Good Reads and Fun Things, Vol. 7

It’s been well over a year since I’ve touched this blog. Oops! Oh well. Fuck it. Here’s a few things I’ve been enjoying lately:

The fantastic Sarah Mei gives great advice on pairing with junior developers.

I love Model View Culture, but its founder Shanley Kane is…enigmatic at best. Elizabeth Spiers interviewed Kane, and discusses gender in the tech world.

Speaking of Model View Culture, here’s my two favourite articles from the mag: Stop Acting So Surprised: how microaggressions enforce stereotypes in tech and Programmer Legitimacy: Earned, Bought, or Borrowed?

From Wired: The Pro Dumpster Diver Who’s Making Thousands Off America’s Biggest Retailers

The Oral History of ‘Bring it On’ – Anyone else still remember the entire opening cheer? Yeah, you do.

Warren Buffett’s Family Secretly Funded a Birth Control Revolution. See also: IUDs are amazing.

Gorilla Vs Bear’s Best of 2015 (so far) playlist is a decent listen. As is Glass Animals’ ZABA


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If you like hip hop, data, and linguistics, this post is for you: The Largest Vocabulary in Hip Hop

♫ I’ve Been Thinking by Handsome Boy Modelling School has been on repeat lately.

Gabourey Sibide’s speech on self-confidence is amazing. Funny, bittersweet, and insightful.

I just forgot for a moment that my entire class hated me. I had zero friends from the fourth grade to the sixth grade. Who the hell was I baking cookies for? I really got so excited to bake that I had forgotten that everyone hated my guts. Why didn’t they like me? I was fat, yes. I had darker skin and weird hair, yes. But the truth is, this isn’t a story about bulling, or color, or weight. They hated me because… I was an asshole!

How to restart a shitty day

Teehee. System of a Downton Abbey by @Jimllpaintit


A really well-researched piece about urban cycling on Medium.

If you’re learning French and are looking for a more immersive experience, check out Night Walk by Google, a guided tour of Marseille (in French or English).

Fans of Mary Roach <3 should read this interview with her on Mental Floss.

Hilarious, amazing photos. Single Woman Spends 14 Years with Mannequin Family to Make a Point

And finally, the Best Cat Video Ever.

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Good Reads and Fun Things, Vol. 5

Simplicity — the one-word answer to many of life’s problems

I’m currently experiencing a bit of internet malaise. Here’s five ways to avoid it.

So, so right. The seven deadly sins of freelancing.

Reuters has done an extensive and intensive investigation into the failed adoptions of US parents. What happens to the unwanted children? This five-part longread is absolutely riveting. Seriously, skip Breaking Bad tonight and read this instead.

14 weird reasons you’re not dead yet. In fact, Slate’s entire series on longevity is pretty damn interesting.

What Is Ugly? A New Exhibit Showcases The Diversity Of The Human Form

I’m somewhat torn between thoroughly researching our trip to Indonesia, or taking the que sera sera approach. I sometimes wonder if I would have enjoyed my time in India more had I been more prepared. Here’s some thoughts on trip planning.

This lady made a Feminist Cards Against Humanity.

Gender equity at Harvard Business School

What have you been reading lately? I’m quite enjoying the sexy decadence of Valley of the Dolls.

Me and Happiness the Elephant

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If you haven’t listened to Nine Inch Nails’ new album Hesitation Marks yet, give it a listen then read Pretty Much Amazing’s review. I absolutely love the album with one notable exception (the single Everything is bizarre in a bad way. Oh Trent).

Amanda Palmer bought her Ninja Parade to Wellington this week, stopping in at Civic Square, the City Library and some spots on Cuba Street.

Choice: Texas | A web-based game in development that hopes to tackle and give context to the abortion issue

30 Things You Should Do Right Now

Rebecca Harrington tries out celebrity diets and writes (hilariously) about them. Apparently, Madonna’s was the hardest.

Every Tech Commercial Ever // see also: Android KitKat takes the piss out of Apple 

This biographical piece on Marissa Mayer is LONG but interesting

Ditto this exploration of the life of celebrity elephants in India. While we were in India we met an elephant (her name was Happiness) in some pretty dodgy circumstances, but the treatment of male elephants in Kerala is disgusting. Selling junk online | dealers peddle drugs online – how do they do it without getting caught?

Is ‘Pretty’ a set of skills? 

Dear Straight People…

Finally — this is beautiful and terrifying

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It’s the middle of winter and I’m sick of it. The last few days of sunshine have been a welcome reprieve from the storms and earthquakes of the past few weeks. Still, I’m hankering for summer. I can’t wait to start planting plants and extending my tiny garden beyond a couple of herbs.

I’ve spent my past few weeks busily working and (still) trying to settle in to my new life. It’s amazing, and rewarding, but a little overwhelming at times.

Enough about me, though, here’s some good reads:


D-I-Why? Emily Matchar on the Lure of the “New Domesticity” | More thoughts on this to come, as I’m currently reading her book.

Boy Meets World | A great piece in Salient by Sebastian, a “transmasculine fella, a non-binary swoonprince smashing heteronormativity ”

Why the UK’s anti-porn laws are ridiculous and it matters that they’re overturned

Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death | Dr. Michael Greger looks at the leading causes of death, and how a vegetarian diet can help fight and prevent most of them.

The History of CTRL+ALT+DELETE

I’m not a hero for taking care of my kids (I’m also not babysitting them. I’m their dad.)

The Comment Section for Every Article Ever Written about Intimate Grooming | This is the funniest thing I’ve ever read online.

Comics about Introversion | So, so accurate.

My Gucci Addiction | The author of Friday Night Lights gives a fascinating account of his high-fashion addiction

How to stop being mean | This should be required reading for everyone

Read anything good lately? Do share!

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If fonts were cats | what, you never wondered?

Text street style | Can get enough of this:

“Stephen wears black Mandatory shorts, an i love ugly brown paisley short-sleeved shirt and purple canvas Vans plimsolls.

Peter wears dark blue Wrangler jeans, an orange ASOS scoop neck t-shirt, and blue-grey New Balance trainers.

Accessories: shopping bags from Moore Wilson, romantic love, sinister moral agenda.”

A talk with one of China’s rent-a-boyfriends | it’s a pretty fascinating concept. How far will children go to please their parents and adhere to their cultural value system? I wonder what the market is like for rent-a-girlfriends?

What teens get about the Internet that parents don’t | It’s not just teens–more often than not I turn to the internet to teach me what I need to learn. I think it’s fantastic and a real step towards the democratisation of education.

Recipe: Coconut whipped cream | I can’t wait to try this one just as soon as my coconut cream solidifies.

I’m also looking forward to trying vegetarian ‘ground beef’. 

Additional Myers-Briggs personality types | from McSweeny’s

My husband and I sailed from California to New Zealand, while I was pregnant | I can’t wait to read the memoir!

How to Destroy Angels did an AMA | It’s well worth a read. I particularly enjoyed reading their thoughts on what a band is and how they are challenging the norm:

We’re trying to expand the idea of what a “band” can be, make it more holistic and treat visual contributions as equally important.

Finally this week, Kakenya Ntaiya made a bargin; she agreed to undergo female circumcision, as long as she could continue going to school. Here is her TED Talk:





Good Reads and Fun Things, Vol. 1

There are a few things I like in life:

Reading interesting articles;

Keeping track of everything I read with Pocket and Evernote;

Foisting interesting articles upon others.

Consider yourself foisted-upon. Enjoy these reads (plus a few musical interludes)!


Convergent as | Or, in other words, New Zealand: The Land of the Unfinished Simile. Really, it’s cold as here. But cold as what?

Wild Belle, Keep You | I’m really enjoying this jazzy, upbeat tune.

My Life as a Professional Cannabis Baker | This is an absolutely fascinating interview – “I knew I could develop a niche for myself by using fresh, quality ingredients (like freshly squeezed organic lemons from my mom’s garden).”

A Month Alone In: India | With my trip to India fast approaching (two months today!), I’ve been reading about other peoples’ experiences on the subcontinent.

Justice is served, but more so after lunch : how food breaks affect the decisions of judges

Old Man at Burning Man | What happens when you take your Dad to Burning Man?

The Cold Hard Facts of Freezing to Death

The Current | A great streaming radio station, if you need something new to listen to at work.

The No-Nonsense Guide to Getting Paid for your Expertise | After my trip to India, I’ll be mostly self-employed–this was a great read which I’ll be referring back to.

An Ode to the Diva Cup | Every woman should own a Diva Cup/Mooncup, and that’s all I’ll say on the matter lest I give you TMI.

And finally, Josephine Baker was a freaking rock star! | Hero Status: Josephine Baker