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Jennifer Bevan has been shared in 32 public circles

AuthorFollowersDateUsers in CircleCommentsReshares+1Links
Nick Warner645Check out these awesome Crowdfunders2014-08-07 16:05:31470102
Carms Perez47,102Here's a circle with amazing women to follow on G+! My most recent find is+Kristen Macready  who is very engaging and always has a positive and uplifting word to say! Do you know any other amazing G+ women that I'm missing in this circle? Please mention them in the comments! :) #ns  2014-02-26 23:30:07425809
Mikhail Petrovsky63,015Good morning / evening to all.You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Это социальный круг / This social circleВам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-01-23 02:07:25499361556
Mikhail Petrovsky59,452This is a Social Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Это круг общения интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2013-12-26 04:10:46500421667
Vladimir Samsonov23,777Good morning/evening to all. You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг This is a Social Circle#ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother2013-12-08 11:43:39493513874
Kyle Pearce116A great Google+ Circle of Educators!  2013-11-24 15:10:12501606
Andrey Mashnich102,869Good morning/evening to all. You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг This is a Social Circle  #ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother 2013-11-23 15:58:42462432981
Silvio De Rossi4,316#happyhalloween Circle! Thanks +Andrey Mashnich! #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlesharing  2013-10-31 14:24:2740123927
Andrey Mashnich100,957Circle of people, with active life position in Google+ Круг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+ 2013-10-31 13:37:11396381664
Ramón Sansone López436Awsome #sharedcircle #bestengagersComment, Do +1 and share it, you'll belong to one of my best #sharedcircles 2013-09-05 06:26:23501003
Kabita Singhania0Join and Share .... #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  2013-07-18 18:42:30494001
Laura Bandiera1,202My top #GoogleEngagers #topengagers  Please do these steps to be included:1) Do plus 1 to the post (+1)2) Comment the post3) Include the #sharedcircle among your circles.4) Share the circle and include yourself (obviously).Thanks to my friends of +ESO SrlEnjoy their website: http://www.eso.itKisses, Laura2013-07-04 05:40:5948713620
Laura Bandiera762Top Engagers my friends #sharedcircle   get many followers through these simple steps: +1, comment this post, share it and include yourself in the shared circle. That's simple ! #sharedmycircle  2013-06-20 04:22:0748511411
matthew rappaport147,898499 +Google+ ers that are RELEVANT to me according to the PLUSarithmThis MEGA +Shared Circles on G+ is literally the 1st 499 names that are listed when RELEVANCE is selected and 'Your Circles' is clicked under https://plus.google.com/circles (very close to it!)There are 15 that I didn't include in the circle but made the cut that are celebs or pages that I will list below as I wanted to share more users overall in this #sharedcircle  which is almost entirely full of WIN.It is interesting that the first couple of rows are a mix of people I spent more time with in the beginning and with people I spend more time with now (which has interlap!) and of course how does one define 'spent time with' when talking about a social network place but the stream, hangouts, gtalk, +H.I.R.L., etc. The algorithm is not there yet to take note of all the data let alone measuring offline interaction but I tend to +mention people (a page in the Top 499, left out of this circle) a few people now and again, it seems the more you do that with a person or page, the more relevant they are to you in this list. I wonder if that data showing how many times you tagged someone and them you will be available in the future and if so, everyone can expect that number to be high for most from me!I do find it curious that +G+ Interviews which is a page started by +Peter G McDermott that I was helping with takes up my number 3 spot when I haven't tagged it in so long or done much with it in a bit nor felt I ever interacted with it to any level compared with those surrounding it. It's not a perfect system for sure and we all might have ones that slip through the crack that make us go, "Why is this person more relevant or WHO is this person?!"I am the +1 in this circle but everyone else is the +1000 zombies that +byron rempel will turn UNDEAD  +1000 that rocks the PLUS. I can vouchfor almost all the content being interesting, all the people though, that might be another ... WOAH :)~+Having said that, I will produce the next 500 Relevance Ci2013-01-04 19:14:28499413145
Cliff Loresco5,471New season of #DoctorWho starts this Saturday. Now's a good time to share off my Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey circle. And if you're looking for even more fans, add +Peter Edenist'shttps://plus.google.com/u/0/104978721982847419074/posts/YsYiKYy7eNj He's gonna have a huge circle once he's finished gathering the Whovian Nation.If you're not in this circle and want to be, +1 or comment. And feel free to re-share..Allons-y #WhovianWednesday   #Whovians   #Torchwood   2012-08-29 11:06:034054111
Charles Strebor (Rantz)3,372Let's Interact #LetsInteract  This circle consists of 23 people that have circled me that I have circled back - or the other way around.In this group of 23, there is interest to be found: a few artists and photographers, a heap of nerds and myriad lovers of Science Fiction.Investigate what you find here - you might find a few new people for your Google+ experience.For those knew to my circles, you might be interested in participating in a contest that I'm running - see this link for further information: http://goo.gl/SBmaA2012-08-24 09:23:41231105
Carms Perez22,447G+ amazing women that you can't miss out on!! Add any lady that belongs here and isn't here yet!! No stream would be great without them!! =D Enjoy & share this circle!2012-07-06 05:28:214071016
Jaana Nyström50,117Google 5 by Jaana -circleHere is circle 5 / 8 of Google employees on Google+The first circle with explanation: https://plus.google.com/u/0/107742059751171695340/posts/5TMQbd48fPVYou are notified because you are in this circle.The circle in circlecount.com http://www.circlecount.com/sharedcircle/?id=z12ow5pgrojfxn02g22celljpvm0wvzfs#Google #circleshare #Jaanatip  2012-06-08 19:15:0890148
Michael Kendle299Here's a circle of tech people. The circle is bigger but only lets me share 500. If you're interested in tech, this is a good place to start.2012-06-07 13:57:05501115
Pongy Smith31This is the Assorted Goodies circle. Could you please re-share it? Would you like to be added?Tags: Technology, Magic, Entertainment, Futurism, VC, Crowdfunding2012-04-17 15:28:45492527
Louis Gray115,286Shared Circle: Engaging Women On Google+Last night +Daria Musk highlighted the top 50 women on Google+ who bring great content to her stream. As you can imagine, all users of Google+ bring unique value, but what I've found from having a circle dedicated to some of the great women on Google+, even as that circle has grown to hundreds, is incredible diversity and discovery of new interests.That's not to say men are boring... but... I digress. Here is my updated circle of great ladies on Google+. Add as many or as few as you like, and be prepared for some fantastic content and smart people.2012-04-13 17:44:35382272152
Carms Perez18,332Do you know of any exceptional G+ ladies that are not on this circle and should be? High quality posts, posts often (every day, or every other day)? Let me know please. Also feel free to share this circle with others :)2012-04-10 19:45:3532119012
Jimmy James2,522This is my second shared circle of great G+ Ladies.... So many ladies have been brought (or brought themselves) to my attention since sharing the first one, I made this one... There is still room to add more here... but filling up fast... so I started yet a Third Great Ladies Circle I will re-post the first one forthwith... then the third. If you wish to be added or have any suggestions please comment on any of the three.2012-04-05 22:51:30372112
Kathy Dawn1,508This is part 1 of my Girls of G+ circles. If you would like to be included in the Girls of G+ part 2 circle just leave me a comment letting me know, and you will be in the next one. Feel free to suggest others you think may be interested as well...females only please. don't forget to SHARE the love :) Thanks!2012-03-22 20:58:38225614
Jimmy James1,980Ok... Here is what I consider to be a valuable circle indeed. My first shared circle, so why not start with the Best ....Ladies . If you know the G+ Men to Women ratio.... you know there are too few ladies out here so far. Add this circle to balance your stream a bit. There are some very interesting people in here. I left it at 400 to start in case I miss any ladies who want to be added. If I missed you and you would like to be in this circle... let me know. ....this circle includes 1 really cool guy.... the guy all these fantastic Ladies have in common2012-03-16 18:31:504001457
Louis Gray104,456International Women's Day: A Circle of Top Women on G+Today is International Women's Day http://www.internationalwomensday.com/.In honor of the day, here's a list of some of the most active G+'ers and tech savvy women I interact with on the network. I called this the "Women in Tech" circle when I first created it a few months back, and visiting this circle is a regular stop for me to see diverse updates and interests. I recommend adding this as its own circle and setting the volume slider to what makes sense for you. Over time, I bet a bunch of these people will be some of your favorites in your circles.2012-03-08 22:22:39229251835
Mike Clancy1,885Five hundred people who are active on G+ and interested in science and technology. Is that cool or what?2012-03-05 00:41:4850012915
Louis Gray71,017It's been a little while since I shared with you my Googlers circle. This circle includes a massive number of people working on the Google+ project, company execs, and a lot of sharp people working on many of the services you use every day, including +Blogger +Android +YouTube, etc. Now that we can share 500 at a time, have at it. But this circle isn't for everyone, so if you do add them, expect geekiness ahead.2011-11-22 19:13:55500623470
Galib Hasan27Galib Hasan shared a circle with you.2011-10-30 18:14:31500102
Melissa Daniels20,719This circle of Women in Tech started with +Louis Gray and is chock-full of amazing women that are smart, savvy, and all-around noteworthy (some of whom I've had the pleasure of working with or currently work with!)I stopped and added a few to the mix and am now passing it on to you :) Perhaps you'll do the same-- review, add, and share as it's always nice to discover smart women doing equally smart things in and out of the valley.Melissa Daniels shared a circle with you.2011-10-02 01:48:38216271931
Veronica Belmont93,281Sharing my Women in Tech circle, which is now actually my largest one! Thanks to +Louis Gray for introducing me to many of these great women via Google Plus.Veronica Belmont shared a circle with you.2011-09-29 18:04:37230106121167
Michael Klems2,119Google StaffMichael Klems hat einen Kreis mit Ihnen geteilt.2011-09-27 08:02:10166200

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2014-07-03 02:25:58 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

A really good read!

One of the rare and honest interviews from a successful woman and mother talking about work life balance and tradeoffs. 

Most reshares: 6

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2015-01-15 16:50:14 (7 comments, 6 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Whether you’re deciphering a sign in Rio de Janeiro or negotiating with a shop owner in Berlin, Google Translate can be your guide. Starting today, you can instantly translate signs using your phone’s camera and the Translate app, available on Android and iOS: http://goo.gl/lVse9T

Most plusones: 32

2014-11-02 04:58:14 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

On picking up older daughter from her sleepover, seeing her with the laptop balanced on her lap (with Minecraft open) and typing into her phone at the same time:

Me: "Why are you texting and playing Minecraft at the same time????"
Her: "I'm not! I'm using Google Translate so I can chat in Japanese to this guy in Minecraft! "
Me: "Hmmm. Okay, well then. That's a good answer."

Kids these days.

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2015-05-03 01:55:49 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

I made these cupcakes for my mother-in-law's birthday, then tweaked them until they were quite a bit more tangy. Add to the flour mixture:
At least 2 tsp ground ginger,
1 tsp cinnamon
Zest of one orange

Enjoy!

I made these cupcakes for my mother-in-law's birthday, then tweaked them until they were quite a bit more tangy. Add to the flour mixture:
At least 2 tsp ground ginger,
1 tsp cinnamon
Zest of one orange

Enjoy!___

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2015-05-01 01:13:11 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I may have a new favorite author. I'll have to read his books to see if they're any good compared to the awesomeness of his emails.

I may have a new favorite author. I'll have to read his books to see if they're any good compared to the awesomeness of his emails.___

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2015-04-21 04:17:29 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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2015-04-14 14:09:53 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Another round of account hijacking attempts, this time with correct grammar. 2-factor authentication isn't really optional anymore.

It's scary how many people I know have had their gmail account hi-jacked recently. The attackers are getting smarter and play on your emotions.
For example, the email I received last night (from a close relative) was along those lines: "I'm in trouble, don't tell others since I don't want to worry them but I need your help. I can only be reached via email". The email was in my relative's native language and well written. I could have fallen from it if I wasn't aware about this type of attack. 

Here's what I have been doing for a while (and you can easily do the same to protect yourself and those you know):

1) I enabled 2-step authentication on my google account: https://www.google.com/landing/2step/ (If you have a smart-phone, it's extremely easy, it won't get in your way and will make it a LOT harder for hi-jackers to get access to your account. Even if you don't have a smart-phone, it's a very good security to add.)
2) Whenever I receive an email that is even a little bit suspicious (for example: asking for a password or for some money is definitely suspicious), I copy a sentence from that email and do a Google search for that exact sentence under "quotes". Most of the time, Google will show web pages where people at talking about similar emails they also received. Just because you don't see any results doesn't mean the email is safe but that search often helps to confirm that the email is un-safe.
3) Whenever I receive an email from someone/a company I know which is a bit suspicious (see 2), then I contact that person (if possible via another mean than email) to check whether they actually meant to send that email and to let them know their account may have been hijacked. (That's what I did just last night and it was indeed a hi-jack.)
4) It's easy to copy images, just because you see a logo doesn't mean the email is official!

Be safe and vigilant. That's your best defense. ___Another round of account hijacking attempts, this time with correct grammar. 2-factor authentication isn't really optional anymore.

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2015-03-15 01:32:41 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Pie day.

Pie day.___

2015-03-08 04:15:12 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Her: "Mom, I believe in reincarnation now. I was reading something on Reddit asking..."
Me: "You know what Reddit is??"
Her: "Yes, yes, it was asking about what the creepiest thing that their child ever said to them was, and...."
Me: "How about, 'Mom, I was reading something on Reddit??!!!'"

Her: "Mom, I believe in reincarnation now. I was reading something on Reddit asking..."
Me: "You know what Reddit is??"
Her: "Yes, yes, it was asking about what the creepiest thing that their child ever said to them was, and...."
Me: "How about, 'Mom, I was reading something on Reddit??!!!'"___

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2015-02-26 04:50:53 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

In further news, the US House of Representatives has continued their plans to bring about the Apocalypse, passing a bill (on almost exactly party lines) to effectively ban scientists from being on the EPA's scientific advisory board. Under these new rules, anyone who has done research on anything which the board studies is considered to have a conflict of interest, and therefore cannot sit on the board. Fortunately, simply having a financial stake in the matters which the board studies does not constitute a conflict of interest, so the scientific advisory board continues to be open to corporate public affairs officers, demented preachers, or roving madmen off the street.

The bill now proceeds to the Senate, where it has been referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. This is the committee chaired by Sen. Inhofe of Oklahoma, author of The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming... more »

In further news, the US House of Representatives has continued their plans to bring about the Apocalypse, passing a bill (on almost exactly party lines) to effectively ban scientists from being on the EPA's scientific advisory board. Under these new rules, anyone who has done research on anything which the board studies is considered to have a conflict of interest, and therefore cannot sit on the board. Fortunately, simply having a financial stake in the matters which the board studies does not constitute a conflict of interest, so the scientific advisory board continues to be open to corporate public affairs officers, demented preachers, or roving madmen off the street.

The bill now proceeds to the Senate, where it has been referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. This is the committee chaired by Sen. Inhofe of Oklahoma, author of The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future and other light classics, in which he tells us that because of the existence of God, the "arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is... outrageous." So in all, it's a good year for public affairs officers, demented preachers, and roving madmen off the street in all aspects of our government, and I forecast excellent career opportunities for each of these categories going forward. 

h/t +Peter da Silva for the link.___

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2015-02-25 15:18:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

This is pretty cool: the authors attempted to prove the correctness of a common sorting implementation and discovered it was in fact flawed.  Seems an input has to be rather carefully crafted to trigger a failure, though.

This is pretty cool: the authors attempted to prove the correctness of a common sorting implementation and discovered it was in fact flawed.  Seems an input has to be rather carefully crafted to trigger a failure, though.___

2015-02-23 16:49:07 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Well, it's been an eventful week, in a mixed good thing / bad thing way.

My stepfather passed away last Monday. Complicated relationships with parental figures aside, it was very much a release for both him and my mom. Alzheimer's is a terrible disease, and it does a terrible thing: it slowly strips away everything that we work to achieve in our personal relationships, leaving a person with frustration, and anger, and no clear understanding of what is going on. His death released him from all that, and also reunited my siblings and step-siblings for the first time in a long time. My brother and sister and I supported my mom, both with around-the-house chores and simply by being company with whom she could converse.

My mom is Orthodox Christian. The memorial and burial services are both simple and moving. Forgive the departed for their sins, both voluntary and involuntary.... more »

Well, it's been an eventful week, in a mixed good thing / bad thing way.

My stepfather passed away last Monday. Complicated relationships with parental figures aside, it was very much a release for both him and my mom. Alzheimer's is a terrible disease, and it does a terrible thing: it slowly strips away everything that we work to achieve in our personal relationships, leaving a person with frustration, and anger, and no clear understanding of what is going on. His death released him from all that, and also reunited my siblings and step-siblings for the first time in a long time. My brother and sister and I supported my mom, both with around-the-house chores and simply by being company with whom she could converse.

My mom is Orthodox Christian. The memorial and burial services are both simple and moving. Forgive the departed for their sins, both voluntary and involuntary. Remember them eternally. There's more, but that's the bits I'll mention here.

So - I suppose that his passing at this point was a good thing, as his life here had been stripped away. It's harder on those left behind, and if there was one thing I really learned over the last week, it was how much he made my mom feel loved. Really, truly, loved. He himself was a man in turmoil for most of his life, but boy, did he ever love her.

So there was that.

I was totally not helpful for at least a day or two last week, because I also ended up in the hospital, unable to properly breathe and dizzy and all that. Not really the first thing on my list to have happen; we had a lot to do last week. I've been working my way through the set of things that are going wrong with my body over the last few years, and this particular issue was pretty much next on my "list of things to get to", but sometimes the body overrules the brain and informs it that Now is the time. The good news is that the hospital tests showed nothing dire. I was put on interim meds to get through the remaining days for the funeral and my travel back home, and today I see my "regular" doctor (if you can call someone you haven't seen in 2.5 years "regular"). I've got an inhaler now, and have fully realized that Prednisone is a horrible, horrible drug with side effects that are not far different from what sent me to the hospital in the first place. Ick.

So. I'm now sitting here, trying to breathe normally and work through the tingling in my arm and the tightness in my chest (could be Prednisone, could be asthma+allergies, could be ...), thinking that honestly, those who are important to me would survive anything happening to me, and they'd be fine. That's a reassuring thought. I think all of us are somewhat insecure about the strength of our connections to people, about how strong our friendships really are. No one gets to know how many people will come to their funeral, but then, funerals are more for the living than the dead.

I've tried three or four times now to wrap up this post, and I just start rambling about time, and priorities, and friendships. I'll cut to the chase, though.

Thank you.

Thank you, because the best part of my life is interacting with each of you. I may not get to do it a lot, but I love that I get to do it at all.

Thank you.___

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2015-01-21 07:41:25 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I spent much longer reading this than I expected to, given that I know none of the modeling terms used (but probably need to learn quite a few of them soonish). It is truly that well written.

Some of you have heard my tirade about the overuse of k-means in scientific papers, where the ramifications of the assumptions on the data distribution and variances are never discussed.  Misuse of ML is beginning to become a concern in systems conferences, as "big data" and "classification" become more fashionable topics.  (anecdata: at the last systems conference I was at, a speaker talked for 30 minutes about how he "used machine learning" to split his network data.  He had used Weka's SVM with default parameters, and had no idea what that meant, or whether his data had any expectation of non-linearity.)

 This guy says it better, and includes pretty pictures.  Please think about this next time you read or review a paper that clusters their experimental data with k-means without telling you anything about their prior assumptions or how they chose k.___I spent much longer reading this than I expected to, given that I know none of the modeling terms used (but probably need to learn quite a few of them soonish). It is truly that well written.

2015-01-19 07:25:05 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Why am I posting so many pictures, so many weeks after the holidays?

Because I am waiting for paint to dry, and G+ reminded me I hadn't shared my photos yet.

(yes, I'm changing more of my hated light-white-beige-flat-walls to walls with actual color on them).

Why am I posting so many pictures, so many weeks after the holidays?

Because I am waiting for paint to dry, and G+ reminded me I hadn't shared my photos yet.

(yes, I'm changing more of my hated light-white-beige-flat-walls to walls with actual color on them).___

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2015-01-19 07:23:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

After the big storm last December, I had some time to go down to the path by the beach and attempt some pictures. G+'s auto-awesome helped a lot. That cypress tree had significant damage; I'm pretty sure it was about 50% larger the previous week.

After the big storm last December, I had some time to go down to the path by the beach and attempt some pictures. G+'s auto-awesome helped a lot. That cypress tree had significant damage; I'm pretty sure it was about 50% larger the previous week.___

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2015-01-19 07:17:35 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Natural Bridges, December 2014

Natural Bridges, December 2014___

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2015-01-19 07:15:29 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Over the winter break, the family went to Wilder Ranch, just north of Santa Cruz. It was my first time there, which is absurd but true. The older kid and husband went off ahead, because the younger one snagged my phone to use as a camera, and she's very much of the take-a-picture-every-4.2-meters type.

It's days like this one that makes people think it never rains in California. Well, that and the ongoing drought, but days like this around the New Year's aren't actually all that uncommon in this area.

Over the winter break, the family went to Wilder Ranch, just north of Santa Cruz. It was my first time there, which is absurd but true. The older kid and husband went off ahead, because the younger one snagged my phone to use as a camera, and she's very much of the take-a-picture-every-4.2-meters type.

It's days like this one that makes people think it never rains in California. Well, that and the ongoing drought, but days like this around the New Year's aren't actually all that uncommon in this area.___

2015-01-19 07:00:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

In today's "Times Sure Have Changed" category:

Walking into the Safeway today, I noticed a decal sign on the door that read "Need Dry Ice? Ask for Assisstance!"

I could have sworn it was much harder to get dry ice than to go to the Safeway, but then again... times change :)

In today's "Times Sure Have Changed" category:

Walking into the Safeway today, I noticed a decal sign on the door that read "Need Dry Ice? Ask for Assisstance!"

I could have sworn it was much harder to get dry ice than to go to the Safeway, but then again... times change :)___

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2015-01-18 06:26:12 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

+Kelly Ellis​ nails the response.

I wrote this in response to an essay titled, "Why Women Shouldn't Code."___+Kelly Ellis​ nails the response.

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2015-01-15 16:50:14 (7 comments, 6 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Seriously awesome.

Whether you’re deciphering a sign in Rio de Janeiro or negotiating with a shop owner in Berlin, Google Translate can be your guide. Starting today, you can instantly translate signs using your phone’s camera and the Translate app, available on Android and iOS: http://goo.gl/lVse9T___Seriously awesome.

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2015-01-14 17:20:04 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Keep in mind, folks - know the provenance of anything that plugs into your USB. Then check where it was made. Then check the Internets too see if there are reports of the spyware being installed before your device / charger gets to the store. And above all else, "found" items go right to the eWaste.

This is getting much too easy.___Keep in mind, folks - know the provenance of anything that plugs into your USB. Then check where it was made. Then check the Internets too see if there are reports of the spyware being installed before your device / charger gets to the store. And above all else, "found" items go right to the eWaste.

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2014-12-31 03:10:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Perfect. Perrrrrrrfect.

http://www.boredpanda.com/doctor-who-squirrel-feeder/

Doctor Who-themed squirrel feeders!

"A huge Doctor Who fan Emma Young created a funny squirrel feeder that turns cute visitors of her garden into the Time Lord’s nemesis, the Cybermen. She made the feeder from an old shower radio and filled it with tasty nuts. Emma patiently waited for squirrels to come and then snapped some hilarious photos."___Perfect. Perrrrrrrfect.

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2014-12-20 05:21:20 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

For all those who instantly realized that this is the perfect shirt for me, please understand that I will only wear it if it comes in non-white colors. I don't wear white t-shirts. They make me look ... oh, I don't know, vaguely not there. Green, Blue, Grey... all fine.

because yeah, this is a more than daily thing.

Preach it, sibling. If I hadn't forsaken graphic tees, I'd be sorely tempted. ___For all those who instantly realized that this is the perfect shirt for me, please understand that I will only wear it if it comes in non-white colors. I don't wear white t-shirts. They make me look ... oh, I don't know, vaguely not there. Green, Blue, Grey... all fine.

because yeah, this is a more than daily thing.

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2014-12-16 04:47:24 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I think our seats are close enough to the stage...

(Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola)

I think our seats are close enough to the stage...

(Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola)___

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2014-12-12 03:06:53 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

When you have a long rainy day at home with children, this sort of thing happens. You're welcome.

When you have a long rainy day at home with children, this sort of thing happens. You're welcome.___

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2014-12-11 18:06:22 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

I think the yellow/red part of what the radar was showing just got to us.

I think the yellow/red part of what the radar was showing just got to us.___

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2014-12-11 17:04:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Steady-state view of the wind outside one of my windows. Does not include any gusts, which so far amplify the effect about 3X. The actual view is definitely Weather Channel worthy.

Steady-state view of the wind outside one of my windows. Does not include any gusts, which so far amplify the effect about 3X. The actual view is definitely Weather Channel worthy.___

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2014-12-09 19:20:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

For those of you who can't handle the grocery stores, department stores, or really any sort of physical store-playing-christmas-music already, just put this one in your head before heading in. Amazing work.

___For those of you who can't handle the grocery stores, department stores, or really any sort of physical store-playing-christmas-music already, just put this one in your head before heading in. Amazing work.

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2014-11-11 06:02:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Phase 3 at Kuumbwa: Guitar Trio Mashup Mania!

Phase 3 at Kuumbwa: Guitar Trio Mashup Mania!___

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2014-11-11 05:58:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Phase 2 of night at Kuumbwa: California Guitar Trio. They also did some originals and some Radiohead.

Phase 2 of night at Kuumbwa: California Guitar Trio. They also did some originals and some Radiohead.___

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2014-11-11 05:52:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Phase 1 of the night out at Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz: the Montreal Guitar Trio. Their Tom Sawyer cover is also awesome :-)

Phase 1 of the night out at Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz: the Montreal Guitar Trio. Their Tom Sawyer cover is also awesome :-)___

2014-11-02 04:58:14 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

On picking up older daughter from her sleepover, seeing her with the laptop balanced on her lap (with Minecraft open) and typing into her phone at the same time:

Me: "Why are you texting and playing Minecraft at the same time????"
Her: "I'm not! I'm using Google Translate so I can chat in Japanese to this guy in Minecraft! "
Me: "Hmmm. Okay, well then. That's a good answer."

Kids these days.

On picking up older daughter from her sleepover, seeing her with the laptop balanced on her lap (with Minecraft open) and typing into her phone at the same time:

Me: "Why are you texting and playing Minecraft at the same time????"
Her: "I'm not! I'm using Google Translate so I can chat in Japanese to this guy in Minecraft! "
Me: "Hmmm. Okay, well then. That's a good answer."

Kids these days.___

2014-10-10 02:26:05 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Achievement Unlocked: I enabled the trackpad on my daughter's Windows computer with no mouse.

The problem: Dad took his mouse back when he went on a trip, thus making it impossible not only to play Minecraft, but to launch any program at all.

The realization: Even though I don't have a screen reader installed on her computer, Microsoft has been working with Freedom Scientific for a very long time, and it was just possible that I could use Tab, shift-Tab, arrow keys, and Enter to do everything I wanted. If, that is, I was Very, Very Lucky.

I was Very, Very Lucky.

Muah ha ha. I applied stuff learned at work to home. Also, Hat Tip to Microsoft for making it possible to use an input method possibly put in only for Accessibility reasons without needing to install anything else first.

Achievement Unlocked: I enabled the trackpad on my daughter's Windows computer with no mouse.

The problem: Dad took his mouse back when he went on a trip, thus making it impossible not only to play Minecraft, but to launch any program at all.

The realization: Even though I don't have a screen reader installed on her computer, Microsoft has been working with Freedom Scientific for a very long time, and it was just possible that I could use Tab, shift-Tab, arrow keys, and Enter to do everything I wanted. If, that is, I was Very, Very Lucky.

I was Very, Very Lucky.

Muah ha ha. I applied stuff learned at work to home. Also, Hat Tip to Microsoft for making it possible to use an input method possibly put in only for Accessibility reasons without needing to install anything else first.___

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2014-09-19 06:30:07 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Esta es mi canción favorita ahora....

Esta es mi canción favorita ahora....___

2014-09-14 04:12:05 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

How did Clara know he was going to come back to that barn in his future?

If you don't know what I mean don't worry. I just saw Listen.

How did Clara know he was going to come back to that barn in his future?

If you don't know what I mean don't worry. I just saw Listen.___

2014-09-10 16:09:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I can't help but wonder if this "Great Internet Slowdown" protest/fundraiser thing isn't really a scam to get people to crowdfund virus development and install system backdoors everywhere.

Hmm


I can't help but wonder if this "Great Internet Slowdown" protest/fundraiser thing isn't really a scam to get people to crowdfund virus development and install system backdoors everywhere.

Hmm
___

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2014-09-10 15:58:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I know I'm sheltered from a lot of this because of how I limit my online interactions, but I see it happening. It is real. I love this idea, turning the hate into art; in the meantime, I'm reposting to help shine the light in.

Turning Hate Into Art

If I got an unending, constant, vile, hate-filled stream of death and rape threats, I'm not sure what I'd do. My friend Amy Davis Roth turned it into art.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/10/amy_davis_roth_turning_misogyny_into_art.html___I know I'm sheltered from a lot of this because of how I limit my online interactions, but I see it happening. It is real. I love this idea, turning the hate into art; in the meantime, I'm reposting to help shine the light in.

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2014-08-30 01:36:44 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

If you're not already subscribed to +Andreas Schou's Detailed Disquisitions on Disparate Denominations and Designations, here's a sneak peak at something he's sharing for free that would take most of us several weeks and a lot of research time to even begin to figure out. Check out his older stuff if this level of detail is of interest to you.

So, I hear that ISIS / ISIL / The Islamic State is attempting to commit genocide against the Yezidi. What's a Yezidi?

Uh, that's a good question. The short answer: they're a Kurdish religious minority. Probably.

What sort of religious minority?

Uh. That depends on who you ask. They're either (a) adherents to the Kurds' ancestral religion, (b) a weird sort of Ismaili Shi'a, or (c) holdovers from Zoroastrianism.

Or they're not even Kurds. (This probably isn't true, but some Yezidi believe this, so I probably ought to mention it.)

Wait, what? Why don't we know something so simple?

So, this area of the world  -- northern Mesopotamia, southern Iran, parts of Syria, and eastern Anatolia -- has historically been a refuge for religious minorities. Under the Parthians and Sassanids, it played host to dissident Zoroastrianism. Until the Mongol invasion, it was the homeland of the Sabians of Harran. The strongholds of the Assassins were built here. And other syncretic faiths like the Druze and Ahl-e-Haqq were founded in the same region.

In short, if mainstream Islam didn't approve of it, it was probably invented somewhere around here. And there's been a lot of cross-pollination since. For more about that, see here: http://goo.gl/Ct2lCI.

Can't we just ask them?

Sure! We could do that. For a relatively small, persecuted religious minority, they're surprisingly open about their religion. It's just that... well... asking them doesn't make it clear.

Why not?

From one perspective, Yezidis look a lot like Sufis. They worship at the tombs of Sufi saints. They even maintain some of them. They use Sufi religious terminology (Murids, Sheikhs) to describe their caste system. They have a round of obligatory daily prayers. They claim that their name comes from the Caliph Yazid, who officially sanctioned their religion.

And periodically, the ruling authorities have decided that they're Ismaili Shi'a and decided not to persecute them. 

So, they're a kind of Muslim?

From another perspective, they're ... uh ... the exact opposite of Muslim.

They venerate Satan in the form of a peacock. Their most valuable religious artifacts are brass peacock idols. They tend to pray toward those (or the sun) rather than toward the Kaaba. And they certainly aren't religions of the book: if they actually have a book (and this is unclear), it's in Armenia and no one living has actually read it. 

And they've periodically had prohibitions on literacy, although this -- like most other religious rules -- are not particularly common. 

So, they're Satanists?

Uh. No, not that either. 

You see, after refusing to bow down to mankind, Melek Tawus reconciled with God. He and the other angels are back to being agents of God on earth and in Heaven.Because God eventually wrote off this one little sin, it's not fair to call Melek Tawus "Satan" in the normal sense.

In fact, the angels in Yezidism are really more like the Yazatas of Zoroastrianism -- which is a much more sensible origin than the name of a very unpopular (but perfectly orthodox) Caliph. 

So, they're, what, Zoroastrians?

Uh.

They're nothing like modern Zoroastrians, at least. After going through a very long phase where it was a lot like Hinduism, and a somewhat shorter phase where it picked up Platonist ideas, modern Zoroastrianism ended up with fairly strict dualism and fire temples. In other words, if Yezidism is anything like Zoroastrianism, it's like a type of Zoroastrianism which is very poorly documented.

Then, of course, there's that thing with peacocks.

What thing with peacocks?

In Zoroastrianism, they're a symbol of transcendent evil. After Ahura Mazda creates every living thing, Ahirman creates the peacock -- just to demonstrate that evil can create things of beauty, but that it refuses to. 

It seems pretty unlikely that Yezidi would have gotten another thing about the most common local religion exactly backwards. If their religious dissent dates all the way back to the era where Zoroastrianism was the most common religion, they were likely dissidents back then, too. 

Jesus. They could not have engineered their religion any better to make their neighbors uneasy. At least they're part of the broader Kurdish community, though, right?

Yezidi usually believe they're Kurds. 

Unfortunately, relations between the Yezidi of Sinjar (who were recently stuck on top of a mountain with no water) and the rest of the Kurds are tense. Because Sinjar Yezidi do not by any means believe they're Kurds, and want to remain separate from them. This means a number of things.

First, there weren't many Sinjar Yezidi in the peshmerga. That meant that rescuing Sinjar was a relatively low priority. Second, that meant that Sinjar Kurds had, until recently, been raising a huge political ruckus about getting parliamentary representation separate from the larger Kurdish block.

What can the rest of the world do about it?

Fortunately for everyone (except the Yezidi still in Iraq), there has been a large Yezidi diaspora to more friendly countries. Most of the world's Yezidi population lives in Iraq, but an increasing number are immigrating to Germany and the United States. 

Lincoln, Nebraska has a large Yezidi population, and they seem to be doing fine. In fact, it seems like -- in general -- the Yezidi do fine everywhere but home. And there are only half a million Yezidi worldwide: enough for the West to happily take on as a diasporic population.

Which we kind of owe them.

When the US moved in and conquered the country they live in -- in the process, making it completely unsafe -- a huge number of our translators were ethnic Yezidi. We may not be able to adhere to we break it, we bought it with respect to the catastrophic, immoral war that shattered their tenuous peace, but we can at least adhere to it in bringing them to a safer place. We've done it before, with the Hmong, and we can do it again.___If you're not already subscribed to +Andreas Schou's Detailed Disquisitions on Disparate Denominations and Designations, here's a sneak peak at something he's sharing for free that would take most of us several weeks and a lot of research time to even begin to figure out. Check out his older stuff if this level of detail is of interest to you.

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2014-08-26 01:10:51 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

It turns out that until my other kid starts school, I have about 30 minutes in the morning where I don't actually have to be anywhere. This time, instead of just going where I have to go next and waiting, I turned the other direction, parked the car, and walked for about 20 minutes. Well, walked and took some pictures. This one turned out rather nicely.

It was a rather nice interlude. I should probably do that again.

It turns out that until my other kid starts school, I have about 30 minutes in the morning where I don't actually have to be anywhere. This time, instead of just going where I have to go next and waiting, I turned the other direction, parked the car, and walked for about 20 minutes. Well, walked and took some pictures. This one turned out rather nicely.

It was a rather nice interlude. I should probably do that again.___

2014-08-24 04:59:37 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Just finished watching Deep Breath. It is now safe to venture back onto the internet.

Just finished watching Deep Breath. It is now safe to venture back onto the internet.___

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2014-08-21 15:59:21 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

So...this exists. My morning was made ever so much more awesome when it came on the radio this morning. I was simultaneously cracking up and appreciating the lyrics.

The video - well, it's okay, the lip syncing could use more work, but the song itself is what I'm sharing here.

Bass.

So...this exists. My morning was made ever so much more awesome when it came on the radio this morning. I was simultaneously cracking up and appreciating the lyrics.

The video - well, it's okay, the lip syncing could use more work, but the song itself is what I'm sharing here.

Bass.___

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2014-08-12 01:04:05 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

I think I'm done now.

I think I'm done now.___

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2014-07-27 01:23:45 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Too hot to cook tonight.

Too hot to cook tonight.___

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2014-07-26 01:45:43 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

I told her to go get some fruit...

I told her to go get some fruit...___

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2014-07-16 05:02:53 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

My kids think I should pick a new profile picture, maybe one of me instead of trees. I'm ambivalent. I like the trees, and I don't know anyone who has a deep-seated and unshakeable hatred of coastal redwood trees.

The problem is, if I use a picture of me it's likely to be something more like this -- which if I think about it, means that from a distance (or for the really small profile picture circles) people will think it's just an orange panda picture.

My kids think I should pick a new profile picture, maybe one of me instead of trees. I'm ambivalent. I like the trees, and I don't know anyone who has a deep-seated and unshakeable hatred of coastal redwood trees.

The problem is, if I use a picture of me it's likely to be something more like this -- which if I think about it, means that from a distance (or for the really small profile picture circles) people will think it's just an orange panda picture.___

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2014-07-16 04:34:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

One thing that kids are good for is exposing you to silliness that you wouldn't necessarily have discovered on your own.

I don't like all of the asdfmovie episodes, but the older kid and I hashed out a quick design for a version of this movie with our 25lb cat with a photoshopped turtle/button outfit on it.

Just in case you watch this video and then wish I hadn't shared it with you because it's stuck in your head, then don't watch the Do the Flop video at EVERYBODY DO THE FLOP (asdfmovie song)

Hello!

One thing that kids are good for is exposing you to silliness that you wouldn't necessarily have discovered on your own.

I don't like all of the asdfmovie episodes, but the older kid and I hashed out a quick design for a version of this movie with our 25lb cat with a photoshopped turtle/button outfit on it.

Just in case you watch this video and then wish I hadn't shared it with you because it's stuck in your head, then don't watch the Do the Flop video at EVERYBODY DO THE FLOP (asdfmovie song)

Hello!___

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2014-07-16 04:12:45 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Please note that fewer Oxford commas will not make me happy. Oxford commas lead to less confusion. Leading off the examples in the song with "fewer" vs. "less" does make me extremely happy. It's awesome. Heh.

Word-nerds,

I will be using this in class.

+Karen Conlin, have you seen it? I have been in the box for a week, so this may be old news for everyone else.___Please note that fewer Oxford commas will not make me happy. Oxford commas lead to less confusion. Leading off the examples in the song with "fewer" vs. "less" does make me extremely happy. It's awesome. Heh.

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2014-07-15 02:30:37 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Someone posted a picture of my kids on the internet.

Well, a picture of them in their core personas, anyway.

Because... Monday and cuteness is needed. ___Someone posted a picture of my kids on the internet.

Well, a picture of them in their core personas, anyway.

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2014-07-08 16:44:51 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Samba Pa Ti has been one of my favorite songs since I first heard it some 20-odd years ago. It's rare to hear it on the radio, but I got to hear it today. Totally made me forget the commute madness.

Oddly enough, it was followed by Werewolves Of London, then Paradise City. While I individually like the songs, that sequence was odd. I did realize that Red Barchetta would have been a better middle pick, but that's also only rarely on the radio. Ah well. I got to hear Samba Pa Ti.

Samba Pa Ti has been one of my favorite songs since I first heard it some 20-odd years ago. It's rare to hear it on the radio, but I got to hear it today. Totally made me forget the commute madness.

Oddly enough, it was followed by Werewolves Of London, then Paradise City. While I individually like the songs, that sequence was odd. I did realize that Red Barchetta would have been a better middle pick, but that's also only rarely on the radio. Ah well. I got to hear Samba Pa Ti.___

2014-07-07 00:41:33 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Achievement Unlocked:
While watching Star Trek TOS episode 5 for the first time (because we're starting at the beginning):
8-year-old: "Mom, the ones in the red shirts always die". 
Me: "How do you know that?"
Her: "On Mythbusters, they were testing a bamboo cannon, and they put Buster who was Captain Kirk who made a bamboo cannon against the Gorn, in a red shirt, and they said that was because the red shirts always die"
I have no idea how accurate of a description that is of the Mythbusters episode, but the bit that makes me proud is that 1) she made the connection and 2) properly applied it back to the original source.
Now starting: The Enemy Within.

Achievement Unlocked:
While watching Star Trek TOS episode 5 for the first time (because we're starting at the beginning):
8-year-old: "Mom, the ones in the red shirts always die". 
Me: "How do you know that?"
Her: "On Mythbusters, they were testing a bamboo cannon, and they put Buster who was Captain Kirk who made a bamboo cannon against the Gorn, in a red shirt, and they said that was because the red shirts always die"
I have no idea how accurate of a description that is of the Mythbusters episode, but the bit that makes me proud is that 1) she made the connection and 2) properly applied it back to the original source.
Now starting: The Enemy Within.___

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2014-07-04 08:09:18 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

+Yonatan Zunger was right. I'd have watched this one too.

Celebrating 50 Years of American Doctor Who: http://youtu.be/bCv5o7n_mtk

+Yonatan Zunger was right. I'd have watched this one too.

Celebrating 50 Years of American Doctor Who: http://youtu.be/bCv5o7n_mtk___

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2014-07-03 02:42:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

It doesn't have to be work. If someone tells you they feel that something is going on, and they can't give you a single example that you don't immediately dispute, dismiss, or justify, they are not actually also wrong. Examples are exactly the wrong thing to ask for, like single data points randomly selected from a much larger dataset... and yet, because the analysis is not mathematical, not provable, or even describable... then the examples are imagined to have the ability to be perfectly representative. They're not. Next time you find yourself rebuffing examples, try pausing and telling the other person "You are probably right, or at least on the right track, but I don't yet understand it - but that doesn't mean I think your hypothesis is inherently unsound". Or something like that.

Is this making the rounds? It should. This is one of the better summaries if the subtleties of sexism I've seen. Thanks to +Amy Ho for sharing it.___It doesn't have to be work. If someone tells you they feel that something is going on, and they can't give you a single example that you don't immediately dispute, dismiss, or justify, they are not actually also wrong. Examples are exactly the wrong thing to ask for, like single data points randomly selected from a much larger dataset... and yet, because the analysis is not mathematical, not provable, or even describable... then the examples are imagined to have the ability to be perfectly representative. They're not. Next time you find yourself rebuffing examples, try pausing and telling the other person "You are probably right, or at least on the right track, but I don't yet understand it - but that doesn't mean I think your hypothesis is inherently unsound". Or something like that.

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2014-07-03 02:25:58 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

... and for those of us without a system of secretaries/AAs, our toolbox is that much smaller.

A really good read!

One of the rare and honest interviews from a successful woman and mother talking about work life balance and tradeoffs. ___... and for those of us without a system of secretaries/AAs, our toolbox is that much smaller.

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