September 22, 2016

Things We Like (September 2016)

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

  1. Ursula Le Guin has earned a rare honor. Just don’t call her a sci-fi writer.
  2. Just don’t use midsentence capitalization. Some journalists are asking you, begging you.
  3. When a reader asked whether they should hit ‘Reply All’ when asking to be removed, the New York Times answered.
  4. When two tech firms found themselves at the center of racism scandals, here is how they answered.
  5. Folks at Google asked—and then intensively studied—the key to good teamwork. Answer? Being Nice.
  6. At the very least, you should be nice to and around your dog, because a study found that dogs actually understand what humans say.
  7. The most accurate reconstruction of a dinosaur so far has answered the age-old question: Which was the first creature to be taunted about its ears sticking out?
  8. Tech firms have discovered that, when they judge on skills alone, women land more job interviews.
  9. This rat landed in spaghetti, and life became a dream come true.
  10. This video is a dream come true for people who love cats and video arcades.
  11. Here’s what it looks like when your cat tries to hack into your laptop.
  12. And no wonder, because not even your cat could have predicted how much cooler your laptop is than these projections from 1976. (H/T Rob Weiner)
  13. Raccoons are beyond anything that Mallory Ortberg of The Toast believes should live in this world.
  14. We end Things We Like this month with beautiful, hand-drawn infographics capturing the patterns of life.

A note from Steph: At the end of the month, I’ll be leaving the NTEN staff to join the Community Cycling Center here in Portland, OR. It’s been a delight to learn from you all and to have the opportunity to pen ditties like Things We Like! I’m looking forward to seeing you all at the 2017 NTC. In the interim, you can find me on Twitter @stephrouth.

Image credit: Georgia Lupi

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.