?!

MapSCII - The Whole World In Your Console.
A node.js based Vector Tile to Braille and ASCII renderer for xterm-compatible terminals.
Try it yourself! Open your Terminal and enter => telnet mapscii.me < = (on OSX and Linux, use putty on

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Billy Bragg - Waiting For The Great Leap Forward

Slightly upgraded lyrics. Love it.
<3

WordPress 4.7.4 Maintenance Update

Gestern ist ein Wartungs- und Bugfixupdate von WordPress erschienen.

This release contains 47 maintenance fixes and enhancements, chief among them an incompatibility between the upcoming Chrome version and the visual editor, inconsistencies in media handling, and further improvements to the REST API. For a full list of changes, consult the release notes and the list of changes.wordpress.org

Die Auto-Updates prasseln hier schon bei diversen Installationen rein; wie gewohnt gibt es die neue Version aber auch zum Download auf wordpress.org.

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