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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

New Backpack: Aer Fit Pack

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 05:50:47 +0000

As an interim update to my 2017 gear post, I'd like to strongly endorse the Aer Fit Pack 2 as my new primary backpack, replacing the Lululemon bag I suggested before. It has better material, much better zippers, a logical design, more pocket distribution inside, and it's cheaper! I put this bag and its predecessor through … Continue reading New Backpack: Aer Fit Pack

Drake Trick-or-Treats

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 19:23:23 +0000

As you prepare for Halloween you'll enjoy this Drake parody, especially if you're familiar with his catalog.

Gauguin to Olive Garden

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 23:44:14 +0000

[Gauguin] was penniless and adrift, trying to paint his way through the devastations of his dying marriage, his rejection by the cliques of the Parisian art establishment, and the precarity of his friendship with Vincent van Gogh, who shortly before Christmas had assaulted him with a razor and, after Gauguin’s departure that evening, used the … Continue reading Gauguin to Olive Garden

Potential of Gutenberg

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 12:47:58 +0000

Matias Ventura, the lead of the editor focus for WordPress, has written Gutenberg, or the Ship of Theseus to talk about how Gutenberg's approach will simplify many of the most complex parts of WordPress, building pages, and theme editing. If you want a peek at some of the things coming down the line with Gutenberg, … Continue reading Potential of Gutenberg

Consciousness of Matter

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 22:22:30 +0000

Nautilus Magazine has an interesting look at the question of Is Matter Conscious? Worth reading to learn what the word "panpsychism" means. Hat tip: John Vechey.

Facebook Dropping Patent Clause

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 16:20:20 +0000

I am surprised and excited to see the news that Facebook is going to drop the patent clause that I wrote about last week. They’ve announced that with React 16 the license will just be regular MIT with no patent addition. I applaud Facebook for making this move, and I hope that patent clause use … Continue reading Facebook Dropping Patent Clause

On React and WordPress

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:59:15 +0000

Big companies like to bury unpleasant news on Fridays: A few weeks ago, Facebook announced they have decided to dig in on their patent clause addition to the React license, even after Apache had said it’s no longer allowed for projects. In their words, removing the patent clause would "increase the amount of time … Continue reading On React and WordPress

We Called it Gutenberg for a Reason

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 02:23:40 +0000

Movable type was about books, but it wasn’t just about books. Ideas spread. Literacy spiked. The elite monopoly on education and government started to crack. Luther’s 95 Theses were printed on a press, rocking Europe, and he issued “broadsheets.” Broadsheets became newspapers; newspapers enabled democracy. The printing press ushered in social, political, and economic sea … Continue reading We Called it Gutenberg for a Reason

Website as Resume

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 10:23:48 +0000

The illustrious Chance the Rapper was looking for a new intern. I'm looking for an intern, someone with experience in putting together decks and writing proposals — Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) March 27, 2017 Some people responded with regular resumes, replying as images, but Negele “Hopsey” Hospedales decided to make a website on maybe … Continue reading Website as Resume

Heroin or Aspirin

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 13:45:03 +0000

The company Bayer is famous for inventing aspirin in 1898, which is arguably one of the world’s most beloved brands, and for good reason. But I was surprised to learn that just two weeks earlier, the same three guys who gave the world aspirin also created Bayer’s other big brand, heroin, which was marketed for … Continue reading Heroin or Aspirin

Peak Tea Demand

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 15:59:05 +0000

I found this funny anecdote from a CNET article about the future of power: Power and utility companies must exactly balance supply with what people consume at any given moment. UK grid operators famously must cope with a demand surge after the TV soap opera “EastEnders” ends, when thousands of people start boiling water for … Continue reading Peak Tea Demand

4.8 and What’s Coming

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:33:03 +0000

Last week we released version 4.8 “Evans” of WordPress, as I write this it has had about 4.8 million downloads already. The release was stable and has been received well, and we were able do the merge and beta a bit faster than we have before. When I originally wrote about the three focuses for … Continue reading 4.8 and What’s Coming

Remote Work Can’t Be Stopped

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 21:14:42 +0000

Christopher Mims writes for the Wall Street Journal Why Remote Work Can’t Be Stopped, also riffing off the IBM shift I wrote about a few weeks ago. I was excited to see an Automattician Julia featured at the top and a few other colleagues having their voice in the article.

Safe Avocado-ing

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 04:07:59 +0000

I’m glad the New York Times is covering how to safely cut an avocado, because I’ve messed that up 100% of the time I’ve tried to handle an avocado in the past month. It makes you almost want to forgive them for that green pea guacamole thing.

A Delicious Compliment

Mon, 29 May 2017 17:43:54 +0000

Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters—sometimes very hastily—but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim: I loved your card.” … Continue reading A Delicious Compliment

WordPress 14

Sun, 28 May 2017 02:38:33 +0000

Today is 14 years from the very first release of WordPress. The interface I’m using to write this (Calypso) is completely unrecognizable from what WordPress looked and worked like even a few years ago. Fourteen years in, I’m waking up every day excited about what’s coming next for us. The progress of the editor and CLI so … Continue reading WordPress 14

Profile of Anker

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:08:00 +0000

As a computer accessory enthusiast, I’m excited that Verge did an in-depth profile of Anker, which makes some of the best chargers, cables, and batteries around. It also makes me more curious about the story behind Aukey and Jackery.

What’s in My Bag, 2017 edition

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:05:50 +0000

I am a road warrior who has racked up several million miles over the past decade, and since I’m also working more-than-full-time running Automattic (a totally distributed company) and leading WordPress I need the ability to be productive wherever I can find a comfortable place to sit. I carry a backpack with me almost all … Continue reading What’s in My Bag, 2017 edition

Boarding Wrong Flight

Sun, 21 May 2017 22:45:02 +0000

The Economist writes about who’s wrong when flyers end up in the wrong cities. This has actually happened to me! Probably 7-8 years ago, it was an Air Canada flight from New York to Montreal, and I accidentally boarded the one to Toronto. The mistake was realized when we were on the ground, but had … Continue reading Boarding Wrong Flight

IBM Goes Non-Remote

Sat, 20 May 2017 19:21:45 +0000

Like Yahoo a few years ago, IBM, an early pioneer of distributed work, is calling workers back to the office. The shift is particularly surprising since the Armonk, N.Y., company has been among the business world’s staunchest boosters of remote work, both for itself and its customers. IBM markets software and services for what it … Continue reading IBM Goes Non-Remote

Candy Diet

Fri, 19 May 2017 18:06:54 +0000

The bestselling novel of 1961 was Allen Drury’s Advise and Consent. Millions of people read this 690-page political novel. In 2016, the big sellers were coloring books. Fifteen years ago, cable channels like TLC (the “L” stood for Learning), Bravo and the History Channel (the “History” stood for History) promised to add texture and information to the blighted TV … Continue reading Candy Diet

One Million Words

Thu, 18 May 2017 23:56:32 +0000

My colleague Sara has reached one million words posted to our internal sites, and has some tips for distributed work and communication. I just checked my stats, I’m only at 867k.

New TV Ads

Wed, 17 May 2017 05:08:27 +0000

As I mentioned in the State of the Word this is the year we’re ramping up marketing. There is lots to learn and much to follow, but we have our first TV ads up in six markets to test. Each shares a story of a business in Detroit, and I actually got the chance to … Continue reading New TV Ads