How To Stop Wasting Time On The Internet - Barking Up The Wrong Tree
I'm not even as bad as some folks are with my social and internet use, but this makes me want to get a little closer to the minimalism discussed here. I have a lot of things I feel like I don't have time for and that's probably not as true as it seems.
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17 hours ago
Front-end development is not a problem to be solved | CSS-Tricks
Hear, hear!!! I heartily agree with everything in this piece.
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11 days ago
This User-Friendly Menstrual Cup Is What Happens When Design Is Inclusive - Motherboard
Great piece. Not just about diversity in product design, but also about diversity in what a startup can look like.
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14 days ago
Guksi - Gastro Obscura
I've taken an interest in woodwork and carving of late and will be adding this cup to the list of potential projects.
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14 days ago
Opinion | Puberty for the Middle-Aged - The New York Times
As someone already in perimenopause I can confirm this stuff is accurate, but also that it's very frustrating that there isn't a "What to Expect" style book for the experience. We just don't know shit about the female reproductive system.
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17 days ago
The revolutionary strategy hidden in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Instagram feed - The Washington Post
The young women who have come to Congress have come to elevate, praise and admire one another. Not because they’re immature fangirls but because this coalition-building is their best hope for success in what remains, at its core, another mostly male workplace.
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23 days ago
The Absinthe Enthusiasts Hiding Bottles in the Swiss Woods - Gastro Obscura
Never tried absinthe and I'm not a fan of anise, but the idea of it all has always held a certain mystique for me.
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26 days ago
How Technochauvinism Derailed the Digital Future - The Atlantic
The only way to make technology that helps a broad array of people is to consult a broad array of people to make that technology. But the computer industry has a multi-decade history of gender discrimination. It is, perhaps, the industry’s original sin.
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26 days ago
The Whippet #56: Enough to sustain a living hoard
Just go read the "unsolicited advice" section because it's fabulous. Do your best not to get distracted by the platypus facts.
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5 weeks ago
Reboot, Resets, and Reasoning | CSS-Tricks
Techie, but it was interesting to read about the mostly current state of css resets for browsers.
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5 weeks ago
The Architecture No One Needs
Yeah, I'm giving a big yes to this article. SPAs seem to be more trouble than they're worth.
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5 weeks ago
How to Make the Perfect Cup of Tea: George Orwell’s 11 Golden Rules – Brain Pickings
Orwell tells us how a proper cup of tea should be made, including some associated opinions.
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6 weeks ago
Love, Kindness, and the Song of the Universe: The Night Jack Kerouac Kept a Young Woman from Taking Her Own Life – Brain Pickings
A beautiful tale. For all the turbulence and other problems in Kerouac's life, this stands alone almost as a piece of fiction someone dreamed up.
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6 weeks ago
I don’t want to get good at gaming, I want to escape the relentless pressure to improve myself | Eleanor Robertson | Opinion | The Guardian
"If I’m going to enjoy the absurd capitalist soma of video games, the last thing I want to do is feel like I’m being badgered by a superior at a dead-end job."

Yes. This. But also this whole article because I don't want to "git gud" at video games either.
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7 weeks ago
A Suggestion on How to Spend a Day at Home
This is just delightful. And full of breakfasts.
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8 weeks ago
Notes to Myself on Software Engineering – Member Feature Stories – Medium
A great set of reminders for those that build software. Some real gems of wisdom in here.
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8 weeks ago
How to build rock-solid Ruby on Rails apps with BDD - DEV Community 👩‍💻👨‍💻
Coincidentally part of a book I have queued up to read. This was a nice overview of the flow from scenario to code and back.
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8 weeks ago
We Could All Use a Little Snail Mail Right Now - The New York Times
Love this and would love to get into sending more snail mail. Just tactile, physical things in general seem to be getting more and more important to me.
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8 weeks ago
’M.A.S.H.’ Remains One Of The Most Influential Sitcoms of All Time | Inverse
A piece of writing that sums up so much of what I love about this show. It remains relevant in so many ways and had a huge influence on me.
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9 weeks ago
The Joy of Cooking for One - The New York Times
I've been cooking for myself a lot lately out of necessity and this sums up a lot of what I've been feeling about it.
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9 weeks ago
Kitchen Soap – On Being A Senior Engineer
As I struggle to find my identity in this field, this piece was helpful in clarifying that my attitudes and approaches are in the right place, even if my technical skills are a mashup.
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9 weeks ago
The Festival Where Millions of Women Prepare a Feast for a Goddess - Gastro Obscura
It's unfortunate that for the rest of the year these women's lives are so restrictive, but even so, this kind of ritual is amazing to learn about.
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10 weeks ago
How Your Notifications Are Lying to You and How to Make Them Stop
A much healthier approach to dealing with notifications. These things are tools that are supposed to help us, not make us miserable. It is possible to have a more humane relationship with our devices, but it takes a little work.
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10 weeks ago
Where in the World Is Larry Page?
Interesting read that gives some insight into what's going on at Google, and I was really surprised to hear that Page is little more than a phantom at the company.
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10 weeks ago
Now Damien Echols Will Teach You the Secrets of Magick - The New York Times
Surprised to see this level of openness in an article about high magick, though in a lot of ways this reminds me of Alan Moore.
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10 weeks ago
558m-year-old fossils identified as oldest known animal | Science | The Guardian
How on earth these scientists even found these fossils in the first place feels miraculous. The journey from 558m years ago to today, where these fossils exist and show us a picture of an incomprehensibly long ago past? Mind boggling.
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11 weeks ago
Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong - The Huffington Post
This is a long read, but no matter what your weight is, it's worth the time.
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11 weeks ago
The Rise and Demise of RSS
Fabulous article on the history of my beloved RSS. I still miss Google Reader every single day.
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11 weeks ago
How One Man Is Recreating Lost Colors - The New York Times
In our ephemeral world, so many things slip quietly away. It always pleases me to find someone is doing this kind of work and research.
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11 weeks ago
An Ode to Two Dots, the Game That Eases My Anxious Mind - Tonic
Two Dots is one of my favorite puzzle games. Similar to the author, I find it soothing and a great break for my brain when I need to step away from whatever I'm working on for a few minutes. A perfect example of games as self care.
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12 weeks ago
A Woman Was Here: An Introduction | Luna Station Quarterly
Outstanding start to a new column on my very own magazine. I can't wait to see where she takes this.
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12 weeks ago
Did the Oscars Just Prove That We Are Living in a Computer Simulation? | The New Yorker
Slightly old article that discusses the question we've all been asking ourselves since David Bowie died.
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12 weeks ago
Ugliness Is Underrated: Ugly Design
Fabulous piece on the "ugly design" trend that is slowly growing, and posits that it's the natural outcome of a reality that has suddenly become more fragile.
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12 weeks ago
Five Young Women With Prize-Winning Book Collections
A bookstore gives an award for young women who have some awesome book collections. This is the hardcore kind of collecting, not just having a bazillion books like me.
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12 weeks ago
Who Are the Forgotten Greats of Science Fiction? | Tor.com
Tremendous resource for science fiction by folks who's work has fallen by the wayside. Looks like there's a couple gems in here. Leigh Brackett is quietly my personal favorite on the list.
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12 weeks ago
How Tor.com went from website to publisher of sci-fi’s most innovative stories - The Verge
I run a small press and magazine myself. I love how Tor.com has embraced shorter fiction and it gives me ideas of what's possible in the world of publishing.
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12 weeks ago
MythBusters’ Adam Savage on the tech he carries everywhere - The Verge
Yeah, sometimes I just like reading about what folks carry with them when they go about their days.
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september 2018
On Writing Beautiful Tests - CrateDB
This post on testing practices sparked some thought on the discipline of software engineering in general and how I've seen people react to the concept. There's a lot I'm taking away from this one.
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september 2018
Companies worry more about access to software developers than capital
Interesting to read about software developers as a resource from the perspective of the "C suite" set. My work feels simultaneously more respected and objectified at the same time. Probably a good reality check, to be honest.
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september 2018
Techie to tech lead: My five biggest mistakes | ThoughtWorks
This was a helpful piece for me as I'm thinking about working toward this kind of role in the future. Some good insights and I can see mistakes I've made in the past myself.
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august 2018
Logged off: meet the teens who refuse to use social media | Society | The Guardian
I don't even have anywhere near the pressure these kids do to be on social media and I feel this kind of grind anyway. More and more I consider closing it all down. LSQ and losing touch with the tech world I need to engage with for work are the only things holding me back at this point.
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august 2018
How I learned to love unit testing - DEV Community 👩‍💻👨‍💻
Because I'm still trying to learn to love unit testing. I am on board with its power, but learning to actually write tests is still challenging.
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august 2018
Opinion | The Gift of Menopause - The New York Times
An outstanding piece on growing older, passing menopause, and letting go of a lot of the garbage we carry with us every day.
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august 2018
What would cities look like if they were designed by mothers? | Christine Murray | Opinion | The Guardian
A call for architects to think more diversely when designing public (and private) spaces that should accommodate folks who aren't all able-bodied and without children.
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august 2018
Stop future proofing software – George – Medium
Mostly agree with this article. Reducing future-proofing, but keep things flexible. I only disagree with the idea of designing for current and next year, as part of the reason for designing for present and last year is to make sure everyone gets to come along for the ride, not just those with the latest and greatest.
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august 2018
Design documents: maybe the only record of what the hell you were thinking — No Idea Blog
I'm a sucker for clear communication on projects. Design docs feel like an extension of, or preliminary to, writing tickets. Similar to a spike.
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august 2018
A neuroscientist explains what tech does to the reading brain - The Verge
I pretty much want everyone I know to read this interview. The internet really is fucking up our ability to hold attention and view things critically. This is why I'm trying to read more articles, more long form pieces and spend less time on social media and its hot takes.
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august 2018
Is Rails still relevant in 2018 ?
More than just an "Is Rails dead?" article, the author backs up their statement with a nice reasoning why Rails is still valid. A few philosophical points about developer lifestyle I disagree with heartily, but a good take otherwise on the current Rails/Elixir/JS pros and cons.
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august 2018
Mixtape (Bitsy Jam) - itch.io
Even the one tech thing is on theme! There's a mixtape-themed game jam going on right now. How awesome and timely is that? The extra fun bit is the games are all made using a little 8-bit game engine called Bitsy, so the games have a nice little retro feel. There are some really neat submissions.
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august 2018
8tracks radio | Handcrafted internet radio | The best free music playlists online
You want to share your mixes right? You definitely want to send me your 8tracks link so I can listen to them, right? This site is thankfully back from the dead and serving up user-curated mixes in a steady stream of awesome. I've found a lot of artists here I wouldn't have found any other way.
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august 2018
The Future Is A Mixtape
I'm just going to let the description from this website speak for itself: The Future Is a Mixtape is a podcast that hopes to move away from the postmodern and morbid condition of constantly poking at the corpse of capitalism and our dystopian landscape, and instead aims to open up discussion on actual solutions to the overwhelming problems facing our dying Earth.
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august 2018
Memoir Mixtapes – The ultimate mashup of the two things we all love to talk about: ourselves & music.
You're on your way! You're making mixes! You can't get enough of them now, right? Good because this site is chock full of folks talking about songs and albums (and mixes) that have meant something special in their lives.
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august 2018
Jfro's Old Mix Tapes
Okay, you now know what a mixtape should sound like. You've got a running order that rocks. But what is this supposed to look like? One of the hallmarks of a good mix is a great cover. These are physical objects after all, and presentation means a lot. There's some amazing inspiration here.
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august 2018
Pocket: The Art of the Mix: 15 Foolproof Rules for Creating the Perfect Mixtape
We've established the art, but maybe you need a few more guidelines? This article will likely answer any questions you might have, and give you a few more inspirations. (this is a Pocket link, the original site was down when I wrote this)
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august 2018
The Art of The Mixtape
Let's start with what a mixtape actually is (and isn't). Does it hold to the constraints of 30 minute side A and B? Do playlists count if you make a cover for them? Regardless of the rules, there's definitely an art to it.
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august 2018
FATFREE: The Low Fat Vegetarian Recipe Archive
oh goodness. i just rediscovered the fat free vegetarian recipe archive. 1993-2007. there is zero site design, but this is a treasure trove of recipes. pardon me while i trip down nostalgia lane to 20 years ago when it was so much harder to be a vegetarian and this site was a life safer.
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august 2018
Is It Okay to Say “Hey Guys”? - The Atlantic
Sums up the struggle with the term and yeah, I've mostly removed the phrase from my vocabulary because it makes me uncomfortable at this point.
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august 2018
Katharine Hepburn: Leading Man
Oh wow. This gives me a whole new spin (and even more adoration) for Kate the Great.
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august 2018
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