Rob Knight


I collect useful and interesting bookmarks on Pinboard. These are my favorites.

  • The Talk Show: Anil Dash on Twitter's Fall

    November 22, 2022

    Anil Dash and John Gruber talking about what's going at Twitter under Elon Musk is about as astute and concise as you're going to get on the subject.

  • Twitter was special. But it's time to leave

    November 22, 2022

    "The run-up to the 2016 election saw this exploited in spectacular fashion by the former president. Trump discovered early on that he could tweet obnoxious things and collect enormous amounts of free attention, and, having no shame or self-reflection, enjoyed it. Worse, the more outrageous the tweet, the more attention it got."

  • Finding a native and fast text editor for the Mac in 2022

    November 17, 2022

    Good rundown of what is available, with a focus on non-Electron, native apps that are fast and simple. Very helpful.

  • Aging programmer

    October 25, 2022

    Assorted reflections from a 40-year-old programmer. Very relatable.

  • Me, But Online

    July 20, 2022

    “A collection of minimalist, original personal websites with great typography.” (via Web Curios)

  • On entrepreneurship

    June 08, 2022

    Applies to other areas too.

  • Color accessibility: resources to help you design inclusive products

    June 03, 2022

    All the tools, tips and resources your need to build and check the color accessibility and color constrast of digital products.

  • The bleak spectacle of the Amber Heard-Johnny Depp trial

    June 02, 2022

    "One of the reasons I have gotten so obsessed with this case is the sheer unreality of watching large swathes of the internet and progressive media act as if this narrative — Powerful Man With Anger Management And Drug Problems Beats Wife — is some implausible fairy tale rather than a story we have seen a million times. Even if Heard didn’t have an Everest of supporting evidence, even if this was a he-said-she-said case, her account should be treated as plausible on its face."

  • Hard Drive Apologizes to Elon Musk for Dunking on Him Too Hard

    June 02, 2022

    This is wonderful. I love that it started with an article titled “Zodiac Killer Letter Solved by Opening it with VLC Media Player.” That is an A+ nerd headline.

  • Zooming into the Sun with Solar Orbiter

    April 01, 2022

    Zoom in and look close at the highest resolution image of the Sun’s full disc and outer atmosphere, the corona, ever taken.

  • Setting up a new Mac

    February 20, 2022

    Holy hell, this is awesome. This is the most comprehensive set of Mac setup instructions I've ever seen. Everything here is useful. And the documentation is thorough, so you know what you're doing.

  • Drew McLellan on Twitter: What are your personal must-haves on a new Mac system?

    February 20, 2022

    There is no bigger rabbit hole for developers to fall into that the wonderful "what are the apps you use" rabbit hole.

  • What’s a low barrier-of-entry, high reward hobby you recently started and still pursue with joy?

    February 10, 2022

    Great responses that might come in handy someday.

  • Dan Carlin's Hardcore History: Addendum: EP19 Asymmetrical Perspectives

    February 10, 2022

    Author, actor and senior fellow at the Modern War Institute Max Brooks joins Dan to discuss asymmetrical warfare and related societal issues.

  • How Wanting Less Leads to Satisfaction - The Atlantic

    February 09, 2022

    Dopamine is excreted in response to thoughts about buying new things, winning money, acquiring more power or fame, having new sexual partners. The brain evolved to reward us for the behaviors that kept us alive and made us more likely to pass on our DNA. This may be an anachronism, at least to some degree, but it is a fact of our lives nonetheless.

  • Reaction Offices and the Future of Work - 99% Invisible

    February 09, 2022

  • Edouard Klein / falsisign · GitLab

    January 24, 2022

    For bureaucratic reasons, a colleague of mine had to print, sign, scan and send by email a high number of pages. To save trees, ink, time, and to stick it...

  • ‘Not All White People’ and Derailing Conversations

    December 27, 2021

    “While there are stereotypes about white people–some of them even negative!–they don’t impact our everyday lives the way stereotypes about people of color impact theirs’. We don’t get paid less or denied jobs over them. We don’t get stopped and frisked over them. Trigger-happy racists don’t gun us down over them.”

  • 9/11 and 1/6

    June 10, 2021

    No one is seeking to hide that this is the plan.  It is right there out in the open.  The prospective Republican candidates for 2024, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Josh Hawley, are all running on a big lie platform.  If your platform is that elections do not work, you are saying that you intend to come to power some other way.  The big lie is designed not to win an election, but to discredit one.

  • Embrace the Grind - Jacob Kaplan-Moss

    April 11, 2021

  • Harvard Business School: Working from Home Survey

    March 31, 2021

    "Despite the hardships and heartbreaks of COVID-19, there were many personal and professional wins—and some good and bad habits developed. According to a survey of 1,500 professionals who worked remotely in the past year."

  • Blocking extremists does not create an intellectual bubble, it prevents one

    February 17, 2021

    Noah Smith on social media bubbles: "One of the most wrongheaded and persistent ideas floating around on social media is the idea of an 'intellectual bubble'".

  • NES.css

    February 08, 2021

    An NES-style CSS Framework. It's surprisingly full-featured with attention to detail. It also gives me new respect for the NES user interface.

  • Stanford University: Nature in Profile

    February 02, 2021

    From the Data Visualization and the Modern Imagination exhibit. Beautiful renderings of landscapes with information overlayed.

  • How to Stop Endless Discussions

    January 05, 2021

  • There's a reason we procrastinate and it's not laziness

    January 01, 2021

    Fighting the urge to push something off until later starts with understanding why we want to in the first place.

  • The Plague Year

    January 01, 2021

    What feels like the definitive reporting on the USA’s failure to manage the pandemic in 2020.

  • The Night Manager

    January 01, 2021

    With Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Debicki, Olivia Colman. The night manager of a Cairo hotel is recruited to infiltrate an arms dealer's inner circle. One of my favorite shows of 2020.

  • Does civility pay?

    December 26, 2020

    ‘‘Performance is not just what you do, but how you do it. That’s critical.’’ If you treat people badly, all the technical skills and confidence you can harness will not get you to the top.

  • Tune Into Forests From Around The World

    December 24, 2020

    Browse forest sounds from around the world right at your desk 🍃

  • Lateral Thinking with Withered Technology

    December 15, 2020

    Nintendo’s approach of prioritizing gameplay over cutting edge technology.

  • Ask a Sane Person: Jia Tolentino on Practicing the Discipline of Hope

    July 15, 2020

  • The Man With The Killer Pitch

    July 14, 2020

    They called him “Shotgun” Rogers. In 1916, Nashville Vols pitcher Tom Rogers earned that nickname with a fastball that called a cannon to mind, and what, in the sports-writing parlance of the day, might have been called “sterling displays of boxwork.

  • 1-Line Layouts

    July 08, 2020

    Awesome set of examples for easy layouts with CSS Grid

  • Staticman: Static sites with superpowers

    June 28, 2020

    Form collector for static sites that creates a text file in a Git repo and then a pull request. This is a cool way to create user content on a static site.

  • Making Our Patterns More Accessible - Cloud Four

    June 04, 2020

  • Longform Podcast #395: Wesley Lowery

    June 03, 2020

    Wesley Lowery is a correspondent for “60 in 6” from 60 Minutes. He is the author of They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement and won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for "Fatal Force," a

  • The Massacre of Black Wall Street

    May 31, 2020

    “But just as important are the things that can’t be quantified, such as the loss of the sense of safety in their own city, the loss of trust in city officials, law enforcement, and in some cases, in people altogether.”

  • SofaConf 2020 - a technical write-up

    May 14, 2020

    Absolutely brilliant write-up of how the SofaConf website was built. Clearleft are so thoughtful about this stuff. I love their principles.

  • The Technium: 68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice

    May 05, 2020

  • Simple Systems Have Less Downtime

    March 03, 2020

    Keeping things simple makes you more nimble, responsive, and innovative.

  • alvarotrigo/fullPage.js: fullPage plugin by Alvaro Trigo. Create full screen pages fast and simple

    February 28, 2020

  • BLUF: The Military Standard for Writing

    February 07, 2020

    "BLUF is a military communications acronym—it stands for “bottom line up front”—that’s designed to enforce speed and clarity in reports and emails. The basic idea is simple: put the most important details first. Don’t tease or delay your main point because people are busy and their time is valuable. And make it clear."

  • Vanilla Web Projects

    February 05, 2020

    Mini projects built with HTML5, CSS & JavaScript. No frameworks or libraries

  • Big list of ad hoc http server one-liners

    January 21, 2020

  • The Private Network: Paul and Rich on Intranets - Track Changes Podcast

    January 21, 2020

    Sprawling, funny discussion about the tools we use for work. This will be a fun one to come back to in 2-5 years.

  • Reporter Writes Own Obituary That You Have To See

    January 10, 2020

    Ken Fuson, a gifted storyteller for the Des Moines Register and Baltimore Sun, wrote his own obituary, and you have to read it.

  • Video: How To Simplify Your Life

    December 25, 2019

    Strive to keep things simple so you don’t get overwhelmed. I love this advice. Not just because it resonates with me but because it just feels right.

  • The best thing you learned at therapy

    November 25, 2019

    Sharing advice people learned from therapy. Excellent tweet thread. 🏆

  • "Ten years ago today my son died"

    November 19, 2019

    We don't talk about grief enough. It's OK to talk about grief more.

  • Donald Trump vs. the United States of America

    September 23, 2019

    Just the facts, in 40 sentences.

  • The boring technology behind a one-person Internet company

    September 18, 2019

    How a successful one person shop works in 2019


    August 22, 2019

    A great discussion about breaking the rules and being successful.

  • Truths about digital accessibility

    August 15, 2019

    "Creating, maintaining, or evaluating accessible technology? Here are some things to keep in mind."

  • The Fasting Cure Is No Fad - WSJ

    August 03, 2019

  • Why Nancy Pelosi Won't Impeach | The New Republic

    July 24, 2019

    When people do inexplicable things, it’s always tempting to project qualities onto them that would offer a more innocuous explanation of their behavior than bad judgment, fecklessness, or stupidity. And this particular bias has infected contemporary political analysis with a virulence that rivals Ebola. Even when the subject’s motives are as transparent as Donald Trump’s, there will always be a class of pundit who insists that Trump is playing 3-D chess, when, as one anonymous staffer put it, “more often than not he’s just eating the pieces.” 

  • “Design Is Not an Intellectual Exercise”

    July 24, 2019

    Teju Cole speaks at Harvard: "We face challenges, and we need you to be a door for us. We’re living in a time of toxic patriarchy still. We are living in a time of white supremacy still. There are those who agree to build prisons. There are those who agree to build detention camps. Oppression has always had great use for architects and designers and urban planners. Redlining was a technical skill. And everything that betrays our collective humanity depends on people just like you, with skills just like yours."

  • Superhuman is Spying on You

    July 02, 2019

  • 40

    June 06, 2019

    By Matt Gemmell

  • The messy, complicated truth about grief

    May 06, 2019

    Time is irrelevant to grief. I cannot tell you that it will feel better or worse as time goes by; I can just tell you that it feels better and worse as time goes by. The only guarantee is that however you feel right now, you will not always feel this way.

  • Detecting Agile Bullshit

    January 15, 2019

    The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to DoD program executives and acquisition professionals on how to detect software projects that are really using agile development versus those that are simply waterfall or spiral development in agile clothing (“agile-scrum-fall”).

  • Nick Cave on grief

    November 08, 2018

    Beautiful essay on returning to life after grieving a loss.


    November 03, 2018

    A history lesson about Lincoln the Republican.

  • Alarming study reveals massive insect loss

    October 16, 2018

    This quote: "We need to fall in love with earth again, with all of its creatures, including humans, and even mosquitoes. By perpetuating that live-in-space fantasy, you're sealing the fate of peoples' hearts, crushing the precious seeds of hope and trust in earth's fragile life system, and in humans' potential to bond with earth sustainably."

  • Something to look forward to

    September 07, 2018

    Austin Kleon on striving and goals. I love the guidance to have something to look forward to. As many things change unexpectedly in my life, I have found comfort in my Saturday morning hikes. By Wednesday, I usually have a thought about where I'd like to go. By Friday evening, I have a plan. I don't give it too much thought. I just let myself be drawn to an area, then I plan a hike. That is my Arbitrary Stupid Goal: a weekly hike, usually early on Saturday morning. Having something to look forward to gives me hope during a challenging period of my life.

  • The #1 Office Perk? Natural Light

    September 05, 2018

    Forget treadmill desks and free food. Employees want to see the sun.

  • 20,000 Hertz: Jingles

    September 05, 2018

    This is the story of the rise, fall, and brain science of the jingle.

  • In the event of a nuclear explosion

    August 27, 2018

    This is...horrifying, yes. But also quite practical and possibly life-saving. So there. Be scared, and know how to save yourself.

  • Intelligent Assistants: Users’ Attitudes Toward Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri

    August 06, 2018

    "Some said that the assistant was like a young child who could not understand complicated things; others compared it with an old person who did not hear very well. One noted that you cannot “speak for too long, because [the assistant] gets distracted,” while a different participant said that the queries should be shorter than 10 words."

  • Maurice Sendak: On Life, Death And Children's Lit

    July 25, 2018

    "I have nothing now but praise for my life. I'm not unhappy. I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can't stop them. They leave me and I love them more."