Web excursions are select bookmarks from Brett's travels around the internet. You can see them all on Pinboard. Visit the bookmarks page for previous Excursions.

Web Excursions for February 12, 2016

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Quartz - News in a whole new way
An interesting take on the news as a text-based conversation.
A Day at the Stupid Hackathon 2016
A piece from Popular Mechanics about the Stupid Hackathon, which might be the first hackathon I’ve ever wished I’d attended.

[Instead] of self-seriously creating nothing out of something, these hackers are flipping the recipe on its head–they celebrate the nothing, creating a something that is stupidly brilliant.

gabriel-john/utterson: A Jekyll web backend
A web interface for Jekyll blog management. It would take some hacking to work with my current incarnation of Jekyll, but it’s a good start.
Sparkle Updater Framework HTTP man-in-the-middle vulnerability
An obvious (in retrospect) vulnerability in apps that use Sparkle for automatic updates (most apps outside of the MAS). The fix is pretty easy for developers, and as of Marked 2.5.4 (which is available now) all of the updates and release notes are served over HTTPS.
You can find additional details on the issue at Vulnerable Security.
Bonsai - Best Freelance Tools
A nice compilation of tools for freelancers (and devs and designers in general). Project management, accounting, color tools, font collections, and more.

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