NBC’s Community is still must-watch television, and their “Remedial Chaos Theory” episode a few weeks back was among the best they’ve ever done, an episode which was able to throw all the characters in a little room and explore their relationships in depth while telling seven stories and still bringing constant laughs. A real marvel, that one. You might also be interested in lead writer Dan Harmon’s whiteboards from the writing room for that episode. Also, AHHH RUN AWAY!!!
Even if you don’t work as a programmer software developer, this article has many useful nuggets of career advice. It touches on corporate culture, the interview process, how to sell yourself, how your job does and doesn’t define who you are, negotiation, and more. If you do nothing else, take a look at your resume and cover letter and for every bullet really think about how your actions either reduced costs or increased revenue. If you’ve got a good story about either of those, you’ll be in a much stronger position. (Via Marco Arment)
Want to be better at life? Take a look at these seven lessons. It’s a little preachy, but they won me back with a Seinfeld reference. Yes, I’m that easy.
While you’re pondering whether that blog is the best thing or the best best thing, consider this excellent article about social networking that posits that an online social network could never adequately describe real social networks. It concludes that Facebook has added no original culture to the web. Although I thought The Social Network was an excellent movie.
Even with Alzheimer’s, my grandfather was an intellectually curious person person up to the second that he died. So I did a little fist pump when I read Matt Ufford’s brief send-off for Andy Rooney. Although I understand that the man had an audience, and it must be nice to get paid by CBS to sleep at your desk, I hope I’m not like that when I’m older.
But I’m not bitching about how hard it is to find a milliner who makes top hats with sufficient velvet. I’m trying to joke about small annoyances that might resonate with other people. It’s already understood that it’s a first-world problem. That’s why I’m sending it out on Twitter, and not calling UNICEF.
So… that Penn State thing happened. Worth re-reading Taylor Branch’s unrelated but epic article ”The Shame of College Sports” from a few months back, and then gargle that down with Charles P. Pierce’s analysis of the Penn State situation (via The Morning News), and then go cry for several weeks. There’s a lot of excellent writing about the scandal, but I can’t stand to link to much of it. How truly awful.