Odyssey. A simple way for journalists, designers, and creators to weave interactive stories.

The odyssey.js library is being developed to help journalists, bloggers, and other people on the web publish stories that combine narratives with maps and map interactions. The library is open source and freely available to use in your projects. It is initially being built to work with most modern browsers.
“This is a big deal—it’s a big, official reinterpretation of what it means to be Christian and married. That’s the interesting thing about churches: They’re in the business of teaching truth, but that truth is open to cultural change. There was a nod to this in the General Assembly’s vote: The new “authoritative interpretation” of marriage would include a note saying something along the lines of “in ‘tradition,’ those two people were only opposite-gender loving people or heterosexuals,” according to the LGBT advocacy group More Light Presbyterians. The Church can change, but it still has a history; it can wrestle with modernity only by acknowledging its past.”

Whenever you see me somewhere succeeding in one area of my life, that almost certainly means I am failing in another area of my life. …

If I am succeeding at one, I am inevitably failing at the other. That is the tradeoff. That is the Faustian bargain one makes with the devil that comes with being a powerful working woman who is also a powerful mother.

You never feel a hundred percent okay. You never get your sea legs — you are always a little nauseous. Something is always lost, something is always missing.

—Shonda Rhimes ‘91 Delivers Dartmouth’s Commencement Speech (by Dartmouth) [via Shonda Rhimes on Dreaming vs. Doing, the Tradeoffs of Success, and the Blinders of Entitlement | Brain Pickings]
Ghost, is my idealistic and fictional concept for a WordPress-lite fork. It has one purpose, and only one purpose: enabling digital publishing for the masses. Enabling people with more important ideas and things to say than I ever will to publish content online - quickly, easily, beautifully and efficiently. Ghost is about breaking down the same barriers that WordPress originally did
—John O’Nolan
There’s no fuzzy middle ground. You either believe that women are people or you don’t. It’s that simple.

—Joss Whedon at ‘Make Equality Reality’ (by Equality Now) [via Jezebel: Watch Joss Whedon Make the Perfect Speech About the Word Feminist]


Comedian and journalist Stella Young is tired of people telling her she’s an “inspiration” just for getting up in the morning. In a hilarious, hard-hitting, and thought-provoking talk at TEDxSydney, she explains why.   

Watch the full talk here»

(via hanniballecktor)


5 Ways to Be a Designer From Heaven by Clients From Hell

From the folk that brought you Clients from Hell comes a poignant and useful column over on the Shutterstock Blog. Check out these five tips on working with clients, from those who know best what doesn’t. Read on.

Stella Young: I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much | Talk Video | TED.com)

Stella Young is a comedian and journalist who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair — a fact that doesn’t, she’d like to make clear, automatically turn her into a noble inspiration to all humanity. In this very funny talk, Young breaks down society’s habit of turning disabled people into “inspiration porn.”

“Perhaps the strange and incalculable ascendancy of Cumberbatch from a man the BBC initially didn’t think was sexy enough to play Sherlock Holmes to one of the biggest stars in the world is a sign that our culture is maturing, and no longer considers classical good looks to be paramount. The 18th century philosopher Immanuel Kant drew distinctions between things that are evidently beautiful because we can see they’re beautiful, and things that are sublime because they demand an intellectual response.”
Here is my Katas for creating BASH programs that work. Nothing is new here, but from my experience pepole like to abuse BASH, forget computer science and create a Big ball of mud from their programs. Here I provide methods to defend your programs from braking, and keep the code tidy and clean.



Having grown up in the US and the UK, I am acutely aware of how American English and British English are different, and it’s especially interesting when the difference is so subtle. As we’ve recently added snacky to our online dictionary, we thought this would be a good opportunity to…

“And often it’s that very first place to start—to really take advantage of and be protected by the legal system—that even middle-class people in the civilian world can’t afford.”
“Secondly, an artificially-induced feeling of crappiness is, one would think, completely different to the multi-layered and highly personal reasons one might turn to comfort food in regular life – a specific response to a specific and complicated psychological state that it is almost impossible to recreate in lab conditions.

… When you are threatened, you retreat in your mind to places of happiness. Comfort food is merely an aide-mémoire that uses more than one of your senses.

Emma BrockesScience says there’s no such thing as ‘comfort food’. We all beg to differ | Comment is free | theguardian.com
“My old BlackBerry was becoming unreliable, so I got a Samsung Galaxy or something like that. I got it because my wife already had one and could answer some of my questions. And all I wanted was for somebody I knew well to have already suffered so I wouldn’t have to suffer.”
— Barry Schwartz, Little Boxes of Decision Avoidance : The New Yorker by Atossa Araxia Abrahamian