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What Happened When I Tried Talking to Twitter Abusers
"Don't feed the trolls" is not a solution, talking to them also is not.
internet  communication  culture  twitter 
11 weeks ago by archangel
Kate Heddleston
A 10x engineer isn’t someone who is 10x better than those around them, but someone who makes those around them 10x better.
agile  culture  management  programming 
july 2018 by archangel
Ready Player One is the roadmap to digital dystopia - The Verge
I finally wrote about Ready Player One and it only cost me minor parts of my soul.

Here’s why it is bad and why the internet is bad, and why it’s the same reason:
from:twitter  technology  culture  books  review  internet 
april 2018 by archangel
Achtung Baby by Sara Zaske, reviewed.
This fun new book about how Germans raise their kids will break American parents’ hearts.
parenting  culture  Germany  USA  book  archive 
february 2018 by archangel
The Playboy centrefold at the centre of computer science
The November 1972 issue of Playboy magazine is the magazine’s best selling issue of all time. This is not because of the articles, but due to the proliferation of one iconic image from the magazine: that of centrefold model Lena Söderberg.

The original image was digitised by researches at the University of Southern California Signal and Image Processing Institute (SIPI) in 1973. Alexander Sawchuk, the assistant professor of electrical engineering, his graduate student and the SIPI lab manager were frantically looking for a new image for a research paper.
images  history  gender  culture 
february 2018 by archangel
Eine kleine Micky Maus - Kinderfolklore und Autonomie | Wissen | SWR2 | SWR.de
Uralte Abzählreime, deftige Popo- und Furzsprüche, skurrile Kurzgeschichten. Viele davon werden nur von Kindern an Kinder weitergegeben, in einem von ihnen organisierten Raum.
filme  culture  lang:de 
february 2018 by archangel
The Same Page Tool – Deeper in the Game
Functional play depends on everyone playing the same game. Sadly, many people don’t even know or negotiate what that means, and a lot of game texts leave crucial things out. Too often, people come with different ideas and don’t realize it, and it turns into a mess during play.

So, this tool is designed to clear that all up before you start playing.
RPG  quiz  culture  communication  essentials 
january 2018 by archangel
Confessions of a Digital Nazi Hunter
Like many Jewish journalists who reported on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, I spent the 2016 election being harassed by a motley crew of internet racists who coalesced around the future president. They sent me threats, photoshopped me into gas chambers and hurled an uncreative array of anti-Semitic slurs my way. A study by the Anti-Defamation League found that I’d received the second-most abuse of any Jewish journalist on Twitter during the campaign cycle. My parents didn’t raise me to be No. 2; fortunately, there’s always 2020.

As a result, I’ve become something of an unintentional expert on alt-right trolls and their tactics. For the most part, these characters are largely laughable — sad, angry men hiding behind images of cartoon frogs, deathly afraid that their employers will uncover their online antics. But there are also more insidious individuals, whose digital skulduggery can be more consequential than the occasional bigoted bromide.

And so last November, in the wake of Trump’s victory, I decided to turn the tables on them. My target? Impersonator trolls.
twitter  racism  culture  technology  archive 
january 2018 by archangel
Rogue One is actually about internet freedom - The Verge
Hhy Rogue One, property of the Walt Disney Company, is actually a movie about internet freedom. It is a movie about data transmission as a political act, and one in which unequal access to bands of transmission puts people’s lives at risk. Star Wars knows what everyone in this country except three FCC commissioners knows: discrimination across data speeds is a form of censorship.
netneutrality  filme  culture  via:popular 
december 2017 by archangel
Culture Queries: The best questions to ask in your interview
The perfect questions to ask in your job interview.

Want to stand out from other candidates and find your dream job?
This will only take you 20 seconds!
business  career  culture  interview 
december 2017 by archangel
How Not To Make Coffee
A rant about the Keurig "Coffe Machine"
food  technology  culture  rant  archive  via:popular 
november 2017 by archangel
Twitter
At last! My work, I doth pretend
Is no more in itself an end.
My ebon window hath no shutter
But silvern numbers in the gutter.
Ne'er try and count my colours’ tally!
It looketh like code from Sil’con Valley.
That’s what you’d think. But secretly
You know that it’s just poetry.
geek  technology  culture  editor  poetry  archive  from twitter_favs
november 2017 by archangel
How many people actually follow links and check citations?
Donning-Kruger effect not as strong as people think, people's happiness more malleable, superiority of type systems not proven.
statistics  science  culture  type_safety  psychology  meme 
november 2017 by archangel
The Fries Test
Similar to the Bechdel test, but for disability

Does a work have more than one disabled character?
Do the disabled characters have their own narrative purpose other than the education and profit of a nondisabled character?
Is the character’s disability not eradicated either by curing or killing?
disability  filme  culture  essentials 
november 2017 by archangel
Bootstrapping Inclusion
If you are a tech leader of a 5 to 30 person engineering organization sitting around a table with your all-male leadership team wondering how you can hire more under represented minorities, this is for you.

Over a series of posts, I’ll detail how I’ve approached D&I in my new life. To set expectations: I have not achieved D&I nirvana in the course of four months. I don’t have much to show for my efforts. I do think sharing what I’ve done can help others get started. I am more than certainly doing many things wrong.
culture  diversity  inclusion 
october 2017 by archangel
Tools are not the Answer
I just finished reading an extremely depressing article in The Atlantic entitled: The Coming Software Apocalypse. The article does a good job, at first, of describing several terrible software bugs that have harmed, maimed, and killed people. But then the article veers off in a direction that I found disheartening.

The author of the article interviewed many thought leaders in the industry, but chose only those thought leaders who were inventing new technologies. Those technologies were things like Light Table, Model Driven Engineering, and TLA+.

I have nothing against tools like this. I’ve even contributed money to the Light Table project. I think that good software tools make it easier to write good software. However, tools are not the answer to the “Apocalypse”.

Nowhere in the article did the author examine the possibility that programmers are generally undisciplined. The author did not interview software experts like Kent Beck, or Ward Cunningham, or Martin Fowler. The author completely avoided the notion that the software apocalypse might be avoided if programmers just did a better job. Instead, the author seemed convinced that the solution to the software apocalypse – the solution to bad code – is more code.
culture  philosophy  programming  craftsmanship  best_practice 
october 2017 by archangel
Too many prisons make bad people worse. There is a better way
“DO YOU want a coffee?” It is a chilly morning on the ferry to Bastoy, an island prison in Norway. Two burly ferrymen greet a visiting journalist with a hot…
prison  politics  culture  history  society 
september 2017 by archangel
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