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The #Constructivist #Preference:
https://meiert.com/en/blog/20170118/the-constructivist-preference/.

In (all? most?) matters of #opinion, let’s prefer the views that are more constructive.
Post from January 18, 2017, reflecting Jens the Philosopher. When we are presented with conflicting beliefs and ideas, which ones are we to support or assume? That question, in our age of scientism, is usually answered with “those that are true,” or “those that are more realistic,” irrespective of how ...
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“In #life, we have to juggle five balls. Family, friends, hobbies, religion, and work. It’s a struggle to keep all five balls up in the air at the same time. And sometimes something might come up and you’ll accidentally drop a ball. But here’s the thing: #work is a rubber ball. It can bounce back. The other four balls are made of glass. If you drop one of them it will crack, or possibly even shatter. So, no. Work is never the most important thing. Never.”

—Mark Messick: Stupid on Purpose, https://goo.gl/qNhgPm (2015).

One perspective. (I read a lot of these shorter e-books, on everything, and this one has been light and pleasant.)
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#Politics and #people.

I believe in #Europe and the idea of a united Europe.

Anyone traveling Europe should be able to see how far we’ve come, what a wonderful accomplishment this union of people and cultures is.

The union and, above all, peace that we find in Europe hasn’t been a matter of course for much of this continent’s history.

There are threats to our union, then, and they have many sources; they are economic and political and cultural and historical, and I, who am I here, cannot nearly describe them well enough; yet studies like State of Power 2016, https://goo.gl/F8MxCM, give an idea.

What I know, then, is that the European union, lowercase, at the root, begins with us wanting the union and believing in the union and committing to the union, and it relies on trust and solidarity and cooperation (and, of course, human rights, with welfare, without mass surveillance).

For this brief appeal I wish to point to an initiative that attempts to strengthen the European union, to strengthen democracy in Europe, and that is Democracy in Europe 2025, https://diem25.org/. I’m considering to join their cause, and I wish that some of you here, friends and readers, consider joining, too.

(For England and Turkey, now, two European nations that in one way or other have begun to doubt and work against the European spirit, it would be great to have them aboard. I much wish they strengthen their people and their rights, strengthen their democracies, and help strengthen the idea of a free, peaceful, and united Europe, so that the union grows even stronger, together.)
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Well said. I for one, agree with you. Leaving the Union Mas a mistake today and for the future generation. 
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#Webdev.

+Christian Heilmann with an excellent post on code bloat: https://goo.gl/s0lXec. Highly recommended.

Only briefly expanding on Chris’s points, I believe we’ve seen indications for this for some time. Directly related, there’s this long-standing unhealthy mindset of “Fire and Forget”: https://goo.gl/YUZuP3. There are particular challenges with very prominent or simply vocal developers (sometimes the modern version of the armchair standardista). And I feel reminded of problems with the standards development process itself: https://goo.gl/97XjUJ.

This is all important for us to think about and solve.
There is a consensus among all browser makers and lovers of the web: the current state of the web is a mess. The average web page is 2.4 megabyte big and has over 200 requests. We spend more time waiting for trackers and ads to load than we spend reading content. Our high-powered computers and ...
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#Webentwicklung (und Publizieren).

Ich habe mittlerweile für ein paar Verlage und Publikationen geschrieben, aber für zwei, für die ich immer mal gerne schreiben wollte, aus irgendwelchen Gründen noch nicht. Dieses Jahr war aber eine dieser Publikationen dann noch dran: Mein erster Artikel für die +iX (viz. +heise online) ist nun raus, https://goo.gl/w7EzNc, über Prinzipien zur Webentwicklung, und auch wenn er (wie üblich) etwas anders als das Original daherkommt, freue ich mich sehr 🌟

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#CSS #Shorthand Syntax Considered Important:
https://meiert.com/en/blog/20161221/css-shorthands/.

CSS shorthands are no anti-pattern, just as little as universal selectors, just as little as !important, and just as little as no-js would not be one. Now we learn that shorthands were an anti-pattern. No, they’re not. Yes, they are! No they’re not.
Post from December 21, 2016, reflecting Jens the Developer. CSS shorthands are no anti-pattern, just as little as universal selectors, just as little as !important , and just as little as no-js would not be one. Okay, back: Respected Harry, who usually gives good advice, just gave another ...
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#Webdev #retrospective.

When we barely look at our site #stats, why bother tracking: https://meiert.com/en/blog/20150727/analytics/.

When users can write #code on our sites, we’re, uhm, doomed: https://meiert.com/en/blog/20150804/meierts-law-of-user-code/.

…and with “Fire and Forget” we’ll die right away: https://meiert.com/en/blog/20150917/fire-and-forget/.
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On #Quality and #Logistics:
https://meiert.com/en/blog/20170112/quality-logistics/.

Clearly, quality requires quality thinking. But then it requires a lot more, like definitions, criteria, tools, planning, enforcement, &c. pp. And it relies on some organizational foundation.
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#Technology and #law.

When we see the greatest #IT #security experts talk about the ease of faking audio and video and that they don’t have a solution for it, and we still believe everything we see and demand people to be convicted because of it.

(Cf. https://meiert.com/en/blog/20141029/electronic-evidence/.)
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#Aging.

“[George Vaillant] had identified seven major factors that predict healthy aging, both physically and psychologically. Employing mature adaptations was one. The others were education, stable marriage, not smoking, not abusing alcohol, some exercise, and healthy weight.”

—Joshua Wolf Shenk: What Makes Us Happy, https://goo.gl/BUATXO (2009).

That sounds a little more like it. (Cf. https://goo.gl/EAyVm1.)
Is there a formula—some mix of love, work, and psychological adaptation—for a good life? For 72 years, researchers at Harvard have been examining this question, following 268 men who entered college in the late 1930s through war, career, marriage and divorce, parenthood and grandparenthood, and old age. Here, for the first time, a journalist gains access to the archive of one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies in history. Its contents...
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#Literature.

All except for my first one and a half books are available for free again for a few days 🌟

Tech:

* The Little Book of Website Quality Control (2016): https://goo.gl/qsIlWU
* The Little Book of HTML/CSS Coding Guidelines (2015): https://goo.gl/nUirHY
* On Web Development (2015): https://goo.gl/GAjo1l
* The Little Book of HTML/CSS Frameworks (2015): https://goo.gl/rQgbMU

Not tech:

* How to Work on Oneself (2016): https://goo.gl/HXfh4F
* Journey of J. (2015): https://goo.gl/AfEbPZ
* 100 Things I Learned as an Everyday Adventurer (2013): https://goo.gl/APyGpP
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