Rob Knight

This is my list of things I’ve found (articles, videos, presentations) that struck a chord with me. You can see all of my things on Pinboard.

  • July 30, 2017

    Do you want to be known for your writing, or for your swift email responses?

    Perfect advice for prioritizing real work over your fear of disappointing people. "You are not saying no to an event where you might make an important connection, you are saying yes to your work."

  • July 26, 2017

    The Oatmeal: creativity and working for yourself

    A rather lengthy comic about being a content creator.

  • June 29, 2017

    I don't know how to explain to you that you should care about other people

    Our disagreement is not merely political, but a fundamental divide on what it means to live in a society.

  • February 22, 2017

    Making news great again, a tweetlist by @noahpinion

  • February 20, 2017

    FIRE: Disinvitation Database

    A database of incidents where a speaker was disinvited from speaking at a college or university in the United States between 2000-present.

  • February 01, 2017

    The data that turned the world upside down

    Seventy "likes" were enough to outdo what a person's friends knew, 150 what their parents knew, and 300 "likes" what their partner knew. More "likes" could even surpass what a person thought they knew about themselves. On the day that Kosinski published these findings, he received two phone calls. The threat of a lawsuit and a job offer. Both from Facebook.

  • January 27, 2017

    The true, correct story of what happened at Donald Trump’s inauguration

    "When the floor is lava, Donald Trump can walk on it, but only Donald Trump."

  • January 24, 2017

    You are not equal. I’m sorry.

    An essay about equality and why it's important for women to continue to push for it.

  • January 19, 2017

    This guy tricked Infowars into publishing a completely fake report On Trump

    "There's no level of judgement from these people claiming to be journalists, there is no rigour whatsoever and they're the first people to see an article from The New York Times or CNN or BuzzFeed and call it fake news."

  • January 19, 2017

    The Rebel Journalist Manifesto

    I think these rules should extend to all of us, in all online forums.

  • January 17, 2017

    Shut up about connecting with Trump's middle America

    "It should be clear by now that a lot people voted for Trump as an act of irrational hostility. I think a lot of these supposedly poor, misunderstood souls in the hinterlands knew damn well that Donald Trump wasn’t gonna bring their jobs back. They just didn’t like the fact that OTHER people are now prospering. Their Trump vote was an act of aggression, a stamp of tacit approval for his campaign of hatred."

  • January 17, 2017

    What is the one thing that vastly improved the way you work?

    Wake up early and block distracting websites.

  • January 08, 2017

    Understanding Rural America isn’t the problem

    "For us “coastal elites” who understand evolution, genetics, science…nothing we say to those in fly-over country is going to be listened to because not only are we fighting against an anti-education belief system, we are arguing against God. You aren’t winning a battle of beliefs with these people if you are on one side of the argument and God is on the other. No degree of understanding this is going to suddenly make them less racist, more open to reason and facts. Telling “urban elites” they need to understand rural Americans isn’t going to lead to a damn thing because it misses the causes of the problem."

  • December 14, 2016

    Five Leadership Hacks – Rands in Repose

    These are good. And small. And easy to make into habits.

  • December 11, 2016

    10 Font pairing resources

    Sites that recommend font pairings and font stacks.

  • November 15, 2016

    How we broke democracy

    Tips for ideological isolation in social media.

  • October 14, 2016

    Be kind

    "Be kind and see the potential in people. Give them a break."

  • June 23, 2016

    Don't scar on the first cut

    Great advice for organizations, period.

  • May 29, 2016

    Insights into managing software developers

    Aimed at software development, but really this is excellent advice for anyone who manages a team. In particular, I like his point that management of software developers is not a step up from development, it's just another job that anyone may or may not be good at.

  • May 22, 2016

    Your brain does not process information and it is not a computer

    Waving goodbye to the flawed metaphor that our brains are computers, storing copies of experiences and processing information the same way every time.

  • May 21, 2016

    How technology hijacks people’s minds

    The kind of design essay we need more of. A tour of how technology is designed to draw you in to spending more time using technology. And some ideas for how technology could do better.

  • May 14, 2016

    How typography can save your life

    The implications of typographic choices in critical user interfaces. This is a must-read for designers.

  • May 08, 2016

    Being A Developer After 40

    Excellent career and life advice from a developer who has reached that dinosaur level of 40. I think as the field matures, so will it's workforce. There is a place for experience in this career path, and it will compliment the youthful energy that dominates start-up land today.

  • May 01, 2016

    Casey Gerald: The gospel of doubt

    A simply marvelous and thoughtful talk by Casey Gerald, who urges us all to question our beliefs and embrace uncertainty. There is plenty to ponder in this talk--about religion, capitalism, inequality, and empathy. I loved this talk for how uncomfortable it made me feel about some of my assumptions.

  • April 21, 2016

    How to Explain Mansplaining

    "The manologue takes many forms, but is characterized by the proffering of words not asked for, of views not solicited and of arguments unsought. It is underwritten by the doubtful assumption that the audience will naturally be interested, and that this interest will not flag. And that when it comes to speeches or commentary, longer is better."