Niki Lauda obituary: ‘A remarkable life lived in Technicolor’

Niki Lauda, who has died aged 70, was a three-time Formula 1 world champion, non-executive chairman of the world champion Mercedes team, and one of the biggest names in motorsport.

via Niki Lauda obituary: ‘A remarkable life lived in Technicolor’ – BBC Sport

I will miss him (and his red hat) and his straight-talking in F1. RIP Niki

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Moon Landing Memories

This summer marks 50 years since the 1969 Apollo 11 Moon landing – one of the defining moments of the 20th century.

To mark this historic anniversary, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the UK Space Agency want to hear your memories of the Moon landings or how this iconic event has inspired you.

via Moon Landing MemoriesWhen the world stopped and looked to the stars

Visit the site moonlandingmemories.com and submit your Moon landing story.

Into the Personal-Website-Verse

There is one alternative to social media sites and publishing platforms that has been around since the early, innocent days of the web. It is an alternative that provides immense freedom and control: The personal website.

via Into the Personal-Website-Verse · Matthias Ott – User Experience Designer

Break free of of what the algorithms want to serve you and go find it yourself! If it doesn’t exist, go write it! The web needs more personal websites.

Inside Microsoft’s surprise decision to work with Google on its Edge browser – The Verge

Edge already feels as good as Chrome, and it could easily become the best default browser Windows has ever had. As good as Chrome might not be enough, though. It’s now up to Microsoft to convince everyone why it’s worth ditching Chrome.

via Inside Microsoft’s surprise decision to work with Google on its Edge browser – The Verge

Individuals on the two sides seem to be getting along so far – to the benefit of Chromium -but I do wonder how long the camaraderie can last, as traditionally the companies are fierce rivals.

I am concerned for web standards support as people overlook Firefox and Safari, then the inevitable spat that leads to Microsoft and Google falling out, blocking and/or inventing new standards to hurt the other.

Interesting read tho: Inside Microsoft’s surprise decision to work with Google on its Edge browser

Nature crisis: Humans ‘threaten 1m species with extinction’ – BBC News

One million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction.

Nature everywhere is declining at a speed never previously seen and our need for ever more food and energy are the main drivers.

These trends can be halted, the study says, but it will take “transformative change” in every aspect of how humans interact with nature.

via Nature crisis: Humans ‘threaten 1m species with extinction’ – BBC News

An Industrious Mouse Tidies Up a Retired Electrician’s Tool Shed Each Night — Laughing Squid

Retired electrician Stephen McKears of Gloucestershire, England was puzzled to find the small metals items in his tool shed had been oddly yet neatly arranged with no clues left to explain how they got that way. After a few weeks of this puzzling mystery, McKears and a neighbor decided to first make a mess and…

via An Industrious Mouse Tidies Up a Retired Electrician’s Tool Shed Each Night — Laughing Squid

You can now listen to Apple Podcasts directly on the web – The Verge

Apple Podcasts on the web

Apple this week updated the web interface for Podcasts to make it cleaner, more streamlined, and easier to navigate. Users can also now play episodes directly from the website, which is a huge, appreciated change from forcing people to load iTunes to listen.

via You can now listen to Apple Podcasts directly on the web – The Verge

With a hero image for each channel and a little effort on Apples part to bring the remaining missing browser features… The Podcasts app on iOS/MacOS could be a PWA in future? Surely.

I wonder how long I will be waiting for this to happen.

Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch Successfully Completes First Flight

On Saturday, April 13, 2019, Stratolaunch Systems Corporation, founded by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, successfully launched Allen’s dream of the world’s largest all-composite aircraft for a 2.5 hour trip from the Mojave Air and Space Port over the desert. Stratolaunch Systems Corporation, founded by Paul G. Allen, today successfully completed the first flight…

via Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch Successfully Completes First Flight as the World’s Largest All-Composite Aircraft — Laughing Squid