• Bookmark of Rediscovering the Small Web - Neustadt.fr

    I was even more excited to learn that the small web exists today just as it did back when I was a kid. It's just less visible.
    Loved this screengrab of Geocities neighborhoods. I love this idea of a collection of sites in a given neighborhood and getting webspace (there’s a term I haven’t used in 20 years).

    Neighborhoods avialable on Geocities in 1998

    It may exist already, but it would be neat to have a modern Indie/Small version of web neighborhoods (naturally still on your own domain/site). Which neighborhood would I settle in?
  • Bookmark of 512KB Club

    The 512KB Club is an exclusive list of web pages weighing less than 512 kilobytes.
    I should add my blog to the 512k club. Confirming I'd quality and noticed I'm loading a gravatar image (likely in my h-card) in 2 different places but not displaying them – I wonder if I can modify that somehow to provide the url but not load a hidden image....
  • Bookmark of Climate action cannot wait for pandemic to end, medical journals warn

    Global warming is already affecting people's health so much that emergency action on climate change cannot be put on hold while the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic, medical journals across the globe warned on Monday. “Health is already being harmed by global temperature increases and the destruction of the…
    Should be common sense that we can’t wait any longer. Hard to believe that heat related among those over 65 is up over 50% in the last 20 years.
  • Bookmark of Treat yourself to the 90s club aesthetics of the Wipeout games

    Virtual clubbing, you say? It’s tough to top Psygnosis’ Wipeout series and its legacy, starting with composer Tim Wright aka CoLD SToRAGE. So let’s queue up a mix.
    Great mix.
  • Bookmark of koaning.io: My New Home Setup

    Better Patterns for Development Work.
    Despite my undying love for my mid-2014, I've been itching for a new computer for the better part of a year. I really like this idea that Vincent has setup working: a beefy Intel NUC PC running Linux to handle Docker etc.. and uses VSCode to develop on it from his Mac.

    I've heard of people doing this before, but they're usually using a terminal for all of their development on a server in the cloud.

    While I'm reluctant to use VSCode (because I'm still not sure I trust Microsoft yet), it appears a similar can also be done with PyCharm. Maybe this is the solution to my building a PC/getting a PC itch.
  • Bookmark of How the Pandemic Now Ends

    Cases of COVID-19 are rising fast. Vaccine uptake has plateaued. The pandemic will be over one day—but the way there is different now.
    Most people will meet the virus eventually; we want to ensure that as many people as possible do so with two doses of vaccine in them, and that everyone else does so over as much time as possible.

    That's what I've been thinking with the latest surge in Japan. I’ll probably get it, but at least I got my shots so my immune system isn’t completely  naive. 
  • Bookmark of Among Giants

    Among Giants is a short documentary about a group of activists who lived in the trees of a Humboldt County redwood forest for four years in order to stop logging in the area.
    4 years. Glad they were successful.
  • Bookmark of Heating Up in Tokyo

    Tokyo’s humid subtropical climate means hot, muggy summers are unavoidable; the U.S. Southeast and northern India fall into the same climate zone. However, there are other underlying factors exacerbating the conditions. Human-caused global warming has contributed to a 1.5°C (2.7°F) increase in temperatures in Tokyo since 1964 and a 2.86°C (5.14°F) increase since 1900.
    Heat Island Effect in Tokyo (from the article)


    Heat Island Effect is an oft forgotten aspect of us covering the land with asphalt and concrete. What always shocks me, even in my suburban Yokohama neighborhood, there's plenty of green, but not much shade. Especially if you're traveling around noon when the sun's directly above.
  • Bookmark of Free is a Lie (2014)

    Privacy is between me and myself. Privacy does not mean between me and Google. Privacy does not mean between me and Facebook...Violating privacy violates the United Nations of Human Rights.
    I don't have a specific quote, but I quite enjoyed this talk from Aral (of Small Tech). The premise of the talk is something that most people are familiar with, free (ala Google/Twitter/FB) silos aren't free, but you pay with your privacy. ( This blog respects your privacy and doesn't track you).

    But what really made me think was the chart quadrant chart comparing Open Systems and Closed Systems on Features and Experience. In the upper left Closed / Features you have the leader: Microsoft. Next to that is Closed / Experience, where Apple and Google lead.

    What's in the bottom half where open systems preside? Open source can compete with features, but they often can't compete on experience. Most people care about experience more than they care about features. An entire quadrant of the chart has no competition from open systems!

    And since there's no competition in from open systems on the experience front, the system is going to arch closed. In order to have an open future, open systems must compete not only on features, but also on experience as well. 

    Competing on experience is increasingly difficult as more systems have some kind of hosted server component. I think about this in regards to Tanzawa on a regular basis, but I haven't figured out a model that I think would work.
  • Bookmark of Frugal computing: On the need for low-carbon and sustainable computing and the path towards zero-carbon computing

    On the need for low-carbon and sustainable computing and the path towards zero-carbon computing.
    Computing and infrastructure currently use around 11% of the world's electricity and is projected to grow 3 - 4 times over the next 20 years. As makers of software (and hardware) we've got to find a way to extend the lifespan of devices for as long as possible.

    Taking into account the carbon cost of both operation and production, computing would be responsible for 10 GtCO₂e by 2040, almost half of the acceptable CO₂ emissions budget

    The report about the cost of planned obsolescence by the European Environmental Bureau [7] makes the scale of the problem very clear. For laptops and similar computers, manufacturing, distribution and disposal account for 52% of their Global Warming Potential (i.e. the amount of CO₂-equivalent emissions caused). For mobile phones, this is 72%. The report calculates that the lifetime of these devices should be at least 25 years to limit their Global Warming Potential.

    25-years on the same mobile phone. I can't even imagine. I'd love it if that were possible in today's world. Maybe if it was a "dumb" phone. But even then wireless network's lifespans aren't even that long these days. 

    I used my iPhone 6S+ for around 4 years until a pin broke on it and I could no longer charge it. "Repairing" it (my first option) would have meant getting a new iPhone 6S+ for half the cost of a brand new iPhone XR. I hope I can keep my phone for at least as long as I've had my current computer (7 - 8 years).
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