2020 was terrible, and 2021 will likely still be awful. But it shouldn't keep us from finding small victories to help others (and ourselves).
A schooltime crush let me see early how fighting despair is always better than giving up to it.
A recent essay reminded me how the anxieties that pushed me to become a better developer are often drowning me instead.
It's fun to imagine the future of widespread, sustainable eating could be eating crickets. In many different forms.
Nazi Germany is universally seen as bad now, but it happened much later than many today would have expected.
Sheltering in place made me realize how much I miss many people in my life. One of them a woman whose unyielding personality helps fuel her selfless work in a soup kitchen.
Giving thanks to others should not be an excuse to avoid your share of work in a pandemic.
In a culture hyperfocused on productivity and economics, we should remember humans are more than their work. Especially when a pandemic takes it away.
Nickel and Dimed is a must-read looking at the struggles the working poor face every day. These are the best lessons I pulled from it and don't want to forget, for my empathy's sake.
If you think moderate positions are the 'high ground,' know that civil rights leaders thought it was a bigger threat than extremists.
In 2019 I focused on numbers for doing better in work and play. That focus caused most of my past year's regrets, and I plan to take a much different approach for 2020.
It's hard to escape the dominant tech assumption that a woman-dominated isn't 'normal.'
Climate change is complex and dangerous, but some of the key (and too often overlooked) drivers are our industrial cultures.
I've (mostly) left Twitter for over two weeks. The effects have ranged from good, amazing, and later on, horrible.
If you're a white man or otherwise privileged person reading someone's painful lived experiences, don't respond in these ways.
A person's natural urge to feel important, as natural as hunger and thirst, shows itself in many ways.
A persistent question is what metrics we use to define the value of a human life.
I don't consider myself a tech ally, but have several ways I try to act as one.
Many priviledged coders make a common mistake when thinking other coders should simply 'try harder.'
It's the fairy tormenting almost every aspect of my existence.
'The Problem of Evil' seems to be used more to justify the world's existing evil.
Verbal abuse shouldn't be dismissed as silly or unimportant. There's easy ways to recognize and handle it.