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    I’m leasing my jeans

    I’m leasing my jeans. Yes, you heard right. What sounds a little bit confusing at first, is pretty interesting though. For a long time I didn’t wear jeans as I hate go to a shop and try dozens of very expensive jeans that don’t fit very well or don’t look great. Then I stumbled over MUD Jeans and decided to try one, so I bought two models, two sizes online. I ended up sending back three, one less th…
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    How we see Time

    It’s quite interesting to study and observe how we treat time in our lives. In our youth we often complain(ed) that we’re bored. Then, later in life we always feel stressed and never have enough time for anything. But this week I saw a quote that got me thinking again, triggering thoughts I had a lot before but never wrote down: If we wasted money the way we waste time, we’d all be bankrupt. —Seth…
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    hr as styled block element

    Did you know you can style an <hr> HTML element quite a bit? If you look at the specification, it tells us that it’s an empty-content element, and it belongs to the flow-content elements. We also can see that it’s not usable with an opening and closing element so it’s used as a solitaire without end-tag. So, now we only need to know when to use an hr element: The hr element represents a parag…
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    Garden in June

    It’s that time in the year again in which I spent a lot of time in my Garden. It needs care and as a reward makes me happy by showing what grows if you care about the nature. Let’s walk around in the Garden (and a bit in time as well): First strawberries are ready to crop. They’re in their second year which means they will produce much more over the next years. Broad beans flowered and are now build…
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    穀雨 (Kokū)

    We all are used to see the negative things in life. We can nearly always complain about the weather; It’s either too hot, too cold, too windy, raining the whole summer or snowing again since months now. It seems weather can’t make it right for us and yet we spend most of the days in our offices, in our flats, ignoring the little details of life. Living in cities, most of us don’t need to know if the r…
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    Hope in the Dark Forest

    Imagine a dark forest at night. It’s deathly quiet. Nothing moves. Nothing stirs. This could lead one to assume that the forest is devoid of life. But of course, it’s not. The dark forest is full of life. It’s quiet because night is when the predators come out. To survive, the animals stay silent. (…) This is also what the internet is becoming: a dark forest. — Yancey Strickler Last week, an article a…
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    “It must be free”

    Why did it ‘work fine’ for years for free? It seems that the company wants to make more profit now. When services start charging users, I always read a lot of people complaining about it. Nobody wants to pay for a service that was free for years but now charges a monthly fee. And it’s totally understandable—why did it ‘work fine’ for years for free? It seems that the company wants to make more profit now.…
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    [Talk] Diversify your life to achieve more happiness

    What my life looked like two years ago Computer More Computer Siting at home, doing nothing useful but being lazy and passively consuming things (TV) Occasionally going out with friends, drinking beer or something. Going a few times a year into mountains which always felt amazing but also needed a lot of self-convincement to really go out. This resulted in a breakdown of the sense of life,…
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    Building a Bed

    This project I had in mind for over a year already. It would be my dream to build my own bed and the concept was shaped over one year until I realized that this year I would have to make that real or it would never happen. So I started getting serious about the planning, draw construction sketches and talked with several people who know more than me about wood construction. This already was an…
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    Does the individual matter if only 100 companies are responsible for 71% of CO2 emissions?

    Today I came across an article about a study (PDF) that found out that just 100 companies are responsible for 71% of global emissions. “There is a hard limit to how much of an effect lifestyle changes alone can have.”—Baldur Bjarnason on Mastodon The source who lead me to this interesting article also mentioned there’d be a “hard limit to how much of an effect lifestyle changes alone can have”. Th…
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    Built to Last

    You in business? What are you doing to last? Not to grow. Not to gain. Not to take. Not to win. But to last? —Jason Fried in Outlasting It describes the way I build software and websites since ever — building a thing that lasts for as long as I can imagine it to last. In the past, I related this to how I create a codebase so that it lasts for years and will be reliable and readable by other peo…
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    Decentralized won’t fix unethical behavior

    I’m a big fan of decentralized solutions and advocate for them a lot. But the claim by technologists for building decentralized services as a response to unethical behavior is wrong. If we try to solve the underlying humanitarian issue with technology, nothing changes. Decentralized services are a good idea to share responsibility and own your data. But they’re not going to prevent people from abu…
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    You design your service

    Facebook’s Press Release after the Cambridge Analytica story unfolded is one perfect way to show how the whole company thinks. While it’s clear that Facebook didn’t follow their claim to “Protecting people’s information is the most important thing we do at Facebook.”, they declare it Cambridge Analytica’s fault that they used data that Facebook and their users gave them unnecessarily. The whole story is abou…
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    Trust yourself

    “Trust yourself and your decision you just made.” Something I said yesterday during a meeting and only later realized the true value of it and its meaning.
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    Making Things Better

    When you build something, it’s hard to decide whether it’s good enough or not to release it to the public. But improving something is even harder due to the infinity of possible solutions. This is known as the common issue of not being able to validate a change binary: A common approach to problem solving is to consider it binary. Either you’ve fixed the issue or you haven’t. Some problems fit that do…
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    Ethical Design And Sustainability On The Web

    Ethical Design is a term often used by various people in the past year and now even predicted as a trend for 2018. Interestingly, when you read more about what it means you get a variety of responses. It lasts from the user experience over sustainability to business concepts. And in fact, it’s a mixture of all and cannot be a trend—instead it must be a requirement for us as human beings. When we mee…
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    Colloq is there!

    Today is the day for me and my colleagues Tobias and Holger. Today we launched Colloq, a new event platform for organizers, speakers and attendees. We’ve worked for over one year on it and are proud to finally have launched our service to the public. If you want the official news, you can head over and read the announcement post on the Colloq blog. Here I’m going to share a more personal view. Col…
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    Off Time Balance

    I’m on vacation and today I worked for two hours. Yesterday for one. Before that, some minutes per day perhaps, mostly nothing. I plan to do nothing again over the next days but can’t promise. How about you — do you know the feeling of overwhelming work when you come back from vacation? Do you feel exhausted right after the first day back in office? That’s what is common to me and I want to avoid it. I ho…
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    Building a custom VW Camping Car—DIY style

    One year ago I purchased a VW T5 van with the goal of transforming the van into a camping car for my own adventures. Now I found the time to write up what I did and show you how. First of all, let me say I’m really thankful to my dad and to my best friend who both advised me so much with useful insights and tips and my dad for showing me how to manufacture the wooden interior properly. In summary t…
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    Using flow-root today

    You can use the new display: flow-root value today. It’s available in Firefox 53 and Chrome 58 which both have been released this week. And thanks to @supports, we can easily apply it already. Visit Demo on JSBin directly. Native “clearfix” Rachel Andrew has a good introductory article on the new native method to fix containers with floats inside. The new display value has only recently been speci…