Author Archives: paulschreiber

Presidential candidate website tech, compared

Today, Hillary Clinton announced that she’s running for president. She also launched a new website. Over the next year, political pundits will spend far too much time dissecting the horse race, scandals (real or imagined), the electoral college and more … Continue reading

Monte McNaughton is a homophobic bigot

“It’s not the premier of Ontario’s job — especially Kathleen Wynne — to tell parents what’s age-appropriate for their children.” —Monte McNaughton “What is it that especially disqualifies me for the job that I’m doing? Is it that I’m a … Continue reading

On Feedback

Jobs’s taste for merciless criticism was notorious; Ive recalled that, years ago, after seeing colleagues crushed, he protested. Jobs replied, “Why would you be vague?,” arguing that ambiguity was a form of selfishness: “You don’t care about how they feel! … Continue reading

Ain’t no party like a no-party party

Sometimes indepenence isn’t enough. Want to make sure folks know you’re not a member of a political party? Here are 74 ways people have done this: Do not wish to specify dont have one Dont have one. dont know dont … Continue reading

Declaring independence … from the dictionary

Be careful when you give people a freeform text field. They’ll get creative. Here are 28 — yes, 28 — ways people spelled “independent”: endapendent IDEPENDENT Ind. Indenpent indepant Indepdendent Indepedent indepenant Independance Independanr Independence Independent independiant independient independnt Indepenent indepent Indepentant … Continue reading

Fido’s data plans are stuck in the last decade

Not only are they suggesting MySpace as something you might use: …but $10 gets you a whopping 100 MB.

Joe Flacco has a very good day

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Thirty-one ways to leave your lover

If you run any sort of text messaging service, you’ll have to process unsubscribe requests. The standard such messages is “STOP.” To make things easier for customers, in addition to “stop”, I wrote code that also looked for “unsubscribe”, “quit”, “cancel”, … Continue reading

Book publishers, infused with aggrieved privilege 

Clay Shirky’s essay on Amazon and the book industry is so full of great lines, it’s hard to pick just one. The fact that any bookseller ever “runs out” of a book is now ridiculous. In the twenty-first century, not … Continue reading

NYC 311 service request status bookmarklet

Easily check the status of your service request without going through the clunky website or fighting a CAPTCHA: NYC 311. This works best with a plugin like JSONView.