• Bookmark of ongoing by Tim Bray ยท 4,000,000m Lessons

    The odometer on my e-bike clicked over to 4K and, rather than a general-purpose โ€œe-bikes are greatโ€ rave, I thought Iโ€™d assemble a few concrete arguments for them, suitable for re-use with friends and loved ones in the (likely) case that youโ€™re already convinced. With pictures.
    All of his points are spot on. For me it's mostly "it's practical", "infrastructure is human scale", and "it's fun". The "good for the city" and "good for the planet" arguments are just a bonus.
  • Bookmark of Travel photos are underrated

    I snapped many photos while wandering Haifa last week, as I always do whenever I see something new or interesting while exploring a city. I was with my friend Tyler, who conspicuously does not take photos while exploring a new place. I asked him why,...
    This is one reason I made Trips. I wanted a way to re-visit my trips. Having your photos and a map make it so much more enjoyable to remember than a pro photo someone else took.
  • Bookmark of Why did renewables become so cheap so fast?

    Fossil fuels dominate the global power supply because until very recently electricity from fossil fuels was the cheapest. This has changed dramatically. In most places power from new renewables is now cheaper than new fossil fuels.
    Fascinating read.
  • Bookmark of The Revenge of the Hot Waterย Bottle

    Imagine a personal heating system that works indoors as well as outdoors, can be taken anywhere, requires little energy, and is independent of any infrastructure. It exists โ€“ and is hundreds of yearsย old.
    Reminds me I should use my yutanpo more. But truth be told, Sophie always sleeps by me feet, so I already have a Sophie-tanpo.
  • Bookmark of How we changed our roof and cut 1.5 tons of CO2e.

    Since Oct 01, 2021 we have saved 2,300 kwh, equivalent to 720 kg CO2e (assuming a 0.3g of CO2e per Kwh of heating gas). At current trend, we would save 5,200 kwh, equivalent to 1,600 kg CO2e until Apr 15, 2022. To put that number in perspective, a French emits about 9,000 kg of CO2e per year. Not bad for a roof.
    Fascinating how much easier we can cut with upgrades to the house that reduce carbon and improve comfort. Beautiful roof, too.
  • Bookmark of A Recipe to Your Own Home-Coded Personal Website

    The personal web, however, lets you authentically share the stuff you like, and customize your own page to your liking, from the usual header and icon to the background and layout and content!

    It's kind of like a home-made website, like a home-made meal instead of getting it store-bought and ready to consume. There's a sort of joy in getting to manually create the site of your own where you have the freedom to add anything you want onto it, much like a homemade meal has that special touch to it.
    Exactly. More like this please.
  • Bookmark of No Social Media Club

    The first rule of no-social-media-club is that you shut your yap about no-social media club.

    For years Iโ€™ve wondered why 99% of articles about quitting social media are written by people who havenโ€™t quit social media. Sure, they โ€œquitโ€ for a week, a month, or in rare cases, a year.
    This post rings too true.
  • Bookmark of Can Matt Mullenweg save the internet?

    He's turning Automattic into a different kind of tech giant. But can he take on the trillion-dollar walled gardens and give the internet back to the people?
    While I agree with Matt that decentralization and individual ownership are central to a Web3, the crypto/blockchain aspect of it is a technological farce.

    Following the principles of IndieWeb on your own domain will allow you, today, to own all of your data and to interact with other people absent of any intermediary service and without melting the arctic.

    A major motivator for building Tanzawa was individual ownership. It's not enough to have your data, but have it stuck in a in serialzied blob in a Wordpress plugin data column somewhere. It's too difficult and cumbersome to reuse. It must be in a proper relational schema. So far the fruits of my indieweb journey have allowed me to not only own my data, but to actually use it toย  build upon it. Both trips and maps wouldn't have been possible without Tanzawa.
  • Bookmark of Old Mac Software Archive - Macintosh Repository

    A platinum sanctuary for old software of the classic Mac OS era. Rediscover Mac treasures of the past!
    The first time I used a Mac was in the OS 8/9 days in a web design class in high school (we built our high school's homepage). Once I got used to the Mac, I loved it.ย 

    While I didn't get to join the ranks of Mac users until 10.1 / 10.2 with my 300MHz iBook G3, the look of Classic macOS never went out of style, at least in my eyes. Love this whole repository and that it's styled with Classic Mac icons is even better.
  • Bookmark of Digital esthetics, environmental change and the subcultures of computer art

    For decades, the development of information technology has been characterized by a very strong growth orientation, which is now coming to an end with the fading of Moore's Law and environmental change. Academic research in computing has only recently begun to wake up to the fact that there are limits to growth, and that a more fundamental paradigm shift is required to achieve sustainable computing; mere technical tinkering is not enough.

    Growth-centricity has also dictated the development of digital esthetics, which will thus need to change as well. I suggest that the guidelines for this change should be sought in subcultures of computer art whose esthetic ideals are very different from the mainstream Maximalism and Virtualism โ€“ the self-serving glorification of the big and plentiful and the hiding of the technical basis of things. I have chosen demo art, chip music, pixel graphics and glitch art as examples of these subcultures. The ideals of "digitality" are also being challenged by post-digitality, so I will also look at these subcultures through this concept.

    I will conclude with reflections on the possible impacts of environmental change on digital esthetics and computing more generally, and on the ways in which computer art subcultures could play a pioneering role in these developments.
    I haven't actually read all of this, but from what I have I'm completely on board. Mostly a reminder for myself to finish reading this.
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