Uncomfortable realities & #yesallwomen

The women I know, by and large, work in tech. They’re your designer, your developer, your content strategist, your user researcher. They’re our authors. And more often than any of us wants to believe, they’re getting groped at tech meetups. They’re receiving death and rape threats for speaking at a conference. Their bodies are being made the targets of office jokes.

via We Have Work to Do: #yesallwomen and the Web ∙ An A List Apart Blog Post.

False Starts: What’s rewarded is repeated.

For some, they don’t know any better – such is the nature of experience, right? For others, they don’t care – if it’s true that “what’s rewarded is repeated” and someone is able to turn a profit off of creating crappy products, then what’s the incentive to spend more time becoming a better developer when you continue to do the same thing and make a profit?

via WordPress at the Risk of First Impressions | Tom McFarlin.

Desiccated little husks of technocratic meaningese.

The New Oxford American dictionary, by the way, is not like singularly bad. Google’s dictionary, the modern Merriam-Webster, the dictionary at dictionary.com: they’re all like this. They’re all a chore to read. There’s no play, no delight in the language. The definitions are these desiccated little husks of technocratic meaningese, as if a word were no more than its coordinates in semantic space.

via You’re probably using the wrong dictionary « the jsomers.net blog.