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Status as a Service - Eugene Wei

A very interesting article by @eugenewei about social capital and how social networks tap into our need to compete and feel somewhat better than the rest.

We are now in late-stage performative Twitter, where nearly every tweet is hungry as hell for favorites and retweets, and everyone is a trained pundit or comedian. It's hot takes and cool proverbs all the way down. The harmless status update Twitter was a less thirsty scene but also not much of a business (…)
a social network should continue to prioritize distribution for the best content, whatever the definition of ...

Can “Indie” Social Media Save Us? – Cal Newport, The New Yorker

A nice article about the IndieWeb, published on a paywalled site ("you have three articles left this month") 🤷🏼‍♂️. I find it a bit too focussed on servers and social media platforms, but with the right angle about 'engineered adictiveness'.


(…) a loose collective of developers and techno-utopians that calls itself the IndieWeb has been creating another alternative. The movement’s affiliates are developing their own social-media platforms, which they say will preserve what’s good about social media while jettisoning what’s bad. They hope to rebuild social media according to principles that are less corporate and more humane.

This is the end of the web as we know it

… and I don't feel fine.

die anstehende beschlossene Urheberrechtsreform der EU; die geplante "EU-Verordnung zur Verhinderung der Verbreitung terroristischer Online-Inhalte", und mal ein paar Newsmeldungen der letzten Tage:

Official EU Agencies Falsely Report More Than 550 Archive.org URLs as Terrorist Content:

Thus, we are left to ask – how can the proposed legislation realistically be said to honor freedom of speech if these are the types of reports that are currently coming from EU law enforcement and designated governmental reporting entities? It is not possible for us to process these reports using human review within a very limited ...

RIP Dick Dale

Dick Dale Autogramkarte ohne Autogram, an einem Fender Showman Amp
Dick Dale, known as “King of The Surf Guitar,” has passed away

Lemmy von Motörhead und Dick Dale: Es gibt niemanden, der kompromissloser "Musik" gelebt hat, als diese beiden.

Ich habe Dick Dale zwei mal live erleben dürfen, 1997 in seiner Heimatstadt Boston, wo zum Schluss des Gigs noch seine Klassenlehrerin auf die Bühne eingeladen wurde, und vor ein paar Jahren in der Räucherkammer im Schlachthof Wiesbaden, wo ich nach dem Konzert zu scheu war, ihn um ein Autogram zu bitten und deshalb ...

WordPress 5.1.1 Security + Maintenance Release

Heute Nacht ist ein neues Update für WordPress 5 und ältere Versionen erschienen:

(…) With a maliciously crafted comment, a WordPress post was vulnerable to cross-site scripting. (…) WordPress versions 5.1 and earlier are affected by these bugs, which are fixed in version 5.1.1. Updated versions of WordPress 5.0 and earlier are also available for any users who have not yet updated to 5.1.

Wie immer bei Security-Gedöns: Aktualisieren, los, jetzt.

Fighting uphill - Eric Bailey

Digital accessibility is a niche practice. That’s not a value judgement, it’s just the way things are. Again, it’s hard to fault someone for creating an inaccessible experience if they simply haven’t learned the concept exists.
And yet, seventy percent of websites are non-compliant. It’s a shocking statistic. What if I told you that seventy percent of all bridges were structurally unsound?
Some engineers who work with physical materials have a reminder of the gravity of the decisions they make. They wear iron rings to remind them that they have an obligation to the public good, and that actual lives ...

The practical value of semantic HTML – Bruce Lawson

When Sir Bruce speaks up, you'd better listen. That's the law, son.

(…) If the importance of good HTML isn’t well-understood by the newer breed of JavaScript developers, then it’s my job as a DOWF (Dull Old Web Fart) to explain what it means, and why it’s important.
Gather round, Fullstack JavaScript Developers – together we’ll make your apps more usable, and my blood pressure lower.brucelawson .co.uk

No, really, please read this. I might be biased, I might be a DOWF too, but there's a reason that people who have been accompanying "the web" since the early days keep ...

WordPress 5.0.1 Security Update

WordPress Logo an die VW-Fabrik gephotoshopped

This is a security release for all versions since WordPress 3.7. We strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.wordpress.org

If you are reluctant to update to the WP 5 release due to the new editor, find the updated versions of all older releases here (look for the Dec 13th releases): WordPress Releases.

Warming Stripes - Germany

Annual temperatures in Germany from 1881-2017. The colour scale goes from 6.6°C (dark blue) to 10.3°C (dark red).

This set of visualisations highlight how we have witnessed temperatures change across the globe over the past century or more. The colour of each stripe represents the temperature of a single year, ordered from the earliest available data at each location to now. All other superfluous information is removed so that the changes in temperature are seen simply and undeniably.climate-lab-book.ac.uk