What will the world miss if you don’t tell your story? - Donald Miller
Becoming is a collection of challenges to greater personal growth that I need to hear.. and perhaps you as well.
If you want people to really know you, weekly meetings don’t cut it. You need deep dives with them in high-intensity situations. When I talked with a crew of astronauts who went to the International Space Station together, I found out that NASA prepared them by sending them into the wilderness for 11 days together. Their guides promptly let them get lost, and they said they came out of that experience knowing each other better than colleagues they’d worked with for years. At Morning Star, a leading tomato-paste plant that has operated successfully for decades without a single boss, I was stunned to discover that the founder often interviews job applicants at their own homes for three to five hours.
Adam Grant writing in The Atlantic
When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other. - Eric Hoffer
An appeal to authority is a false claim that something must be true because an authority on the subject believes it to be true. It is possible for an expert to be wrong, we need to understand their reasoning or research before we appeal to their findings. In a design meeting you might hear something like this:
“Amazon is a successful website. Amazon has orange buttons. So orange buttons are the best.”
Feel free to switch out ‘Amazon’ and ‘orange buttons’ for anything you want; you get an equally week argument. We could argue back that Amazon is surviving on past success and that larger company are often hard to innovate so shouldn’t be used as a design influence. We could point out that Jeff Bezos has a reputation for micro-managing and ignoring the evidence provided by usability experts he has hired. As a result, we could point out that Amazon is possibly successful in spite of its design not because of it. But the words ‘often’, ‘reputation’ and ‘possibly’ make all these arguments equally week and full of fallacies.
When we counter any logical fallacy, we want to do it as cleanly as possible. In the above example, we only need to point out that many successful websites don’t have orange buttons and many unsuccessful sites do have orange buttons. Then we can move away from the matter entirely unless there is some research or reason available to explain the authorities decision.
Rob Sutcliffe writing in Prototypr
When we see a natural style, we are astonished and charmed; for we expected to see an author, and we find a person. -Blaise Pascal
One Way to Fight Digital Distraction Chronicle of Higher Ed
Gmail.com redesign includes self-destructing emails Ars Technica
Facebook Crossed The Creepy Line And Can’t Go Back BuzzFeed News
The State of Video in 2018 Story Hunter
5 Media Publishers to Watch in 2018 Story Hunter
US says Russia targets internet routers for espionage Associated Press
Why Modern Newsrooms Should Mind the Generational Gap Hollywood Reporter
The crisis in journalism has become a crisis of democracy Washington Post
The end of investigative journalism? Not yet Columbia Journalism Review
Headlines editors probably wish they could take back Columbia Journalism Review
Pulitzer Prize Winners Associated Press
***THE BUSINESS OF JOURNALISM
Journalism can profit from the nonprofit model OC Register
It Matters a Lot Who Teaches Introductory Courses: Here's Why Chronicle of Higher Ed
The bots beat: How not to get punked by automation Columbia Journalism Review
Can “Extreme Transparency” Fight Fake News and Create More Trust With Readers? Harvard’s Nieman Reports
***BIG DATA & AI
***CODING & HTML
Best coding games and toys for kids 2018 Tech Advisor
***ART & DESIGN
Helvetica Is Now An Encryption Device Fast Company
Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer Prize New York Times
***THE BUSINESS OF MEDIA
The Search for Unintended Consequences Becoming (my blog)
***WRITING & READING
Did the CIA fund creative writing in America? Chronicle of Higher Ed
Much Ado About ‘Ado’ Chronicle of Higher Ed
Disappearing Languages Interactive
A poetry professor Deals with a Racial Slur Washington Post
***RACE & ETHNICITY ISSUES
Please Don’t Answer This 2020 Census Survey The New Yorker
Most College Presidents Worry That Speech Issues Could Trigger Violence Chronicle of Higher Ed
***RELIGION IN COURT
Houston Megachurch Pastor Pleading Not Guilty To Fraud Charges Houston Public Media
***RELIGION & BOOKS
Tyndale Sued by Boy Who Didn’t Come Back from Heaven Christianity Today
Jimmy Carter, 93, talks about his new book: ‘Faith’ Religious News Service
***RELIGION AND POLITICS
California Bill would Outlaw Gay Conversion ‘Therapy’ San Jose Inside
Colombia’s Next President Could Be an Evangelical Woman Christianity Today
Legal Analysis: Getting the numbers on college censorship Student Press Law Center
Liberty president censors student newspaper over critics Richmond Free Press
University of Toledo newspaper in danger of closing Toledo Blade
***SEXUAL HARASSMENT & ASSAULT
Did These Women See #MeToo Coming New York Times
The States Where People Die Young The Atlantic
***FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS
It Takes 90 Hours to Make a New Friend Life Hacker
California museum exhibit of awkward family photos Awkward Family Photos
Lights, cameras, science: Using video to engage broader audiences The Research Whisperer
Physicists set new record for quantum entanglement Univeristat Unnsbruck
10 Hidden URLs to Help You Rule the Web Field Guide
The ethics of scientific publishing Chemistry World
***HUMANITIES & STEM
Can tech save the humanities? Boston Globe
Dear Humanities Profs: We Are the Problem Chronicle of Higher Ed
Are 'Learning Styles' Real? The Atlantic
How Much Did Professors Earn This Year? Barely Enough to Beat Inflation Chronicle of Higher Ed
Student Loan Reform (opinion) New York Times
More colleges are saying yes to dogs and cats in dorms Washington Post
First-generation students are disproportionately more unlikely to finish college National Center for Education Statistics
Millennials are the largest generation in the U.S. labor force Pew Research Center
Duke protesters disrupt president's speech to alumni News Observer
Any idiot can build a system. Any amateur can make it perform. Professionals think about how a system will fail. It’s very common for people to think about how a system will work if it is used the way they imagine. But they don’t think about how that system might work if it were used by a bad actor or a perfectly ordinary person who is just a little different from what the person designing it is like.
Companies need to be thinking about how each product could actually be used in the real world. If you build a product that works great for men and is going to lead to harassment of women, you have a problem. If you build a product that makes everyone’s address books 5 percent more efficient and then gets three people killed because it their personal information to their stalkers, that’s a problem.
What you need is a very diverse working group that can recognize a wide range of problems, that knows which questions to ask and has support inside the company and in the broader community to surface these issues and make sure they are taken seriously. If they’re in there from day one it makes a huge difference.
Former Google engineer Yonatan Zunger in an interview with NPR
When failure becomes invisible, the difference between failure and success may also become invisible. David McRaney
What is love? Tell me through the story of your life. –Krista Tippett
Only about 15% of programmers work at startups, and in many big tech companies, most of the staff aren’t even programmers anyway. So the focus on defining tech by the habits or culture of programmers that work at big-name startups deeply distorts the way that tech is seen in society. Instead, we should consider that the majority of people who create technology work in organizations or institutions that we don’t think of as “tech” at all.
What’s more, there are lots of independent tech companies — little indie shops or mom-and-pop businesses that make websites, apps, or custom software, and a lot of the most talented programmers prefer the culture or challenges of those organizations over the more famous tech titans. We shouldn’t erase the fact that startups are only a tiny part of tech, and we shouldn’t let the extreme culture of many startups distort the way we think about technology overall.
Anil Dash writing in Medium
What interests of your adversary overlap with your own? Expand the pie before you divide it.
In college and graduate school, I studied cognitive science, philosophy, and politics. I formed a conviction that I wanted to try to change the world for the better. Initially, my plan was to be an academic and public intellectual. At the time, I got bored easily (still do), which made me distractible and not great at making the trains run on time. Academia seemed like an environment that would keep me perpetually stimulated as I would think and write on the value of compassion, self-development, and the pursuit of wisdom. I would hopefully inspire others to implement these ideas to form a nobler society.
But graduate school, while stimulating, turned out to be grounded in a culture and incentive scheme that promoted hyperspecialization; I discovered that academics end up writing for a scholarly elite of typically about fifty people. It turned out there was not much support for academics who would attempt to spread ideas to the masses. So my aspiration to have a broad impact on potentially millions of people clashed with the market realities of academia.
I adopted my career orientation. My new aim was to try to promote the workings of a good society via entrepreneurship and technology.
Reid Hoffman (co-founder of LinkedIn) and Ben Casnocha, The Start-up of You
We set up harsh and unkind rules against ourselves. No one is born without faults. –Homer
How Twitter Bots Help Fuel Political Feuds Scientific American
Zuckerberg is Getting training on how to testify before Congress The New York Times
You Are The Media You Eat Medium
US suspects cellphone spying devices in DC Associated Press
***BIG DATA & AI
Some data sets for teaching data science Simply Statistics
Homeland Security to Compile Database of Journalists, Bloggers Big Law Business
Push Notifications at the NYT New York Times
How Trump thrives in ‘news deserts’ POLITICO
***JOURNALISM & TECHNOLOGY
Twitter, Facebook, Slack: Using Every Tool to Hear What Readers Think The New York Times
***JOURNALISM & SINCLAIR
KVAL co-anchors refuse to read controversial script Register Guard
SPJ disappointed by Sinclair chairman's comments about print journalists Society of Professional Journalists
***THE BUSINESS OF JOURNALISM
Tariffs on Canadian Newsprint threatens American Newspapers (opinion) Chronicle of Higher Ed
The Era of Fake Video Begins The Atlantic
‘It Has to Be Perfect’: Putting Out a Yearbook After the Parkland Shooting The New York Times
SMU to take control of student newspaper Dallas News
Sharing photos may subtly change how we remember Becoming (my blog)
The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to Death The New Yorker
***WRITING & READING
Expand Your Writing Potential with a Smart Notebook and Pen Chronicle of Higher Ed
Trendy Suffixes, for Fun and Profit Chronicle of Higher Ed
The ‘g’ in Google’s Old Logo Is Really Weird The Atlantic
Think You Know a Word’s Origin? Think Again Chronicle of Higher Ed
Copy Editing and Proofreading a Book: It Takes a Village Chronicle of Higher Ed
25 Amazing Books by Women You Need to Read Mental Floss
Why the literature of antiquity still matters Washington Post
Women file to run for US House seats in record numbers Associated Press
Men are Concerned about what #MeToo is doing to men at work Washington Post
***RACE & ETHNICITY ISSUES
On Being Excluded: Testimonies by People of Color in Scholarly Publishing The Scholarly Kitchen
Textbook Racism: How scholars sustained white supremacy Chronicle of Higher Ed
Has This Man Sued You? A "Copyright Troll" Takes on Hollywood Hollywood Reporter
Music Copyright After 'Blurred Lines': Experts Speak Out Rolling Stone
Judge Judy's $47 Million Salary Isn't Too Much, Rules Real Judge Hollywood Reporter
Can religion solve El Salvador’s gang problem? 1843 magazine
Christian women in the U.S. more religious than their male counterparts Pew Research Center
Billy Graham's regrets, in his own words Christianity Today
***ART & DESIGN
Why is the Drinking Age 21? Mental Floss
Fighting Bacterial Infection With…Viruses? Daily Jstor
Food allergy is linked to skin exposure and genetics Northwestern University
There’s no such thing as an ‘opioid-addicted’ newborn Washington Post
The Psychology Behind False Confessions Daily Jstor
Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit New York Times
Frog and Toad Attend a Philosophy Class Daily Jstor
The Scientific Paper Is Obsolete. Here's What's Next The Atlantic
Trump’s Man on Campus POLITICO
***CAMPUS & CRIME
‘Gay on God’s Campus’ Inside Higher Ed
Adjunct Faculty Stage Walkout at Jesuit University Washington Post
***SEXUAL HARASSMENT & ASSAULT
News women blacklisted after speaking out about sexual harassment Columbia Journalist Review
Piano Students at Utah State U. Endured Humiliation and Sexual Harassment, Report Says Chronicle of Higher Ed
A Candid Legal Debate on Hollywood and #MeToo: "Did the Law Fail Us?" Hollywood Reporter
Why Colleges Shouldn’t Be Handling Sexual-Assault Complaints Chronicle of Higher Ed
Vonda dyer's statement re: Chicago tribune and bill hybels Vonda Dyer’s Blog
Departure of MassArt Professor Saul Levine Raises Academic Freedom Concerns National Coalition Against Censorship
When we’re hunting for the perfect Instagram shot, we’re not listening, we’re not smelling, we’re not always paying attention to the beautiful, complex minutiae that make up the moment.
Powerful experiences in the real world are immersive and often engage all the senses. On your last vacation, can you remember what the wind felt like on your back? Do you remember what was going on internally: Were you thrilled, excited, or scared? When you look back on the Instagram photos from the trip, will you remember what a dinner tasted like, or just that it was pretty?
Brian Resnick writing in Vox
What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility. Tolstoy
If I were feeling really anxious what would I do? If we would pick up the phone and call six friends, one after another, with the aim of hearing their voices and reassuring ourselves that they still love us, we’re operating hierarchically. We’re seeking the good opinion of others.
Here’s another test. Of any activity you do, ask yourself: If I were the last person on earth, would I still do it? If you are alone on a planet a hierarchical structure makes no sense. There’s no one to impress. So, if you’d still pursue that activity, congratulations.
If Arnold Schwarzenegger were the last man on earth, he’d still go to the gym. Stevie Wonder would still pound the piano. The sustenance they get comes from the act itself, not from the impression it makes on others.
Now: What about ourselves as artists?
If we were freaked out, would we go there first? If we were the last person on earth, would we still show up at the studio, the rehearsal hall, the laboratory?
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him. -Victor Frankl
When people show you who they are, believe them. -Maya Angelou
We think in generalities but live in detail. – Alfred North Whitehead