• Welcome to Hell, Elon

    Good article about why content moderation is necessary for a business like Twitter, and why protecting free speech is about challenging laws that restrict it.

    28 Oct 2022
  • Obfuscated C Code Contest Winner

    This is a wonderful analysis of xmas.c, the 1988 winner of the International Obfuscated C Code Contest by Landon Curt Noll and Larry Bassel. Incredibly, it outputs the entire Twelve Days of Christmas and is smaller in size than its compressed output.

    22 Sep 2022
  • TinyWow

    A rich collection of file conversion tools. PNG to SVG, MOV to GIF, URL to PNG, etc.

    23 Aug 2022
  • The Metaverse Is Not a Place

    “The metaphors we use to describe new technology constrain how we think about it, and, like an out-of-date map, often lead us astray. So it is with the metaverse.”

    04 Aug 2022
  • Webb Compare

    Interactive tool for comparing images from the James Webb Space Telescope to those from the Hubble Space Telescope.

    18 Jul 2022
  • Bionic Reading

    Interesting tool for reading faster by emphasizing the first few letters of each word with a heavier weight. It works surprisingly well.

    06 Jun 2022
  • What We Can Deduce from a Leaked PDF

    “But part of the reason the Supreme Court’s typog­raphy works so well is because it visu­ally connects an opinion to a centuries-long tradi­tion of delib­er­a­tive thought. When that typog­raphy is applied to a draft opinion, it gives the ideas therein a grav­itas and authority they haven’t yet earned.”

    06 May 2022
  • Mechanical Watch

    The most comprehensive breakdown of how a mechanical watch works that I could ever imagine, complete with interactive elements to enhance comprehension. Simply remarkable work by Bartosz Ciechanowski.

    04 May 2022
  • Anchors Away

    Mike Davidson writes about Elon Musk potentially taking over Twitter and what that could mean. “Things are never as good or as bad as they say.”

    02 May 2022
  • The Lost Thread

    Robin Sloan provides an assortment of thoughts about Elon Musk buying Twitter.

    28 Apr 2022
  • Suspicion, by Jeremy Keith

    “Make your own website and join the conversation!”

    28 Apr 2022
  • The NCAR Fire

    A StoryMap about the NCAR Fire from Boulder Fire-Rescue.

    26 Apr 2022
  • Notes on Web3

    Robin Sloan writes about Web3.

    09 Apr 2022
  • Daylight Saving Time Gripe Assistant Tool

    “A handy tool to help make your case when whining about a biannual time change, following earlier explorations of the geography of DST effects.”

    15 Mar 2022
  • SPAs Were a Mistake

    Another blog post stating the obvious.

    02 Mar 2022
  • Wordle

    A daily word game that everyone is playing. It’s great.

    06 Jan 2022
  • Why It’s Too Early to Get Excited about Web3

    Tim O’Reilly finally writes about Web3, and it’s excellent.

    17 Dec 2021
  • Birds Aren’t Real, or Are They?

    “By cosplaying conspiracy theorists, they have found community and kinship.”

    09 Dec 2021
  • Understanding how Facebook Disappeared from the Internet

    This is a great analysis of the massive Facebook outage that covers BGP, autonomous systems, DNS, etc.

    05 Oct 2021
  • File Not Found

    “Garland thought it would be an easy fix. She asked each student where they’d saved their project. Could they be on the desktop? Perhaps in the shared drive? But over and over, she was met with confusion. ‘What are you talking about?’ multiple students inquired. Not only did they not know where their files were saved—they didn’t understand the question.”

    22 Sep 2021
  • Reconsidering Podcast

    “The show about making a life while also making a living.”

    14 Sep 2021
  • Toyota Bet Wrong on EVs

    “Just as Blackberry dismissed the iPhone, Toyota dismissed Tesla and EVs. Blackberry thought the world would need physical keyboards for many more years. Toyota thought the world would need gasoline for several more decades. Both were wrong.”

    02 Aug 2021
  • Leaving Euro 2020

    Pretty good summary of the final, and the entire tournament, detailing what it was like to experience it.

    13 Jul 2021
  • Outline

    Nifty tool that cleans up content to make it more readable. Reminds me of Instapaper, but even simpler to use.

    11 Jul 2021
  • Two Economies. Two Sets of Rules.

    Fantastic blog post from Tim O’Reilly. “Rich and poor are actually living in two different economies, which operate by different rules. Most ordinary people live in a world where a dollar is a dollar.”

    24 Jun 2021
  • Plus Equals

    “Plus Equals is a quarterly zine in which Rob Weychert explores algorithmic art with a focus on combinatorics.”

    21 Jun 2021
  • River Runner

    Really interesting map visualization. “Click to drop a raindrop anywhere in the contiguous United States and watch where it ends up.”

    08 Jun 2021
  • Has an Old Soviet Mystery at Last Been Solved?

    Interesting article in The New Yorker about the Dyatlov Pass mystery.

    10 May 2021
  • No, Facebook Didn’t Kill Signal’s Ads

    Jason Aten digs into Signal’s recent announcement—that Facebook rejected its ads that show how much Facebook knows about you—and discovers that it was a lie.

    07 May 2021
  • Readwise

    This looks interesting. “Readwise makes it easy to revisit and learn from your ebook and article highlights.”

    06 May 2021
  • Inside the All-Hands Meeting that Led to a Third of Basecamp Employees Quitting

    “The company’s senior leadership wanted to quell employees’ concerns, and only made things much, much worse.”

    04 May 2021
  • Behind the Controversy at Basecamp

    Casey Newton digs into the Basecamp controversy and provides more background and context.

    28 Apr 2021
  • An Open Letter to Jason and David

    Jane Yang shares some of the missing backstory of Basecamp’s surprising company changes that include a ban on political conversation.

    27 Apr 2021
  • Disable FLoC on Your Website

    To help protect your users who use Chrome, you can send a Permissions-Policy header to disable FLoC.

    23 Apr 2021
  • Google’s FLoC Is a Terrible Idea

    “The third-party cookie is dying, and Google is trying to create its replacement.”

    19 Apr 2021
  • 2020 Letter to Shareholders

    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s final letter to shareholders.

    15 Apr 2021
  • My Home Video Conferencing Setup

    Andy Budd details his setup for video conferencing, which is very well done.

    12 Mar 2021
  • StopTheMadness

    “StopTheMadness is a web browser extension for macOS that stops web sites from making your browser harder to use.”

    04 Mar 2021
  • ApiFlash

    A simple API for website screenshots that offers a free tier for up to 100 screenshots per month.

    08 Feb 2021
  • Duvet Cover Hack

    “The dreaded chore of putting a comforter inside a duvet cover is now as easy as rolling up a burrito. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial that will change your life.”

    28 Jan 2021
  • Oatly: The New Coke

    In a surprising revelation, sugary vegetable oil isn’t that good for you.

    18 Dec 2020
  • This Used to Be Our Playground

    “There was a time when owning digital space seemed thrilling, and our personal sites motivated us to express ourselves. There are signs of a resurgence, but too few wish to make their digital house a home.”

    17 Dec 2020
  • Chrome Is Bad

    In case you need yet another reason to use a better browser. “Google Chrome installs something called Keystone on your computer that nefariously hides itself from Activity Monitor and makes your whole computer slow even when Chrome isn’t running.”

    14 Dec 2020
  • Cache-Forever Assets

    Sean Coates wrote an article for the Web Performance Calendar that explains a caching technique we use extensively to make our websites fast.

    13 Dec 2020
  • The End of the Pandemic Is in Sight

    “A year of scientific uncertainty is over. Two vaccines look like they will work, and more should follow.”

    19 Nov 2020
  • Why Obama Fears for Our Democracy

    Contrary to the title, this interview reveals an awareness that is free of cynicism and fear. I aspire to be intentionally optimistic, knowing that a better future is possible even if it’s not inevitable.

    16 Nov 2020
  • To Mend a Broken Internet, Create Online Parks

    “We need public spaces, built in the spirit of Walt Whitman, that allow us to gather, communicate, and share in something bigger than ourselves.”

    02 Nov 2020
  • COVID-19 Is Transmitted Through Aerosols

    Time article from Jose-Luis Jimenez from CU Boulder that explains the evidence and impact of COVID-19 being transmitted through aerosols rather than just droplets and fomites.

    02 Nov 2020
  • In Memory of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    “Judge Ginsburg has spent her life making things how they ought to be.”

    18 Sep 2020
  • Scientific American Endorses Joe Biden

    “Scientific American has never endorsed a presidential candidate in its 175-year history. This year we are compelled to do so. We do not do this lightly.”

    16 Sep 2020