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Documenting the rollout so I have notes for the future.

Here’s what the reduced homepage ad load looks like above the fold.

Note that the key difference in ad load is the additional graphic container around the the stem cell therapy banner. There did not seem to be significant variation in number of requests or total website weight between the paid and free version. may also be feeling (at least, should be feeling) pressure to adopt SSL/HTTPs, as you can see Chrome nags in the console currently,

This page includes a password or credit card input in a non-secure context. A warning has been added to the URL bar. For more information, see

This security warning will be more prominent in future releases of Chrome.

One more thing: The logo. I could write a whole post on the Kremlinology of the logo change. used to be on top, in fact it was the only logo at one point. You can see more mocks on designer Anthony Pino’s site.

Here was an interim state where links were added to the paper “landing pages”…

No more…

The Inquirer. Best to read it every day.

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Less, More, and None

My friend Ethan shared his Less, More, and None list (inspired by Jacoby Young). Cool idea, thought I’d give it a try. Always good to remind yourself of your better aspirations.

Lenfest Institute and Digital First Media?

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Capturing Shawmont Station before its $1,000,000 preservation begins – the oldest extant passenger rail station in America

Originally a 18′ by 36′ stone house (Wissahickon Schist), the structure wouldn’t have stood out from the other country homes in this part of Philadelphia, at the tip of the Manayunk Reach, situated at the end of today’s Manayunk Canal Towpath.

Testing WordPress Gutenberg on a high volume news site

Water, sand, and societal change

The best restaurant? Matunuck Oyster Bar

Does Perry Raso run the best restaurant? Yes, I think he does.

EverQuote and patent medicine

In a thread begun October 2016, Washington Post technology director Aram Zucker-Scharff tweeted about the shady advertising practices of EverQuote, a Boston-based startup. Since then these ads have become prolific on the web (and nearly as prolific are Aram’s tweets documenting the malfeasance).

Lenfest Institute and Digital First Media?

What if Alden let another organization manage its newspaper assets as a blind trust? It would lose a great deal of flexibility in using DFM assets to leverage other companies it owns, but it would be able to wash its hands of the growing public relations crisis. Furthermore, it would give space for the strategic direction of DFM to be explored and pursued without the added baggage of hedge fund cross-percolation.

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