A New Family Feeling on Campus | The New Yorker

A New Family Feeling on Campus; Jeannie Suk; In The New Yorker; 2015-11-17.
Jeannie Suk is a professor at Harvard Law School.


  • safe space
  • very special home
  • Yale University
    • Silliman College
  • demands ; In some blog; 2015-11.
    tl;dr → a list of demands; mostly for money; also for ethnic studies & ethnic (re-)naming.
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Amherst College

Provocative look at Palo Alto teen suicides | San Jose Mercury News

Provocative look at Palo Alto teen suicides; Scott Herhold; In San Jose Mercury News

tl;dr → a “me too” post; no new ideas or info; does not dispute Rosin; asserts that it is parents’ fault for setting impossible expectations.

Original Sources

The Silicon Valley Suicides & commentariat.; Hanna Rosin; In The Atlantic; 2015-11-16; previously filled.
Teaser: Why are so many kids with bright prospects killing themselves in Palo Alto?


LivingSocial Offers a Cautionary Tale to today’s Unicorns | The New York Times (NYT)

LivingSocial Offers a Cautionary Tale to today’s Unicorns; , Katie Benner; In The New York Times (NYT); 2015-11-20.


  • Business model
    • “deals”
    • email promotions
    • revenue participation
  • Groupon
    • IPO, 2011-11
    • trading at -85% of IPO price
    • Rich Williams, CEO, “new”


  • did not IPO
  • $800M funding, circa 2011
    $919M funding total
  • $4.5B valuation circa 2011, via VC Experts
  • Investor: T. Rowe Price
    revalued investment to $0
  • layoffs, 2015-10, circa 200, in Seattle WA.
  • Gautam Thakar, CEO, since 2014-09; ex-eBay for 10 years.
  • New business model: loyalty & rebates.
  • “Our core audience is affluent, educated women — 25 to 40. What can we do to help this woman have a good weekend? Our job as a marketplace becomes helping merchants with data.” attributed to Gautam Thakar.


  • Founded 2007
  • Founders
    • Aaron Batalion, departed
    • Tim O’Shaughnessy, departed; CEO through 2014-Q1.
    • Eddie Frederick, departed
    • Val Aleksenko, remaining
  • ex-Revolution Health Group
  • Original plan
    • Hungry Machine
    • a Facebook app
      • polls
      • book s haring
  • Investors
    • Revolution Ventures
    • Lightspeed Venture Partners
    • Amazon
    • JPMorgan Chase



  • Mike Santore, ex-director, content strategy, LivingSocial
  • Tige Savage, board member, LivingSocial; managing partner Revolution Ventures.

Is Medium the threat to WordPress? | Dave Winer

Dave Winer; Is Medium the threat to WordPress?; In His Blog; 2015-11-27.

tl;dr → no, <quote>WordPress and Medium are small competitors to Facebook</quote>

Betteridge’s Law.


Comcast Xfinity Wi-Fi discloses customer names and addresses | CSO Online

Comcast Xfinity Wi-Fi discloses customer names and addresses; staff; In CSO Online; 2015-11-19.
Teaser: Company says Xfinity Wi-Fi reaches 11 million hotspots nationwide, including residential locations

tl;dr → address & passwords in the clear.  Don’t use it. Ever.

<quote>Comcast has taken some steps to secure the Xfinity Wi-Fi service recently, but their efforts have actually created a new problem. Apple and Android users can download a new security application for Xfinity Wi-Fi (it isn’t available for Windows users) that will create a secure profile and protect their wireless sessions. However, researcher Ken Smith discovered that the process of developing the secure profile on the device downloads a file (XFINITY.mobileconfig) containing the Xfinity Wi-Fi login name (often user@comcast.net) and password in clear text.</quote>


“I can, therefore I must”: Fragility in the Upper-middle classes | Luthar, Barkin, Crossman

Suniya S. Luthar, Samuel H. Barkin, Elizabeth J. Crossman; “I can, therefore I must”: Fragility in the Upper-middle classes; In Some Venue; 2013; 46 pages


In this paper, we review evidence on a group recently identified as “at-risk”, that is, youth in upwardly mobile, upper-middle class community contexts. These youngsters are statistically more likely than normative samples to show serious disturbance across several domains including drug and alcohol use as well as internalizing and externalizing problems. Extant data on these problems are reviewed with attention to gender-specific patterns, presenting quantitative developmental research findings along with relevant evidence across other disciplines. In considering possible reasons for elevated maladjustment, we appraise multiple pathways including aspects of family dynamics, peer norms, pressures at schools, and policies in higher education. All of these pathways are considered within the context of broad, exosystemic mores: the pervasive emphasis, in contemporary American culture, on maximizing personal status, and how this can threaten the well-being of individuals and of communities. We then discuss issues that warrant attention in future research. The paper concludes with suggestions for interventions at multiple levels, targeting youth, parents, educators, as well as policy makers, toward reducing pressures and maximizing positive adaptation among “privileged but pressured” youth and their families.

Canary in the Code Mine | Medium

Canary in the Code Mine; Lauren Smiley; In Medium; 2015-11-18.

tl;dr → mining work pays $60K→$80K/year; web light-coding work pays $36K/year (max). Until the mines went out of business.  Downmarket & retraining.


  • Region
    • Eastern Kentucky
    • Appalachia
    • Pike County, KY
    • Harlan County, KY
  • Jigsaw Enterprises
    • Proprietors
      • Rusty Justice
      • M. Lynn Parrish
    • Justin Hall, president
    • Concept
      • miner-to-coder pipeline
    • BitSource
      • a business
      • a body shop, of trained “coders”
  • Rusty Justice
    • Pikeville, Pike County, KY, his town of origin.
  • Backstory
    • Eastern Kentucky
    • 8,000 miners laid off, 2011→2015.
    • Recent EPA Regulations
    • mine company
      • delistings
      • bankruptcies
        • Alpha
    • Sierra Club
      • Beyond Coal, a promotion
    • Color
      • Mark Zuckerberg, exemplar of success.
    • Federal retraining money
      • $23M
  • Miner wages
    • $60,000/year → $80,000/year
    • Kentucky living standards
    • 12 hour days
    • zero education needed.
  • Awesome Inc,
    • a tech incubator.
    • Lexington, KY
    • Nick Such
      • co-founder
      • age 29.
  • Appalachian culture
    • pity & shadenfreude from the outside
    • poverty porn.
    • A Hidden America: Children of the Mountains,
  • BitSource
    • miner-to-coder pipeline
    • training
      • funding via regional redevelopment, via federal government
      • 22 week training course
      • $15/hour for training
    • operations
      • post 22-week training
      • 25% subsidy for coding workers on a per-job basis.
      • $18/hour for time-on-task coding
  • Jim Ratliff
    • exemplar
    • early trainee, employee
    • age 38
  • Lynda.com
  • Hydroseeding, a demontrator application


  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • C# (this was mentioned in an antecdote, but no further)
  • PHP
  • Bootstrap
  • Drupal
  • Less
  • Unix
  • Git
  • Unity


  • header (e.g. for C#)
  • sad face, emoji
  • fail fast & iterate
  • hash tag
  • T-shirt


The Changing Digital Landscape: Where Things are Heading | Pew Research Center

The Changing Digital Landscape: Where Things are Heading; (Pew Research Center); Presented at Tencent Media Summit, Beijing, China; 2015-11-12; 36 slides.


  • Three (3) digital revolutions have changed the news
  • State of the digital news media 2015
  • Six (6) impacts on news and the media
  • Five (5) trends for the future

Separately noted.


The Web We Have To Save | Hossein Derakhshan, Medium

Hossein Derakhshan; The Web We Have To Save; On Medium; 2015-11-14; separately filled.
Teaser: The rich, diverse, free web that I loved — and spent years in an Iranian jail for — is dying. Why is nobody stopping it?

Biography: Iranian-Canadian author, blogger. Freed from prison after 6 yrs, in Nov 2014. Passionate about Iran, technology, and theory.

<quote>The web was not envisioned as a form of television when it was invented. But, like it or not, it is rapidly resembling TV: linear, passive, programmed and inward-looking.

When I log on to Facebook, my personal television starts. All I need to do is to scroll: New profile pictures by friends, short bits of opinion on current affairs, links to new stories with short captions, advertising, and of course self-playing videos. I occasionally click on like or share button, read peoples’ comments or leave one, or open an article. But I remain inside Facebook, and it continues to broadcast what I might like. This is not the web I knew when I went to jail. This is not the future of the web. This future is television.</quote>


Hossein Derakhshan; Internet Stoning: Power, resistance and the subaltern on web discourses; Masters Dissertation; Centre for Film and Media Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; WHEN?; 37 pages; landing.

How Rocket Fuel Does Cross-Device Optimization For Microsoft | Ad Exchanger

How Rocket Fuel Does Cross-Device Optimization For Microsoft; ; In Ad Exchanger; 2015-11-24.

tl;dr →A testimonial that Microsoft uses RocketFuel’s probabilistic cross-device identification scheme.


  • Microsoft
    • Windows
    • Office
    • Azure
    • Dynamics CRM
    • Uses LinkedIn Sales Navigator
  • Starcom MediaVest
  • RocketFuel
    • has its own probabilstic device graph
    • does not buy from
      • Crosswise
      • Drawbridge
      • Tapad
  • Turn
    • does not have its own probabilistic device graph
    • does buy from
      • Adbrain
      • Crosswise
      • LiveRamp
      • Tapad
      • VisualDNA


For color, background & verisimilitude

  • Grad Conn, B2B marketing, Microsoft
  • Ian Dailey, manager, product marketing, RocketFuel