Stopping Ads From Slowing Down NYTimes.com - NYT Open nerd blog
Famous programmer Leaves Google Because of Remote Work Ban -
If a good employee asks to try remote work, or any choice about work habits they believe will help them perform well, why wouldn’t a manager let them do it on a trial basis? There’s very little risk. If it turns out to be disruptive to the team, or their performance is poor, that’s one thing as there would be an actual problem. But why not allow the employee to try? Allowing employees to try encourages them to look for better ways to work, an asset to any organization. Policies that are outright bans of anything rarely make sense as they prevents employees and managers from experimenting and evaluating actual results. Bans end thinking as people stop thinking for themselves and simply carry out a policy, the birth of bureaucracy.
Adactio: Journal—Climbing Mount Responsive -
There’s no doubt about it: trying to apply responsive design to large-scale existing desktop-centric sites is really, really hard. The message I keep repeating in my workshops is that you can’t expect to just sprinkle on some magic media-query fairydust—it just doesn’t work that way. Instead, you’ve got to figure out a way to reframe all your challenges into a mobile-first way of thinking.
Instead of asking “How can I make these patterns (mega-menus, lightboxes, complex data tables) work when the screen size shrinks?”, you need to ask “What’s the problem they’re supposed to be solving, and how would I design a solution for the small screen to start with?” Once you’ve done that, then it becomes a matter of scaling up to the large screen …which is actually a much simpler problem space.
(via Mapping Twitter Topic Networks: From Polarized Crowds to Community Clusters | Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project)
Measuring localStorage Performance | High Performance Web Sites
Mobile Menu AB Tested: Hamburger Not the Best Choice?, via @lukew.
It’s Snack Time in the Cosmos - NYT Science Times
A gas cloud named G2 is about to collide with Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. A simulation shows how the cloud might be stretched and torn apart.
Just as much as our job is to build something genuinely useful, something which really does make people’s working lives simpler, more pleasant and more productive, our job is also to understand what people think they want and then translate the value of Slack into their terms. —
We Don’t Sell Saddles Here, by Stewart Butterfield.
I post this because, frankly, it is an exceptional piece of writing about product making, covering the gamut from core functionality to marketing and positioning and the larger, philosophical motivations behind trying to make something excellent.
I have no counterpoints; I agree with this entire piece. I recommend you read it, too.
Every Men’s Figure Skating Jump, on One Page - NYT and the awesome Wilson Andrews.
Easier Census data downloads are here!
Showing Olympic results » Good Stats Bad Stats -
I watched the men’s downhill races yesterday. Matthias Mayer won the race. But as I watched the individual runs it was not at all clear that he would be expected to do so. The reason for this was in how the local (United States) network showed the split times as each racer moved down the course. My question then is there an alternative way to present the race that would give the viewing audience a better perspective on how their favorite racer is doing as he progresses through the course?
Fourth Place: Just Missing a Medal -
The Agony of Fourth place. Our latest Sochi interactive, which I think is awesome.
If you haven’t heard of a “sneckdown” yet, it’s a clever combination of “snow” and “neckdown” - another name for a curb expansion - that uses snow formations on the street to reveal the space cars don’t use. Advocates can then use these sneckdown photos to make the case to local transportation officials that traffic calming interventions like curb bumpouts and traffic islands can be installed without any loss to car drivers. (via PHOTOS: What Snow Tells Us About Creating Better Public Spaces on E. Passyunk Avenue | This Old City)