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Another Sunday, Another Naive Weekly — Observations From The Internet Wilderness.
Summer arrived. So I took off the extra layers of clothes to let the sun rays sip into my skin and take control of my day. I move differently when seduced by the sun. The sun works as a noise filter: it is great for a slow family evening trip in the cargo bike to the park but less supportive of the urgency of deadlines.
Roadside flowers are like sunshine for the internet. They show the web's emphatic, poetic, and joyful potential and shine without expecting anything in return. So I'm not convinced that what I'm about to do is a good idea or whether it brings the destructive scarcity of competition into something generous and abundant by nature.
Nevertheless, Substack has introduced a polling feature, and I want to use it to award our favourite roadside flower using the round of 16 brackets. So please send me one or two of those websites you keep thinking about, and I’ll consider them when selecting the batch (recent websites are prioritized). We start next Sunday, and it will run for fifteen weeks.
Can I Send You an Email is a binary question with a potential surprise.
Big Tree is like Eames’ Powers of Ten made for the browser and from your kitchen.
And by islands I mean paragraphs is web poetry.
Jevons Paradox claims that an increase in efficiency leads to increased demand. So when we add one extra lane to the road, we get more cars stuck in traffic instead of smoother traffic. Nick Heer’s argues the same to be true for websites. Back in the 90s, websites loaded slowly because our modems were slow. Today our internet connections are multiple times faster, but the sites still take a long time to load. So instead of increasing the speed, we should consider how we design and develop websites.
Two of my favourite topics combined: Maps making and the muddy water of existence. Daniel Mescheder lists a series of problems developers encounter as they make a two-dimensional representation of a multi-dimensional world. The post is amusing and a welcome reminder of the flaws in our mental models.
To let the sunshine into our home, I washed the windows, which turned out to be a perfect activity for listening to podcasts. And I was entertained while listening to the Civilization publishers talk about cultural production. However, I was initially lured to the podcast by the episode with Kevin Driscoll, author of The Modem World: A Pre-history of Social Media. The episode is rich in computer history anecdotes, so if you are anything like me, you might as well start cleaning your windows and listen.
TESTING THE POLL FEATURE
Hi, I’m Kristoffer and you have just read Naive Weekly — Observations from the Internet Wilderness.
Last week this letter was sent to 1069 people. Twenty-nine are crazy enough to chip in every month/year to support me making time to write. Logo by Studio Hollywood. Print by Luka. Postcard by me. Photograph by Ana Santl.