Jens Oliver Meiert on philosophy and web development (and art and adventure and humanity). Beware of generalization and exaggeration.
On work, retirement, definitions, and mixing things up.
“Who actually saw, heard, felt, counted, named the thing, about which you have an opinion? Was it the man who told you, or the man who told him, or someone still further removed? And how much was he permitted to see?”
“Man is a thinking center, and can originate thought. All the forms that man fashions with his hands must first exist in his thought; he cannot shape a thing until he has thought that thing.”
Years ago, in 2009, I wrote an enthusiastic post about my then-favorite apps for Android. More for fun than anything I decided to write a follow-up.
Foreigners—expats, migrants, refugees—are heroes. Foreigners, people like you and I, add to our lives and our cultures. Foreigners deserve our respect and our support.
Several months back, to myself, I noted how we may have all already been what we’ve later wished to be: for example, authentically curious, interested, open, unbiased, worry-free, joyful, happy, confident, loving. Then, I thought, came socialization.
How do you call someone who can do whatever they want, when they want, and must not fear any consequences? How do you call who own half of the world, or more? How do you call people who are effectively immune to prosecution…
Web development, at more than 20 years of age, is becoming an increasingly mature profession. Web development is also subject to constant change, and the field produces more of that change, out of itself. More technological standards…
A few quick comments on Catalin Rosu’s interesting follow-up analysis of his sampling of eight million websites. Some practices are wonderful to note, others have been commented on, yet one or the other point drowned.
Continuing the x-monthly series, here are yet again ten of my photographic favorites.
When we think about it, although we live in a time of massive rights violations we don’t lack good intent, nor good law. That leads us to a particular initiative, the Digital Charta.
What is most important for us to learn in our lives? Are we learning it? Teaching it? On “one of the greatest motive powers in the world,” and “the noblest of possessions.”
The problem appears to be structural.
“Each creature is only a modification of the other; the likeness in them is more than the difference, and their radical law is one and the same.”
“The very sight of a great and good man is often an inspiration to the young, who cannot help admiring and loving the gentle, the brave, the truthful, the magnanimous.”
When we are presented with conflicting beliefs and ideas, which ones are we to support or assume? That question, in our age of scientism, is usually answered with “those that are true,” or “those that are more realistic”…
Clearly, quality requires quality thinking. But then it requires a lot more, like definitions, criteria, tools, planning, enforcement, &c. pp. And it relies on some organizational foundation.
Oh, typography. How have you been.
CSS shorthands are no anti-pattern, just as little as universal selectors, just as little as !important, and just as little as no-js would not be one. Now we learn that shorthands were an anti-pattern. No, they’re not. Yes, they are! No they’re not.
A tribute to Roger Johansson as well as the craft of web development.
Notification on updates: RSS feed.
Jens Oliver Meiert is a simple philosopher and developer (Google, W3C, O’Reilly). He experiments with art 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, Coding Guidelines, and Website Quality Control; cf. On Web Development).
As an artist Jens plays with moving photography, performance art, sensationalism, and charity; as an adventurer Jens explores activities (100 Things I Learned as an Everyday Adventurer) and localities (Journey of J.).