Welcome to the after-party
Whoa, you made it back here? I appreciate you spending time with me. This is where I keep older articles and one-off projects wrangled from corners of the internet that I still like.
Commentator and essayist
One Nail at a Time, Coyote and Oak Magazine Vol XV
If you’re stressed, raise your hand. If you need a vacation, gimme a nod. If your 60-hour workweek has beaten you down, leaving you to the solace of a chilled bottle of Chardonnay—throw me a “hell yeah.” […] I was impressed when I pulled into The Barn at Old Morro. This small property, deep inside Atascadero off the 41, is stunning. […] And for seven years, it’s been in the hands of April and Josh Peet, San Diego–ians turned SLOcals, who’ve spent every spare moment building, creating, and running it… Get the issue
Not Your Mama’s Wedding, Coyote and Oak Magazine Vol XIV
If there’s one thing people on the Central Coast of California know how to do, it’s a wedding. […] Heck, I’m no farmer, but I’ve sat on a gussied up hay bale or two. And while I’ll always tear up at a romantic seaside wedding (I am, after all, planning my own nuptials) I got a jolt of lightning when I discovered the work of Costa Sister Productions, a two-woman video operation out of Wales… Get the issue
Pineapple doesn’t make a pizza Hawaiian, here’s why
Did you learn pineapple makes a pizza Hawaiian? A Hawaiian shirt is a kitschy floral button-down only your middle-aged uncle wears? That Aloha translates to hello and goodbye, respectively? You’re not technically wrong on some of those. But let’s zhoosh up your cultural literacy.
It’s Asian Pacific American Heritage month [and] May 1st was Lei Day, one of the biggest cultural celebrations in Hawai’i. So I’d love to share how we might better honor America’s 50th state… Read more
How to Collaborate with Your UX Writers (By a UX Writer)
In today’s tech industry, it’s not enough to have software that works. You need software that’s intuitive, beautiful, and has great content. That next-level product requires a magical team of designers, researchers, developers, and one craft you may still be getting to know: UX writers.
Not sure what a UX writer is? Open your favorite app. Go ahead, I’ll wait… Read more
When Your Creative Job is Killing Your Creativity
I walk up to my front door. Fumbling with my keys, I’m distracted by the heavy purse digging into my shoulder. My left arm mediates a fight between two grocery bags; and my right arm has forsaken a backpack of gym clothes at my feet. It’s the end of another Thursday. And my workweek—a series of rapid-fire meetings (this could’ve been in an email, Jerry), missed lunches (when did it become 3:45 pm?) and hasty workouts (here’s lookin’ at a nearly-thirty tummy)—has left me … unsatisfied… Read more
Jargon is destroying my writing. But I can’t stop using it.
I’m in software marketing. And nothing gives my lead count a boost like jargon — lots and lots of jargon. If I write an email that has the word “implementation” in it, I’ve got a dozen more clicks. If I host a webinar with the phrase “lean product development” in the title, I’m banking on fifty more attendees. If I tweet the word “workflow,” I have a new follower… Read more
How the F Word saved my life. And other effects of ugly journaling.
I’m gonna let you in on one of the most private parts of my life: I’m a cutter. And no, I’m not talking about arts and crafts. For the last fifteen years, I’ve struggled with garden-variety levels of depression and self-harm. [..] But when it comes to destructive desires it’s not easy to just say, “shake it off.” […]
So what do I do with the words in my head? I write them down. And I write them down some more. And then I write them down all over again… Read more
Advocacy writer (2013 – 2016)
“Girls—to build a spaceship. Girls—to code the new app. Girls—to grow up knowing that they can engineer that.” And thus, came the new feminist anthem that rang across the internet. Over the last several months, a whole ‘lotta fuss has been circling around a viral commercial from GoldieBlox—a startup toy company with a line of products designed to encourage female engineers. If you’re one of the few who hasn’t seen the controversial ad since its November release, here’s what you need to know Read more
One Simple Thing: GungGung’s Repair Legacy
It’s likely you’ve seen today’s fashionistas sporting bright, chunky watches—in gold or silver, with shimmer and diamonds. […] Nope. My watch is black and rubber. It’s small and waterproof. It has the amazing technological ability to alternate between 24- and 12-hour settings.
Certainly, no one has been accused of calling it glamorous. But I do wear it—proudly. Because it’s not just an accessory. It’s a legacy, left to me by my grandfather… Read more
Let Boys Be Boys: Confessions of a Female Fixoholic
Alright, so I’m gonna let you in on a little secret. But you gotta promise you won’t tell my fellow iFixiters. I’m not a fixer.
I don’t fix my computer when its hard drive overheats. I don’t puff up with confidence when I get a flat tire. I don’t look at a broken curtain rod and say, “I got this.” Nope—I’m not the girl you’re looking for. At least, I wasn’t… Read more
The Young Women of St. Joesph’s Academy
A group of young female students sit around a table, laughing and talking. But they’re not discussing school, boys, or music. Instead, they’re talking how to replace a dead hard drive, how to install a case fan, and how to salvage a water-damaged motherboard. This isn’t a new topic of conversation for the young women of St. Joseph’s Academy—an all-girls K-12 school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. These young women are computer repair experts—and they’ll run IT circles right around you… Read more
I’ve been getting a lot of requests lately—requests I never anticipated. Can you help me fix my iPhone display? (Indeed I can). Will you show me how to repair my laptop’s trackpad? (Sure—which one?) What’s the best hack for my Nintendo 3DS? (I don’t know, but I can find out).
I’m no MacGyver. But after I announced to the world that I’m a Female Fixoholic back in September, my inbox has been pretty full… Read more
Host of “The Dozuki Workshop Series” (2014 – 2016)
Julia Bluff, co-author of our popular Tech Writing Handbook, leads this crash course on technical writing and communication. Watch the webinar
Miroslav Djuric, former Chief Information Architect of iFixit, leads this webinar on photographing your processes. This workshop will teach you the basics of composing a good photo, the pros/cons of different kinds of cameras (including cellphone cameras), equipment, as well as how to work with the lighting/environment constraints in your particular facility. Watch the webinar
Lean Product Development with Goodyear
Join Norbert Majerus, Shingo Prize Winner, and Senior Master Black Belt at Goodyear, for an in-depth look at how Goodyear successfully implemented lean principles, overcame obstacles, and transitioned to lean development cycles. Watch the webinar