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Links of Interest for January 9, 2023

An old telegraph key made of mixed metals that look like brass steel, and a black enameled metal.

This telegraph key was probably used to transmit Morse code. The code generator you create from the Smithsonian Magazine directions definitely won't be this nice. -.-. --.- / -.. . / -. ..... .--. .-. ." by The Rocketeer is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Looking to Ditch Twitter? Morse Code Is Back
Smithsonian Magazine reports a resurgence in Morse code among ham radio operators. The article even includes instructions for how to create a practice Morse code generator. Something else I learned: there's a red light on the roof of the the Capitol Records building that blinks “Hollywood” in Morse code.
The world’s torrid future is etched in the crippled kidneys of Nepali workers
Working in extreme heat can cause dehydration and kidney damage. It's yet another ugly side effect of a changing climate. (Washington Post)
Adding ActivityPub to your static site
When you use a static site generator to manage your blog, you need work-arounds for scheduling posts, comments, and dynamic updates to any kind of feed. Paul Kinlan walks us through one such work-around: how to add ActivityPub to a static web site.
A CSS challenge: skewed highlight
Vadim Makeev comes up with a clever skewed highlight pattern that uses a new-to-me CSS property: box-decoration-break.
How Remote Teams Win With Retention
A very long, but very good post from Brenna Loury of Doist about how the company fosters a remote-first, asynchronous work culture. Asynchronous communications is one area where I think most companies struggle with remote work, particularly across timezones. We use Slack, Zoom/Google Meet/Microsoft Teams and scheduled, synchronous meetings when message boards, GitHub/Jira tickets, and recorded video might be more effective.