Big Boy caper comes to a head
June 16, 1999 - Big Boy head returned to Mt. Lebanon restaurant
pittsburgh  fun 
5 days ago
www.thecut.com | Your reckoning. And mine.
“So, no, I was never serially sexually harassed. But the stink got on me anyway. I was implicated. We all are, our professional contributions weighed on scales of fuckability and willingness to go along, to be good sports, to not be humorless scolds or office gorgons; our achievements chalked up to male affiliation — the boyfriend who supposedly supplies you with ideas or the manager who took you under his wing because he wanted to get inside your pants. We can rebuff the harasser; we can choose not to fuck the boss. But in a world where men hold inordinate power, we’re still in bed with the guy.”
feminism  media  sexism 
8 days ago
Common Standards Project: Free search academic standards from all 50 states
need to dig further to see how comprehensive these are, if so :mindblown:
education  standards 
8 days ago
www.theplayerstribune.com | The Noise
Steph Curry on having a platform and what’s important
sports  military  politics  veterans 
10 days ago
Interview Techniques That Get Beyond Canned Responses
interesting, esp for the perspective of non-engineering folks and the things they can do to get candidates demonstrating the qualities the company values
19 days ago
ongoing by Tim Bray · Working at Amazon
nice overview, and one I'd trust, though I suspect that the experience of capital T Tim capital B Bray might not be representative :-)
hiring  amazon  job  management  culture 
25 days ago
larahogan.me | Why can’t they just...?
Turns out most things are complicated; well written and straightforward as usual
26 days ago
Elided Branches: How do managers* get stuck?
some good descriptions of what it means to manage up, down, and sideways
6 weeks ago
Why Happy People Cheat - The Atlantic
This feels like it could've been lifted from a decade or two of Dan Savage columns and observations. (Me linking this doesn't say anything about my own current status! It's just a good read.)
marriage  psychology  soc 
7 weeks ago
8 Gaslighting Techniques to Use at Work
hope these aren't TOO familiar to you...
fun  satire  work  sexism 
7 weeks ago
The Original Lie About Obamacare - The New York Times
always keep this in mind when R talk about the ACA being "rammed through"
politics  healthcare 
8 weeks ago
Take a Dip into PostgreSQL Arrays - Compose Articles
pretty good overview of using postgres arrays, particularly indexing them
postgres  database 
9 weeks ago
How to Build a Rumor – Rands in Repose
communication is hard: "This is how your rumor started. In a meeting two weeks ago, you said a controversial thing about an important topic poorly. Because you were in a hurry, you only stated half of your justification before you ran out the door. Your goal was to inspire, but for the folks who hadn’t heard your pitch before, you mostly confused them."
10 weeks ago
Don't Give HBO's 'Confederate' the Benefit of the Doubt - The Atlantic
"Knowing this, we do not have to wait to point out that comparisons between Confederate and The Man in the High Castle are fatuous. Nazi Germany was also defeated. But while its surviving leadership was put on trial before the world, not one author of the Confederacy was convicted of treason. Nazi Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop was hanged at Nuremberg. Confederate General John B. Gordon became a senator. Germany has spent the decades since World War II in national penance for Nazi crimes. America spent the decades after the Civil War transforming Confederate crimes into virtues. It is illegal to fly the Nazi flag in Germany. The Confederate flag is enmeshed in the state flag of Mississippi."
history  media  criticism 
10 weeks ago
Guest Post: Ed Tech's Collision Course | Just Visiting
paraphrased: "We don't trust teachers and others to interpret results, so academic integrity? Whatevs."
plagiarism  education 
11 weeks ago
The Body Under the Bed
happens more often than you think; also this sentence: "Kuklinkski finished off Smith by strangling him when watching Smith die of poisoning proved tiresome."
12 weeks ago
Robot Hugs - Harassment
comic about why it's hard for men to see harassment and how the culture around it gets created bit by bit
sexism  feminism  communication 
12 weeks ago
iconic vines, rip vine - YouTube
eight and a half minutes of awesome
august 2017
Hate That Doesn’t Hide - The New York Times
"A week ago in Charlottesville, Va., white men assembled to rage for a world long lost — one where their mediocrity was good enough. These were men emboldened by a president who shares their odious beliefs.

I’ve watched in horror as they’ve been energized by his campaign and his presidency. It’s possible that hate like this would have been on the rise anyway, given eight years of the Obama presidency and, animus toward Hillary Clinton. But now we don’t have hate on the fringe; we have it reinforced in the White House."
august 2017
What I wish I had known – Code Like A Girl
struggling with the meaning of life, starting from someone poised to follow the standard software development path
soc  life  programming 
august 2017
Four Reasons Developers are Unproductive - naildrivin5.com - David Bryant Copeland's Website
nice overview of the things preventing us from doing work -- these are all about the work rather than people or process, still very valuable: "To work in an organized way, you must have some sort of plan and system for working. Although each task you work on is somewhat unique, there are high-level steps to take in order to work in an organized way."

Also, this at the end: "This is hard, perhaps harder than it should be. As an industry, we don’t have disciplines. We don’t have shared language. We don’t have standards on any level of our work. We are entirely on our own, every time, all the time, to figure out how to be productive."
programming  management  design  collaboration 
august 2017
Abstractivate: Hyperproductive development
"Except, I'm suspicious of this description. "We" is a plural pronoun. This depth of familiarity and comfort with a system is personal: it's usually one person. The one person who has conceived this solution, who holds in their head both the current state and where they are aiming.

If you are this person, please realize that no one else experiences this work the way you do. For other people, every change is scary, because they don't know what effect it will have."
productivity  management  programming 
august 2017
An Entirely Other Day: The World is UDP
"UDP people are right: TCP like me are bonkers. We maintain a tradition in the complete absence of the circumstance that allowed that tradition to form. When the land we stand on finally sinks below the relentlessly rising tide, it’s the people who have adapted, transformed, evolved who will survive. The only place for TCP people in the post-diluvian world will be on the small outcroppings of rock that poke above the endless, endless sea, and the only approach TCP people will be able to take is to pretend that the vast deep that surrounds them doesn’t exist. The world is UDP, and the people who live in it need to be as well."
collaboration  communication  internet  soc  management 
august 2017
The night John McCain killed the GOP’s health-care fight - The Washington Post
'“You could see the body language in the entire chamber change in two hours,” Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) recalled. “One side was kind of ebullient, moving around and talking and the other side was subdued, and all of a sudden it began to change. There was an instinctive reaction that maybe this thing wasn’t going to pass. Nobody knew for sure.”'
politics  healthcare 
july 2017
On my second birthday we landed on the moon. – Mike Monteiro – Medium
"We don’t live in a bubble. We live on a bubble. A fragile fucking bubble that withstands so many pricks. So many pricks. So many pricks shouting same same same same. So much fear of difference. So much energy spent hating what is different from the small definition of we that we grew up with. So much energy being wasted, that we get further and further away from the moon with every subsequent generation. But every time you reach across the world and call someone brother or call someone sister, you are kicking against those pricks."
goodwriting  soc  love  race  immigration  politics  culture 
july 2017
Why We Argue: Style — Sandi Metz
'These "style wars" are ostensibly about formatting code, but are actually about power. In mild forms, the wars create tension and cost money. In virulent forms, they poison team morale.'
goodwriting  programming  collaboration  management 
july 2017
Colorado Flat Earth movement is spreading via technology
idiotic things like this are what happens when nobody can possibly be an expert, people feel like all answers are equal
knownothing  idiocracy  science 
july 2017
Welcome to Our Startup Where Everyone is 23 Years Old Because We Believe Old People Are Visually Displeasing and Out of Ideas - McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
"Did we mention we’re not like all the other startups? At our startup, employees are encouraged to fail. Failure is good. Failure represents progress toward success. We don’t focus on things like profit, or overhead, or returns on investment. Those things are boring and stupid, like old people."
fun  startup 
july 2017
Rep. Murphy's Mt. Lebanon office vandalized | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
oh come on: 'The state Republican Party, however, issued a statement that sought to link the vandalism to the group. The party said the Mondays group had "targeted the congressman's office with street antics" and had "no business expressing surprise that things have escalated to this point."'
july 2017
Actions, not words, reveal our real values | Derek Sivers
"I had been fooling myself for years, telling myself I wanted to do this, but my actions prove otherwise. Yes I want it a little bit, but I want something else more."
philosophy  motivation 
june 2017
Just Do As Expected – Hacker Noon
loads of good stuff here, mostly about how a "Do as expected" philosophy can permeate a number of practices and areas
management  collaboration  programming  debugging  soc  culture 
june 2017
In the Kingdom of the Blind - Bridget Kromhout
On better ways to get a diverse set of speakers than blind proposal review
conference  publicspeaking  diversity 
june 2017
What Really Happened with Vista – Hacker Noon
Worth the read: "The contrast with the Windows team perspective as the Vista project started could not be more stark. The role of hardware innovation was to enable new software innovation rather than the role of software being to expose hardware innovation."
history  windows  software  culture  hardware  design  management 
june 2017
The Myth of the Kindly General Lee - The Atlantic
"To describe this man as American hero requires ignoring the immense suffering for which he was personally responsible, both on and off the battlefield. It requires ignoring his participation in the industry of human bondage, his betrayal of his country in defense of that institution, the battlefields scattered with the lifeless bodies of men who followed his orders and those they killed, his hostility towards the rights of the freedmen and his indifference to his own students waging a campaign of terror against the newly emancipated."
history  race  civilwar  politics 
june 2017
The Mystery of the Wasting House-Cats - The New York Times
"Although definitive answers remain elusive, scientists are narrowing in on one possible explanation: A steady drumbeat of research links the strange feline disease to a common class of flame retardants that have blanketed the insides of our homes for decades. But even as the findings may answer one epidemiological question, they raise another in its place. If household chemicals are wreaking havoc on the hormones of cats, what are they doing to us?"
health  environment  cats  bio 
may 2017
How to Run an Effective Meeting - Business Guides - The New York Times
loads of good stuff here -- most not new but worth remembering for every single time; also a really nice design
work  meetings  management  collaboration  design 
may 2017
Patton's sword and the future of work
Worth a yearly re-read, so many good aspects and passages. (Including the endnotes!)

I can be suspicious of articles like this that take modern ideas and retrofit them to past events, but the author has a light touch and the result winds up being a recognition that these "modern" ideas aren't modern at all. They've always been with us.
history  technology  learning  work  management 
may 2017
Drawing lessons from the “ Bezos Way” – Monday Note
Nice dive into the 2016 shareholders' letter from Bezos, including discussion of the "disagree and commit" strategy and pointing out how important it is to recognize misalignment vs disagreement
amazon  media  journalism  strategy  management 
may 2017
Magnolia - Aimee Mann - Wise Up - YouTube
just perfect, so many parts of it send chills right through me (it will be weird if you haven't seen the movie though)
music  movies 
may 2017
The Autumnal Genius of John Bellairs | Tor.com
read the first book so many times as a kid, still holds up
books  children  nostalgia 
april 2017
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