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

Principles of Web Development

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…

Post from February 16, 2017, reflecting Jens the .

HTML Statistics: 5 Take-Aways

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.

Post from February 13, 2017, reflecting Jens the .

10 Photos IV

Continuing the x-monthly series, here are yet again ten of my photographic favorites.

Post from February 10, 2017, reflecting Jens the .

A Digital Charta

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.

Post from February 6, 2017, reflecting Jens the .

The Great Neglect

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.”

Post from February 1, 2017, reflecting Jens the , or perhaps .

The Fairy Tale of the Competitive Human

The problem appears to be structural.

Post from January 30, 2017, reflecting Jens the , or perhaps .

Highlights from Emerson’s Nature

“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.”

Post from January 24, 2017, reflecting Jens the .

Highlights from Smiles’s Character

“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.”

Post from January 22, 2017, reflecting Jens the , or perhaps .

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 .

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

Found a mistake? Reward! Email me, jens@meiert.com.

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