Things We Like (October 2015)

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

  1. In honor of decorative gourd season, the Internet brings you the Corgi puppy who can’t deal with a tiny pumpkin.
  2. (Should I have capitalized “Internet” there?)
  3. In honor of Back to the Future Day (talk about a blast from the past!) yesterday, here’s “Welcome to the Future,” Vine-style.
  4. Remember Geocities? There’s a blast from the past for you.
    (Also, you’re welcome)
  5. The Smithsonian commemorated #MeanGirlsAppreciationDay with aplomb…and a gorgeous collection of Tweets.
  6. This gorgeous collection of GIFs commemorate the Super Blood Moon.
  7. Here’s a collection of Vines of Magician Zach King confusing your brain.
  8. Many online federal portals can certainly confuse your brain, and that’s why (15LCS keynote speaker!) Mollie Ruskin and team designed the U.S. Web Design Standards—to make sense out of federal websites. We hope their work goes to good use!
  9. The Pizzigati Prize seeks to honor software developers who create, for free public distribution, open source applications and tools that nonprofit and advocacy groups can put to good use. Nominations are now open!
  10. Stories are how human beings make sense of the world, and that’s why there is the Center for Story Based Strategy.
  11. We’re not quite sure what to make of the dance of the Sage-grouse lek. We’re grateful for the Cornell Lab for telling this untold story.
  12. Here it is, finally, the Untold Story of the Ermahgerd Girl.
  13. Finally, Cat-Shaped Marshmallows! You might have a few awkward moments explaining your hot cocoa to someone, but…
  14. These awkwardly sitting cats defy explanation.
  15. Also awkward: the tightrope of social expectations women face in professional settings, told through the story of transposed famous quotes.
  16. Whatever stories the two women hosts of the podcast “Another Round” are telling or social expectations they are challenging (thank you, Heben and Tracy!), I am listening.
Steph Routh
Steph is NTEN's former Content Manager and currently serves as the Communication & Marketing Manager at the Community Cycling Center. She came to nonprofit work through the side door, after studying classical music performance, working in an Alaskan fish cannery, and teaching theater and creative writing in NYC and Thailand, among other pursuits. 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. She is passionate about removing barriers to opportunities and finding equity at the many intersections of social justice work. Steph is married to her bicycle and an aunt of two.