Because nothing is truly inspiring unless you apply it to your work. (“work” meaning your life’s output, whether creative, business, or personal.)
use whatever language makes sense, but be systematically paranoid. Be liberal in what you accept, but conservative about what you believe.
a language that protects you from yourself doesn’t teach you much about the problems you can create.
If I attempt to look smart at Square I’ll never be able to learn as fast as if I accept my limitations, let people see my weaknesses and strengths clearly, and let them teach me as fast as my brain can go.
As both designers of user experiences and developers of software, we need to get away from the desk and out amongst those we’re building for.
It is not that I mind trolls so much, it’s that they’re getting repetitive and if you have to say nothing I hope you can at least do it in an entertaining fashion.
When you never have enough money it ceases to have meaning. I imagine having a lot of it is the same thing.
the thing holding me back isn’t that I blow five bucks at Wendy’s. It’s that now that I have proven that I am a Poor Person that is all that I am or ever will be. It is not worth it to me to live a bleak life devoid of small pleasures so that one day I can make a single large purchase. I will never have large pleasures to hold on to.
I smoke. It’s expensive. It’s also the best option. You see, I am always, always exhausted. It’s a stimulant. When I am too tired to walk one more step, I can smoke and go for another hour. When I am enraged and beaten down and incapable of accomplishing one more thing, I can smoke and I feel a little better, just for a minute. It is the only relaxation I am allowed. It is not a good decision, but it is the only one that I have access to. It is the only thing I have found that keeps me from collapsing or exploding.
Accepting and processing all of this is hard. Understanding your privilege doesn’t mean trivializing your accomplishments. It doesn’t mean you’re a bad person for having privilege. However, until you try to unpack and understand the privileges you have it’s difficult to empathize and understand the struggles of those who do not have the same privilege and empathy is really just the first step to enacting real change.
If an organization has a strong vision, high trust in its people, and tight feedback loops, it would be very difficult for it to have a “bad culture”.
With the status quo, users get a huge amount of value but OSS developers burn out quickly due to the time and effort required to support their projects well.
And to know the question, I first have to listen.
But just so you heard it from us: if this were the act of a Joyent employee, we would—to deliberately use a gender-neutral pronoun—fire them.
it seems ridiculous (absurd, perhaps) to fire someone over a pronoun — but to characterize it that way would be a gross oversimplification: it’s not the use of the gendered pronoun that’s at issue (that’s just sloppy), but rather the insistence that pronouns should in fact be gendered.