Weekly Highlights and Insights

Stop standardizing HTML, persistence of plastic, social media's 2.0 moment, map of U.S. terror attacks 1970-2011

Stop standardizing HTML: Simon St. Laurent writes “HTML itself is still useful—many people and tools know how to read and write it—but there is less and less reason to let the HTML vocabulary be a cage limiting our possibilities.” His unique take on the issue prompted an uproar on Slashdot.

The persistence of plastic: Did you know that plastic production during the past decade equals that of the entire twentieth century?

Agile in name only: James Turner calls out companies that claim to embrace agile development, but don’t really understand it. Is agile really agile if you end up going over a waterfall at the end?

Social media’s 2.0 moment: Over on O’Reilly Radar Joshua-Michéle Ross wonders if apps like SnapChat and Poke are creating a massive acceleration in the traditional timeline needed to create branded content.

Visualization of the Week: Gain some perspective and cut through the jungle canopy that is the 24/7 news cycle. Using START Global Terrorism Database, the Guardian’s Simon Rogers mapped every U.S. terror attack between 1970 and 2011.