What a Hash! Understanding Gawker's Redesign and Hashbang URLs

Because my goal is for all of you to be semi-fluent in code, because if you are not at least vaguely proficient, the coming decades will leave you behind, I expect you all to read this take on the Gawker redesign, Javascript and hashbang URLs—a situation that the author, web developer Mike Davies, calls an “architectural nightmare.” There will be a quiz. (One current outcome of the Gawker Media site redesign? Nothing they publish appears in Google News at this time.) Seriously, it’s possible for the layperson to read this without smelling toast, I promise!