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Thoughts on Utopia

Manu Saadia has a pretty good point in his latest piece in Citylab. I can’t quite think of the last Utopian novel I’ve read cover to cover.

A sobering moment was this paragraph.

It tells you something that when the most avowedly utopian franchise in modern entertainment, Star Trek, decided to showcase a future city in space (in 2016’s Star Trek Beyond), it shot the exteriors in … Dubai.

Maanu Saadia

Not San Francisco, or suburban Los Angeles as we’d previously seen. Yeah, I would say we have an image problem. 😬


Even Captain America became burnt out by the end of his MCU run.


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  • Listening to: a mix of Reggae, Ska and Punk
  • Reading: "In a Dystopian Age, We Need a Revival of Utopian Thinking" by Manu Saadia
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Currently reading: Trekonomics

Free riding on public goods is much more of a threat to our continued welfare than the physical scarcity of raw materials. Public goods are already at risk because of their nonexcludable, nonrival nature.

Manu Saadia
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Learning JavaScript is no longer optional

The State of CSS 2019 survey results didn’t surprise me. Since WordPress moved to Gutenberg in late 2018 I’ve found relearning JavaScript and taking on ReactJS has become necessary. What I could do with my knowledge of CSS and PHP will not be enough to ‘get by’ in a few years.

Thoughts on the near future

  • CSS Grid will replace CSS frameworks
  • ReactJS will start to replace PHP in WordPress theme development
  • Methodologies used in static site generators like Gatsby and Hugo are also worth a serious review.

While learning Gatsby it became quickly apparent quicker load times and lower bandwidth static site generators can provide. I expect WordPress and Drupal may work some of these concepts into core to speed up user experience at some point.

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