through the screen doors of discretion

Posts tagged with 'work'.
"Actually, I should have realized it that time my editor asked me for a piece on Gaza, because Gaza, as usual, was being bombed. I got this email: “You know Gaza by heart,” he wrote. “Who cares if you are in Aleppo?” Exactly. The truth is, I ended up in Syria because I saw the photographs in Time by Alessio Romenzi, who was smuggled into Homs through the water pipes when nobody was yet aware of the existence of Homs. I saw his shots while I was listening to Radiohead—those eyes, staring at me; the eyes of people being killed by Assad’s army, one by one, and nobody had even heard of a place called Homs. A vise clamped around my conscience, and I had to go to Syria immediately."
"Your workplace isn’t a popularity contest. It’s a place where you come to trade your time and energy and talent for a livable wage. It can be more than that. But I’d be wary of such arrangements. All those “cool” workplaces like Google, where they provide free snacks and yoga classes — they’re just like casinos: Rigged to keep people around."

Steve Almond, “Heavy Meddle: Invasion Of The Workplace Energy Sucker,” July 8, 2013.  

I just love him so much. 

"What I fear is that the entire web is basically becoming a slow-motion Snapchat, where content lives for some unknowable amount of time before it dies, lost forever."

The spread of link rot,” Felix Salmon, June 28, 2013. h/t extraface

It affects you as a content creator when you move through a series of jobs in your professional career and much of the content you created disappears. I have learned to screenshot religiously, but still feel a dull, throbbing pain when I think about entire blogs and community sites I rallied massive groups of people around and within lost, unceremoniously, when I gave notice and there was no one to mind (or care about) the store.  

Building a zombie army

I have been trying to hatch a zombie army for the past eight months. Today was my last day as Senior Editor of Open Reporting at HuffPost, where much of my work has been the application of resilience and network theory to one of the largest online audiences. It’s been interesting. Earlier this week Bruce Sterling put up a post with Director of the MIT Media Lab Joi Ito’s nine guiding principles for navigating the current economy of creative destruction, so as I head out for new adventures, a few quick thoughts on how some of those principles shake out with content, community, and delicious brains.


I wrote a thing over on Medium (their word processing interface is pretty sweet, btw) - today was my last day at HP, and I’ll tell you more about my next adventures soon.

UPDATE: Go read Taylor’s post on Vine and editing and the future of photography. His is right over mine on the front of Medium.

      Just in time for the Republican National Convention, Tropical Storm Isaac will become a hurricane, and possibly head directly in the direction of Tampa. Perfect.


The center’s tracking map shows the system crossing Haiti as a hurricane on Aug. 25 and striking Cuba the next day before arriving at the edge of Florida Keys early on Aug. 27. A hurricane churning over Florida next week may coincide with the Republican National Convention, at which the party will officially nominate Mitt Romney as its candidate for president. The event is scheduled for Aug. 27 to Aug. 30 in Tampa, Florida.

“It would take ’perfect storm’ sort of conditions to all fall in place” for the system to reach Tampa as a hurricane during the convention, Jeff Masters, co-founder of Weather Underground in Ann Arbor, Michigan, said on his blog. “That is one of the possibilities.”

Would it be a fluke or harbinger?

I always have to choose the interesting jobs.

      Ben Pieratt's Blog: In Praise of Quitting Your Job

(Alternate title: The New Work Ethic)

I wrote this email to a friend a few weeks ago, and then the topic came up again last night with an old buddy who was frustrated with his work. He seemed to appreciate what I had to say, so I figured it might be worth sharing:

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Thinking about your…

"Your muse can only be treated as the secretary of a subcommittee for so long before she decides to pack up and look for employment elsewhere. If you aren’t able to own the product and be creative, then you aren’t able to do your work, and if you’re not doing your work then you’re negating a very real part of your personality, which is no good for anyone. No good for you and certainly no good for your employer.

I’ve come to terms with my own inherent work issues simply by recognizing that my weaknesses in one context are strengths in another. When I am able to own a project or product, I work hard and I work well, and I like to believe it shows in the results. Not everyone can do this. Not everyone is willing to spend stupid amounts of hours on a project simply because they believe in it. This is worth recognizing.”

- h/t to Laura for linking to this. We all feel it, and nice to see it articulated in this way.