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Hi! I’m Devin and I work at Mozilla. I’m sensibly impulsive, consistently non-committal, and passionately impartial.

Humans Yelling Like Goats Yelling Like Humans

The internet has come full circle.

Don’t watch this until you’ve experienced any of the very odd but very entertaining goats yelling like people videos.

Damsel in Distress: Part 1 – Tropes vs Women in Video Games

Anita takes a good look at the use of “damsels” in video games and provides some excellent analysis. I’m a bit surprised, looking back, at how blatantly bad this has been (and still is).

The Wood Turner

This is a pleasure to watch.

A Manager’s Manifesto — The Year of the Looking Glass

I liked this collection of thoughts and lessons from Julie Zhuo, a design director at Facebook, including:

Sweep up the crumbs. Wipe the tables. Turn off the lights. Plug the holes that need plugging—even if it’s menial, even if nobody will know you did it. Do it in service of the product, the company, and this wondrous, magical thing you are all building together.

It reminded me of this story from Adii Pienaar, founder at WooThemes:

As CEO, I don’t necessarily think that washing dishes is part of my “job description” and it doesn’t carry any obvious priority in terms of things I need to get done today … sometimes the best thing I can do in my business is the smallest, simplest thing; especially if that means I can remove obstacles for my team.

(these were published at medium and svbtle, respectively)</p>

Simperium joins Automattic

I’m happy to hear the folks behind the popular note-taking application, Simplenote, will join the expert blog shepherds at Automattic.

Citing authors on the web (and off)

The individuals behind an article are just as, if not more, important than the publication they write at.

Is WordPress a development platform or a product?

The primary vendor maintaining the open source project has productized WordPress. But it’s also touted as a platform to build (not just blogs) upon.

Games by EA versus Nintendo

After trading a quick “Tweet” with Dan Frommer last night I realized folks may not know this: Electronic Arts, one of the largest video game developers, has not only created dozens of original game titles for iOS but also ported “old” brands over to the Apple platform.

Introducing Circa News 1.1

I’ve become a big fan of the Circa News app from Matt Galligan, Ben Huh, and company. With the new “swipe to go back” gesture in version 1.1 this has become one of my favorite apps on my iPhone’s home screen.

What competition is WordPress up against?

I can think of at least two big competitors to the WordPress open source project that may require addressing in the coming year (and beyond).