When I first wrote the opening sentence of this post - about what happened in Charleston yesterday - I initially used the word "tragedy." There's a theatrical connotation to that word, though, that simply is not appropriate here. Where tragedies involve sadness and loss of life, there's an implication that either acts of God or human negligence, as opposed to malfeasance, drove the event.
I don't think as a middle class white man there's any way I can truly empathize with the plight of people of color. And it strikes me as insensitive to even try. I have a lot of thoughts on the glorification of the Confederacy (it wasn't a civil war, it was a rebellion. And it was put down, as it should have been. We're celebrating criminals, not heroes), access to firearms (asking everyone to pass a background check while not having any other restrictions on ownership is reasonable), racism (it's too easy in America to surround yourselves with people like you that the "others" become inhuman), and mental health treatment. None of those thoughts, though, can speak to what happened this past week:
Speaking the unspeakable, thinking the unthinkable
When America needs a voice, more often than not it should be Charlie Pierce.
Lebron James: the greatest loser ever
I know he didn't want to be the MVP, and that wish was granted, but damn if Lebron wasn't amazing during the finals. His continued personal brilliance, while being stuck on teams that just aren't good enough to win championships despite his presence, has FiveThirtyEight asking: is Lebron the greatest loser ever?
What overparenting looks like to a Stanford dean
Julie Lythcott-Haims was a dean at Stanford for a decade, and in her time there noticed a disturbing trend of parents being involved in their child's education to an uncomfortable extent. She looks at a number of factors, including fear, to try and determine where we started being so protective of our children - and what we can do to make them more independent.
Startups love Moleskines
Yes, I'm a Moleskine junkie. I order custom ones for Woden, and I've been carrying one in my jacket pocket for a few years. Apparently I'm not alone! The New Yorker writes about why in a digital world, so many of us love the tactile experience of writing in a good notebook, and espouses the benefits of doing so for listening and retention of information.
We don't sell saddles here.
This post is actually over a year old, but it was sent to me by someone on LinkedIn this week. It's a long memo from the leadership at Slack to the team on the eve of the product's launch. It provides great insight into the way successful entrepreneurs think, and what they're paying attention to (and want their team paying attention to) when it's time to go to market.