Dear reader,

A caveat.

Everything posted here is worth thinking about. On the other hand, the ideas and opinions put forth may not be right.

Curated and annotated by Timoni West.

July 21st, 2014
Generally, it’s not the people at the working level you need to worry about. It’s the senior officials, it’s the policymakers who are shielded from accountability, who are shielded from oversight and who are allowed to make decisions that affect all of our lives without any public input, any public debate, or any electoral consequences because their decisions and the consequences of the decisions are never known.
July 11th, 2014
The reason for saying we need to do ‘an exceptional, near-perfect job of execution’ is this: When you want something really bad, you will put up with a lot of flaws. But if you do not yet know you want something, your tolerance will be much lower. That’s why it is especially important for us to build a beautiful, elegant and considerate piece of software. Every bit of grace, refinement, and thoughtfulness on our part will pull people along. Every petty irritation will stop them and give the impression that it is not worth it.

Just re-reading Stewart Butterfield’s We Don’t Sell Saddles Here for about the tenth time. This point is so, so true.

July 8th, 2014

Party on, pineapple (at castille jezaväst)

July 2nd, 2014

The Ping-Pong Theory of Tech Sexism, by Ariel Schrag.

This interview is the best reflection I’ve read of how I feel being a woman in the tech industry. I get more respect than a lot of my female coworkers, being on the product side and somewhat technically aware, but I don’t get guy-level respect. My ideas are routinely ignored, or ascribed to other male coworkers.

I know my coworkers aren’t consciously doing this. Calling them out on it is, for the most part, pointless: it will be seen as irrational, overly sensitive, or aggressive. And yet, when I talk to other women, we do generally feel like our expertise isn’t valued, that we have to justify our arguments beyond reason, and that our challenges are simply ignored. It may not be sexism: we may really all just be worse at our jobs. But I doubt it.

So I like the approach this interview takes. No judgements, no sense that men are consciously to blame, just a clear, honest description of how things have been for this particular women during her career.

Addendum: After some reflection, I realized that these experiences aren’t true of my design colleagues; I’ve had uniformly great working experiences with all of them, male or female.

June 29th, 2014

"Maleficent" custom Fatima by Leecifer for Dragatomi’s "Tales" show 08/11/2012, via SpankyStokes.com

June 27th, 2014
June 19th, 2014
Cooking is not for people who simply “want to cook” - you can do that on your own. Cooking is something for people who have mental problems, social problems, legal troubles, or any combination of the aforementioned. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, we’ve got a spot for you. If you’re a perfectionist who hates people? Come on in. If you despise bullshit that exists in most other working environments, give it a try. If you just like cooking, then think long and hard - it’s secondary to many other things that make a good cook, well, good.

cool_hand_luke, responding to I’ve always wanted to cook, but…, on Reddit.

June 18th, 2014
The last few minutes of the episode were so intense—one moment the show was proceeding along as normal, and the next I was being shoved into the backseat of a police car and driven to a detainment facility. I just sat there completely stunned for a few minutes, trying to process what had happened. That’s classic Game Of Thrones, though: no one’s safe.
June 5th, 2014

Nancy and Ann Wilson in Central Park in the seventies (via Painless Panache)

May 29th, 2014

Andrew Davidson’s hand engraved Harry Potter covers for Bloomsbury (in collaberation with Webb & Webb. (via Creative Review)

La Danse Macabre, by Alfred Rethel (via ArtExpertsWebsite)

Castle matt painting from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, via Animation Treasures.

Untitlted by Beksiński, 1978, via Surrealist Sunday | Something’s Out There)

Images from La Danse Macabre by Rene Georges Hermann-Paul, 1919. (via 50 Watts)