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convention quote quiz

Some quotes pulled from recent New Yorker article on the history of presidential nominations. Who said it and when?

“The Republican National Convention at Cleveland next week promises to be a very dull show.”

“Have no influence in the election on the score of the Negroes.”

“Free the delegates.”

“Americans must rule America.”

“This is strictly a white man’s party.”

“I wish I could slay a Mexican.”

“We stand for the segregation of the races and the racial integrity of each race.”

“In this bright new century, let me ask you to win to your side the women of the United States.”

“Women will decide the outcome of this election.”

“Are the American people fit to govern themselves?”

“The will of the people is crap.”


Posted 02 Jul 2016 18:43 by tedu Updated: 02 Jul 2016 18:43
Tagged: magreview politics quote

pedobear uses a macbook

Based on the fact that Ars Technica likes to use a MacBook keyboard to illustrate many of their child porn related stories, I conclude that’s pedobear’s preferred computing device.


Don’t be a creeper: use a ThinkPad.

Posted 04 Jun 2016 17:52 by tedu Updated: 04 Jun 2016 17:52
Tagged: magreview quote

pinboard tips for web design

A few funnies sprinkled with a bit of insight and disappointment. And regret.

It’s 2015. Your team has to wake up determined and put in one hell of a work week to get web pages to render slowly. And yet so many succeed. tweet.

My modest proposal: your website should not exceed in file size the major works of Russian literature. Anna Karenina, for example, is 1.8 MB. tweet.

If your design team insists on including a lot of Javascript cruft and CSS resets, make them write it all out longhand with a quill pen. tweet.

Two steps to better mobile design: 1) Make sure that the most critical elements of the page download and render first. 2) Stop right there. tweet.

If you’re a web designer/front-end developer, It may help to think of the fan on your laptop as a shaming rather than a cooling device. tweet.

The only honest measure of page load speed: time from initial TLS handshake to when the user has finally stopped closing all the ads. tweet.

More generally, there should be an attribute to allow non-designers’ browsers to only load useful images. tweet.

Astonished to find that a blog site needs a Bloom filter daemon and has Product Scientists. “On the web we want to stay close to the metal” tweet.

I move that the web get faster as computers and networks get faster. tweet.

“We aspire to simple, powerful, yet revenue-free systems that can turn a 500 word blog post into a multi-megabyte user experience” tweet.

All this and more also collected in The Website Obesity Crisis talk.

Posted 04 Nov 2015 06:10 by tedu Updated: 01 Jan 2016 14:04
Tagged: quote rants web

help wan

A reminder to leave the artisanal kerning to the professionals.

Help Wan Ted

Who’s Wan?

Posted 15 Jul 2015 02:32 by tedu Updated: 15 Jul 2015 02:32
Tagged: quote

natural grass preservatives

From Time’s surprisingly healthy snack foods list.

Is the implication that corn fed beef jerky requires artifical preservatives? What makes grass beef so naturally resistant to spoiling?

Posted 22 Jun 2015 19:07 by tedu Updated: 22 Jun 2015 19:07
Tagged: food magreview quote

funding topologies

“Startup culture starting to resemble a pyramid that has folded in on itself, exploring funding topologies Ponzi never dreamed of” - Pinboard

Funding topology is definitely a subject worthy of further research.

Posted 03 Oct 2014 18:24 by tedu Updated: 03 Oct 2014 18:24
Tagged: business quote

won't contain gluten in the bag

They’re potato chips. Why would they have gluten? “Gluten free” is the new “won’t turn pink in the can”.

gluten free chips

Posted 03 Sep 2014 19:08 by tedu Updated: 03 Sep 2014 19:08
Tagged: business food quote


On the wall at Sketch.


Posted 17 Aug 2014 21:19 by tedu Updated: 17 Aug 2014 21:19
Tagged: business food philly quote

are you the one who's watching me?

Walked by an old man on the street who repeatedly asked me, “Are you the one who’s watching me?” I tried to deny it, but he didn’t believe my lies! Was briefly tempted to tell him, “We’re all watching you,” but he was clearly operating marble free and already seemed to have that impression. A strange encounter.

Posted 30 Jul 2014 01:02 by tedu Updated: 30 Jul 2014 01:02
Tagged: philly quote

Achtung! Die Verbindung ist unverschlüsselt

Basically: the network is insecure; the bad guys can steal your Facebook login; check that you are using HTTPS. I’ve never seen a wifi warning this clear and direct before. Bonus points for mentioning that smartphone apps are a particular weakness.


Posted 08 Jul 2014 18:22 by tedu Updated: 08 Jul 2014 18:22
Tagged: quote security web