This is the draft a new standard (spec) to hopefully get rid of those annoying cookie banners. We went through all of this with Do Not Track, so let’s see if this approach ends up working… 🤞
ADPC is a proposed automated mechanism for the communication of users’ privacy decisions. It aims to empower users to protect their online choices in a human-centric, easy and enforceable manner. ADPC also supports online publishers and service providers to comply with data protection and consumer protection regulations.
novelWriter is “a markdown-like text editor designed for writing novels and larger projects of many smaller plain text documents.”
Open Peeps is a hand-drawn illustration library. “You can use Open Peeps in product illustration, marketing imagery, comics, product states, user flows, personas, storyboarding, invitations for your quinceañera…or anything else not on this list.”
Pattern Generator provides you with a way to “create unique, seamless, royalty-free patterns”.
Same Energy is “a visual search engine. You can use it to find beautiful art, photography, decoration ideas, or anything else.”
Screenstab allows you to “cut down on time and effort by auto-generating appealing graphics for marketing materials, social media posts, illustrations & presentation slides.”
Quotation-as-title by Oliver Wendell Holmes. Image by Jessica Lee.
Check out these things I discovered this week, and wanted to pass along:
Study shows some political beliefs are just historical accidents(Ars Technica) — “Obviously, these experiments aren’t exactly like the real world, where political leaders can try to steer their parties. Still, it’s another way to show that some political beliefs aren’t inviolable principles—some are likely just the result of a historical accident reinforced by a potent form of tribal peer pressure. And in the early days of an issue, people are particularly susceptible to tribal cues as they form an opinion.”
Please, My Digital Archive. It’s Very Sick.(Lapham’s Quarterly) — “An archivist’s dream is immaculate preservation, documentation, accessibility, the chance for our shared history to speak to us once more in the present. But if the preservation of digital documents remains an unsolvable puzzle, ornery in ways that print materials often aren’t, what good will our archiving do should it become impossible to inhabit the world we attempt to preserve?”
So You’re 35 and All Your Friends Have Already Shed Their Human Skins(McSweeney’s) — “It’s a myth that once you hit 40 you can’t slowly and agonizingly mutate from a human being into a hideous, infernal arachnid whose gluttonous shrieks are hymns to the mad vampire-goddess Maggorthulax. You have time. There’s no biological clock ticking. The parasitic worms inside you exist outside of our space-time continuum.”
Investing in Your Ordinary Powers(Breaking Smart) — “The industrial world is set up to both encourage and coerce you to discover, as early as possible, what makes you special, double down on it, and build a distinguishable identity around it. Your specialness-based identity is in some ways your Industrial True Name. It is how the world picks you out from the crowd.”
Browser Fingerprinting: An Introduction and the Challenges Ahead(The Tor Project) — “This technique is so rooted in mechanisms that exist since the beginning of the web that it is very complex to get rid of it. It is one thing to remove differences between users as much as possible. It is a completely different one to remove device-specific information altogether.”
What is a Blockchain Phone? The HTC Exodus explained(giffgaff) — “HTC believes that in the future, your phone could hold your passport, driving license, wallet, and other important documents. It will only be unlockable by you which makes it more secure than paper documents.”
Cory Doctorow: DRM Broke Its Promise(Locus magazine) — “We gave up on owning things – property now being the exclusive purview of transhuman immortal colony organisms called corporations – and we were promised flexibility and bargains. We got price-gouging and brittleness.”
Five Books That Changed Me In One Summer(Warren Ellis) — “I must have been around 14. Rayleigh Library and the Oxfam shop a few doors down the high street from it, which someone was clearly using to pay things forward and warp younger minds.”