Cancel Hollywood. Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite is one of the best films I’ve ever seen.
Nature has put together a comprehensive series of charts that do a really great job at showing just how fucked we are.
Whatever they decide, nations will have to reckon with some difficult numbers that will ultimately determine whether the world can avoid the rapidly approaching climate meltdown. Nature documents the scale of the challenge in an infographic that explores energy use, carbon dioxide pollution and issues of climate justice. At a time when countries have pledged to curb greenhouse gases sharply, the data show that annual emissions spiked by 2.1% in 2018 — owing in part to increased demand for coal in places such as China and India.
Marcy Sutton is collecting good examples of websites and interfaces where accessibility and beautiful design go hand-in-hand. Subscribed.
I have a simple rule of thumb when it comes to programming:
less code === less potential issues
This rule of thumb controls my own feelings towards a solution. It shouldn’t take 120 MB of code to uglify some JS. But maybe I’m wrong.
In practice, this dependency hell has bitten me so often already that my life expectancy probably sank by 2-3 years. You want to build a JS file? Please update Webpack first. Oh, that new version of Webpack is no longer compatible with your Node version. Oh, your new Node version is no longer compatible with that other dependency. Oh, now you have 233 detected security issues in all your node_modules but you can’t fix them because that would break something completely unrelated.
Ugh. Jeremy Keith comments:
The longer I spend in this field, the more convinced I am that web performance is not a technical problem; it’s a people problem.
Terence Eden explains how different screen technologies, human biology, and fingerprint grease make “pixel perfection” a pointless goal:
There is no grid. There never has been. You can align to theoretical pixels - but as soon as the image hits a physical screen, it will be adjusted to best fit reality.
An obsession with pixel perfect rendering is futile.
Every Layout expands on this idea, specifically as it pertains to CSS:
Suffice it to say that, while screens are indeed made up of pixels, pixels are not regular, immutable, or constant. A
400pxbox viewed by a user browsing zoomed in is simply not
400pxin CSS pixels. It may not have been
400pxin device pixels even before they activated zoom.
See also: Ian Mallett’s Subpixel Zoo: A Catalog of Subpixel Geometry.
Ollie Williams welcomes the new CSS properties for styling underlines:
Finally we can demarcate links without sacrificing style thanks to two new CSS properties.
text-underline-offsetcontrols the position of the underline.
text-decoration-thicknesscontrols the thickness of underlines, as well as overlines, and line-throughs.
I’ve been working on a blog post about this topic, and Ollie does a good job of covering some of the points I want to make. But I want to go further and explore implementation quirks, the details where the new properties don’t quite go far enough, and make a case for why underlines shouldn’t be pixel-aligned.
Last march, I wrote a proposal for Can I email, a website similar to caniuse.com dedicated to support in email clients.
Today, barely six months after, I am really happy and pleased to announce that with the help of my colleagues and members of the email geeks community, we’re officially launching caniemail.com.
Wow, this was sorely needed.
Called SIM swapping, it allows hackers to take control of a victim’s phone number. In recent months, SIM swapping has been used to hijack the online personas of politicians, celebrities and notables like Mr. Dorsey, to steal money all over the world and to simply harass regular people.
Victims, no matter how prominent or technically sophisticated, have been unable to protect themselves, even after they have been hit again and again.
“I’ve been looking at the criminal underground for a long time, and SIM swapping bothers me more than anything I’ve seen,” said Allison Nixon, the director of research at the security firm Flashpoint. “It requires no skill, and there is literally nothing the average person can do to stop it.”
We’ve been hearing about this exploit for years. Of course, things seem to only have gotten worse.
Do you want to be afraid of the dark? It’s quick and easy. When walking into a dark room just ask yourself “what would David Lynch put in there”