Thank you for the kind words!
One thing I didn’t really have space for in the article, but I think is interesting, is the idea of dependancies that rise to the level of being “beyond reproach”. Stuff that’s remarkably stable, effectively impossible for your shop to reproduce, and also critically important to your core business. From your comment, it sounds like you do a lot of charts and data graphics, so it makes sense that something like NVD3 would be a candidate for that status. For me, jQuery and WordPress core are probably the closest. I’m not suggesting we abandon due diligence when updating or installing those libraries (never!), I mean it just as an interesting thought exercise: What are my most exalted dependencies, and what do they have in common?