This is a collection of links I stumbled across and found worth sharing. Also see the blogroll for links to blogs I regularly read.
The New York Times published a photo story (open the link in a private tab to avoid the login-wall) with photos of public places around the world in times of COVID-19. The emptiness in these pictures is on the one hand magical, but also somehow frightening. A virus has actually managed to stop the world.
These images are haunted and haunting, like stills from movies about plagues and the apocalypse, but in some ways they are hopeful.
I often talk about “RSS feeds” and that it’s my favorite way to follow content sources (news, blogs, YouTube channels) on the internet. Laura Kalbag wrote about how to read RSS in 2020 in which she explains the basics and benefits about RSS.
RSS is a way to get updates from a website without visiting the site itself. It’s particularly useful for getting the latest news from a news site, or blog posts from a blog.
You get to choose what you subscribe to in your feed reader, and the order in which the posts show up. […] Also, RSS does not track you. Not by default, anyway.
“Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell” is a YouTube channel that explains different topics in short videos in a clear and easy to understand way. The videos are also visually works of art:
We are a small team who want to make science look beautiful. Because it is beautiful.
In this video they explain the coronavirus and what everyone can and should do.
Phil Eaton wrote a really cool article. He documented how he used Go to write a rudimentary SQL database including a CLI. It is very interesting to read how commands are parsed and analyzed. The whole thing probably has no practical use (there are already countless mature database systems), but it’s still exciting. I remembered some of the math lectures in the first semester about formal languages.
This semester, as already mentioned, I take a Spanish course. Of course, learning languages also includes learning vocabulary. I looked for suitable apps and found Quizlet. I like the app even more than I thought. For example, I can create “learning sets” on the computer and learn from anywhere on my mobile phone. And various learning functions also ensure that I not only create virtual flashcards, but also learn the vocabulary.
¿Qué tan bien podré hablar y entender el español en tres meses?
One thing that could be improved though, is the amount of tracking scripts on the page. Although I’m currently using the 7-day trial version of Quizlet Go, which no longer displays ads and allows me to use the app offline, uBlock Origin blocks 9 scripts.
The problem is not this specific website or how fast it loads, but that shipping seems to be so much more important than performance, usability, accessibility, or user experience.
Mattias Geniar found a way to not have to display a cookie warning on his website and it’s surprisingly simple:
Stop. Collecting. Everyone’s. Personal. Browsing. Data. On. Every. Website.
I applied his amazingly simple trick to my website a while back and it seems that it still works. 😱