April 13, 2017

Just a little (link) love: I love you, robot edition



Awesome question with a great start at the answers: Who is the Serena Williams of Tech?

I’m not this organized at onboarding at my new company since we rarely hire but I aim to be a little before I need to hire again: Patreon’s onboarding deck.

I’m pretty good at avoiding most food waste, though I have my slip-ups, but new food date labeling would be awesome. The author touches on an important point – if you don’t have enough experience with food to know, you rely on labels most to tell you if food is still ok to eat: “That we put so much stock in these dates illustrates a profound lack of kitchen confidence and knowledge. We don’t know how long food should or will last.


What traces are you leaving?

The only version of the Wall that makes me smile

I’ve always loved Anne Hathaway and I appreciate that her view of strongly believing in things doesn’t need to be full of rage or passion to be authentic, it’s more important for it to be lifelong: “I can’t let it be rage or anger or even passion to be what it is that drives me. It has to be a belief in equality. It has to be a belief in love. When I speak about being overt, or in that quote, overt feminism, I think it’s off-putting because, like I said, that muscle can become exhausted. I’d like to find something that is a renewable energy source.”


Now we know: “Octopus arms remain deadly for a while after they’ve been detached from the head.

I was just wondering how much waste is generated by meals served on planes and lo, comes The Guardian to answer at least part of my question: “Airline passengers generated 5.2m tonnes of waste in 2016, most of which went to landfill or incineration, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates. That’s the weight of about 2.6m cars. And it’s a figure set to double over the next 15 years.

Good grief, United.

Hi robot

April 6, 2017

Just a little (link) love: squeaky squeaky edition



All the unsettled business in life right now has me feeling Cait’s feelings.

Derek’s dishwasher analogy is particularly poignant in light of our househunting. And he’s right, of course. I once faced that 3 day pile of dishes and I nearly cried.  🙂

The housing crisis in New Zealand is causing a direct threat to the health of children growing up in overcrowded conditions.

Tonya on brutal self honesty

Maggie at Northern Expenditure is working on an awesome research project, help her out by taking her survey!


Jeanne Margaine-Lacroix … brought about the general adoption of the lean, modern look.


Did you ever wonder why dental care is separate from medical care? I sure did.

Dependence on crowdfunding: the sad reality of health care today. And this may have shifted drastically by the time this link love is shared, we just don’t know.

…When I told my father’s friend that I could be happy now, all of that was thrust into the light. If I could be happy at a size 26, then anyone’s happiness might be more complex than the size of their clothing…

This birth experience told by the non-birth mother in a same sex partnership is horrifying. How awful to constantly have to justify your presence at such a critical time.

Squeaky, squeaky

March 30, 2017

Just a little (link) love: dogs meeting cutes edition



I don’t know about you but I’m sick of society telling Little Bit and other girls that she’s not enough because she’s a girl.

I really wanted to go on a JoCo cruise but felt like I just wasn’t nerdy enough to truly enjoy it while still being an introvert. Instead I’ll nerd out over the money part of it.

Crystal does a totally useful rundown of major expenses you might be able to trim.

Loss of sleep is bad for you, but it’s also really bad for your money. I learned this lesson the hard way in the past, too, but Grayson’s bill was a bit larger than my $50 check error.


Cute babies

This travel pillow has me laughing – who would ever use this?


The story of this mother and baby home in Ireland just broke my heart.

Half your brain stays awake when you sleep in a strange place – this explains something I’ve noticed in almost all my business trips! Depending on the location, the effect actually might last 2-4 days for me, though, not just the first night.

Do children not learn about indentured servitude anymore? We knew from age 8 that indentured servitude is NOT slavery. The former is a temporary condition where you promise your labor for a set period of time whether you like or agree to the idea or not but you’re still a human, the latter is when you’re property and not human!

Kids think if they aren’t being outright unkind, they are being nice. We know better. Connect the ugly dots. Explain the social survival instinct that’s often motivating and guiding their impulses. I promise you, they can handle it.” This article isn’t covering all the nuances of child behavior but it’s a great introduction to how parents should consider intervening when their children are young. There’s some misguided notion that kids should manage their friendships entirely on their own and don’t need to be taught more about how to think beyond themselves – and that does allow the bullying culture to flourish.

Dogs meeting cute animals

March 23, 2017

Just a little (link) love: otter pups edition



My succession planning at work has always been guided by the question: what if you fell off a cliff tomorrow, would they know how to carry on? It seems morbid to some but I’ve seen too much death in my personal life, from early on and across age groups, to think it couldn’t happen here. From that perspective, this situation is deeply troubling. It’s a job and someone has to do it. I’m also wondering why the grand boss didn’t investigate the exit interviews after the first or even second early departure.

The youngest self-made female billionaire invented Spanx! I did not know this.

How would changes to the ACA / Obamacare set up affect you?

If (and that’s a big if for some of you) you wanted to retire early, what are the incentives that would keep you in the workplace? Ms. Montana proposes some huge changes to the workplace standard that would appeal to the FIRE crowd looking to actually live their lives instead of being chained to a desk for years. Joe at RetireBy40 and I agree though – it’s equally important to us that the workplace itself is sensible and enhances our work life, we’ve walked from jobs because they turned into nonsense meeting-fests, or over-politicized and downright crappy.

I love awesome grandmothers – they’ve lived through trials we only know through the history books, and if we’re lucky, teach us their strength and determination.


Mortality doesn’t scare me, except for the people who would miss me, because I zoom out and realize that my life is just a mote in the universe.

If you have mascara wands lying around, you can donate them to the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge. Turns out they can use them to help groom the animals.


I really need this resolution not to pass: Congress is getting ready to pass a resolution that allows telecoms to sell our personal browsing data.

How a Westboro Church member regained her humanity and left the church

Files released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation reveal that early twentieth century activist and co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn predictably spent at least 1921 to 1924 under surveillance by undercover agents…”

We need some otters today

March 16, 2017

Just a little (link) love: Grocery helper edition


Enter for a chance to win a stay at Duns Castle for you and 20 guests. Plus, five runners-up could win a HomeAway® vacation. (They have 2+ million unique places to stay.)


I’m an honorary Indian! Yay! Thanks, Mrs. BITA!

You’re used to me doing pressure testing here all the time, have you done your own?


Humpback whales are organizing in huge numbers, and no one knows why – observing behaviors of whales makes me happy.


Behavior first, or neuronal activity first?

Learn something new every day. I had no idea that altitude affects your sense of taste. Then again, I’m willing to accept a fairly low quality of food because it’s only recently that I noticed airline food wasn’t that good.

Amanda’s Trail in Oregon: We have an awful history of treating Native Americans about as inhumanely as is possible to conceive.

I am the child of immigrants. When I see immigrant families torn asunder because we as a nation lack the heart, courage, or creativity to come up with a better way to deal with immigration, legal or not, I feel so utterly we’ve failed as people.

Grocery helpers

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