Our dear friend and colleague Chris Neklason, a veteran tech CEO, full-stack developer and award-winning journalist, is not trained as a graphic artist. But this week he added that skill to his bonafides.
Chris is visiting the East Coast, so he heard about Elon Musk’s decision to kill his little bird before most of us here in California. By the time we got together for our morning stand up, Chris had already created the mock logo you see below.
The idea came to him in an instant, and he quickly posted it to his Mastodon thread, figuring others might arrive at the same concept. (OK it’s almost obvious, but still it’s pretty good piece of imaginative work for a coder.)
I saw this one before I had seen any of the others, and told Chris that as his editor, I would love him to write a blog post about the event—just so we could use his little drawing. I knew he’d have something to say partly because he’s been on point during an attack by Twitter on California Local. “I suspect bot-on-bot violence,” he writes, “because it’s doubtful any humans were involved in the process, having all been fired.”
It’s a telling tale and an example of how the world’s richest man is ruining what once was a pretty cool thing.
As a counterpoint, we are also reaching way back to re-share a post Chris wrote about some things he discovered while building the database that forms the foundation of what we do here at California Local. That, I hope you'll agree, is a hopeful tale.