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Renntag (1874) Carl Gussow

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Napoleon And A Chambermaid, Oskar Rex

Engineering alone can’t fix what’s wrong with the internet - a short reflection on the lessons we learn by caring for the software we create.

@schmudde commented on a post by @nerdyguy90 Sep 9

I tried it out yesterday. Not a great first impression as opposed to something like Metafilter. Is communities.win seeing an exodus?

Hi gurlic! Has anyone here visited communities.win? What was your opinion of it? Are you still a member or did you leave?

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Euphorie (Selbstporträt) (1941) Karl Wiener

@schmudde commented on a post by @johntitor May 14

I seem to be missing the part where Martin leverages the homoiconic nature of Clojure. I do see how writing in a language that uses s-expressions makes it easier to parse the code. It makes it easier than ensuring balanced brackets (Java) or spacing (Python). But that’s not about homoiconicity. What am I missing here?

At work we’ve been using feature flags to roll out various changes of the product. Most recently the rebrand from Icebreaker to Gatheround. This allowed us to continuously ship small pieces and review and improve these on their own pace without creating two vastly different branches of changes.

With the rebrand work in particular there were lots of places where we needed relatively small, local differentiations between the old and the new appearance. Oftentimes just applying a different set of classes to a DOM element. Less often, up to swapping entire components.

Overall this approach seemed to work really well and we shipped the rebrand without significant delays and at a level of quality that made everyone happy. What we’re left with now is some 250+ conditionals involving our use-new-brand? feature flag.

This tells the story of how we got rid of those.

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Still Life with Asparagus, Adriaen Coorte, 1697

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Sunset Over The Fjord, Adelsteen Normann

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@artist Beautiful! “Seville Catedral on the Side of the Steps”

Jenaro Pérez Villaamil (1835)

Vista del interior de una catedral, Jenaro Pérez Villaamil, 19th century.

@schmudde commented on a post by @artist Mar 14

Imagine seeing a landscape like this for the first time. Not even a painting or a photograph to prepare you.

Cliffs of the Upper Colorado River, Wyoming Territory, Thomas Moran, 1861–1897.

@schmudde commented on a post by @femme Feb 20

I feel there is a prominence of “property ownership and profitability” this this space. At best it reads as a reasonable response to the communal utopians who wrote the first chapter of the WWW (Stewart Brand, Barlow, etc…).

At worst I feel like it ignores the history of currency, technology, and the arts to promise another utopia. Capital will always be captured by those who value it most. Artists and others will be left to argue about what’s left. Then we’re back to the exact same collective action problem the first communal utopians were attempting to solve. :(

Every ten years or so, there’s a paradigm shift with the Internet. First, it was the transition from portal sites to Google. In the 2010s, social networks not only flipped how we interacted with each other, but how we consumed content. Could cryptomedia and NFTs indicate the next wave of how we consider and use the Internet? One where everyone, not just artists, stand to benefit as far as property ownership and profitability are concerned?