Electric Mud, Satisfaction, Web Design, Circadian Rhythms, Wealth Taxes, Efficiency, etc.

 22 Aug 2020

Electric Mud, Satisfaction, Web Design, Circadian Rhythms, Wealth Taxes, Efficiency, etc.

A Brief History Of Responsive Web Design

This is a pretty neat article on the history of what I consider approaches to the canvas of the web; and representing information not just across devices but also of differing densities and consumption. I do appreciate the overt mention of Progressive Web Apps (PWA's) as a sensible approach to standardizing content delivery for the future of the web.

NeXT Logo Presentation By Paul Rand

When Jobs was asked what it was like to work with Rand, he said, [ I asked him if he would come up with a few options, and he said, "No, I will solve your problem for you and you will pay me. You don't have to use the solution. If you want options go talk to other people." ] That's a great way for a designer to own the solution without the weight of the problem.

"Electric Mud" Teems With New, Mysterious Bacteria

It's pretty cool that the delta in this experiment was due to a passive environmental observation and not found under active scrutiny of the bacteria themselves. I love the scientist's quote when he notes "It was an instruction from Mother Nature to take this more seriously."

The Semi-Satisfied Life

Wonderful insights into Arthur Schopenhauer's outlook on life and our interactions as we move through it in transcendence of a banal existence. I can relate to his "prime command" as imaginary King; there are few things more satisfying than solitude with the Self.

Modeling a Wealth Tax

A statistically sobering article on the flawed nature of wealth-based taxation, showing how it becomes harmfully compounding over time. Good read, and great point of reference.

Not Everyone Needs 8 Hours of Sleep, New Research Reveals

Very eye-opening information; that sleep patterns and the maximal benefits thereof have genetic predispositions which accounts for different sleep habits and routines such as early risers, night owls, and ill-diagnosed insomnia.

One Breath Around The World

Pardon the pun, but this is a breath-taking video of a champion free-diver exploring the open sea. The interaction with animals, the endless seascapes, and the cinematography are absolutely mesmerizing.

Why Efficiency Is Dangerous And Slowing Down Makes Life Better

As I've grown older, the technique of slowing down and finding precision has always proven itself to have more merit than any other approach to navigating today's fast-paced lifestyle of information overload and instant gratification. Efficiency as technique will always be available when needed, but the mental benefits of slowing down (breathing, thinking, navigating) will always sit higher in the hierarchy of living a rewarding life.

Why Primo Levi Survives

I recently finished Levi's two memoirs written shortly after his detainment in the Jewish concentration camps — "If This is a Man" and "The Truce" — and his optimism and matter-of-fact tenacity in describing the horrors and small victories of the human condition are perennial reads. The article does a great job of introducing Levi the writer, the prisoner, the chemist, and the man himself.

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