Jens Oliver Meiert

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The Bio Enhancement Paradox

Or, what if Donald Trump was Iron Man.

Post from August 2, 2016, filed under .

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, filed under .

The Anatomy of a Coding Guideline

Coding guidelines produce consistency, help (code) usability, collaboration, and maintainability, and lead to quality. That is what we all typically learn in development practice. Now, what does a guideline consist of?

Post from July 18, 2016, filed under .

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, filed under .

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, filed under .

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, filed under .

On Rationality, and Love

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

Post from July 2, 2016, filed under and .

On Consciousness

Speaking of which.

Post from June 9, 2016, filed under .

The cover of “How to Work on Oneself.”

New Book: 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, filed under .

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, filed under .

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, filed under .

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, filed under .

Interlude

Minding the gap.

Post from April 13, 2016, filed under .

198 Methods of Nonviolent Protest and Action

Just when one wonders how many options there are exactly.

Post from April 6, 2016, filed under .

10 Photos II

Some more of my EyeEm photos, published over the last few months, that have become others’ or probably my own favorites.

Post from March 25, 2016, filed under .

The Reminder Trick

This tool is so powerful and at the same time so trivial to make a routine that I ask everyone who regularly employs it to transcend their disappointment—I’m mentioning it for the people I meet who don’t use it.

Post from March 1, 2016, filed under .

It’s Not Too Late

…to contribute to good causes.

Post from February 5, 2016, filed under .

Stream Theory

Not just since the Law of Attraction is there this idea of “like attracts like,” of self-fulfilling prophecies, of better being “careful” what we wish for. There’s another concept that I do like to work with though, in another thought experiment.

Post from January 31, 2016, filed under .

Coding Guidelines, the Gist

What’s not to ♥ about coding standards.

Post from January 13, 2016, filed under .

The Law of Maintainability

One cannot not maintain. This is an important axiom, critical even when we recognize how little understanding and prioritization this topic enjoys in our industry…

Post from January 6, 2016, filed under .

Endless Peace

Amidst all the wars we never wanted but our governments and industries wage and participate in regardless of our will, we threaten to lose sight of our goal. That goal, surely, is peace. That goal, clearly, is durable peace. That goal, indeed, is endless peace.

Post from January 1, 2016, filed under .

The cover of “The Little Book of HTML/CSS Coding Guidelines.”

New Book: The Little Book of HTML/CSS Coding Guidelines

Out of the blue! My latest book, The Little Book of HTML/CSS Coding Guidelines, is now available. It’s a brief introduction into the theory and practice of coding standards. Emphasis, as the title suggests, is on HTML and CSS, and furthermore on Google’s guidelines…

Post from December 14, 2015, filed under .

Philosophy Factoids

Meanwhile.

Post from November 30, 2015, filed under .

On the Anatomy of Beliefs

From a philosophical viewpoint, here a strictly solipsistic one, any statement is a belief. Beliefs are important because they determine how we interpret, and per some schools of thought, make our realities…

Post from November 8, 2015, filed under .

Personally Speaking

After my eternal travels I’ve had entered a new stage of my life. Now that I and the dust have settled a little, the position that I assume in the world is a bit more clear, at least for the next couple of years. A few notes…

Post from October 30, 2015, filed under .

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