About the Author
Hi, I’m Chris: entrepreneur, community leader, husband, and father. I live and work in Boulder, CO.
I use Pinboard to manage my bookmarks. You can follow along there or subscribe via RSS. The most recent ones are below.
- TRAPPIST-1 is a planetary system located 39 light years away from the Solar system within the constellation of Aquarius. Around a star which is 12 times less massive than the Sun and only slightly larger than Jupiter, there are at least seven planets in orbit.
- Image-to-Image Demo
- The most popular thing on the Internet right now, particularly the edges2cats tool.
- Is Google Maps Trying to Be a Social Network?
- Someone will eventually make Mapalong. Maybe it will be Google.
- How to Run for Your Local School Board
- More excellence from Teen Vogue.
- Straight Pole Curved Hole Optical Illusion Explanation
- This is super cool. I want one.
- GitHub’s Post-CSP Journey
- Pretty good overview of a lot of new security practices.
- The Line of Death
- Good post about UI and user trust.
- Across the USA by Train for Just $213
- The journey between Utah and Colorado is regarded to be the most spectacular train ride in all of the United States.
- The Legend of Zelda Design Docs
- These are pretty fun to look through.
- Performant Parallaxing
- Looks like a good article about making parallax sites fast by Paul Lewis.
- Looks like a great new way to search for flights. I'll be using this instead of Kayak.
- CSS Reference
- This is a really nice visual guide to the most popular CSS properties.
- Empathy Isn’t a Favor I Owe White Trump Voters. It Has to Go Both Ways.
- Pretty great article by Baratunde.
- History Tells Us What May Happen Next with Brexit & Trump
- "My theory is that most peoples’ perspective of history is limited to the experience communicated by their parents and grandparents, so 50–100 years. To go beyond that you have to read, study, and learn to untangle the propaganda that is inevitable in all telling of history."
- Facebook's Fight Against Fake News Was Undercut by Fear of Conservative Backlash
- "High-ranking officials were briefed on a planned News Feed update that would have identified fake or hoax news stories, but disproportionately impacted right-wing news sites by downgrading or removing that content from people’s feeds. According to the source, the update was shelved and never released to the public."
- Atlas Informatics
- Seems like a pretty good app for visualizing and searching all of your data across the Internet.
- Taking PHP Seriously
- How Slack uses PHP.
- PHP 7 Deployment at Dailymotion
- Dailymotion waited for PHP 7 and found it to be comparable to Hack.
- Becoming a CTO
- "If you ever find yourself writing a blog post on why PHP sucks, you are not ready."
- Great collection of interactions and UI components that don't require JS.
- Oh, Shit, Git!
- Great reference site for what to do to get out of trouble.
- GitHub Security
- Great look at some of the safeguards GitHub has put in place.
- Design.blog features new stories every Thursday.
- Links vs. Buttons in Modern Web Applications
- "Something that comes up again and again in front-end accessibility is the issue of links versus buttons."
- Scaling PHP Book
- Learn to scale PHP, MySQL, and Redis from Steve Corona, a Twitpic engineer who learned to handle 60 million users and 20 billion HTTP requests per month.
- "We cover subjects who tend to be underrepresented in the greater tech narrative. This includes (but is not limited to) women, people of color, folks over 50, LGBT, working parents, disabled, etc."
- Convenient app for recording and sharing screencasts.
- The A11Y Project
- A community-driven effort to make web accessibility easier.
- What Is the Contributor Covenant?
- A thoughtful critique of the Contributor Covenant by Matt Prelude.
- Rethinking What We Mean by 'Mobile Web'
- We shouldn’t think of “the web” as only what renders in web browsers. We should think of the web as anything transmitted using HTTP and HTTPS.
- URLs Beyond the Web
- "'Cool URIs don’t change.' Even cooler ones work everywhere."
- Storytelling Map
- An interactive storytelling experiment with Canvas.
- Vox Code of Conduct
- Really good example to follow.
- Safe Conferences Are Deliberately Designed
- Jared Spool's opinions on Codes of Conduct. Long but interesting read.
- Test your site for HTTP/2 or SPDY support.
- I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here's How.
- "If you measure a large number of things about a small number of people, you are almost guaranteed to get a “statistically significant” result."
- Rails SQL Injection Examples
- A whole page dedicated to SQL injection vulnerabilities in Rails apps.
- Mistakes You Apparently Just Have to Make Yourself
- This is a fantastic list from a self-described old-timer.
- The Simple Logical Puzzle That Shows How Illogical People Are
- "Anyone who tries to solve the puzzle has a marked tendency to just choose the items named in the rule, a logically perilous tactic."
- Facebook and the Media
- "Columnists, managers, pundits, and journalists seem to have no interest in understanding the technical foundation of their livelihoods. Instead they are content with assuming that Facebook can somehow magically render HTML over HTTP faster than anybody else."
- "Progressive Enhancement remains the best option for solving web development issues such as wide-ranging browser support, maintenance, and future-proofing your application."
- Deprecating HTTP
- Let's make HTTPS easy first. Then we can start to talk about ways of encouraging adoption.
- The Many Faces of the Web
- Please stop breaking the Web.
- Unicode Text Converter
- Fun little Unicode tool. I love that it's a CGI script.
- The Current State of Smart Locks
- Really thorough evaluation of current options, by Schuyler Towne.
- The Internet Arcade
- The Internet Arcade is a web-based library of arcade (coin-operated) video games from the 1970s through to the 1990s.
- Your Dreams Should Scare You.
- David Hieatt's Brooklyn Beta talk.
- Chris Kluwe's Gamergate Article
- Probably the most hard-hitting, honest account of what Gamergate is all about.
- Open Boulder
- Open Boulder seeks to make the Boulder area an even better place to live, work, and play for a diverse spectrum of people.
- You’re Sitting on Your Toilet Wrong
- Basically a design audit of the bathroom, by Kevin Roose.