The Man Least Likely to Succeed in Politics

Nixon meets Elvis

Dick Nixon understood that getting the smart, popular kids to vote for you didn’t matter. He called the popular kids “Franklins” and he called his kind the “Orthogonians”. Nixon discovered that being hated by the “Franklins” was no impediment to political success.

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I Feel the Need for Speed

San Francisco MOMA

Today google released a new tool to test how mobile friendly your website is. Since I recently rebuilt this site and been using a variety of tools to test it I was excited to see how well the site scored. The UI is very nice but you have to opt-in to email to get your detailed report. I am definitely not a fan of that “dark pattern”.

Usually my go-to benchmark is the the venerable Google PageSpeed Insights. PageSpeed Insights is very clear about delivering actionable steps you can take to improve overall speed and performance. Not too long ago Google also added a mobile section to give you insight about your mobile page performance as well.

However I recently adopted Google’s Lighthouse tool and found that to be exceptionally useful, particularly since it is service worker aware. As a result this site will now run even when the network connection is severed on your mobile device. (Service workers should be a separate article)

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If you are in San Francisco go visit MOMA

San Francisco MOMAIf you are in San Francisco go visit MOMA. Just go. Now.

There is No Such Thing as Not Voting

David Foster Wallace

“If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don’t bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched establishments of the two major parties, who please rest assured are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical and to give you every possible reason to stay at home doing one-hitters and watching MTV on primary day. By all means stay home if you want, but don’t bullshit yourself that you’re not voting. In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some diehard’s vote.”

— David Foster Wallace

Free to Believe Anything

Cognitive Bias

When I was growing up, when you read the paper, watched the news, saw a film or a picture, you inherently believed in it. You trusted the reality it portrayed. You trusted in journalism and even believed the news was actually “fair and balanced”. Then technology destroyed the business model of traditional journalism. The news institutions of the 20th century, print newspapers, the evening broadcast news, the trusted anchorman, are but relics of the past.

We turned to the Internet, but then we all learned the hard way that we can’t trust the Internet. We no longer know what is real and what is fake. With everything now digital, and with excellent tools to edit audio, video, and photos, we have become skeptics. As soon as we see a viral video on YouTube we immediately say to ourselves “that’s fake”. Every magazine with a beautiful girl on the cover we think to ourselves “Photoshop”. When we read a blog post we think “spin”.

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