Saron Yitbarek: ‘I Don’t Belong in Tech’
“I feel you whisper make the world a better place as you drift to sleep, so obsessed with changing it that you forget that the world is made up of little people like me.” CodeNewbie founder Saron Yitbarek writes about her relationship with the tech industry.
Art, Animal, Essence: The Drawings of Charley Harper
“To this day, animals are my guides to distant lands and fantastic realms beyond my urban experience and human reality.” Isaac Yuen describes drawing animals as a child and explores his favorite nature illustrations from the late Ohio artist Charley Harper.
Top 40 Albums of 2016
“For me, this list is the most important thing I write all year. While I enjoy all the various writing avenues I take, the ‘Top Albums’ list is really the end-all-be-all.” Andy Schroeder at Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs shares his annual list of top albums, including A Tribe Called Quest, Wilco, and more.
At the Edge of the Old World
“I realised you cannot simply leave the desert behind.” James Dee Clayton documents his transformative time in Senegal in an extensive collection of photographs.
Anticipation of the Year Ahead
“I will continue to live in the moment and practice gratitude for every blessing I have: My family, my health, my freedom, my ability to follow my dreams and my quest to make a difference in the world even if it is small.” The blogger at thirdeyemom responds to a recent photo challenge, “Anticipation.”
The Best of Tropics of Meta in 2016
The editors at Tropics of Meta compile their favorite posts from 2016, on topics including architecture, hip hop, and politics — both tragic (the Orlando shooting, the US presidential election) and inspiring (struggles for social justice).
My Favorite Animal Longreads of 2016
Pam Mandel from Nerd’s Eye View shares her favorite stories about animals from 2016.
On not writing Christmas cards
Helen Hayward on not writing Christmas cards: “I’ve always struggled to describe an entire year in a hundred words inside a Christmas card. I find it even harder this year. Because this year it’s clear to me that my life isn’t going to plan.”
Pulse shooting’s youngest victim left teammates with a mission
At ESPN’s The Undefeated, journalist Timothy Bella tells the story of Akyra Murray, the youngest victim of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, and how her high school women’s basketball team in Philadelphia is honoring her memory.
Top Flickr Photos from 2016
The staff at Flickr sorted through billions of photos from 2016, compiling the top 25 images based on popularity and curation. This small selection highlights some of the most stunning photography on the photo sharing service.
Looking Back on Thirty Years in the Warehouses of Oakland
“This marginal life, this DIY life: in it, they created themselves. We created ourselves. This is why spaces like this matter more than ever now, as gentrification scours the creative life out of Oakland.” Kaya Oakes reflects on the Ghost Ship fire that killed 36 people in December 2016.
“India and I are like childhood sweethearts. We’ve moved on to different things, but there’s a special corner in our hearts for each other. I don’t have to choose. Both India and the US are home.” In this piece on family and India, Hema Nataraju reflects on the meaning of home.
Where Is The Balance Between Security, Authentication, Marketing, and Privacy?
“There have been times when the ads that followed me around knew my needs even before I did.” How much privacy are you willing to relinquish for convenience? The team at The Scholarly Kitchen shares their insights.
The Rise of the Crowd-Sourced Syllabus
From the Trump Syllabus 2.0 to the Native Lives Matter Syllabus, crowd-sourced syllabi have popped up as resources for educators and readers looking for background about complex current events.
Sketch and repeat
“Before they were published, they were just scribbles in a sketchbook.” New Yorker cartoonist Drew Dernavich shares the process from sketch to caption to publication.
Cheri Lucas Rowlands
Not to be fed after midnight.Filter