Four Short Things – 2 March 2019

Clicks are an “unreliable seismograph” for a news article’s value — here’s new research to back it up This is a summary of a report on user behavior on the web. It found a few things that aren’t super surprising: Relevance is the paramount driver of news consumption. People find those stories most relevant that […]

Four Short Things – 23 February 2019

Leukemia has won WordPress has allowed me the opportunity to meet hundreds of people first online and then offline, but Alex “Viper007Bond” was the first. When I first started getting involved in WordPress, I spent many late nights in the IRC #wordpress channel on freenode, at first seeking help but then providing it. Viper was […]

Four Short Things – 16 February 2019

Git for Ages 4 and Above My friend Adam recommended this talk as a good deep dive into git. One thing I often preach is the importance of understanding the tools you use on a regular basis. It doesn’t matter what editor you use (but really, it should be vim), what matters is knowing how […]

Four Short Things – 9 February 2019

The Value of Good Design MoMA’s spring exhibition includes a show featuring everyday objects, the types that it’s feasible to find in our homes. Brooms, Rakes, Chairs, A Slinky. With an emphasis on work that appeared in shows from the 1930’s to 1950’s, there is plenty of Eames, Saarinen, and Bruan to make any home […]

Four Short Things – 2 February 2019

Design Patterns for Managing Up The first time I was introduced to the phrase “Managing Up” I hated it. Why should I be responsible for my boss? They are supposed to be responsible for me. As I’ve grown I have recognized that as with all relationships, the manager-managee relation requires all parties to invest in […]

Four Short Things – 25 January 2019

The Greatest Olympian You’ve Never Heard of: Eddie Eagan and an Unlikely Double Eddie Eagan is a unique individual who did something no one else has done: he won gold medals at both the Winter and Summer Olympics in different sports. When we think about “The Greatest Athletes”, we often talk about people who dominated […]

Four Short Things – 18 January 2019

100+ Lessons Learned for Project Managers I am a firm believer that software and web development can learn a lot from other disciplines. Much as Akin’s Laws of. Spacecraft Design can be easily modified for the web, I think these lessons from Jerry Madden, the former Associate Director of Flight Projects at NASA Goddard Space […]