When to Say No to New Responsibilities at Work
The key is to be highly selective. One common misstep that both high performers and new employees make is accepting too many low-visibility assignments that require them to work overtime without gaining the benefits of recognition and new skills that such assignments should bring. To avoid stretching yourself too thin for no visible career benefit, here is a checklist for when to diplomatically say "no" to extra assignments.
Employment  Advice 
12 days ago
swissmiss | Your Product
“Outside the room nobody really knows or even cares about your grand vision. Instead, your product is all there is.”
- Albert Wenger
quote  Mozilla 
15 days ago
swissmiss | Enthusiasm
Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch.”
– Ivern Ball
15 days ago
New Statesman | Against Cool Girl Feminism
But understanding how power works and using it to your own advantage is not the same thing as feminism
Feminism  Politics 
april 2014
What It Means to Be a Public Intellectual - Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic
Here is the machinery of racism—the privilege of being oblivious to questions, of never having to grapple with the everywhere; the right of false naming;the right to insult our intelligence with your ignorance.
january 2014
Rookie » Super Heroine: An Interview With Lorde
I think it’s so personal, though, for each person who identifies as a feminist, and it can be related to the hardest shit that they’ve had to put up with in their lives and all of these different ways in which they’ve been oppressed and marginalized. It can be so delicate and hard to navigate that sometimes I just feel like, “I never want to write about this again, because how can you ever know enough?”


“How can you ever have read enough to be able to talk about this in the right way?” What I’ve learned is that the answer isn’t to retreat into ignorance, but to find the ways in which it’s important to you and talk about that and help other women talk about their experiences too.
january 2014
The Pastry Box Project
For chrissakes, stop moving to San Francisco (or Austin, or Brooklyn, etc.). Those places don’t need you. Stay where you are and make that place as cool as it can be.
Advice  Employment 
january 2014
The Great Fragmentation
AOL back in the day, among many others, did not perceive this and instead built its service around the idea that the wide vastness of the web needed to be tamed, consolidated, presented in a singular user experience. That vision turned out to be wrong. Google's turned out to be right - how fast can we get you away from our service into the messiness of the Internet.
ecosystems  unbundling  MUR 
january 2014
Thoughts of the Month | Sensemaking in progress
The emphasis on fast as the sole goal is very misguided. At the end of the day, one needs to make progress fast, not iterate fast. The goals should be making products better, good products are not built simply by iterating fast.
lean-ux  User-Research  Usability  MUR 
january 2014
Google's iron grip on Android: controlling open source by any means necessary (Wired UK)
While Android is open, it's more of a "look but don't touch" kind of open. You're allowed to contribute to Android and allowed to use it for little hobbies, but in nearly every area, the deck is stacked against anyone trying to use Android without Google's blessing. The second you try to take Android and do something that Google doesn't approve of, it will bring the world crashing down upon you.
ecosystems  Open-Source  MUR 
january 2014
Why Apple And Google Can't Sync Right—And Don't Care If You Suffer – ReadWrite
I, and much of the market, isn't interested in an end-to-end, cradle-to-grave affiliation with one particular ecosystem. We want choice. And right now our only choice is broken-by-design sync.
ecosystems  Open-Source  MUR 
january 2014
Battle of the media ecosystems: Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft - Computerworld
Despite their best efforts, none of the companies has yet succeeded in creating the kind of complete media ecosystem that can rise above all its competitors. So for now it's still a mix-and-match world, and looks likely to stay that way for a long time to come.
ecosystems  Open-Source 
january 2014
The Late Adopters | TechCrunch
They will arrive with a different set of needs, some regionally or culturally specific, but others universally human, yet still unaddressed by those wasting time iterating by adding tiny flourishes to existing services. For the next billion Internet users, the smartphone will be the bank, the teacher, the doctor, the newscaster, the connector, the farmhand, the library, the storefront, the community, and much more.
User-Research  MUR 
january 2014
It’s hard to be told to lighten up because if you... | jessica valenti

It’s hard to be told to lighten up because if you lighten up any more, you’re going to float the fuck away. The problem is not that one of these things is happening, it’s that they are all happening, concurrently and constantly.

These are just songs. They are just jokes. They are just movies. It’s just a hug. They’re just breasts. Smile, you’re beautiful. Can’t a man pay you a compliment? In truth, this is all a symptom of a much more virulent cultural sickness — one where women exist to satisfy the whims of men, one where a woman’s worth is consistently diminished or entirely ignored.

Roxane Gay, What Men Want, America Delivers
quotes  feminism 
december 2013
Company Book Club? There's a Better Way
Compared to other learning activities, it’s extremely inexpensive. If you purchase a book for $20, and you get one really good idea you can use to enrich your career, then you got a really great deal. While seminars and training programs can cost hundreds of dollars, reading has a relatively high ROI.
Books  Employment  Reading  MUR 
december 2013
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