Nerd Alert 94: Rama Llama Ding Dong


What we're pondering this week.

  Adam: Ever wish there was an easy way to test your entire color system for contrast and accessibility? Try Hex Naw.

  Ben: What is a book? Using the essayist’s exploration of the nature of a book - what is a newspaper or a website?

  Gabe: is a beautifully designed non-partisan voter guide for California’s upcoming state propositions. I especially love the clever iMessage debate graphics.

  Jack: When Google bought DoubleClick in 2007, the company said privacy would be its “number one priority” and they wouldn’t combine data from your browsing history with identifying information they glean from other sources. Today, not so much. Here’s where you can change that for your Google account.

  Julia: This visualization of European royal families was too gorgeous not to share. There’s also a detailed write-up of the data wrangling necessary for the project.

  RC: Ulysses, the Mac writing app du jour, is now capable of publishing to any self-hosted WordPress install.

  Inndy: It's time for a family reunion.


Our projects, manifest


Check out the work we did for NPR Digital Services, where we helped them implement the share tools and related stories functionality from Largo.

If you'd like to work with us on improvements to your website or any other project you're planning, get in touch.


Work we admire by our journalism peers


How did NPR provide live transcripts of the past three debates with embedded fact checks and annotations? Tyler Fisher of NPR Visuals provides a brief technical overview of the process, which involved a transcription partner, a Google Apps script, and a team of fact-checkers on a Google Doc. Exemplary work!


41po1bthfjl-_sx302_bo1204203200_Come learn with us

Dec 14 - Did you hear? Our News Nerd Book Club meetings will now be held every other month. In December we'll be meeting and talking about Christopher Alexander's Notes on the Synthesis of Form. Read more about it here.


Good jobs with good people

INN is hiring an operations manager.

Texas Tribune is hiring a data visuals developer.

Mississippi Today is hiring a product/web developer and designer.

Mother Jones is hiring a print designer and web developer.

Pew Research Center is looking for a web developer.

If you're looking for general jobs in nonprofit news, the main INN newsletter had over 30 job openings this week.Check it out and sign up here if you'd like to get that in your inbox every week. Receiving two newsletters from INN is twice as good as one!


Gather ye rosebuds

LISTEN: The Llama Song.

READ: Seven Stories About Witches. *cackles*

EAT: Soy Sauce Chicken Rice.

DRINK: Aunt Judy's Passionfruit Cocktail.

Everybody on three! One, two...