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Diversity & Exclusion

A remote conference on design and exclusion, today, April 21st, at 16.00 UTC

Exclusion can be driven by conscious hatred. But we sometimes also fuel it with our own ignorance. Designers may not be able to address the former, but the latter opens up multiple directions for change.

To explore these opportunities, we’re gathering design and technology leaders whose expertise spans industry, startups, nonprofits, and research labs. We’ll convene here online on April 21 to discuss how the design of technology platforms excludes people. By focusing on exclusion, we want to push ourselves to think differently — and together — about building more welcoming and inclusive products.

Participation is free at x.design.blog

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Farewell, old friend


I guess it had to happen: coming back from a trip to Iceland, my old Burton duffle bag gave up.

I purchased it six years ago for my first team meetup, and so I thought this was a good moment to look back at some travel stats.

 Since I joined Automattic, I travelled 624,694 km to 71 cities located in 22 countries, across 83 trips that represented 540 days away from home, or 25% of my time.

I don’t know exactly how that compares to the average Automattician, but what I know for sure is that these numbers don’t even put me anywhere near the top of the Automattic travel leaderboard.

Does this sound appealing to you? Well, we are hiring! 🙂

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Unicorn

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Get.blog Goes Open Source

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Burgr

I couldn’t come to Vegas and not try Burgr by Gordon Ramsay.

Overall, I’m happy we went, the burgers are delicious and the prices reasonable.

It doesn’t beat the best, but easily lands in my top five of all times. The main downside is that a great burger has to pack all his qualities  into a format small enough to wrap, take away, and eat with one hand.

Being  served on a plate is a red flag in my book. Special mention to the bun though, really good.

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Check cable

Should I be worried?

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On carry-on bags

I know quite a few travelers who always travel with a carry-on bag, and I see even more during my trips.

Whether the purpose is to save time at departure or arrival by not having to check-in and wait at the baggage claim, or to fight the fear of losing your stuff, you should know that this is not free; it comes at a cost, and that cost is my time (and the time of everyone else who did check a bag).

By bringing all your stuff with you, you slow down the security checks, slow down boarding procedures, and slow down everyone when leaving the plane.

On today’s planes where as many passengers as possible are squeezed, it’s obviously impossible for everyone to carry their bag.

As a  result, those who do are saving time at the expense of those who don’t. 

Airlines should charge for carry-ons, not for checked-in luggage.

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Still the best…

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Headed to Las Vegas

I’ll be flying to Las Vegas tomorrow morning, to attend and sponsor NamesCon.

For many of us, there is never a good enough reason to go to Vegas…except for the latter part of January when our good friends, Richard Lau and his team, put on one of the best domain industry events of the year. For four full days, NamesCon brings together the biggest names in the domain […]

via NamesCon, here we come… — Knock Knock WHOIS There

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Only in Vienna

I left home this morning at 6:05

I leave in the centre of the city, central enough that I don’t even need to own a car.

I was at the airport, after going through the security checks, at my plane’s gate, ready for boarding, at 6:35

I don’t know any other capital that makes this possible. It’s one of the many perks of living in this amazing city.

Keeping my fingers crossed that on December 4th tolerance and kindness will prevail on fear and ignorance.

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366

Last year, in November, on the 12th exactly, as we were driving to the airport in Austin, Texas,  I randomly challenged myself to spend one year drinking no alcohol, and eating no bread.

Interestingly these decisions weren’t even related to any kind of excess during the previous day’s, beside the nostalgia of water that hits me each time I spend one day in the US.
One (leap) year later I am very happy that I succeeded with the first two challenges, despite a year full of travel, restaurants, parties and conferences.

I overall failed with bread though, despite a longest steak of 73 days, 

I’ve been able to drop many bad habits quite easily, from smoking to buying useless things, if only I had a similar success with food…

I guess there’s a new challenge ahead.

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Go home Heathrow wi-fi, you’re drunk

Interesting options to connect to free wi-fi at Heathrow’s terminal 2. 

Option one is through Twitter, and here’s what you’re asked to accept:

Needless to say, I went to check option two, and it’s a signup form asking for your title, name, email address, and flight number, but absolutely no validation on any field…

I would have accepted to make a small contribution to your mailing list in exchange of free wi-fi, Heathrow.

You’d have sent me a newsletter, a chance to hook me in or make me leave depending on how interesting or funny you are.

But between giving up everything or nothing at all it wasn’t a very hard choice.

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A Magic Roundabout

I don’t recall exactly how I ended up reading this article about the craziest and smartest roundabout I have ever heard of. I mean, seriously, who reads, or writes, articles about roundabouts?

If you don’t have much time, here’s the short video explaining what it is about in one and a half minutes.

If you do have a bit of time though, I seriously advise watching this second video of a much more exhaustive demonstration of why this roundabout makes sense. I promise, you’ll learn a lot about roundabouts and you’ll never look at them in the same way.

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Marvel Movie Nights


The best part of having four fans of the Marvel Universe in the same household, is that between tv shows and movies, you basically never have to hesitate about what to whatch together. Just follow the guide

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Leaving home at 18

ICANN turned 18 only a couple weeks ago, and…

Today, 1 October 2016, the contract between the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the United States Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), to perform the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions, has officially expired.

(From the ICANN announcement)

This is good news for the global community, and for the future of internet, even though it may seem a bit scary at first, like one’s first days without adult supervision… 😉