Hello IA Conference pals!
The guide to "Liminal Butterfly Goo" from IAC '23
(Change log: April 1: Added sources cited.)
Welcome to Finding Out! Here’s everything (so far) related to my talk, “Liminal Butterfly Goo,” at the IA Conference in New Orleans, so far. More to come!
🦋 The slides! of “Liminal Butterfly Goo”
The “Liminal Butterfly Goo” thread in the IAC Discord (basically, group chat)
Sources cited (and more):
What I heard: I’m pretty sure my dad told me the weird fact about the goo years ago, and I would not be surprised if he knew it because of the following Radiolab episode, which, coincidentally, he helped me find to learn more.
🦋 Goo and You, Radiolab podcast episode from 2014
(Some short YouTube videos TK, because they are suddenly hard for me to find again, bah)
How I learned: My former (and awesome) therapist suggested I might identify with the set of behaviors. She was right!
🦋 People pleaser: What it means and how to stop, article on Medical News Today
I cited their definition from the very top, but a skim of the article, especially the lists, might be illustrative for folks who are curious about whether they might be people pleasers and what to do about it.
If you think you might be a (recovering!) people pleaser and want to practice new behaviors, I’d highly recommend getting 1:1 guidance of some sort. I’ve got a couple resources for thinking about that in the epilogue of the “Emotion and Action Together” issue of Finding Out.
What I saw: 🦋 “Racist by Design,” keynote by Carolyn Rouse at EPIC 2017.
To watch the video, you’ll need to be a member of EPIC, which requires a fee. They’re a great org to consider checking out, especially for those who do UX research regularly. If you want to watch the video and can’t justify the fee, though, contact me and I’ll help you out if I can.
See also: My sketchnotes of EPIC keynote “Racist by Design” by Carolyn Rouse, Princeton
I’ve enjoyed listening to episodes of the podcast Teach Me Communism with topics that catch my eye.
One to start with is Episode 6: What Type of Leftist Are You? Heads up: This is a chatty podcast, two siblings—a former history teacher and one of my favorite comic artists—talking together. They’re charismatic and lovely, and also not succinct.
Work as religion
What I listened to: When Work Becomes Religion in Silicon Valley with Carolyn Chen (In Conversation), Upstream podcast episode, 2022
She has a book! Work Pray Code: When Work Becomes Religion in Silicon Valley, by Carolyn Chen. I have not read it, so if you do, I’d love to know what you think.
But this is the shortish article by Chen where I pulled the quotations for my slides: 🦋 “Work Pray Code: When Work Becomes Religion in Silicon Valley” by Carolyn Chen on Next Big Idea Club
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🦋: The butterflies mark the first thing I think you’re probably looking for if you came here looking for a thing. Ha!
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