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Extremely Online People

Extremely Online People

I’m writing this the night of January 6, 2021. It won’t be posted tonight, because it’s not what anyone should be paying attention to. It’s useful to me to write something else, think about something other than a coup, a putsch. I am Extremely Online. If you follow me on Twitter, you are already aware…

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The University of YouTube

This week, I learned how to roll out potica dough thin enough to see the flowers on your tablecloth through it. I went from knowing vaguely that engines have carburetors to disassembling my snowthrower and repairing it. Other things I’ve used it for are video game hints for when I’m stuck, adjusting bike disc brakes,…

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From the editorial scrap heap

In 2020, we got some excellent examples of how different approaches to planning, capacity management, and emergency response can make a real difference between a public-health problem and a slow-motion mass-casualty event.

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Sharpen the axe with personas

I haven’t been writing much about writing lately, because I have a big! new! exciting! project coming up. I’ll tell you more about that later. However, this weekend I ended up in a twitter conversation about how I get myself unstuck when a piece of writing isn’t working, and I thought I’d share. Abraham Lincoln…

Ergonomics in my middle ages

Ergonomics in my middle ages

Why a lifetime of living in this body has made me so picky about keyboards, among other things.

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Talking about my internalized ableism

What if I prioritize comfort and joy over pride? Why is that hard for me?

Location, location, location: A perennial discussion

Location, location, location: A perennial discussion

Last night, part 87 of a perpetual discussion flared up again. The one about where you live and why it matters. It started with an article by Sean Blanda – Our Remote Work Future is Going to Suck. I encourage you to read the article, it’s not 100% right, but Blanda brings up excellent points…

Book cover: Project to Product by Mik Kersten

Book Review: Project to Product, by Mik Kersten

Have you read Accelerate yet? If you haven’t, you might want to go read that one first and come back to Kersten’s book, Project to Product. When I think about how software is trying to reinvent itself, Accelerate, by Nicole Forsgren, Gene Kim, and Jez Humble is the book that presents the business case for…

Speaking at Women Tech Makers Montreal

Lady Conference Speaker: Now More Than Ever

Learn about being an MC, running a panel, and engaging in banter

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Circles of Care in the workplace

I first learned about Circles of Care from my brother, I think, when he was going through his chaplaincy training. It goes like this: The patient is in the center of the circle. Surrounding them in a ring are their parents, partners, or closest loved ones. The next ring out is more extended family, less-intimate-but-still-close…

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