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TGIF! – Thank Grohl, Gauss, Glob, Galileo and Science it’s Friday, and again it’s time for our weekly reading recommendations, prepared to help you get some good reading time on your weekend. This week, they’re curated for you by Cecily. Enjoy!

Open Source

When people are experiencing hardship in their lives, I try to lessen their burden using refurbished Linux desktops and laptops. I say, let them experience Linux as the face of kindness. For some, they can experience this kindness as a simple act of kindness. For others, it may open new doorways of opportunities in their lives. And then they themselves might choose to offer Linux as the face of kindness. Phil Shapiro on When Linux is the Face of Kindness

Bulgaria passed a law requiring open source


Complexity in product design tends to rear its head in two ways 1) the complexity of managing people and opinions. And 2) the complexity of designing the product itself. It’s not always intuitive how to keep your head above water in a sea of features, users and stakeholders. I’ve certainly fallen on my face in the past, so I’d like to share some insights I’ve gleaned about tackling these big design projects. Erik Klimczak in Designing Complex Products

Design Better Forms

When Everyone Is Doing Design Thinking, Is It Still a Competitive Advantage?

The Web and Development

Inline Validation in Forms - Designing the Experience

Remember when the US Government launched Read about the secret startup that saved “the worst website in America.”

Maureen McElaney shared a fantastic list of tools that make developing Offline First applications easier.

The Tech World and Culture

In today’s world, where the social web is mainstream, innovating on the core values of tools and technology while ignoring the value of inclusiveness is tantamount to building a gated community. Even with the promise that the less privileged might get a chance to show up later, you’re making a fundamentally unfair system. Anil Dash on You Can’t Start the Revolution from the Country Club

Building Community for Fun and Profit

The Business

Senseless acts of violence affect all of us. Mass shootings, suicide bombers, assassinations — the emotions such events bring up are strong, even if our personal connection to the events themselves is not. Feelings of sadness, pain, confusion, and anger don’t get checked at the office door. If you’re leading a team or an organization, how can you help manage the emotional culture of the people you’re responsible for? Jennifer Porter in Being a Good Boss in Dark Times

Building the Offline First Community

Facebook is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service


We <3

When the world hurts too much, sometimes you just need to watch kitten cam.

A statement about freedom from Beyoncé

A Confident Hairless Guinea Pig Shows Off His Unusual Beauty in a Variety of Adorable Poses

Have a nice weekend!