https://www.washingtonpost.com/transportation/2022/11/13/union-station-dc-rail-renovation/ Residents, commuters and workers say they are worried about the fate of the 115-year-old landmark, a once-vibrant gateway into D.C.
22 November, 2022
19 November, 2022
2/ As a Mastodon user, you're waaaaaay more likely than the average user to love reverse-chron with no algorithm. It's one of the main selling points for Mastodon!
But it's not rooted in what we saw in seemingly hundreds of different #designresearch findings.
The reason Twitter almost died so many times at the start is that normal people aren't looking for an IRC or RSS experience. So people joined, got frustrated, and left.
It took THREE YEARS to turn users into "healthy users." That's bad.
Most of my clients are CEOs of growing companies, most of the rest are C-level executives in similar settings, and a number of others are leaders in investment or professional services firms. In order to be effective in these roles they must be able to influence others, wield authority, and maintain status. At the same time my clients are conscientious people who care about the well-being of their employees and colleagues, aspire to make a positive difference in the world, and are striving to do their best.
As a result of these factors, a theme in my practice is what I describe as "power struggles among nice people." And yet a challenge is that many of us imagine that people who engage in power struggles aren't very nice, and that nice people shouldn't struggle for power. This leaves us with a stark choice: Be an asshole and win, or be a decent person and lose--but it doesn't have to be that way.
My Dad owned a business my whole life. It was profitable, but it didn’t expand. I ask him once why he never grew it, and he said it’s nearly impossible without climbing on someone’s back–your vendors, your customers, your employees. Particularly that last one. You don’t wait until your business is big to be a good human being. The very first time you have to choose between your own profit and your employees health insurance, you choose the later. You give maternity leave even though the government doesn’t make you. You dock your own salary to not lay people off during a recession. You have adequate staffing and reliable hours. Anybody who says you can’t run a retail business on a normal, reasonable, predictable schedule you know in advance is full of shit. My Dad did it for 35 years (always have one more person than you think you need, and 98% of your staffing problems vanish). It’s just not maximum profit. If you don’t prioritize extracting profit from every corner of your business, you never become rich enough to give billions away.
18 November, 2022
Anecdote: My boss decided to axe tipping, raise prices 20%, and give the whole staff large raises and expanded healthcare benefits. We lasted about a month and a half like this- after an initial bump, sales plummeted and we were showered with reviews and feedback that the food was too expensive, had dropped in quality (it was the same food made by the same staff) and that the servers acted "entitled" because we didn't have to earn our tips. Even though the food was literally no more expensive than what it would have been with tip. We had to go back to a tipping model. Thankfully the owner kept the healthcare. Point is, the Average American resturant consumer is actually insane, as much as people complain about tips, most consumers do not want to pay what their meal actually costs unless they also get to pretend to evaluate someone's work preformance. Americans love tipping because its an expression of individuality AND its a class-based hierarchy, two things ingrained in American culture.
14 November, 2022
In fact, this story is the perfect example of the perfect storm of conditions that continues to reinforce the Black Confederate myth, especially in cases that involve African Americans.
One of the ways the SCV has attempted to defend its organization and mission in recent decades is to admit African-American members by claiming that Black men served as soldiers in the army. It’s a way of defending the legacy of their ancestors from the fact that the Confederacy was fighting to create an independent slaveholding republic.
The most obvious problem is simply not understanding the basic history of the Confederacy and the ways in which they utilized slave labor for military purposes throughout the war. This failure leads directly to the misintepretation of key docoments. In this case, pension applications.
13 November, 2022
Across America, investigators are increasingly being hired by a new kind of client — authoritarian governments like Iran and China attempting to surveil, harass, threaten and even repatriate dissidents living lawfully in the United States, law enforcement officials said.
One strike by a precision guided HIMARS rocket, she said, had hit a Russian garrison in a residential district about 150 yards from her home, blowing out windows but harming no civilians. “It was a beautiful explosion,” she said.
12 November, 2022
Few of Taymor’s team came from Broadway: Michael Curry, designer and builder of puppets; Richard Hudson, from Zimbabwe and an operatic set designer; Garth Fagan, a Jamaican modern dance choreographer; and lighting designer Donald Holder, who had lit Juan Darien. Lebo M. continued to write new music, with Taymor pitching in to write the lyrics to “Endless Night.” Taymor put together a diverse cast, with a chorus of singers from South Africa whom she planned to fold into the show as the landscape. At one point they would wear boards of grass on their heads to symbolize the grasslands. At a studio on 27th Street, Taymor, Curry, and an army of designers sculpted mask headdresses out of clay and silicone rubber—the regal Mufasa; the demented Scar; the serene Sarabi. They were working around the clock in the summer of 1996 to prepare for the first reading and presentation of their designs to Eisner and the “California crowd,” as one person nicknamed them.
18 October, 2022
I have many regrets about my work building a company that helped pave the way for Friendster, MySpace and ultimately Facebook and Twitter. I’ve spoken before about my regrets about creating the pop-up ad, and if you find me after this talk, I will tell you the story of how our tools to keep pornography off Tripod cost our investors at least a billion dollars.