We Read Too is an app that connects young readers, from little kids to teens, with books written by authors of color featuring characters of color. Developed by Kaya Thomas while she was studying computer science at Dartmouth, the app communicates not only with readers but also with publishers and libraries. “We love to read, too, and want to see ourselves in the stories we read just like anyone else would.” Launched in 2014 when Thomas was only a sophomore (!), We Read Too has been growing steadily with the help of user recommendations that Thomas reviews before adding to the database. Read more
We’re intrigued by women who make tech, how women use tech, whether it enriches women’s lives, or makes them want to smash things. We’re particularly curious about mobile apps. Check in here for reviews and our thoughts on a variety of apps.
If you want to make some of the recipes I have been stumbling and bumbling through, then head on over to barefootcontessa.com and start poking around. It is the best recipe webpage I have ever used. It is clean, easy to use, and it isn’t loaded with advertisemtns. I am leaving how badly I misspelled that word because I think you should know what a dunce I can be. Read more
You can learn anything.
For free. For everyone. Forever.
The first page of Khan Academy’s webpage has the above words front and center. Everytime I see it I get tears in my eyes. There are places in our shared world where people struggle daily for basic necessities. But, if they can get to a computer or smartphone with some power attached to it and some way to get online (these three hurdles are insurmountable in many parts of our shared world), a person can learn. An adult, a child, a teenager, exhausted new parents stuck awake with a fussy baby at two o’clock in the morning. Anyone, anywhere, at any time. Read more
We have recommended the Savage Lovecast podcast before but I want to recommend one episode in particular. Episode 613 begins with a caller talking about a coworker who often says offensive things about African Americans and women then, when he gets called on it, tries to pretend that he is just kidding. The caller wants to know if they should report their coworker. Savage’s response begins with comments I want to remember. He says that calling the police on an African American is putting that person’s life in danger. Yes. This is true. Think very carefully before you call to report a non-life threatening situation.
He then takes a call from a woman concerned that her weight gain has negatively impacted her sex life with her boyfriend. Savage has taken some hits about his views on body shaming and in this call he demonstrates what it means to be a human in progress. He is open about how he struggles with keeping his body in the shape he wants it in and he is gentle, warm and helpful to a fellow human living in that same space.
This is a stand-out episode in an outstanding podcast and I highly recommend you give it a listen. There is swearing and frank discussions about sex. Not safe for work or kids or parrots.
I think it’s funny that on the week we’ve devoted to talking about beauty, I planned a family vacation and made Aileen write all of the posts.
She may not think she’s pretty at 46, but I think she’s gorgeous. She has one of my favorite faces in the world. That said, she really doesn’t care about traditional beauty routines. I do. I’ve always loved make-up and nail polish and skin care and jewelry and fashion. While I love a good moisturizer as much as the next gal, I’m not terribly fond of the crossover between beauty and wellness that capitalizes on the insecurities of women with pseudo science. Read more
Years ago, a woman named Paula Begoun was on Oprah promoting a book called Don’t Go To The Cosmetics Counter Without Me. I was fascinated by what she was saying. Women spent millions and millions of dollars on lotions and make-up? My mom put baby oil on her face after a shower. She used lotion that came in a tall, yellow bottle we bought at Gemco. The parade of beautifully designed and packaged products was dizzying. My mom had none of this stuff. What the hell was it all for? A few years later I met Felicia and by extension her mom, Stephanie. Her mom had all sorts of stuff like the stuff I saw on Oprah. Read more
It’s another Guy Raz podcast! In this delightful NPR show, Raz applies his excellent interview skills toward founders of famous companies. It’s an hour of inspirational storytelling at its finest, as Raz and his guests dig deep into the backstory behind some of our favorite brands and products. I think the best episodes are of female founders. There are so many inspiring stories of companies created by women, including Bumble, LÄRABAR, Eileen Fisher, Learnvest, Stitch Fix, Radio One, the list goes on and on. After Kate Spade’s untimely death, I listened to the lovely memorial and cried throughout the entire episode. I also really loved the story of immigrant Tariq Farid, who created Edible Arrangements. Read more
TED talks are the bright side of the internet. Since the original conference in 1984, the non-profit has amassed a catalogue of tens of thousands of talks on virtually every subject on the planet. The format is brilliant. Experts in their fields and ordinary people alike have 18 minutes to spread their ideas and TED makes those ideas available for the world to hear. Read more