Links for December 31, 2011

  • So Sorry | Eating Bees
    ‘Step four: Apologize, using the active voice. “I am sorry [this] happened.” Pro-tip: You have to actually mean it. You have to be sorry this human being in front of you is upset.’

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Links for December 25, 2011

  • Study: Indian, Vietnamese immigrants become ‘American’ over time through civic activities | Science Codex
    ‘Brettell and Reed-Danahay uncovered how North Texas Vietnamese and Indian immigrants develop their identity as Americans by engaging first within their own communities, where they practice and develop citizenship skills, which they then use in a broader American context.’
  • A List Apart: Articles: What I Learned About the Web in 2011
    “With frequent, silent browser updates quickly becoming the norm, and with browsers popping up on more and more devices, designers and developers must relinquish the idea that we finely control a userě°˝€™s experience and instead must work to ensure that a site will gracefully adapt to any number of circumstances.” ě°˝€“Kimberly Blessing
  • The Power of Jane Jacobs’ "Web Way of Thinking" | Planetizen
    ‘She was the first to apply a dawning new human understanding of the natural world to cities ě°˝€“ an understanding that even now is slow to be grasped by built environment professions. It’s an understanding of “organized complexity,” as she called it ě°˝€“ the dynamic inter-relationships of systems, of processes, of self-organization.’

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Links for December 24, 2011

  • The Curse of Cow Clicker: How a Cheeky Satire Became a Videogame Hit | Magazine
    ‘Every “I’m clicking a cow” newsfeed update served as a badge of ironic protest. Players gleefully clicked cows to send a message to their FarmVille-loving friends or to identify themselves as members of the anti-Zynga underground…. And then something surprising happened: Cow Clicker caught fire.’
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  • Inspiration vs. Imitation | Jessica Hische
    ‘When you’re learning, it’s not wrong to copy people—to learn from them the way that they learned from others before them. What many young artists have a problem realizing though, is that the work you create while practicing and learning is completely separate of what you do professionally.’
  • Harvard Gazette: Academic turns city into a social experiment
    ‘Another innovative idea was to use mimes to improve both traffic and citizens’ behavior. Initially 20 professional mimes shadowed pedestrians who didn’t follow crossing rules: A pedestrian running across the road would be tracked by a mime who mocked his every move. Mimes also poked fun at reckless drivers. The program was so popular that another 400 people were trained as mimes.’
  • The Four Lenses of Game Making – What Games Are
    Tetrism, Narrativism, Simulationism, Behaviorism.
  • Obituary – Kim Jong-il, North Korea’s Enigmatic Strongman –
    ‘Mr. Kim was a source of fascination inside the Central Intelligence Agency, which interviewed his mistresses, tried to track his whereabouts and psychoanalyzed his motives. And he was an object of parody in American culture.’
  • Vaclav Havel, Former Czech President, Dies at 75 –
    ‘Mr. Havel spent five years in and out of Communist prisons, lived for two decades under close secret-police surveillance and endured the suppression of his plays and essays. He served 14 years as president, wrote 19 plays, inspired a film and a rap song and remained one of his generation’s most seductively nonconformist writers.’
  • Lookspring » In which I don’t try to write like a man
    ‘I posted a picture of my skirt on Twitter the other day, because the pattern reminded me of a Pokemon. I was anxious about posting it, in case it seemed like something that would lay me open to accusations of being a camwhore or an attention-seeking flirt…. It has taken me a horribly long time to understand what an insidious impact the fear of attracting the degree of negative attention has on the way I present myself.’
  • Users Know: STFU About What Women Want
    ‘So, when a publication like TechCrunch spews some nonsense about what women want, it means that the next time I go into an interview with a male founder… who has read that nonsense, he may be thinking, consciously or subconsciously, “she doesn’t really want to work at this startup because she wants to have a baby.” And frankly, that sucks for me and all the other women like me.’

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