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Sarah Karlson
Extra tentacles, please.
Extra tentacles, please.

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I am really curious what is the product design rationale behind putting "anyone I have ever emailed ever" (Google+) and "everyone who has my phone number" (Facebook) in my "Suggested Friends" list.

Consulting business contact? Suggested friend. Person I bought something from via Craigslist 5 years ago? Suggested friend? Someone I met up with once and never again? Suggested friend.

Who thought this was a good idea?

"Which Apple Watch did you get?"
"The Edition."
"No no, I mean which edition of the watch did you get?"
"I just told you, I got the Edition."
"Um, okay, but which model?"
"I just said I got the Edition! Aren't you paying attention?"

In the context of hiring, one is often advised to look not just for "smart" but "smart and gets things done." It is also fair to say that that "smart" does not necessarily imply "makes good decisions". So really, what we are looking for is smart, gets things done, and does the right thing.

Understanding that a lot of interview tools are (very!) imperfect proxies for getting at any of these dimensions, never mind about all of them... hiring managers/interviewers, what do you think is the most effective way to measure each of these aspects?

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Another beautiful (and creepy) comic from Emily Carroll just released.

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Understanding vs. fluency, and the plasticity of the adult mind.

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"Ibrahima Sarr, a Senegalese coder, led the translation of Firefox into Fulah, which is spoken by 20m people from Senegal to Nigeria. “Crash” became hookii (a cow falling over but not dying); “timeout” became a honaama (your fish has got away). “Aspect ratio” became jeendondiral, a rebuke from elders when a fishing net is wrongly woven."

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“I don’t eat white flour, so I tried making it with raw almonds that I’d activated by chewing them with my mouth open to receive direct sunlight, and it turned out terrible. This recipe is terrible.”

Hey, Google+, prompting me to add EVERYONE I HAVE SENT EMAIL TO EVER to my circles is not your greatest idea.
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