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2021 w02

Trump’s Twitter and Facebook ban is already working. One stat shows it.
Election misinformation is down since Trump was deplatformed.
Best Alternatives to Gmail for Personal and Business Use
Check out the best alternatives to Gmail in 2021 that are privacy-oriented and reliable. Learn about pros and cons of each Gmail alternative solution.
The great bicycle boom of 2020
Throughout lockdown, rusty bikes were dusted off in garages around the world and sales of new bikes surged. The question is now: can it last?
Signal outage is keeping messages from sending
The app experienced an influx of new users in the last week
'Rent-a-person who does nothing' in Tokyo receives endless requests, gratitude
"I'm glad I was able to take a walk with someone while keeping a comfortable distance, where we didn't have to talk but could if we wanted to," one user wrote.
What covering heavy metal taught me about spotting Nazis
Decoding the hate symbols seen at the Capitol insurrection
From Viking hammers to flags of fictional countries, many rioters shared an inside visual handshake to acknowledge their white nationalist identity. Here’s where it came from.
TikTok Sea Shanties Are The New Viral Trend
Are You A Middle-Aged Millennial? Take Our Quiz & Find Out!
It is my great sorrow to inform you that you are now on the young side of old.
Metal Alone Cannot Unite Us
The misguided rush for commonality in the face of tragedy.
A Complete Guide to CSS Functions
Like any other programming language, CSS has functions. They can be inserted where you’d place a value, or in some cases, accompanying another value declaration.
What I've Learned in 45 Years in the Software Industry
Despite all this change, many principles that have helped me throughout my career haven’t changed and continue to be relevant.
Maximally optimizing image loading for the web in 2021
In this post I'll outline 8 image loading optimization techniques to minimize both the bandwidth used for loading images on the web and the CPU usage for image display.
Automate running Lighthouse for every commit, viewing the changes, and preventing regressions

2021 w01

Onze monarchie is een overgangsvorm terug naar de republiek
Koning: De populariteit van de monarchie is op een dieptepunt. Niet erg, zegt Nelleke Noordervliet, het is toch al een anachronisme.
Inside the Capitol siege
How barricaded lawmakers and aides sounded urgent pleas for help as police lost control
How to Use ARIA Effectively with HTML5
ARIA can help make your website more accessible to people with disabilities such as hearing or visual impairment. Let’s see how we, as developers, can make life easier for them.
Opinion | Are You Sure You Want to Go Back to the Office?
The future of work is flexibility.
How not to go back to normal
The pandemic exposed long-existing cracks in our global society – we should use the lessons of last year and our collective anger to start afresh, writes Diyora Shadijanova.
DALL·E: Creating Images from Text
We’ve trained a neural network called DALL·E that creates images from text captions for a wide range of concepts expressible in natural language.
Metal community react to Alexi Laiho’s death
The news on Laiho’s passing was revealed earlier this morning as he died in his home in Helsinki, Finland last week after suffering from long-term health issues during his last years. He was 41-years-old.

2020 w53

From a 1550s Pandemic, a Choral Work Still Casts Its Spell
We know remarkably little about John Sheppard and his “Media vita.” But it has become a cult favorite of early music.
"He's Radioactive": Inside Johnny Depp's Self-Made Implosion
Dante's Peek
How much did medieval Europeans understand about the origin and relation of their languages?
The Year That Was and Wasn’t
We asked some of our favorite journalists, writers, and thinkers: What were the most important events of 2020, and what were the least?
Lamb Of God interview: “The system is broken. It doesn’t work”
Lamb Of God are about to return with a brand new album. And they’re still fighting for a better world, one scream at a time
Internet-Batman Victor Gevers: 'Wakker worden met een inbox vol dankjewels is verslavend'
9 Wins for Gender Equality in 2020 Worth Celebrating
Here's a list of 2020 gender equality wins for leadership, education, economic empowerment, and more from around the world.
How Did Madagascar Become the World's Biggest Producer of Vanilla?
A tale of a botanical mystery, colonialism, and savvy marketing.
Best Metal Albums 2020
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Zo raakte Nederland achterop bij het vaccineren | De Volkskrant
‘Zorgvuldigheid’. Dat is het argument van Hugo de Jonge waarom Nederland pas weken later dan Duitsland begint met vaccineren. Een reconstructie van..

2020 w52

The real love interest in Netflix’s Operation Christmas Drop is the US military
What to know before watching the Guam-set Operation Christmas Drop — from a local’s perspective.
Inspiring Tiny Teacup Gardens Are Great For Home Decor
Teacup gardens may be the cutest way to bring a little bit of outside into your home. These tiny succulents in teacups are great piece of home décor.
Chris Ferdinandi: The Lean Web
The web in 2020 is a bloated and over-engineered mess! Many modern web development “best practices” are making the web worse. This thought-provoking talk shares ideas on how to fix the problem as it explores an alternate set of best practices.
Running Lighthouse in GitHub Actions
In this post I’ll discuss how to automate Lighthouse audits in your GitHub repository and some of the things to consider to use it efficiently.

2020 w51

The meaning behind the fashion in The Queen’s Gambit
Here, the show’s costume designer Gabriele Binder reveals the secret messages behind Beth Harmon’s best looks
How fashion is fighting facial recognition technology
Concerned about the rise of facial-recognition technology, some designers are creating fashion for a somewhat counterintuitive purpose: not to get noticed, at least by the cameras.
Make it Personal
Over the course of the year, many of you have launched or relaunched your website. It indeed feels like the personal website is experiencing a little revival.
Early humans may have survived the harsh winters by hibernating
Seasonal damage in bone fossils in Spain suggest Neanderthals and their predecessors followed the same strategy as cave bears
U.K. Imposes Harsher Lockdown on London, Citing New Version of Virus
The variant is up to 70 percent more transmissible than earlier versions, officials said. People in southeast England, including London, were told to stay at home.
De Britse corona-mutant: zorgwekkend, of valt het wel mee?
Een variant van het coronavirus die 70 procent besmettelijker lijkt dan het ‘gewone’ virus, is opgedoken in Nederland.
Ella Kissi-Debrah: how a mother’s fight for justice may help prevent other air pollution deaths
Landmark ruling that toxic fumes killed nine-year-old Londoner follows long campaign for truth
Privacy matters even if "you have nothing to hide"
The question about privacy is not about hiding, it is about sharing. It is not that I have nothing to hide, I just do not have anything I want to share, especially unknowingly.
Slack Is the Right Tool for the Wrong Way to Work | The New Yorker
Slack is both absolutely necessary and absolutely aggravating; we rely on it, but we also can’t stand it.
100 design lessons for 2021
From design tools, to our design process, to the user behaviors that will change the way we design — a list of what to expect for User Experience (UX) Design in the next year.
The Beginner's Guide to Intermittent Fasting
Considering intermittent fasting or a fasting diet? Learn the benefits of intermittent fasting and the intermittent fasting schedule I use.
Can developer productivity be measured?
Defining and measuring programmer productivity is one of the most difficult parts of an engineering manager or CTO’s job description. When everything you do is intangible, how should you measure it? Can it be measured at all?
Goodreads plans to retire API access, disables existing API keys
The sad thing is it really only hurts the hobbyist projects and Goodreads users themselves.