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  1. Where Are All the Bob Ross Paintings? We Found Them.

    Bob Ross painted more than 1,000 landscapes for his television show—so why are they so hard to find? We solve one of the internet’s favorite little mysteries.

    The short film accompanying this New York Times piece is so very delightful. I grew up watching The Joy of Painting with my grandfather (himself a painter in the Ross-ian style), so this one brought back a lot of fond memories.

    When you’re done watching the video, consider supporting your local public television station.

  2. Don’t ask forgiveness, radiate intent – Elizabeth Ayer – Medium

    I really dig this twist on the existing maxim from Elizabeth Ayer:

    Here are 4 reasons that radiating intent is better than begging forgiveness:

    • Radiating intent gives a chance for someone to stop you before you do a thing, in case it’s truly harmful
    • Radiating intent gives people who have information, or want to help, an opening to participate
    • Radiating intent leaves better evidence of your good will
    • Radiating intent shows others that adventurous behavior is acceptable in the org.

    Her note on inclusivity is a good reminder for anyone dispensing advice to others:

    I also don’t believe that “ask forgiveness” is inclusive advice. If you are from a group who has historically not been granted forgiveness, how is that going to land? Or if you’re in a group with cultural baggage around subversive behavior?

    I was pleasantly surprised-not-surprised to see that Elizabeth works at 18F where they continue doing really important work building inclusive government services.

  3. W3C TAG Ethical Web Principles

    The web should be a platform that helps people and provides a net positive social benefit. As we continue to evolve the web platform, we must therefore consider the ethical consequences of our work. The following document sets out ethical principles that will drive the TAG’s continuing work in this direction.

    The W3C’s Technical Architecture Group lays out their set of ethical design principles as applied to the Web and—surprise—they’re solid:

    • There is one web
    • The web should not cause harm to society
    • The web must support healthy community and debate
    • The web is for all people
    • Security and privacy are essential
    • The web must enable freedom of expression
    • The web must make it possible for people to verify the information they see
    • The web must enhance individuals’ control and power
    • The web must be an environmentally sustainable platform
    • The web is transparent
    • The web is multi-browser, multi-OS and multi-device
    • People should be able to render web content as they want
  4. 18F Content Guide

    How to plan, write, and manage content at 18F.

    Another great resource from the folks at 18F. The Inclusive Language page is especially noteworthy:

    The words we use can make the difference between forging positive connections or creating distance in our personal and professional lives. Particularly in writing, impact is more important than intent.

    As we build government services, we want to ensure they are accessible and welcoming to everyone who needs to use them. Inclusive language helps us to be more accurate and build trust with our users.

  5. Review: 'Gypsy' by St. Mark's Players - DC Metro Theater Arts

    My very talented wife Samara is performing again with the St. Mark’s Players in their production of Gypsy. DC Metro Theater Arts is out with a review which contains this gem:

    Another notable moment is the trio of brazen, rather sweet, strippers (Samara Strauss, Andrea Trent, and Rebecca Kendall) who display the tricks of their trade for Louise in “You Gotta Have a Gimmick.”

    “Brazen, rather sweet” is spot on.

  6. 1960s Rebels: Stewart Brand - Tech Visionary

    The late 1960s saw progressive ideas emanate from the countercultural underground and revolutionise society. Challenging oppressive, outdated norms and expectations, a small number of individuals brought about far-reaching changes as they sought to attain a better world. Their idealism and actions helped mobilise a movement which continues to inspire modern activists and shape how we live today.

    Stewart Brand was involved in a number of the key revolutionary events of the late 1960s: he co-founded the Trips Festival of 1966, one of the first large-scale hippy gatherings; founded and edited the Whole Earth Catalog, widely considered the pre-cursor to the internet for its user-generated content and knowledge-sharing; and he filmed the “Mother of All Demos” in 1968, where Douglas Englebart presented the first word processing, computer mouse, hyperlinks and video conferencing. Since then, Brand has co-founded the world’s first open virtual community, the WELL, in 1984 and the Long Now Foundation in 1996, which aims to encourage long-term thinking to prompt more responsible human action.

    The current generation of technologists could learn quite a bit from Stewart Brand and the historic context surrounding the early days of the tech scene…

    (via Stewart Brand talks about the LSD trip that inspired his Whole Earth Catalog on BoingBoing)

  7. Introducing USWDS 2.0 | United States Web Design System

    Today, we’re launching U.S. Web Design System 2.0 (USWDS 2.0), a new foundation for the future of our design system. This new version was designed to make it easier for any project to integrate USWDS and use it to support your mission and the needs of your audience.

    USWDS is a library of code, tools, and guidance to help government teams design and build fast, accessible, mobile-friendly government websites backed by user research and modern best practices. USWDS 2.0 is an important update to the design system — it introduces a powerful toolkit of new features to help make creating useful, consistent digital services faster, simpler, and more fun.

    Two years in the making, version 2.0 of the U.S. Web Design System is now live. This is a tremendous update and will be a boon to anyone building digital services for the American people. Congratulations to Dan, Maya, and the rest of the Technology Transformation Services team!

  8. What’s new on iOS 12.2 for Progressive Web Apps – Maximiliano Firtman – Medium

    One year after the first initial support for PWAs on iOS, Apple released iOS 12.2 for iPhone and iPads with what it seems to be the biggest step forward in the last year, addressing the two most annoying problems we’ve been dealing with PWAs: reload effect and OAuth logins.

    Maximiliano Firtman details at great length the updates to Safari available in iOS 12.2. The good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s all covered in this post.

  9. Security Checklist

    An open source checklist of resources designed to improve your online privacy and security. Check things off to keep track as you go.

    This is a great resource, but it highlights the delicate balance of security and user experience that often tips too far toward security at the expense of usability. For those of us in the software design world, it’s more important now than ever to make these technologies more easily accessible to the masses.

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