Link Dump – 2017/02/26

Quick Forget

This week I came across a company domain I didn’t know we had.

It’s a very simple web service which allows you to store a secret, set an expiration, and then provides a URL so you can share it. When someone uses the special URL, if the expiration hasn’t passed they’ll be able see the secret.

Why would you need something like this? Maybe you want to share a password with someone. For security you shouldn’t send a password via email or text message, where it’s always visible in plain text. You can use something like this to send the URL and if you set it to expire after 1 viewing anyone else who finds the URL will not be able to view the secret.

This is what a 1 time view secret looks like when the URL is accessed…


If I try to reload the page…


Nifty, right?

We’ve had an internal Automattic tool called Once for years that does this same thing and I use it all the time when I need to send a password to a coworker. Give Quick Forget a try!

CrossFit Open Tips

With the 2017 CrossFit Open starting tomorrow night, I wanted to share some simple tips. It’ll be my 6th time competing in the Open, but first time as a Masters athlete. I wasn’t doing CrossFit in 2011, the first year of the Open, but I wrote about my results in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Get together with friends each week on Thursday night and watch the live announcement.

It’s fun to hear everyone discuss what they like and don’t like about each workout when Dave Castro announces each one. Then watching some of the top athletes battle it out in the exact same we’ll all be doing is humbling, horrifying, and impressive.

Plan to rest the day before you do the Open workout each week.

Go in fresh so you can give each workout your best attempt. Try to get some extra sleep the night before you throwdown.

Pay more attention to your diet for 5 weeks.

Eat more carbs on the rest day and in the meal before your workout. Drink more water. Get protein in your body as soon as possible after your workouts. Cut out extra sugar.

Have a game plan going into each Open workout.

Based on other workouts you’ve done you should be able to estimate your score. Have some kind of idea how you’ll need to break up reps and how little rest between sets you can get by on. Don’t be afraid to change the game plan during the workout, but at least have an idea of how you’ll attack.

Have fun!

Battle it out each week with your friends. Push each other. Come up with a fun wager to make it interesting. After the workout, have a big cheat meal or grab some beers.

I’ll see you on the leaderboard!

How It’s Made

On Sunday, I had a headache and camped out in front of the TV all day. Somehow I ended up on the Science channel, watching How It’s Made for more hours than I care to admit. I learned about potato chips, boot liners, light switches, Chinese furniture, concrete, Thai fish sauce, microprocessors, pop, fire trucks, and many more things. Fascinating stuff. The show also has a YouTube channel, which I’m now subscribed to.

I’ve always been interested in how things work or how they’re made. Probably explains why I also like Fast N’ Loud, where they restore cars, or Alaskan Bush People and Alaska: The Last Frontier, which chronicle how people live in the unforgiving state.

4chan, Memes, and More

The post was a few days old, but I didn’t start seeing it on Twitter until this weekend, when several people I follow were liking and retweeting it. I clicked through to see what it was all about and found one of the most interesting things I’ve read in a long time.

You’ve probably heard of 4chan and Anonymous. Or at least you know what a meme is and have seen Pepe the Frog. If not, maybe you haven’t heard of the Internet and social media either.

…4chan is often explained as being responsible for some early popular memes like “rickrolling”. But this is an understatement. 4chan invented the meme as we use it today. At the time, one of the few places you saw memes was there. The white Impact font with the black outlines, that was them (via S.A.). Terms like “win” and “epic” and “fail” were all created or popularized on 4chan, used there for years before they became a ubiquitous part of the culture.

Do I have your attention yet?

While I’ve certainly heard about 4chan plenty over the years, I’ve never actually understood or looked into what the group was all about. The first half of the post covers their history and the rise of Anonymous, which is necessary to understand where the rest of the post goes.

The author tries to explain a key group of Trump supporters.

…we can append a third category to the two classically understood division of Trump supporters:

1) Generally older people who naively believe Trump will “make America great again”, that is to say, return it to its 1950s ideal evoked by both Trump and Clinton.

2) The 1 percent, who know this promise is empty, but also know it will be beneficial to short term business interests.

3) Younger members of the 99 percent, like Anon, who also know this promise is empty, but who support Trump as a defiant expression of despair.

He also shares some thoughts on where politics are headed.

…left and right are in some sense outdated ideas. The new division in politics is those who favor the current global hegemony and those who are against it. Like the Hollywood heroes, right and left have been competing to become this new radical anti-status quo party. And so far, in both Europe and America, the right has won…

Just a really great post from start to finish if you can open your mind. It is quite long to read, but covers a wide range of topics. Check it out…

4chan: The Skeleton Key to the Rise of Trump

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