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

The Constructivist Preference

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”…

Post from January 18, 2017, reflecting Jens the .

On Quality and Logistics

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.

Post from January 12, 2017, reflecting Jens the .

Apocryphal Apostrophes

Oh, typography. How have you been.

Post from January 8, 2017, reflecting Jens the , or perhaps .

CSS Shorthand Syntax Considered Important

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.

Post from December 21, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

Why I Don’t Use CSS Preprocessors

A tribute to Roger Johansson as well as the craft of web development.

Post from December 14, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

Contradictions: a Problem of Logic, a Feature of Reality?

On my list of research topics and article drafts is one that covers root assumptions: assumptions at the core of what we assume about our two realities, psychical and physical reality. One of these root assumptions covers logic…

Post from December 9, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

Highlights from Myer’s Oldest Books in the World

“Study on a subject before giving an opinion” and other truly old realizations.

Post from November 24, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

Highlights from Scovel Shinn’s Your Word is Your Wand

Short excerpts that convey a rather unconventional view on our realities. “Happiness and health must be earned by absolute control of the emotional nature.”

Post from November 22, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

About the Mindset for Quality

In my view, quality starts with quality thinking. Quality thinking is broad, but it quickly leads to a quality mindset. This mindset, now…

Post from November 17, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

Stop Using the Old “Clearfix”

I had thought the old method of clearing through “.clearfix:after { clear: both; content: ''; }” long dead, but then I spotted it quite alive and even being taught to developers.

Post from November 14, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

Security, Obscurity: Randomizing New Tabs

You want to leave a less predictable online trail? I wrote a little browser extension for Chrome that accomplishes that: the New Tab Randomizer. The extension requests a random URL every time a new tab is opened, for security, or rather obscurity purposes.

Post from November 10, 2016, reflecting Jens the , or perhaps .

Living and Mistakes

We can’t make a mistake living our own lives. A counter to the fear of doing wrong, the harmful idea of guilt, as well as unhelpful doubt, the statement’s power lies in the realization that it’s impossible for us to live our lives “incorrectly.”

Post from November 7, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

Why Philosophy Matters

Philosophy is a field that once combined all the sciences and had considerable influence. Over time that influence waned, to an extent that philosophy is now simply one of the humanities, a “second order” discipline that some people wonder what it’s useful for…

Post from October 31, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

The cover of “The Little Book of Website Quality Control.”

New Book(let): The Little Book of Website Quality Control

The hallmark of a professional is not the pursuit of activity, but the expertly pursuit thereof. What’s worth doing is worth doing well; and what’s done well exemplifies quality. A professional website is no exception, and there are criteria and tools to help.

Post from September 27, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

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 .

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Biography

Jens Oliver Meiert, photo of July 27, 2015.

Jens Oliver Meiert is a simple 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, 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.).

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