Medium Staff

Jun 8

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Staff Picks

Stories from across Medium, hand selected by our team.

"I saw Into the Spiderverse last night and it was HIGH ART. Our post-movie conversation was about how Spider-Man is the perfect superhero to adapt to a multiverse-character with lots of iterations that are more inclusive and diverse; literally anyone can relate to/imagine the origin story of 'got bitten by a spider,' whereas other superhero characters are, for example, super-rich people (Batman), aliens (Superman), etc. I loved this academic take from an Assistant Professor of Latinx and U.S. Multi-Ethnic Literature, shared from the folks at The Conversation." —Brittany Jezouit, Chief of Staff @ Medium
"Want to immediately—as in, this minute—take some stress out of your life? Read the always wonderful Savala Nolan on what she calls the “low-key” or “good enough” summer. At the same time it takes a weight off of your shoulders, it will put a smile on your face." —Jon Gluck, Content @ Medium
"For someone like me who's terrified of public speaking, this post is incredibly useful. Also, worth noting: 'A great toast can be as short as 10 seconds. But longer than 2 minutes and it stops being a toast and becomes a speech.'" —Harris Sockel, Content @ Medium
"Anxiety is self-centered. I’m not saying you are self-centered, I’m saying that anxiety, that fucker out there, outside of you, is selfish. It very much wants to make you selfish too. Anxiety is our ego trying to drive a wedge between us and our reality." —Doc Burford, writer and game designer
"An insider account from Steve Yegge, former engineer at Amazon, about attending an offsite at Bezos's house in 2004. It's the kind of story that helps convey what Bezos is actually like IRL (it's also just an entertaining read)." —Harris Sockel, Content @ Medium
"If you find yourself (or others) constantly digging or sifting through treasure troves of documentation for specific kernels of information, I encourage you to adapt this process for your own use case. You can modify this to work for your personal documents, or your company’s archives. And if you do, I guarantee you’ll walk away from the experience seeing your documents in a new light!"
"It doesn’t matter how 'intelligent' it is — it can’t get to meaning if all it has access to is form. But also: it’s not 'intelligent.' Our only evidence for its 'intelligence' is the apparent coherence of its output. But we’re the ones doing all the meaning making there, as we make sense of it."
"When discussing team organization, I am often asked: 'Why don’t you have the tech lead manage the team?' My response is to hiss like a vampire exposed to holy water. When the follow-up question is: 'Given you want managers on your teams, can the manager still perform code reviews?' I burst into flames."
"Following the go to school -> go to college -> work hard -> get ahead -> buy a home -> retire-in-comfort path is as foreign and bygone to them as the farm-the-land-with-your-dad-until-he-dies-and-you-inherit-it path is to a Boomer."