Jens Oliver Meiert

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The Two Legs of Personal Reality

On resting and moving, or accepting and learning.

Post from May 25, 2016, filed under .

“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, 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.

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Minding the gap.

Post from April 13, 2016, filed under .

Can We Prevent Terrorism?

Thoughts on violence, leadership, and civil rights.

Post from April 12, 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 .

Conditional Boycott

There are countries and corporations that violate even the most basic human rights, that neglect and sometimes sabotage even the most basic principles behind all human togetherness and solidarity. In an increasingly connected world…

Post from March 29, 2016, filed under .

10 Photos II

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

Post from March 25, 2016, filed under .

The Most Important Thing We Can Do with Our Lives

“The person who doesn’t read is no better off than the person who can’t read,” goes a saying. A dogmatic tweet suggested, “if what you’ve been doing in the last hour doesn‘t serve a clear constructive purpose, stop immediately.”

Post from March 18, 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.

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 .


We must.

Post from January 22, 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 to understand, 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 .

On Truth

The digital world shows how when everything can be forged, nothing can be considered “true.” One of many examples: digital photography. We cannot be sure whether a photo hasn’t been tampered with. We can be sure about very little…

Post from December 31, 2015, 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


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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 .

The 1,000 Lives Thought Experiment

Open up your editor or grab a piece of paper, and write down what you’d do if you had another life. Or what you’d wish for in another life. Assume that anything goes…

Post from October 27, 2015, filed under .

Rules for the Media: Independence, Transparency, Accountability, Comparative Reporting

I’ve suggested to opt out of following news for the simple reason that “news” rarely constitute reliable and actionable information, and in the spirit that even ignorance may be preferable so to at least keep an open mind. Now, what would make me change this view?

Post from October 10, 2015, filed under .

Media: The Choice Between Misinformation and Uninformation

“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”—Our media, generally speaking, are not trustworthy. They are not trustworthy because of conflicts of interest…

Post from October 6, 2015, filed under .

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