Invisible Labor and Digital Utopias
“I want to make it clear that the problems we face with digital labor and digital utopias are not necessarily simply about the digital but rather about systems and structures that have long been in place.”
open  opensource  utopia  futurism  essay  lecture 
11 days ago
The Fast and Slow of Design
Applying Stewart Brand’s “pace layering” concept to design systems and software.
business  design  process  governance 
18 days ago
Migrations: the sole scalable fix to tech debt.
“Migrations are both essential and frustratingly frequent as your codebase ages and your business grows: most tools and processes only support about one order of magnitude of growth before becoming ineffective, so rapid growth makes them a way of life… As a result you switch tools a lot, and your ability to migrate to new software can easily become the defining constraint for your overall velocity.”
programming  software  development  engineering  management 
27 days ago
Change of Scenery - Imgur
Really cool painted scenes, good for wallpaperin’.
art  images  wallpaper 
4 weeks ago
The Good Room – Frank Chimero
“It seems our alone time with technology should truly be alone time, and that halfway socializing is a source of disappointment, not pleasure.”
beautiful  writing  lecture  essay  culture  design  technology 
6 weeks ago
Robin Rendle
“Design teams aren’t explicitly rewarded for reusing designs the way engineers know they should write DRY code, so introducing inconsistencies feels like productivity.”
design  systems  webdesign 
11 weeks ago
Python & Async Simplified - Aeracode
A really good high level overview of Python 3 asyncio.
python  programming  development  guide 
12 weeks ago
Mastering ActiveRecord and Arel
Excellent guide to Arel & ActiveRecord. Wish it was not in presentation form, though.
ruby  rails  guide  presentation  slides  programming  development  database 
12 weeks ago
Principles of Environmental Justice
Delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held on October 24-27, 1991, in Washington DC, drafted and adopted 17 principles of Environmental Justice. Since then, The Principles have served as a defining document for the growing grassroots movement for environmental justice.
activism  manifesto  environment 
february 2018
DSHR's Blog: It Isn't About The Technology
Extremely cogent and smart analysis of distributed web technologies against the current culture/economy/environment of existing major internet/tech monopolies and how it’s not actually a technological problem, and effort focused there is unlikely to bear real fruit.
development  technology  distributed  web  economics 
february 2018
GitHub - DISC-unconf: A collection of resources and tools designed to provide guidelines for ethical modeling.
“Anyone responsible for training a machine learning model should have access to tools that would help them detect potential biases in data - or at least give them a series of questions to ask. Hopefully this helps; but we need to do better.”
ethics  programming  development  machine  learning 
january 2018
Teaching tech / fuzzy notepad
A little bit on the value of good narrative documentation, plus some useful links to things the author thinks are good examples.
programming  writing  documentation 
january 2018
Object models / fuzzy notepad
“A (very) brief run through the inner workings of objects in four very dynamic languages. I don’t think I really appreciated objects until I’d spent some time with Python, and I hope this can help someone else whet their own appetite.”
programming  classes 
december 2017
L.A.'s Most Essential Dish This Year Was a $14 Bowl of Rice - Los Angeles Magazine
L.A. Magazine: “This year was filled with incredible meals around L.A., but we’re naming the Jeweled Crispy Rice at Kismet (Kismet ranked number four on our Best New Restaurants list) as the city’s dish of the year for 2017.”

Requires a little imagination and experimentation to figure it out, but the broad outlines are in the article.
food  cooking  recipe 
december 2017
Arroz Con Pollo Risotto Recipe - NYT Cooking
“The idea is clear: the ingredients are Spanish, the method of cooking the rice Italian. The result, with a few alterations, is a handsome and quick meal that would be complemented by a salad of orange slices and red onions with a few dribbles of olive oil.”
food  cooking  recipe 
december 2017
In Copenhagen, a “People’s Park” Design Includes Dark Corners – Next City
“I think this was the only municipal contract in the history of Denmark that had the sentence ‘work towards a greater sense of unity and love in the neighborhood’ in it,” says Balfelt, laughing, “but that is what we wanted to do.”
urban  design 
november 2017
Programming 101: Learn English | Vanessa Yuen
Awesome talk about how programming requires learning English, good documentation, and good translation at EmpireJS.
programming  documentation  internationalization  lecture  video 
november 2017
Piano of Five « Here's Some Awesome
reelfeed: I could not resist making a cheesy 90 pun in the title of my @heresomeawesome post today http://t.co/lz9YuBio
from instapaper
november 2017
Democracy is Not a Supermarket – Anand Giridharadas – Medium
Such a great speech. “The burden of citizenship is committing to your fellow citizens and accepting that what is not your fault may be your problem.”
ideas  politics  writing 
november 2017
The Paranoid Style in American Politics | Harper's Magazine
From Forest Gregg: “if the electorate is more or less good, then how do we understand when our government does things that are bad? One venerable solution is to identify an enemy, foreign or domestic, that is conspiring to subvert the will of the electorate. Richard J. Hofstadter, "The Paranoid Style in American Politics" is the article to read about that.”
history  politics  writing 
november 2017
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