Best Of

These are the posts that I picked to best represent my work over the past decade. They weren't always the most popular, but it's the writing I'm most proud of and that comes closest to representing what this site is about.

September 11, 2014

Thirteen is Understanding

July 25, 2014

I Know Times Are Changing

June 23, 2014

My Favorite Floppy of All Time

April 9, 2014

Being Less of a Jerk About Faith

November 15, 2013

Three Years Under Our Thumbs

October 15, 2013

ThinkUp and What the Web Can Be

September 11, 2013

Twelve is Trying

August 22, 2013

Bringing Water to A Town Like Ours

August 9, 2013

A Brief History of Apple's iWatch

July 17, 2013

10 Rules of Internet

April 5, 2013

How We Lost the Web

March 28, 2013

Ten Tips Guaranteed to Improve Your Startup Success

March 1, 2013

What It's Like Being Verified on Twitter

January 9, 2013

How to Redesign Your App Without Pissing Everybody Off

January 4, 2013

Heaven, Hell, Marvin, Prince and the Party

December 13, 2012

The Web We Lost

May 2, 2012

How To Fix Popchips' Racist Ad Campaign

April 16, 2012

A Note About Panther Pride

January 18, 2012

The History, and Future, of Web Protest

December 11, 2011

Questions for the Republican Candidates

November 21, 2011

Facebook is gaslighting the web. We can fix it.

November 15, 2011

ThinkUp 1.0 and Software With Purpose

November 9, 2011

How the 99% and the Tea Party can Occupy WhiteHouse.gov

September 16, 2011

Recognizing The Maker Movement

July 29, 2011

Networks, Tools and Algorithms

July 20, 2011

If your website's full of assholes, it's your fault

February 18, 2011

Malcolm Browne Dash

September 28, 2010

Make The Revolution

September 14, 2010

Cloudtop Applications

September 13, 2010

The Facebook Reckoning

September 11, 2010

Nine is New New York

June 7, 2010

Ignoring It Won't Make It Go Away

April 12, 2010

Our Biggest Challenge Yet

March 7, 2010

YouTube and the Million Mixer March

February 13, 2010

The Power of the Audience

December 29, 2009

Life on the List

October 5, 2009

Communities of Creators

August 14, 2009

The Most Interesting New Tech Startup of 2009

August 7, 2009

What Works: The Web Way vs. The Wave Way

July 31, 2009

Apple: Secrecy Does Not Scale

July 24, 2009

The Pushbutton Web: Realtime Becomes Real

July 9, 2009

Google's Microsoft Moment

June 16, 2009

The End of Fail

June 10, 2009

Exclusive: The Future of Facebook Usernames

February 18, 2009

You Didn't Miss Anything

January 19, 2009

DRM and Friends

December 9, 2008

A Night at the Museum

October 30, 2008

In Defense of Marriage

October 28, 2008

What Sarah Palin Is Saying

September 4, 2008

D'Angelo and the Demons of the New Minstrel Movement

August 20, 2008

Me and Your Bicycle

July 16, 2008

Details of Execution

June 26, 2008

Bill Gates and the Greatest Tech Hack Ever

April 23, 2008

I work at the new Six Apart (in New York!)

April 17, 2008

Jeff Bezos, Ray Ozzie and Pierre Omidyar on Workspace

April 4, 2008

Atom Wins: The Unified Cloud Database API

February 4, 2008

Snoop Dogg can see the future

January 28, 2008

The Retcon World

December 14, 2007

Google and Theory of Mind

December 9, 2007

Blogs of the Year: 2007

December 3, 2007

Unsolicited Testimonials

October 28, 2007

Smug Ugly

October 23, 2007

Thanks for the Add!

October 9, 2007

Blackbird, Rainman, Facebook and the Watery Web

September 26, 2007

Justify My Mawkishness!

September 11, 2007

Six Is Letting Go

August 12, 2007

The Enterprise, Apple, and Insufficient Ambition

August 6, 2007

Fake Steve Jobs and the Triumph of Blogs

July 31, 2007

Pixels Are The New Pies

July 11, 2007

How to Visit New York: What You Can Skip

July 9, 2007

How to Visit New York: The Must-Sees

July 9, 2007

How To Visit New York: The Basics

June 14, 2007

Indian Mango Alert Level: Orangish-Green

April 23, 2007

Cats Can Has Grammar

April 20, 2007

Google Web History - Good and Scary

February 23, 2007

The Essentials of Web 2.0 Your Event Doesn't Cover

February 23, 2007

The Old Boys Club is for Losers

February 14, 2007

Consider Twitter

February 8, 2007

Yahoo Pipes

February 2, 2007

A Pre-Superbowl Prince Primer

December 25, 2006

Goodbye, Godfather

December 19, 2006

New New York

December 11, 2006

How Matt Haughey Beat Google

December 6, 2006

Ten Thousand Fingers: Little Things Count

December 1, 2006

Blood Diamonds

November 27, 2006

The Starting Line is not the Finish Line

November 14, 2006

The Problem Is, The Zune Is Brown

November 1, 2006

TL;DR

October 16, 2006

Life or Death for Web 2.0

September 11, 2006

After Five Years, Failure

September 7, 2006

Draw the Map, Draw the World

August 31, 2006

It's Always August

August 28, 2006

Google Office: Google Apps for Your Domain

August 24, 2006

100 Perfect Pixels: Vox Neighborhood

August 22, 2006

100 Perfect Pixels: Amazon's Gold Box

August 21, 2006

100 Perfect Pixels: Nike Plus

August 10, 2006

I'm in the Time Shares Exhibition

July 31, 2006

Antipedia

July 18, 2006

The goatse t-shirt, a year later

July 17, 2006

Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack": Pop for indie rock MP3 blogs

July 11, 2006

Zidane World Cup Headbutt Animation Festival

July 10, 2006

A Review: Long Tail in the House!

July 5, 2006

Making Something Meaningful

June 19, 2006

Office 2007 is the Bravest Upgrade Ever

June 9, 2006

A Malcolm and a Martin

April 24, 2006

Daniel Henninger is (Probably) Not a Cannibal

March 5, 2006

Reinventing Copy and Paste

February 3, 2006

Alt Weeklies, San Francisco, Curiosity, and Bullshit

January 5, 2006

Dos and Don'ts for Beating the iPod (and iTunes)

October 31, 2005

We Got Married.

October 25, 2005

The Interesting Economy

October 17, 2005

The Flip 2K5

September 11, 2005

Four Years

September 6, 2005

Web Development Trends for 2006

August 12, 2005

Six Years of Blogging

July 27, 2005

How Do We Judge Our Tools?

June 2, 2005

Defining One's Identity Online

May 12, 2005

Pay By The Hour

February 25, 2005

I'm a Kottke.org micropatron

December 6, 2004

I Love the Sun!

November 1, 2004

The Post-Political Political Post

September 11, 2004

Thinking of You

July 20, 2004

On Leaving New York

May 19, 2004

Moving Forward

April 22, 2004

Excel Pile

April 21, 2004

Brooklyn (pretty much) Rules

December 29, 2003

Spoilers Ahead, Full Speed!

December 25, 2003

New York Invented Christmas

December 10, 2003

Whence the Name

November 25, 2003

Tools Affect Content

September 11, 2003

Two Years

July 15, 2003

Upon the demise of Netscape

May 18, 2003

Barley Gettin' By

April 23, 2003

I Work for Six Apart

April 1, 2003

A Personal Panopticon

February 16, 2003

google's first mistake

January 23, 2003

A Modest Declaration

January 20, 2003

diamonds are for never

December 17, 2002

privacy through identity control

November 4, 2002

Marathon-watching for lazy slobs

October 31, 2002

R.I.P., JMJ

September 11, 2002

On Being An American

September 9, 2002

we're all wrong

August 31, 2002

the last straw

August 30, 2002

straight straws

August 29, 2002

bendy straws

August 5, 2002

Pardon me for getting forwarded

April 9, 2002

Stories and Tools

September 20, 2001

my very first shout-out

August 22, 2001

Pardon me for being forward

October 25, 1999

a reply from Shaun Reilly!

September 11, 1999

Reilly Burger

July 30, 1999

a minor revelation