Current Tense – A Checklist Aside

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It looks like we’re at all times anxiously awaiting the longer term, issues and all. Take the current second: HTTP/2 is on its manner, with intriguing modifications for net improvement; net publishing has by no means been simpler, however Medium’s newest course is a combined bag for authors; and our consideration is more and more in demand (and on the market). We’re dwelling sooner or later, and we’ve acquired some combined emotions about that.

Right here’s what’s on our radar:

HTTP/2: On the horizon

HTTP/2 is on the horizon, a long-awaited improve to the online’s main protocol. It guarantees higher safety and efficiency, however I’ve been interested in the way it will affect improvement. Luckily I got here throughout two fascinating posts which might be a pleasant introduction to what HTTP/2 does and the way it will have an effect on the best way we construct web sites:

Talking of higher efficiency, have you ever seen Tim Kadlec’s What Does My Website Value? For those who reside in Angola, this web page might have price $0.32 (USD) to obtain—one thing you may guess we’ll be taking a tough have a look at.

—Tim Murtaugh, technical director


Final month, in an extended Atlantic piece in regards to the state of writing for the online, Robinson Meyer requested—for, like, the millionth time—“what’s Medium, tho?” Is it writer, or is it platform? Is it each?

Is it “simply Tumblr for wealthy individuals”?

“All the above” looks like essentially the most correct reply after yesterday’s announcement: customized domains for publications. Now, as an alternative of going to medium-dot-com-slash-whatever to get the newest, you may head to cool-url-dot-biz, and discover that it’s truly Medium now, too. You may already see this in motion with Midcentury Fashionable. The journal’s URL is, however when you’re there, it’s Medium all the best way down.

So what’s this imply for individuals like us—individuals who make web sites and work with net content material? Will publications flock to exchange their customized websites with Medium? In all probability not. However many organizations that in any other case might need cobbled collectively a WordPress weblog might simply find yourself launching a Medium publication as an alternative, and I’m unsure how I really feel about that. On the one hand, Medium’s invested closely in design and extraordinarily considerate typography. It’s nice to see a lot content material written to be learn (to not point out mentioned and shared). On the opposite, as each writer and platform—each the journal and the paper it’s printed on on the similar time—Medium controls every little thing about how the content material printed with it’s offered, whatever the URL it finally ends up on: structure, sort, performance. Does that depart sufficient house for authors and organizations?

—Sara Wachter-Boettcher, editor-in-chief

We’re dwelling in a future predicted 60 years in the past

In my youth, outdated science fiction brief story compilations had been a mainstay of my summer season studying. One story I vividly keep in mind is Frederik Pohl’s “The Midas Plague,” set in a world so wealthy in stuff that the poor are obliged to eat consistently, whereas the rich can afford vacancy and silence.

I used to be reminded of that world as I learn Matthew Crawford’s “The Value of Paying Consideration.” It turns into much more actual in mild of Daniel Levitin’s rationalization that the mind runs on a every day ration of gasoline that’s depleted with each goal of focus and each choice—and it makes no distinction whether or not they’re necessary or insignificant.

Consideration is a restricted and really precious useful resource that we have now to guard when it’s our personal, and respect when it’s our neighbor’s.

—Rose Weisburd, columns editor

A gif about: uncertainty

I’m having second ideas.

What about you?

What tales are drawing your consideration? Acquired any posts, photos, instruments, or code you need to share? (We love sharing!) Tweet us what’s in your radar—and what needs to be on ours.

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