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On Port 80 – Meredith L. Patterson – Medium
There’s been a joke for a few years now that all the web applications you’ve ever heard of are actually some other Internet protocol, reconfigured to answer on port 80, the standard port for (unencrypted) web traffic. Some of these parallels are obvious, and even more or less literal: Gmail is IMAP and SMTP, and Google Talk is (or was) XMPP, all on port 80 in the same browser window. Others are more metaphorical.
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yesterday by jchris
Design Tools Are Running Out of Track | Big Medium
Our most popular design tools are fundamentally disconnected from the realities and constraints of working software:

They generate static images in an era of voice, video, motion, and complex interactions. (“Our design tools should manipulate the actual product, not a picture of it.”)
They have no awareness of the layout conventions of the web, so they don’t help designers work with the grain of CSS grid and flexbox.
They’re tuned for infinite flexibility instead of usefully embracing the constraints of a design system or code base.
As I’ve worked with more and more companies struggling to design at scale, this last point has proven to be especially troublesome when maintaining or evolving existing software. Most design tools are not well tuned to support designer-developer collaboration within design systems (though some are beginning to innovate here).
design-tools  essay 
2 days ago by 1luke2
Six Principles for Making New Things
"I like to find (a) simple solutions (b) to overlooked problems (c) that actually need to be solved, and (d) deliver them as informally as possible, (e) starting with a very crude version 1, then (f) iterating rapidly."
essay  business  innovation  entrepreneur 
2 days ago by np
Song of Songs
“But what happens if I can learn to measure love’s effect, and this love, which feels so real, doesn’t register?”

“Reading this, I can’t help but think of those late-night phone calls, the easy seesaw of our conversation, our shared laughter. Also, the ways our bodies move together like practiced dancers, improvising to the same song. We, too, find shared rhythms easily.”

“Does recording our sex occur to me? Of course it does. My urge is to clamp a hand over the mouth of that thought, much as, for many years, I used to clamp my hand over my own mouth at orgasm to stifle the sound. If I can hardly bear my own autoerotic sounds, how will it feel to hear those made in the company of my lover? Consider the mild discomfort of hearing a recording of your voice on, say, a voicemail. Multiply that discomfort infinitely. My lover has told me that I am noisy at orgasm (which she relishes), and though I suspect she is right, I have never heard myself. I am happy for this deafness. Some things I don’t want to notice, to reflect on, to consider.”

“With her, more so than with any lover before, I follow my pleasure without fear of shame.”

“My lover nods. This is news to only one of us.

“I guess it’s not out of character,” I say.

She shakes her head and smiles.

When she turns back to her reading, I sneak a look at her while feigning interest in my work. I want to memorize this moment—sunlight dappling the floor, her long legs crossed at the ankle, the small rasp as she turns the page of her book—in which I feel utterly at ease, able to share my delight in multiple things with her: my strange study of our lovemaking, the recorded fact of it, her total acceptance and actual pleasure in this obscure corner of reflection. If there is a test, it feels like we have passed it. This moment, alone, is different. It is full of things I had not known before.”
love  essay  intimacy 
3 days ago by jasdev
Eddie Brock's Body: An Artistic Overview of the Venom Symbiote
Yes, Tom Hardy is hot, but that doesn’t mean people are also attracted to his movie characters to the degree we’re seeing now. And while teratophilia is an incredibly valid sexual expression, it puts the onus of Venom’s magnetism solely on the imaginations of fans. Both theories totally erase the hopes and dreams of multiple comic creators responsible for Venom’s sexually charged reputation.

So let’s celebrate some of those brave creators whose work has helped usher in this latest instance of monsterfucker madness. Consider this an artistic overview of Venom’s most iconic aesthetic developments, a quick and dirty introduction to the Eddie Brock/symbiote OTP that has ensnarled the CBM community this month.
marvel  notfic  essay  comics  venom  fandom  sexuality  art  favourites 
3 days ago by elise.grey
Tales from Underwater | Status 451
“If you’re wondering whether it feels a little weird to have had someone you don’t clearly remember being make potentially life-altering decisions about you, the answer is yes.”
essay  depression  cognition  the-mangle-is-coming-from-inside-the-house  philosophy  introspection  resonant  identifiable-in-the-extreme 
3 days ago by Vaguery
How Capitalism Torched the Planet and Left it a Smoking Fascist Greenhouse
Why Catastrophic Climate Change is Probably Inevitable Now
How Capitalism Torched the Planet by Imploding Into Fascism
essay  klimawandel  umwelt 
4 days ago by jchris
Protobuffers Are Wrong :: Reasonably Polymorphic
"Protobuffers were obviously built by amateurs because they offer bad solutions to widely-known and already-solved problems."
protobuf  rant  essay 
7 days ago by look
Twitter
Happy pub day to , whose debut collection Interior States came out today. You can read an excerp…
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8 days ago by Smokler
Myth Busting Banksy
I believe that while Sotheby’s was likely not fully aware of what was going to happen, they had a suspicion that something was up and played along for the sake of theater. To minimize the disruption, they put the Banksy work last, but until the shredded work scrolled out the bottom of the frame, the exact nature of the prank was not clear to them. I suspect that Sotheby’s knowledge was limited to knowing something harmless was up that potentially could benefit them as a PR stunt.
art  advertisement  lang-en  essay  media 
8 days ago by cynddl
The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity
Carlo Cipolla's essay on stupidity. "A stupid person is a person who causes losses to another person or to a group of persons while himself deriving no gain and even possibly incurring losses."
humor  essay 
11 days ago by look

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