Note: When I first started to arrange this event in June, I was working as the Director of Technology at the Texas Tribune. I departed that post at the end of July. The event was on August 26-28, and I wanted to keep helping out because I was so excited. These are my personal thoughts
Note: in design-speak, a “dark pattern” means that a bad website experience is not the result of mere ignorance or incompetence, but rather, is the result of a malevolent and deliberate design choice that hurts the person using the website by tricking them into doing things they don’t want to do. You know, I didn’t
I’ve always hated those annoying people who have “500+” LinkedIn connections. Obviously that meant I had to become one of them. So, last year, as a half-joke, I made that a yearly goal. I didn’t make my goal, but that’s okay because if you make your goals 100% of the time, you’re not setting ambitious
On October 12, I gave a presentation to some Vanderbilt history PhDs, covering the steps they’d need to take to find non-academic employment. In it, I emphasized the need to network, both because you were never going to get a job with just a resume, and because eventually, you’d need to find someone who would
Aren’t they great? I imagine you might have some questions. Q: Wait, is this a food blog now? A: No, it’s not. I do cook a lot, though, and there may be more food pictures for a while. I like food. I like taking pictures of food. It’s soothing. Q: Eggplants, though? Really? Yes, really.
When I talk to folks interested in tech careers, as I did last month, I’m reminded how utterly baffling tech job titles can be. For example, I’ll mention to folks that I’m looking for a role in Product or User Experience, but that I’d also be happy doing Content Strategy. Non-tech folks then have to