Fortune Magazine this morning, helping Indiegogo —a tech company with a staff that is 45% female — refute the idea that there’s no female talent in the tech industry. (x)
I enjoy reading Fortune’s coverage of the gender/race gap in the tech industry because they rarely ask “where are the women?” and instead run stories saying “We know you don’t have any women on staff, but look, here the women are, they’re right here, and they’re actually doing better work than the men right now, so maybe you should think about employing a few.”(via etharei)
"I’m sick of how bisexuality is erased in LGBT spaces. I get really nervous before any LGBT event, especially Pride. I feel incredibly sad and hopeless when gay and lesbian people call me insulting names. If gay and lesbian people don’t understand me – Continue reading Prejudice at Pride at Empathize This
The following is the opening to my new novel-in-progress. I’d like some thoughts on whether you’d turn the page after reading this much, and your thoughts on how you might improve this.
Writing Problems: when you write something is going to happen that sounds awesome, but you can’t write the thing when the time comes.
(Seriously, what is moose? It’s a game. Not tag, not hide and go seek, not sardines. Why would werewolves play a game called moose? Also moon food. What food? Donuts? Moon pies?)
The Why Writing Is So Hard field of psychology is very interesting to me.
gpoy. fuck “natural talent” in its eyeball.
I had natural talent. And I am the worst procrastinator. Fortunately, there are Deadlines.
I think I’d read this before, but this part just grabbed me:
“The kids who race ahead in the readers without much supervision get praised for being smart,” says Dweck. “What are they learning? They’re learning that being smart is not about overcoming tough challenges. It’s about finding work easy. When they get to college or graduate school and it starts being hard, they don’t necessarily know how to deal with that.”
That was me, through and through, and I’m not even a millenial.
“The kids who race ahead in the readers without much supervision get praised for being smart,” says Dweck. “What are they learning? They’re learning that being smart is not about overcoming tough challenges. It’s about finding work easy.”
::sighs in recognition::
Talent is not enough. You have to put in the work, too.
ALL OF THIS TRUE, AND NOT JUST APPLICABLE TO WRITING FOR A LIVING. Though of course, I do write for a living, if not fiction. Well, not officially.
Ultimate proof that cats are smart !!! more smart cats«
Cat intelligence is actually a pretty interesting topic in that the majority of studies on the subject basically have to end in the conclusion "we just don’t know" because cats are among the most uncooperative research subjects of all time. We know a great deal of cat sight, having used cats as the archetype for a vision-focused vertebrate/mammal, but we still know very little about what really goes on inside the cat mind.