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Ask Polly: I Love My Friends, But I Hate Making Plans!
Of course, if a friend is in need, I’m there in a second. In some ways, this might be my problem — I’m sort of a foul-weather friend. I go above and beyond when a friend is having troubles, but when things are fine I feel like they expect that continued level of devotion from me and I can’t keep it up.

I don’t want to lose friendships. I just don’t want to have to be watering them, constantly making plans, in a state of constant social activity. I just want to exist without disappointing anybody. I want to love people but not contort myself to satisfy their arbitrary and inflated expectations of what a “social life” is.

Am I an awful person? How do I manage others’ expectations of me? Most important: How do I say no to drinks without offering an alternate date for drinks? How do I say “Can we not make this plan?” without sounding like an asshole? Or am I an asshole? Should I just accept that I’m an asshole?
askpolly  relationships  friendships  introversion  howtobeahuman 
5 hours ago
My Life All in One Place: Midori TN inserts
I also design insert booklets for the Midori Traveler's Notebook. All are free to download, print, bind and use.
midori  travelersnotebook  MTN  journaling  paper  stationery 
7 hours ago
My Life All in One Place: Make your own Midori Traveler's Notebook insert
Use a file folder and simple bookbinding to create your own Midori inserts.
paper  travelersnotebook  midori  MTN  journaling  stationery 
7 hours ago
The definitive guide to JavaScript Dates
WORKING WITH DATES IN JAVASCRIPT CAN BE COMPLICATED. LEARN ALL THE QUIRKS AND HOW TO USE THEM.
work  javascript  development  dates  coding  reference 
7 days ago
Supporting students in transition | UW College of Education
For one project, recent graduate Esquivel jointly created web-accessible checklists aimed at the transition phase in students’ lives as part of an effort to combat the phenomena. The lists walk students through each step they need to complete between high school graduation and their first day of college.

She said having guidelines—the transition checklist—helps students feel supported by providing information such as which forms to fill out and where to go to set up counseling appointments.
work  uw  students  highered 
7 days ago
Self-Service UX: 'Cards' Dashboards Must Be Highly Consistent and Appropriately Styled - Articles - Baymard Institute
Testing revealed that a ‘Cards’ dashboard can work well for users — as long as the layout and styling meet user expectations. Otherwise, users have trouble navigating ‘Cards’ dashboards — with the end result being users find it very difficult to access account features they’re looking for.

In this article, we’ll discuss the test findings from our Accounts & Self-Service E-Commerce usability study related to the layout and styling of ‘Cards’ dashboards. In particular, we’ll discuss:

The importance of consistency when it comes to ‘Cards’ dashboards
The crucial role of ‘Cards’ headers and text
Why images, graphics, and other prominent visuals should be approached cautiously
work  ux  uxdesign  baymard  research  userresearch 
7 days ago
I Was My Husband's Mother For 21 Years | Ravishly
This isn’t the only reason we got divorced, but it certainly contributed to it. Twenty-one years is a long time to care for anyone, most people but even take care of their kids that long. But to care for an adult fully capable of caring for themselves? That’s a really long time. It’s a long time to have to ask someone to take out the trash. It’s a lot of swallowed anger and pent-up resentment.
ravishly  emotionallabor  whyweneedfeminism  lolsob 
13 days ago
The Queer Art of Failing Better | Laurie Penny
People on this show are extremely sweet to one another. That is rare enough within the reality TV genre, where “reality” is usually flattened into an exaggerated Hobbesian melee of shark-eyed competition and high-stakes back-stabbing. Most reality shows replicate the ruthless dogma of the age whereby life is made up of winners and losers and the trick is to hammer the other guy into the ground before he can do the same to you. On this show, men do not compete with each other. They touch each other, a lot, and seeing that brings home just how horrifyingly rare that is in untelevised reality. They cry and admit to one other how much it hurts to be alive while a handsome stranger teaches them how to make guacamole. There are no winners on Queer Eye—just better losers.
lauriepenny  queereye  toxicmasculinity  television  feminism  emotional 
16 days ago
July 25, 2018 Food Newsletter
Or just read Brown’s story, which is so well-told, so deeply researched, so uncannily on point in its representation of the culture and cuisine of Narnia, and so faithful in its mimicry of Bourdain’s writing voice that it is sure to charm any reader who gives it a chance. Including, as it turns out, Bourdain himself. After I sent him “No Reservations: Narnia,” he replied that, contrary to Brown’s concerns, he’d never come across the story before. “This is astonishingly well written with an attention to detail that’s frankly a bit frightening,” he said in an e-mail. “I’m both flattered and disturbed. I think I need a drink.”
fanfic  narnia  anthonybourdain 
16 days ago
22 Of The Best Places To Buy Wallpaper Online
Here's where to find the perfect wallpaper for your home, budget, and style.
buzzfeed  home  diy  decor  wallpaper 
23 days ago
10 steps for a better queer user experience – UX Collective
At SheGeeksOut, the evening’s talks lead off with a non-binary person working for OKCupid, Rowan, on the subject of how to make products more accessible for gender non-conforming and trans folks, and concluded with how to make your office spaces more welcoming for the same folks. I greatly enjoyed this talk — it’s important to feel like matters involving your community aren’t taboo or something to be discussed behind closed doors.

After listening to this talk, I’ve been steeping for a bit about queer user experiences and intentional, user friendly design. Here are some observations I’ve made from my own interactions with software, as a queer gnc woman.
gender  work  uxdesign 
23 days ago
Giving and Taking Criticism — Chappell Ellison
I firmly believe you can be a critic while being kind and open-hearted.

I don’t even care if that sounds naive.

Most people think the number one goal of a critic is to judge whether work is good or bad.

They are wrong. #imo

The number one goal of a critic should be to make things better. That’s it. None of this binary good/bad stuff. Lots of people would disagree with me on this. Like maybe these guys:

Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, film critics and former hosts of At the Movies.
Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, film critics and former hosts of At the Movies.

Criticism only succeeds when everyone wants things to be better. The moment you sniff out that a critic’s goal is not to help you make things better, BOY BYE.

How do you know if they don’t want to make things better? You know when a troll is a troll. They reveal it through their lack of curiosity about your work.
design  advice  criticism  work  ux  uxdesign 
23 days ago
5 Projects to Help You Practice React
If you’re in the middle of trying to learn React, you have probably run into the “the gap.”

You have a handle on the basics: components, props, state. You’ve done a tutorial or two, and probably built a few To Do apps. Though your skills aren’t quite at the level of building a real app yet, you know enough that building more To Do apps won’t take you any further.

5 React Project Ideas
In this post I’ll show you 5 projects that will be fun to build, stretch your abilities a bit, and do not involve any todos.

The best thing you can do at this stage is to choose simple and small apps to build. Aim for quantity over quality. (here are some more ideas on how to practice React)
work  react.js  todo  coding 
4 weeks ago
How Star Trek: The Next Generation Predicted Meme Culture
“Darmok,” the 102nd episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, is a longtime favorite among both Trekkies and linguists. Case in point: the first time I saw it wasn’t on TV but in a linguistic anthropology class at the University of Minnesota. In the episode, Picard and the Enterprise crew encounter the Children of Tama, who speak entirely in metaphors and references—a system that stumps the Trek world’s universal translator, which can only translate the literal meaning of the words.
startrek  tng  st:tng  memes  linguistics  darmokian  gretchenmcculloch  internet 
5 weeks ago
WHY I'VE CHOSEN BODY LIBERATION OVER BODY LOVE - The Militant Baker
It’s not always possible to love your body. And it’s not something I want to ask of anyone any longer.

I have been working instead on using language that respects and acknowledges these very real barriers and find myself feeling more at home with the concept of “body liberation.”
bodypositivity  fat  bodyliberation  themilitantbaker 
6 weeks ago
White People Are Cowards
Many of those people don’t speak out because they fear alienation more than they hate racism. For them, the fear of having someone furrow their brow in their direction outweighs their hatred of sending children to an underfunded school knowing that they don’t have an equal chance at success because of the color of their skin.

They know the reality of disproportionate police brutality, but they don’t have to worry about their children being shot in the face. Their kids receive good educations. Their kids can wear hoodies whenever they please. Little Amber and Connor’s résumés don’t get tossed in the trash because of their black-sounding names. Their children’s futures are determined only by work ethic and ability. Therefore, they stay silent on the sidelines.

That’s not evil.

That is cowardice.
race  politics  racism  america  theroot 
7 weeks ago
Dear Fuck-Up: How do you live when everything sucks? | The Outline
Dear Fuck-Up,

You’ve written a lot about mistakes and I think mentioned that you’ve struggled with depression. I’ve had bouts of depression and anxiety, but they have gotten much worse over the last year or two.

I’m in therapy and I guess it helps but when the news about Anthony Bourdain broke, it was the first time that I’ve thought to myself “well shit, maybe I’m not going to make it.” I realize that sound silly because he was a celebrity and a stranger but it was the first time that particularly frightening thought popped into my brain and now I’m worried it won’t go away. I’m not even really sure I have a question here. I guess maybe just: how do you live when everything keeps getting worse?
advice  dearfuckup  howtobeahuman  depression  mentalhealth 
7 weeks ago
Build a Backyard Edible Ecosystem | MOTHER EARTH NEWS
Use compost, yard waste, and recycled paper to construct a small permaculture ecosystem that supports your food garden.
motherearthnews  permaculture  gardening  howto 
8 weeks ago
Amandla Stenberg | Wonderland
Do you feel that your identities intersect in life/love/work?
Most def. Identity is transient and ever- shifting, shaped by our realities and relative to our environments. I think it’s a lens through which we navigate the world, and so it is inevitable that as I grow and change my experiences of life and love permeate the art that I make

We must be grateful for these lenses. Without them everything would be boring. What’s the tea on 2018? Is disillusionment just part of the gig?
I think it has to be. How do we avoid disillusionment in today’s day and age? A lesson I’ve been learning is to stop running from it. It is an inevitable and critical step in change and understanding, and we are experiencing one large pubescent upheaval right now. As my mother has spoken softly to me time and time again, this too shall pass. So we breathe and let it pass with the cognisance that our growth is on the way.
amandlastenberg  kingprincess  wonderlandmagazine  howtobeahuman  queerness 
8 weeks ago
How to test accessibility of emails – Campaign Monitor Engineering
It’s no wonder people often put this type of testing in the too-hard basket. However if you start with testing with vision impairments in mind you should be able to get a good return on investment towards a more inclusive experience.
accessibility  tips  work  howto  a11y  uxdesign 
8 weeks ago
Latino food writer Gustavo Arellano on why Anthony Bourdain meant so much to marginalized communities.
Food writer Gustavo Arellano on why Anthony Bourdain meant so much to marginalized communities.
anthonybourdain  food 
9 weeks ago
DIY Entryway Organizer - Wood and Pipe Entryway Stand
An Entryway Organizer You can Build Yourself
This entryway organizer is pretty large and by DIYing this project we were able to create a custom piece that fit our family’s needs. We saved just over $300 by making it ourselves and after two-plus years we’re still using this piece every single day.
tomake  home  building  furniture  diy 
9 weeks ago
Why That 'Arrested Development' Interview Is So Bad : Monkey See : NPR
It's not the worst story. Not by a mile. It may not even be Tambor's worst story. But seeing a woman so brilliant withstand repeated efforts, by people who say they love her, to recast her experiences as normal when she knew they were not? It was a lot to take.
lindaholmes  npr  workplaceharassment  whyweneedfeminism  harassment 
11 weeks ago
How TV’s bisexual representation evolved from a joke to a vital story - Vox
I was told so many lies about what being bisexual means that it took me 27 years to come out as bisexual myself. Friends shrugged that bisexual people just couldn’t make up their minds. Family members insisted that being gay or straight was one thing, but anything in between just didn’t make sense. And in a crushing blow, my beloved escape, television, insisted over and over that someone who might like men and women was a confused joke at best, and a slutty sinner at worst.
bisexuality  sexuality  queer  television  tv  representation  bi 
may 2018
“Mother of Invention,” a new short story by Nnedi Okorafor.
It was a beautiful sunny day, and yet Anwuli knew the weather was coming for her.

She paused on the lush grass in front of the house, purposely stepping on one of the grass’ flowers. When she raised her foot, the sturdy thing sprung right back into place, letting out a puff of pollen like a small laugh. Anwuli gnashed her teeth, clutching the metal planks she carried and staring up the driveway.
afrofuturism  parenting  nnediokorafor  specfic  sff 
may 2018
Dear Businesslady: The Calculus of the Aftermath - The Billfold
You, though? You’re great. You may not be 100 percent of the person you once were, but you are 100 percent of someone new — and complete regardless.
businesslady  work  mentalhealth  advice  toread  adulting  howtobeaperson 
may 2018
Our One Fight: The worrywart vs. the Zen master.
Every time we fight, we’re replaying an old argument about the emotional burden of being the one who obsesses about everything.
relatable  slate  ouronefight  emotionallabor  whyaretheylikethis  whyweneedfeminism 
april 2018
How Janelle Monáe Found Her Voice - The New York Times
After hiding behind an alter ego for years, the pop star is ready to step into a more authentic self with ‘Dirty Computer.’
janellemonae  nytimes  music 
april 2018
Salt Preserved Herbs - DIY - MOTHER EARTH NEWS
Preserve herbs with salt to use as a rub or in a marinade for meats and grilled vegetables.
motherearthnews  preserving  herbs  salt  recipes  kitchen 
april 2018
The arrest of two men at a Philadelphia Starbucks shows how deeply raced our public spaces can be.
Philadelphia is a city in which 43 percent of residents are black. The Philadelphia Starbucks where two black men were arrested last Thursday, however, is located in a zip code that is 79 percent white and just 6 percent black. In all likelihood, most of the clientele there is white, which, to borrow from sociologist Elijah Anderson, makes this particular location a “white space,” or an area whose “most visible and distinctive feature is [the] overwhelming presence of white people and [the] absence of black people.”

This may explain why a Starbucks staff member called the police while the two men were waiting on a business associate. The employee says the men were trespassing and refused to leave the restaurant. Video of the incident—taken by a bystander—shows them standing like any potential customers. That same footage shows their business associate arrive as they are arrested. He is white.

Race is about power and hierarchy. When one is “raced,” one is placed in relationship to that hierarchy—your position assigned to your body and made visible to the world. Places, too, can be raced. Spaces of affluence and exclusivity are typically associated with white faces, reflecting racial distributions of wealth and power. Films like Get Out take that association as a given, a conceit the filmmaker doesn’t even have to explain to the audience. There are “black spaces,” too. In a paper titled “The Iconic Ghetto,” Anderson details the tight association between public housing projects and the black poor, a connection so strong that it’s become part of the overall racial stigma against blacks—a singular black pathology that supposedly explains the material conditions of those projects. Blacks, in this view, come from the ghetto and they carry the ghetto with them, representing its putative danger, crime, and poverty.
slate  jamellebouie  race  america  racism  institutionalracism 
april 2018
That's a bit of a stretch - flexibility exercise routine | Ask MetaFilter
I've seen this question on daily stretches and the answers are helpful, but I would like a bit of a routine that I could follow. Obviously there's heaps on you tube but I'd prefer a MeFi recommendation! So, would anyone care to recommend a particular video or app (Android, free or once-off payment) to take me through say 5 or 10 minutes of stretching? I'd particularly like to focus on flexibility since I basically don't have any right now. Thanks!
askme  exercising  exercise  stretching  intro 
april 2018
Seed catalogs are my jam - gardening seeds vegetables | Ask MetaFilter
Best veggie varietals for home gardeners?

We are experienced vegetable gardeners in US Zone 5b (growing season ~5 months). The site is a raised bed garden with full sun and lovely compost-enriched soil. We belong to a CSA, so the basics are covered. What crazy varietals should we try this year? Cultivars that are good for preserving are especially welcome.
askme  gardening  seeds 
april 2018
Working Through Design Challenges in Product Design Job Interviews
I can see these challenges for what they really are: an opportunity to more authentically share—and reflect on—my problem solving process.

Design challenges are a highly effective way to get signal on skills that aren’t always evident in a portfolio: problem solving strategy, product thinking and scope analysis, communication, collaboration, prioritization, and so on.
design  work  interviewing  tech  ux  problemsolving 
april 2018
Digital Infrastructure for Teaching Report Final.pdf - Google Drive
Digital Scholarship at the University of Washington: challenges and opportunities
work  UW 
april 2018
Hunger And Homelessness Are Widespread Among College Students, Study Finds : The Two-Way : NPR
Overall the study concluded 36 percent of college students say they are food insecure. Another 36 percent say they are housing insecure, while 9 percent report being homeless. The results are largely the same as last year's survey, which included fewer students.
work  campus  homelessness  foodinsecurity  college  reference  npr  poverty 
april 2018
Quiara Alegría Hudes Rewrites the American Landscape | The New Yorker
All-female teams are still a rarity in musicals; Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori remain the only pair of women whose score, for “Fun Home,” has won a Tony. (That show also came from the Public.) With a woman also directing “Miss You Like Hell,” “there’s a lot of amazing female juju in that room,” Rubin-Vega said. She told Hudes that she was worried about giving Beatriz her all, having heard, in the past, that she was “too much” for certain roles. “You don’t have to subdue yourself,” Hudes reassured her. “You don’t have to play the model minority. The difference is, this is our space.”
quiaraalegríahudes  thenewyorker  theater  musicals 
april 2018
Not smart enough? Men overestimate intelligence in science class
Even when grades show different, men overestimated their class ranking
education  discrimination  sexism  STEM  work  whyweneedfeminism 
april 2018
Every time we fight, we’re replaying an old argument that started over decorating our first apartment together.
Baird: At the end of the day, this fight to me is about control on your end, and feeling valued and heard on my end. In typical me fashion, this argument really makes me spin out and start imagining us 20 years from now living in a house full of statues of saints whose names I don’t know surrounded by zero pictures of our children and/or cats because you decided our children and/or cats do not match the aesthetic that we (you) are currently going for. And even though I try to explain what is (to me) a very clear connection between you hating our coasters and hating our unborn children, as of yet you don’t seem to see it.

On your end, I think your personal biography has helped shape a person who really wants and needs to be in control at all times, because it seems like you spent a lot of your early life not in control of your own circumstances. This is hard for me, No. 1 because obviously I would also like to be the boss, but No. 2 because it often seems like your perception of a constant battle for power keeps you from seeing us a unit, which is definitely something we’re still working on this early in our marriage.

Victor: I think there’s a lot of truth in that. Even talking about this fight has made me examine how I can be selfish and what my flaws are as a partner. I think our relationship is strong in that our fight is mostly superficial. In many ways, we are already like an old couple because our fights mostly revolve around the same things again and again, and I find that oddly comforting. At the end of the day, we have a beautiful home together, one that you and I will continue to fill with love regardless of what it looks like or where it is, for years to come. Giant chicken pot, limbless saints, Ikea furniture, cats, children, and all.
howtofight  howtobeanadult  toread 
april 2018
Inclusive Design: 12 Ways to Design for Everyone
Inclusive design considers as many people’s needs and abilities as possible. It goes further than accessibility, which is specifically focused on people with disabilities and how to make sites or apps usable for them.
work  ux  inclusivity  design  reference  inclusivedesign 
april 2018
Cultivation of Ramps (Allium tricoccum and A. burdickii) | NC State Extension Publications
Since almost all ramps consumed are harvested from wild populations, information on growing ramps is very limited. Research is in progress at NC State University to develop efficient, practical, and sustainable production practices for ramps. While research is ongoing, the practices described in this publication are based on our experiences and those of the few existing ramp growers in North Carolina and West Virginia.
ramps  farming  cultivation  agriculture  allium 
april 2018
Good films on Shudder - Horror recommendations | Ask MetaFilter
Do you subscribe to Shudder? What are the best films you've seen on there? If you remember the film was foreign language with English subtitles please could you mention? Thanks!
askme  movies  towatch  movielists  horror  shudder 
april 2018
Androgyny Shouldn’t Just Be for Thin People - Racked
A step forward in body diversity makes it all the more noticeable when yours is the shape that’s still not being served.
fashion  fat  queer  androgynous  genderqueer  genderfluid  style 
march 2018
The Comfort in Stockpiling Dried Beans - The New York Times
I don’t fuss with souvenirs, unless you count the pounds and pounds of beans I traffic, auntie-style, rolled up in old plastic bags, concealed between the folded clothes in my suitcase. I recently came home with speckled pintos from Santa Fe, purple flor de Mayos from Mexico City and round cocos from Paris the color of baby teeth. They were all so glossy, so familiar, that I couldn’t resist them. Dried beans are among my most predictable impulse purchases, maybe because I was brought up in a family that considered them a quotidian necessity.
beans  NYT  recipes  food 
march 2018
The Anger of the White Male Lie – Ijeoma Oluo – Medium
In closing he puts his full name and title. He’s a woodcarver and personal trainer. And, apparently, expert on race and gender studies.

Somebody needs to stop telling these white boys that they can be anything they put their mind to.
ijeomaoluo  race  toxicmasculinity  america  medium  sexism  racism 
march 2018
21 of the Best Horror Books by Women - Unbound Worlds
ook at most lists of heavyweight horror authors and you’re bound to notice a trend – they’re mostly men. King, Straub, Campbell, Barker, Ketchum, Hill – all masters of the genre, to be sure. But women authors are writing some of the most innovative and terrifying horror fiction out there, and we’ve decided to highlight a handful of our favorites.
march 2018
Cynthia Nixon's sexuality is more nuanced than bisexual.
“I didn’t really identify as bisexual, but people were so insistent that I pick a―you know, it caused a huge controversy and everyone wanted to graft on to me this narrative―[that] I felt that I had just simply been mistaken about myself for all these years and finally the veil was lifted and I was a lesbian. And that was not true.”
march 2018
On Cynthia Nixon’s “openly gay” run for governor and bisexual erasure - Vox
Calling her “openly gay” invalidates what she herself has said for years.
march 2018
In Praise of Tender Masculinity, the New Non-Toxic Way to Be a Man
Our favorite book and movie characters exemplify tenderness, the antidote to machismo
masculinity  electriclit  medium 
march 2018
'Fast Car' and the Living Histories of Working Class Black Women - Broadly
Tracy Chapman's most famous song has a singular point of view, that of a Black woman filled with regret and a sense of longing for a life not lived.
music  broadly  vice  tracychapman  fastcar 
march 2018
Terry Crews Is Not Going Down Without A Fight
“People don’t understand that Hollywood is a very violent place,” Terry Crews told BuzzFeed News. “The best way to put it is that it’s like a plantation. … They cut your head off so that the next person doesn’t speak.”
terrycrews  hollywood  metoo  cw:sexualharassment  buzzfeed 
march 2018
Is ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ A Subversive Takedown Of White Supremacy?
If the plot of the new Thor movie sounds familiar, perhaps it’s because you know the history of colonialism.
movies  racism  colonialism  thor:ragnarok  taikawaititi 
march 2018
I Was a Male Makeup Virgin Before Trying Rihanna's Fenty Beauty - Fenty Makeup Man Review
Following Daniel Kaluuya's lead, I called upon RiRi to introduce me to this magical world, like my personal Dumbledore with a sickening highlight. If anyone could teach me the error of my ways it was the singer and mogul, whose Fenty Beauty like made headlines and legions of instant fans with the release of 40 different foundation shades and a plethora of products for every face.
makeup  tutorials  fentybeauty  rihanna 
march 2018
Why Gen X Isn’t Psyched for the ’90s Revival - Racked
The “kids” are also, obviously, important to the revival. They’re the ones bringing it back. And Gen X women want them to enjoy this moment and use it to generate their own meanings. The trouble is, we know we’re middle-aged, and we know what that’s supposed to mean, but in our ideals and our challenges, we have more in common with millennials than boomers.
fashion  racked  genx  90srevival 
march 2018
Daniel Mallory Ortberg on Transitioning and His New Book
The beloved internet writer talks to Heather Havrilesky about his new identity.
danielortberg  thecut  gender 
march 2018
Diversity & inclusion in conference programming takes intent
For year-four it was clear amongst the 4 of us we wanted to be more intentional and do better for diversity and inclusion. One of my influences in particular was a conversation with Christina Wodtke who has led the way for including women in conferences with her site called Women Talk Design. I told her that we were trying very hard to increase our representation of women above 33% to hit 50% but we were struggling because so many women we invited turned us down and all for different reasons. Her response was, the only way to get 50% women is to invite 100%. This conversation occurred around the same time Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was being asked, how many are enough women on the court. Her answer was 9.
medium  davemalouf  design  conferences  diversity  inclusion 
march 2018
Universal Design: Process, Principles, and Applications | DO-IT
Making a product or an environment accessible to people with disabilities often benefits others. For example, automatic door openers benefit individuals using walkers and wheelchairs, but also benefit people carrying groceries and holding babies, as well as elderly citizens. Sidewalk curb cuts, designed to make sidewalks and streets accessible to those using wheelchairs, are more often used by kids on skateboards, parents with baby strollers, and delivery staff with carts. When television displays in airports and restaurants are captioned, programming is accessible not only to people who are deaf but also to others who cannot hear the audio in noisy areas.

UD is a goal that puts high values on diversity, equality, and inclusiveness. It is also a process. The following paragraphs summarize the process, principles, and applications of UD.
accessibility  design  programming  work 
march 2018
Nothing threatens the patriarchy more than a woman unafraid to demand attention
“Yes, I want attention,” I replied. “I have important things to say and they deserve attention. I write about important things and they deserve attention.”
whyweneedfeminism  monaeltahawi  patriarchy 
march 2018
The Women Who Saved Me – Ijeoma Oluo – Medium
It keeps popping into my head randomly — interrupting my obsession with the judgements of others that only I can hear.

“You’re more interesting than this.”

And I finally get it.
ijeomaoluo  medium  internationalwomensday  cw:rape  seattle  racism  sexism 
march 2018
Here Are The Holy Grail Of Products That Make Thin Hair Look Super Thick
We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to share what products help make their thin hair look thicker. Here's what they're using...
buzzfeed  hair  selfcare  beauty  recommendations 
march 2018
Research for Hild? | Nicola Griffith
In a way, I’ve been researching this book all my life. I grew up where Hild grew up, in Elmet which is now in West Yorkshire. So the physical details of Elmet and Deira, that is, the rest of Yorkshire—the change of the air as winters turns to spring, the sound of the trees at different times of year—are part of my understanding of the world. But I’d never been to Hadrian’s Wall, or Bamburgh/Bebbanburg, or Yeavering; that’s all research.
nicolagriffith  hild  fiction  research  imadummy  nicolaisverygracious 
march 2018
Native Land — U.S. Department of Arts and Culture
IN COUNTRIES SUCH AS NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, AND AMONG TRIBAL NATIONS IN THE U.S., it is commonplace, even policy, to open events and gatherings by acknowledging the traditional Indigenous inhabitants of that land. While some individuals and cultural and educational institutions in the United States have adopted this custom, the vast majority have not. Together, we can spark a movement to change that.

We call on all individuals and organizations to open public events and gatherings with acknowledgment of the traditional Native inhabitants of the land.

Acknowledgment is a simple, powerful way of showing respect and a step toward correcting the stories and practices that erase Indigenous people’s history and culture and toward inviting and honoring the truth. Imagine this practice widely adopted: imagine cultural venues, classrooms, conference settings, places of worship, sports stadiums, and town halls, acknowledging traditional lands. Millions would be exposed—many for the first time—to the names of the traditional Indigenous inhabitants of the lands they are on, inspiring them to ongoing awareness and action. 
work  forwhitepeople  antiracism 
march 2018
When white friends don’t believe what blacks go through, they’re not friends - The Washington Post
Yet whites are, frequently, disappointingly, incredulous. Very often a “friend’s” reaction that goes something like this: “I don’t think a police officer would stop anyone for no reason at all.” Or: “You must have done something suspicious.” Or my favorite: “If you haven’t done anything wrong, you don’t have anything to worry about.” I am not some child coming home with some tall tale, and I am certainly not a delusional liar.

I don’t expect much. Just nodding and acknowledging my words would be enough. Instead, jumping in to explain what must have really happened before I can finish a sentence means that – whether you realize it or not – you’ve shattered an important bond and traveled the distance from friend to acquaintance. I smile, make a mental note, and change the subject, realizing that with this person, topics from now on will be limited to rating entrées at the latest neighborhood bistro or judging whether the new Scorsese film shows the master back in top form.
race  privilege  police  america  racism  wapo 
march 2018
Don’t default to ‘please select’ in drop-downs – UX Collective
Even more importantly though, users scan forms looking for empty fields. As people, we don’t methodically work through all the field names, picking them out from all the other clutter on the page. We take the easy lazy route. Which fields are blank? We don’t do this consciously, but we’re surprised when we hit the ‘enter’ button, and get an error. I have observed this often enough in usability testing. Even worse on the VA form, I have no idea why they would duplicate the field names in the input fields.
work  forms  uxdesign 
march 2018
The Boys Are Not All Right - The New York Times
I used to have this one-liner: “If you want to emasculate a guy friend, when you’re at a restaurant, ask him everything that he’s going to order, and then when the waitress comes … order for him.” It’s funny because it shouldn’t be that easy to rob a man of his masculinity — but it is.
michaelianblack  NYT  masculinity  masculinityissofragile  america  sexism  misogyny 
march 2018
Law Professor Absolutely Destroys Student Letter Protesting Her Wearing a 'Black Lives Matter' T-Shirt
Black Lives Matter is about focus, not exclusion. As a general matter, seeing the world and the people in it in mutually exclusive, either/or terms impedes your own thought processes. If you wish to bear that intellectual consequence of a constricting ideology, that’s your decision. But this does not entitle you to project your either/or ideology onto people who do not share it.
blacklivesmatter 
march 2018
Tri-campus survey aims to identify student struggles with housing, food costs | UW News
The survey also is similar to one that Stevens conducted at UW Tacoma five years ago. That survey estimated that nearly one-third of the Tacoma student body was “food insecure,” as defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and 10 percent met federal education law criteria for homelessness. The data from that survey ultimately led, through the UW Tacoma Office of Equity & Inclusion, to the creation of a food pantry, which receives 500 to 700 individual visits a month, Stevens said. Following the survey, the Department of Student Engagement hired a social worker and two interns to manage emergency aid to students, thanks to the involvement of various campus partners.

What interventions might emerge from the new, tri-campus survey are unknown, Fyall said. A follow-up study to interview students struggling with these challenges, for which Fyall and her colleagues have applied for funding, could reveal more about how students are coping, and lead to some additional resources from the administration.

“We can’t work on the problem without having the data,” she said.

Each campus population is different, Stevens added. Eventual solutions could address specific needs, possibly changing how the university constructs financial aid packages, provides emergency aid, or allocates additional funding to broaden services in the food pantry such as culturally appropriate offerings.
work  UW  homelessness  seattle  pugetsound  tacoma  foodinsecurity  survey 
march 2018
MIA: The Liberal Men We Love | Literary Hub
Amy Butcher on Relationships Torn Apart in the Wake of Donald Trump
lithub  america  trumpism  relationships  misogyny  nonmensrage 
february 2018
The Real Threat To Campuses Isn't 'PC Culture.' It's Racism. | HuffPost
The first clue a professor gets that her life is about to change arrives in the most bureaucratic and benign of ways: It is often an email. The email may say that a known right-wing publication is planning to run a story about your research or your teaching, and it offers you a chance to comment.
academia  racism  tressiemacmillancottom 
february 2018
Monica Lewinsky: Emerging from “the House of Gaslight” in the Age of #MeToo | Vanity Fair
On the 20th anniversary of the Starr investigation, which introduced her to the world, the author reflects on the changing nature of trauma, the de-evolution of the media, and the extraordinary hope now provided by the #MeToo movement.
monicalewinsky  metoo  vanityfair 
february 2018
Why museum professionals need to talk about Black Panther – The Hopkins Exhibitionist
The scene takes no more than five minutes of the movie, and the tension between colonial history and race only escalates from that point on. However, we as museum professionals need to talk about the inclusion of this scene, especially regarding its function in a film that was cut from nearly four hours long in its first iteration to a solid two, a film that so many young people will see and one that is poised to become a cultural touchstone. The museum is presented as an illegal mechanism of colonialism, and along with that, a space which does not even welcome those whose culture it displays.

And is there anything incorrect about that?
racism  colonialism  blackpanther  museology 
february 2018
Black Teens Have Been Fighting for Gun Reform for Years | Teen Vogue
Teens' recent fight for gun control is awesome and inspiring, but don't forget that it's exactly what young black activists have been doing.
teenvogue  guncontrol  blacklivesmatter  thekidsarealright 
february 2018
How Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Got Made
How Get Out began as a rebuke to Obama-inspired dreams of racial harmony and became a conduit for fears reignited by the rise of the new president.
getout  film 
february 2018
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