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Student Debt Is Dragging A Whole Generation Down
“I am so far in debt that will never go away,” she told me, “and all those things people do in life — marriage, travel, homes, a career, not living with your elderly mom who you don’t get along with in a one-bedroom apartment, not being scared all the time — will never come my way. I miss insurance. I have been to the dentist once in 15 years. I’m pretty sure that if I ever get diagnosed with cancer, I’ll just let it take me. What could I do? I couldn’t afford to fight it.”
debt  highered  college  millenials  education  class  money 
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Theresa May crying on that podium is yet another case of oppressive white women weaponising their tears to mask the…
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Twitter is designed to make mobs and then monetize them. That is, quite literally, its purpose.

Anyone engaging i…
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The complexity of the formal place setting and its various eating utensils was designed to keep "certain people" ou…
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Really the need for RSS is that lately I feel like I have to learn an entirely new user interface every single time…
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borked font cache turned my computer into a Mario level. I'm for it.
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One under-appreciated (I think) aspect of RSS is that it's great for building interesting stuff with info from othe…
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39-year-old with 9 direct reports at a big company: Engineering Manager

22-year-old with no direct reports at a st…
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Ashamed to admit that Keri Russell as an art deco Boba Fett named Bliss is extremely doing it for me.
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I've heard the 2015 MacBook Pro was the last good laptop Apple made.

We're upgrading our laptops in t…
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If you can’t see that capacity and ability are fundamental, bedrock *concepts* that organize human worth in contemp…
may 2019
When building new products goes wrong | Dropbox Design
1/ A thought about

The intro para is: "Raise your hand if you’ve ever worked on a project…
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1/ A thought about

The intro para is: "Raise your hand if you’ve ever worked on a project…
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I love my city.
may 2019
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If you want more space-related animal stories, please enjoy Nalla the Persuader (YES, REALLY), a peregrine falcon w…
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We know this but sometimes it helps to see how intentionally it's laid out.
may 2019
Folder Market
Publish and archive, or sell things from a Dropbox folder-driven service

See also smallvictori.es
dropbox  tools  archive  flatfilecms  cms 
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And then I wondered... what’s the use of being a knight if you don’t have a man to make your bed go bump in the nig…
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Can’t believe the last episode of Game of Thrones turned into a Pastoral Search Committee, but they ended up giving…
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Last week I sat for an internal interview about my career progression to high level IC engineer, with a focus on ho…
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apparently THIS is the only thing GOT has done right this season >>>>>>>
may 2019
Reference and shot comparison on Vimeo
Some behind the scenes video from Emma Shih an animator on SpiderVerse, focusing on Peter Parker’s expressions
by:emmashih  animation  video  process  spiderman  spiderman:intothespiderverse  film  filmmaking  asianamerica 
may 2019
Matt Klein on Twitter: "Last week I sat for an internal interview about my career progression to high level IC engineer, with a focus on how I've never felt I needed to become a manager to gain influence. I thought I would share some of my career advice f
Last week I sat for an internal interview about my career progression to high level IC engineer, with a focus on how I've never felt I needed to become a manager to gain influence. I thought I would share some of my career advice for aspiring IC "lifers." Thread!

When asked for IC career advice the first thing I always say is: YOU grow your career and influence. Not management, not the company, YOU. This means constantly advocating for ways to grow: subjects to learn, projects with increased scope, and sometimes new teams or companies.

This also means "managing up" is critical. Don't assume your manager is acting in your best interest. Hopefully they are (when your interests *and theirs* align), but sometimes they aren't, and it's important to recognize that early and correct it, or eject if it's not fixable.

The job market for engineers has never been better. DO stay in a job if you are growing, learning, increasing your scope, and generally happy.

Do NOT stay in a job solely to get a promotion or more money, or if you are hungry for more growth, but finding it difficult to carve out opportunities. In these cases, consider switching jobs as a way to fast track your growth with less politics.

Speaking of promotions, the last time I got one was back in my early 20s. I have never seen a promotion process that is not subjective, political, and biased (I say this as a privileged white male, I shudder to think how others fare).

If you are growing in your abilities and generally happy at a job, and a promotion is a side effect, that's great. If your growth is stalled, consider switching jobs, and you will very likely get a promotion and more money, with less political heartache.

I recognize that not everyone can easily move jobs whether due to finances, visas, health, family, etc. and that it's a privilege to be able to do so. If you do have the ability, it provides a significant amount of flexibility and leverage to keep your career growing.

At higher IC levels, you will generally need to choose between focusing on "breadth" versus "depth." Breadth means having wide influence over the technical direction of a business. This typically requires staying at a company for a long time to build context/relationships.

Depth means working towards becoming an industry expert in a specialized field. I have chosen to become a depth IC. It's what I enjoy and I also think it allows for more job flexibility and leverage per above.

Finally, I will reiterate how critical networking and building relationships on the job is. Every job I have moved to (save 1) has been via previous colleagues. Finding people you like working with and for, and moving through the industry with them can be a great growth tactic.

Let's come back to the original subject of the interview which was influence as an IC vs manager. Influence is poorly defined, and situationally dependent, but to me it boils down to scope of impact.

At the highest levels, having large impact as an IC universally requires excellent technical and communication skills. Breadth ICs achieve large impact via cross org relationship building and technical leadership based on intimate knowledge of a business.

Depth ICs achieve large impact via company or industry leadership in a specialized field, therein advancing the state of the art, and having wide impact via novel technological outcomes.

^ requires finding the right opportunity that lets you visibly demonstrate your technical prowess to a wide audience. Determination and job switching if necessary helps, but luck is also a factor (i.e. I was in the right place at the right time with Envoy and executed well).

One last thing: don't let anyone tell you that the tech/engineering is the easy part. It's not. It's hard. Soft skills are also hard. It's ALL hard, and both are required to succeed.

In summary: focus on personal growth, learning, and relationships. Advocate for yourself relentlessly. Think about impact via breadth versus depth. Stay an IC If you like it. If switching teams or jobs helps realize your goals, and you have the ability to do so, make the leap.

P.S. It seems that "IC" is not a common term everywhere. It means individual contributor. Someone who has no direct reports and is not a people manager.
career  techculture  management  leadership  interview  via:polotek  by:mattklein  twitterthread 
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no matter how many times it happens, I'm always surprised by the way my heart starts pounding when I see asian wome…
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400 students had a debt of $40 million! I repeat 400 students had a debt of $40 million. The bigger conversation th…
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Christian Pastor Dave Barnhart on Roe v Wade.

This is really excellent.
may 2019
Untitled (https://www.facebook.com/unsupportedbrowser?_rdr)
Christian Pastor Dave Barnhart on Roe v Wade.

This is really excellent.
may 2019
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Emma Shih, a great subtle & comedic animator on , shared some of the video reference that she shot. Suc…
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Big Bang Theory is over? THANK GOD. What a flaming pile of garbage. Science isn’t for “nerds”. Taking care of yours…
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It is shocking how often startups fail because of the personality flaws and deep seated childhood traumas of their…
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Also: it’s cool we’re all talking about burnout, but let’s curb some of the personal responsibility? Burn out is al…
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Extending the metaphor: marathoners train and run differently. You don’t get a marathon’s 42k distance by running i…
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Are there any studies showing web performance improvements yielding revenue increases *outside the context of e-com…
may 2019
thirstorian 💦 📜 on Twitter: "I welcome @Cambridge_Uni's decision to investigate how it has profited from slavery. As a word of warning, let me share what happened when I got involved in a similar process at an Oxford college: a thread 1/10"
I welcome @Cambridge_Uni's decision to investigate how it has profited from slavery. As a word of warning, let me share what happened when I got involved in a similar process at an Oxford college: a thread 1/10
highered  england  history  colonialism  twitterthread 
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Reductress is PISSED and I am living for it.
may 2019
Accessibility Statements Show Commitment to all Site Users – Law Office of Lainey Feingold
I keep track of accessibility statements here: . If you send me others I’ll post them. (And…
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I keep track of accessibility statements here: . If you send me others I’ll post them. (And…
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On my mind: If design sprints are sprints, they should be short durations of heightened activity at a faster-than-n…
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It is pure privilege that allows you to believe that you can “love” a group of people while speaking, acting, and v…
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💸 Cost of updating text in the DOM: 2019 Edition

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What burnout feels like, and what's fueling it - The Commons
god this is way too real and more people need to talk about this
may 2019
The most disruptive office distractions, ranked — Quartz at Work
In a survey commissioned by office-equipment maker Poly and conducted by research firm Future Workplace, 76% of respondents said a co-worker talking loudly on the phone created a moderate, high, or very high level of distraction for them while at work in their primary workspace, making it the most commonly cited disruption in the survey. Noise from a co-worker talking nearby was cited by 65% of respondents.
teamwork  office  openoffice  distraction 
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the GOATs and going back and forth over who made the best beats 🐐🐐
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anyways a small thing you can do to fight the structural systems is choose to read all the incredible books by peop…
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I feel like we haven't had one of these epic meltdowns from a male writer who thinks because he writes a lot = he's…
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The National Immigration Law Center just published this report for how to respond to mass workplace raids (and to a…
may 2019
Untitled (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jA1Q94d2z10&feature=youtu.be)
My talk from The Lead Dev NYC is up. Turns out lots of people want to talk about career ladders.
may 2019
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