inessential: Why Micro.blog is Not Another App.net
We could be excused for thinking that Micro.blog is like App.net — a Twitter alternative greeted with enthusiasm but that eventually closed.

It’s not the same thing, though, and I’ll explain why.

Micro.blog is not an alternative silo: instead, it’s what you build when you believe that the web itself is the great social network.
blogging  facebook  twitter  microblog  appnet 
april 2018
Command-line tools for wrangling Twitter data • Social Feed Manager
This is an assortment of command-line tools that I use for wrangling Twitter data. Of course, most of these tools and techniques can be used for wrangle other types of data. If you have others, please let me know.
twitter  api  cli  commandline  python 
april 2018
"Alles Wesentliche findet sich im Zettelkasten" | heise online
In die Reihe der sterbenden, wenn nicht der schon gestorbenen Medien darf man den Zettelkasten mit Fug‘ und Recht einreihen. Dabei stellt die Verzettelungstechnik die vermutlich mächtigste Verwaltungstechnologie des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts dar, die das Bürowesen ebenso revolutioniert hat wie die Bibliotheksverwaltung und als Mindmapping- und Kreativitätswerkzeug an der Wiege einiger der bedeutendsten literarischen und wissenschaftlichen Werke stand.
zettelkasten  library  knowledge 
april 2018
What is my day rate? - The Day Rate Calculator
very freelancer or contractor deals with this question and yet it sometimes feels like plucking a number out of thin air.

This is especially true of freelancers who are moving from a salaried position for the first time, who often end up selling themselves under their market value.
Change Location
business  freelance  tool 
april 2018
#deletefacebook | TechCrunch
"We are still as closed, still full of superstition, as we were a hundred years ago. We traded a market square for the Internet but all of the closed-mindedness and cynicism came with it. We still disparage the outsider, we still rant against invisible enemies, and we still keep our friends close and fear what lies beyond our door. Only now we have the whole world on which to reflect our terror."
facebook  socialmedia 
april 2018
3 Teenagers on How to Quit Social Media
"Social media does people a disservice because it makes you take all the complexities of who you are as a human being and flatten them into a two-dimensional image that you think represents you the best. The truth is, we’re so much more complex than that."
socialmedia  facebook  snapchat  instagram 
april 2018
Using Visual Loudness for Better Wayfinding | Viget
With sound, a loudness scale measures varying decibel levels. Good ones illustrate different degrees of loudness that we make. From a 12-gauge shotgun to a pin falling, there can be many levels in between.
ux  uxdesign  design 
march 2018
Ethics for Design
12 designers and researchers from 8 European cities discuss the impact, sometimes harmful, of design on our societies and the paths to follow for designers to work for the good of all and not just a few.
design  documentary  ethics 
february 2018
Blotter.js
A JavaScript API for drawing unconventional text effects on the web.
development  javascript  webdev  animation  design 
february 2018
Zondicons
A set of free premium SVG icons for you to use on your digital products.
design  webdesign  icons  svg 
december 2017
[Video] Sarah Drasner - SVG can do that?!
SVGs, with their potential for high-quality and performant graphics, have myriad uses on the web. By now, a lot of developers are aware of their practical uses, such as small and accessible icons, or illustrations. In this session, though, Sarah will go beyond typical use cases. She’ll cover a few practical things like styling SVG icons like typography, and then dive into the creative wilds of this graphic format built with math.
webdev  svg  webdesign 
december 2017
Heroicons
Heroicons are a unique set of icons for your marketing website that make it easy to customize with CSS to better align to your brand.
webdesign  icons  svg  design 
december 2017
What is Tailwind? - Tailwind CSS
Tailwind is a utility-first CSS framework for rapidly building custom user interfaces.
css  framework  webdev 
december 2017
Prometheus - Monitoring system & time series database
Power your metrics and alerting with a leading
open-source monitoring solution.
opensource  monitoring  metrics  webdev  development 
december 2017
Millennials Are Screwed - The Huffington Post
Why millennials are facing the scariest financial future of any generation since the Great Depression.
economics  housing  politics  millennials  jobs  capitalism 
december 2017
Silicon Valley Is Turning Into Its Own Worst Fear
when Silicon Valley tries to imagine superintelligence, what it comes up with is no-holds-barred capitalism.
ai  superintelligence  siliconvalley  capitalism 
december 2017
tylertreat/comcast: Simulating shitty network connections so you can build better systems.
Testing distributed systems under hard failures like network partitions and instance termination is critical, but it's also important we test them under less catastrophic conditions because this is what they most often experience. Comcast is a tool designed to simulate common network problems like latency, bandwidth restrictions, and dropped/reordered/corrupted packets.

It works by wrapping up some system tools in a portable(ish) way. On BSD-derived systems such as OSX, we use tools like ipfw and pfctl to inject failure. On Linux, we use iptables and tc. Comcast is merely a thin wrapper around these controls. Windows support may be possible with wipfw or even the native network stack, but this has not yet been implemented in Comcast and may be at a later date.
webdev  performance  testing  network  tools 
december 2017
Unsupervised Image-to-Image Translation Networks | Research
Unsupervised image-to-image translation aims at learning a joint distribution of images in different domains by using images from the marginal distributions in individual domains. Since there exists an infinite set of joint distributions that can arrive the given marginal distributions, one could infer nothing about the joint distribution from the marginal distributions without additional assumptions. To address the problem, we make a shared-latent space assumption and propose an unsupervised image-to-image translation framework based on Coupled GANs. We compare the proposed framework with competing approaches and present high quality image translation results on various challenging unsupervised image translation tasks, including street scene image translation, animal image translation, and face image translation. We also apply the proposed framework to domain adaptation and achieve state-of-the-art performance on benchmark datasets.
ai  machinelearning  computervision 
december 2017
Around the 🌎 with Unicode
Unicode is really exciting, because it lets software handle two things:

Emoji. 🎉
All written human language1.

The first point is obviously the most important, but the second is also pretty interesting. It turns out that cultures and languages are complicated, which means writing systems are complicated, which means that the Unicode standard is also complicated. It also turns out that character encoding standards aren’t value-neutral. This blog post is a very informal survey of some cool, interesting and surprising things about Unicode.
unicode 
december 2017
Facial Recognition for Porn Stars Is a Privacy Nightmare Waiting to Happen - Motherboard
Pornhub announced that it is using machine learning and facial recognition to detect over 10,000 porn stars across the site in a bid to make searching for your favorite star or fetish more efficient. So far, it's scanned 50,000 videos in the last month of beta testing, and Pornhub plans to scan all five million videos currently hosted on the site by early next year. Eventually—with the help of users, who will upvote and downvote the AI's guesses—the company says it'll get to the point where the computer vision can discern hair color, sex position, and fetish.
ai  deeplearning  porn  facialrecognition  machinelearning 
december 2017
Using deep learning and Google Street View to estimate the demographic makeup of neighborhoods across the United States
We show that socioeconomic attributes such as income, race, education, and voting patterns can be inferred from cars detected in Google Street View images using deep learning. Our model works by discovering associations between cars and people. For example, if the number of sedans in a city is higher than the number of pickup trucks, that city is likely to vote for a Democrat in the next presidential election (88% chance); if not, then the city is likely to vote for a Republican (82% chance).
ai  deeplearning  googlemaps  wealth  machinelearning 
december 2017
I18n with React and i18next ← Alligator.io
More and more apps are being designed for the global market which means your app will need to work for an audience using various languages and dialects. React does not have internationalization (i18n) built-in, but it is not hard to internationalize an app, especially with the help from i18next.
i18n  webdevelopment  react  webdev 
november 2017
A New Way to Handle Events in React
“Property Initializer Syntax” sounds more fancy than it really is. In this bite-sized tutorial see how this alternative way of writing event handlers will help eliminate boilerplate in your constructor and also defend against frivolous memory usage in your renders.
javascript  development  react  webdev 
september 2017
Weex
A framework for building Mobile cross-platform UIs
webdev  vue-js  javascript  mobiledevelopment  cross-platform 
september 2017
Paradox of tolerance - Wikipedia
The paradox of tolerance, first described by Karl Popper in 1945, is a decision theory paradox. The paradox states that if a society is tolerant without limit, their ability to be tolerant will eventually be seized or destroyed by the intolerant. Popper came to the seemingly paradoxical conclusion that in order to maintain a tolerant society, the society must be intolerant of intolerance.
diversity  philosophy 
august 2017
zenoamaro/react-quill: A Quill component for React.
A Quill (a WYSIWYG editor for the modern web) component for React.
react  wysiwyg  webdev  library 
august 2017
pa11y
Pa11y is your automated accessibility testing pal. It runs HTML CodeSniffer from the command line for programmatic accessibility reporting.
webdev  accessibility  tools  a11y 
july 2017
GatsbyJS
Blazing-fast static site generator for React
staticsite  static  react  javascript  blog 
july 2017
Video: Türsteher zur Hölle - ttt – titel, thesen, temperamente - ARD | Das Erste
Im Auftrag der EU holen Milizen mit aufgerüsteten Küstenkontrollbooten Flüchtlinge aus Schlepperbooten und zwingen sie zurück in libysche Lager. Michael Obert war Augenzeuge des Dilemmas, in dem die europäische Interessenspolitik steckt.
politics  libya  refugees  migration  europe 
july 2017
Dat
Dat is the distributed data sharing tool. Use the desktop app, command line tool, and javascript library.
p2p  bigdata  sharing  filesharing 
july 2017
Sound Kit for Prototypes | Facebook Design
A collection of interaction sounds for prototypes.
prototyping  sound  audio 
july 2017
vx | visualization components
vx is collection of reusable low-level visualization components. vx combines the power of d3 to generate your visualization with the benefits of react for updating the DOM.
react  d3  webdev  webdevelopment  visualization  chart 
june 2017
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