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

  1. We love cats here at NTEN, but we don’t always love their life choices. Perhaps neither do they!
  2. A poor choice for marketing real estate? A meme was born after Airbnb’s unfortunate Muni shelter ads.
  3. This cartoon was born as the child of real estate and nerdiness. Give it time; it will grow on you! (H/T Isaac Shalev)
  4. How much time do employers give parents after a child is born? This online resource center is here to sum up maternity leave. (For brutal irony, look up Babies”R”Us)
  5. These brutally honest illustrations sum up adulthood.
  6. But what might adulthood look like in a parallel universe? Could we be closer to knowing?
  7. What would paint colors be named if Jeff worked at the hardware store near you?
  8. What might the tech industry look like if we all followed Serena Williams’ advice? Related, is there any time one should not follow Serena Williams’ advice?
  9. Why aren’t there currently more women represented in tech? Here’s why not, and why it matters.
  10. Thanks to WOCinTech Chat, here are stock images representing women of color in tech, available for free. What tech leadership looks like.
  11. At a recent Street Roots event, Marissa Madrigal explored what courage, kindness, and leadership look like, and what can happen when we come together.
  12. When Ai Weiwei was denied his bulk Legos request by the toy company, his fans flooded him with #LegosForWeiwei.
  13. Scott Kelly is (not quite, but one can hope) flooding his followers’ Twitter feeds with images from his #YearInSpace.
  14. Speaking of images, maybe you need some placeholder images of Bill Murray? We’re just going to leave this here.
  15. This mother/son wedding dance left it all on the floor (video). File under Zumba with not-activewear.
  16. File this video under activewear for not-active things.
  17. Did Heritage Foundation just make PDF files obsolete?
  18. Here are 15 features for Google files you may not have known existed.
  19. We close out Things We Like with a new podcast that our Content Manager co-launched this month, called “Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About This?

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.

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

  1. Do you have wisdom to share about bridging the digital divide? The Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide would love for you to participate in their upcoming 2015 conference. The deadline for submission is September 26.
  2. Anyone who was lucky enough to know Jake Brewer loved him. His death last weekend was a tragedy no words can describe. He was a hero to so many. Here is a written memorial from the Washington Post: “‘I lost part of my heart’: Beloved White House staffer Jake Brewer mourned.”
  3. [This space held as a moment of silence for Jake and for his family]
  4. Ta-Nehisi Coates is slated to write a comic for Marvel. Look for Black Panther—a hero with “the baddest costume in comics” doing good—next year.
  5. Here are six ways to use your Apple iPhone to do good, regardless of what costume you’re wearing.
  6. Sadly, here’s one way you can’t use your iPhone, because “Apple Rejects Hinder, A Reproductive Rights App By ‘The Daily Show’ Creator.” Apparently, being a professional woman in satire only gets you so far.
  7. At the Emmys earlier this week, we saw Taraji P. Henson cheering for Viola Davis when she won Best Actress in a Drama. Here is why this is a lesson for women and girls everywhere.
  8. Made with Code is a website that hopes to communicate to girls the lesson that they can literally (and we mean “literally” literally) do anything with code.
  9. If you want to communicate—a lesson, an update, a request for support—you need to believe in the power of visual communications.
  10. Here is an interview with the iconic visual artist Lisa Frank, who may just have represented you or a friend’s childhood life, as it did the interviewer.
  11. Socality Barbie is a visual parody of #lifeauthentic. Its portrayal of a carefully curated life hits a bit too close to home for some.
  12. Or how about this parody of the carefully-curated minimalist home?
  13. But if you’re going to eschew minimalism and have a pile of something in your home, how about a Cat Pile?
  14. We close out Things We Like with animal cuteness, compiled by scientists.

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

  1. Happy 30th birthday, .org. The first .org domain was registered on July 10, 1985.
  2. The OED birthday word generator shows which words originated in your birthyear. (.org’s birth word? “Gobsmacked.”)
  3. Edie the Spaniel’s friends tried out Tindog—Tinder for dogs—one day. A gobsmacking experience?
  4. Every day should be take your dog to work day.
  5. This “meow-nificent” (I did not make that up) cat library brings shelter kitties to your office and invites you to take them home. It’s like bingeing on cute.
  6. Here are the stages of binge watching videos on Netflix.
  7. Netflix schmetflix. These videos from Burma, shared via Engage Media, deserve your uninterrupted attention.
  8. This video explores the inner workings of an artificial brain.
  9. These pictures explore the inside and edifice of an abandoned church that is shaped like a chicken and surrounded by dense forest.
  10. Here’s how California farmers, who find themselves surrounded by drought not forest, are using data-informed tech to grow more with less.
  11. Ida B. Wells, surrounded by injustice, was a leader in using data-informed journalism to fight lynching. Her article, “Lynching and the Excuse For It,” was published in the Independent before she was 40 years old.
  12. These NGen Fellows convened by Independent Sector are leaders under 40 years old. Check out their work and life.
  13. Millennials want a work-life balance. Their bosses just don’t get why.
  14. Do you find yourself asking, “Why?” Werner Herzog motivational posters are here for you.

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

  1. June is #ImmigrantHeritageMonth. Throughout the month, we’re celebrating both our diversity and our shared American heritage. Share your story!
  2. Chris Lysy shares this Digital Inclusion cartoon as a celebration of NTEN’s new Digital Inclusion Fellowship program and a recognition that lack of access in many communities is the rule, not the exception.
  3. Johanna Bates explains why homepage design is the exception of web design, not the rule.
  4. Here are a number of presentations on web design, thanks to our WordPress Community of Practice members.
  5. Members of the Github community have developed a Chrome extension that replaces occurrences of “Millennials” with “Snake People” (no offense, Millenials!).
  6. And here’s a Chrome extension that replaces “Cloud” with “Butts” (no offense, clouds!).
  7. Apparently you can replace your plastic construction toys and instead make your own stackable LEGO gummies.
  8. Pizza Hut in Hong Kong allows you to turn your pizza delivery device into a small film projector.
  9. There’s a guy in Sweden who has turned a truck into a gourmet dog food delivery device. The response is mixed.
  10. According to an Indiana University researcher, the response to cat videos is clear—boosted energy and positive emotions.
  11. Speaking of cat videos, here it is: “How To Create A Digital Strategy For The Internet.”
  12. The digital strategy behind Clickhole, explained.
  13. The sonority behind these beatbox jams is, surprisingly, lemurs.
  14. The short film “Denali” is surprisingly heartbreaking in a hauntingly beautiful way.
  15. The heartbreakingly story of injustice and racism exemplified in the treatment of Kalief Browden is spoken by Ta-Nehisi Coates in “American Kidnapping.”
  16. In the wake of the horrific attacks at the Emanuel AME Church, white people are asked to speak out on injustice and racism in “‘Allies,’ the Time For Your Silence Has Expired.

 

Following is the monthly roundup of our favorite nonprofit tech resources and other goodies.

  1. This great piece extends context to the long, painful, and repetitive history of how Baltimore became Baltimore.
  2. Privilege and racism in history extend far beyond Baltimore’s gates. Walidah Imarisha answers the question, “Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon?” in this video.
  3. [This space reserved for your own reflection of historic racism in your city and region.]
  4. Activists used over 4,000 flowers to help Detroit reflect on the experience and place of abandoned homes.
  5. User Onboard invites you to reflect on the user experience of newcomers to a website. What should you use, and what should you shuck?
  6. When should you use a carousel on your site?
  7. When shouldn’t you place a kitten on your site?
  8. And why shouldn’t an orangutan play Mom or Dad to a litter of baby tigers? They’re actually like kittens.
  9. Here are 29 Dad jokes that are so bad they’re actually good. Tuck them in with an eye roller!
  10. Eyerollable joke or no, Rumba the Wonder Horse can tuck himself in, thank you very much.
  11. People everywhere will thank you for using Do Not Link, which allows you to issue a bad review of a website in a way that blocks any mention of them as far as SEO is concerned.
  12. There’s now an app that blocks any mention of the Kardashians.
  13. There’s always room for another app. Comedy Hack Day had a stunning list of winners. Be sure to catch the grand prize winner, “Well Deserved,” a marketplace for monetizing the hierarchy of privilege.
  14. Seth Godin has a list of the hierarchy—a ladder, if you will—of organizational needs.
  15. Mobilization Lab has this “beyond the vanity metrics” look at measuring the ladder of membership engagement.
  16. NTEN’s own Jessica Holliday is working on a way to be better at kids’ camp engagement, with Campthing.
  17. We finish Things We Like with Dusty, a kid kangaroo who is convinced he’s a dog.

A monthly roundup of our favorite nonprofit tech resources and other goodies. Read more posts on our blog.

  1. TechKlub Kraków just had an event this week with 150 attendees! Hats off to organizers bringing people together through technology.
  2. An unfortunate reply-to email fracas in Berkeley ended up bringing people together for a picnic.
  3. What do nonprofits want in management software that brings volunteers together? Software Advice asked nonprofit staff what real volunteer management solutions they are looking for.
  4. Tired of looking for real solutions? The Twitter feed @fakeproducthunt has daily fake solutions to problems that don’t exist.
  5. The problem of finding the best cat pictures has dogged (ahem) the Internet for eons. Okay, decades. Yet here they are—the best 100 cat pictures gathered and put on display.
  6. Wonderful nerds put Wonder Woman’s invisible jet on display at the National Air and Space Museum.
  7. Different but also wonderful nerds have put ants in space and on display online. The experiment was to learn how ants coordinate exploration of new environments.
  8. The Fundraising Online Conference 2015 is an exploration of new digital fundraising environments, coordinated by the Resource Alliance. Sixteen sessions and surely countless lessons!
  9. Here are ten lessons nonprofits can learn from The Breakfast Club.
  10. Vu from “Nonprofit With Balls” has drafted four children’s books to teach valuable nonprofit lessons to our sector’s future leaders.
  11. Apparently, website redesign projects can learn valuable lessons from paying a drunk guy to critique their website.
  12. The arcade game industry has taken on beer as part of its redesigned user experience.
  13. A young woman has taken on the video game industry. What will it take to get free female characters as often as male characters? We may just find out, thanks to Ms. Messer.
  14. What will it take to get a nonprofit job in 2020? According to this article, you can improve your chances with data savvy and design skills.
  15. How can you say what you mean and get people to listen? Here are some tips to improve your speaking skills in fifteen minutes.
  16. And here’s how to say “yes” (by not saying “yes”).
  17. Sometimes it’s better to just not say anything, am I right? For example, anything that follows, “It’s not P.C. to say this, but …” It’s awkward, and not in that adorable way.
  18. Whereas kittens who haven’t mastered the pounce yet are, indeed, adorably awkward!
  19. According to Yelp reviews, newborn babies are not adorable at all. Check out the one-star entries.
  20. We finish Things We Like (TWL) with a news piece whose subhead really cannot be improved upon: “Five police cars were hot on the tails of the three equids after they went missing from a ranch in the Belgian capital.” Related: “Is that you, Mom?

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

  1. A somber way to start Things We Like, but this article on “How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life” seems to really strike home at the crowd-sourceable bullying aspect of the Internet and how it impacts real people. How do we, as nonprofit managers, nptechies, and/or community managers relate to this side of Community Management, recognizing that, “Ignominy is universally acknowledged to be a worse punishment than death?” How do we usher in thoughtfulness, redemption, renewal?
  2. Speaking of renewal, PBS is looking to reinvent the nature show genre.
  3. Remember the ViewMaster? Looks like it might be enjoying a second childhood.
  4. How about spending childhood furthering social change? These radical Brownies are doing just that.
  5. How have volunteers (and that probably means you at some point this year!) helped further social change? Here is a quantifiable view in this recently-released Volunteer Impact Report.
  6. Volunteers do everything from fighting fires to knitting koala mittens. And, thanks, everyone, but the koalas have enough mittens now.
  7. But there is no such thing as enough Portland! This effort is seeking volunteers to help build the city of Portland, Oregon in Minecraft, block by block.
  8. Build up the collective knowledge (read: get your geek on) of nonprofit skills in cities around the world this year and meet great people with this list of 2015 conferences.
  9. Some people don’t stop at going around the world. These space station astronauts get their Star Wars-themed geek on with this photo (and a bonus “sibling dogs licking astronaut photo” to melt your heart).
  10. Here are some more “melt your heart” photos: these dogs and cats could be (should be? are?) siblings.
  11. According to this author, Lenovo has no heart and sold its soul for not much regarding their recent, breathtaking, infuriating security gap.
  12. An author responds to the large-scale infuriation of holding women in tech to a higher standard than men, expecting them to be engineers when their male counterparts, well, aren’t.
  13. Here is a small-scale delight: a tiny hedgehog has a tiny birthday party with a tiny cake.
  14. To finish TWL, we hope you are ready for a powerful, short documentary about the Black Panther Party and how it relates to this time of protest.

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.

A monthly roundup of our favorite nonprofit tech resources and other goodies. Read more posts on our blog.

  1. We’re kicking off Things We Like with these revolutionary ideas for social change in 2014.
  2. The revolution will be live-tweeted: Why #BlackLivesMatter is the new model for civil rights.
  3. Speaking of a model for civil rights, Hands Up United has launched its GoFundMe campaign for a Youth Tech Program in Ferguson.
  4. Citizen Four is the recently-launched movie about Edward Snowden’s journey to uncover data-related privacy breeches.
  5. You can journey through London’s civil landscape with these twelve data maps.
  6. Here’s a map of search data in list form. We celebrate that a nonprofit campaign — the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the #5 most-searched phrase on the Google Trends Searches Top Chart — made the list.
  7. Is this a new trend? Japanese cat owners turn IKEA doll beds into adorable beds for cats.
  8. Here are thirteen adorably smooshy cats on glass.
  9. You say “smooshy,” I say, “smoochy.” There’s (finally!) video evidence that some dogs and cats just don’t like smooches.
  10. Even though 30,000 people purchased it, apparently some folks don’t like to be sent boxes of actual (dried) bullsh*t (but thank you for your donation to Heifer International!).
  11. Some people (maybe most people?) don’t like to be sent shovels and shovels full of emails that just feed the email monster.
  12. Shovel less and paddle more. These are the motions of kayaking and canoeing recorded through light painting.
  13. Google is encouraging girls to paint the White House Christmas tree lights with code.
  14. A recent sexist Barbie book about girl coding encouraged a Georgia Tech student to personally rewrite it.
  15. You can create and share a personalized snowflake.

Finally, we here at NTEN HQ hope that 2014 brings you joy to its last second of existence and that your socks remain dry. If you celebrate holidays this season, we wish you happy holidays.