First, I get irritated we’ve become so dependent on JS libraries that a tutorial covering WC3 DOM and Selector APIs is a revelation. Then I remember that I’ve never had to allocate memory for a string.
I’ve been enjoying Adam Mathes’ recent return to blogging. I expect to link to a lot of his stuff in the future.
Q: Why can’t you remember the music from Marvel movies? A: temp music!
(In music we might call this “demo-itis,” a condition whereby you so fall in love with the sound of your demo, you dislike any attempt to record a “final” version. Or, maybe you just want to save a few bucks.)
You don’t have to spend more than 10 minutes talking to a purveyor of content on the web to realize that the question keeping them up at night is how to improve the performance of their stories against some engagement metric. And it’s easy enough to see the logical consequence of this incentive: At the bottom of article pages on nearly every major content site is an “Around the Web” widget powered either by Outbrain or Taboola. These widgets are aggressively optimized for clicks. (People do, in fact, click on that stuff. I click on that stuff.) And you can see that it’s mostly sexy, sexist, and sensationalist garbage. The more you let engagement metrics drive editorial, the more your site will look like a Taboola widget. That’s the drain it all circles toward.
From the Google Chrome team: a “simple API called Web Share that allows websites to invoke the native sharing capabilities of the host platform.”
(Amazon link) A collection of brain-melting short sci-fi stories from a polluted and impoverished future that is a lot less depressing than I just made it sound. This has been out since 2010 but I recently re-read the whole thing. RIYL Ted Chiang, et al.