On Being Friendly

John Saddington, on the Desk blog:

Friendly? Ah, that’s curious to me because I have not always been the nicest nor the friendliest person on the internet. The truth is that I once saw the internet as an opportunity to just shout my own opinion at people instead of seeing it as an opportunity to close the gap between myself and many other individuals. . . . After being treated poorly myself I decided that I didn’t want to do that to others.

So, I suppose, I became a much more friendlier netizen.

It never hurts to be a nice person. People will take notice. And, of course—as we all know—Mean People Fail.

Telegram Reaches 1 Billion Daily Messages

Not sure how I missed the whole Telegram thing back in February when WhatsApp went down. While nothing compared to WhatsApp’s 600 million active users, Telegram’s 50 million active users each sending 20 messages a day with no money spent on advertising is nothing to shake a stick at.

What intrigues me the most is that it is set up as a non-commercial organization promising to never show ads or sell your data, along with the ability to send “secret chats” with end-to-end encryption–only the two devices in question can read the message.

It’s a cool initiative; I’m curious how this all is going to shake out as Facebook continues to pour more money into Messenger and WhatsApp and vie for market share.

And please—feel free to Telegram me any time.

Google Web Fonts Typographic Project

There are over 650 Google Fonts available for free. But, pairing typefaces isn’t easy and many of those fonts don’t work for typical websites. Part of the 25x52 initiative, this collaborative, ongoing project offers inspiration for using Google’s font library.

Passages from Æsop’s Fables set beautifully in web fonts available from Google fonts. There are some great choices available if you can find them and use them properly.

via Decodering.
The curse of compressing reality

Noah Lorang on Signal v. Noise:

Any creative endeavor is highly non-linear, but the sharing of it almost always skips a lot of the actual work that goes into it. That’s ok; a clear progression makes for a good story that’s easy to tell. But don’t judge your reality against someone else’s compressed work. It’s ok if it takes you a day to make a cutting board like one that someone made in six minutes on YouTube; the truth is it probably took them a day too.

It’s easy to look at all the awesome stuff on the internet and get depressed that you can’t do something well in a day or a weekend. Spending a couple hours doing parts of a project that are not glamorous is OK and to be expected.

O Come Let Us Adore Him

John Piper:

And so the “us” of “O come let us adore him” is the “us” of heaven and earth, singing together. According to Revelation 9:16, there are at least 200 million angels at God’s bidding. Surely at least some of them are assigned to give heed to us as we sing, and do what we say: “Sing choirs of angels, sing in exultation!” If we could only hear! Heaven and earth married in singing to Christ.

The choir of men and angels join together in song to worship the creator of the universe, who came to rescue and restore the human race from our own brokenness.

I love this dissection of such a beautiful and rich hymn. Christmas is about so much more than just a cute little baby Jesus in the manger.