Perhaps we should make a huge deal out of Waitangi Day next year.
Anyway, I am not talking the entire day off, but I am planning to stop working early. And so, your links list will be somewhat random this week. Here goes:
This is a really interesting essay about why we shouldn't build "addictive" apps. It is also a reminder that the systems we build are the results of our decisions, whether conscious or not, and we always have the option to try to make better decisions.
Don't assume everyone who disagrees with you is a jerk. I basically agree with the main point of this article, and do think that it is best to aim for a civil discussion and try to understand why the person on the other side thinks differently than you do, without demonizing that person. I struggle to reconcile this general belief/desire with the fact that sometimes the person on "the other side" is arguing that I'm not equal, and/or won't actually discuss the issues at all. So I guess I think I shouldn't assume the other person is a jerk, but that I have to be free to respond appropriately when the other person proves to be a jerk.
Speaking of jerks: I don't think I should have to learn how to cope with verbal abuse. I think that people who routinely resort to verbal abuse should not be tolerated in any workplace. They can change. I have seen it happen when it was made clear that their behavior would result in them losing a job. (Thanks to the reader who sent that article along! I'm not sure if you want to be named publicly or not...)
Somewhat related: it is on me to build my racial stamina. Sometimes, we need to have conversations that make us feel uncomfortable, and accept that the other party has every right to be angry.
Back to speaking of jerks: why do people care where other people pee?
Another reader submission: the study of women in color in STEM that was referenced heavily in What Works for Women at Work.
Back when I was reading up about labor and delivery, I remember reading that we didn't really know what triggers labor. We still don't know the full story, but we're learning more.
And speaking of labor... did you see the story about the California woman who got lost in the woods, gave birth, was attacked by bees, and started a wildfire?
This tweet about that link (from a local reporter) made me chuckle:
And here Scalia thinks we're not the real West. https://t.co/gtWAUoqhxh— Sara Libby (@SaraLibby) June 30, 2015
This is how an average woman is transformed into a cover model pic.twitter.com/p0N1C5nLQD— How Things Work (@ThingsWork) July 2, 2015
And while we're doing tweets with embedded gifs:
El fútbol femenino vs hombres... pic.twitter.com/SAHOdfTZSj— Leugim Figueroa (@leugimfigueroa) June 30, 2015
And finally, a couple of promotional links for things I'm working on:
I'm trying out an idea for short (and inexpensive!) seminars on focused topics. First up, how to run better meetings. The price is already low, so there is no discount for signing up early this time: just the knowledge that you're helping me stop worrying about whether I'll hit my revenue goals for the course!
I've got the page for the next release from Annorlunda Books up! Unspotted is the story of the elusive, endangered Cape Mountain Leopard, and the man who has made it his mission to save them. It will come out in August, and I'll have the preorder page up soon. In the meantime, I'm looking for some advance readers- sign up if you're interested.
Oops, almost forgot the closing laugh. XKCD has a great answer for those annoying "what's your greatest weakness?" types of interview questions.