‘Fire the Workaholics’

David Heinemeier Hansson:

People who always work late makes the people who don’t feel inadequate for merely working reasonable hours. That’ll lead to guilt, misery, and poor morale. Worse, it’ll lead to ass-in-seat mentality where people will “stay late” out of obligation, but not really be productive.

David wrote this in 2008, and it’s just as true today as it was then. I enjoy having a life, and I’ve loved working for those who encourage me to live it.

‘On Passion’

Noah Stokes nails it:

Who doesn’t want to follow their passion? Do what they love? It’s on posters and t-shirts. It’s nearly half of all Medium articles. You can turn your passion into a full-time job. Your passion can free you from the daily grind. Your passion is what you were meant to do! Follow your passion they say. I say, follow your passion… on the weekends.

Happy National Radio Day!

There’s only an hour left in National Radio Day, but I wanted to post a little something I made for it.

Radio is a hugely powerful medium, and it’s impact and ability to tell stories grows stronger and stronger. Take some time to donate to your favorite shows, or send a note in the form of an email or iTunes review.

You can read and find out more at nationalradioday.com.

‘We Still Let Harassers Participate In Our Community’

Katie Kovalcin:

We have a problem. A really big problem. If reporting someone does nothing, if organizers are not fit to deal with these tough situations, and if no one is warning others of those who endanger our community—we’re going to keep losing a lot of really great diverse voices.

I pulled out of that conference. That event has lost a woman speaker while simultaneously promoting a dangerous one.

I’m grateful to Katie for sharing her story, which unfortunately sounds so familiar to many more. There needs to be drastic change in our industry, and it’s a good idea to think about how we can be part of the solution.

You need to read this.

‘Let’s Talk Money’

Helen Tran:

One of the most displeasing sentiments out there is that if you are passionate about something, the money shouldn’t matter. People will fall all over themselves agreeing to this. Why not? It sounds so good. If anyone admits that they do care about money, then that must mean they’re not passionate or that their intentions aren’t altruistic.

I couldn’t agree more. This idea is spread by people who don’t want to pay you what you’re worth. Others agree to it, because as Helen notes, it sounds good and they don’t want to be the odd one out.

It’s crap advice though. We work to live, not live to work; which in this case means giving you the money and time off to continue to grow and be happy as a human. When companies align themselves to this philosophy, they find themselves with better employees.

‘Dynamic Web Typography with Typekit’

Tom Newton talking about a new Typekit feature:

When your Dynamic Kit JavaScript loads in the browser it detects the characters you’re using and requests that only the used characters are sent. For example, say you’re using a typeface to set a homepage h1 to read “Betty’s Buttery Bakery” then instead of the font-file containing all of it’s glyphs, it will only contain B-E-K-R-S-T-U-Y-‘ in a smaller (much faster loading) font file.

This makes so much sense. Why download the whole glyph set when you’re most likely not using it all? With more attention then ever on performance, this is a big win.

Via CSS Tricks.

‘The Gray Gray Ghost That I Call Home’

Chris Coyier nails it:

Discussions are always worth having. Weighing options is always interesting. Demonstrating what has worked (and what hasn’t) for you is always useful. There are ways to communicate that don’t resort to dogmatism.

What’s tricky is that you have to grow out of it. Or otherwise find a way to relax your convictions. They don’t sell empathy pills.

The problem is we haven’t learned how to have constructive conversations online. It’s not always the case, but most of the time, people are insulted, told things no one would ever say in person, and conversations spiral.

The other issue being that there are select people who drive the conversation in the web industry, and are highly regarded. But their word is not law, and we all have a responsibility to share our knowledge for a more well-rounded conversation.

‘What The Ad Blocker Debate Reveals’

Jean-Louis Gassée on the Monday Note:

We feel cheated and rightly so. As users, we understand that we’re not really entitled to free browsing; we pay our bills with our selves: When The Product Is Free, We Are the Product. The problem is that we feel betrayed when we find out we’ve been overpaying. We’re being exploited — and it’s not even done nicely. (Apply your favorite metaphor, here.)

Losing trust is bad for the bottom line – no economy can function well without it. When you lose the consumer’s trust, you’re condemned to a chase for the next wave of suckers. Even sites that get us to pay for access to their content play questionable advertising and tracking games.

via The Loop.