Jason Rodriguez

Writer, designer, web + email advocate.

Writing & Things of Interest


Published on August 10, 2017

Another excellent take on why the Googler manifesto is such bullshit and so damned harmful, this time from Jeremy Keith. This middle section is worth including at length:

This is how we get to a situation where men who don’t consider themselves to be sexist in any way—who consider themselves to be good people—end up posting about the Google memo in their workplace Slack channels as though it were a topic worthy of debate. It. Is. Not.

“A-ha!” cry the oh-so-logical and thoroughly impartial men, “If a topic cannot even be debated, you must be threatened by the truth!”

That is one possible conclusion, yes. Or—and this is what Occam’s razor would suggest—it might just be that I’m fucking sick of this. Sick to my stomach. I am done. I am done with even trying to reason with people who think that they’re the victimised guardians of truth and reason when they’re actually just threatened by the thought of a world that doesn’t give them special treatment.

I refuse to debate this. Does that make me inflexible? Yep, sure does. But, y’know, not everything is worthy of debate. When the very premise of the discussion is harmful, all appeals to impartiality ring hollow.

So, about this Googler's manifesto...

Published on August 6, 2017

An excellent take on this absurd manifesto from the worst of Google’s engineering team. Yonatan Zunger breaks down why the entire thing is outright wrong and just how harmful it is to everyone both in and outside of the company. Something like this, and Google’s response to it, have the potential to shape the tech world for a long time to come.

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Published on July 31, 2017

Holy shit, #LitmusLive is on Wednesday. Can’t wait to see all my #emaildesign and #emailmarketing friends in Boston!

Logbook: July 28, 2017

Published on July 28, 2017

A productive, but ultimately frustrating day today. Hate doing AIM-like, ambiguous logbook updates, but that’s all I’m going to say about it.

Logbook: July 27, 2017

Published on July 27, 2017

First day back to work after the longest vacation I’ve ever taken (week and a half). Getting my head back into working mode was difficult, but I still managed to get a fair amount done: blog post written and into WordPress, podcast recorded, a good meeting, and some work on next week’s workshops. A lot more to do on that last one, looks like I’m going to Starbucks tomorrow to knock it out.

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Published on July 21, 2017

This book update is quickly turning into a much larger project. May need to adjust the release date…