Bookmarks – It's a note card world, we just live in it

Adama’s rule, AI arms race, and a topless Chris Pine (we hope).

So, earlier this year, I opened up a fresh pack of DotDash cards from my pals a Nock and wrote down all the ideas and topics for the course. Putting only one idea, topic, assignment, or lesson per notecard. Then I laid everything out to survey what was there.

Being able to see it all visually like this proved to be immensely helpful. I could quickly move stuff around and get an idea for the overall flow of the course.

Behind The Scenes of The Focus Course: Outlining, Architecting, and Writing by Shawn Blanc (790 words).

I’ve been testing this over the summer—using note cards and pen-and-paper notebooks to organise my work.

Not because analog has some sort of inherent advantage or anything. Merely that sometimes when you feel stuck, changing your methodology is enough to unstick you.

Worked for me, at least.

It is scary, but it isn’t anything new. And it’s why I recoil from men who are extremely keen to tell me exactly how Feminist they are. Besides the fact that I am personally put off by lifestyle activism and Feminism-As-Identity when it comes to any person (I don’t care about the talk much at all, let’s see that walk though), in my experience, the men who yell the loudest about how much they care about my liberation are statistically more likely to be abusive on a personal level.

why i don’t trust Feminist Men/problems with progressive rhetoric by (718 words).

And then there’s journalism, where reporters come out with shocking and surprising stories every day, and no one ever gets to reanalyze the underlying reporting. Think of all the people who end up not being quoted at all, or who are only quoted anonymously, and remember that in journalism, what you leave out can be much more important than what you put in. (That’s Bernstein’s main charge against the NYT’s nail-salon story: that the paper was highly selective about what it published, and that while certain things in the story might have been narrowly true, the story as a whole was not the whole truth.) Journalists know full well how deeply wrong journalism can be and often is, but we try to put that out of our minds. There’s even a name for that self-deception: the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect.

Why you can’t trust journalism by Felix Salmon (2207 words).

We’re pushing the web forward to emulate native more and more, but we can’t out-native native. We are weighed down by the millstone of an ever-expanding set of tools that polyfill everything we don’t understand — and that’s most of a browser’s features nowadays. This is not the future that I want to push the web forward to.

Therefore I call for a moratorium on new browser features of about a year. Let’s postpone all completely new features that as of right now don’t yet work in any browser.

Stop pushing the web forward by (1842 words).

While I do think that the only real way to fix things is a re-architecturing from ground up (possibly even forking web apps into a completely separate platform) this would give web practitioners (devs, browser vendors, documenation writers, etc.) much needed breathing room.

At the end of the day, it sucks that the Play Nice system didn’t pan out as well as Strange Flavour had hoped, but it provides a valuable lesson for developers working inside the wild world of the App Store: The vocal minority of people who don’t like common IAP models isn’t a super-viable customer base to build your studio around.

Strange Flavour Ditching Their “Play Nice” IAP System, Returning to Paid Games by Author Eli Hodapp (510 words).

My boss had a talk with this “comic book legend” and defended me. My boss told him: do not make my employees feel uncomfortable, that is unacceptable. Then “comic book legend” immediately called DC President Paul Levitz to have me fired from my job. No exaggeration: literally, he called the President of my company to have me fired. He referenced some small edit in his story (like, punctuation or changing a verb), and how it was part of a “conspiracy” by me personally to humiliate him. “You must fire this impudent woman at once.” 

Now: I didn’t get fired. And I was believed and defended by my boss. But this anecdote illustrates a couple of things that I think is germane to this conversation about Bill Cosby:

“Why did they go to his hotel room?” by (908 words).