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Week van 22.01.2023

Web resilience is about users – not a shortcut for developers
Front-end is so much more than building designs
The Case for Abolishing Elections
They may seem the cornerstone of democracy, but in reality they do little to promote it. There's a far better way to empower ordinary citizens: democracy by lottery.
Back to the future: how Mastodon is restoring the lost art of online conversation
The new social network with its interconnected ‘fediverse’ is a welcome alternative to blustering rival Twitter and Elon Musk
A Marxist View of Tolkien’s Middle Earth
J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantasy world is a medieval utopia with poverty and oppression airbrushed out of the picture. But Tolkien’s work also contains a romantic critique of industrial capitalism that is an important part of its vast popular appeal.
Wikipedia Gets a Fresh New Look
First Desktop Update in a Decade Puts Usability at the Forefront
A look back at trends from the 1973 IKEA catalogue
Juliane Koepcke: A Plane Crash and 11 Days in the Jungle

Week van 15.01.2023

Twitter Intentionally Ends Third-Party App Developer Access to Its APIs
Don’t Ban ChatGPT in Schools. Teach With It.
OpenAI’s new chatbot is raising fears of cheating on homework, but its potential as an educational tool outweighs its risks.
Study: Exxon Mobil accurately predicted warming since 1970s
Sendmentions and Commentions
webmention plugins for Kirby 3
The Year of the Personal Website
The year in which we launch our first site or redesign our old one, publish a little more often, and add RSS and Webmentions to our websites so that we can write posts back and forth.
Don’t Equate Story Points to Hours
If someone in your company wants to peg story points to hours, just stop calling them points and use hours or days instead.

Week van 8.01.2023

Pandemic: Are We Safe Now?
'The Color Of Dreams': Museum Releases Photos Of A Vanished World
Stunning color images recently made available by a French museum capture much of the globe as it was transformed by technology and geopolitics 100 years ago.
200+ of the Most Amazing Vegetarian Recipes
This collection of vegetarian recipes contains more than 200 meatless options including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
Riddle solved: Why was Roman concrete so durable?
Researchers have discovered ancient Roman concrete-manufacturing strategies that incorporated self-healing. Applying this knowledge toward modern cement production, they hope to improve the material’s environmental impact.
Robert Plant on His Best Music and Led Zeppelin
“We can do without the mystery and just talk about the crazy things that happened. All’s well that ends well.”

Week van 1.01.2023

Women used to dominate the beer industry – until the witch accusations started pouring in
Today, beer is marketed to men and the industry is run by men. It wasn’t always that way.
Meta is being sued for $2 billion for exacerbating Ethiopia's civil war
This is not the first time the social network has been accused of fanning hateful and violent speech
Jabal: the new wheat scientists say can withstand extreme heat and drought
The variety is a cross between commercial and wild wheats – bred in a bid to develop crops that are more resilient to the climate crisis
12 best ways to get cars out of cities – ranked by new research
A new study finds congestion charging and creating car-free streets and separated bike lanes have been most effective at reducing car use in European cities.
Dame Vivienne Westwood obituary
Fashion designer who from punk origins created an international brand with a dissident edge
Fourteen Discoveries Made About Human Evolution in 2022
Smithsonian paleoanthropologists reveal the year’s most riveting findings about our close relatives and ancestors