Linked List: November 2013

The CMS Trap

Unless you know exactly what you’re doing (which is unlikely), stay static.

And from the comments in Hacker News:

On the very top of the list of abhorrently convolute CMSes would probably have to be Typo3, followed after some distance by Drupal. But the more you work with the initially-liberal Wordpress the more you discover it’s not that far behind either.

Revisiting Nested Formsets

Useful, but given the warnings, there must be a simpler way to do what I’m currently trying to do with Django forms.

Horrible Logos

Bad logos for beer money since 2010.

I love the testimonials section.

MediaCrush Application to Serve Files Quickly

Drag and drop upload. Also compresses files. Impressive.

Bob Dylan Releases Video for Like A Rolling Stone

Flip the channels while playing.

Welcome to the World of Tomorrow

Holger Krekel:

I’d like to point you to a master piece from Frank Rieger in 2006 (!), predicting many of the things that are ongoing now and how to fight it. I recommend reading it completely as he does leave room for hope in the end :)

Frank is the current speaker of the Chaos Communication Club, btw. They have a lot of influence in Germany and culturally contributed a lot to making working for secret services uncool. Something which i believe is not really the case in the US and probably also not in the UK?

I love the ending of Frank Rieger’s article:

The eavesdropping people must be laughed about as their job is silly, boring, and ethically the worst thing to earn money with, sort of blackmail and robbing grandmas on the street. We need to develop a “lets have fun confusing their systems”-culture that plays with the inherent imperfections, loopholes, systematic problems, and interpretation errors that are inevitable with large scale surveillance. Artists are the right company for this kind of approach. We need a subculture of “In your face, peeping tom”. Exposing surveillance in the most humiliating and degrading manner, giving people something to laugh about must be the goal. Also, this prevents us from becoming frustrated and tired. If there is no fun in beating the system, we will get tired of it and they will win. So let’s be flexible, creative and funny, not angry, ideologic and stiff-necked.

See also: Our Walled World.

The Day The Earth Smiled

Lovely. See also: One Special Day in the Life of Planet Earth.

Fixedsys Excelsior Font

Used in this.

Simple Answers

Alt text:

‘Will [         ] allow us to better understand each other and thus make war undesirable?’ is one that pops up whenever we invent a new communication medium.

CSS Stopwatch
Excel-like Application in Less Than 30 Lines of JavaScript

The power of open standards and web browsers.

Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)

And from the Hacker News discussion, Julian Assange’s central thesis:

The non linear effects of leaks on unjust systems of governance

The more secretive or unjust an organization is, the more leaks induce fear and paranoia in its leadership and planning coterie. This must result in minimization of efficient internal communications mechanisms (an increase in cognitive “secrecy tax”) and consequent system-wide cognitive decline resulting in decreased ability to hold onto power as the environment demands adaption.

See also, from the Electronic Frontier Foundation: TPP Leak Confirms the Worst: US Negotiators Still Trying to Trade Away Internet Freedoms.

Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda Crisis and Relief Map
High-Resolution Mandelbrot in Obfuscated Python

Beautiful. Gotta love Python.

The Library Genesis Project

Find most any book you want, I think. Here’s some Jiddu Krishnamurti.

The IETF HTTP Working Group Is in a Special Place Right Now

Tim Bray:

What the people I respect want is for everything (yes, absolutely everything) transmitted across the Web to be sent in encrypted form, and with a high degree of confidence in exactly which server you’re connecting to.

Also there are the fools who think you shouldn’t need to encrypt if you don’t have anything to hide, but I’ve already written on why they should be ignored.

Update: HTTP 2.0 will be HTTPS only.

When You Take Away the Safe Space, You Take Away a Lot of the Power of Human Problem Solving

Tim Berners-Lee on the NSA and GCHQ.