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SpeedCurve | JavaScript growth and third parties
JavaScript is the main cause for making websites slow. Ten years ago it was network bottlenecks, but the growth of JavaScript has outpaced network and CPU improvements on today's devices. In the chart below, based on an analysis from the HTTP Archive, we see the number of requests has increased for both first and third party JavaScript since 2011.
performance  webdev  JavaScript  npm  modules  libraries 
yesterday by tamouse
Helsinki’s Poetic New Central Library Is a Public Space for the Digital Age
Vartola’s Mind-Building at Venice anticipated the opening of Oodi, a new library for Helsinki designed by local firm ALA Architects. Viewed from the steps of the nearby Finnish parliament house, the library appears like an inverted boat, a great mass that is submerged beneath a wave of undulating glazing.

Inside, Oodi (roughly “ode” in Finnish) is best understood as three floors located within and around a bridge that spans over 300 feet of the ground floor, creating a column-free entry sequence: “We have one floor under the bridge, one open floor on top of the bridge, and then the third space is inside the bridge structure,” explains Antti Nousjoki, partner at ALA.

The ground floor is an extension of the city. Visitors can enter from one of three entrances, two at the north and south ends, and a main entrance beneath a 38-foot cantilever that extends onto a plaza. Tucked beneath this spruce-clad canopy, the building’s curtain walls provide a clear view of what’s going on inside: book return and information facilities, flexible theater seating for events, and a cinema. Now that the Venice Biennale is over, the ground floor will also soon host Mind-Building.

From the ground floor, visitors are drawn upwards via a corkscrewing helical staircase, elevators, or a prominent set of escalators at Oodi’s southeast corner, where the entrance point connects directly to Helsinki’s central station and “pretty much the most urban area in Finland,” says Nousjoki....

On the second floor, on top of the structural “bridge,” things get interesting. The lofty daylit atrium is replaced by a more confined “urban workshop” floor, characterized by open ceilings, structural trusses clad in plywood, and the bridge structure that curves through the space. There is nary a book to be seen—instead, there are sewing machines, 3D printers, a games console room, a set of studios for music or photography, CNC machines, a kitchen, a massive printer, and more. All of these facilities can be used for free by anyone with a library card. These spaces take on the same premise as the very first public libraries—to grant free access to culture and creativity in a safe space—but simply update the technology.

Architecturally, this “urban workshop” is a no-frills corridor lined by box rooms with large windows, but the social offer is breathtaking. One imagines future fashion designers making first designs on the sewing machines, or recording a first album on publicly-available equipment. And everyone is invited to take part: “homeless people, to CEOs with a couple of hours to spare, to asylum seekers, to small children,” according to Tommi Laitio, director of Culture and Leisure for the City of Helsinki....

Within this quiet, poetic space, would-be readers can at last find the books. Only 100,00 of them (the city’s main library is in Pasila, north of the city center), plus magazines, board games, DVDs, and plenty of seating. The floor’s sloped ends also create enclosures for services and emergency exits, plus a trick bookcase which opens up to reveal a hidden room for story-telling—a delightful touch. Across the rest of the floor light floods in via the curtain wall and porthole-like skylights—an idea borrowed from Alvar Aalto’s university library in Otaniemi. “Welcome to book heaven,” remarks Katri Vänttinen, director of libraries in the city government. She’s not far off.

So how is all this possible? And how did Finland get a world-class facility in the heart of its city center that will enrich the lives of its citizens and visitors alike? Firstly, it was entirely publicly funded, with $80 million from the city government and $34 million from the national government, a fact largely made possible by the country’s progressive taxation and small population.

On top of this, libraries have had a foundational role in Finland’s national identity. As Vartola explains at Oodi, at the time of Finland’s independence from Russia in 1917 libraries contributed to the strengthening of the Finnish language and culture, as well as the creation of communities around civic infrastructure. To this day, libraries across Helsinki are thriving as well-designed social hubs with facilities for social inclusion and progression.
libraries  finland  helsinki 
yesterday by shannon_mattern
👋 Announcing Collections as Data Cohort 1 👋 • Collections as Data - Part to Whole
Earlier this year Collections as Data: Part to Whole was awarded $750,000 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. $600,000 of this award will be regranted, across two cohorts, to foster development of models that support collections as data implementation and use.
4 days ago by gwijthoff
I'm with on encouraging to devote more coverage to academic in 2019 and their…
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GitHub - jaraco/keyring
>>> import keyring
>>> keyring.set_password("system", "username", "password")
>>> keyring.get_password("system", "username")

$ keyring --help
$ keyring set system username
Password for 'username' in 'system':
$ keyring get system username
python  security  libraries  library  packages 
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