The World

Trams, cable cars, ferries, and bikes – making transportation cleaner (and more fun)

Since I first discovered the care-free movement years ago, I’ve always been a sucker for ways to get around besides those same old gas-guzzling, traffic-jamming cars.

It just seems like walking, biking, and taking a ride on something are more fun than cars. Mass transit makes the world more beautiful and is better for the planet.

Here’s a great overview of how cities across the world are finding better, electric options for moving lots of people around.

History · The World

The collapse of the Bronze Age – and what came next

Here’s a pretty fascinating story about the collapse of the complex, globalized society of the late Bronze Age around 1200 BC. As we’re facing climate change, political polarization, and a raging virus, it’s an interesting listen. 😬

About 3000 years ago, it got bad. There was famine, drought, and earthquakes. And worst of all, the mysterious Sea People were attacking out of nowhere without warning or mercy. βš”οΈ

But this chaos eventually became a rebirth that led to the alphabet, iron working, monotheism, the Greek and Roman empires, etc. Basically, Western civilization.

The historian notes that, more often than not, civilization pulls back from the brink before it gets toooo bad, so he’s optimistic.

πŸ‘‰ Throughline: The Aftermath of Collapse: Bronze Age Edition (2021)

Illustration by Deborah Lee.
Software Dev

New Wisdom On Configuring Xcode Projects for Different Environments

It seems like it would be simple and/or obvious how to configure your app to point to different environments (dev, QA, prod, etc.). But alas, it is neither simple nor obvious.

Here is some easy, practical wisdom that breaks down five different ways to configure different environments in an Xcode project. Spoiler: it finally lands on Script Phases. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

πŸ‘‰ How to configure Xcode projects for different environments

First of all, ❗️ do not use targets for environmental configuration purposes

Via iOS Dev Weekly.

Travel

Vertical Forest (Milan)

These high-rises in Milan are covered by 3 hectares of forest. What the?

Sure, the trees look cool. But they also moderate temperature, filter dust, and reduce noise pollution. Gotta check it out next time I’m in Italy.

πŸ‘‰ Lonely Planet