About the Author

Chris Shiflett

Hi, I’m Chris: entrepreneur, community leader, husband, and father. I live and work in Boulder, CO.


Latest Links

I use Pinboard to manage my bookmarks. You can follow along there or subscribe via RSS. The most recent ones are below.

November 2017

Grokkin’ Design
The slides from Jon Tan’s excellent talk given at OSCON 2009.
Alphabet Rendered as Classic Gadgets
Brazilian designer Vinicius Araújo created an alphabet of objects based on well-known and well-loved electronics.
Our President Was Called Barack
Happy to back this book by Laura Olin. “Our President Was Called Barack tells the story of Barack Obama and how kids can follow his example to be kind and make change.”
Let’s Enhance
This is the closest I’ve seen to the “enhance!” feature made popular in movies and TV shows. It creates an image sixteen times the size of the input. Magic.
My Name is Joël
Great post from Joël Perras about character encoding.
Figma 404
This is a pretty neat, interactive 404 page.
Against an Increasingly User-Hostile Web
“We’re quietly replacing an open web that connects and empowers with one that restricts and commoditizes people. We need to stop it.”
The Atomic Theory of Origami
“By reimagining the kinks and folds of origami as atoms in a lattice, researchers are uncovering strange behavior hiding in simple structures.”
Cary42
Gorgeous two-player arcade console inspired by attaché cases. This is far too expensive to actually buy, but I still want it.

October 2017

The Web’s Grain
I love this article from Frank Chimero. It encapsulates and articulates a view that very closely resembles my own.
The Absurdly Underestimated Dangers of CSV Injection
Interesting explanation of “an attack vector available in every application I’ve ever seen that takes user input and allows administrators to bulk export to CSV.”
Vox Explains Gerrymandering
Visual explanation of the current Supreme Court case and what the efficiency gap is.
Larry Lessig’s Review of Hillary Clinton’s Book
“Hillary Clinton’s book, What Happened, is one of the few books in America that you must read if you’re to understand just how dire politics in America has become.”
Structure, by John McPhee
“Mrs. McKee made us do three pieces of writing a week. Not every single week. Some weeks had Thanksgiving in them.”
Technically Wrong
This book looks great, and John Maeda has very kind things to say: “If a book on design in the technology industry ever deserved a standing ovation, this one is it.”
The C64 Mini Computer
A 50% replica of the original C64 from 1982.

September 2017

Web Application Exploits and Defenses
“This codelab shows how web application vulnerabilities can be exploited and how to defend against these attacks. The best way to learn things is by doing, so you’ll get a chance to do some real penetration testing, actually exploiting a real application.”
Progressive Punctuation
“A collection of non-standard punctuation marks we should be using today.”
Internet of Natural Things by Simon Collison
“I’m exploring the ways digital technology improves our well-being, and helps us access and understand nature and the world around us.”
President Flip Flops
Putting cringe-worthy hypocrisy to good use. Hilarious.

August 2017

The Man Who Wrote Those Password Rules Says Never Mind
Bill Burr was the author of NIST Special Publication 800-63. Appendix A. It’s his fault that enterprise companies have antiquated, insecure password requirements.

July 2017

Dealt
A movie about Richard Turner, the world’s best card mechanic.
Webrecorder
This looks like a nifty tool for saving screen shots.
Password Reset MitM
This links to new research (PDF) about using password resets as a way to carry out man-in-the-middle attacks, much like the original CAPTCHA attacks that targeted Yahoo years ago.

June 2017

Risk on the Original Apple Macintosh
This is the best version of Risk ever, and Richard Oxley has created a super simple way to play it.

May 2017

Quick Draw Data
Google released all the Quick Draw data. Pretty neat.

April 2017

Shopify Polaris
Shopify’s design system. Looks like they did a good job.
Increment
Increment is a publication from Stripe dedicated to covering how teams build and operate software systems at scale.
AWS Device Farm
Looks like a possible alternative to BrowserStack.

March 2017

Invisible CAPTCHA
Very light on details, but this sounds promising.

February 2017

Announcing the First SHA-1 Collision
No one has used SHA-1 in years, but Google finally managed to produce a collision.
TRAPPIST-1
“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.

January 2017

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
The journey between Utah and Colorado is regarded to be the most spectacular train ride in all of the United States.

December 2016

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.
Momondo
Looks like a great new way to search for flights. I might start using this instead of Kayak.

November 2016

CSS Reference
This is a really nice visual guide to the most popular CSS properties.
Atlas Informatics
Seems like a pretty good app for visualizing and searching all of your data across the Internet.

October 2016

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.” So true.
You Might Not Need JavaScript
Great collection of interactions and UI components that don’t require JS.

August 2016

GitHub Security
Great look at some of the safeguards GitHub has put in place.

July 2016

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.”

Upcoming Events

Smashing Conference

1516 Mar 2016

At Oxford Town Hall, Oxford, England.