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Open UI
interesting attempt to catalogue common UI components across the web (including vars affecting behavior etc)
webdev  webdesign  code  reference  ui  ux  styleguide  opensource 
Urbit is for Communities - Urbit
The incentives in the current structure are totally misaligned. Let’s walk through them:

I want to keep my data forever, but most companies are beholden to growth. If they can’t produce that growth and die, my data either disappears or becomes unusable without their software. I don’t want my data to be sold or for anyone to spy on me, but ad-funded companies have to engage in these practices to stay alive. I don’t want a piece of software to go away if a company dies, but apps and services require maintenance that’s complicated and expensive to do. Without the company around, their software is useless.
p2p  hosting  communication  opensource  software  commentary  tools  internet 
7 days ago
Margin considered harmful
w/r/t components

shoutout to Seek's 'Braid' component library, looks nice (flexbox for all things ish)
webdesign  react  css  organization  code  javascript  flexbox  commentary  optimization  styleguide  management 
7 days ago | Home
remote screen sharing (& pair programming) from the creator of Screenhero (acquired by Slack)
remote  work  communication  tools  freelance  software 
7 days ago
How Do You Know If You’re Living Through the Death of an Empire? – Mother Jones
“The disaster—a major crisis of political legitimacy, a coronavirus pandemic, a climate catastrophe—doesn’t so much break the system as show just how broken the system already was.”
america  capitalism  politics  commentary  scifi  sustainable  antipattern  society  anthropology  history 
11 days ago
Do Economists Actually Know What Wealth Is? | Current Affairs
“Of course, in reality, you have extracted a person’s entire wealth from them by threatening to let them die, and callously refused to engage in the most basic of moral human behaviors unless you get paid for it. You have acted like a total sociopath. (Or, in other words, like an economist.)”
politics  economy  finance  money  commentary  capitalism 
12 days ago
IFOST Blog: How I teach classes remotely
good stuff for general remote work sprinkled in, like
remote  work  tools  software  list  links  video  communication 
14 days ago
COVID-19 & Freelance Artists
big list of resources, many pandemic-centric
freelance  work  money  race  resources  links  art  design 
16 days ago
Governments must act to stop the coronavirus – but we can't return to business as usual | openDemocracy
Via tweet “This is pretty striking. Coronavirus countermeasures in China thought to have saved 50,000 lives by resulting reduction in air pollution vs 3,100 lives lost to the virus itself so far. The world's complexity really makes my head hurt.”
climate  sustainable  progress  datavis  commentary 
17 days ago
The Twin Insurgency - The American Interest
perfect encapsulation of the zeitgeist, with first few paragraphs reminiscent of a (dispassionate) description of cyberpunk overtures
america  politics  capitalism  scifi  business 
20 days ago
What is Meshtastic? | Meshtastic
An opensource hiking, pilot, skiing, Signal-App-extending GPS mesh communicator
backpacking  Outdoors  tools  communication  opensource 
21 days ago
Two Steps Forward, One Step Back | Jxnblk
dude behind Basscss & Tachyons lays out some hindsight and changes his tune

“While CSS-in-JS libraries help with a lot of issues, some of the key benefits to libraries like Basscss and Tachyons got lost in the mix. Instead of using design constraints to define styles, developers are left with open-ended tools that tend to encourage one-off styles. The learning curve was reduced, but developers were left with more choices to make.”

styled-system, theme-ui, rebass, styled-components, etc
webdev  css  code  commentary  reference  javascript  ui  productivity  organization  architecture  react 
25 days ago
Opinion | Where Might Trumpism Take Us? - The New York Times
“...An entire region of the country was once governed by an actual authoritarian regime. That regime was Jim Crow, a system defined by a one-party rule and violent repression of racial minorities.... Look beyond America’s borders for possible authoritarian futures and you might miss important points of continuity with our own past. Which is to say that if authoritarian government is in our future, there’s no reason to think it won’t look like something we’ve already built, versus something we’ve imported.”
america  history  politics  race  commentary  equality 
25 days ago
The Bezos Earth Fund Indicates a National Failing - The Atlantic
“In a healthy democracy, the world’s richest man wouldn’t be able to painlessly make a $10 billion donation. His fortune would be mitigated by the tax collector; antitrust laws would constrain the growth of his business. Instead of relying on a tycoon to bankroll the national response to an existential crisis, there would be a national response.

But in an age of political dysfunction, Bezos has begun to subsume the powers of the state. Where the government once funded the ambitious exploration of space, Bezos is leading that project, spending a billion dollars each year to build rockets and rovers. His company, Amazon, is spearheading an experimental effort to fix American health care; it will also spend $700 million to retrain workers in the shadow of automation and displacement. Meanwhile, swaths of the federal government have contracted with Amazon to keep data on the company’s servers. Bezos is providing the vital infrastructure of state.”
america  politics  capitalism  antipattern  progress  climate  sustainable  commentary 
25 days ago
Randomness and color
nice exploration of generated/random color palettes
generative  color  art  design  webdesign  inspiration  reference  code 
26 days ago - CLUI: Building a Graphical Command Line
fantastic speculation on mixing some GUI bits into command line UI to make learning curve (or general discoverability) better
cli  ui  ux  commentary  inspiration  software  webdesign  tools 
26 days ago
svelte musings
from twit-mattdesl, author of other great sketch scaffolding
code  javascript  webdev  svelte  generative  art  reference 
26 days ago
Leaving Conservatism Behind | Dissent Magazine
“...all the fantasies and political and economic pieties we nurture about America: our belief in our capacity for self-invention and our trust that nearly limitless rewards could be gained through toil and travail. Suffering was ultimately the result of bad choices. You were, in the most profound sense, on your own.”
america  politics  commentary  history  capitalism  culture  socialism 
28 days ago
Dank Mono
solid monospace code typeface ...but $50, shit
fonts  programming  code 
4 weeks ago
None of the world’s top industries would be profitable if they paid for the natural capital they use | Grist
“As Paul Hawken likes to put it, we are stealing the future, selling it in the present, and calling it GDP.”
politics  economy  business  sustainable  climate  Outdoors  progress  socialism  antipattern  capitalism 
4 weeks ago
Three Cheers for Socialism | Commonweal Magazine
Americans are, of course, the most thoroughly and passively indoctrinated people on earth. They know next to nothing as a rule about their own history, or the histories of other nations, or the histories of the various social movements that have risen and fallen in the past, and they certainly know little or nothing of the complexities and contradictions comprised within words like “socialism” and “capitalism.” Chiefly, what they have been trained not to know or even suspect is that, in many ways, they enjoy far fewer freedoms, and suffer under a more intrusive centralized state, than do the citizens of countries with more vigorous social-democratic institutions. This is at once the most comic and most tragic aspect of the excitable alarm that talk of social democracy or democratic socialism can elicit on these shores. An enormous number of Americans have been persuaded to believe that they are freer in the abstract than, say, Germans or Danes precisely because they possess far fewer freedoms in the concrete. They are far more vulnerable to medical and financial crisis, far more likely to receive inadequate health coverage, far more prone to irreparable insolvency, far more unprotected against predatory creditors, far more subject to income inequality, and so forth, while effectively paying more in tax (when one figures in federal, state, local, and sales taxes, and then compounds those by all the expenditures that in this country, as almost nowhere else, their taxes do not cover).
america  politics  society  culture  socialism  progress  history  commentary 
4 weeks ago
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