The November 2016 election caused an existential crisis for Leigh Honeywell, a Canadian security engineer who was working for Slack in the Bay Area. “After the election, I felt really strongly the call to act. And I wasn’t sure what that action [should be],” says Honeywell, who had donated technical assistance to the Hillary Clinton campaign. “Is this something where I go home and work on election security back home?” advertisement advertisement But she was soon encouraged at the end of the month by seeing “a lot of new faces” at a meeting of tech workers and activists for a new organization called Tech Solidarity. From there, Honeywell brought together other techies to craft the Never Again pledge, signed by over 2,800 tech-industry workers in December 2016. Each promised to not work on projects they found to be immoral. Honeywell emphasizes that Never Again was not a petition, which she derides as a supplication. “It being a … [Read more...] about How a feminist security engineer helped kick off this wave of tech worker activism
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In his book ‘Poor Charlie’s Almanack’ legendary investor and author Charlie Munger writes ‘spend each day trying to be a little wiser than you were when you woke up. Day by day, and at the end of the day- if you live long enough- like most people, you will get out of life what you deserve.’Independent investor and investing coach Vishal Khandelwal lives by these words. An analyst who quit his job at the age of 34 to focus on teaching the Aam Aadmi the art and science of investing. Safal Niveshak, Hindi for successful investor, has been his platform where he gives online training on investing. A prolific writer, Vishal spends 75 percent of his waking time in reading and learning.Vishal does not like to speak about his stock picks and the returns his investment has generated. The fact that he has been able to come out of a job by taking care of all his liabilities gives an insight that he has done well for himself.Close Vishal is known more as a teacher of … [Read more...] about The analyst who quit his job to be a teacher and a ‘Safal Niveshak’
To the uninitiated, Rick and Morty offers plenty of reasons to stay uninitiated. advertisement advertisement But those reasons are bogus. I first walked into Adult Swim’s sci-fi comedy minefield of mindfuckery in the middle of its second season. By then, the show had already become a word-of-mouth hit. People talked about it as an inevitability: “Have you seen Rick and Morty yet?” And sure enough, after I ingested enough to appreciate its consistency, I thought of several people I either wanted to recommend Rick and Morty to or talk with about it. Somewhere along the line, though, the conversation around the show shifted. The wave of hype that had hoisted it into the cultural zeitgeist came crashing down, and the word of mouth now centered on its apparent toxicity. By late 2017, being a Rick and Morty fan was its own special pejorative. A friend told me that her terrible Tinder date had been a real “Rick and Morty kind of guy,” and I a) knew … [Read more...] about It’s time to forgive ‘Rick and Morty’ for its toxic fandom
“I was stuck,” says BrandAxion president Jeff Danzer. advertisement advertisement In September, the marketing strategy entrepreneur says he realized that something was amiss: the projects that used to be getting greenlights were forming a traffic jam at his desk. “I started looking for an executive skills coach because I realized I needed some help,” he says. So he made a post on local-services marketplace Thumbtack. He was looking for chemistry with an executive coach when he met Devin Martin. “I was blown away by the ease with which I was able to speak with him and what he was able to draw out from me in just that first meeting,” he says. “(The reason I came to him) was to help with my business, but Devin was quick to point out that things that were happening in business were rooted in things that were happening in my entire life.” Martin, a Brooklyn-based life coach, helped Danzer set goals for uncovering what was going on in … [Read more...] about A Look Inside The “Wild West” Of Life Coaching
Navid Khonsari was 10 years old when the Iranian Revolution began. advertisement advertisement “My grandfather actually took me out to walk in the early parts of the revolution,” he says, recalling tanks rolling through streets and protesters filling the air with chants. Khonsari eventually fled with his family to Canada. But the revolution continues to influence his life: The 44-year-old is putting his memories into a new video game called 1979 Revolution, which transports players directly inside the Iranian conflict. Khonsari has a deep pedigree in the gaming world, having directed multiple games in the Grand Theft Auto franchise as well as the first two Max Payne games, but he says creating this game is different–it’s personal. The central character in the game is a young man named Reza who is neither political nor religious, but inspired by the atmosphere of change. The gameplay, which is similar to Grand Theft Auto, includes guiding characters … [Read more...] about Can A Video Game About The 1979 Iranian Revolution Create A Revolution In Gaming?