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Dragonfly identification UK | British Dragonfly Society

Brilliant resource for the identification of dragonflies, damselflies, and demoiselle species found in the UK with excellent reference photography.

📆 28 Jun 2020  | 🔗

  • Natural World
  • dragonfly
  • damselfly
  • demoiselle
  • insects
  • identification
  • resource
  • Britain 

Abolish the police state | Pablo Meier

...the NYPD currently has a $6bn budget, let next year's be $300m, and let them fight over it. Bonus! You've got $5.7bn for decarbonization efforts.

What... 😯

That means the NYPD has almost one-third of NASA's budget ($22.8bn). How?! The rest of Pablo's article is a great summary of why we need to rethink the justice systems that are in place, particularly in the US (though the UK is far from innocent). He also makes some excellent points about working at companies like Facebook and how far walkouts actually work.

Next time? Take down the site and APIs until Mark and Sheryl come to the table.
That people can be bought into brutalizing others sucks, but it's a reality I accept; if you're going to do it, it's insulting to have our future sold for so fucking cheap.

📆 23 Jun 2020  | 🔗

  • Anthropocenic View
  • injustice
  • NYPD
  • democracy
  • equality
  • black lives matter
  • police
  • Facebook
  • tech 

Awesomeplete | Lea Verou

An enhanced version of the <datalist> element that uses a tiny amount of additional CSS and JS to modernise the element and bring additional functionality to it.

📆 23 Jun 2020  | 🔗

  • HTML & CSS
  • HTML
  • JavaScript
  • open source
  • datalist
  • modernise 

A huge Airbnb scam is taking over London | Wired UK

A wonderful tale about how a handful of individuals are purchasing huge quantities of micro-apartments in London, renting them out under thousands of fake accounts across sites like Airbnb, and making a huge amount of money from it in the process (whilst obviously side-stepping rental laws, health and safety requirements, etc.).

As the short-term rental goldrush gathers pace, Airbnb empires are being rapidly scaled and monetised, with professional operators creating scores of fake accounts, fake listings and fake reviews to run rings around Airbnb, local law enforcement and the guests who place their trust in the platform.
Yet, for many, this is what Airbnb has become: a thin sharing-economy veneer hiding a vast slurry of unscrupulous profiteers.

Charles Booth's London | LSE

An incredible online project that has mapped Charles Booth's highly detailed, hand-drawn maps of London in the late 1800s with the Google API, allowing you to compare them to the modern map quickly. Booth was a socialist who spent years walking around London and drawing out each neighbourhood into "poverty maps" that showed which streets showed signs of wealth or neglect, as well as logging policing activity in the area. It's an immensely intricate snapshot of the period and a very neat project.

Deep dive into the CSS contain property | CSS Tricks

A simple way to look at what [contain] provides is that we can give hints to the browser about the relationships of the various elements on the page.
The general idea is apply it to elements that are containers of other elements, especially those with some form of dynamic aspect to them.

Rises and falls of the IndieWeb | Pablo Meier

An interesting viewpoint on the IndieWeb movement that gels with my worries about is this going anywhere? Is it all just a lot of work for nothing?

Like hobbyists with ham radios, it won't go away entirely (thank God), but… it'll only be populated by the kind of people who hang out on ham radios.
On another note, I'm not sure federation is the answer. It's better than a private, unprofitable centralized company for sure, but could we build truly decentralized systems?

The inaccessible rail | Atlas Obscura

I've become more than a little besotted with the islands of Tristan da Cunha, an incredibly remote British Territory about halfway between South Africa and Argentina. Whilst the main island of Tristan is interesting enough, with a small population and almost no outside contact (it's served by a single, defenceless "harbour" that makes it impossible to land for about 80% of the year), it's the even smaller sister islands that have captivated me, none more so than the wonderfully named Inaccessible Island, which is somehow even more impossible to reach.

Why? Beyond the obvious appeal of a culture so distant (and yet still, technically, governed by my own government, albeit with an almost complete level of autonomy), the islands are a wildlife haven for a number of highly endangered and endemic birds (as well as some unfortunately introduced, super-sized rats and mice that threaten the native wildlife with extinction). There's the Tristan Thrush and the Tristan Albatross, as well as the Gough Moorhen and Gough Bunting on the "nearby" (245 miles) Gough Island. Spectacled and Atlantic petrels use the islands as their only breeding grounds, as do countless other bird species including the critically endangered Northern Rockhopper Penguin. But above all others, it is the Impossible Rail that fascinates me, hence my desire to go to its namesake island.

The rail is a distant relative of South American rails and is the smallest flightless bird alive, filling the niche of rodents on the one island that they never reached. It doesn't appear to have ever existed on the other islands in the archipelago, instead evolving and thriving on Inaccessible alone, where it scurries around the undergrowth. I think it's brilliant.

It also used to have a distinct genus (genetic studies have since seen this subsumed) of Atlantisia, a tribute to the legend of Atlantis. Even cooler.

📆 23 Jun 2020  | 🔗

  • People & Places
  • Natural World
  • birds
  • Inaccessible Island
  • Tristan da Cunha
  • bucket list
  • travel
  • Atlantic
  • endemic
  • rail
  • flightless
  • penguin
  • endangered
  • conservation 

Always bet on HTML | Chris Ferdinandi

But if I were going to bet on a web technology, it’s HTML. Always bet on HTML.

In brief: HTML is resilient, feature-rich, hyper performant, and scalable.

Related tweet text from Zach Leatherman:

Which has a better First Meaningful Paint time?

  1. a raw 8.5MB HTML file with the full text of every single one of my 27,506 tweets
  2. a client rendered React site with exactly one tweet on it

(Spoiler: @____lighthouse reports 8.5MB of HTML wins by about 200ms)

📆 23 Jun 2020  | 🔗

  • HTML & CSS
  • Zach Leatherman
  • first meaningful paint
  • HTML
  • web performance 

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