Assessing CloudFlare’s Hand ⛈ : 

CloudFlare lost the PR battle in the Kiwi Farms situation, in large part because it mostly ignored the legitimate concerns that led to the campaign in the first place.


Shrinkage 📱 : 

Understanding the odd status of the small phone, which Apple is moving away from and Android seems to finally be embracing once again. Carriers might be getting in the way of your next one-handed device.


Regulation Without Regulation ⛈ : 

If CloudFlare wants to stay out of content debates, it needs to reconsider its relationship with the government. Being a pseudo-governmental body is no longer enough.


An Optimization Too Far 🖼 : 

There is a genuine risk that search engine professionals will attempt to use AI images as an SEO tactic. We should prevent this from happening now, before it turns Google Image Search into mush.


Off-Grid Nerdery 🤓 : 

An interesting thing I’ve noticed about small talk in recent years: The more niche your interests are, the harder it is to have it. This one’s for the nerds not into Marvel.


The Other Slippery Slope 🛝 : 

Companies like CloudFlare often avoid trying to get involved in content issues out of a concern of setting off a slippery slope. But looking at their recent actions in the context of their original stated goals, it feels like they let something else more fundamental slide.


Don’t Mess With Mudge 🔓 : 

A shocking whistleblower report on Twitter’s security issues—from a legendary whistleblower—paints a company disinterested in repairing its significant infrastructure challenges.


Gimme Stelter 🗞️ : 

If CNN doesn’t want Brian Stelter, fine, whatever. But I think Brian Stelter is an important voice and our culture needs a place for a journalist who reports effectively on journalism.


Pizza Punchline 🍕 : 

The pizza chain Papa John’s sets itself up as a source of mockery by launching a new product while implying pizza is somehow in decline.


If You Love a Newsletter, Set It Free 🕊 : 

A suggestion to Substack, which seems to get upset whenever a popular paid newsletter leaves its platform for outside pastures: Don’t get mad when people leave.


We Can Harness AI to Create New Things 🖼 : 

A lot of ink has been spilled on the potential destructive effects of AI-based art. But in the hands of the right kind of creator, it can actually expand their reach—rather than shrink it.


Toys, Take Two 🚂 : 

Toys “R” Us gets a second lease on life in Macy’s locations across the country. It may not match the chain’s former glory, but at least they held on somehow.


Avoiding the Copyright Trap 🪤 : 

Creators are getting nailed by photographers for simply wanting to celebrate the creative works of another person. This is backwards, and collectively, we should solve for it. Here’s one idea.


Minimizing HBO Max 📺 : 

For some reason, the incredibly popular HBO Max service appears to be going through some things—and it feels like creators are left holding the bag once again.


Return to Sender 📬 : 

A recent GOP political campaign around email deliverability could force spammy political messages into your inbox—despite strong evidence that user error and ineffective marketing might be the real issue.


Niche Problem Solving 🍰 : 

Showcasing my deep respect for a food writer who decided to take a layer cake on a plane for some reason. Surprisingly, it went off without a hitch.


Facebook Broke the Contract 💔 : 

Ultimately, we signed up for specific experiences when joining a social network. When we no longer get those experiences, even in a small way, we should not be expected to stick around.


Where the Paths Diverge 🧭 : 

Ten years ago this month, I started a new job, where I’m still at—and a well-known creator in the retro community quit his. To me, the diverging paths are too interesting to ignore.