Chris Aldrich is reading “New blogging app Telegraph is super simple and anonymous, but there’s a catch”

Read Telegram's blogging platform Telegraph is super simple and anonymous (mashable.com)
With platforms such as Wordpress or Tumblr, starting a blog has never been easier, but in most cases, you still have to go through a simple registration process before you can start publishing. Now, messaging platform Telegram has made it even simpler with Telegraph, the blogging platform that doesn't require any kind of registration.

Chris Aldrich is reading “The Simplest (and Most Performant) Way to Offer Sharing Links for Social Media”

Read The Simplest (and Most Performant) Way to Offer Sharing Links for Social Media | CSS-Tricks (CSS-Tricks)
This past summer, I wrote The Essential Meta Tags for Social Media about how developers can prepare web pages to optimize their appearance when shared on s

Chris Aldrich is reading “Rescuing my tiny videos from Vine”

Read Rescuing my tiny videos from Vine by Marty McGuireMarty McGuire (martymcgui.re)
Ah, Vine. I loved the idea of a platform for sharing tiny video moments. It was truly a platform for some really amazing things.Personally, I didn't make ver...

There are some additional methods and discussion here.

Chris Aldrich is reading “My Favorite Books of 2016”

Read My Favorite Books of 2016 (gatesnotes.com)
Bill Gates shares his list of best books he read in 2016. The list includes “String Theory” by David Foster Wallace, “Shoe Dog” by Phil Knight, “The Gene” by Siddhartha Mukherjee, “The Myth of the Strong Leader” by Archie Brown, and “The Grid” by Gretchen Bakke.

“The Gene” by Siddhartha Mukherjee, “The Myth of the Strong Leader” by Archie Brown, and “The Grid” by Gretchen Bakke all sound the most interesting.

I’ve heard there was a lot of dubious science discussed in Mukherjee’s book when it came out, but Gates doesn’t mention any of the controversy in his review. The last two books I listed above are lesser known, and I hadn’t heard about them previously. I’ll have to take a look at them over the coming holidays.

Chris Aldrich is reading “3 Methods To Create Your Own Searchable Twitter Archive”

Read 3 Methods To Create Your Own Searchable Twitter Archive (makeuseof.com)
If you want to secure your tweets against any issues that might happen to Twitter and its servers, consider backing up your Twitter shares. If you use Twit

👓 Woman Convinces Husband She’s ‘Adopted’ A Coyote, Hilarity Ensues | Scary Mommy

Read Woman Convinces Husband She’s ‘Adopted’ A Coyote, Hilarity Ensues (Scary Mommy)
A woman tricked her husband into thinking she “adopted” a coyote and it’s the best series of texts you’ll ever see.

Someone forced me to read this. It was funny.

Chris Aldrich is reading “Service Worker, what are you? – Mariko Kosaka”

Read Service Worker, what are you? by Mariko Kosaka (kosamari.com)
In order to better define what a service worker is, Mariko analogizes it to an alien in the web browser universe.

I’ve been meaning to dig into these recently and just came across this delightful little definition of what they are.

[h/t Jeremy Kieth]

Chris Aldrich is reading “Moving Toward SSL”

Read Moving Toward SSL (WordPress News)
We’re at a turning point: 2017 is going to be the year that we’re going to see features in WordPress which require hosts to have HTTPS available. Just as JavaScript is a near necessity for smoother…

Chris Aldrich is reading “Decentralisation considered harmful”

Read Decentralisation considered harmful by Amy Guy (rhiaro.co.uk)
How are the decentralised technologies we're working on going to make people more vulnerable?

Chris Aldrich is reading “Trump’s Breezy Calls to World Leaders Leave Diplomats Aghast”

Read Trump’s Breezy Calls to World Leaders Leave Diplomats Aghast (nytimes.com)
The president-elect’s unfiltered exchanges prompted the White House to urge him to seek the State Department’s expertise in his encounters with foreign leaders.

Chris Aldrich is reading “Trump and Carrier: How a Modern Economy Is Like a Parking Garage”

Read Trump and Carrier: How a Modern Economy Is Like a Parking Garage (nytimes.com)
It’s a constant state of flux, with jobs being created or lost. The challenge is to have a business climate in which you have more of the former.

Chris Aldrich is reading “Twitter has a new head of product who barely uses the product”

Read Twitter has a new head of product who barely uses the product (theverge.com)
Twitter’s ceaseless search for someone to tell the social network where to go and how to get there has come to a momentary pause. The company announced today, on Twitter of course, that it has hired startup founder Keith Coleman as vice president of product. Coleman, according to his Twitter bio, is the CEO of Yes Inc., a relatively unknown Bay Area startup responsible for two social apps called Frenzy and WZD. Frenzy offers a way to make quick plans with friends, while WZD is a blend Facebook and Snapchat that lets you share what you’re doing with friends by posting photos and videos layered with emoji and text. Because Yes is joining Twitter alongside Coleman, both apps are being shut down, according to a note posted to Yes’ website. Prior to Yes, Coleman was a product lead at Google overseeing services like Gmail and its chat companion.

Chris Aldrich is reading “A Yale history professor’s powerful, 20-point guide to defending democracy under a Trump presidency”

Read A Yale history professor’s powerful, 20-point guide to defending democracy under a Trump presidency by Timothy Snyder (facebook.com)
Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to do so. Here are twenty lessons from the twentieth century, adapted to the circumstances of today.

Chris Aldrich is reading “Donald Trump speaks with Taiwan’s president—a massive diplomatic reversal that will enrage China”

Read Donald Trump speaks with Taiwan's president—a massive diplomatic reversal that will enrage China (Quartz)
Trump is also interested in opening a hotel there.