Jens Oliver Meiert

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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 .

What I’ve Hated and What I’ve Loved About Web Development

In On Web Development and in other contexts I’ve alluded to wrapping up, ending my old career. That’s only correct to an extent. (In keeping with the intelligence community, always put everyone at risk by adding backdoors.)

Post from September 30, 2015, filed under .

The Problem of “Fire and Forget” in Web Design

If I were to pick the main issue in web design… I couldn’t answer immediately. I don’t think there are so many, but there are a few, they are very different, they operate on different scales, and so they’re hard to compare. One, however, is “fire and forget.”

Post from September 17, 2015, filed under and .

On Science Experimenting on Life

There are boundaries, and some boundaries must be non-negotiable.

Post from September 10, 2015, filed under .

The Teaching Dilemma

When we’re here to learn, is it at all said that we can be taught?

Post from September 7, 2015, filed under .

Love Reciprocity

Love! What a wonderful topic. My mind would instantly turn into a good number of directions, from love in our personal lives to different forms of love, to the powers of love, to the possibly universal character of love. Let’s be more specific.

Post from August 26, 2015, filed under .

Several Lives

I have no doubt that we live several lives. I have no doubt for there’s an entirely different belief system, an entirely different thought framework, that supports this model. Here, though, I want to isolate a single idea, the one of multiple lives, as opposed to one life.

Post from August 20, 2015, filed under .

Two Realities

Wundt wrote in 1911 how “a human being is a psycho-physical and not only a physical unity,” and here we’re thinking about that a little, aloud.

Post from August 13, 2015, filed under .

The One Belief to Cultivate

There’s a particularly important belief, habit, or trait for us to cultivate: that whatever it is we want to be or master, we can learn how to be or master whatever it is we want.

Post from August 11, 2015, filed under .

The cover of “Journey of J..”

New Book: Journey of J.

Mostly for planned closure, somewhat for playful curiosity, I wrote another book. Journey of J.—Around the World in 557 Days, 1,017 Photos, and 291 Personal Notes is about the long and eventful trip…

Post from August 6, 2015, filed under .

Meiert’s Law of User-Generated Code

Whenever you allow users to edit any code of your website, you’re doomed. It’s only a matter of time until you need to rewrite the whole website—and, for an extra twist, alienate all those users.

Post from August 4, 2015, filed under .

Analytics: Only When We Do Use It

Here’s something so obvious, it isn’t anymore. Which is: We should only use analytics software when we actually use it. Not when we think we could might want to need it. And not when we only glance at it…

Post from July 27, 2015, filed under .

The cover of “On Web Development.”

New Book: On Web Development

I wrote another book. On Web Development. On Web Development is an ebook that collects most of the articles about web development (and web design) that I wrote between 2005 and 2015. Most articles as in most useful, most important, and also most controversial.

Post from July 1, 2015, filed under .

Travel Intelligence: Global Country Information for German Travelers

Traveling the world one inevitably runs into places one cannot simply enter. Other places one doesn’t want to simply enter. For purposes of tracking both I had, during my 18-month world trip, set up a special country intel sheet…

Post from June 22, 2015, filed under .

On Conspiracy Theories

These days, many a serious inquiry into significant events leads to something marked a “conspiracy theory.” Use of the expression “conspiracy theory” has gone as far as to be used as a blanket dismissal…

Post from June 2, 2015, filed under .

Web Standards: We’re F’ing It Up

It’s a problem to just change specs. But it’s an increasingly bigger problem not to clean and prune them. The intimidating complexity of web standard specs should precisely be a motivation, not a threat, to come up with a plan. It follows the populist version.

Post from May 18, 2015, filed under .

A Vision of Web Development

There is one thing every web developer should aspire to: writing the most minimal, semantically appropriate, valid HTML, and then never changing it. “Never” not in a sense of denial and refusal, but in the sense of a guiding light…

Post from May 13, 2015, filed under .

Loving Technology

I love the idea of caring, of loving technology. I believe we need technology that is loving. I think we have ample possibilities to envision and build technology that is loving. Here I’ll be brief and merely bring up the concept.

Post from May 8, 2015, filed under .

Business Practices, Reframed

Ideas for the next performance review.

Post from May 6, 2015, filed under .

Museums Should Always Allow Photography

The observation that there seem to be good reasons to allow most photography—to charge extra for it if necessary—, but none to offend visitors by banning it.

Post from April 30, 2015, filed under .

10 Photos

Some of my favorite and most popular photos lately.

Post from April 24, 2015, filed under .

The 1% Hypothesis of Mass Surveillance

A few weeks back I read this security article about how it’s odd that no one has ever suspected and detected anything related to all that mass surveillance we learned about through Edward Snowden. In particular, physical manipulation of devices…

Post from April 13, 2015, filed under .

No

Have we stopped killing yet?

Post from April 11, 2015, filed under .

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