Jens Oliver Meiert

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A Population Control Primer

An incomplete, roughly sorted sketch of actions, methods, and developments that don’t serve us, that instead divide, distract, confuse, manipulate, exploit, demotivate, control, and dominate us. We have a lot of work to do.

Post from February 24, 2015, filed under .

On Taking Life

We cannot accept killing. The default must be to respect, to cherish life. We should get help to those who suggest to take lives. Eight theses on a most critical matter.

Post from February 14, 2015, filed under .

On Age

Age is wonderful. Aging is wonderful. Age is wonderful for in a life reasonably lived, in a life not exclusively spent idly or hedonistically, age signifies the accumulation of experience and knowledge, and perhaps even wisdom.

Post from February 4, 2015, filed under .

Web Design and Principles

Web design has become complex. More people, more ideas, more use cases, more technical innovations, more design variations, &c. pp. More makes for more complex. However, there’s a life line helping us with this complexity, as well as trends.

Post from January 30, 2015, filed under and .

Web Frameworks in a Nutshell

My next book is coming! “The Little Book of HTML/CSS Frameworks.” I’m wrapping it up with the team of O’Reilly as we speak. In the book, I share much of my experience architecting, developing, and maintaining web frameworks, as I’ve done for Google, Aperto, and GMX…

Post from January 24, 2015, filed under .

On the Deterioration of HTML/CSS Practices

Presentational markup for everyone.

Post from January 22, 2015, filed under .

Love

Love is vulnerability. First and foremost, love is vulnerability. It took me many years to recognize this. Many years in which there wasn’t much love in my life, even permitted in my life. I had locked it all out, out of fear to be… vulnerable.

Post from January 15, 2015, filed under .

Character

A couple of weeks ago I read Samuel Smiles’ Character, a book extraordinarily useful and important. I think you’d like it. “Character is one of the greatest motive powers in the world. In its noblest embodiments, it exemplifies human nature in its highest forms…”

Post from January 12, 2015, filed under .

The One Assumption About Our Reality

We’re bringing 2014 to a close, and just as with 2013 I like to end with something constructive, something encouraging.

Post from December 31, 2014, filed under .

My Year in Cities, 2014

This is going to be a bit, lengthy. I told you I had traded activities for locations. Continuing the trip around the world that I began last year, here’s where I went in 2014.

Post from December 28, 2014, filed under .

My Year in Activities, 2014

At the end of every year I’m recollecting new things I’ve done and new places I’ve seen. Here’s what I tried in 2014.

Post from December 27, 2014, filed under .

Jens and Photography

I love what technology has allowed all of us to do, from writing and publishing for the masses to designing and coding for the masses to photography and arts for the masses. But as a professional in an industry that is easy for people to enter…

Post from December 22, 2014, filed under .

Maintainable Social Script Integration

In my book a website embeds all those third party share and like and +1 scripts, whether from Facebook or from Twitter or from Google (or from AddThis) like this: <div id=social></div>. That’s it. The reason for this brevity is maintainability.

Post from December 19, 2014, filed under .

Ground Rules for Working with Web Agencies

After we identified inherent problems of working with agencies, let’s look at some of our options. We may still need to hire an agency after all, or make the best out of an existing project. The leg work we’ve done in the first part will help us keep this brief…

Post from December 15, 2014, filed under .

The Problems of Working with Web Agencies

I started my career in a small agency, I later worked for a big agency, and I at other times collaborated with or managed agency staff. I’ve never enjoyed working for nor with agencies. That was not because of the people, but because of some inherent issues…

Post from December 11, 2014, filed under .

CSS and Specificity

On one of CSS’ greatest features, and from using graphs for greater understanding to affirming fundamentals for saner coding.

Post from November 27, 2014, filed under .

Questioning Electronic Data as Evidence

We need better defenses against assaults on our rights and privacy. In a world in which most happens electronically, one such defense gets surprisingly little attention: Everything electronic can be forged.

Post from October 29, 2014, filed under .

Google and HTML/CSS Code Quality

For much of Google’s life time there have been few Google web pages of high code quality. That had changed over the last years, but now there are regressions. On the rise and fall of Google’s websites.

Post from October 21, 2014, filed under .

CSS, DRY, and Code Optimization

Why we should minimize repetition in style sheets—perhaps through using declarations just once—, focus more on CSS optimization, and consider that avoiding problems is also a way of solving them.

Post from October 9, 2014, filed under .

On Declaration Sorting in CSS

I keep on seeing people advocate to sort declarations “by type.” And every time I wonder, why is this idea still going around? Type sorting is extraordinarily ineffective, for it’s extremely slow and consistently unreliable…

Post from September 24, 2014, filed under .

Interlude

I’m quite fine with jumping from something trivial to something very serious, but not the other way around. So this post is intentionally left blank.

Post from September 21, 2014, filed under .

On Net Neutrality

We need net neutrality, and we need to insist on net neutrality. Everywhere, not just in the United States. Throttling internet access, or charging select content providers extra, much appears like a brazen combination of profiteering, extortion, and, effectively, censorship.

Post from September 17, 2014, filed under .

On Privacy

A few theses on a critical subject. The most important ones: One cannot be free without privacy, all living beings have a right for privacy, and we shall punish intentional violations of privacy.

Post from September 15, 2014, filed under .

On America

The United States have so far engaged in 71 wars in which they killed 13.8 million people; not counted are the World Wars they ended with nuclear strikes on Japan. The U.S. have led 26 proxy wars in which they took 1.4 million lives…

Post from September 9, 2014, filed under .

How to Travel the World and Stay Healthy

For long travels, another key beside safety is health. And as my track record in this regard is flawless, essentially, I thought to share a few quick ideas on this, too.

Post from September 8, 2014, filed under .

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