Need a hand with tech consulting? I can help!
Learn more about how we can work via black.af .

Things I Read in the Week of 2015-09-12

A synposis of things I’ve read this week.

:pencil: by Jacky Alciné Jacky Alciné :book: an review post :bookmark: read-this-week , review :clock7: written - revised :eyeglasses: about 5 minutes, 902 words :link: Comments - 0 Mention(s) - Permalink

This blog post is the first in a series of posts I’ll be attempting to make every week to help me reflect on the things I’ve read this week. You can check out the read this week tag for more entries in the future.

I track my reading habits using Reading.am and occasionally, I work on providing a week review of the things I’ve read here with a short blurb. This is my way of writing a really short book report but not for books and definitely not a report.

Digital Publications

Yak Shaving Defined - I’ll get that done, as soon as I shave this yak.

Scott has a habit of cranking out some really useful posts and this, by far, is one that I have bookmarked and revisit often. Yak shaving is amazingly well depicted by that GIF he uses from Malcolm in the Middle:

Hal, can you change the lightbulb?

Blavity’s August Review: Curls, podcasts and #BlackGirlMagic

If you haven’t noticed already, I’m a very big fan of Blavity. The minute I found out about it, I’ve taken extra time out of my day to read the published content and mention it to friends. I have a hoodie and a t-shirt. I’m potentially obsessed, heh.

A photo posted by Jacky (@jackyalcine) on

In case you missed it on Twitter, a better headshot.

A photo posted by Jacky (@jackyalcine) on

I’m also glad to see New York City at the top of the list of places that hits Blavity the most1. This and the geographic move to the East Coast are things to keep an eye out for. The East Coast’s the best coast, by the way.

All Websites Look The Same

Where is the lie? Hegemonic thoughts leads to hegemonic stuff :frog: :tea:.

Debugging Diversity

author:”Anjuan Simmons” title:”Debugging Diversity” url:”https://abernathymagazine.com/debugging-diversity/”

&emdash; in

It’s not something that can be readily solved with an off-the-shelve algorithm2, or with empty quotes for close to 5 years stating “We’re working hard on fixing shit whilst not ever attempting to hire from places that are predominately NOT like us”. Anjuan hits home with this.

Physical Publications

Because books with physical pages are still cool.

Slavery By Another Name

Right now, I’m going over the chapter Slavery is Not A Crime in Slavery By Another Name. This book, I have to say, is one that I’ve found so interesting, I’ve legit re-read pages close to five times before advancing. Blackmon condenses a lot on each page and still manages to make it paint a picture of the events as they played out in the eras mentioned in the book. If you don’t have it, buy it.

The ThoughtWorks Anthology 2

I’ve read this book before in 2013 and intentionally took time to crawl through it over a period of six months. But reading it again now with more experience gave me a more objective view to not only the kind of tools that were available when the book was written and the kind of ideologies that the authors held. Things like TDD for JavaScript was portrayed as if it was frown upon3. If there’s one thing this book constantly reminds me of, it’s definitely the importance of understanding the tools that you use to a point of near expert levels. It makes it a lot easier to test.

Also, this book implicitly reinforced the idea of needing to not be afraid to look into the source code. This, in itself, can be a whole blog post.

That’s it for this week. I take suggestions for things to read very openly via email or Twitter. Let’s see if I can keep this up :running:!

  1. Now if we can prove that Brooklyn holds it down, lol :grin:

  2. Eh. If you remove HR’s human hiring with computers, then maybe. 

  3. I guess it was. People gon’ people.