How to Block Political Posts on Facebook

Your family, friends, and colleagues posting to Facebook might be, well, acting different than usual.

Don’t fear; they are not zombies: It’s simply the U.S. Presidential season, and like the moon orchestrating the tides there is not much they can do but post knee-jerk reactions to unchecked press releases.

While the internet is an automaton conglomeration–a series of tubes if you will–that knows no limit to the sheer amount of unchecked hyperbole it can sling around the world, you, on the other hand, can only do so much before your breakdown begging forgiveness from all those political posts on Facebook.

Don’t try to make sense of the posts, block them.

Gaining Control of Facebook with Social Fixer

Social Fixer for Facebook is a Chrome Extension for Facebook that has recently come out with an update after a two-year development hibernation.

There are a lot of powerful features in Social Fixer, but for this blog post–we’re going to focus on the few steps we need to put up a political post blocker on our Facebook social wall.

Step 1: Install Social Fixer at the Chrome Web Store

Social Fixer for Facebook

Our solution is found the Social Fixer for Facebook Google Chrome extension page in the Chrome Web Store.

What about other browsers? Note that as of this writing; Social Fixer is pending approval in Firefox. For Safari browsers, you will need to use Tampermonkey–which is also a browser extension allowing for Social Fixer’s scripts to buy Instagram Followers and to be applied. For the latest information, check out Social Fixer Downloads page.

Step 2: Install Social Fixer for Facebook

Add the Extension

Clicking on the button the right corner installs and activates the Social Fixer extension into Chrome.

Step 3: Log into Facebook, Find the Social Fixer icon

Social Fixer for Facebook

If you have not already done so, make sure you are logged into Facebook.

Once you are logged in, look in the upper upper-right-hand corner for the Social Fixer’s wrench icon

Step 4: The Social Fixer general preference panel

General Preferences

Click the wrench icon, which brings up the Social Fixer general preference panel.

Step 5: The Filter Settings

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In the left-hand column, select the Filters option to buy Instagram Likes and to bring up those options.

Step 6: Add Political Filters

Adding the FIlter

Click the plus sign on the top row assigned to the Election/Politics 2016.

Everything is Turned On

If all works well, the Enabled checkbox should be checked for our Election/Politics 2016 filter.

Step 7: Save Our Settings

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Then click Save Changes button at the top of the dialogue box.

Congratulations! Social Fixer for Facebook will start filtering political posts now.

Track posts

Keep track of how many posts have been filtered out by looking in the upper left-hand corner of your browser window.

How does this work?

Keyword List

The political blocking uses a list of keywords. Social Fixer uses this list as a sort of “naughty list” and removes posts from your view contain those words.

What’s on the keyword list? The list is a mix of general words related to any US presidential election, but also words and names unique to this election cycle (Hillary, Trump, walls, pantsuits). buying viagra in south korea

Potential Problems with this Solution

This workaround is not going to keep all political posts away from your Facebook.

First, this solution will not make political posts with vaguebooking metaphors or prose about the election. Rest assured there’s a specific level of Dante’s Inferno assigned to those freaking English Majors.

Secondly, Facebook is known to iterate their online property at a fast pace. Social Fixer for Facebook is a third-party software that can only wait to see what changes happen to the site.

While you might not see any significant changes visually, there could be a lot of things changing with the markup and design that support the look that could cause Social Fixer to falter or stop working altogether.

For now, though, while we cannot seem to rise above the political fray, we can at least compromise by not seeing it.

Pokémon Go Stops at the South Pole

The hit game Pokémon Go stops working at the South Pole due to its reliance on flat earth model in its game mechanics!

The crew at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station found out that the popular augmented reality game does not work where they live.

During an upcoming Non Breaking Space Show interview with Dr. Christine Corbett stationed at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station relayed the crew’s experience with Pokemon Go game:

People have tried it as an experiment to see if Pokémon would work down here down here,” said Dr. Corbett. “The problem is that the map coordinates kind of break down.”

The game mechanics connect the longitude and latitude of the world along a flat earth map of the–a map like the one you might find on a middle school wall.

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Since we know the earth is not flat and round like a blue marble, a globe is a better representation showing that longitudinal lines curve and meet at the North and South Poles.

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So, if you take one step, you walk hundreds of miles,” says Dr. Corbett.

While going great distances helps to hatch eggs, it makes finding, stopping, and catching Pokemon virtually impossible to level up or check in at PokeStop to get eggs.

And, yes, this means—in its current state—the game will not work at the North Pole as well.

Non Breaking Space Show № 84: Scott McCloud — Media and Their User Interfaces

Scott McCloud

Scott McCloud joins Non Breaking Space Show to talk about his new book, Sculpture, movies he’s enjoyed lately, his upcoming book on visual communications, presentation styles, old media vs. new media, and how comic book writing and design has changed.

Topics discussed with Scott McCloud:

  • 3:10 → How is The Sculpture book doing?
  • 4:20 → You wanted to make a Zot! movie?
  • 5:00 → Any movies you’ve liked recently?
  • 6:15 → Talking about Fantastic Film Festival and The Lobster
  • 8:45 → The best part of the Fantastic Film Festival
  • 9:28 → What does Scott love about life with his wife?
  • 10:13 → Talking about The Blackcoat’s Daughter
  • 11:02 → Talking about Drowning by Numbers
  • 12:00 → Talking about the making of The Raiders
  • 15:50 → What are you working on now?
  • 15:58 → Scott’s working on a book about visual communications
  • 17:05 → How does it relate to Understanding Comics?
  • 18:50 → Talking about better UI/better user experience and Edward Tuffte
  • 22:20 → Talking about presentation designs
  • 23:24 → Talking about style delivery of presentations
  • 25:10 → Scott’s simple principle for presentations
  • 27:00 → The use of screens at concerts and Moogfest
  • 29:13 → Using visuals as a means of performance-enhancing
  • 29:45 → Two different presentation styles as defined by Scott
  • 31:44 → Viral presentation at keynote in France
  • 32:24 → Talking about Scott’s new book
  • 34:50 → Understanding Comics is a touchstone
  • 36:15 → Old and New Media
  • 38:10 → How soaps and radio have survived TV?
  • 39:20 → What is the difference between TV and movies
  • 42:01 → Digital comics page count and navigation
  • 43:30 → Presentation of digital comics
  • 46:55 → Responsive design vs designing for the device.
  • 50:30 → Old comic design and writing vs digital comics
  • 53:00 → Scott’s rainbow of good news about modern comics

Non Break­ing Space Show is still free of charge to Superman signal watch wearers: Non Breaking Space Show № 84: Scott McCloud — Media and Their User Interfaces

Carolyn Wood has Catastrophic Medical Bills

Carolyn Wood

Carolyn has been one of our own since 1999.

She’s written or edited for A List Apart, Digital Web, The Manual, and Codex: the journal of typography.

Jeffrey Zeldman calls her strategy work the “secret sauce” behind many important projects. Many of you have reached out to her for help and for laughter.

Today, Carolyn needs your help.

Carolyn’s Story So Far

Carolyn Wood is living every American’s worst nightmare. She’s burning through her family’s savings trying to get the healthcare she needs, which isn’t covered by insurance.

A series of catastrophic medical problems combined with America’s nightmarish insurance system have cost her tens of thousands of dollars. And her expenses are mounting.

Carolyn has been confined to a wheelchair for the past three years.

This April, after a week-long illness, she developed acute injuries to the tendons in her feet and the nerves in her right hand and arm. She couldn’t get out of her wheelchair, even to go to the bathroom.

At the hospital, they discovered Carolyn had acute kidney failure. After a month in a hospital and a care facility, she has bounced back from the kidney failure. However, she cannot take painkillers to help her hands and feet.

Carolyn cannot stand or walk or dress herself or take a shower.

For mobility, she is dependent on a lift that can only be manned by two people. Without it, she can never leave her bed.

She’s now warehoused in a home that does not provide therapy—and her insurance does not even cover that cost. With her bills are skyrocketing, she has to pay rent on her bed for $200 a month.

Husband’s Health Crisis

Her and her husband are each other’s only support during this crisis, but they have been living apart since April as he is dealing with his own health crisis.

He’s been going through intense pain, fatigue and side effects from twice-monthly infusions as her husband deals with leukemia.

Together, the only income they have is his disability.

The whole situation is heartbreaking, but Carolyn still feels hope.

Let’s Kickstart Carolyn!

Will you help us give us physical and occupational therapy she needs to be independent again?

Your donation of $25, $50, $100, $1,000 dollars or more will be used to:

  • Gain access to more medical care to get proper diagnoses
  • Provide day-to-day expenses, since she cannot work
  • Help her catch up with her enormous bills
  • Pay for medical transport to see any doctors
  • Get access to physical and occupational therapy to help her live independently again
  • Hire a patient advocate to help her navigate the medical system

Please contribute to help Carolyn out of this nightmare.

Non Breaking Space Show № 81: Matt Griffin — What Comes Next is the Future

Matt Griffin on Non Breaking Space Show

Today’s Non Breaking Space Show guest is Matt Griffin. Based in Pittsburgh, Matt Griffin is a designer and founder of the web design consultancy Bearded. He’s a speaker, writer, educator, and an avid advocate for collaboration in design. His writing has been published by net magazine and A List Apart, where he writes the regular column on “How We Work.” Matt is the director of the upcoming documentary film What Comes Next Is the Future, the definitive documentary about the web as told by the people who build it each day. The film premiers August 2016.

Topics discussed with Matt Griffin:

  • 3:21 → Sponsors: CSS Summit, Lyft, CSS Dev Conf, Feed.Press
  • 4:55 → What’s your movie about?
  • 6:05 → How’d the idea for the movie get started?
  • 9:30 → Fundraising via Kickstarter
  • 10:25 → Pushing from 50% to 100% on Kickstarter
  • 13:10 → Editing film as compared to audio editing.
  • 14:50 → Paralyzed by fear of making friends look good.
  • 17:30 → How’d you get Tim Berners-Lee on the film?
  • 22:01 → Talking about Matt’s I, Web Designer talk
  • 27:00 → What are the major themes of the film?
  • 28:20 → What’s the superpower of the web?
  • 31:00 → Javascript as the trapdoor to fixing the internet.
  • 32:30 → What does the web prize most?
  • 33:40 → Stories of Ethan Marcotte unveiling responsive web design
  • 35:10 → What’s the aftermath of responsive web design?
  • 36:50 → Talking about the earlier days of the web.
  • 38:00 → Printing out binders of mapquest.
  • 41:59 → What are some pivital experiences for Matt through making the documentary?
  • 43:40 → Is it all or nothing with the web?
  • 44:52 → When is the premiere?

Non Break­ing Space Show is still free of charge to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ticket holders along with the show notes and resources: Non Breaking Space Show № 81: Matt Griffin — What Comes Next is the Future

Non Breaking Space Show № 80: Simon St. Laurent — Top 6 Tech News Countdown

Simon St. Laurent on Non Breaking Space Show

<a href="http://goodstuff oxycontin prices.fm/nbsp/80">Today’s Non Breaking Space Show guest is Simon St. Laurent from O’Reilly Media. Simon joins us for a look at the past week as get caught up on technology news, web building resources, and social commentary. Making our countdown list for what we found interesting in the world this week: Google I/O fallout, Instagram logo redesign, making CSS great again, saving your life with typography, WordPress is a teenager, and conference advice!

Topics discussed with Simon St. Laurent:

  • 0:38 → Sponsors: CSS Summit, Lyft, CSS Dev Conf, Feed.Press
  • 5:00 → Topical Issues / Things of Interest
  • 5:20#6 Google IO excitement and fallout
  • 5:50 → Progressive web apps not showing URLs
  • 6:12 → Use the platform “thing”.
  • 7:00 → Google is not united
  • 8:30 → Service worker discussion
  • 10:20 → App happiness
  • 13:00 → Virtual Reality discussion
  • 17:50 → Augmented Reality discussion
  • 19:00 → Apple Watch discussion
  • 19:50 → Discussion on the Learning Virtual Reality
  • 21:30#5 Instagram Logo Redesign
  • 23:25 → Design trends / gradients
  • 25:40#4 Getting back to CSS
  • 27:40 → Fluid typography discussion
  • 30:00 → Responsive typography discussion
  • 30:40 → Line length and hyphenation discussion
  • 32:52#3 How Typography Can Save Your Life
  • 33:22 → National Weather Service used to broadcast their winter warning in all caps discussion.
  • 35:01 → Typeface testing discussion
  • 37:20 → SVG discussion
  • 39:05 → Gradient discussion revisited
  • 40:10 → Apple discussion
  • 46:00#2 WordPress Discussion
  • 48:40 → Content management discussion
  • 53:19 → CSS discussion revisited
  • 53:56#1 Dan Rose Discussion
  • 57:30 → Conferences discussion
  • 1:01:25 → Pros and cons for designers currently
  • 1:02:53 → Looking forward to…

Non Break­ing Space Show is still free of charge to Google Wave users along with the show notes and resources: Non Breaking Space Show № 80: Simon St. Laurent — Top 6 Tech News Countdown

What Comes Next Is the Future Trailer #2

What Comes Next Is the Future is the definitive documentary about the web, as told by the people who build it each day.

Their challenges and successes will help us better understand this thing called the web, and what lies ahead. A project by Matt Griffin – founder of Bearded, What Comes Next Is the Future is an effort to capture the titanic shift in the web landscape that mobile devices have initiated.

Super Vote Primary 2016 Edition

Vote

As the story goes when the average lifespan was 35 years, an 81-year-old Ben Franklin was approached by a woman. The Constitution had been ratified that September in 1787:

What kind of government shall we have?” she asked.

He answered, “A republic. If you can keep it.”

And he rather hoped it would stick.

As this republic was Ben Franklin’s second chance at starting up a country. 

The first government, under the laws formed in the Articles of Confederation, stilted and sputtered in its actual use.

The Congress under this Confederation sent of some great minds to a team meeting in Philadelphia. They weren’t there to make what we have now.

In was in this convention, they were tasked to make only edits and revisions. 

Instead, they reinvented. 

A version 2.0, if you will, and people didn’t like this upgrade, this Constitution. Well, not immediately.

Congress initially wanted to censure the delegates for overstepping their bounds. Others thought it formed too central of a government. There was the issue of it being formed by well-off gentlemen much like the royalty they had fought against.


83 years after the Constitution ratification in 1870, the fifteenth amendment passed Congress to the constitution allowed men of “race, color, or previous condition of servitude” to vote.


133 years after the Constitution ratification in 1920, the nineteenth amendment passed Congress allowing women, like the one who asked Franklin about her new country, could finally cast a vote to help steer the course. 


The year is 2016. It’s been 229 years since the Constitution ratification. The current average life expectancy is now 79 years — longer if you eat more of the boring stuff — and we still have a signs of life in this republic.

Some responsibility in continuing a republic, though, is voting. Voting is rather a blunt tool to steer the country. 

For one, we get to do it infrequently. And second a vote is a step or two removed from the work of government. 

Second, the we-the-people pick out of the few-of-the-concerned that stand up to do the government work so we can do our own jobs, attend our own families, and pursue other interests than that of government. Most people simply do not want or cannot be bothered with it’s day-to-day operations. 

Yet, the vote is vital to the process. Voting is doing our part to keep this great experiment of a republic living a little bit longer. 


If you are of the legal voting age and in good standing with the law, you can vote, yet so many Americans do not.

In years when there is a presidential race to decide, the voting percentage is 54.9% of all able voters. That number has not been in the 60% area since the 1960s. Those modern numbers are painfully low when deciding the a president. 

Today is Super Tuesday. Americans are not voting for a president today — it’s more important. Today a large number of states hold primary elections to pick the candidates that get to run for their party’s candidate.

If you have not already, vote in the primary. (If you have already voted in your state’s primary, thank you.)

If you are not registered to vote. Don’t worry. Register to vote so you can vote in November.

Super Tuesday Primaries

  • Alabama
  • Alaska (GOP Only/Caucus)
  • American Samoa (Dem Only/Caucus)
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado (Dem Only/Caucus)
  • Georgia
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota (Caucus)
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia

Building Everlasting Sand Castles

When we built pages out of HTML tables, we measured our designs to that of print. Books, magazines, posters, and so on.

With the arrival of multi-device web, it was obvious that the separation of print and interactive is very real. We can achieve e-commerce, make connections, on a scale that a book simply cannot. 

Yet, there is nothing like a book. 

It’s a time capsule without need for a power supply — needing only our mind, the time to engage it, and the light on a sunny day.

I’m able to buy out-of-date design books off of web seller like an Amazon or eBay, just as easily I could loan a book from a designer friend. 

Yet, we seem to be constantly looking for the next alternative.

I can’t go back in time and look at the content on Geocities, Apple’s iWeb pages, Gowalla social history, or the code from Yahoo! Pipes.

Even a small number of years removed from their deletion, we can never know whether how big the collection was. All we know is its absence like the great Library of Alexandria.

Winter seems like an appropriate time to have these discussions. And with the death of the prolific Bowie, even more so. 

Soon Spring arrives. I would prefer to think about ways in which we are preserving our digital work — the good stuff and the mistakes—for the next generation of web designers 

It is not about passing on monuments of ourselves, but it is an honest hope that they learn from our mistakes rather than repeat them.

What the answers to these questions: How are we preserving our digital work? What happens to this online work when we pass away? Can this Internet archive survive the same amount of time as a simple book? 

Media Runway to U2’s Free, New Album

Apple's CEO and U2 at Keynote Address

U2’s song, “Invisible," premiered on a Super Bowl XLVIII commercial in February.

The song was available for free on iTunes two days after an average 112 million viewers tuned in to see the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos.

Their song “Ordinary Love” for the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom was nominated for an Oscar.

In early March, U2 performed the song live on the 86th Annual Awards show that reached an audience of 43 million viewers in the United States alone.

U2 performed on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on its first show as its first music guest. Thanks to heavy promotion during the Winter Olympics on the same network, there was an average of 2.4 million viewers seeing the band play a performance of “Ordinary Love”.

With that exposure and 22 Grammy’s associated with their back catalog, the next logical step is to cash in on all those high profile appearances.

Last week, during Apple’s keynote presentation unveiling the new two iPhone and Apple Watch, the band performed a new song via live stream.

Immediately after playing, Apple released a new U2 album, Songs of Innocence, to 500 million iTunes account holders around the world for free.

The world’s largest album release ever for the world’s greatest rock band, the reaction to a free album was somewhat underwhelming:

Even one good Samaritan actually went into iTunes and figured how to “delete” the album from the iCloud so it won’t show up in a user's local account.

With the new season of Saturday Night Live almost upon us, it’s almost assured that U2 will be a musical guest to promote a rumored second album and upcoming tour like they’ve done for past projects.

At this point, though, why bother?

With so much television (and a little bit of movie) exposure not panning out, it’s enough to make you think traditional media is dead.