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A view source web (viewsource.info)


Piping at a subway station in Tokyo (migurski.tumblr.com)


Heat Death of the Internet

Enumerating all the ways the internet currently sucks. Example:

You buy a microwave and receive ads for microwaves. You buy a mattress and receive ads for mattresses.

No one wants this.

The article does end on a positive note:

You read the Wikipedia entry and there is a lot of useful information supplied by a community. One of the sources cited is a non-fiction book. You go to your local library’s website and although they don’t have the exact book, they do have others by the same author. You place a hold on two of them, then go get your shoes on.

/via Chris Glass


Illustrations by Ben Pearce, more on his site and Instagram.


How a Connecticut middle school won the battle against cellphones (🎁 link)

Gabe Silver, another eighth-grader, echoed that sentiment. When the pouches first arrived, “everyone was miserable and no one was talking to each other,” he said. Now he can hear the difference at lunch and in the hallways. It’s louder. Students are chatting more “face to face, in person,” Gabe said. “And that’s a crucial part of growing up.”

I know there has been pushback against The Anxious Generation’s use of research, but I tend to agree with Zoë Schiffer from Platformer. Too much phone time (for kids or adults) just feels bad:

At the same time, we shouldn’t set aside the lived experiences of so many everyday smartphone users. For many of us, constant connectivity feels bad, and doomscrolling can heighten feelings of anxiety and depression. Meanwhile, getting outside and spending time with loved ones face to face can be the antidote to despair. I’m sympathetic to researchers who call attention to that dynamic, even if disputes remain about which claims are grounded in unassailable evidence.


Brutalist churches (dezeen.com)


Music for Programming is nice. Reminds me of the old Left as Rain. 🤞 for the return of music blogs.


Is the kottke.org comment section the best community on the web? I’m not a member yet, but I have been a lurker and it seems like a great place to hang out digitally.


Seven Minute Demos:

People do demos of something they’ve built, or give a lightning talk on whatever topic they like. The demo/talk just has be less than 7 minutes long. There’s no minimum time limit. People can talk for 1 minute, 3 minutes, or take the whole 7. The time limit also lowers the barrier to entry and makes it less intimidating for people to sign up and speak.

Yeah, 7 minutes feels about right!


The navigation for issue 3 of the HTML Review is too fun! Oh yeah, good links as well.