Last Build Date: Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:22:44 -0800
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:21:16 -0800First, a big congratulations to friend of the blog Anil Dash, new CEO at Fog Creek. And a 2nd big congratulations on their launch of Gomix—a hosted community app builder. I love the view source philosophy behind it. It'll be fun to see what people build with it. And here are some recent links: The State of Things New York Times: The Array of Conflicts of Interest Facing the Trump Presidency (closed loops) Washington Post: Trump's stock holdings may give him a personal stake in rules on banks and oil firms New Yorker: Now Is the Time to Talk About What We Are Actually Talking About Politico: Trump inherits Obama boom New York Review of Books: Trump: The Choice We Face Media MIT Technology Review: Social Media Is Killing Discourse Because It's Too Much Like TV (by mefi's own hoder) Facebook's Walled Wonderland Is Inherently Incompatible With News ("The last thing Facebook wants is to contradict you in any way.") The Guardian: Google, democracy and the truth about internet search Designing Things Mike Monteiro: How To Fight Fascism Nielsen Norman Group: The Distribution of Users' Computer Skills: Worse Than You Think GDS design notes: We've updated the radios and checkboxes on GOV.UK Hail Mary Lawrence Lessig: The Equal Protection argument against "winner take all" in the Electoral College Electors Trust New York Times: Why I Will Not Cast My Electoral Vote for Donald Trump Online Community Fusion: What GitHub did to kill its trolls Buzzfeed: Silicon Valley's Most Popular Forum Bans Stories About Politics Keeping Instagram Safe: More Tools and Control (added anonymous reporting for self-injury posts) Security FBI to gain expanded hacking powers as Senate effort to block fails (thanks for fighting this, Ron Wyden) Buzzfeed: After Trump's Win, Secure Messaging App Signal's Downloads Increase 400% Supplemental EFF: Power Up Your Donation It doesn't look like anything to me (via @codinghorror) So bad it's good: Toto - Africa (many more at mefi) Christmas Gifs (:rotating_light: NSFW :rotating_light:) [...]
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:19:07 -0800I want to share a book I read recently that I absolutely loved: The Elements of Eloquence by Mark Forsyth.
I felt like I was getting a glimpse at the source code that runs English. Not at the syntax and grammar level (though there is a bit of that), but the presentation layer. I got the preview from Amazon and stumbled on this passage:
Things native English speakers know, but don't know we know: pic.twitter.com/Ex0Ui9oBSL— Matthew Anderson (@MattAndersonBBC) September 3, 2016
A poet is not somebody who has great thoughts. That is the menial duty of the philosopher. A poet is somebody who expresses his thoughts, however commonplace they may be, exquisitely. That is the one and only difference between the poet and everybody else.That passage felt like demystifying a mystical process and from there I was hooked. I ordered the book and read it cover to cover.
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:25:39 -0800Another mid-week link dump. I'm trying to link beyond our new national nightmare a bit. If you only have time for one, make it The Great Silence. And then make time for Vicki Boykis' post about blogging. (Maybe I need to prioritize instead of categorize, hmm.) The State of Things John Scalzi: Three Weeks In @quinnnorton: Let me say something to my friends about the political emotion of the moment.... (breathe, strategize, use reason) Kottke: Is liberal democracy in trouble? "Warning signs are flashing red." George Lakoff interview: A Brain Scientist Explains How To Turn Trump Into A 'Loser' (eg. FiveThirtyEight runs the numbers) Media Atlantic: A Reflexive Liar in Command: Guidelines for the Media Politico: The New Rules for Covering Trump AP: Writing about the 'alt-right' (new internal style guideline for accurately labeling racists) The News (music industry veteran on handling disruption) Designing Things Maciej Cegłowski: Who Will Command The Robot Armies? ("What we need to do is grow up, and quickly.") 7 web design dos and don'ts (Monteiro: "It's time to grow up.") Gina Trapani: We’re All Frauds ("...get really comfortable being uncomfortable...") Om Malik: Silicon Valley Has an Empathy Vacuum Leigh Alexander: It’s Time For a New Kind of Power Fantasy Online Community Vicki Boykis: Fix the internet by writing good stuff and being nice to people (via @mathowie) Gizmodo: Reddit Is Tearing Itself Apart Security The Guardian has moved to https More Than 1 Million Google Accounts Breached by Gooligan Ars Technica: Firefox 0-day in the wild is being used to attack Tor users Motherboard: The Entire Internet Will Be Archived In Canada... Supplemental The Great Silence (beautiful short story via @fraying) Lin-Manuel Miranda to Produce 'Kingkiller Chronicle' (whoa, LMM and Patrick Rothfuss working together!? :boom:) Amazon LightSail: Simple Virtual Private Servers on AWS ($5/month) [...]
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:13:30 -0800The Amazon Feed Generator is still humming away on my server. Now with categories!
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:57:19 -0800This just keeps going. If you only read one article from these links, make it the NY Times article about conflicts around the globe.
Sat, 26 Nov 2016 08:41:18 -0800I took a little break from compiling links but the web did not take a break from creating them. So I bring you a new consternation of think pieces. (Pretty sure that's the collective.) No algorithms were knowingly used in collecting these links. Corruption Donald Trump: Corrupt AF @JoltedToad: Trump Foundation admits to violating federal law by using funds to support campaign... NY Times: Donald Trump's Caldron of Conflicts LA Times: How Trump could use the presidency to help his own business interests Media Fascism and The Historical Irony of Facebook’s “Fake News” Problem Pando: Why has Facebook changed its mind on fake news? Thank the Germans ProPublica: How Journalists Need to Begin Imagining the Unimaginable I can’t just stand by and watch Mark Zuckerberg destroy the internet. Hail Mary Jill Stein: Election Integrity depends on YOU! The Guardian: Jill Stein requests Wisconsin recount, alleging hackers filed bogus absentee ballots CBS Philly: An Audit Of Pennsylvania Election Results? Already Underway Bruce Schneier: Hacking and the 2016 Presidential Election Washington Post: Electoral College must reject Trump unless he sells his business... Practicing Cryptography A practical guide to securing macOS Decent Security on router configuration Tech flarum: Delightfully simple forum software. trigger-happy (open source IFTTT clone in progress) Paul Ford: Get Me Central! (A quick explainer) Everything you ever wanted to know about building a secure password reset feature Extra @jbushnell: I took a look at the Professor Watchlist so you don't have to... Washington Post: Americans keep looking away from the election’s most alarming story On Bullshit and the Oath of Office: The "LOL Nothing Matters" Presidency Kottke: Five Steps to Tyranny Inspirational Images: 1, 2, 3, 4 [...]