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Ade Oshineye
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This is glorious. I especially like the line about "detail without purpose" since it reminds me of: https://medium.com/aesthetics-on-line/the-flickr-aesthetic-1ab93e31fa0?source=linkShare-ccab0a9f04e-1497847236
What we see as super-realistic painting is in fact copying the camera's distortion of reality. A great Quora piece on this.

I remember when my younger daughter first started taking formal art classes, the first thing they did was tell her to stop making paintings from photos. This does a good job of explaining why that's the case.

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"""Britain is many things at the moment but stable is not one of them. Its politics (and many politicians) are unhinged and the economy is in trouble. In the next general election campaign the Tories will be faced with a Jeremy Corbyn offering to restore calm.

And still it gets worse. That rise in inflation has now unexpectedly prompted three members of the Bank of England’s key monetary policy committee to vote for an immediate interest rate rise. That was a 5-3 split, so a rise in mortgage and other interest rates is getting very close."""

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Power has always changed both the powerful and the powerless.
"Power lessens the need for a nuanced read of people, since it gives us command of resources we once had to cajole from others ... Less able to make out people’s individuating traits, they rely more heavily on stereotype. And the less they’re able to see, other research suggests, the more they rely on a personal 'vision' for navigation ... The mirroring response ... anesthetized ... Powerful people stop simulating the experience of others ... an empathy deficit."

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/07/power-causes-brain-damage/528711/

Unfortunately, the article also says that knowledge of this effect and putting in effort to stop doing it usually doesn't work. That's disturbing.

HT, Brian Davison on Facebook


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This is a really great introduction to Web Components.

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For #FutureMe the URL for importing blog posts into Medium is: https://medium.com/p/import or you can click on the Stories menu item that appears in the drop-down that's shown when you hover over the profile image in the top right-hand corner.

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This is a great talk but I think I disagree with their perspective on progressive enhancement. As the leading edge of the web gets more powerful media APIs it's not enough to stick an if $POWERFUL_API in front of an API's usage. We need to think more about what are the default experiences we offer people and how do we carefully enhance these for those lucky people running the latest and greatest browsers.

The temptation will exist to forget about the laggards and build a great experience for the leading edge but doing that throws away the web's universal reach and leaves us building for the few not the many. 
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