The Inimitable Tiff

Jul 20

I was a little bit surprised that the report didn’t spend much time tackling the hardest issue, which is why do they need to have so much revenue? It’s because their cost structure is made for print. When you look at how much revenue comes from print and the scale of their operation because of print, the challenge that they’re facing moving forward is how do they move into a post-print world….

It just seems like if you’re reading a secret internal report for The New York Times, the things that people would be stressed about, isn’t that, oh, the website’s not good enough, or they haven’t moved fast enough with this feature or that feature, but more like how do we deal with this very different cost structure of our future business, compared to our past business.

” — Finally getting to Felix Salmon’s really great Medium interview with Jonah Peretti. This point about the NYT innovation report was absolutely my reaction. That said, the problem is that the cost structure is both the most vital thing to address, and at the same time the one thing that never truly will.  (via markcoatney)

Jul 19

Microsoft Is The Very Antithesis Of Strategy | Tech.pinions - Perspective, Insight, Analysis -

Microsoft could learn much from Sun Tzu. Over the past fifteen to twenty years, Microsoft has engaged in the very worst kind of generalship. Microsoft has allowed their competitors to join forces and successfully scheme against them. Microsoft has responded to the successes of their competitors by forswearing their strongest weapons, abandoning their strongest defensive positions and rushing to attack their competitors wherever they may be, even if those battlefields were located where Microsoft was at its weakest and their competitors were are at their strongest. When these attacks inevitably failed, Microsoft resorted to wars of attrition. Yet in these wars of attrition, it was Microsoft, not their opponents, who suffered most, taking disproportionally greater losses than they inflicted.

Worth consideration, at very least for the Sun Tzu quote-employment.

A People's History of Tattooine (with tweets) · Storify by tcarmody -

I know/work with a lot of the people joined this riff, so naturally it’s my kind of thing. But it’s still a pretty great parody of internet discussion eddies. I highly recommend you grab some lunch and enjoy.

Drinking What’s Available - The Upshot | NYT

It’s another primary night. It’s after 11. You are still at your desk because they’re counting absentee ballots in Waukesha County and The Associated Press hasn’t called the race. Finally, the closest challenger concedes, and you’ve filed your story; you and the copy editor would really like a cocktail right about now. But you don’t want it to make you too tired. The last time you fell asleep on the subway home, you wound up in Coney Island.

You know there is a little room-temperature coffee left in the carafe on the hot plate that’s been turned off for hours. And, behold, behind the fat stack of exit poll results that have accumulated over the last few months, there are a few airplane bottles of rum. Those were leftovers from the New Hampshire primary, when you and a few reporters made the best out of a snowstorm in the lobby of the Manchester Holiday Inn.

For the record, the hot chocolate mix works better. And I have yet to fall asleep on the subway.Drinking What’s Available - The Upshot | NYT

It’s another primary night. It’s after 11. You are still at your desk because they’re counting absentee ballots in Waukesha County and The Associated Press hasn’t called the race. Finally, the closest challenger concedes, and you’ve filed your story; you and the copy editor would really like a cocktail right about now. But you don’t want it to make you too tired. The last time you fell asleep on the subway home, you wound up in Coney Island.

You know there is a little room-temperature coffee left in the carafe on the hot plate that’s been turned off for hours. And, behold, behind the fat stack of exit poll results that have accumulated over the last few months, there are a few airplane bottles of rum. Those were leftovers from the New Hampshire primary, when you and a few reporters made the best out of a snowstorm in the lobby of the Manchester Holiday Inn.

For the record, the hot chocolate mix works better. And I have yet to fall asleep on the subway.

Jul 18

Beyond The Pale

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Beyond The Pale is a very solid Pale Ale brewed by Fish Brewing Co. in WA and features some great label artwork. Clothing is optional while enjoying one of these beers. Heads up!

Some Universities Crack Code in Drawing Women to Computer Science - The Upshot | NYT -

One of the reasons so few women work in tech is that few choose to study computer science or engineering. Only 18 percent of computer science graduates in the United States are women, down from 37 percent in 1985.

At a few top college programs, though, that appears to be changing.

At Carnegie Mellon University, 40 percent of incoming freshmen to the School of Computer Science are women, the largest group ever. At the University of Washington, another technology powerhouse, women earned 30 percent of computer science degrees this year. At Harvey Mudd College, 40 percent of computer science majors are women, and this year, women represented more than half of the engineering graduates for the first time.

Jul 17

footnoted* — Irony alert: A One-Time Benefit That’s Actually Three Times

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A haiku from the article: The Face of Unfortunate Fashion

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A haiku from the article: The Face of Unfortunate Fashion

“You realize you have a tendency to overindulge similes.” — Ehud Havazelet, Second Person | NYT Opinionator