Links for May 21, 2018

At Nike, Revolt Led by Women Leads to Exodus of Male Executives

Many of those interviewed, across multiple divisions, also described a workplace environment that was demeaning to women. Three people, for instance, said they recalled times when male superiors referred to people using a vulgar term for women’s genitals.... Most of the people who spoke to The Times insisted on anonymity, citing nondisclosure agreements or a fear of being ostracized in the industry, or in the Portland community, where Nike wields outsize influence. Some have spouses or family members still working there.

Sexual Harassment Was Rampant at Coachella 2018

I interviewed 54 women at Coachella 2018, and they had all experienced sexual harassment at the festival.

Yanny vs. Laurel: an analysis by Benjamin Munson

Now, right away we see that there is something awry about this signal. Where there should be a second formant, there are just speckles that appear random. One thing about this signal is that it’s hard to track the F2. This is perhaps the first ingredient into why it is so susceptible to being identified differently. The F2 is, for some reason (overlapping voices? Intentional shenanigans? The girl from The Ring?) masked. That means that people can use ‘top-down’ knowledge (expectations, beliefs, priming from the words on the screen that this was presented with) to fill in their perception of the tongue’s back-front movement.

Links for May 14, 2018

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Won’t Back Down

Oakland’s outspoken mayor talks about standing up for racial equity, and staring down the federal government on cannabis and immigration.

No Filter – Jane Kim

It’s oppo dump time. If you aren’t familiar with the term, it’s what happens when a rival campaign collects opposition research and dumps it into the hands of a journalist eager to make a saucy headline.

Mission accomplished: Two Chronicle reporters ride every Muni line in 18 hours

9:25pm: They did it! Over 18 hours later and Heather and Peter have now ridden every single Muni line in one day! Time for a beer.

Links for May 12, 2018

Janelle Monae on Prince, New LP, Her Sexuality

“Being a queer black woman in America,” she says, taking a breath as she comes out, “someone who has been in relationships with both men and women – I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker.” She initially identified as bisexual, she clarifies, “but then later I read about pansexuality and was like, ‘Oh, these are things that I identify with too.’ I’m open to learning more about who I am.”


Our hope is that this syllabus will serve as a resource for teachers and curriculum designers looking to infuse their classrooms and courses with Prince content.

BET AWARDS 2016 HQ Prince Tribute 4: Janelle Monae - Delirious, Kiss, Pop Life, I Would Die 4 U

Links for April 29, 2018

The Disgrace of Minor League Baseball

So why do minor league basketball and hockey players get a better deal than minor league baseball players, despite those leagues’ parent clubs bringing in less money overall? It’s not because basketball and hockey owners are less interested in maximizing profits at all costs.... No, it’s about power and leverage.

Brandon Belt’s Record-Breaking At-Bat, A Minute By Minute Retelling

11:14 - Pickoff throw to first. - Barria attempts to take advantage of Joe Panik, who also does not have an animal totem. Unfortunately, he does not realize that Panik has a rock band as his totem, and he has been drawing energy from them for a while now.... Kuiper says that this has got to be at least a ten minute at-bat. He’s off. It has been 11 minutes and 26 seconds since Belt first stepped into the box.

Sakeru Gum series さけるグミ #1-11 complete (Eng SUB)

Links for April 25, 2018

BBC Sound Effects Archive Resource • Research & Education Space

These 16,016 BBC Sound Effects are made available by the BBC in WAV format to download for use under the terms of the RemArc Licence. The Sound Effects are BBC copyright, but they may be used for personal, educational or research purposes.

CTS - conserve the sound

»Conserve the sound« is an online museum for vanishing and endangered sounds. The sound of a dial telephone, a walkman, a analog typewriter, a pay phone, a 56k modem, a nuclear power plant or even a cell phone keypad are partially already gone or are about to disappear from our daily life.

Tom Gauld’s “Soundtrack to Spring”

“I wanted this image to be about some of the nicer sounds you hear, especially in the springtime,” the artist says, about his cover for this week’s magazine.

Links for April 23, 2018

Trackers Bay Outdoor Camps and Programs – Outdoor school + LARPing

Urban geology: An emerging discipline in an increasingly urbanized world

Urban geology — the geology just outside, or perhaps under, our front doors — should be recognized as its own specialty. After all, its applications impact more than half of the global population.

Tour of the Moon in 4K

Links for April 16, 2018

In Defense of Design Thinking, Which Is Terrible

Who should be here? An independent voice, a critic whose job it is to think and talk about and interrogate design. Someone whose income is not derived from the practice of design, whose agenda is clear and unbiased when it comes to interrogating design’s practices, its implications, and its people. Unfortunately we don’t have a lot of independent design critics. This is true for a host of reasons. And whether it’s a cause or an effect, the fact of the matter is that design discourse is dominated by designers, and that is a major defect of our industry.

Take your time: the seven pillars of a Slow Thought manifesto

Slow Thought is marked by peripatetic Socratic walks, the face-to-face encounter of Levinas, and Bakhtin’s dialogic conversations. These three philosophers share a methodical, deliberate, indeed almost plodding approach to working on philosophical puzzles.... All three philosophers share thinking as a relational activity – slowed down by walking around the public square and in a face-to-face dialogue.

Juana Molina - Cosoco

Links for April 8, 2018

Molly Ringwald Revisits “The Breakfast Club” in the Age of #MeToo

I had what could be called a symbiotic relationship with John during the first two of those films. I’ve been called his muse, which I believe I was, for a little while. But, more than that, I felt that he listened to me—though certainly not all the time.... It’s hard for me to understand how John was able to write with so much sensitivity, and also have such a glaring blind spot.

Why Lisa Simpson Matters

An ode to the beating heart of The Simpsons, a role model to a generation of women—and to Yeardley Smith, who’s been bringing Lisa to life for 30 years.

Aubrey Plaza Explores ASMR with Whispers, Peacock Feathers, and Cornflakes

Links for April 6, 2018

Dungeons & Dragons Wouldn’t Be What It Is Today Without These Women

“At Gen Con Origins, people needed somebody to DM one of the sessions for the AD&D [Advanced Dungeons & Dragons] Open,” she said over the phone earlier this year. “So, I grabbed my stuff and met the team and did that. One of the semi-washed teenaged boys on the squad there looked at me, gaping, and said, ‘It’s a woman!’. I said, ‘10 points for perception.’” Wells was the first woman designer hired by TSR.

PDF Format History: Where Our Future History Lies

The PDF, in a very short amount of time, became one of the most important ways business users shared documents. It simplified the hard work of going to Kinko’s, because the file format was able to easily embed assets like fonts and images, simplifying one of the hardest parts of getting a file printed.... And most importantly, in the case of the IRS, “fillable.”… While none of this was as lightweight as, say, a text file nor as flexible as HTML, it sure beat PostScript for the average person. And the PDF became the long-term solution.


ViperCard is an open source re-creation and re-imagination of 1987’s HyperCard.

Links for April 4, 2018

This Design Generation Has Failed

And that’s when I decided that we — and by we I mean those of us currently drawing paychecks for professional design services — are design’s lost generation. We are the Family Ties-era Michael J. Fox of the design lineage. Raised by hippies. Consumed by greed. Ruled by the hand of the market. And nourished by the last drops of sour milk from the withered old teat of capitalism gone rabid. Living where America ends — Silicon Valley.

Overwatch and DBT: Why it’s Time to Teach Boys Coping Skills

Without even realizing it, gamers were discovering the merits of two therapeutic approaches that have been used by psychologists for years: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), an approach often used to help people with anxiety and depression, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), an approach based on CBT that focuses on accepting and changing painful emotions. Essentially: clinically tried and tested coping skills.

81 Year Old Commodore Amiga Artist - Samia Halaby – “When you run a program, everything happens so fast, and a painting should have a certain rhythm.”