“I can give one example of a name that was so offensive that it actually did get pulled. The product got pulled and rebranded as something else later. And that was Reebok in the UK had introduced a running shoe for women, specifically for women, that was called Incubus.”
Naming. What is it Good For? An Interview with Laurel Sutton of Catchword, by Rattle & Pedal, 09 July 2020
“In every political debate since Facebook began to dominate democracy, the company has placed itself on the wrong side of history. The social media firm cannot be reformed from within because its business model profits from hosting bomb-throwing circuses of hate, humbug and hogwash. The platform harvests users’ personal data to algorithmically recommend content but can’t seem to help steering people towards vilifying one another while keeping their attention. It is not good for society, but it is good for Facebook.”
The Guardian view on Facebook and democracy: real and present danger, Editorial, The Guardian, 05 July 2020
Nationalize Facebook! Or, failing that, regulate it like a utility. The Zuckerberg is rich enough.
“So what did these businesses learn? They learned that the cloud really does work. They learned that their workforce – at least most of their workforce – could be trusted to do their jobs from their own homes. They learned that virtual meetings and video conferences can be just as good as the real thing. They learned that those gosh-darned millennials were right all along.”
For small business owners, the pandemic proves it: millennials were right, by Gene Marks, The Guardian, 05 July 2020
“President Trump could be in trouble. A lot could still change between now and November, but historically, the strength of the economy is correlated with the electoral strength of the incumbent president, and right now, the economy doesn’t look especially good. Between mid-March and the end of May, more than 38 million Americans applied for unemployment insurance. And even though the job market has shown some signs of improvement, many Americans are still out of work, and in June more of the people who lost their jobs were laid off permanently. And if the economic recovery progresses slowly — or halts and starts backsliding — it’s likely to drag down Trump’s reelection chances. At the very least, the downturn takes away what had been perhaps his strongest re-election argument.”
Voters Who Think The Economy Is The Country’s Biggest Problem Are Pretty Trumpy. That Might Not Help Him Much., by Likhitha Butchireddygari, 538, 06 July 2020
“Insubordination in the workplace is something that is, unfortunately, unavoidable. There are, however, things you can do to prevent insubordinate behavior as much as possible. Setting clear boundaries and listening to your employees when they disagree with you on something are excellent steps in the right direction. If it’s too late for prevention, adequate action is required; identify the behavior, issue consequences, document, and – perhaps most importantly – be fair.”
Insubordination at Work – What is it and How to Deal with it, by Erik van Vulpen, AIHR, 06 July 2020
“Years ago, when you said someone was ‘a head’, like a pot head or a Dead head, it meant they were dedicated and loyal to something. I wanted people to know I was really into, dedicated to filing and organizing, thus FileHeads. Remember, this is way back to the 1980s! Also, I wanted to appeal to my cohort group: mid-range baby boomers. And I wanted to sound cool.”
Interview with Judith Kolberg, Organizing Industry Thought Leader, Author, Publisher & Book Coach, by Janet Barclay, Your Organizing Business, 08 July 2020
“The month of June saw the comics industry rocked by successive waves of predatory conduct allegations, amid similar reckonings around sexual harassment in the affiliated worlds of video games, twitch streaming, tabletop games, professional wrestling, and professional illustration. Some of the allegations, as with superstar writer Warren Ellis, were new. Others brought renewed scrutiny to lingering problems like the allegations against Dark Horse editor Scott Allie and DC writer Scott Lobdell. Most of the stories came from marginalized creators who’d previously been silent for fear of being blacklisted. In June, that wall of silence cracked, and what showed beneath was red and raw and deeply, viscerally angry.”
Inside the Comic Book Industry’s Sexual Misconduct Crisis—and the Ugly, Exploitative History That Got It Here, by Asher Elbein, Daily Beast, 12 July 2020
“Roxana Bellia steps in as BA Studio’s Soul Liberator Rebel. Roxana grew up jumping tracks between Buenos Aires, her hometown and New York, the city that best captured her essence in her formative years. Her passion for unlocking individual and team potential and development, is informed by her over 20 years of cumulative experience as an entrepreneur, leadership consultant and specialization in assessment, development and executive coaching. Roxana works with executives in medium to Fortune 100 companies in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia.”
Roxana Bellia co-opens her own shop. Could someone get the angels to stop signing so we can get some work done around here?
“The Supreme Court just wrapped up its first full term with two of Trump’s nominees on the bench. But the court’s much-anticipated conservative revolution didn’t really happen this year. To be sure, the last few weeks of the term were full of consequential decisions that hinged on just one vote. But even though there were some fierce disagreements among the justices, the court’s final rulings were actually not very controversial at all — at least from the perspective of most Americans.”
The Supreme Court’s Big Rulings Were Surprisingly Mainstream This Year, by Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, 538, 13 July 2020
“Incredibly, the birds spent just 1% of their time aloft flapping their wings, mostly during takeoff. One bird flew more than five hours, covering more than 100 miles (160km), without flapping its wings.”
Andean condor can fly for 100 miles without flapping wings, by AP, The Guardian, 13 July 2020
“Around the world, 2020 has emerged as one of the most challenging years in many of our lifetimes. In six months, the world has endured multiple challenges, including a pandemic that has spurred a global economic crisis. As societies reopen, it’s apparent that the economy in July will not be what it was in January. Increasingly, one of the key steps needed to foster a safe and successful economic recovery is expanded access to the digital skills needed to fill new jobs. And one of the keys to a genuinely inclusive recovery are programs to provide easier access to digital skills for people hardest hit by job losses, including those with lower incomes, women, and underrepresented minorities. To help address this need, today Microsoft is launching a global skills initiative aimed at bringing more digital skills to 25 million people worldwide by the end of the year. This initiative will bring together every part of our company, combining existing and new resources from LinkedIn, GitHub, and Microsoft.”
Microsoft launches initiative to help 25 million people worldwide acquire the digital skills needed in a COVID-19 economy, by Brad Smith, Microsoft, 30 June 2020
“Harry Potter also gave young millennials the idea that everyone has a superpower that only has to be discovered. Hence the rudderless waiting. Boomers, with no Harry Potter, but only books such as Old Yeller, wherein a boy has to kill his beloved, rabid dog, were assured that they had nothing remotely like a superpower, only an arsenal of mind-wrecking tasks, like shooting your own dog.”
The Balletic Millennial Bedtimes of ‘Normal People’, by Lorrie Moore, NYR Daily, 15 July 2020
“A quarter of HR professionals defined employee experience as an “amazing office space with great perks like free food and game rooms” compared to only 16% of general employees. In fact, this attribute falls dead last in terms of making the employee experience exceptional. Instead, employees say the number one definition of a great employee experience is being empowered and trusted to do their job with little supervision (63%). This is not clear to HR, with only 50% believing this to be true.”
New Study Shows Troubling Disconnect Between HR and Employees, by Marcel Schwantes, INC., 21 July 2020
“Mullenweg considers certain habits employees may use to signal hard work in a traditional office environment–showing up early and staying late, for example–as ‘false proxies,’ saying that ‘where you work and how you work don’t really matter.'”
Matt Mullenweg of WordPress: How a Fully Distributed Company Keeps Its Team Engaged, by Matt Haber, INC., 17 July 2020
“Endeavour,” E1, S3, PBS
I’m impressed by how delightfully well how they got “The Great Gatsby,” “Freaks,” and “Laura” all in one episode. Yay!
I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.
Simone de Beauvoir
I worry that the person who thought up Muzak may be thinking up something else.
I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn’t, than live as if there isn’t and to die to find out that there is.
If a man can… make a better mousetrap, the world will make a beaten path to his door.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
If I asked for a cup of coffee, someone would search for the double meaning.
If I had known what it would be like to have it all – I might have been willing to settle for less.
If love is the answer, could you please rephrase the question?
If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and stare.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
If the tongue had not been framed for articulation, man would still be a beast in the forest.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?