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Last Build Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2018 21:57:29 +0000


Abstract Aluminum

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 21:57:21 +0000

You probably haven’t thought much about beer cans, Abstract Aluminum Space, the Midwest Premium, and how it all ties into Goldman Sachs, so you should read how the Goldman Sachs aluminum conspiracy lawsuit is over.

Russell’s Treadmill

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 20:22:46 +0000

From Bertrand Russell’s A Conquest of Happiness. It is very singular how little men seem to realize that they are not caught in the grip of a mechanism from which there is no escape, but that the treadmill is one upon which they remain merely because they have not noticed that it fails to take … Continue reading Russell’s Treadmill

Goose-down Nape

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:05:44 +0000

There was a beautiful poem by Kayo Chingonyi in the New York Magazine this week titled The Nod: When we’re strangers that pass each otherin the street, it will come down to this tiltof the head — acknowledging anotherversion of events set in a new-buildyears from now, a mess of a place filledwith books and records, … Continue reading Goose-down Nape

Don’t Like Change

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:01:23 +0000

If you don't like change, you're going to like irrelevance even less.General Eric Shinseki I actually heard this on the Farnam Street podcast with Patriots coach Michael Lombardi, but it seems like General Shinseki said it first so attributing it there.

Back to Blogging

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 22:59:53 +0000

I really enjoyed Tom Critchlow's post Small b blogging.

Commuting Time Saved

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:14:56 +0000

On Automattic's internal BuddyPress-powered company directory, we allow people to fill out a field saying how far their previous daily commute was. 509 people have filled that out so far, and they are saving 12,324 kilometers of travel every work day. Wow!

No Office Workstyle

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:44:35 +0000

Reed Albergotti has a great article titled Latest Amenity for Startups: No Office. You can put in your email to read I believe but it's behind a paywall otherwise. The Information is a pretty excellent site that alongside (former Automattician) Ben Thompson's Stratechery I recommend subscribing to. Here are some quotes from the parts of the … Continue reading No Office Workstyle

Kinsey Joins Automattic

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:56:58 +0000

Kinsey Wilson is joining Automattic to run Poynter covers the news and has a great interview with Kinsey.

The Laity

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 21:48:55 +0000

In the last analysis, every profession is a conspiracy against the laity.The Sir Patrick Cullen character in George Bernard Shaw’s play The Doctor’s Dilemma

National Magazine Award Nomination

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 21:37:36 +0000

Longreads was nominated today for its first-ever National Magazine Award, in the category of columns and commentary, alongside ESPN The Magazine, BuzzFeed News, Pitchfork, and New York magazine. Laurie Penny's Longreads columns explore important questions of consent and female desire that have strongly resonated in our current moment. In addition to this nomination, Penny's columns … Continue reading National Magazine Award Nomination

R.I.P Dean

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:21:34 +0000

Dean Allen, a web pioneer and good man, has passed away. I've been processing the news for a few days and still don't know where to begin. Dean was a writer, who wrote the software he wrote on. His websites were crafted, designed, and typeset so well you would have visited them even if they … Continue reading R.I.P Dean


Fri, 12 Jan 2018 01:55:27 +0000

I am very thankful and grateful to have made it through the past year, which was a really special one personally and professionally. I learned to open myself up more to relationships, continued aspiring to be clear and direct with yellow arrows, and worked alongside some incredible people to tackle the biggest and hardest problems, … Continue reading Thirty-Four

Ariel Levy in Longreads

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:44:11 +0000

I had originally planned last year to write a review of each book as I read it, but The Rules Do Not Apply threw a spanner in the works. I had no idea how to write about it, much less review it. The author, Ariel Levy, has a great interview in Longreads from when the … Continue reading Ariel Levy in Longreads

Xerox Alto Zero-Day

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 15:37:54 +0000

Next to the very real news of the Spectre and Meltdown CPU issues, it was lovely to come across Ken Shirriff's story of getting past password protection on some old Xerox Alta disk packs from the 1970s. As further proof for why 2018 is going to be the year of blogging, two of the comments … Continue reading Xerox Alto Zero-Day

Morten on Gutenberg

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 20:54:38 +0000

Morten Rand-Hendriksen's talk and demo on Gutenberg from WordCamp US is an excellent overview of where it is, where it could go, and some VR stuff thrown in there for fun. Definitely worth the watch.

Books in 2017

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 23:19:10 +0000

Here's what I ended up reading this year, in roughly chronological finishing order. (I usually have 3-4 books going on at once.) Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss. The Art of Stillness by Pico Ayer. Out of Your Mind by Alan Watts (audiobook, really a series of lectures). Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Mushashi … Continue reading Books in 2017

NORAD’s Santa Tracker

Sun, 24 Dec 2017 14:25:16 +0000

Politico has a lovely story on the history and present of the NORAD Santa Tracker, which started because a 1955 Sears department store ad had “a digit wrong — and was instead the direct line into the secret military nerve center in Colorado Springs, Colo., where the Pentagon was on the lookout to prevent nuclear … Continue reading NORAD’s Santa Tracker

Design in Kentucky

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 21:17:11 +0000

Fast Company Design has written Tech Has A Diversity Problem–So This Designer Went To Kentucky, about John Maeda's work pairing some of the top designers in the world with students in Paintsville, Kentucky. 

Post-Verbal Language

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:09:01 +0000

James Beshara has a really interesting read on how communication will change and evolve in a post-verbal world, namely one where human/brain interfaces like Neuralink can more directly transmit thought between people than the medium of language allows today. After reading the essay I wonder if people's thoughts or the neural pathways they activate, if … Continue reading Post-Verbal Language

iPhone Fast Charging

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:51:19 +0000

I love USB, cables, and charging things. So MacRumors comparison of different wired and wireless charging options and speed for the iPhone X is my catnip. tl; dr: USB-C + USB-C-to-Lightning cable gives you far and away the fastest times. I've found this true for the iPad Pro as well.

State of the Word, 2017

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 23:38:20 +0000

I really enjoyed connecting with the WordPress community in Nashville this previous weekend. On Saturday I delivered the State of the Word presentation alongside Mel, Weston, and Matías. There's always a post-event buzz but I definitely noticed a change in tenor of people's thoughts on Gutenberg after the presentation and demo. The video is above, … Continue reading State of the Word, 2017

Adam Robinson on Understanding

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:33:12 +0000

This is a long quote/excerpt from Adam Robinson I’ve been holding onto for a while, from Tribe of Mentors. Worth considering, especially if you strive to work in a data-informed product organization. Virtually all investors have been told when they were younger — or implicitly believe, or have been tacitly encouraged to do so by … Continue reading Adam Robinson on Understanding

Tribe of Mentors

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:55:28 +0000

Tim Ferriss’s new book Tribe of Mentors is out. I have finished it already, and can say it’s really excellent and I even liked it more than Tools of Titans even though I’m not in this one. 🙂 As I said in a message to Tim: Curious how Tribe of Mentors is different from Tools … Continue reading Tribe of Mentors

Post Status Interview

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:06:57 +0000

In the lead-up to WordCamp US we're in right now I chatted with Brian Krogsgard at Post Status in an hour podcast and we spoke about the core releases this year, Gutenberg, React, WooCommerce, and On the 29th I'll be talking to WP Tavern, so tune in then as well. For something completely different, … Continue reading Post Status Interview

Product and Process

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 05:01:05 +0000

When I look back over the last 25 years, in some ways what seems most precious is not what we have made but how we have made it and what we have learned as a consequence of that. I always think that there are two products at the end of a programme; there is the … Continue reading Product and Process