October 17th, 2021

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Watched the second episode of The Problem with Jon Stewart.

I thought of Jon as an intellectual comedian. Someone who transcends the limitations of the genre, is well-informed, and tries to not be partisan. Which could be a completely wrong impression, I know.

So in this latest episode:

- He talks of anticovid measures, in the context of freedom, without even trying to compare the experiences of different countries. There is such a great variety of models to choose from. Israel, Canada, Australia, Scandinavia, UK — how much they curb freedoms of their populations, and how well it is working for them.
- He does not talk about measures that lose non-compliant people their jobs, exclude them from getting education, or even from getting basic necessities. At all. That in an episode about freedom.
- They touch upon January 6 without acknowledging how unusual the election was and how that could have given rise to concerns among the protesters.
- His guest, Maria Ressa, a journalist from the Philippines, says that Americans "barely squeaked through" the last elections because of the guardrails put on the social media. Neither she nor Stewart acknowledge that the social media this time were massively anti-incumbent (e.g. the censorship of the NY Post story about Hunter).

It's sad to see that he too prefers to strawman the side that he is ridiculing.

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A talk about building large-scale (React) apps.

These days, the questions that concern me are:

- how can a project be scaled up without compromising on the build time.
- how can a large project be built in a way that makes it possible to gradually migrate it in the future to better tech options that will inevitably come.
- what tech choices to make today in order to make it as future-proof as possible.

In other words, how to optimise for change that will inevitably come, and how best to resist the pain of a growing codebase.

This talk attempts to (but doesn't quite) address the second question; but says nothing about the other two.

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This was a good talk. Interesting to see that SvelteKit is taking the same direction as Remix.run, by using html forms to submit data without the need for client-side javascript. And, of course, by removing javascript from pages that don't have interactivity; but that's a common thing now.

By the way, the Remix guys are promising to open-source their framework, which they previously insisted on keeping close in order to earn their living by selling licenses for it. I was really surprised by that change.