Archive: Best of Just Well Mixed

SLIDESHOW: 20 Cats Who Suck At Reducing Tensions In The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 10, 2013)

Screw blogging! It’s about time I made a play for some of those sweet, sweet BuzzFeed/HuffPo pageviews

The free coffee test, or Lefkowitz’s Law of Corporate Financial Health (May 22, 2013)

The financial health of a company can be inferred from the quality, variety and cost to the employee of the snacks and beverages it offers its employees

WordPress is secure, until you combine it with people (May 9, 2013)

WordPress suffers from a problem that many software products do: it expects its users to be someone they are not

How winners win: John Boyd and the four qualities of victorious organizations (March 14, 2013)

A culture focused on a particular set of essential principles, Boyd believed, would give an edge when confronting an organization that did not

Stephen Douglas, the politician who was too smart for his own good (March 6, 2013)

With the administration of George W. Bush still fresh in our collective memories, it’s easy to think that the problem with our system is the way it periodically throws stupid people into positions of power. But intelligence, in and of itself, is no guarantee of wisdom

I kind of hate Twitter (February 1, 2013)

In terms of designing a medium for discussion, Twitter’s product design decisions have been disastrous

Rick Reilly’s Lance Armstrong problem is all of journalism’s problem (January 22, 2013)

The style of reporting usually called “access journalism” is neither: neither access, nor journalism

Everything you need to know to understand why Obama won, in one image (November 7, 2012)

Voters, it turns out, aren’t stupid. When things happen, they remember.

Ask Mr. Science: Windows 8 (October 26, 2012)

It’s the new version of Windows that doesn’t have any windows!

Bill Nye demonstrates how not to persuade a creationist (August 29, 2012)

Bill Nye (“The Science Guy”) tries to explain to creationists why they shouldn’t pass this belief along to their kids. I would use this video as an example of how scientists and advocates for science should not communicate with the public

How to crusade like a king in Crusader Kings II (July 24, 2012)

Want to learn the ropes of Paradox’s excellent dynasty simulator? Let’s get started

The image that illustrates the White House’s communication failure on health reform (June 28, 2012)

I saw something today that brought back all the frustration I felt watching progressive leaders cede the field to Tea Party wingnuts back in 2009 and 2010. Let’s look at an example of how not to do advocacy communications

Against live-tweeting (June 7, 2012)

If you’re in the audience at a conference session, do a favor for both yourself and whoever’s presenting to you and put away your damn gadgets

Ethical aggregation: it’s simple (May 10, 2012)

The question of what the dividing line is between ethical and unethical aggregation seems complicated to media’s worthies; but to me, it seems really, really simple

Interchangeable news story on President Obama’s announcement of “personal support” for gay marriage (May 9, 2012)

WASHINGTON — In a move hailed by gay rights and liberal activists as “unprecedented” and “historic,” President Barack Obama announced today that he personally believes that same-sex couples should be able to marry, but not enough to actually do anything about it.

How to sell products to nerds (April 25, 2012)

If you want to sell me something to a nerd, don’t try to convince me that it’s perfect. Try to convince me that it’s imperfect, just in ways that I can live with

How to survive an atomic bomb (March 29, 2012)

A terrorist nuke exploded in Washington would be a tragedy beyond anything in living memory — but it wouldn’t be the end of the city. And survival is possible

The question about bombing Iran that nobody is asking (March 9, 2012)

It’s not whether we should take out Iran’s nuclear facilities from the air. It’s whether or not we even can

Gadget fatigue (February 1, 2012)

I know the kind of cellphone I want to buy; the problem is that nobody makes it

SOPA: the tech industry’s self-inflicted wound (January 19, 2012)

The real reason why tech was nearly sandbagged by SOPA: not because tech is getting outspent by the deep pockets of Big Content, but because tech spends its lobbying money in dumb ways

I want a newspaper that can call a lie a lie (January 12, 2012)

Brisbane sets up a choice between “reporting” and “opinion,” which is a standard way journalists divide up the world, and then asks us which one we prefer. But I believe this is a false dichotomy, because it leaves out a critical third element: context

Occupy Linux: Ubuntu Unity and making a Linux for more than the 1% (December 8, 2011)

If you’re one of those people who cherish the “traditional” Linux desktop experience, you need to realize that Ubuntu’s goal is not to serve you. You are, quite literally, the one percent

Congressing Is Hard! Let’s Go Fundraising (November 22, 2011)

For Congress, institutional cowardice has become the norm

Kindle: No Thanks (November 14, 2011)

With Kindle, Amazon has set things up so that in order to get the good things electronic books can offer, you have to accept a whole bunch of bad things too. Things that don’t benefit you at all — and that in some cases actually take away rights that owners of physical books have enjoyed for hundreds of years — but that benefit Amazon a whole bunch.

Don’t Worry About Selling Your Privacy To Facebook. I Already Sold It For You (October 21, 2011)

“How can Facebook track what I’m doing when I’m not on their site?” The answer is that they have enlisted an army of accomplices — including me. I gave them material assistance in making it happen. I did that by embedding Facebook’s Like Button on my site.