At the start of the week I thought the link will be about a set of photo portraits of YPJ members and about how Marie Claire (of all places) framed the issue.
By the end of the week, I guess the story got bigger. Whatever happens at Kobane, whatever happens in the Near East, there's much to learn from women and men of Kurdistan. This talk by Dilar Dirik's talk at the New World Summit is a good place to start.
If you think there's no need for it over here, Microsoft's CEO served up a great reminder just the other day.
Talking of retrograde tendencies and bullies, it is great that someone with so much credibility in tech community like Pete Warden spoke out on this topic.
On the other hand, it is astonishing to see the likes of Rands in Repose or even Alexis Madrigal picking up the most skin-crawling, Star Wars quoting, passage from the piece.
Instead of this self-referential manchild stuff quoted elsewhere, I wish they have focused on this:
We’ve built magical devices, but we don’t care enough about protecting ordinary people from harm when they use them. We don’t care that a lot of the children out there with the potential to become amazing hackers are driven away at every stage in the larval process. We don’t care about the people who lose out when we disrupt the world, just the winners (who tend to look a lot like us).
O'Reilly Media has 50% discount on all early release titles. I'm excited to see "Designing Connected Products" in there too.
Having wrested with some of the issues during my first week at Vimcar, I'm keen to have a read.
If you're curious but not ready to dive in, you can start from Claire Rowland talk from the Mind the Product meetup in June 2014.
For a modicum of levity and a dash of the frivolous, you can't beat fictional football kits made out of cigarette packs by Leo Fitzmaurice featured at Guardian and It's Nice That.
Cover photo by Seven Resist - by-nc-sa 2.0 license.