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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

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

  1. How one woman was inspired to climb her way out of fear, one icy step at a time.
  2. Something that might give cat lovers chills: Facebook sampled data from 160,000 users and determined cat people are sad and lonely.
  3. Maybe the story of a man trying to board a plane with a pet turtle decked out as a hamburger will cheer up the cat people.
  4. This video of a squirrel decked out as a photographer is a pretty great visual tour.
  5. Maybe squirrel-created video needs a soundtrack? Allow us to suggest adding President Obama’s summer playlist.
  6. Netflix obviously thought a nature documentary needed NSFW Aziz Ansari subtitles. They were correct.
  7. A live video feed from a national park is a nature documentary that needs little to give comfort and interest.
  8. A custom distribution plushie can offer a range of comfort and interest.
  9. This adapted nursery rhyme defines a range of distribution words. Measure and report with confidence!
  10. But not too much confidence, or you might seem threatening! How would you feel if I share these nine non-threatening leadership strategies? Would that be okay user behavior? I’m not 100% sure.
  11. You can measure user behavior with Google Analytics, Sheets, and Data Studio.
  12. Apparently you can grow pot in a portable toilet if you live in Oregon?
  13. Whether or not you live in NYC, the NY Public Library will send you an emoji-inspired image from its archives.
  14. Modern women wearing Ukrainian crowns were inspired by ancient tradition.
  15. We end Things We Like with the Bronx Zoo’s first little penguin in its 120-year history.

Photo credit: Cooper Review

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

  1. With #17NTC session voting in full swing, we are already thinking about how to up our Geek Games. Cue internet search for the National Association of Bubble Soccer. Bubble suits and football coming together!
  2. A Ferrari and a bicycle came together for this epic race, a test of iron will.
  3. Epic news for Iron Man: Tony Stark will be replaced by Riri Williams.
  4. A student replaced humdrum acrylic naildom with wearable tech, offering a nail swipe to get transit passage.
  5. Happening on Multnomah County Library’s Twitter feed: Got a tattoo? If you are offering a tattoo picture, you can get a tailored book suggestion. #Book4Tat
  6. Happening IRL: Pokémon Go Players are rescuing lots of real animals.
  7. Juno the kitten is totally happening next to a Christopher Walken pillow in this picture, courtesy of a friend of NTEN.
  8. This photo project pictures “techies,” capturing the unseen diversity of Silicon Valley.
  9. 10 pictures/GIFs may actually prove professional wrestling is fake.
  10. There is nothing fake about the oral history of “yacht rock.”
  11. Feel free to rock out to Vines of auctioneering to a beat.

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

  1. We start Things We Like with Donovan Livingston’s Harvard convocation address, including this and many other quotables: “Our stories are the ladders that make it easier for us to touch the stars.”
  2. Cryptonomicon, a story by Neal Stephenson, includes PERL script used to encrypt and decrypt messages.
  3. The nonprofit sector decrypted? The IRS has started publishing readable 990s online.
  4. Reuters published a Venn diagram of its corporate values, causing marketing mayhem for the company.
  5. Stoned sheep cause mayhem for Wales after eating pot plants.
  6. Bottles of wine-colored catnip cause excitement for pet owners.
  7. Now you can change your color of wine from RGB to HEX and back again.
  8. You can watch as 1000 years of past European borders change.
  9. Let’s not repeat the errors of responsive web design’s past.
  10. A blast from the past, this T. Rex takes on this obstacle course like it’s no big deal.
  11. Buddy the Rescue Dog thinks this ball pitcher is a very big deal.
  12. We think this quote is a very big deal in this article: “…like heaven beaming down an ice-cold pitcher of unicorn milk when all you wanted was something relatively hormone-free to pour on your cereal.”

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

  1. Your boss can’t force you to be happy at work. Enjoy the spectrum of your emotions!
  2. The Atlas of Emotions was created as a collaboration with the Dalai Lama.
  3. It is the podcast collaboration many have been hoping for: Another Round & Call Your Girlfriend paired up for 50 minutes of glory.
  4. Alanis Morissette and James Corden paired up for three minutes of updated examples of “irony.”
  5. Plain Text Offenders is composed of a number of examples of “security.” You determine the risk here.
  6. Here is a chart to help determine the risk of a bear attack. It can save your life.
  7. TYPOGRAPHY CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE. I mean, typography can save your life: the before and after of all caps from the National Weather Service.
  8. The Oregon Trail Generation: life before and after mainstream tech. (How did we live without the internet?)
  9. How do we get anything done with the internet?
  10. How did Lhakpa Sherpa become the most successful female Everest climber of all time with so few people knowing about her?
  11. According to this article, more people need to know about “The 10 Best Chrome Extensions You Need to Try Right Now.
  12. We want to try out this glove that translates American Sign Language into English right now.

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

  1. Folks at See3 Communications are taking a stand for diversity.
  2. Portland area folks are taking a final Bowie v. Prince ride due to the stars’ deaths.
  3. Men v. women: folks at this company are exploring gender inequality in the tech industry workplace, starting with themselves.
  4. This “wage gap” alarm clock explores gender inequality in the workplace by ringing after 79% of the work day is done so women can go home.
  5. This octopus went home to the sea by escaping down a pipe to the ocean. Good job, Inky!
  6. This “working cats” program gives felines a job and a home.
  7. April Fools’ corner: The Washington County Sheriff’s office announced a Patrol Feline Unit and Powell’s Books marketed pre-colored coloring books.
  8. Here is a coloring book for the map-obsessed.
  9. And here is a website for the data-obsessed. Seriously, look at this visualization of public data.
  10. These scientists seriously need the public’s help looking at photos of adorable penguins.
  11. Take a look at these adorable baby animals who really, really love their vegetables. Hungry yet?
  12. Then you can take a look at IKEA’s meatball-cooking virtual reality kitchen.
  13. Virtually there, then denied. Award-winning Raed Saleh landed in the U.S. for his award, only to be turned back. How long will this be our reality?
  14. 100 years later, the reality continues of women being told to smile. Here are some responses to people who want Harriet Tubman to smile.
  15. At 100, Ida Keeling continues to run, a reigning national champion.
  16. No reigning women here: the latest emoji raises a big problem.
  17. Here’s the latest in what “XOXO” really means. Things to think about before signing your email.
  18. Here are 13 questions to ask before signing up to marry a geek.

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

  1. This is a tiny soda octopus. It believes in you.
  2. The CoreTech Foundation believes that you have an idea for its “Apps for Humanity Challenge.” The submission deadline is July 7.
  3. Dear believers in unicorns: You were right. Unicorns were real, and a new fossil shows when they lived.
  4. North Carolina’s fossil-like anti-gay law inspired this tourism commercial spoof.
  5. The Notorious RBG inspired this feminist coloring book. Each page a portrait.
  6. Animal Soul” has portraits of some seriously badass cats.
  7. This badass scientist seriously wants a tax cut after calculating the cost of not being a straight man.
  8. This pen is not for men, apparently. BIC celebrated International Womens Day with “BIC for her” pens. The Internet responds.
  9. When the U.K.’s Natural Environment Research Council asked the Internet for potential names for its research ship, boy, did the Internet respond.
  10. The guy who writes BART’s responses on Twitter got real a few weeks ago, much to the delight of all.
  11. It sounds like a good idea on paper, but not all are delighted by open office space. And they wouldn’t mind a window.
  12. Beyond Fundraising” offers a window into what it takes to build a culture of philanthropy.
  13. Kanye West’s latest album, “The Life of Pablo,” offers a window into his creative process, also making this the first SaaS album.
  14. One window is great, but apparently 95 are not. These teenagers react to Windows 95, and cannot imagine what their elders endured.
  15. One cannot imagine the loneliness a single guinea pig endures. That is why Switzerland has made it illegal to have just one guinea pig.
  16. This one penguin swims 5,000 miles every year for reunion with the man who saved his life.
  17. You, yes you, can save a mini donkey. These 20 mini donkeys need lifelong homes.
  18. We end TWL with suits made out of bed comforters.

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

  1. This effort is all about fighting whitewashed history in Wikipedia with MIT’s diversity hackers.
  2. Digital Impact IO is all about fighting for a consent-based data future.
  3. When you are looking at your organization’s (consensually-attained) data in Google Sheets, wouldn’t it be great to alternate row colors?
  4. And whether you’re looking at data, creating a digital strategy, or dealing with spotty Internet access, have you ever wanted to choose background sounds to help you concentrate?
  5. Though if you’re the IT guy at Hogwart’s, a concentrating environment is a gift that may never come. Here’s his Tumblr.
  6. You might think it’s magic! These Doritos roses are a gift that—who knows?—may come from a secret source.
  7. Who knows who might give you an anonymous potato?
  8. If you’re looking for a gift for your cat, consider regifting an old t-shirt and turning it into a cat tent. Your cat will be so cozy!
  9. Some cats seek not the comforts of t-shirt tents, but rather the exotic thrills of adventure!
  10. Will Ferrell is apparently now an exotic animal expert For “The Late Show.”
  11. These two guinea pigs are experts on the merits of pumpkin spice.
  12. A company has asked you to be an expert in helping them redesign their website.
  13. OK Go once again redefines what is possible in a music video and are willing to say how they made zero gravity happen.
  14. Dax and Kristen created their own cover music video of Toto while in South Africa. NTEN’s Education Director came across it when planning his family’s trip back to the country.
  15. We are gearing up for 16NTC in San Jose (sorry, no music video…yet) but are always planning for future years. How about 25NTC near Sky Walk?
  16. Or maybe we should just pass the time watching this amazing digital sundial. It’s DIY, so we can all just stare into the shadows of digital time.
  17. We end Things We Like staring into the souls of cats and dogs, in pictures.

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

  1. What’s your big idea for bridging the digital divide? Share your best with the Living Progress Challenge.
  2. Share the story of your best work through the medium of video! DoGooder Awards have returned, and submissions are welcome through February 12.
  3. The audio medium of podcasting brings “The League of Awkward Unicorns,” a welcome venue of virtual storytelling about mental illness.
  4. The Storytelling Nonprofit Virtual Conference is also returning.
  5. What if the Jedi returned as a favorite cartoon? Say, a Star Wars / Calvin and Hobbes mash-up?
  6. What if there were an iTunes Terms and Conditions / graphic novel mash-up? Answer: it would be magical.
  7. Observe, 10 times Black women were beyond magical in 2015.
  8. Beyond our atmosphere, the magic of space is observed by a Japanese weather satellite and animated in a loop.
  9. The health benefits of animated looping (also known as “knitting”) are extant. Knits and purls, unite!
  10. Coffee and cereal, unite! Mornings just got a little better (or at least more frenetic).
  11. Hoodies just got a little better (or at least more furry) with this, which allows you to wear your cat wherever you go.
  12. Wherever you go, it’s great to remember that the “Other Side” is not dumb.
  13. If you need a reminder that the other side is not dumb (cross-stitch, tattoo, stencil, etc), maybe you need a typeface. This practical typeface guide is for you.
  14. And here’s a practical guide to being aware of and managing risk, called “What Nonprofits Need to Know About Security.
  15. How aware of penguins are you? Here’s what you need to know about Penguin Awareness Day.
  16. Perhaps you were already aware that apparently Benedict Cumberbatch can’t say “Penguins?”
  17. Or can he? The guy finally beats the word and breaks a smile.
  18. This guy beats Fallout 4 without killing anyone and nearly breaks the game.

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

  1. Applications are currently being accepted for TechBridge’s 2016 Technology Innovation Award.
  2. Here are the winners of the First Annual “Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.”
  3. Norman Rockwell’s winning holiday paintings were first portrayed as photos.
  4. This photo, which went locally viral, portrays our weather here this month at the Portland NTEN headquarters.
  5. Even when their content goes viral, black teens are often left without attribution or payment, while corporations who discount their value profit.
  6. Too often, talented people also discount their own value and apologize for their contributions. Here’s how to deal with the imposter syndrome.
  7. This cartoon explains why we should do ourselves a favor and stop apologizing and instead say thank you.
  8. Do yourself a favor and watch this kitten attack a ceramic cat. (You’re welcome.)
  9. Did we say cats? We meant tats. These “tech tats” turn wearable devices into cyberpunk body art. Coming soon to an arm near you?
  10. Dumpling emoji is the latest tech art that may be coming soon in a text to you. If, that is, the Unicode Consortium can subscribe to the idea.
  11. Hubspot recently unsubscribed 250K people from their blog as a new rule of their emailing policy.
  12. Here are 9 rules for emailing, from Google exec Eric Schmidt’s book, “How Google Works.”
  13. Here’s how Ingress’ #MissionsForGood works. This is in its second year, inspired by last year’s success.
  14. The broader #nptech community is one filled with thoughtful, passionate people who connect and inspire. Many in our Community may know Robin Fray Carey and mourn her loss.
  15. The folks at Wait But Why explore/mourn how many/few books they have left to read (spoiler alert: about 300 books) and time left with close friends and family.
  16. Of the books you have left to read in your life, what if they included these 50 stories by women of color? Victoria Law reports.
  17. One woman’s report of sexual harassment at FitzGibbon Media triggers an alarm of harassment in the broader progressive movement.
  18. “Supreme Court Justice [Antonin Scalia] triggered an alarm on Twitter” with remarks related to the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case. Black Twitter clapped back with #StayMadAbby.
  19. We end TWL with literally just a bunch of GIFs of Paul Rudd dancing.