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Dr. Steven W. Thrasher on Twitter: "I find it wildly confusing that 18-year-olds—who can vote, who can be sentenced to death if they commit certain crimes, who can be sent off to war to die—are legally tied to their parents in an infantilizing manner
I find it wildly confusing that 18-year-olds—who can vote, who can be sentenced to death if they commit certain crimes, who can be sent off to war to die—are legally tied to their parents in an infantilizing manner to get health insurance or qualify for student aid. It’s—weird.
The family functions in neoliberal society as a site for the state to offset economic liabilities onto. An 18 yr old who can be conscripted as a soldier deserves Medicare. What neoliberalism grants is private insurance from parents (IF they have parents (if THEY have insurance))

An unfortunate turn in Gay Inc politics was a move from desiring healthcare for all (to free all from hetero/sexism), which was replaced by the “targeted” (@pocojump) goal of expanded health insurance thru same sex marriage. David Eng calls this a kind of trickle down economics.
Adrianne Rich wrote of “compulsory heterosexuality.” When Mayor Pete calls for access to higher ed to be determined for *legal adults* by their parents, I think this is a kind of compulsory heterosexism as well, and a kind of compulsory infantilization.

By demanding LGBTQ young adults specifically (& young adults in general) be bound to their parents’ earnings WHICH THEY DON’T CONTROL to receive public education past age 18, Mayor Pete is using the family as a locus of social control in the most cynical, conservative way.

To say young legal adults must go through their parents to access healthcare or education allows their parents to hold biopower over the lives of adults. Medicare for all or free college for all would grant much more freedom to 18 year olds. But when they must go to their folks->
as legal adults who are basically hostages for the means of life itself, their parents can wield homophobia over them. Demand their trans “adult children” not get hormones or gender affirming surgery. Deny birth control. Wield stigma.

It’s not good, and it makes no legal sense.
No wonder old Dems like the youngest candidate (Pete) & young Dems like the oldest (Bernie):

Pete is trying to reinforce the existing, conservative social order.

Bernie is offering something akin to queer liberation by way of liberated access to learning & health.
politics  berniesanders  healthcare  children  neoliberalism  marriage  twitterthread  by:stevenwthrasher  via:rogre 
7 weeks ago by dirtystylus
Ryan Florence on Twitter: "There’s a chance I believe client side routing on the web is usually not preferred. Which is ironic. Might be best for screens where the majority of the UI persists, which is the edge case. Browsers handle page transitions rea
I’ve personally had ambitious goals, and but the SPA’s I use that are written in react+react router and similar client routed frameworks are delivering a worse experience than if they had just server rendered + mounted a single feature app at that route.
twitterthread  motiondesign  animation  reactjs  webvsnative  transitions 
october 2019 by dirtystylus
Marco Rogers on Twitter: "The javascript community fought hard for the fat arrow syntax, () => {}. It’s shorter for sure. But way more annoying to type on a regular basis than function() {}. And that is the folly of programmer culture IMO. Constantly op
The javascript community fought hard for the fat arrow syntax, () => {}.

It’s shorter for sure. But way more annoying to type on a regular basis than function() {}.

And that is the folly of programmer culture IMO. Constantly optimizing the wrong things for the wrong reasons.
complexity  codestyle  programming  by:marcorogers  twitterthread 
october 2019 by dirtystylus
Marco Rogers on Twitter: "Humans are conditioned to operate from a place of scarcity and fear. Under a capitalistic society, the amount of money you can personally lay claim to translates directly to your ability to meet basic needs for yourself and your
Humans are conditioned to operate from a place of scarcity and fear. Under a capitalistic society, the amount of money you can personally lay claim to translates directly to your ability to meet basic needs for yourself and your family. Money is life.
twitterthread  by:marcorogers  via:marcdrummond  capitalism  wealth  taxes  unitedstates  whiteness 
september 2019 by dirtystylus
stacy-marie ishmael on Twitter: "I’ve spent a lot of time — in fact my entire career and the whole of undergrad — in spaces dominated by people so wealthy that they have never had to check a bank balance for any reason. This perspective, or lack of
I’ve spent a lot of time — in fact my entire career and the whole of undergrad — in spaces dominated by people so wealthy that they have never had to check a bank balance for any reason. This perspective, or lack of it, determines how you think about people who “need money”.
wealth  privilege  career  techculture  twitterthread  by:stacymarieishmael 
september 2019 by dirtystylus
Mekka Okereke on Twitter: "If you: 1. Work at a company that has written performance reviews 2. Care about making that review process as equitable as possible 3. Manage people Here's a free tip for you, in the area of language used in reviews..."
If you:
1. Work at a company that has written performance reviews
2. Care about making that review process as equitable as possible
3. Manage people

Here's a free tip for you, in the area of language used in reviews...
Imagine collecting all of the text used in upcoming performance reviews, for everyone on your team. All peer feedback, your assessment, everything.

Then imagine creating a map of word frequencies used, for each person on your team.
If N counts make sense, and you have folks' permission, imagine inspecting frequency maps sliced by different interesting dimensions.

What are the dude-iest words?

What are the blackest words?

Is the language used to describe the work of various cohorts... different?
More importantly, do you want the same language to be used to describe the same work?

This isn't about trying to change your worldview. This is about *you* confirming to *yourself* that the world on your team really is as you want it to be.
One level deeper...

Imagine making a similar map for feedback that *you* have given to your peers.

Do you describe the work of your peers differently based on their cohort? Again, more importantly, do you want to? Or do you want to use the same language to describe work?
What if, for example, you noticed that you were much more likely to use the words, "communication" or "presence" when you were giving feedback about non-US born co-workers?

How would you convince yourself (or disprove!) that in your specific context, that this is OK?
Even deeper. N-grams.

"assertive" vs "too assertive"

"ready" vs "not ready for"

"launched" vs "helped launch"

"works really hard"

"needs to"

"not approachable"

"not helpful"

"show initiative"

"lacks complexity"

"she didn't"
management  leadership  workculture  twitterthread  inclusion  bias  sexism 
september 2019 by dirtystylus
Myleik Teele on Twitter: "ATTENTION TO DETAIL. Here are some things I've done over the years to become super thorough and incredibly detail oriented. A THREAD (I think)."
ATTENTION TO DETAIL. Here are some things I've done over the years to become super thorough and incredibly detail oriented. A THREAD (I think).

1. PICK UP THE PHONE: Too many of us rely on email and text to communicate. I use that as the starting point. If we've got business and you send an email, I'm scheduling a call. This cuts down on 80% of the misunderstandings.
1a. Scheduling phone calls gives you a sense of the person's style and tone. By speaking to them you'll instantly know what they mean when they email. You'll also find out what preferences work for them AND people ALWAYS FORGET to say SOMETHING in the email. THIS IS A FACT.
2. DOUBLE CHECK EVERYTHING: You can do this super quick. If there's an address, give it a quick Google and make sure the company hasn't moved. If you're unsure about the location, call and ask for what you need. No silly questions. You're in it to win it.
3. ASSUME THE WORST: I know. I hate doing this but you have to assume everything is going to fall apart. Start running some back up plans in the back of your mind so that you can move quickly. If you finish the task quickly, spend a few minutes on a back up plan.
4. CONFIRM EVERYTHING: If you schedule something for next week, CONFIRM it the day before. PEOPLE FORGET.
5. KEEP A LIST OF THINGS YOU MAY NEED SOME DAY: I keep an excessive amount of notes on my phone for all kinds of things and I type up a couple of key words so that I can quickly search them.
6. GET ORGANIZED + STAY ORGANIZED: Make a LIST. DATE the list. Use the LIST. Cross off the LIST. KEEP THE LIST. I used to always look back on old lists. I'd go back to the month and there it was.
7. GET GANGSTER WITH YOUR CALENDAR: The calendar is by far my best friend. I LIVE by the calendar. If it's not on the calendar, it's not happening.
8. IMMEDIATELY APOLOGIZE: If you mess up. Admit it. Correct it. Do your BEST not to let it happen again.
9. UNDERSTAND THE ORDER: Too many of us have our egos tied up in the work. When I'm working for a client, my JOB is to ensure the client is happy vs. trying to convince them that I'm right.
10. KEEP LEARNING: Most of being intimidated is about not KNOWING. Read. Take classes. Take courses. Ask around.
11. KEEP A DIVERSE NETWORK: I can get to and find out ANYTHING because of my network. Don't get obsessed with trying to hang around the same type of people. You win when you can make a phone call and things happen.
twitterthread  organization  communication  career  by:myleikteele 
september 2019 by dirtystylus
Amber Weinberg Jones on Twitter: "About to have some FUN recreating this layout in Grid. The original uses floats and tons of negative margins and isn't responsive.… https://t.co/1p001FDEjU"
.grid {
grid-gap: 32px;
grid-template-columns: repeat(4,1fr);
}

.grid li:nth-of-type(6n+3) {
grid-column: 3 / span 2;
grid-row: span 2;
}

.grid li:nth-of-type(6n+4) {
grid-column: 1 / span 2;
grid-row: span 2;
}
twitterthread  css  css:grid  grid  images 
august 2019 by dirtystylus
bletchley punk on Twitter: "*attends event with 100+ women* ME: ugh I want to shave my head *sits in meeting where everyone is called "guys"* ME: ugh I want to paint my nails"
*attends event with 100+ women*
ME: ugh I want to shave my head
*sits in meeting where everyone is called "guys"*
ME: ugh I want to paint my nails
for people saying "both," yes of course

it's not that I can't do both, it's that both are efforts to be properly Seen
there's this Thing I keep running into, at the intersection of the tech industry and gender

I think it's mostly impactful in cultures where your job is a big part of who you are
I go to women in tech events and, invariably, I'm either the only woman or possibly one of two women who works in the infra space

most other women work in frontend or management or (sometimes) backend services
the number of women I know, in my local community, who do what I do? that is, infra and systems engineering and C and assembly and security and networking?

zero
I know a few from the Internet and some I've met in person!

but still, very very few
and because What We Do is so entwined with Who We Are, there's this odd...gendering that happens

tech roles have been gendered by history (a whole other discussion) but in turn I'm seeing/feeling Gender Defined By Tech Role
I attend events for women and none of them do what I do

and so I feel like I don't belong

and I wonder...am I not a woman?
because all these women write JS or manage teams and have career paths that look similar

and mine doesn't
and WHY aren't there more women like me? because they're not wanted! there's no in-roads. no retention. no encouragement. if you make it in, you're either held at arm's length or pushed out altogether.

I know this

and yet
it's far easier to feel awkward at WIT events and think "I feel awkward because I'm not a woman" than it is to think "I feel awkward because women like me are systematically culled"
because the latter part is far lonelier
because the latter part acknowledges that I will always be a bit lonely and a bit behind, compared to my WIT friends
gender  womenintech  techculture  misogyny  career  infrastructure  by:alicegoldfuss  twitterthread 
june 2019 by dirtystylus
Siva Vaidhyanathan🗽🤘🏽 on Twitter: "Once again @CaseyNewton did remarkable reporting and vivid writing about the plight and futility of Facebook content moderators. Once again he ignored the vital work that a woman did long before his. Even the
“Once again @CaseyNewton did remarkable reporting and vivid writing about the plight and futility of Facebook content moderators. Once again he ignored the vital work that a woman did long before his. Even the “further reading” list omits @ubiquity75 and her Behind the Screen.”
contentmoderation  twitterthread  facebook  womenintech  attribution  research 
june 2019 by dirtystylus
Kelly Wickham Hurst on Twitter: "”POC working and living in primarily white environments take home way more daily indignities and slights and microaggressions than they bother talking to us about because their experience consistently is that it’s not
In every room I’m in we create these guidelines.

And every single time a white person will try to add “assume good intentions” to that list.

We don’t let them. We CANNOT assume every white person has done the identity work for that to make it in the guidelines.
whiteness  whitefragility  robindangelo  twitterthread  microaggressions  PoC  by:kellywickhamhurst 
may 2019 by dirtystylus
(6) Someone’s daughter on Twitter: "One thing I love about The Last Jedi was how much the symbolic imagery told its own story. The writing/direction/set design were all so carefully curated and layered. Especially how they handled Rey’s coming-of-age
One thing I love about The Last Jedi was how much the symbolic imagery told its own story. The writing/direction/set design were all so carefully curated and layered. Especially how they handled Rey’s coming-of-age and her journey of self discovery/exploring her own sexuality.
twitterthread  starwars  starwars:thelastjedi  symbolism  screenwriting  filmmaking  rey  desire  sexuality  sex 
may 2019 by dirtystylus
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 
may 2019 by dirtystylus
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 
may 2019 by dirtystylus
Article Group on running an agency
(8) Didn’t invest enough in project management at the beginning

I know, I know, I know! What a goof. We fixed this quickly. Still embarrassing to admit! 😬 😬 😬
twitterthread  management  agency  leadership  projectmanagement  teambuilding  articlegroup 
april 2019 by dirtystylus
Broderick Greer on Twitter: "We can never overstate the surprise Oppression Voyeurs who thirst for us to say, “Our childhoods were horrible. We did nothing but run from police every day.” Be complex. Disrupt their narratives with joy."
We can never overstate the surprise Oppression Voyeurs who thirst for us to say, “Our childhoods were horrible. We did nothing but run from police every day.”

Be complex. Disrupt their narratives with joy.
by:broderickgreer  blackness  joy  storytelling  memory  twitterthread 
february 2019 by dirtystylus
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