Week 202002

Saving the World’s Dying and Disappearing Languages
Every two weeks a language dies. Wikitongues wants to save them.
How the CIA toppled Iranian democracy
The US wanted to ‘manage’ Iran in the Cold War.
Disposable batteries are becoming more common and I hate it
He spent the entire week telling everyone he’s doing the best he can with what he’s got, but his retail strategy tells a whole different story.
From womb batteries to radium
horrific health crazes throughout history
Rush Drummer Neil Peart Dead at 67 – Rolling Stone
Hall of Fame drummer and lyricist succumbs to brain cancer
The NSW bushfires are different. Climate change is the culprit
If anyone tells you, "This is part of a normal cycle" or "We’ve had fires like this before", smile politely and walk away, because they don’t know what they’re talking about.
The Deep Sea
What a Year of Learning and Teaching Accessibility Taught Me
It’s 2019 and I Still Make Websites with my Bare Hands

Week 202001

Why isn’t Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who the lead character in her own damn show?
Syd Mead Dead
‘Star Trek’ & ‘Blade Runner’ Visual Futurist Dies at 86
Facebook and Google’s pervasive surveillance of billions of people is a systemic threat to human rights
There needs to be a radical transformation of Facebook and Google’s surveillance business model as it poses a systemic threat to human rights,
Firefox’s fight for the future of the web
With Google’s Chrome dominating the market, not-for-profit rival Mozilla is staking a comeback on its dedication to privacy
The Bewildering and Sexist History of Women’s Pockets
People Have A Fundamental Right To Be Protected From Climate Change, A Landmark Court Ruling Says
The Dutch Supreme Court’s decision could have huge repercussions for how other countries tackle rising emissions.
Climate change is a remorseless threat to the world’s coasts
The world is not ready for the sea levels it will face

Week 201951

Site.js
Develop, test, and deploy your secure static or dynamic personal web site with zero configuration.
The Terror Queue
These moderators help keep Google and YouTube free of violent extremism — and now some of them have PTSD
This is How a Society Dies
America and Britain are Textbook Examples of a New, Gruesome Phenomeon: Rich Nations Self-Destructing Into Poor Failed States
6 Extremely Depressing Climate Records We Broke This Decade
The climate crisis is already here — and it’s only getting worse.
Fietsers, bedankt!
Als er in Nederland net zo weinig mensen zouden fietsen als in een gemiddeld buitenland, dan zou de extreme drukte van een slechtweerdag de regel zijn, niet de uitzondering.
‘It’s pretty staggering’
Returned online purchases often sent to landfill, journalist’s research reveals
Baby Yoda Is Your God Now
Zo verwijder je de bestrijdingsmiddelen van je groenten en fruit
Taking Sex Differences in Personality Seriously
New approaches are shedding light on the magnitude of sex differences in personality and the results are so strong and pervasive that they can no longer be ignored.
Leonardo
Generate colors based on a desired contrast ratio.

Week 201950

How Reese Witherspoon Took Charge of Her Career and Changed Hollywood | Hollywood Reporter
“One even said to me, ‘We have a movie with a woman at the center of it, but we’re not going to make two this year,’ ” she says, “without any embarrassment.”
Groundbreaking South Carolina Bill
Compensate People for Forcing Them to Give Birth
How Silicon Valley Broke the Economy | The Nation
See how climate change has impacted the world since your childhood
“The most concerning thing to emphasise is it’s not over, we are not even into summer yet.”
Components AI
A new way to explore generative design systems
“Link In Bio” is a slow knife
It’s a pithy phrase, usually found on Instagram, which directs an audience to be aware that a pertinent web link can be found on that user’s profile. Its presence is so subtle, and so pervasive, that we barely even noticed it was an attempt to kill the web.
noUiSlider – JavaScript Range Slider
How I Get By: A Week in the Life of a McDonald’s Cashier – VICE
Cierra Brown is trying to do all she can on her own, but it rarely feels like she’s doing enough.
Finding the Right Color Palettes for Data Visualizations
Make a smooth shadow, friend.
I’m Honestly Fed Up With All The Bad News, So I Illustrated 50 Of The Best Ones From 2019 | Bored Panda
We are often bombarded with fear-mongering and shocking headlines that make us feel that the world is falling apart. However, while it’s important to report on problems and issues, I believe there is so much good in this world that it needs to be found and promoted just as widely.

Week 201949

Not Exactly the Orient Express, But Europe’s Sleepers Are Back
How tech’s richest plan to save themselves after the apocalypse | Silicon Valley | The Guardian
Silicon Valley’s elite are hatching plans to escape disaster – and when it comes, they’ll leave the rest of us behind
Woman Wearing ‘Hail Satan’ Shirt Ordered to Get Off Plane
How to fight back against Google AMP as a web user and a web developer
Don’t Buy Anyone a Ring Camera
It’s under Congressional scrutiny for poor data security and problematic privacy practices. It’s been engaged in dubious secret partnerships with police departments who can gain access to private home security camera feeds.
When Things Go Wrong for Blind Users on Facebook, They Go Really Wrong
Blind Facebook users are frustrated with screen-reader bugs. Former employees say Facebook isn’t doing enough.
Watch Tom Araya Bid Emotional Goodbye To Fans At Last Ever Slayer Concert – Blabbermouth.net

Week 201948

Opinion | I Invented the World Wide Web. Here’s How We Can Fix It.
I wanted the web to serve humanity. It’s not too late to live up to that promise.
MPH.tv
Jouw subcultuur in beeld.
Ask HN: Quitting Big Tech, what is it like?
I walked ‘like a man’ for a week, and here’s what I realized.
What happened was that women got out of the way. [..] What happened was that men ran into me.
Design Over People?
New Fine Arts Library Critiqued for See-Through, Grated Floors
Fit on a Floppy
Webpages are getting bigger and bigger. The internet is getting faster and faster but not everywhere at the same pace. A floppy is a physical reminder of filesize.

Week 201947

‘The Anti-Facebook’
Wikipedia co-founder launches ad-free social media platform
Sacha Baron Cohen Uses ADL Speech to Tear Apart Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook
Why office noise bothers some people more than others – BBC Worklife
"It helps to be an extrovert." Thanks.
Preventing Injury
8 Best Hand and Wrist Exercises for Computer Users
“He’s F–king Destroyed This Town”: How Mark Zuckerberg Became the Most Reviled Man in Tech
Any time there’s an inkling of innovation here, any time a new idea comes up, Zuckerberg either buys it and shuts it down, or copies it and shuts it down anyway.
16 weird jobs our ancestors did that no longer exist
The Industrial Revolution did away with many oddball gigs that your great-great-grandparents might have had.
Disney+ and ‘The Mandalorian’ Are Driving People Back to Torrenting
Piracy is back, and with a now-exhausting number of streaming sites, it doesn’t seem like it’s going away soon.
JavaScript isn’t always available and it’s not the user’s fault
When it fails, it’s our job to make sure we don’t exclude users from accessing the products we make by designing resilient interfaces.

Week 201946

Alexa’s Struggle With African Accents
Alexa terrorised my Nigerian mother-in-law by refusing to grant any of her requests until she had asked at least five times, the fifth time in a forced British accent.
There’s an Outbreak of the “Black Death” Plague in China
Doctors have diagnosed patients with the “most serious” form of the plague.
NY regulators investigating Apple Card after viral complaint of sexism | Ars Technica
Customer service reportedly blamed "the algorithm" for discrepancies.
Mozilla Firefox at 15: Can privacy be the killer app?
Mozilla’s browser debuted on November 9, 2004, and became a phenom before losing ground to Chrome. Now it’s doubling down on user privacy and autonomy.

WordPress + Git = VersionPress
‘OK, boomer’: 25-year-old New Zealand politician shuts down heckler – CNN
Stackbit | Build Modern JAMstack Websites in Minutes
Combine any Theme, Site Generator and CMS without complicated integrations