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The Oatmeal: creativity and working for yourself
A rather lengthy comic about being a content creator.
comic  creativity  inspiration  writing  work 
yesterday
I don't know how to explain to you that you should care about other people
Our disagreement is not merely political, but a fundamental divide on what it means to live in a society.
education  empathy  equality  politics  commentary 
28 days ago
pass: The standard unix password manager
Pass is the standard unix password manager, a lightweight password manager that uses GPG and Git for Linux, BSD, and Mac OS X.
linux  security  cli  password 
28 days ago
Testing a Feature with Rails and RSpec: A deep dive
"In this post I address how I approach testing a fairly simple, but non trivial feature from start to finish."
development  rails  rubyonrails  rspec  testing 
28 days ago
KPCB: Internet Trends 2017
Mary Meeker's annual slide deck of trends.
data  internet  mobile  report 
28 days ago
Working with Facebook using Devise, Omniauth, Koala and Rails 5
The feature that possibly every developer had to implement at some point in their career is user authentication. In some cases, you might want to make use of Facebook accounts to facilitate the login…
facebook  programming  rails  ruby  omniauth  devise  oauth 
28 days ago
How to output content as JSON
Instructions for using Velocity to properly escape JSON in Cascade Server.
json  cascadeserver  javascript  jsonfeed 
6 weeks ago
Typography as Base: From the Content Out
This blog post was born out of my necessity to find a structure in which I could rely on when designing any kind of web project. 0. Random Before I st
typography  workflow  design  html  css  styleguide  tutorial 
7 weeks ago
Awesome Design Systems
A collection of awesome design systems.
css  design  framework  styleguide  pattern 
7 weeks ago
Step 1 - Setup VPC: Deploying a Rails Application to Elastic Beanstalk
This is the first in a series of blog posts that describe how to deploy a Rails application to Elastic Beanstalk in a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)on Amazon AWS.
amazon  aws  rails  ruby  eb 
7 weeks ago
Learn CSS Grid
A comprehensive guide to help you understand and learn CSS Grid Layout, by Jonathan Suh.
grid  css  tutorial  reference 
8 weeks ago
Little Things I Like to Do with Git
I thought I would note down some useful little Git snippets that I use the most frequently.
fun  tips  tools  version-control  git 
8 weeks ago
Evidence-based advice on how to be successful in any job
Much advice on how to be successful is wrong, or useless cliches. Here we cover the best advice we've found in the last 5 years that's backed-by evidence.
advice  career  productivity  job  employment 
12 weeks ago
Software Engineering Code of Ethics and Professional Practice
Software engineers shall commit themselves to making the analysis, specification, design, development, testing and maintenance of software a beneficial and respected profession.
career  engineering  ethics  programming  software 
12 weeks ago
SVG drop shadow using css3
Set drop shadow for an svg element using CSS.
css  svg  design  filter  html 
12 weeks ago
Stop Cisco AnyConnect Client from starting up automatically
It will start on boot whether you want it to or not. This thread explains how to stop that.
cisco  vpn  macos 
april 2017
FIRE: Disinvitation Database
A database of incidents where a speaker was disinvited from speaking at a college or university in the United States between 2000-present.
tool  database  politics  speech  things 
february 2017
“We have at most a year to defend American democracy, perhaps less“
"When an American president says “America First” or proposes a political system without the two parties or attacks journalists or denies the existence of facts, that should set of a series of associations with other political systems. We need people who can help translate ideological utterances into political warnings." --Timothy Snyder
book  politics  trump  author  fascism  warning 
february 2017
How to import CSV files in Ruby on Rails
"It would be helpful to learn how to upload spreadsheet data into web interfaces for organizations and employees to view, share, and add to their data."
csv  ruby  rubyonrails  tutorial 
february 2017
The Google Analytics setup I use on every site I build
"This article is sort of a culmination of everything I’ve learned over the past three years, and it’s aimed specifically at web developers."
analytics  google  marketing  webdev  tutorial  advice 
february 2017
Pantheon Essential Training
This tutorial series will help get you up and running on the platform in no time.
pantheon  drupal  devops  hosting  tutorial  urwebteam 
february 2017
The data that turned the world upside down
Seventy "likes" were enough to outdo what a person's friends knew, 150 what their parents knew, and 300 "likes" what their partner knew. More "likes" could even surpass what a person thought they knew about themselves. On the day that Kosinski published these findings, he received two phone calls. The threat of a lawsuit and a job offer. Both from Facebook.
bigdata  data  facebook  politics  things  research 
february 2017
Trump's speech to the CIA
Vanity Fair editor/Newsweek writer Kurt Eichenwald explains why there is outrage over Trump's speech to CIA
trump  politics  twitter  journalism 
january 2017
What makes a good pitch? NPR editors weigh in
If you are searching for one perfect pitching template, you won’t find it here. But still, there’s a lot of agreement among editors on what makes a pitch work.
npr  journalism  tutorial  advice 
january 2017
The true, correct story of what happened at Donald Trump’s inauguration
"When the floor is lava, Donald Trump can walk on it, but only Donald Trump."
things  trump  politics  parody 
january 2017
You are not equal. I’m sorry.
An essay about equality and why it's important for women to continue to push for it.
things  equality  politics  essay 
january 2017
Women's March protest signs that rocked
A collection of protest signs from the Women's March
twitter  protest  signs  politics  design 
january 2017
Everything you need to know about HTTP security headers
This article explains what secure headers are and how to implement these headers in Rails, Django, Express.js, Go, Nginx, and Apache.
http  programming  security  tutorial  web  server 
january 2017
This guy tricked Infowars into publishing a completely fake report On Trump
"There's no level of judgement from these people claiming to be journalists, there is no rigour whatsoever and they're the first people to see an article from The New York Times or CNN or BuzzFeed and call it fake news."
news  things  journalism  fake 
january 2017
The Rebel Journalist Manifesto
I think these rules should extend to all of us, in all online forums.
journalism  guidance  ethics  things  advice 
january 2017
Shut up about connecting with Trump's middle America
"It should be clear by now that a lot people voted for Trump as an act of irrational hostility. I think a lot of these supposedly poor, misunderstood souls in the hinterlands knew damn well that Donald Trump wasn’t gonna bring their jobs back. They just didn’t like the fact that OTHER people are now prospering. Their Trump vote was an act of aggression, a stamp of tacit approval for his campaign of hatred."
trump  things  politics 
january 2017
The WordPress developer's introduction to Docker
An in-depth look at how Docker will benefit your WordPress development effort by making it more consistent and easier to manage.
wordpress  webdev  server  docker  development 
january 2017
Understanding Rural America isn’t the problem
"For us “coastal elites” who understand evolution, genetics, science…nothing we say to those in fly-over country is going to be listened to because not only are we fighting against an anti-education belief system, we are arguing against God. You aren’t winning a battle of beliefs with these people if you are on one side of the argument and God is on the other. No degree of understanding this is going to suddenly make them less racist, more open to reason and facts. Telling “urban elites” they need to understand rural Americans isn’t going to lead to a damn thing because it misses the causes of the problem."
politics  trump  education  science  things  religion 
january 2017
NPD - A guide to learning to deal with narcissistic personality disorder
"He is who he is. There is no getting better, or learning, or adapting. He’s not going to 'rise to the occasion' for more than maybe a couple hours. So just put that out of your mind."
trump  president 
january 2017
Donald Trump Will Be President. This Is What We Do Next.
"The role for older, richer white liberals will be important but painfully different from what they’re used to. They’ll have to support other people’s priorities, put up money for things they don’t control, and use all of their social power to protect Muslims, immigrants, and every threatened minority." via Instapaper https://theintercept.com/2016/11/09/donald-trump-will-be-president-this-is-what-we-do-next/
instapaper  highlight 
january 2017
Intro to the 8-Point Grid System
Managing all of your spacing and sizing in increments divisible by 8. Nifty approach.
design  grid  layout  scale 
december 2016
9 Tips for Doing Fast, Lightweight Research at an Agency
How to move fast and research things: Applying these steps to my work has allowed me to fit research into projects that otherwise wouldn’t have had time for it.
design  research  ux 
december 2016
Jessica Hische's client email helper
A handy tool to help you say “no” to free and low-budget work and to help ask for more favorable contract terms before the start of a project.
client  email  freelance  template  business 
december 2016
The Bombing of al-Bara
FRONTLINE filmmaker Olly Lambert captures rare footage of the immediate aftermath of Syrian government air strikes on civilian neighborhoods in the village of al-Bara.
video  war  aleppo  syria  frontline  documentary 
december 2016
Five Leadership Hacks – Rands in Repose
These are good. And small. And easy to make into habits.
advice  career  management  things  teams  work 
december 2016
10 Font pairing resources
Sites that recommend font pairings and font stacks.
font  typography  typeface  recommendation  things 
december 2016
Swap faces In Photoshop
Photoshop tutorial showing you how to swap faces.
video  tutorial  photography  photoshop 
december 2016
People talking on Bananas: Hands-free
My contribution to the people talking on bananas phenomenon.
banana  phone  tumblr 
december 2016
How to work with participants who create problems
In practically any group one may come across at least one participant who will make the work of the group difficult in one way or another. There are no universal or simple answers to all questions that arise in relation to problem team members, but these recommendations can be useful in some situations.
team  work  advice 
november 2016
How to hold algorithms accountable
Algorithmic systems have a way of making mistakes or leading to undesired consequences. Here are five principles to help technologists deal with that.
algorithm  ethics  data 
november 2016
Setup a proper Python 3 environment on a Mac using Homebrew
Using Brew, we’ll install a custom Python 2 via brew and VirtualEnv via Python Package Manager pip. In addition we’ll also install Python 3, but it is not usable yet! Well, it is. But not the way it is meant to be used.
python  homebrew  development  environment  mac 
november 2016
Obama Reckons with a Trump Presidency - The New Yorker
"“Some of this is really simple and it’s the thing that Mitch McConnell figured out on Day One of my Presidency, which is people aren’t paying that close attention to how Washington works,” he said. “They know there are lobbyists, special interests, gridlock; that the powerful have more influence and access than they do. And if things aren’t working, if there’s gridlock, then the only guy that they actually know is supposed to be in charge and supposed to be helping them is the President. And so the very deliberate strategy that Mitch McConnell and the Republican Party generally employed during the course of my Presidency was effective. What they understood was that, if you embraced old-fashioned dealing, trading, horse-trading, bipartisan achievement, people feel better. And, if people feel better, then they feel better about the President’s party, and the President’s party continues. And, if it feels broken, stuck, and everybody is angry, then that hurts the President or the President’s party.”" via Instapaper http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/11/28/obama-reckons-with-a-trump-presidency
instapaper  highlight 
november 2016
The myths Democrats swallowed that cost them the presidential election
Awash in false conspiracy theories, protest voters and angry non-voters put Trump in the White House.
election  politics  democrats  mythology 
november 2016
How we broke democracy
Tips for ideological isolation in social media.
facebook  social-media  advice  politics  election  things 
november 2016
Cognitive bias cheat sheet
Every cognitive bias is there for a reason --primarily to save our brains time or energy. If you look at them by the problem they’re trying to solve, it becomes a lot easier to understand why they exist, how they’re useful, and the trade-offs (and resulting mental errors) that they introduce.
cognitive  biases  brain 
october 2016
embed.js
A JavaScript plugin that analyses the string and automatically embeds emojis, media, maps, tweets, code and services. oEmbed support using Javascript.
javascript  js  library  embed 
october 2016
Coursera: Machine Learning
Machine learning is the science of getting computers to act without being explicitly programmed. In this class, you will learn about the most effective machine learning techniques, and gain practice implementing them and getting them to work for yourself.
machine-learning  tools  course  tutorial 
october 2016
Sketch-to-VR
Turn your mockups into VR using Sketch
github  sketch  vr  tools 
october 2016
Be kind
"Be kind and see the potential in people. Give them a break."
leadership  things  career  advice 
october 2016
Second presidential debate: Linguistics explains why Donald Trump sounds racist when he says "the" African Americans — Quartz
"Trump’s “the” works as a dog-whistle to those disaffected rural white voters who idolize him. “The” makes the group seem like it’s a large, uniform mass, rather than a diverse group of individuals. This is the key to “othering:” treating people from another group as less human than one’s own group." via Instapaper http://qz.com/806174/second-presidential-debate-linguistics-explains-why-donald-trump-sounds-racist-when-he-says-the-african-americans/
instapaper  highlight 
october 2016
Custom Stickers and Custom Label Printing
Get quality custom stickers and labels printed fast. Made in America. Easy ordering. Great customer service. Free Shipping. Fast Delivery. 866-774-7900
sticker  design 
october 2016
10 Tips For First-Time Supervisors
Many first-time supervisors struggle at first. And it's understandable. Here are 10 tips for first-time supervisors that will help make you successful.
management  career  work  advice 
october 2016
The question of what Donald Trump “really believes” has no answer - Vox
"So to ask whether Trump opposed the Iraq War, as though he had a considered view on the Iraq War that is subject to discovery, is a category mistake. Trump said words about the Iraq War at various points — whatever words he felt, in the moment, would project an image of power and control. When different words with different meanings felt that way, he said those words. Whatever position on the Iraq War feels that way in the future, he will adopt that one." via Instapaper http://www.vox.com/2016/9/29/13086236/trump-beliefs-category-error
instapaper  highlight 
october 2016
Stop Adopting Other People’s Anxiety
"Once a client becomes anxious, their primary goal becomes to make you anxious, because that justifies their own anxiety. So if they’re freaking out and they can get you to freak out then OMG WE SHOULD ALL BE FREAKING OUT!"
tips  advice  design 
september 2016
Authenticating your Rails app with Google
Using Google, Device, and OmniAuth to get authentication working for your Rails app.
rails  ruby  google  authentication  oauth 
september 2016
How to Write Articles and Essays Quickly and Expertly ~ Stephen Downes
"The four types of structure are: argument, explanation, definition, and description" via Instapaper http://www.downes.ca/post/38526
instapaper  highlight 
september 2016
Facebook Messenger bot
"Definitely the best Ruby client for Bots on Messenger."
facebook  github  ruby  programming  conversation-ui 
september 2016
Yosemite Poster
By Brian Steely. Hand pulled with love in the US. Printed on 140lb Muscletone Starch White French paper. 100% of the profit from your purchase will be donated directly to the National Park's Centennial Campaign and used to give the parks another spectacular century.
nps  yosemite  poster  want 
september 2016
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