December 27, 2014

Syrupy Things #28: Actually all of the things



I got a new job! It's kind of my dream job. (And by "kind of," I mean "totally.") Starting next Monday, I'll be managing the education side of Skillcrush, an edtech startup that teaches women to code as a way of narrowing the gender gap in technology.

If you've had a conversation with me in the last three months, you lively already know how much I love the company and everything they do. I couldn't be more excited to join their team in a role that's basically a combination of all my favorite things.


Since it's a holiday week and there are not nearly enough round-ups this time of year, this email is taking a different form than usual. Partially because of the reasons explained below and partially because I'm stranded at the Tampa International Airport for an indefinite period of time. (Yay, holiday travel!)

Back in my pre-teen LiveJournal days, everyone kept running lists of the books, movies, and televisions shows they consumed each year. We set arbitrary goals for each category (25 books, 50 movies, etc.) and tracked them all in a sticky post pinned to the top of our journals.

I'm not really sure why we did this, but I always liked it. Partially because it allowed me to quantify things that otherwise can't be quantified. (If I can put it on a list, I'm being productive! It wasn't a waste of time!) I haven't updated my LiveJournal in years, but I remember how much I liked being able to look back and remember books or movies I loved but had already forgotten. (I'm perpetually that person who gets asked for her favorite movie and rattles off the same three titles she's been recalling for years, even if she hasn't seen them in just as long.)

These days, I don't consume nearly as many books or movies as I used to but I read a shit ton of blogs, articles, and the like. I tweet the ones I love and share favorite passages on Tumblr but most of the things we read online are here today and gone tomorrow. I think that's a shame. Some of them are fucking awesome.

So, without further rambling, here are the best things I read this year. I collected them all in an Evernote over the last twelve months, revisited them all while traveling earlier this week, and have collected them here for your enjoyment. All of them are available online for free and in their entirety.

(This list would probably make a great companion for your flight/train ride/drive home this week. Just saying.)

The Last Amazon (The New Yorker)
Who Gets to Be a Superhero? Race and Identity in Comics (NPR)

Trigger Happy (TNR)
Making Student Loans Cheaper Is a Bad Idea (Vox)

FEMINIST THINGS (also, this whole list)
Astronaut Sally Ride and the Burden of Being The First (Prospect)
How Breast Cancer Won the Battle for October (NYMag)
Jennifer Lawrence And The History Of Cool Girls (BuzzFeed)
I Tried to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Here’s What Happened (NY Mag)
No Baby Boom (Macleans)
The C-Word: Taylor Swift, Amy Dunne, And Reclaiming ‘Crazy’ (Think Progress)
What Is It About Our Artists and Very Young Girls? (XOJane)
Why Not Admit We Didn’t Wake Up Like This? (NYMag)
When Women Become Men at Wellesley (NYT)

Convicted in Cook (N/A)
Dime Stories: A Tribute to Jane Byrne​ (New City)
How John Kerry Built an Israel-Palestine Peace Plan—and Watched It Crumble (TNR)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Hobby Lobby Dissent (Yahoo)
She Tweeted Against the Mexican Cartels. They Tweeted Her Murder (Daily Beast)
The Transparency Trap (The Atlantic)
US Foreign Policy’s Gender Gap (Al Jazeera America)
Why Does a Campus Police Department Have Jurisdiction Over 65,000 Chicago Residents? (Vice)

How Airbnb and Lyft Finally Got Americans to Trust Each Other (Wired)
How Matt’s Machine Works (Fast Company)
How Self-Tracking Apps Exclude Women (The Atlantic)
Independence and the Creative Life (Kickstarter)
Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me A Spreadsheet (FiveThirtyEight)
Why Nerd Culture Must Die (Pete Warden)

4 Seasons and a Gas Leak Year (East Cupcake)
Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn on Cool Girls and David Fincher​ (Vulture)
It’s On, Kids: A Fan History of Veronica Mars (Kickstarter)
“Just tell the truth.”​ (East Cupcake)
Philip Seymour Hoffman Remembered: “It’s A Beautiful Thing” (Vanity Fair)
The Definitive History of The West Wing (Empire)
The Reinvention of Taylor Swift (Rolling Stone)

SPORTS THINGS (ikr, right? who knew?)
Fathers, Sons, Junior and Me (The Classical)
Smashing a Ceiling and a Lot of Egos (NYT)

MISCELLANEOUS THINGS (defying categorization since 2014)
For A More Ordered Life, Organize Like A Chef (NPR)
James Earl Jones on Darth Vader, Mufasa and, natch, Totes McGotes (NYT)
Stop Trying to Save the World (TNR)
Working Anything but 9 to 5 (NYT)
You’re 16. You’re a Pedophile. You Don’t Want to Hurt Anyone. What Do You Do Now? (Medium)

I hope you enjoy and also appreciate how long it took me to copy/paste and link all those titles. This sucker is twice as many words as usual. Whew. Also, keep in mind that the categories are a little *makes wavey hand motion*

If you prefer chronological order, that's how they're ordered on my blog. (<--- That link also has some "honorable mentions" that were written in 2013.)

Just a reminder that crickets are still dumb and sharing is caring. Reply to say hi and/or let me know if the airport you passed through this week had free wi-fi.

I hope you're having a wonderful December, with whatever holidays that entails for you. I'll see ya in 2015!

(Also, I'm serious about the wi-fi thing. Let me know.)