The Inimitable Tiff


  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

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

A haiku from the article: The Face of Unfortunate Fashion

    timeshaiku:

    A haiku from the article: The Face of Unfortunate Fashion

  6. You realize you have a tendency to overindulge similes.
  7. Even without active use, the presence of mobile technologies has the potential to divert individuals from face-to-face exchanges, thereby undermining the character and depth of these connections. Individuals are more likely to miss subtle cues, facial expressions, and changes in the tone of their conversation partner’s voice, and have less eye contact.
  8. Mail carrier is just one casualty of a tech-based job market that shares a unifying theme: paper. Newspaper reporters face a projected 13% decline in hiring in the coming years. Layoffs and furloughs in the industry are commonplace, the result of advertisers slashing their print budgets by nearly 30% since 2009, per a NewspaperDeathWatch.com report. “When I started in the business, I imagined paying my dues for a few years and moving up to better beats or an editor’s role,” says one former newspaper reporter in Southern California. Nate moved to public relations in 2011, the same year 152 newspapers cased operations around the nation. “But after almost 10 years I saw how few jobs there were and no opportunities to move up,” he says. Consumers are not simply eschewing reading the news, but rather are consuming their information online and not in print. Want to catch up on the latest news? Power on your smart phone or tablet and get the latest happenings from around the globe in one place. Want to read a book? Download any one of thousands of titles instantly. The logging industry is feeling the impact of the move from print to digital. Says Eric Johnson, publisher of Northern Logger, dramatically lower demand for paper means much less demand for wood pulp that lumberjacks help provide. The result is a 9% decline in logging industry employment.
  9. What We Talk About When We Talk About Violence In Chicago : Code Switch : NPR
    We have templates that we superimpose on Chicago and places like it. These templates distort the ways violence comes to bear on individual lives, obscure the patterns that come with that violence, and shape the ways we think about ameliorating it. These are each human-scale tragedies worthy of human-scale consideration. To really understand what happened in Chicago last weekend, we have to be able both to see those shootings as mass shootings, and to see the lives they shatter.

    Great post with a bunch of solid links to more reading.

  10. If you write a big program, you’ll reinvent Lisp. If you write a big program, it will read email. If you are a programmer, you will find yourself drawn to to-do lists. And then you will talk about these things, because they are the touchstones of our shared culture of technology, with attendant rituals.
    Paul Ford, Doomed to Repeat It

    Nothing says “I reject everyone else’s way of seeing the world in favor of my own” more clearly than declaring email bankruptcy; it’s the digital equivalent of baptism into a new faith.

    The resonates particularly strongly. I’m glad I haven’t crossed that line, simply for the time to think more about what it means.