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Monday, 19. October 12020
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Why the Wingdings font exists.

When using a printing press, printers needed a shortcut when it came to ornamenting their text. Every figure or letter had to be hand-carved and laid out before anything could be printed, so it was too laborious to make a new template for every drawing or figure.

Welcome To The Old Internet Again!

Sunday, 18. October 12020
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49 is the first square where the digits are squares. In this case 4 and 9 are squares.

Friday, 16. October 12020
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Make me think!

I am increasingly wary of the term “user centered design”. The word “user” has a second meaning — “consumer of drugs”— which implies dependance, short-sighted gratification and a reliable source of income for the “dealer”. The word “centered” excludes pretty much everyone and everything else.

Source: i0.wp.com

[Proposal] Content Aggregation Technology.

Over the past years, many proprietary content aggregation technologies have been developed and deployed (AMP, Apple News Format, Facebook Instant Articles, MIP, Web Bundles). They have, however, largely been produced without the involvement of the parties whose content they aggregate. The primary intent of this document is to rectify this situation.

Relevant: CAT, W3C Editor's Draft.

Performance Marketing und Datenschutz muss kein Widerspruch sein.

Performance Marketing ist aktuell mit verantwortlich für die allgegenwärtige Überwachung im Netz. Ich habe aufgeschrieben, wie es anders geht.

Watch The Flaming Lips play gig with crowd inside plastic bubbles (via futurism.com).

Source: nme.com

Your Phone Wasn’t Built for the Apocalypse.

An Instagram post tagged #nofilter makes an implicit claim against artifice: This is how it really looked. And yet, there is no such thing as an unfiltered image, just differently filtered ones.

Ranking the Pain of Stinging Insects, From ‘Caustic’ to ‘Blinding'.

Torture. You are chained in the flow of an active volcano. Why did I start this list?

Falsetickers, Truechimers et al.

Clock Synchronization.

Clock synchronization, keeping all of the clocks on your network set to the “correct” time, sounds straightforward: our smartphones sure don’t seem to have trouble with it. Next, keep them all accurate to within 100 microseconds, and prove that you did -- now things start to get tricky.