I just realized today how hard I work to avoid visiting any “professional” website. Every interesting link I come across on the web I send directly to Instapaper, if I can, because if I go to the site itself I will be treated to a festival of pop-up ads, slide-over videos, and the CSS-era equivalent of incessant <blink> tags. I understand the need for ads, but what I don’t understand is why sites post stories only to make them absolutely unreadable.

Alan Jacobs @ayjay