Nerd Alert #59: Reclaiming Your Timeline


What we're reading this week

  Adam: In reading (and complaining) about Twitter’s switch to an algorithmically-sorted timeline, I learned (ht @TLBKlaus) that the seemingly impossible is, in fact, still possible. You can work around Facebook’s newsfeed algorithm and see all posts in reverse chronological order by using this link: The more you know.

  Ben: Maintaining open-source projects is a lot of work, and the folks at Taskwarrior have an excellent post of advice for developers, detailing common pitfalls and user interactions.

  Jack: In the Speaking of Social Media Department, if you don't like what Twitter did to your timeline with its new algorithm, here's an excellent post on TechCrunch explaining the change, and how you can change it back.

  Ryan: Bookmark this: a complete guide to flexbox, the future of layouts with CSS.

  Bert: You reported an error with your system. Here is the most likely cause of your problem.


Work we admire by our journalism peers

image of the citizens police data project visualizationThe Invisible Institute has collaborated with the University of Chicago Law School's Mandel Legal Aid Clinic to produce this of visualization of 56,000 misconduct complaint records for more than 8,500 Chicago police officers.

Reveal's podcast series Do not drink: The water crisis in Flint, Michigan tapped into great reporting by Michigan Radio's project Not Safe to Drink to provide deep insight into a tragic story that's still unfolding.


Good jobs with good people

The application period for the INN Product and Tech Summer Apprenticeships is still open until February 15th.  We’re committed to creating a workplace where diversity is valued. Applications from women, people of color and other underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged. If you know someone who might be interested in learning a ton about the intersections of journalism and technology, and doing good work, spread the word!


Gather ye rosebuds

LISTEN: Football season is done and baseball hasn’t begun. In the interim we’ve still got lots of Spacejam.

WATCH: Helicopters don’t fly, they beat the air into submission.

EAT: Fast-food fix - Kentucky fried, Nasvhille hot.

Keep looking for that perfect cheesy slice.

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