Fiona Voss

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2019-08-18: As summer camps turn on facial recognition, parents demand: More smiles, please 😔

2019-08-09: San Francisco’s Financial District is a really boring spot for fashion watching, but it is a …

2019-08-09: I just saw a McDonald’s ad promoting their new “Fresh Beef Quarter Pounder”. Umm… what does …

2019-08-07: “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. …

2019-08-06: Of all the contexts in which one could use “man” to mean “humans”, this has …

2019-07-31: Two lifestyle changes that are working out great so far: I fully quit coffee and am strictly a tea …

2019-07-30: Sure, you deserve your success, but lots of other people also deserved success and didn’t have it. …

2019-07-30: I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I will go out of my way to avoid clicking any …

2019-07-14: I wish Pocket had some basic AI that could distinguish between articles related to my profession, …

2019-06-29: ________ is to prestige television as punk rock is to prog rock.

2019-06-28: How Better Urban Planning Can Improve Gender Equality Though it was well intentioned, the solution …

2019-06-23: Ravelry, a social networking site for fiber crafts, has banned all content supporting Trump.

2019-06-15: “The results debunked the age-old excuse that women have an innately lower tolerance for …

2019-06-08: You could follow most of these guidelines for brutalist web design and end up with a website that …

2019-06-07: I’ve blogged before about why I love reading old tech news and articles. Today’s example, from …

2019-06-07: Parents of Micro.blog: Would you rather work from home with your kids at home, or work in an office …

2019-06-07: Days since I attempted to use my transit card to enter the office: 0.

2019-06-04: You Can Eat a Burger and Still Fight For the Planet “I refuse to believe people should be …

2019-06-04: Is there something kind of like Instagram, but instead of adding my photos to a chronological feed, …

2019-06-03: diff.blog looks pretty cool. Similar to Micro.blog, but focused on software development, and without …

2019-06-02: A while back I was bummed out when I posted on an online forum asking for fitness blogs and got …

2019-06-02: The benefits of walking, if you look at elderly women’s mortality rates, appear to level off …

2019-05-31: I’ve figured out what kind of minimalism I aspire to: own nothing I can’t personally …

2019-05-31: Bad Coffee Will Make You a Happier Person

2019-05-30: Not sure if the phenomenon of people using unofficial “i” names for Apple products …

2019-05-30: Finished reading The Golden Compass last night. It’s every bit as good as I remembered, …

2019-05-30: Hulu’s Catch-22 is pretty good. I have not read the book. I am told the book is very different …

2019-05-27: Why Beans Were an Ancient Emblem of Death Now recall the most famous reference to fava beans in pop …

2019-05-26: TIL that Amazon deleted copies of 1984 from a bunch of people’s Kindles (because they had been sold …

2019-05-26: 13 Reasons We Type in Lowercase

2019-05-22: Just started rereading The Golden Compass after basically a decade of reading almost exclusively …

2019-05-20: Now, time to read the complaints thinly disguised as questions about Game of Thrones on Stack …

2019-05-20: The worst thing about open offices: when you haven’t watched the GoT finale yet and people are …

2019-05-19: How to make a dent in overgrown media queues (Pocket, podcasts, RSS feed reader): Sort oldest to …

2019-05-19: A+ advice for people who jump from hobby to hobby. I’ve always hated being asked what I do for …

2019-05-18: Liberace plays “Chopsticks” at Cargenie Hall. 📺

2019-05-16: “In the Renaissance, it was widely believed that weasels conceived through their ears and gave birth …

2019-05-15: Shoutout to Deconstruct, a tech conference, for linking to its speakers’ websites instead of …

2019-05-14: One of the “See also” links at the bottom of Juicero’s Wikipedia page is for …

2019-05-14: SF marks the very middle of town, more or less 😆

2019-05-13: I want to be a boring front-end developer.

2019-05-11: Turns out cats’ social intelligence is not that far behind dogs; it just took us a while to find out …

2019-05-10: Pleasant surprise of the day: the relative lack of extraneous elements on the Men’s Health …

2019-05-10: All the technology I feel most fondly about does one thing and does it well. My Kindle. Shazam. All …

2019-05-09: Of course Portland has a food truck called Fried Egg I’m In Love.

2019-05-07: I remember a list of Micro.bloggers and their home cities that somebody was maintaining for the …

2019-05-04: “Summer Is Almost Here” by PAS/CAL 🎶 📺 From my baroque pop phase, circa 2008.

2019-05-04: When a restaurant that changes their menu frequently has an active social media presence including 3 …

2019-05-02: Seems to me that Facebook’s idea of “privacy” is more about the kids who don’t want to use the same …

2019-05-01: Waterfield Designs, I love a bag that’s perfectly sized to fit my electronics. In fact, I just …

2019-05-01: The intro to this article made me imagine some post-apocalyptic future where media is lost and drag …

2019-04-30: A Theory About Why Last Night’s Game of Thrones Was Too Dark to Watch

2019-04-30: I have not used my phone as an alarm clock for at least a year, but I still charge my phone by my …

2019-04-30: A poem about Silicon Valley, assembled from Quora questions about Silicon Valley 👏👏👏👏👏🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

2019-04-30: One of those mornings where I woke up early with the intention of working out, but decided to have a …

2019-04-29: Flexplay: The Disposable DVD that Failed 📺

2019-04-28: Smart home feature I would actually be excited about: Automatically open the windows when it’s …

2019-04-28: Cycle I’ve repeated twice this week: Have an idea for an app I wish existed. Think, …

2019-04-28: The cheap and shady business of taking selfies with tigers

2019-04-27: LinkedIn’s current logged-out homepage sure looks like they hired an illustrator and asked …

2019-04-27: I recently remembered how back in the days of buying music from the iTunes store, I would routinely …

2019-04-26: ABBA’s “Fernando” totally sounds like “Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps”.

2019-04-26: There are a whole lot of songs that aren’t Christmas songs with sleigh bells in them that you’ve …

2019-04-24: Is there a podcast similar to NPR’s Up First, but weekly? Maybe half an hour long?

2019-04-24: I see “weary” and “wary” misused so often that when I see them used correctly now, it still looks …

2019-04-24: I don’t think I’ve read any article with the structure “X questions to ask yourself before you do Y” …

2019-04-24: If we want feed readers to be adopted by the masses, we should take some cues from podcast apps. …

2019-04-23: Hmm, is there a feed reader with a triage system similar to what Castro does for podcasts? Where new …

2019-04-22: Why Do We Get Columbine So Wrong? 📺

2019-04-22: “Internettant fasting”: when you limit your internet use to an 8 hour window each day.

2019-04-22: I don’t use voice assistants but if I did, I’d want mine to sound like Jeeves as played …

2019-04-19: The past 20 years of culture wars, explained by the word “wholesome”

2019-04-16: Free swag idea for Bay Area tech companies: personal portable subway straps, for when BART is too …

2019-04-13: Teens are recreating Facebook on Instagram.

2019-04-13: GitHub Has Become A Haven For China’s Censored Internet Users

2019-04-12: Underutilized (by me) dinner strategy: store-bought main course (frozen quiche), super-simple …

2019-04-12: Jenny Nicholson is my new favorite YouTuber.

2019-04-11: “If you think random or spontaneous FaceTime calls are weird, you’re probably old.”

2019-04-09: A while ago I came across a website where you could buy a tiny wooden pig as a birthday greeting. …

2019-04-09: Web Design in 4 minutes

2019-04-08: “Crispy-Gone-Soggy Is the Finest Texture of Food There Is, Fight Me” I feel very …

2019-04-04: Birthday Betty

2019-04-03: TIL that my company does an annual Easter egg hunt, and apparently it gets pretty intense! I’m told …

2019-04-02: Why I miss Rails I’m not suggesting that we give up React and es7 and go back to writing …

2019-04-01: The stupidest slogan in San Francisco.

2019-04-01: Britex in San Francisco.

2019-03-29: Confidence trick In reality, of course, there is no shortage of sexists in the corporate world, but …

2019-03-29: The best take I’ve heard on that study about women using humor in the workplace that’s …

2019-03-25: Netflix and Amazon: Quite the co-opetition case study

2019-03-20: Note to self: don’t travel without wired headphones. I could have watched Mrs. Maisel on this plane!

2019-03-17: Unclear why YouTube decided to show me this video about medieval hoods, but I’m glad it did.

2019-03-15: My company let me buy $100 worth of pear stickers to give away at PearConf!

2019-03-12: Emoji are showing up in court cases exponentially, and courts aren’t prepared

2019-03-07: The Myth of ‘Easy’ Cooking

2019-03-07: Childish Gambino meets vintage Apple computer 📺

2019-03-06: Who are the exercisers and athletes of Micro.blog? What do you do? Do you post about it on your …

2019-03-05: The Absurd Structure of High School 👏

2019-02-28: “The ideal amount of jogging for prolonged life [is] between 1 hour and 2.4 hours each …

2019-02-25: Forget privacy: you’re terrible at targeting anyway

2019-02-17: Since I’ve heard from multiple sources recently that you can eat 🥝 skin, today I tried it. …

2019-02-17: What If Every Class Was a Version of “Music Appreciation?”

2019-02-17: How to do Unlimited Vacation Right

2019-02-12: Somebody shoud start selling group handbell lessons as a corporate team building exercise.

2019-02-09: Why Girls Beat Boys at School and Lose to Them at the Office First, parents and teachers can stop …

2019-02-04: Since I wasn’t microblogging in 2014.

2019-02-04: The Ethics of Web Performance

2019-02-01: My new favorite thing is shovelglove.com. Just a website some guy made promoting a weird exercise he …

2019-01-29: Why Is All of New Zealand Obsessed With This Drunken, Littering, Rowdy Tourist Family?

2019-01-28: Somebody in a Reddit community asked for blog recommendations and and the replies are full of …

2019-01-25: CATBOX is a silly Kickstarter, but they do have the best pie chart I’ve ever seen.

2019-01-25: The desk of a pair programmer.

2019-01-23: People with boring jobs tend to design dull jobs for their colleagues First time I’ve seen …

2019-01-23: The Rise of Netflix Competitors Has Pushed Consumers Back Toward Piracy. Relatable. I don’t …

2019-01-21: An observation after signing up for Hulu: they assume that I’ve never watched anything outside …

2019-01-21: Interesting approach to blogging on Shawn Wang’s site: completed essays in one section, and …

2019-01-21: I like the way this article about code review distinguishes between “macro” and “micro” knowledge …

2019-01-21: Inspiring short documentary about the importance of playful movement. Has a nice segment about the …

2019-01-19: I like what Jason Fried has to say about waiting.

2019-01-17: And I thought the new logo was bad.

2019-01-17: I joined Twitter, grudgingly, in the summer of 2016 because my code bootcamp told me to. I’ve been …

2019-01-16: I can’t find it now, but the other day I saw a tweet that went something like, “I’ll buy anything …

2019-01-06: The whole “witchy” trend is not really my thing, but this is excellent.

2019-01-06: This article about milennials and furniture is pretty spot-on. Owning furniture–any furniture, …

2019-01-05: Restoring the Old Way of Warming: Heating People, not Places

2019-01-03: BART riders, why do you line up perpendicular to the tracks?

2019-01-02: Type of gym I wish existed: somewhere you can rent a tiny private room on an hourly basis, like a …

2018-12-30: How do I get Pandora to understand that I want my ABBA station to play actual ABBA and not the Mamma …

2018-12-27: A foot-candle is not at all what my imagination conjured when I read the title of this blog post, …

2018-12-25: Does anybody know of a public domain alternative to the CliftonStrengths (f.k.a. Gallup …

2018-12-21: Does not compute.

2018-12-21: A kid’s-eye view of laptop design

2018-12-17: Based on the title I thought “The Like Button Ruined the Internet” would just be a rant, …

2018-12-17: Shazam is the one app I can think of that has been around for years, hasn’t changed much, and still …

2018-12-16: Donald Trump: The Sitcom Misogynist 📺

2018-12-10: Education researcher and activist Ira Socol argues that children from less privileged backgrounds …

2018-12-09: GPAs are like driving speeds. Anybody with a GPA lower than mine is an idiot, and anyone with a GPA …

2018-12-09: On the web not of the web

2018-12-09: E.T.A. Hoffmann’s original book The Nutcracker and the Mouse King is criminally unknown and …

2018-12-09: I want to read a book about intellectual property law, written the way Mary Roach would write it. …

2018-12-09: I know I am very late to the game here but RuPaul’s Drag Race is every bit the self-aware lovechild …

2018-12-08: Finished reading Talking from 9 to 5: Women and Men at Work by Deborah Tannen. It’s about the …

2018-12-08: Shower thought: what would child beauty pageants look like if the judges were also children?

2018-12-07: Helsinki’s €100m new library includes sewing machines, recording studios and kitchens (and books) …

2018-12-02: Various Twitter accounts are abusing Unicode to get fake italic and bold styles. Meanwhile, …

2018-11-12: Wondering what the female equivalent of the Go to Hell pant is.

2018-11-12: onpaste="return false;", you are no match for my inspect & delete skills.

2018-11-07: Started a knitting project after a long hiatus and noticed a new similiarity between knitting and …

2018-11-06: Having recently wrapped up selling my first car, my advice is: take your car to Carmax first. They …

2018-11-06: Spent last night in Santa Barbara en route from San Diego to Mountain View. Stayed at Harbor House …

2018-11-02: Rei do Gado in San Diego is indeed a “meat lover’s paradise” as the sign outside says. Also: …

2018-10-29: Turing School’s student outcomes report includes some interesting stats most bootcamps …

2018-10-26: Salad and then a milkshake is a good lunch. Milkshake and then a salad, I do not recommend.

2018-10-25: The photos in this article about “tiny conferences” might lead you to believe that …

2018-10-23: One of my favorite things to watch on YouTube is clips from pet weight loss TV shows, and one of my …

2018-10-21: What is up with websites where I can be three minutes into reading an article on my phone, only to …

2018-10-21: TIL about the Darvaza gas crater, a.k.a. the Gates of Hell, a natural gas field collapsed into an …

2018-10-20: I want a digital page-a-day calendar A couple days ago a Slack friend posted: i’d love to have a digital picture frame on my desk that …

2018-10-20: Pair programming resources for beginners & experienced pairs Nice series of articles about pair programming from Tuple: The Case for Pair Programming Scientific …

2018-10-18: Two cool dev-related things that used to cost money are now free: Thoughtbot’s learning …

2018-10-16: Moving companies, please let me request a quote on your website without giving you my phone number! …

2018-10-14: My friend built a ball pit in her house!!!

2018-10-06: BitBounce is an email filtering service that lets you charge unfamiliar senders 5 cents to send you …

2018-10-05: Something about the blog A.I. Weirdness breaks my brain. I cannot read a single one of their posts …

2018-10-05: TIL about the Free Universal Construction Kit, a set of adapters that can connect Lego, Duplo, …

2018-10-05: Anyone know of a good tool for following Instagram accounts without having to have your own …

2018-10-02: California just passed a law requiring publicly traded companies to include a minimum number of …

2018-09-30: Decades before 3-D printers brought manufacturing closer to home, copiers transformed offices, …

2018-09-30: Women Listening To Men In Western Art History

2018-09-28: Zebras Fix What Unicorns Break

2018-09-28: Most complete explanation I’ve seen of why functional CSS is not the same as inline styling.

2018-09-28: Email is your electronic memory

2018-09-27: Nolan Lawson on progressive enhancement: In a world where your lowest common denominator is a very …

2018-09-27: ‘I know, right?’: The anatomy of a wonderfully nonsensical phrase

2018-09-27: I definitely picked the right time to try FastMail. If I stick with it, I’ll never have to put up …

2018-09-27: Trying out FastMail. Woke up inundated with notifications for emails that Gmail would have sent to …

2018-09-26: Listened to the first episode of Articles of Interest today. Was a little put off by the intro, …

2018-09-26: How Some Men Fake an 80-Hour Workweek, and Why It Matters Those specifically requesting a lighter …

2018-09-24: This article about how Twitter’s new API rules will discourage new coders reminded me of …

2018-09-24: Never use the word “User” in your code

2018-09-24: How to design for thumbs in the Era of Huge Screens

2018-09-24: Amazon Is Invading Your Home With Micro-Convenience

2018-09-21: In which a Quora user wonders whether future people who rediscover the song “Les Champs Elysées” …

2018-09-20: My Data Structures class just opened up and I am about to drown in PDFs.

2018-09-19: Why LaCroix sparkling water is suddenly everywhere (2016)

2018-09-19: I real this article about the physics behind soda can tabs a month or so ago, and I have thought of …

2018-09-18: This article about how to read more books recommends reading fiction on a Kindle, because it’s …

2018-09-18: Not sure which I enjoyed more: reading John Warner’s blog post “A Million Thoughts on …

2018-09-18: Apparently HomePod can help you find your phone and now I kind of want one.

2018-09-16: Anybody else struggle a lot with deciding how to refer to somebody when you’re quoting them in …

2018-09-15: I like working from home once in a while, but I’m in no hurry to do it full time. From …

2018-09-15: On Thursday I blogged about how I’ve been enjoying reading years-old tech commentary. Today, I …

2018-09-15: Committed.

2018-09-15: How many GitHub stickers is too many?

2018-09-13: Go home, algorithmic timeline, you are drunk.

2018-09-13: Very tempted to set my work IM status to nohello.com.

2018-09-11: Me at work: Wow, I can’t wait to go home and finish my blog post! I feel so inspired! Me at …

2018-09-08: Google AMP Can Go To Hell

2018-09-08: The unnerving, absurd, and surreal videos of Troom Troom In one video, a woman cuts a lemon in …

2018-09-08: I have 3 half-finished blog posts that I don’t feel like finishing. Which one should I work on? Why …

2018-09-07: They call it a Chocolate Delight and it is chocolately and delightful.

2018-09-05: Started reading Deborah Tannen’s Talking from 9 to 5: Women and Men at Work which is …

2018-09-02: When the strange noises you make to get the cat to look at the camera are a little too strange.

2018-09-01: What’s your solution to fighting sexism and racism? Mine is: unions Female union members earn …

2018-09-01: Teachers who find their kids’ ideas fascinating are just better teachers than teachers who …

2018-09-01: Reliving my childhood today.

2018-08-28: Hire More Women In Tech In one word: epic.

2018-08-28: How The Tech Sector Could Move In One Direction This talk is incredibly good, both for its content …

2018-08-27: Drinking Caffeine on static site generators: It’s geekier. There’s a higher barrier to entry …

2018-08-27: I’ve been enjoying the awesome links and retro charm of iwantmyname’s blogroll for a …

2018-08-26:

Hey @manton, I have a feature request: support for excerpt separators. The goal is for untitled …

2018-08-26: Those Who Can Do, Can’t Teach Very mixed feelings about this article, but it makes a fascinating …

2018-08-21: I’ve lived in San Diego for over 5 years, and I still really miss how much more I read when I was …

2018-08-19: How Should Managers Code? Intrinsic value is the value of what the code does for the business. …

2018-08-19: Went to the Apple store to check out iPads and see it I want one. I think they are too big for me. …

2018-08-19: Kathryn Joosten, who played Karen McCluskey on Desparate Housewives, started acting at 40 and got …

2018-08-18: MacBook Pro? No The Touch Bar is Apple’s Clippy. An embarrassment.

2018-08-18: When I was new to Micro.blog I loved seeing my own posts in the Discover feed because it was proof …

2018-08-17: For my 90s kids.

2018-08-17: Who are the people on Micro.blog who love Mary Roach books, Ask a Mortician, and Sawbones? 😜

2018-08-15: Love it when I know a site is definitely built with Ruby on Rails because they are very obviously …

2018-08-15: How to Set ‘Paste and Match Style’ as Default on Mac OSX

2018-08-13: TFW when a woman with a massive Twitter following says she’s not moving to Mastodon because it’s all …

2018-08-11: This quote from Margaret Atwood about why she wrote The Handmaid’s Tale made me realize that …

2018-08-10: I MET A PUPPY!

2018-08-08: The new Anki Vector robot is smart enough to just hang out We’re very intentionally not positioning …

2018-08-07: Listened in on my first sales meeting and somebody actually quoted Dale Carnegie. Concluded with the …

2018-08-06: The history of fire escapes, for software engineers.

2018-08-06: Being Glue “Glue work” is a thankless job that can hurt an engineer’s career Do …

2018-08-06: Intelligent Assistants: Creepy, Childish, or a Tool? Several parents reported using Alexa as a way …

2018-08-06: Derek Sivers is a slow thinker.

2018-08-05: TIL what “covertly gendered” language is, for example: A 45-year old man has been …

2018-08-05: Are the Three Musketeers allergic to muskets?

2018-08-03: Hey @manton, what’s your preferred form of contact for technical questions about MB—here, Slack, …

2018-08-03: Moving Computing Education Past Argument from Authority Computer science faculty usually make …

2018-08-03: Not sure why I apparently put up with this for 7 years (?!), but I just changed my Mac settings to …

2018-08-01: The Interface of a Cheeseburger

2018-08-01: You might not think you want to watch a YouTuber destroy Disney’s live-action Beauty and the …

2018-08-01: If I only buy one, should I get an iPad or an Apple Watch?

2018-07-31: It sure is satisfying to stab these things.

2018-07-30: Oddly satisfying reading this article from 2009 about why you should make website mockups in HTML …

2018-07-30: Californians, have you changed your tipping behavior since tipped workers started earning the full …

2018-07-30: Turned off cross-posting from Micro.blog to Twitter. Just an experiment.

2018-07-30: TIL that marking up description lists in HTML is my happy place. And also that dl stands for …

2018-07-29: Equally applicable to writing and coding: Developing as a writer requires a mind-set where we seek …

2018-07-29: Noticing a connection between what this teacher says about teaching formulaic paragraph structures: …

2018-07-29: Internships: Good for the intern, great for the team A good internship program provides an …

2018-07-29: This article contrasting Bootstrap and Tachyons is worth reading even if you stick with Bootstrap …

2018-07-29: The Grand Unified Theory of Apple Products: Apple Watch: “The job of the watch is to do more …

2018-07-27: Why rappers love Grey Poupon 📺

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2018-07-26: All the “wellness” products Americans love to buy are sold on both Infowars and Goop

2018-07-23: Lara Hogan’s feedback equation: Observation of a behavior + Impact of the behavior + Question …

2018-07-23: Keyboarding and the Digital Divide

2018-07-22: Started reading Schooling in the Workplace: How Six of the World’s Best Vocational Education …

2018-07-21: Quotas for women raise quality because they attract highly qualified women who replace the mediocre …

2018-07-20: Sawbones is always great but their episode about Hepatitis A is one of the funniest ones …

2018-07-20: Detailed exploration of differences between the ways men and women participate online, with …

2018-07-18: Rough Translation’s “Austenistan” explores what Jane Austen’s work means to …

2018-07-18: The pronunciation of “GIF” is controversial because it is of neither Latin nor Germanic origin.

2018-07-18: So why do some tech conferences use “Conf” while others use “Con”? And am I the only one who finds …

2018-07-17: Erik Dietrich explains the difference between “structured-unstructured” and …

2018-07-17: Imagining the “Trump in Europe” opera

2018-07-17: If you tell a story three times, blog it

2018-07-17: Ooooh. I’ve been wishing that there was a Blue Apron for crockpots or Blue Apron for pressure …

2018-07-17: The Al Capone theory of sexual harassment says that predators are disproportionately likely to …

2018-07-17: Open Offices Are Not the Problem If you are still parceling out individual work, people will work …

2018-07-17: Why do I always check the weather on my phone immediately before I step outside, when 1) I already …

2018-07-17: Halfway through reading Bad Blood and noticing similarities between the Theranos story and Elon …

2018-07-16: Trying out a Micro.blog hosted blog for my micro posts again. Just an experiment. 🙂