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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 
9 weeks ago by robknight
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 
12 weeks ago by robknight
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 by robknight
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 by robknight
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 by robknight
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 by robknight
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 by robknight
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 by robknight
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 by robknight
10 Font pairing resources
Sites that recommend font pairings and font stacks.
font  typography  typeface  recommendation  things 
december 2016 by robknight
How we broke democracy
Tips for ideological isolation in social media.
facebook  social-media  advice  politics  election  things 
november 2016 by robknight
Be kind
"Be kind and see the potential in people. Give them a break."
leadership  things  career  advice 
october 2016 by robknight
Don't scar on the first cut
Great advice for organizations, period.
rules  advice  things  work  life  workspace 
june 2016 by robknight
Insights into managing software developers
Aimed at software development, but really this is excellent advice for anyone who manages a team. In particular, I like his point that management of software developers is not a step up from development, it's just another job that anyone may or may not be good at.
development  things  management  tips  software  career 
may 2016 by robknight
Your brain does not process information and it is not a computer
Waving goodbye to the flawed metaphor that our brains are computers, storing copies of experiences and processing information the same way every time.
psychology  computers  things  intelligence  artificial  cognitive 
may 2016 by robknight
How technology hijacks people’s minds
The kind of design essay we need more of. A tour of how technology is designed to draw you in to spending more time using technology. And some ideas for how technology could do better.
design  things  advice  essay  inspiration 
may 2016 by robknight
How typography can save your life
The implications of typographic choices in critical user interfaces. This is a must-read for designers.
things  design  typography  typeface 
may 2016 by robknight
Being A Developer After 40
Excellent career and life advice from a developer who has reached that dinosaur level of 40. I think as the field matures, so will it's workforce. There is a place for experience in this career path, and it will compliment the youthful energy that dominates start-up land today.
things  talk  advice  career  life  programming  programmer 
may 2016 by robknight
Casey Gerald: The gospel of doubt
A simply marvelous and thoughtful talk by Casey Gerald, who urges us all to question our beliefs and embrace uncertainty. There is plenty to ponder in this talk--about religion, capitalism, inequality, and empathy. I loved this talk for how uncomfortable it made me feel about some of my assumptions.
talk  speech  things  inspiration 
may 2016 by robknight
How to Explain Mansplaining
"The manologue takes many forms, but is characterized by the proffering of words not asked for, of views not solicited and of arguments unsought. It is underwritten by the doubtful assumption that the audience will naturally be interested, and that this interest will not flag. And that when it comes to speeches or commentary, longer is better."
diversity  equality  mansplaining  things  advice  life 
april 2016 by robknight
The sugar conspiracy
Exceptional article from The Guardian: In 1972, a British scientist sounded the alarm that sugar – and not fat – was the greatest danger to our health. But his findings were ridiculed and his reputation ruined. How did the world’s top nutrition scientists get it so wrong for so long?
diet  food  health  nutrition  sugar  fat  things 
april 2016 by robknight
A simple guide to color
Excellent Smashing Magazine article shows you a simple color selection workflow.
color  design  web  palette  tutorial  start-here  things 
april 2016 by robknight
The “Star Wars” kids aren’t alright
A fabulous read on the symbolism of The Force Awakens and a great take down of some of the disturbing elements of internet culture over the past couple of years.
culture  essay  society  things  social-media  leadership 
february 2016 by robknight
Why are projects always behind schedule?
"Planners tend to neglect their full experience of how much time similar tasks require, and focus on an idealized projection of how the task might go."
management  statistics  project  leadership  things 
december 2015 by robknight
Take your conscience to work
A thoughtful essay about bringing empathy and idealism to work. Offscreen magazine is one of the best magazines I've ever subscribed too. This essay makes me even more glad I support Kai and his work.
opinion  work  idealism  offscreen  writing  essay  things 
december 2015 by robknight
Forget about the mobile internet
"There is not the 'mobile internet' and the internet. Rather, if anything, it's the internet and the 'desktop internet'."
mobile  internet  things  design  research  responsive 
november 2015 by robknight
People who spend money on experiences instead of things are much happier
"We buy things to make us happy, and we succeed. But only for a while. New things are exciting to us at first, but then we adapt to them."
advice  money  things  travel 
november 2015 by robknight
Clearing your desk, clearing your mind
"Just removing stuff, ruthlessly, with no remorse, no looking back, no what-if's can sometimes be the best way to clear one's life and mind."
advice  clutter  mindfulness  things 
november 2015 by robknight
It's going to be OK
A lovely tribute to Gene Roddenberry.
things  comic  art 
november 2015 by robknight
Lightroom post-production workflow
This is an excellent description of what a photographer does after a shoot.
tutorial  photography  things 
november 2015 by robknight
Interviewing advice from Dylan Wilbanks
"I ask for frontiers because I want to know if the interviewee feels like they have more to learn. We can rest on our laurels and coast, or feel like we've "arrived." I haven't found people who think they are a "finished product" to be great hires."
advice  hiring  job-interview  things 
september 2015 by robknight
Be Unfailingly Kind
Great advice and proof once again that there is always more to learn about leadership.
things  career  advice  leadership 
august 2015 by robknight
The full stackoverflow developer
"Full Stack Overflow developers work almost entirely by copying and pasting code from Stack Overflow instead of understanding what they are doing. Instead of researching a topic, they go there first to ask a question hoping people will just give them the result."
career  programming  developer  web  development  advice  things 
july 2015 by robknight
Web Design - The First 100 Years
"Let's reclaim the web from technologists who tell us that the future they've imagined is inevitable, and that our role in it is as consumers."
article  culture  history  web  design  things  essay  airline  airplane 
july 2015 by robknight
Design machines
"For the record, I’m a strong advocate of testing, research, and using data to learn from design—in moderation, and under no illusion of scientific integrity. Unfortunately, the majority of those designing tests, interpreting statistics, doling out design criticism, and making design revisions are not exactly scientifically literate. [...] We’re merely substituting design assumptions with arguably more nefarious scientific assumptions."
design  ux  webdesign  advice  commentary  things  faq 
july 2015 by robknight
For A More Ordered Life, Organize Like A Chef
"The system that makes kitchens go is called mise-en-place, or, literally, "put in place." It's a French phrase that means to gather and arrange the ingredients and tools needed for cooking. But for many culinary professionals, the phrase connotes something deeper. Some cooks call it their religion. It helps them coordinate vast amounts of labor and material, and transforms the lives of its practitioners through focus and self-discipline."
cooking  organization  things  advice  tips 
july 2015 by robknight
What This Cruel War Was Over
"The Confederate flag is directly tied to the Confederate cause, and the Confederate cause was white supremacy. This claim is not the result of revisionism. It does not require reading between the lines. It is the plain meaning of the words of those who bore the Confederate flag across history. These words must never be forgotten."
racism  history  confederacy  flag  things 
june 2015 by robknight
Optical adjustment in visual design
A lovely introduction to making small changes in visual design to account for how we perceive the size of two objects near each other:

"The irrational mind of a human needs to decide whether something looks optically correct or not, because we can see and understand a context when a computer can’t. Understanding these subtle differences and knowing how to adjust them is what makes a good designer even better — few will notice if it has been considered, but many will notice if it hasn’t."
color  design  details  tutorial  things 
june 2015 by robknight
The only technique to learn something new
Advice for a learning things; but it also feels like advice for a rich life. A wonderful essay that encourages humbleness and passion about life and learning.
things  advice  learning  life  james-altucher 
may 2015 by robknight
Congratulations on Your Opinion
A thoughtful reminder to enjoy life, not get confused about how much your opinions matter (they mostly don't), and occasionally change your mind.
things  advice  life 
may 2015 by robknight
Be Kind
Advice for anyone who thinks being passionate about your work is a permission slip for being insensitive. An important lesson.
things  advice  career  relationships 
may 2015 by robknight
Being White Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry
You don’t have to apologize if you aren’t in the wrong—and white people, as this episode demonstrates, are never seen to be really wrong even when they clearly are.
racism  editorial  culture  things  shared 
march 2015 by robknight
The Web’s Grain by Frank Chimero
"Small individual photos were overlaid and assembled until they formed a complete picture."
art  design  web  usability  things 
march 2015 by robknight
To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This
I'd rather call this, "To really know someone, do this," because it feels like a method to understand someone more than just a technique for falling in love.
psychology  things  nytimes  relationships  love 
february 2015 by robknight
Why nerd culture must die - Pete Warden
Perfect explanation of the past and present of nerd culture, with a hopeful nod toward what can be the future: a more inclusive, accepting culture.
things  culture  essay  technology 
january 2015 by robknight
Gaining Perspective on the Other Blue Nation
Be sure to read the first link in this article before you read this. The views of officer "LC" offer a deeper understanding on the relationship between the mayor of NYC, the NYPD and the head of the police officer's union.
culture  police  nuance  nypd  things 
december 2014 by robknight
A Nation Of Echo Chambers: How The Internet Closed Off The World
Heartbreakingly accurate description of pseudo-science in 2014:

> If you are an anti-vaccine activist, you can read so much "information" supporting your position that, as far as you can tell, you are right. That's what [Rob] Schneider's talking about up there, that "get educated" business. Schneider doesn't see these beliefs as theories, or even as "beliefs:" He sees them as stone cold facts. On something about which he is so obviously wrong.
things  2014  pseudoscience  vaccine  culture  politics  shared 
december 2014 by robknight
Rational and Irrational Thought: The Thinking that IQ Tests Miss
Wonderful introduction to "dysrationalia," the inability of seemingly intelligent people to make rational decisions.
things  2014  psychology  problem-solving  mind  science  intelligence  scientific-method 
december 2014 by robknight
NYPD are the people
A lot to take in here:

> We can support the troops by honoring their sacrifice. By caring for them when they come home. Or caring for their families if they don't. But don't expect to get a pass when you break the law. Police must be held to a higher standard, because of the power we give them. Certainly not a lower one.
culture  things  police  citizens  2014  society  activism 
december 2014 by robknight
Our need for web speed: It's about neuroscience, not entitlement
Excellent article exploring the neuroscience of web page load times:

> Human beings have evolved to perform actions in beautiful, sequential flows. For hundreds of thousands of years, our day-to-day tasks — building a fire, hunting antelope, baking bread, milking a cow — have been a series of minute actions that flow more or less seamlessly into the next. This is hard-wired. It’s only in the past 40 or so years that we’ve imposed an entirely new way of processing information on our unsuspecting brains.
performance  design  things  speed  perception  neuroscience 
december 2014 by robknight
The Case for Slow Programming
"My programming style is defined by organic arcs of different sizes and timescales, Each arc starts with exploration, trial and error, hacks, and temporary variables. Basically, a good deal of scaffolding. A picture begins to take shape. Later on, I come back and dot my i’s and cross my t’s. The end of each arc is something like implementation-ready code. (“Cleaning my studio” is a necessary part of finishing the cycle). The development arc of my code contribution is synonymous with the emergence of a strategy, a design scheme, an architecture."
design  programming  software  development  career  advice  things 
december 2014 by robknight
The 5 Most Common Mistakes in Design
I love this line from Julie Zhuo:

"What can you design and build in 3 months? Small, iterative improvements. Which—don’t get me wrong—can be very positive up to a certain point (and is almost certainly the right thing to do if you’re happy with your product/feature as is and just looking to grow it). But if you want people to behave or think in a substantially different way then they do now, you probably need to alter the model of how your product works, and always looking for the quick win isn’t going to lead to the kind of broad, creative design exploration that yields those kinds of solutions."
advice  design  juliezhuo  things 
december 2014 by robknight
Ursula K Le Guin at the National Book Awards
"The profit motive often is in conflict with the aims of art. We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art--the art of words."
book  politics  publishing  art  author  quote  things 
november 2014 by robknight
How to Be Polite
"What I found most appealing was the way that the practice of etiquette let you draw a protective circle around yourself and your emotions."
etiquette  life  habits  advice  things 
august 2014 by robknight
Russell Brand Takes Down Sean Hannity For 'Childish' Segment On Gaza
Russell Brand tore into Hannity's recent segment, which was called "Sympathy For The Terrorists."
video  foxnews  politics  things 
july 2014 by robknight
The elegant art of not giving a shit
"Knowing how to not give a shit doesn’t mean you never give a shit about anything. It just means that when you give a shit, it’s voluntary. You have a reason."
behavior  health  philosophy  psychology  things  essay  advice 
july 2014 by robknight
Our ten years of creativity
"It’s a cycle, a constant cycle, through which we reinvent ourselves. Creativity isn’t like athletic ability. It doesn’t fade as we get older and our body betrays us. Instead, it is constant reinvention, constant renewal, transiting back and forth between the death and life of ideas, concepts, careers."
things  essay  pastry-box  life  creativity  skills  career 
july 2014 by robknight
Love People, Not Pleasure
A beautiful essay on happiness and the unhappiness of materialism. There is also a wonderfully-written paragraph on the futility of seeking happiness via social media.
facebook  things  essay  nytimes  happiness 
july 2014 by robknight
Steve Jobs Was an Awesome Flip-Flopper, Says Tim Cook
"He would flip on something so fast that you would forget that he was the one taking the 180 degree polar [opposite] position the day before. I saw it daily. This is a gift, because things do change, and it takes courage to change. It takes courage to say, ‘I was wrong.’ I think he had that."
timcook  apple  quote  things  inspiration  decision  technology  stevejobs 
july 2014 by robknight
The Politics of Pendulums
Wonderfully written piece about the similarity of our human interactions to swinging. I love the depthof this metaphor, while simultaneously agreeing with her disclaimer at the end. This is a piece I will come back to.
things  discourse  discussion  advice  relationship 
june 2014 by robknight
Christopher Michael-Martinez's father gets it right.
Against the backdrop of Friday's horrible tragedy, a direct and poignant call for clear speech in our political discussions. This is a breath of fresh air, taking to task all of the squishy language polticians use (and media repeat) to keep us from having honest discussions in this country.
essay  government  language  speech  things  guns  linguistics  newyorker  from:facebook 
may 2014 by robknight
Seams
"There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in." Jeremy Keith explains *exactly* why hiding the seams in technology is a bad idea. This is a response to the Chrome development feature that hid the location bar, making URLs not visible unless you clicked a button.
design  web  browser  chrome  google  things  editorial  opinion  guidance 
may 2014 by robknight
Programming Sucks
On programming: "Doing this all day leaves you in a state of mild aphasia as you look at people's faces while they're speaking and you don't know they've finished because there's no semicolon." So. Damn. True.
programming  humor  development  rant  things  via:popular 
april 2014 by robknight
An Event Apart: Understanding Web Design by Jeffrey Zeldman
"Don't wait to be invited to do your job. Arrive early and often. Push your way in to the right conversations. Volunteer. No one was every fired for taking their job seriously." Great list of things to be reminded of about our field.
lukew  zeldman  things  design  development 
april 2014 by robknight
Jorge Luis Borges: The Task of Art
“The task of art is to transform what is continuously happening to us, to transform all these things into symbols, into music, into something which can last in man's memory."
inspiration  via:austinkleon  advice  art  creativity  things 
april 2014 by robknight
Be Happier
The most comprehensive and well-researched article I've ever read on the subject of happiness. Full of excellent advice.
things  advice  fromkalin  article  psychology  research 
april 2014 by robknight
People Skills for Web Workers
"Improving our people skills will give us tools to facilitate collaboration, creating opportunities to improve our work, our organizations, and maybe even our world."
advice  things  skills  work  employment  career  life 
march 2014 by robknight
The 30 second habit with a lifelong impact
"Immediately after every lecture, meeting, or any significant experience, take 30 seconds — no more, no less — to write down the most important points. If you always do just this, said his grandfather, and even if you only do this, with no other revision, you will be okay."
productivity  inspiration  advice  things 
march 2014 by robknight
The Empathy Vacuum
"What I'm talking about here is how addictive the righteousness that comes from that condemnation is, and how we will apparently turn to any source we can find for it -- even when that source is not evil or harmful or part of any world we exist in or understand."
empathy  essay  kindness  internet  culture  things  behavior  respect 
february 2014 by robknight
Designed By Apple
Fantastically simple video from WWDC 2013 that puts into words Apple's core values and design philosophy. A good thing to watch before starting a project.
things  video  Apple  inspiration  design  philosophy  youtube 
february 2014 by robknight
The Mindful Workspace
One of my favorite quotes about the workplace, ever: "Anxiety eats up cognitive bandwidth. It encourages concrete rather than abstract thinking, which compromises people’s creative problem-solving capacity. If you reduce anxiety, you get the productivity and creativity without the crazy hours. Mindfulness also reduces interpersonal anxiety. This frees people up to be better colleagues and collaborators."
culture  workplace  office  employment  things 
february 2014 by robknight
Raw materials
A great essay on how complicated it can be to put your own history into written words. Where do you take liberties and where do you just lay it all out there? The answers are probably more easy if you've had an easy existence, and get exponentially more difficult when your childhood memories are darker than most.
essay  life  writing  thoughts  things 
february 2014 by robknight
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