January 22, 2015

Things We Like (January 2015)

A monthly roundup of our favorite nonprofit tech resources and other goodies.

  1. We start Things We Like in the cloud (technology ebook, in .pdf), complete with special Amy cameo.
  2. Returning to earth, specifically the Galapagos, this “last year in review” has everything: webcams, drones, and a shipwreck. Pure paradise!
  3. Last year was so … last year. Here are Kickstarter’s tech predictions for 2015. DIY circuit boards, anyone?
  4. Or how about a DIY supercomputer made entirely of old PlayStations?
  5. It’s not just for PlayStation: The Games for Change Festival in April celebrates games with positive social impact. Bonus: Get an extra 10% off their best prices with 10nten.
  6. How’s your social impact doing on Facebook? You can take a wild guess, or you can take ActionSprout’s Facebook Benchmark Survey for Nonprofits.
  7. Where in the world is that building? Educated and wild guesses both welcome on Geoguessr, which uses Google Maps and Street View.
  8. According to Wired Magazine, this is “The Best Map Ever Made of America’s Racial Segregation.” (We’re still getting over the idea of “best” and “racial segregation” inhabiting the same sentence, though)
  9. This excerpt from Vikram Chandra’s “Geek Sublime” book starts off with a map—well, a diagram—of code dependency.
  10. The Planet Money Podcast explores the co-dependency of innovation in its recent episode, “The Technology Tango.”
  11. It’s not tango, but it is poetry in motion: Three dogs are ball boys in this Venus Williams tennis match.
  12. Craigslist ad + distraught boyfriend + crowdsourced missing pet recovery = pure poetry in the story about the return of Camo the Cat.
Steph Routh
Steph is Content Manager at NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network. She has spent over a decade in the nonprofit sector, with a focus on organizational development, communications, fundraising, and program planning. Steph served as the first Executive Director of Oregon Walks for five years prior to joining NTEN. She is passionate about removing barriers to opportunities and finding equity at the many intersections of social justice work. And she feels lucky every day she is at NTEN, with a Community that does exactly that. Outside the NTEN office, Steph is the Mayor of Hopscotch Town, a consulting and small publishing firm that inspires and celebrates fun, lovable places for everyone. Steph is married to her bicycle and an aunt of two.