“(Here are) the raw material of facts and thoughts, wood, as it were, so called from the multiplicity and variety of the matter contained therein.”
From Ben Jonson’s Commonplace Book


Peter Sax's picture

Contextual Complexity Vexes a Texan; or Non-contextual Views Filters, Contextually

Ok fine, I'm not a Texan.

But if you, like me, have ever needed a Drupal View's contextual filters to be combined with an "or" operator, you have probably been vexed.


Jesse Littlewood's picture

The "App Trap" and What to Think About Before Going Native

This post was co-authored by Michael Zamora, an intern with EchoDitto this summer through Harvard's Institute of Politics. For more info on Michael, you can head here.


Jessica Torres's picture

Hackathon: How Hackers + Marathon = Social Good

When I began my internship at EchoDitto in May, I never would have thought a Hackathon could be a good thing. It sounded illicit and dangerous. I pictured a group of hackers getting together and breaking down firewalls to access data. Why would any group plan an event like this?


Nicco Mele's picture

Ten years ago today

It was in late April 2003 that I packed my car and left Queens, New York to join Howard Dean’s presidential campaign. Today I’m repeating the drive, this time from Boston, headed back up to Burlington, Vermont to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Howard Dean’s run for president.


Tony Guzmán's picture

Design Concepts: one or two?

This was post was co-authored by Neal Maher. For more info on Neal and his portfolio, visit:


Alan Ivey's picture

Speed up PHP on NFS with turbo_realpath on CentOS

If you run a website based on PHP, and have your source files on a network file system like NFS, OCFS2, or GlusterFS, and combine it with PHP's open_basedir protection, you'll quickly notice that the performance will degrade substantially. If you want to isolate your websites from each other (or from the rest of the operating system), how can you retain any shred of performance?


Leif Nordberg's picture

A responsive update for The Wilderness Society

When the Wilderness Society came to us in 2012 to rebuild their old website, we knew there were a few primary goals we needed to address with the project. First, as always, the final site needed to serve their supporters and mission above all.



Nicco Mele's picture

Twitter, the Killers, and Us: Radical Connectivity & the Week in Boston

Like all of Boston, I woke up Saturday morning feeling relief, grief, shock, and pride. I'm most proud of the city's incredible first responders and the medical community. They are true heroes.

And then there was the social media.


Juan González's picture

The Free Ride is Over

Recently, I had to re-create my Twitter account and decided to let all of my Facebook friends know about it.

I see you like to read printed material. You should check out Nicco's book The End of Big: