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Jens Oliver Meiert on philosophy and web development (and arts and adventure and humanity). Beware of generalization and exaggeration.

Highlights from Paine’s Common Sense

“Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices.”

Post from September 8, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

Highlights from Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience

Launching a new series of highlights and factoids from public domain books, classic or not, that had piqued my interest, and perhaps excite yours. Here from American polymath Henry David Thoreau.

Post from August 27, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

Accelerated Mobile Pages, a Critical View

Last year Google introduced AMP and the Accelerated Mobile Pages Project. Independent of suggesting tech paternalism when AMP gets treated preferably in search rankings, I’ve been concerned about what the AMP spec entails exactly.

Post from August 18, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

10 Photos III

Establishing a three-, four-, or five-monthly series, here are ten more of my photographic favorites as of late. Of my own works, sure; if it was public what one liked on EyeEm I’d happily disclose which 4.200 photos…

Post from August 8, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

Life’s Golden Rules

From all my cheeky laws and a number of absolutistic posts you already know I have a thing for dramaturgy. The same here.

Post from August 4, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

The Bio Enhancement Paradox

Or, what if Donald Trump was Iron Man.

Post from August 2, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

WordPress Themes and Web Development

Like everyone on this planet I work with WordPress. Just setting up a new project I ended up using and building on one of their default themes, Twenty Sixteen. Had I better not?

Post from July 31, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

The Anatomy of a Coding Guideline

Coding guidelines produce consistency, help (code) usability, collaboration, and maintainability, and lead to quality. Now, what does a guideline consist of?

Post from July 18, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

On Tailoring and Web Frameworks

After building early frameworks for GMX and Google I had rushed to squeeze my experience into a (literally) little book. In it there’s emphasis on a priority I’ve always deemed critical for us developers: the idea of tailoring…

Post from July 13, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

A Note on meiert.com Feeds

There are a number of ways to follow what I write on this website, from a very low volume newsletter for German publications to an enriched account on Google+. The most reliable and focused option, however, is to subscribe to one of this site’s RSS feeds.

Post from July 11, 2016, reflecting Jens the , or perhaps .

The Dilemma of the Kind Person

Imagine a fine human being who has a laudable goal. She wants to become a genuinely, cordially, most truly kind person. So she sets on to work on her objective…

Post from July 4, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

On Rationality, and Love

Philosophy can be heart-breaking, or is it the other way around.

Post from July 2, 2016, reflecting Jens the , or perhaps .

On Consciousness

Speaking of which.

Post from June 9, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

The cover of “How to Work on Oneself.”

New Book(let): How to Work on Oneself

Doubt led me to explore ways to grow, doubt now led me to ask my editor three times whether or not to publish under a pseudonym: I sketched, in what resembles a fluffy essay, how to learn, how to grow, or—“How to Work on Oneself.”

Post from June 2, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

Problems, No Problems, Desires

In my own non-academic studies I’ve found common definitions of “problem” unsatisfying. So I’ve tried to redefine “problem” for something more flexible, and I believe there’s a redefinition that holds for common scenarios. Philosophize together with me.

Post from June 1, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

The Two Legs of Personal Reality

On resting and moving, or accepting and learning.

Post from May 25, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

“HTML 5,” “CSS 3,” and Expert Web Developers

These days, when we hear people speak of “HTML 5” and “CSS 3,” it’s useful to be skeptical. We’ve long decided for the living standard model, meaning we simply refer to HTML and CSS…

Post from May 20, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

That’s in a Guideline

About two weeks ago I ended a little lottery to give away signed copies of my last book, “The Little Book of HTML/CSS Coding Guidelines.” Here are feedback and winners.

Post from May 17, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

What’s in a Guideline? Win a Copy of the Little Book of HTML/CSS Coding Guidelines!

I give away five signed copies, and to win one just comment or tweet (to @j9t), until April 30, why you deem coding guidelines important or what you find to be the most useful coding guideline.

Post from April 14, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

Interlude

Minding the gap.

Post from April 13, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

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Biography

Jens Oliver Meiert, photo of July 27, 2015.

Jens Oliver Meiert is a German philosopher and developer (Google, W3C, O’Reilly). He experiments with arts and adventure.

As a philosopher, Jens studies academically and non-academically; his research includes psychology, politics, and economics. He believes in self-help (How to Work on Oneself) and wonders naively about the respect of life and peace.

As a developer Jens is specialized in high quality code for complex international websites (Google), works on standards (W3C), and writes for technical publishers (O’Reilly: Webdesign mit CSS, The Little Book of HTML/CSS Frameworks and Coding Guidelines; cf. On Web Development).

As an artist Jens plays with moving photography, performance art, charity, and sensationalism; as an adventurer Jens explores activities (100 Things I Learned as an Everyday Adventurer) and localities (Journey of J.).

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Jens doesn’t only smile, he also does Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, and XING.

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Last update: September 8, 2016.

“Be just, be industrious, be sober, and be happy.”