Before the Hurricane

With Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, José, and Tropical Storm Katia in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, we need to start accepting the fact of climate change. It’s happening. Now, besides the immediate priority of reducing emissions and other strategies, how can we keep people safe?

Branko Marcetic writing for Jacobin:

“…what if I told you there was a country that has survived its last seventeen hurricanes with only thirty-five deaths? What if that country demonstrated exactly the kind of society-wide solidarity we envy the fire ants for? And what if that country had a GDP that was a fraction of the United States’?

In Marcetic’s article in the fantastic Jacobin Magazine1, Cuba’s hurricane prevention program has four facets:

  1. Cuba is always preparing for the next hurricane
  2. Everyone is mobilized.
  3. Vulnerable communities are taken care of.
  4. The protection of personal property is guaranteed, among a host of other unique measures.

We should start following Cuba’s example. Because “the effects of climate change are already upon us”.


  1. If you are at all interested in Leftism, Jacobin is a great daily read. 

Pinboard Acquires Delicious

Maciej Cegłowski on Pinboard’s blog:

Delicious has over a billion bookmarks and is a fascinating piece of web history. Even Yahoo, for whom mismanagement is usually effortless, had to work hard to keep Delicious down. I bought it in part so it wouldn’t disappear from the web.

Do not attempt to compete with Pinboard.

I would love to use Pinboard more if it had an Instapaper-like front end.

PDF Expert 6 Adds Powerful Editing Tools and More

Readdle updated PDF Expert for iOS yesterday and I couldn’t be happier about the addition of outline editing. With the previous version of PDF Expert, mobile users who read and annotate PDFs on iOS would have to move over to their laptop if they wanted to create or edit an outline.

John Voorhees writing at MacStories:

Outlines are not new to PDF Expert, but editing them is. Now you can think of outlines as an elaborate, organized bookmarking system for long PDFs. Instead of defining a flat hierarchy of bookmarks for every section of a PDF you want to access quickly, you can create multi-level outlines tied to particular pages in a document. It’s another excellent tool for researchers who want to quickly jump to a topic in a lengthy PDF.

What I would love to see now is the option to turn the PDF Expert icon into the Documents icon, because one is much nicer than the other.

Mauritania’s first Eco-Mahdhara for Women

The community of Matamoulana, their friends, and LaunchGood have launched a crowdfunding project to finish building an ecological mahdhara for women:

So they cried, “Where are the female scholars?”
And she answered modestly, “There’s a few in the Sahara.”
“Where can we find them?” inquired the astonished eyes.
“Head southeast (in Mauritania) until you arrive at a patch of green,” came the reply.

Matamoulana is a very special place in Mauritania. It’s a village that foreigners move their whole families to in an effort to gain Islamic knowledge and leave behind the materialism of busier cities and countries.

Let’s Make 2017 The Year of the Indie Web

We’re already a third into the new year but I found something from my domain provider.

Timo Reitnauer writing at iwantmyname:

Keeping the web open and independent is how it was supposed to work from the beginning. Make your domain the center of everything you publish online, wisely choose the tools and services you use, and consider replacing ones you’ve been using because they are free. It’s time to take the web back into your own hands!