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Christopher Priest Made Black Panther Cool, Then Disappeared
Christopher Priest broke the color barrier at Marvel and reinvented a classic character. Why was he nearly written out of comics history?
comics  marvel  racism  race 
4 days ago
Saving Links to My Site With a Bookmarklet - TimKadlec.com
Tim with an excellent overview of how he posts links to his site via a bookmarklet and the GitHub API.
posse  indieweb 
8 days ago
Accessibility Interview Questions | accessibility_interview_questions
Learning how someone solves problems, and interprets accessible and inclusive user experiences is far better than learning if they can recite specifications or keyboard shortcuts.
accessibility  design  web 
14 days ago
“My Woody Allen Problem”, by A.O. Scott for The New York Times
Reassessment is part of the ordinary work of culture, and in an extraordinary time, the work is especially vital and especially challenging. I will not blame you if you want to stop watching Woody Allen’s movies. But I also think that some of us have to start all over again.
film  filmhistory  filmcriticism  #metoo 
20 days ago
“Stop Blowhard Syndrome”, by Christina Xu
We’re great the way we are, level-headed self-assessments and all. Stop rewarding them for being jackasses.

My totally reasonable amount of self-confidence is not a syndrome; dudes' bloated senses of self-worth and the expectations we’ve built around them are. Correct accordingly.
culture  psychology  feminism  impostorsyndrome 
20 days ago
Can You Say...Hero? - Mr. Rogers Profile Interview
Tom Junod with the best profile of Mr Rogers. (Or perhaps, of anyone.)
profile  esquire  mrrogers 
21 days ago
Facebook's Free Basics Doesn't Connect You to the Global Internet – But it Does Collect Your Data - Global Voices Advox
But regardless of whether they log into Facebook, users of Free Basics are constantly sharing their data with Facebook.
privacy  facebook  emergingmarkets 
21 days ago
Article Performance Leaderboard
This is an imperfect and evolving measure and the goal is to foster discussion and rivalry in making our pages better, faster, and lighter. …Developers, designers, and product need to talk more on how to achieve this.
performance  webdesign  design  media 
22 days ago
“Know Your Ecosystems!”, by Paul Ford for Postlight’s Track Changes
It’s good to remember the disruptive spirit of the web, the things it changed, and the way that decentralizing can change lives and create opportunities. But it’s also wise, I think, to admit: _This is just how it’s going to be for a while._ We’re going to live with, and thus _for_, the giants.
privacy  telcos  distribution  technology  ftrain 
25 days ago
Metroid - All of Planet Zebes - Nintendo NES Map
The entire map of the first Metroid game, in one image.
nes  nintendo  metroid  videogames  history 
26 days ago
Trump After One: A conversation with Kate Aronoff, Paul Heideman, Doug Henwood, Kim Phillips-Fein
“For better and for worse, it’s up to the Left to present a popular, forward-facing vision that ensures we don’t all cook.” — Kate Aronoff
jacobinmag  politics  45 
4 weeks ago
Dean Allen, R.I.P. – Om Malik
Gutted about this.

Rest in peace, Dean. And thank you.
deanallen  textism  textile  thewebthatwas 
4 weeks ago
“Reading Design”, by Dean Allen for A List Apart
“…the education had plainly focused away from what I consider the primary goal of communication design: to make vital, engaging work intended above all to be read. To use design to communicate.”
design  textism  reading 
4 weeks ago
Growing Up Female - Los Angeles Review of Books
Enjoyed this essay on Tamora Pierce—an author I’d (sadly) never heard of—who wrote fantasy novels that centered young women.
feminism  representation  fantasy 
5 weeks ago
Johnny Cash, Prison Reformer, Part 1 by Project NIA Audio
Mariame K and Sam L on how Johnny Cash sang to (and not just about) prisoners.
abolition  justice  music  johnnycash 
5 weeks ago
“I Made the Pizza Cinnamon Rolls from Mario Batali’s Sexual Misconduct Apology Letter” by Geraldine DeRuiter
We try to follow a half-written recipe and think it’s our fault when it doesn’t work.

We need to undo an entire humanity’s history worth of hate against women. Apologies are a good start.

Just skip the goddamn recipe.
banmen  cooking  feminism  metoo  mariobatali 
5 weeks ago
Speaking Up » Sam Kapila
These little rituals weren’t pre-planned, but felt natural. I noticed this and realized that my own natural instinct was there to protect and prep me for the talk. That confidence paired with the encouragement and advice from multiple people I admire, allowed me to share what I was there to share that day.
presentations  speaking  tips 
5 weeks ago
Your Voice - TimKadlec.com
But advice like this can also be intimidating if you focus too much on it from the beginning. In fact, I would argue there are two likely outcomes. The first is that you get so nervous about doing it right, about not messing up, that you decide it’s best not to try anyway. Who needs that stress and criticism? The second likely outcome is that you decide to write or speak, but you’re so caught up in the mechanics of doing it correctly that your voice—what makes your contribution unique—gets lost in the shuffle.
speaking  presentations  tips 
5 weeks ago
“What's Slack Doing With Your Data?”, by Melanie Ehrenkranz for Gizmodo
The EFF has an internal policy that prohibits teams from using Slack, because of what Cardozo calls Slack’s “incredibly weak customer notice policy.” Cardozo said in an email that Google, for example, will notify users of requests for their data unless they are legally prohibited or if there is risk of death or injury to a human. Google also won’t notify users if it is counterproductive to do so, such as if the account has been compromised and the notice would be sent to a hacker, not the user. Apple’s caveats are the same as Google, except that it also won’t notify users in the event of an emergency.
slack  privacy 
5 weeks ago
Git Blame: Checking the current branch programatically
The right way to programatically find the name of the current branch, if any, is not to use the Porcelain command git branch that is meant for the human consumption, but to use a plumbing command git symbolic-ref instead
git 
5 weeks ago
“Imagining Freedom” by Mariame Kaba, for Poetry Magazine
There is magic in hearing voices speaking out for justice over the din of a bustling city. Gathering as a collective to recite poetry can’t end state violence but it can lift our spirits so that we might live another day to fight for more justice. Now more than ever we need words to help us think through that which cannot be thought. Poetry can help lift the ceiling from our brains so that we can imagine liberation.
poetry  justice  liberation  free 
5 weeks ago
New <video> Policies for iOS | WebKit
But with the goal of returning more control over media playback to web developers, we relaxed this restriction in iOS 8: Safari began honoring the preload="metadata" attribute, allowing <video> and <audio> elements to load enough media data to determine that media’s size, duration, and available tracks. For Safari in iOS 10, we are further relaxing this user gesture requirement for silent <video> elements.
safari  video  webkit  ios  mobile  gifs  html 
6 weeks ago
The Incredible Suit: The feature films of Martin Scorsese reviewed and ranked by a mook
An artist as fascinating as his art, Scorsese is visible throughout his work even when he's not slotting in one of his cheeky cameos. Most of his early films are metaphors for his own eventful trip through the 1970s (meteoric success, crushing failure, depression, drug addiction, dangerously self-destructive behaviour) and watching out for the symbolism in that incandescent phase of his career is half the fun. Then there's all the Catholic imagery, which has provided approximately 90% of my religious education, as well as the frequent self-referential nods to films and filmmaking that remind you that, at his heart, Scorsese is a movie nerd just like us.
scorcese  directors  films  filmcriticism  movies 
6 weeks ago
Who Is Logan Paul, and What Happened in His Video That Was Taken Down? - The Atlantic
“In every step but the filming of the dead body, this is not the system breaking, but the system functioning as intended.”
theatlantic  robinsonmeyer  technology  culture  youtube 
6 weeks ago
“Could Facebook Be Tried for Human-Rights Abuses?” by Ingrid Burrington for The Atlantic
It’s almost quaint to think that just five years ago, Mark Zuckerberg cheerfully took credit for major pro-democracy movements during Facebook’s IPO launch. Contradicting his previous dismissal of the connection between social media and the Arab Spring, Zuckerberg’s letter to investors spoke not just about the platform’s business potential but also its capacity to increase “direct empowerment of people, more accountability for officials, and better solutions to some of the biggest problems of our time.” 2012 Facebook promised a rise of new leaders “who are pro-internet and fight for the rights of their people, including the right to share what they want and the right to access all information that people want to share with them.” Technically, that promise came true, though probably not how Zuckerberg imagined.
facebook  twitter  socialmedia  humanrights 
8 weeks ago
Sale into the 90s--a 1980s/1990s history Tumblr
A tumblr about 1980s and 1990s history, and I use the term "history" very loosely.
tumblr  1990s  1980s  popculture  history  culture 
9 weeks ago
“The Last Jedi was more a finale than a middle act. That’s not good for Episode 9.”, by Owen S. Good for Polygon
The kitchen-sink approach of the story in Star Wars: The Last Jedi has taken some glancing criticism even if reviews and reactions are mostly positive. The length isn’t necessarily what concerns me as a fan, though. I’m dumbfounded to know what the next writer has left to work with.
movies  starwars  thelastjedi 
9 weeks ago
“The Last Jedi’s Biggest Storytelling Innovation”, by David Sims for The Atlantic
But because it has more time to do so, The Last Jedi actually digs into the underpinnings of this ongoing good vs. evil battle for the first time in the franchise’s long history, defining the heroes aligned with the Light Side by more than just their righteousness.
starwars  movies  thelastjedi 
9 weeks ago
“A List Of Some Of The Times The Last Jedi Told The Older Star Wars Movies To Eat Shit”, by Albert Burneko for Deadspin
Off the top of my head, these are some times when The Last Jedi gleefully and gloriously told the previous Star Wars movies to eat shit.
movies  starwars  thelastjedi 
9 weeks ago
“Mario Batali and the Appetites of Men”, by Helen Rosner for The New Yorker
Hunger and lust are twin evolutionary urges, and Batali is hardly the first to find them intertwined. Both offer intensely intimate, intensely physical rewards. Both are classically disdained—the two pleasures, according to Plato, that a true philosopher should forsake. But, even if food and sex partner well, they do not occupy the same plane of experience. Feeding one’s hunger is a mortal need; acting on one’s sexual impulses is a choice.</blockquote
sexualassault  #metoo  banmen 
9 weeks ago
“The Year in Falling Apart”, by Rahawa Haile for Hazlitt
This year, this prolonged unraveling, is what survival looks like. Semi-survival. Partial, because it is important to remember that not everyone made it. Many, at best, now exist in some form of limbo; many others are simply dead. Because there seems to be no way to make the NRA understand their organization is killing us. Because our current administration doesn’t care about Puerto Rico. Or climate change. Or public lands. Because they feel threatened by women’s rights and immigrants and transgender soldiers.

Because conservative white men would rather spend the rest of their lives fucking their fear, many of us are gone.
resistance  politics  2017 
10 weeks ago
Happier HTML5 Form Validation - daverupert.com
“I looked for lightweight form validation scripts but after some hemming and hawing I decided to try my hand (again) at native HTML5 Form Validation.”
html5  javascript  validation  forms 
11 weeks ago
Taming typography using Sass maps · Nick Dunn · UX designer and frontend engineer
“I find that we often end up with different sizes or weight definitions littered throughout the project with a lot of repetition as styles are redefined within media queries.”
sass  maps  css  webdesign 
11 weeks ago
CSS Underlines Suck - Benjamin Woodruff
Every solution has their own set of problems, but given your project requirements, a partial solution may do what’s needed.
css  typography  links  webdesign 
11 weeks ago
Styling Underlines on the Web | CSS-Tricks
“Two years later, it’s still just as hard to style a good-looking underline.”
css  typography  links 
11 weeks ago
Sass Maps: syntax, examples, and good things – clubmate.fi
Maps are so essential data type of Sass that it's hard to imagine the time without them. Libsass also supports maps nowadays, so there's no barriers to use them in day to day programming routines.
sass  css  webdesign 
11 weeks ago
Zelda: Breath of the Wild: The Technical Analysis | ResetEra
I've actually wanted to do a proper tech analysis of BOTW's engine for quite some time, but never really got around to it. However, with the new video capture feature on the Switch, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to revisit the title and share my findings through videos that I've uploaded to Twitter.
botw  zelda  nintendo  nintendoswitch  videogames  analysis 
12 weeks ago
“Is text sizing dead?”, by Alastair Campbell
I’m one of the many people working on WCAG 2.1, and specifically with people from the Low Vision Task Force (LVTF), most of whom are people with low vision (and very knowledgeable on the research for this group). There’s a ton of documentation being prepared, but I thought a little insight into this process would help, and perhaps a click-bait headline to help get it around?


Busting myths around ems, text sizing, and accessibility.
accessibility  responsivedesign  rwd  a11y  browsers 
november 2017
“Why All the Comedy Men Are So Awful”, by Drew Magary for GQ
It’s just a laugh hunt, and I never wanna hear another goddamn hint about how it’s anything more than that.
comedians  comedy  patriarchy  sexualharassment  louisck  banmen 
november 2017
“What's wrong with big data?“, by James Bridle for New Humanist
This belief in the power of data, of technology untrammelled by petty human worldviews, is the practical cousin of more metaphysical assertions. A belief in the unquestionability of data leads directly to a belief in the truth of data-derived assertions.
technology  culture  data  bigdata  by:jamesbridle 
november 2017
“Toward a Constructive Technology Criticism,” by Sara M. Watson for Columbia Journalism Review
Constructive criticism poses alternative possibilities. It skews toward optimism, or at least toward an idea that future technological societies could be improved.
journalism  technology  criticism  by:sarawatson 
november 2017
“Design as Participation,” by Kevin Slavin for PubPub
The designers of complex adaptive systems are not strictly designing systems themselves. They are hinting those systems towards anticipated outcomes, from an array of existing interrelated systems. These are designers that do not understand themselves to be in the center of the system. Rather, they understand themselves to be participants, shaping the systems that interact with other forces, ideas, events and other designers. This essay is an exploration of what it means to participate.
by:kevinslavin  design  participation  users  ux 
november 2017
Secure email: ProtonMail is free encrypted email.
ProtonMail is incorporated in Switzerland and all our servers are located in Switzerland. This means all user data is protected by strict Swiss privacy laws.
email  privacy  security 
november 2017
Some memories of my grandmother, by Charlie Loyd
They were wrong in ways that you and I can be wrong. This is the most terrifying thing I know, and I know it from Grandma.
war  politics  inmemoriam  fascism  grandmother 
november 2017
“Ulysses: A History in Covers” by Literary Hub
“In the process of arriving at this lofty cultural position, Ulysses has endured many slights, inhabited many forms, and worn many, many covers. An overview follows.”
book  printing  jamesjoyce  ulysses  literature  bookcovers  design  graphicdesign 
november 2017
The long-run poverty and gender impacts of mobile money | Science
Mobile money, a service that allows monetary value to be stored on a mobile phone and sent to other users via text messages, has been adopted by the vast majority of Kenyan households. We estimate that access to the Kenyan mobile money system M-PESA increased per capita consumption levels and lifted 194,000 households, or 2% of Kenyan households, out of poverty. The impacts, which are more pronounced for female-headed households, appear to be driven by changes in financial behavior—in particular, increased financial resilience and saving—and labor market outcomes, such as occupational choice, especially for women, who moved out of agriculture and into business. Mobile money has therefore increased the efficiency of the allocation of consumption over time while allowing a more efficient allocation of labor, resulting in a meaningful reduction of poverty in Kenya.
mobile  economics  equality  feminism  inequality  kenya  africa 
november 2017
“Facing North,” by Garret Keizer
I grew up in North Haledon, New Jersey, in a house that faced due north. I was taught to orient myself by standing at the mouth of our driveway with east to my right and west in the leftward direction of High Mountain, just behind which I imagined cowboys and Indians exchanging fire in a perpetual sunset. Straight ahead and hundreds of miles up the northbound interstate were the Green Mountains of Vermont, where we’d rent a cottage for two weeks every summer and see a thousand stars at night. On the highest peaks, even in July, we might need to wear our sweaters—and I can’t have been the only kid ever to climb a mountain with the illusion that he was heading north. From my earliest days I was predisposed to think of north as up.
spirituality  religion  by:garretkeizer 
november 2017
What Can We Learn From Degas About the Nature of Time?
The sculptures (and the images of them) aren’t moving, but the ballerinas depicted seem to be—and that, it turns out, is enough to alter your perception of time.


(Love this site’s masthead. And the homepage. 😍)
designinspiration  subjectivity  time  degas 
november 2017
“Building Pattern Libraries in React with Storybook”, by Patrick Fulton (Sparkbox blog)
Storybook calls itself a “UI Development Environment.” What the Storybook team means by “environment” is that Storybook runs inside your project but also allows for complete isolation of your React components. When you install Storybook in your project, the result is a completely isolated collection or book where your React components live on their own. Developers are then free to work on components in that isolated environment, outside the context of the full application.
patternlibraries  designsystems  react  javascript  modulardesign 
november 2017
“Cassandra Plays the Stock Market”, by Tim Maly (Quiet Babylon)
…there are people who can be so wrapped up in a certain worldview that even in the face of serious evidence that they have been taken in, and despite many warnings from the rest of the world, they persist. Indeed, warnings from the rest of the world seem to serve only to entrench them in their position.
politics  empathy  communication  selectionbias  beliefs 
november 2017
Project MUSE - Indigenous Circuits: Navajo Women and the Racialization of Early Electronic Manufacture
Navajo women workers were described as ideal predigital digital workers, uniquely suited to the job by temperament, culture, and gender. Their labor as platform builders was cited as evidence that digital work—the work of the hand and its digits—could be painlessly transferred from the indigenous cultural context into the world of technological commercial innovation, benefiting both in the process.

(via https://twitter.com/kcimc/status/885957181761179648)
history  design  colonialism  racism  computinghistory  via:twitter 
november 2017
“Implementing Webmentions”, by Drew McLellan
Webmention is a W3C Recommendation that solves a big part of this. It describes a system for one site to notify another when it links to it. It’s similar in concept to Pingback for those who remember that, just with all the lessons learned from Pingback informing the design.
webmentions  indieweb 
november 2017
Where the Small-Town American Dream Lives On | The New Yorker
Orange City is small and cut off, but, unlike many such towns, it is not dying. Its Central Avenue is not the hollowed-out, boarded-up Main Street of twenty-first-century lore. Along a couple of blocks, there are two law offices, a real-estate office, an insurance brokerage, a coffee shop, a sewing shop, a store that sells Bibles, books, and gifts, a notions-and-antiques store, a hair-and-tanning salon, and a home-décor-and-clothing boutique, as well as the Sioux County farm bureau, the town hall, and the red brick Romanesque courthouse.
america  politics  election 
november 2017
CSS element() function - Vincent De Oliveira
…this function renders any part of a website as a live image. A. Live. Image! As you see a DOM element rendered right in the browser, you’ll get an image of it. Every changes to that element will be immediately seen in real-time in the image, even text selection.
css  design  experimental 
november 2017
Facebook and Google make lies as pretty as truth - The Verge
The fake news problem we’re facing isn’t just about articles gaining traffic from Facebook timelines or Google search results. It’s also an issue of news literacy — a reader’s ability to discern credible news. And it’s getting harder to tell on sight alone which sites are trustworthy. On a Facebook timeline or Google search feed, every story comes prepackaged in the same skin, whether it’s a months-long investigation from The Washington Post or completely fabricated clickbait.
election  design  2016  politics  google  facebook  designauthority  clickbait  journalism 
november 2017
Something is wrong on the internet – James Bridle – Medium
What concerns me is not just the violence being done to children here, although that concerns me deeply. What concerns me is that this is just one aspect of a kind of infrastructural violence being done to all of us, all of the time, and we’re still struggling to find a way to even talk about it, to describe its mechanisms and its actions and its effects. As I said at the beginning of this essay: this is being done by people and by things and by a combination of things and people. Responsibility for its outcomes is impossible to assign but the damage is very, very real indeed.
internet  youtube  children  video  algorithms  capitalism 
november 2017
“The Zombie Diseases of Climate Change”, by Robinson Meyer for The Atlantic
Whether the emergencies of the coming century arrive in the form of fires, or floods, or plagues that rise invisibly from the ground, they’re likely to become more and more extreme and less and less familiar—a fantastical parade of crises we will be shocked to find ourselves battling. Even in its quietest places, the world will become newly hostile.
climatechange  greenland  permafrost  anthropocene  jackpot 
november 2017
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