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2015-03-21 01:50:12 (26 comments, 9 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Interviewer patterns and antipatterns
aka how to lose candidates before you even make an offer

Not all from the same company. Experiences collected over various phases of past 2 months of interviewing, before I ultimately decided to stay at Google when moving to NYC.

The bad:
* Interviewer walks into room unprepared, and starts reading candidate resume for the first time with the candidate sitting right there, then hesitantly asks questions about "what was your favorite project at [foo]?"
** Bonus points for previous interview before that being about work history, and this interview supposedly being about coding/algo
* Interviewer pitches wildly unrealistically planned project ("we're starting a team of six engineers to implement mapreduce!")
* Interview loop has zero women
* Interview loop for SRE fails to test systems... more »

Most reshares: 25

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2015-03-24 16:54:11 (12 comments, 25 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

This tool is amazing at Google. You want it for your personal projects.

Most plusones: 60

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2015-03-24 16:54:11 (12 comments, 25 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

This tool is amazing at Google. You want it for your personal projects.

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2015-06-27 17:42:34 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

The fight for equality is not over.

Yesterday was great! I'm so proud of our nation coming so far after so long. Now that the government is out of the bedroom, lets keep them out of the bathroom too.

Several states have proposed laws that require the sex on your birth certificate to match the public restroom you use. For women who are often mistaken as men, and men who are mistaken as women, and everyone nonbinary, I'm unclear on how enforcement is supposed to work. Will everyone be carrying a birth certificate in their bag? Can women still bring their male children into the bathroom when there is no "family" stall?

Arizona bathroom bill got pretty far (I'm unclear if it passed), and though it is less bad than the originally proposed bill, it means businesses can discriminate about who they let into the bathroom: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/28/arizona-transgender-bathroom-bill-_n_2968629.html

Kentucky, Florida, and Texas are trying to criminalize use of the bathroom: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/24/papers-to-pee-texas-kentucky-and-florida-consider-anti-transgender-bills 

and Missouri is trying to disallow multi-stall gender neutral bathrooms: http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2015/03/19/3636036/missouri-gender-neutral-bathroom-bill/

People need to pee. The media is phrasing this as a transgender issue because it will disproportionately affect transgender people, but I have met cis people who have trouble passing. I have met cis women who were told that they weren't femme enough to be allowed to use this restroom. These bills seek to place successful presentation along gender norms as a requirement to pee when you're not at home.  http://www.advocate.com/business/2015/06/17/detroit-woman-kicked-out-restaurant-bathroom-looking-man-sues

Hopefully we can stop this before it becomes a giant issue, for trans and cis people alike.

#WeJustNeedToPee___The fight for equality is not over.

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2015-06-27 17:41:16 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

I should be clear that Zip is very courageous for taking this public stand. It's unfortunate that it's come to this though :(

"It is a story I’ve seen repeated time and time again as my friends have disappeared off the site, often never to return. This time there’s a twist: I used to work there. In fact, I’m the trans woman who initiated the custom gender feature. And the name I go by on Facebook? That’s the name that was on my work badge."___I should be clear that Zip is very courageous for taking this public stand. It's unfortunate that it's come to this though :(

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2015-06-26 15:17:36 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

In other news, +Misty the Samoyed is hard at work at Google NYC - https://goo.gl/photos/V5M8TWXY2LrRhhFL9

Happy #TakeYourDogToWorkDay! We decided to bring our pal with us today. Show us your furry friend 🐶#Android___In other news, +Misty the Samoyed is hard at work at Google NYC - https://goo.gl/photos/V5M8TWXY2LrRhhFL9

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2015-06-26 14:46:26 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-26 14:30:00 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

No more beautiful words than "It is so ordered."

No more beautiful words than "It is so ordered."___

2015-06-26 14:15:19 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

USA. USA. USA.

Progress, brought to you as always, via Justice Scalia's delicious delicious tears:
https://twitter.com/AP/status/614433508161921024___USA. USA. USA.

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2015-06-26 11:56:53 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-26 00:38:05 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

This pride weekend, take a moment to consider the lives of those that came before us and those that still suffer.  The activist pioneers that threw their bodies at police and bigots. Those that died due to systemic intolerance. Those that continue to struggle with homelessness, poverty, deportation, and more. And those that are still in the closet, afraid to come out, choosing to live in a lie rather than suffer or die in truth.Consider you opportunities to make the world a little less intolerant. Honor the memories of those that came before.

And to all those considering ending their lives in a sea of misery, it can get better, and there are people out there to help you.  I won't say it does getter better. Sometimes it doesn't. But it's often worth a shot. We need you in our struggle, because for those of us that are queer, merely that we live can be a political act ofre... more »

This pride weekend, take a moment to consider the lives of those that came before us and those that still suffer.  The activist pioneers that threw their bodies at police and bigots. Those that died due to systemic intolerance. Those that continue to struggle with homelessness, poverty, deportation, and more. And those that are still in the closet, afraid to come out, choosing to live in a lie rather than suffer or die in truth.Consider you opportunities to make the world a little less intolerant. Honor the memories of those that came before.

And to all those considering ending their lives in a sea of misery, it can get better, and there are people out there to help you.  I won't say it does getter better. Sometimes it doesn't. But it's often worth a shot. We need you in our struggle, because for those of us that are queer, merely that we live can be a political act of rebellion.Every queer that lives and does so openly is a beacon to the next generation.  

We've got more work to do.  Help us do it.___

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2015-06-26 00:15:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

G+ does a fantastic job of providing plenty of options for having public or semi-public conversations, with robust moderation tools, and without the ability for trolls to sealion. And it's permitted names with virtually no restrictions since July 2014 (and permitted pseudonyms established elsewhere since January 2012).

https://plus.google.com/+googleplus/posts/V5XkYQYYJqy

Women and LGBT netizens least safe on Facebook - report.

It's shocking to hear that Facebook is even worse than Twitter when it comes to threats and harassment.

Facebook also has a real-names policy, which, in my opinion, is an inherently bigoted policy. 

Google+, on the other hand, is (I believe) the safest and best place for women and LGBT people to have public conversations without fear from trolls, haters, bigots and losers. 

The reason is that you can more easily and effectively delete offending comments, and block and ban abusive users. (I have over 4.5 million followers on Google+ and exactly zero trolls.) 

The author of the piece I linked to below is +Violet Blue, who rightly hammered Google for its Google+ real-names policy back in the day.

Now that Google+ has no real-names policy -- and now that we know how horrible Twitter and Facebook are -- I would like to call on +Violet Blue to acknowledge that Google+ is the best place to have great public conversations without fear of trolls, threats or harassment. 

What say, you, Violet Blue? 

http://www.engadget.com/2015/06/25/women-lgbt-safety-facebook-policy/___G+ does a fantastic job of providing plenty of options for having public or semi-public conversations, with robust moderation tools, and without the ability for trolls to sealion. And it's permitted names with virtually no restrictions since July 2014 (and permitted pseudonyms established elsewhere since January 2012).

https://plus.google.com/+googleplus/posts/V5XkYQYYJqy

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2015-06-26 00:07:39 (7 comments, 5 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

When I think back to the #nymwars  from 2011, I remember feeling disappointed and saddened by Google's original policy, which in essence cargo culted Facebook's oppressive policy. It took a consistent few years of pressure from inside and outside the company, but Google eventually changed course in favor of allowing any non-abusive name (e.g. no zalgo text glitching, no hate speech, anything else goes). I'm glad to be on the right side of history even if my employer wasn't initially onboard, and am sad that Facebook is still in the stone ages in terms of bleating the "real names make people safer" line. Real names don't make people safer.

Opinions my own, and not Google's.

When I think back to the #nymwars  from 2011, I remember feeling disappointed and saddened by Google's original policy, which in essence cargo culted Facebook's oppressive policy. It took a consistent few years of pressure from inside and outside the company, but Google eventually changed course in favor of allowing any non-abusive name (e.g. no zalgo text glitching, no hate speech, anything else goes). I'm glad to be on the right side of history even if my employer wasn't initially onboard, and am sad that Facebook is still in the stone ages in terms of bleating the "real names make people safer" line. Real names don't make people safer.

Opinions my own, and not Google's.___

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2015-06-24 22:32:38 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Week 3 in Brooklyn. Week 2 of new job. Week 2 of commuting with the dog. It is utterly amazing. It is a huge difference to be doing something that I feel 110% passionate about and feel competent at. Days feel like http://eev.ee/media/2015-06/time-good.png instead of like http://eev.ee/media/2015-06/time-bad.png

I love coming to work (even with the minor annoyance of a 6am wakeup schedule). When 4pm rolls around I think "oh man, is it already that time? do I have to go home now?" instead of counting the hours and minutes until the day is over and I can go home. Bigtable is an incredible piece of infrastructure that by and large runs itself, freeing us to think about more sophisticated things to do with it. It's my 8th day on the team and I already have landed changes in the core Bigtable master code to make monitoring it easier. I'm already helping plan the direction of... more »

Week 3 in Brooklyn. Week 2 of new job. Week 2 of commuting with the dog. It is utterly amazing. It is a huge difference to be doing something that I feel 110% passionate about and feel competent at. Days feel like http://eev.ee/media/2015-06/time-good.png instead of like http://eev.ee/media/2015-06/time-bad.png

I love coming to work (even with the minor annoyance of a 6am wakeup schedule). When 4pm rolls around I think "oh man, is it already that time? do I have to go home now?" instead of counting the hours and minutes until the day is over and I can go home. Bigtable is an incredible piece of infrastructure that by and large runs itself, freeing us to think about more sophisticated things to do with it. It's my 8th day on the team and I already have landed changes in the core Bigtable master code to make monitoring it easier. I'm already helping plan the direction of the team and our project management, and will have reports soon enough. The mix of skills I'm exercising is satisfying.

Misty is enjoying coming to work and my coworkers (as well as a lot of random folks on the subway and street) love seeing her. She frequently gets mistaken for an excessively sleepy and friendly wolf, and we get so many compliments and strangers wanting to pet her. People in NYC seem to have substantially better manners than in Boston about asking before petting (yay!). The only mishap we've had with the mistymobile has been a nut/washer escaping from one of the rear rods holding the mostly-non-loadbearing back rail of the wagon bed together - easily repaired with 50 cents of hardware from the hardware store around the corner. Crowding on the C train isn't really a thing at the hours we commute, even as late as 7:30am or 4:45pm, since most people are traveling within Manhattan or prefer taking the A express train along the same route.

I've been cooking a fair bit recently (black bean tofu, fake chicken with peas, curried lentils and rice) but also exploring the restaurants that Brooklyn has to offer. Having a fully stocked grocery store a 5 min walk out my door has dramatically changed how I think about buying groceries on demand instead of stockpiling a week's worth at a time.

About the only major gap in my life right now is my social life - most of my friends are still in Boston and I've met relatively few people in NYC. My evenings are less full than I'd like, and I want to meet more people. If y'all would like to make a few introductions, my schedule is pretty open and I'd love to get dinner or coffee with cool people.___

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2015-06-21 02:55:06 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Comments disabled, sorry :( - find a non-Googler to comment on the posts of.

Google’s attempts to fight the surveillance gag order angered the government, with the Justice Department stating that the company’s “resistance to providing the records” had “frustrated the government’s ability to efficiently conduct a lawful criminal investigation.”___Comments disabled, sorry :( - find a non-Googler to comment on the posts of.

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2015-06-19 18:08:18 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Locking comments because Google is a party to this.

Jacob Appelbaum's legal disclosure from Google about Wikileaks Grand Jury investigation (with images, tweets) · bbhorne

Via https://twitter.com/marciahofmann___Locking comments because Google is a party to this.

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2015-06-19 16:46:45 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

In case people are curious what the constraints on my commute with Misty are and places we can and cannot go given that Misty has to ride in a heavy, enclosed crate on wheels - here's the (depressingly small) list of stations and lines we can take to get places.

We are fortunate the 14th st C stop and the Franklin Ave C stop are both accessible, and work/home are less than a 5 min walk from each.

As it turns out, accessibility improvements help everyone, not just people who are wheelchair users. Go push the MTA and your legislators to fund more ADA improvements.

In case people are curious what the constraints on my commute with Misty are and places we can and cannot go given that Misty has to ride in a heavy, enclosed crate on wheels - here's the (depressingly small) list of stations and lines we can take to get places.

We are fortunate the 14th st C stop and the Franklin Ave C stop are both accessible, and work/home are less than a 5 min walk from each.

As it turns out, accessibility improvements help everyone, not just people who are wheelchair users. Go push the MTA and your legislators to fund more ADA improvements.___

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2015-06-19 13:38:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-19 13:02:19 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

I'm apparently way behind on sharing tearjerkers.

The fact that we have all of this incredible infrastructure and change of cultural support is amazing. When I transitioned a decade ago, there just wasn't any kind of support except some static websites with names/photos of the few and brave who were publicly out, a few forums and email lists, and the only trans people I'd ever met face to face were the 'Joy Luck Club' of mostly Asian trans women working in tech that I found a year or two after I'd transitioned.

I'm apparently way behind on sharing tearjerkers.

The fact that we have all of this incredible infrastructure and change of cultural support is amazing. When I transitioned a decade ago, there just wasn't any kind of support except some static websites with names/photos of the few and brave who were publicly out, a few forums and email lists, and the only trans people I'd ever met face to face were the 'Joy Luck Club' of mostly Asian trans women working in tech that I found a year or two after I'd transitioned.___

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2015-06-19 11:15:53 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Has anyone ever tried the SmartWatch epilepsy monitor? What about on a dog?

Also considering getting Misty a red/orange "epileptic/seizure watch" id tag to provide extra protection against the case of someone stealing her & not realizing she has a severe medical condition, or her getting lost and being picked up.

(sadly, research prompted by a few more Misty seizures overnight) - :(

Has anyone ever tried the SmartWatch epilepsy monitor? What about on a dog?

Also considering getting Misty a red/orange "epileptic/seizure watch" id tag to provide extra protection against the case of someone stealing her & not realizing she has a severe medical condition, or her getting lost and being picked up.

(sadly, research prompted by a few more Misty seizures overnight) - :(___

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2015-06-18 23:10:14 (20 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Elly: "do you want to order deep dish pizza?"
Me: "sure, that sounds great, I haven't had deep dish in a while."
<food comes>

"Deep dish" pizza from this particular place in Brooklyn apparently refers to the extra crust thickness (a good 0.2" deep), and only a thin layer of cheese and tomatoes looking sad on the top :(

I thought I was going to get something like +Zachary's Chicago Pizza with 0.7" of straight tomatoey goodness (see Figure 1). But nooooo foiled :(

Elly: "do you want to order deep dish pizza?"
Me: "sure, that sounds great, I haven't had deep dish in a while."
<food comes>

"Deep dish" pizza from this particular place in Brooklyn apparently refers to the extra crust thickness (a good 0.2" deep), and only a thin layer of cheese and tomatoes looking sad on the top :(

I thought I was going to get something like +Zachary's Chicago Pizza with 0.7" of straight tomatoey goodness (see Figure 1). But nooooo foiled :(___

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2015-06-17 00:52:31 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

I am completely and utterly exhausted, but in a good way. I've been super excited to pour my energy into getting started with my new team. Things seem much more sunny now, although it could be the work variant of NRE. I did manage the energy to cook tofu+black bean sauce for dinner tonight.

The subway commute with Misty seems to be going smoothly - we've been testing the bounds of when we can commute without too much crowding with quite a bit of success - while the express A train is often overcrowded, the local C train is much less busy. The wagon suffered its first minor mechanical difficulty this afternoon which I patched together with some extra nuts/washers from the hardware store.

Overall, NYC feels like it's very dog unfriendly - tons of signs telling you to keep your dog away from grass/dirt/trees and nowhere you're really allowed to let them be dogs :/. Today... more »

I am completely and utterly exhausted, but in a good way. I've been super excited to pour my energy into getting started with my new team. Things seem much more sunny now, although it could be the work variant of NRE. I did manage the energy to cook tofu+black bean sauce for dinner tonight.

The subway commute with Misty seems to be going smoothly - we've been testing the bounds of when we can commute without too much crowding with quite a bit of success - while the express A train is often overcrowded, the local C train is much less busy. The wagon suffered its first minor mechanical difficulty this afternoon which I patched together with some extra nuts/washers from the hardware store.

Overall, NYC feels like it's very dog unfriendly - tons of signs telling you to keep your dog away from grass/dirt/trees and nowhere you're really allowed to let them be dogs :/. Today we walked to the Hudson River Park alongside the West Side Highway only to find that dogs weren't allowed off the pavement anywhere on the abundant lawns, and that the nearest place dogs were allowed was 15+ short blocks down in the West Village where there was a sad-looking concrete dog run. It was a long, hot hike, punctuated by Misty dipping her paws in a wading pool at the dog run. Her panting was quite audible upon our return.___

2015-06-10 02:45:24 (11 comments, 7 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Building content-neutral platforms is important for diversity and public health

I'm personally firmly of the belief that platform providers should not attempt to police creative expression, including sexuality-based expression, that is legal and non-hateful. Proactively blocking access to content is not a sensible way to build services that are useful to the world at large. Providers should respect users' preferences if they ask not to see certain types of content. But providers should default to showing users information that they've specifically requested instead of behaving in a paternalistic manner.

Permitting freedom of expression about sexuality and access to age-appropriate information on sexuality is beneficial to users. Users are best served with information that is appropriate to their needs. This includes the freedom to express non-mainstream sexuality,... more »

Building content-neutral platforms is important for diversity and public health

I'm personally firmly of the belief that platform providers should not attempt to police creative expression, including sexuality-based expression, that is legal and non-hateful. Proactively blocking access to content is not a sensible way to build services that are useful to the world at large. Providers should respect users' preferences if they ask not to see certain types of content. But providers should default to showing users information that they've specifically requested instead of behaving in a paternalistic manner.

Permitting freedom of expression about sexuality and access to age-appropriate information on sexuality is beneficial to users. Users are best served with information that is appropriate to their needs. This includes the freedom to express non-mainstream sexuality, express it in non-mainstream ways, and access information published by others about non-mainstream sexuality. Platforms should not attempt to censor legally permissible expression related to legal, consensual activity. 

There are tremendous negative public health consequences associated with sex-negativity. To many people, publishing platforms and search tools are their primary gateway to information. Censoring information related to sex kills people. Blindly censoring terms such as "condom", "bisexual", or "transgender" results in less availability of health and wellness-critical information. Excluding sex-positivity causes people with non-mainstream sexual identities to feel excluded/isolated, leading to significant guilt, shame, and depression. Images/video are important to discussions of sex-positivity - for example, tying people up the wrong way can cause serious injury or death. Posting images and video of how to do it safely is not gratuitous or a luxury/privilege to be taken away. Users will engage in sexual activity regardless of providers' approval, so providers should serve them by informing them.

If a user is logged into a platform and has elected to see or not see explicit content, platforms should respect and follow their preferences. But if there is no information on a user due to their choice to not log in, platforms should default to showing content (with an interstitial). Of course, platforms should provide age-appropriate content to someone if their age is known - thus, asking for anonymous individuals’ ages and directing them to a resource like Scarleteen is a great user experience, but it should not be required to give up your privacy to view explicit content. Requiring users to log in to view content relating to sexual health makes that content inaccessible to the most vulnerable users. Users feel chilled when they must associate accounts, email, and their names with viewing content that others label morally objectionable. Requiring individuals to log in creates digital footprints that put users who want to keep their behavior secret at risk of repercussions.

It's impossible to actually create a bright line for enforcement of moral standards based content policies. Deciding the boundary between sex education and porn is extremely difficult to get right, and incurs numerous false positives that cause people to avoid platforms entirely - for example, videos that are clearly entirely educational frequently are blocked on platforms and not restored on appeal. Even the most enlightened policy rules will occasionally be applied incorrectly (e.g. breastfeeding? STI prevention / education? legitimate sex education? that is supposedly allowed under the platform's terms of service). Rule-abiding users that are remotely unsure of whether their content might get blocked (and whether they will be able to appeal successfully, and whether there will be collateral consequences for the rest of their account) will avoid platforms with ambiguity about their commitment to free speech. Moreover, a discretionary standard is inherently more vulnerable to organized pressure campaigns from censorship-minded governments and interest groups than a principled commitment to freedom of expression.

Even permitting 'non-commercial speech' without limitation isn't enough. Denying businesses access to platforms on basis of the type of non-abusive content they host is a form of redlining. We are, unfortunately, moving towards a world in which only "morally approved" types of business can be conducted using the best possible tools, and everyone doing anything remotely suspect must pay extra for inferior tools or make do without them entirely. For instance, +Kristen Stubbs had immense trouble finding a payment processor that would serve their nonprofit at any price, because of the nature of their business: crowdfunding for sex toys. Imagine if they couldn’t find hosting either, because no web host would allow them to host images of the products that their customers would be buying. Platform providers contribute to that morality policing by closing doors to customers that can't abide by their restrictive terms of service.

(all opinions strictly mine, and not necessarily those of Google. I do not speak for my employer. seriously, I do not speak for my employer.)___

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2015-06-10 00:32:24 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Misty is dog of pantpantpantpant.

Misty is dog of pantpantpantpant.___

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2015-06-09 19:03:44 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Misty took her very first trip on the NYC subway today as we did a trial run of our work commute! She slept through most of it though >.>

Not a single negative comment from other passengers, and quite a few people were curious about her or about the crate, or just wanted to compliment how cute she was!

I think this definitely is a workable commute. The most difficult part of it actually is getting the crate/wagon out of the house onto the street. Elevators worked perfectly fine, and the whole assembly rolls quite well.

Misty took her very first trip on the NYC subway today as we did a trial run of our work commute! She slept through most of it though >.>

Not a single negative comment from other passengers, and quite a few people were curious about her or about the crate, or just wanted to compliment how cute she was!

I think this definitely is a workable commute. The most difficult part of it actually is getting the crate/wagon out of the house onto the street. Elevators worked perfectly fine, and the whole assembly rolls quite well.___

2015-06-08 17:05:50 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

What I intend to do with my one-week break

I haven't been super noisy about my political activity, but for the past few years I've been volunteering for +Make Your Laws in primarily an advisory capacity on the board of directors of the various associated entities (a 501(c)3, a 501(c)4, and a (super)PAC). I'm keenly interested in seeing campaign finance reform happen and lowering barriers for ordinary citizens to participate in the political process with the same leverage and tools available to the super-wealthy.

Now that I have a dedicated week off of work, I'm in a state that protects employees who engage in political activity on their own time, and +Sai has done the groundwork with soliciting FEC opinions to make contributions of professional services legally clear as opposed to a grey area, it's time for me to push things forward technically. I'mho... more »

What I intend to do with my one-week break

I haven't been super noisy about my political activity, but for the past few years I've been volunteering for +Make Your Laws in primarily an advisory capacity on the board of directors of the various associated entities (a 501(c)3, a 501(c)4, and a (super)PAC). I'm keenly interested in seeing campaign finance reform happen and lowering barriers for ordinary citizens to participate in the political process with the same leverage and tools available to the super-wealthy.

Now that I have a dedicated week off of work, I'm in a state that protects employees who engage in political activity on their own time, and +Sai has done the groundwork with soliciting FEC opinions to make contributions of professional services legally clear as opposed to a grey area, it's time for me to push things forward technically. I'm hoping to have time this week to actually donate my professional skills to the effort, in order to implement accepting Bitcoin (pursuant to another FEC opinion +Sai was instrumental in securing).___

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2015-06-07 23:07:36 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

How I know I'm finally at home.

How I know I'm finally at home.___

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2015-06-07 19:56:53 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Ahahaha this is an amazing satirical article :D

Ahahaha this is an amazing satirical article :D___

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2015-06-07 03:17:10 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

My fingers hurt from assembling bed stuff. We're getting the rest of our old stuff in the morning. Misty already has made herself at home, furniture or no. Starting to actually think of this as home, 12 hours after arriving.

Just have to sell the old house, and we'll be disentangled from Boston. breathes

My fingers hurt from assembling bed stuff. We're getting the rest of our old stuff in the morning. Misty already has made herself at home, furniture or no. Starting to actually think of this as home, 12 hours after arriving.

Just have to sell the old house, and we'll be disentangled from Boston. breathes___

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2015-06-06 02:25:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Newest gayhomophobe.com winner, ex-Speaker Dennis Hastert, confirmed today by sister of former victim: https://gma.yahoo.com/exclusive-alleged-dennis-hastert-sex-abuse-victim-named-104016079--abc-news-topstories.html

Newest gayhomophobe.com winner, ex-Speaker Dennis Hastert, confirmed today by sister of former victim: https://gma.yahoo.com/exclusive-alleged-dennis-hastert-sex-abuse-victim-named-104016079--abc-news-topstories.html___

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2015-06-04 14:16:03 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

+Mike Tsao, +Will Wolf, and I did some of the open-source work that was required as groundwork for this. I am happy to report that I can now use my Trezor to make Bitcoin transactions directly from my Chromebook with no extra fuss!

+Mike Tsao, +Will Wolf, and I did some of the open-source work that was required as groundwork for this. I am happy to report that I can now use my Trezor to make Bitcoin transactions directly from my Chromebook with no extra fuss!___

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2015-06-03 14:28:36 (16 comments, 4 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Unconscious bias is everywhere :(

In the course of several months' testing, we've been comparing how images of men and women perform when placed on commerce-related pages on our site. Here is what we have sadly discovered.___Unconscious bias is everywhere :(

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2015-06-03 04:38:53 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Misty's MTA-compliant subway carrier is ready to roll after some midnight construction and a 9:30pm trip to Home Depot to get some 2x4 segments. Test trip through the Google Cambridge campus and down the freight elevators went perfectly fine - 100 pounds of wagon plus carrier plus dog are easily pullable. Misty learned within 5 minutes to calmly lie/sit in the carrier and watch the scenery go by, but we'll do a canary on the Red Line tomorrow to triple-check. We've done subways on leash for literally years at this point, but this is the closest we can come to simulating the more restrictive MTA before we push to prod. <3 MBTA.

New York City, here we come!

Misty's MTA-compliant subway carrier is ready to roll after some midnight construction and a 9:30pm trip to Home Depot to get some 2x4 segments. Test trip through the Google Cambridge campus and down the freight elevators went perfectly fine - 100 pounds of wagon plus carrier plus dog are easily pullable. Misty learned within 5 minutes to calmly lie/sit in the carrier and watch the scenery go by, but we'll do a canary on the Red Line tomorrow to triple-check. We've done subways on leash for literally years at this point, but this is the closest we can come to simulating the more restrictive MTA before we push to prod. <3 MBTA.

New York City, here we come!___

2015-05-22 22:48:41 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

It turns out that your security questions are easily guessable. Get u2f, seriously.

It turns out that your security questions are easily guessable. Get u2f, seriously.___

2015-05-22 14:31:11 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

If you read one thing today, read the #hometovote  hashtag on Twitter. It will fill you with feels.

If you read one thing today, read the #hometovote  hashtag on Twitter. It will fill you with feels.___

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2015-05-13 01:47:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Current mood.

(ach, this isn't subtitled. for people who can't consume this video, it's the "are we out of the woods" refrain from Taylor Swift's latest album)

Current mood.

(ach, this isn't subtitled. for people who can't consume this video, it's the "are we out of the woods" refrain from Taylor Swift's latest album)___

2015-05-07 01:30:53 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Time flies incredibly fast as my move approaches. What started off as a medium-term event 3+ months out has become imminent.

I count a few more days this week in Camberville, then a week in NYC apartment hunting, a week and a half of work as usual in Boston, and then a week of oncall. And then we'll be making the final drive down to NYC the weekend of June 6. My start date on Bigtable SRE (after about a week to unpack and settle in) is June 15. The house should be sold around June 30.

If you want to see me before I go, you don't have many chances left...

Time flies incredibly fast as my move approaches. What started off as a medium-term event 3+ months out has become imminent.

I count a few more days this week in Camberville, then a week in NYC apartment hunting, a week and a half of work as usual in Boston, and then a week of oncall. And then we'll be making the final drive down to NYC the weekend of June 6. My start date on Bigtable SRE (after about a week to unpack and settle in) is June 15. The house should be sold around June 30.

If you want to see me before I go, you don't have many chances left...___

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2015-04-29 14:16:48 (15 comments, 1 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

I wanted to gush about +Pill Pack Pharmacy now that I've been using their product for 6+ weeks.

I have not missed a single dose of hormones in 6 weeks. For people who know how disorganized I am, this is pretty much nothing short of a miracle. And because +Misty the Samoyed's medication is on the same schedule and I'm reminded indirectly to give her meds at the same time, she hasn't missed a medication dose in 6 weeks.

No more running out of one medication or another and procrastinating going to the pharmacy to refill, no need to fill a pill tracker, no shoving pill bottles in my backpack if I'm running late and then forgetting to take them out later; instead, just the confidence that I am in fact taking my medications the way I'm supposed to. And they even will add OTC medications like generic Allegra etc. during allergy season to make taking those easy tor... more »

I wanted to gush about +Pill Pack Pharmacy now that I've been using their product for 6+ weeks.

I have not missed a single dose of hormones in 6 weeks. For people who know how disorganized I am, this is pretty much nothing short of a miracle. And because +Misty the Samoyed's medication is on the same schedule and I'm reminded indirectly to give her meds at the same time, she hasn't missed a medication dose in 6 weeks.

No more running out of one medication or another and procrastinating going to the pharmacy to refill, no need to fill a pill tracker, no shoving pill bottles in my backpack if I'm running late and then forgetting to take them out later; instead, just the confidence that I am in fact taking my medications the way I'm supposed to. And they even will add OTC medications like generic Allegra etc. during allergy season to make taking those easy to remember too!

It costs the same copay as a regular physical pharmacy - it's not as cheap as the 3-month mail order pharmacy options, but is such a great product that it's well worth the money.___

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2015-04-15 20:13:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Turning off comments, for obvious reasons.

Google replies to the EU antitrust claim.___Turning off comments, for obvious reasons.

2015-03-29 06:45:01 (20 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

The combination of a dog that has learned exactly how to get the attention of sleeping humans if she is hungry, thirsty, or needs to go out, a 30+ minute attention span towards same, and medication that makes her perpetually hungry and thirsty is not a good one. Getting sleep in 2 hour stretches punctuated by 30 minutes of relentless dogging before she finally gives up is really draining :(

Unlike humans, dogs cannot reason about their mental state and think 'I am hungry but that is not actually true, and I am not actually in danger of dying if I don't eat'. Therefore every hunger pang really is an emergency requiring a human to solve, and I am not sure there is a way to train my dog to resign herself to feeling hungry all the time and not bug me without also aversively training her to never solicit help from humans with needing to go pee outside.

The combination of a dog that has learned exactly how to get the attention of sleeping humans if she is hungry, thirsty, or needs to go out, a 30+ minute attention span towards same, and medication that makes her perpetually hungry and thirsty is not a good one. Getting sleep in 2 hour stretches punctuated by 30 minutes of relentless dogging before she finally gives up is really draining :(

Unlike humans, dogs cannot reason about their mental state and think 'I am hungry but that is not actually true, and I am not actually in danger of dying if I don't eat'. Therefore every hunger pang really is an emergency requiring a human to solve, and I am not sure there is a way to train my dog to resign herself to feeling hungry all the time and not bug me without also aversively training her to never solicit help from humans with needing to go pee outside.___

2015-03-28 16:22:16 (20 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Temporary profile name change to test something, should be back to normal in a day or two.

Temporary profile name change to test something, should be back to normal in a day or two.___

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2015-03-26 19:44:04 (7 comments, 8 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Wow. Driving while black, except taken to a whole other terrible level :(

This is appalling.  Absolutely appalling.  I hope she'll be able to find justice.___Wow. Driving while black, except taken to a whole other terrible level :(

2015-03-25 16:12:09 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

In the department of ambiguous, unfortunate headlines: "Germanwings CEO: Americans on board crashed flight"

Because 'were' was left out between 'Americans' and 'on board', it's possible to read 'crashed' as an action verb instead of a deverbal adjective.

In the department of ambiguous, unfortunate headlines: "Germanwings CEO: Americans on board crashed flight"

Because 'were' was left out between 'Americans' and 'on board', it's possible to read 'crashed' as an action verb instead of a deverbal adjective.___

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2015-03-24 16:54:11 (12 comments, 25 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

This tool is amazing at Google. You want it for your personal projects.

This tool is amazing at Google. You want it for your personal projects.___

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2015-03-21 14:41:44 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

❝ "I go to UVA" isn't just a statement of fact, it's a magical rhetorical talisman, it's a message to cops, to racist townies, to store owners and even visiting old alumni that you are one of the "good ones."

It means you're protected — I could be a star athlete, or have rich parents, or be on student council, you can't just treat me like any other black person living in Charlottesville. In your gut you know it feels awful to use, playing into this trope, especially surrounded by white kids whose behavior is often worse than yours, who are oblivious to the invisible protection that UVA provides.

"I go to UVA" is a nasty little golden ticket, born of a frothy mix of classism and institutional racism, and it's doled out to only those certain African Americans that ventured into the hallowed white spaces deemed off limits just agen... more »

❝ "I go to UVA" isn't just a statement of fact, it's a magical rhetorical talisman, it's a message to cops, to racist townies, to store owners and even visiting old alumni that you are one of the "good ones."

It means you're protected — I could be a star athlete, or have rich parents, or be on student council, you can't just treat me like any other black person living in Charlottesville. In your gut you know it feels awful to use, playing into this trope, especially surrounded by white kids whose behavior is often worse than yours, who are oblivious to the invisible protection that UVA provides.

"I go to UVA" is a nasty little golden ticket, born of a frothy mix of classism and institutional racism, and it's doled out to only those certain African Americans that ventured into the hallowed white spaces deemed off limits just a generation before (UVA didn't integrate until 1972). I used it exactly twice, once while being harassed by a shop owner at a store across the street from where Martese Johnson was beaten, and once more when I was being stared down by a cop that pulled me over. ❞___

2015-03-21 12:44:56 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Meanwhile in not-Google town: the valley continues to suck.

http://mashable.com/2015/03/20/twitter-sex-discrimination-lawsuit/
http://recode.net/2015/03/18/former-facebook-employee-sues-for-sex-discrimination-harassment/

P.S. guess what turd I found in every single employment offer I was made (including the one I signed with Google 7 years ago):
Employee agrees to binding arbitration of all employment disputes, including harassment and discrimination.

Eugh.

Meanwhile in not-Google town: the valley continues to suck.

http://mashable.com/2015/03/20/twitter-sex-discrimination-lawsuit/
http://recode.net/2015/03/18/former-facebook-employee-sues-for-sex-discrimination-harassment/

P.S. guess what turd I found in every single employment offer I was made (including the one I signed with Google 7 years ago):
Employee agrees to binding arbitration of all employment disputes, including harassment and discrimination.

Eugh.___

2015-03-21 02:02:53 (21 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Tools for finding a job in tech

In my job search, I relied on four things: 1.) referrals from friends, 2.) underdog.io, 3.) hired.com, and 4.) cold linkedin/email contact from recruiters.

1.) Referrals from friends produced the most promising leads by far, but also caused heartbreak for my friends and me when I wound up declining offers or discontinuing the interview process due to things not being a match.
2.) underdog.io produced one bullseye hit that was exactly what I was looking for, about 5 things I'd have plausibly considered if I had fewer leads from other sources, and about 10-20 mails (and one lukewarm phonecall!) that were almost as bad as cold linkedin/email contacts for fit but that I felt obliged to respond to in order to be a good citizen of underdog.io. (could I have ignored them? probably.)
3.) hired.com had no nibbles until the very end of the... more »

Tools for finding a job in tech

In my job search, I relied on four things: 1.) referrals from friends, 2.) underdog.io, 3.) hired.com, and 4.) cold linkedin/email contact from recruiters.

1.) Referrals from friends produced the most promising leads by far, but also caused heartbreak for my friends and me when I wound up declining offers or discontinuing the interview process due to things not being a match.
2.) underdog.io produced one bullseye hit that was exactly what I was looking for, about 5 things I'd have plausibly considered if I had fewer leads from other sources, and about 10-20 mails (and one lukewarm phonecall!) that were almost as bad as cold linkedin/email contacts for fit but that I felt obliged to respond to in order to be a good citizen of underdog.io. (could I have ignored them? probably.)
3.) hired.com had no nibbles until the very end of the auction, at which point I got two contacts saying they couldn't quite make offers competitive with Google's compensation but would I talk to them anyways? - one was a fit for my interests, and the other was less of a match.
4.) I regularly get linkedin cold mails that I decline. During the window in which I was searching, I had several plausible inmails that I declined because they were from companies I knew about but had already decided not to work for. I did get one cold direct email that was relevant to my interests and resulted in me paying the company's offices a visit for an informational chat, but I decided after the chat that it wasn't a fit.___

2015-03-21 01:50:12 (26 comments, 9 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Interviewer patterns and antipatterns
aka how to lose candidates before you even make an offer

Not all from the same company. Experiences collected over various phases of past 2 months of interviewing, before I ultimately decided to stay at Google when moving to NYC.

The bad:
* Interviewer walks into room unprepared, and starts reading candidate resume for the first time with the candidate sitting right there, then hesitantly asks questions about "what was your favorite project at [foo]?"
** Bonus points for previous interview before that being about work history, and this interview supposedly being about coding/algo
* Interviewer pitches wildly unrealistically planned project ("we're starting a team of six engineers to implement mapreduce!")
* Interview loop has zero women
* Interview loop for SRE fails to test systems... more »

Interviewer patterns and antipatterns
aka how to lose candidates before you even make an offer

Not all from the same company. Experiences collected over various phases of past 2 months of interviewing, before I ultimately decided to stay at Google when moving to NYC.

The bad:
* Interviewer walks into room unprepared, and starts reading candidate resume for the first time with the candidate sitting right there, then hesitantly asks questions about "what was your favorite project at [foo]?"
** Bonus points for previous interview before that being about work history, and this interview supposedly being about coding/algo
* Interviewer pitches wildly unrealistically planned project ("we're starting a team of six engineers to implement mapreduce!")
* Interview loop has zero women
* Interview loop for SRE fails to test systems design
* Interview loop for SRE fails to test troubleshooting
* Hiring manager states a desire to hire only senior candidates, then blames the pipeline for poor diversity.
* Initial contact is a lukewarm unscheduled phonecall with no prior email coordination
* Screening process for SWE-focused SRE begins with a pure Chef exercise
* Hiring manager answers question about diversity with "I wish we could all just be people..."
* Recruiter goes on vacation for a week with no alternate contact listed in autoresponder
* No set interview schedule, with candidate left alone by themself for 5-10 minutes while previous interviewer fetched next interviewer

Some innovative and great things I saw:
* Allowing candidate to write code on their own device in their own IDE and looking over shoulder to see how they develop during an onsite interview
* Actually having organized training to build a pipeline by bringing people up into SWE/SRE roles through from support or hwops roles

Some things I had mixed feelings about:
* Screening involving multiple hours of preparation/coding/exam-taking. Some of these were fun, but some of these were so frustrating and discouraging that I gave up because I couldn't be bothered due to lack of spoons after I'd gotten home from work.

The only company I interviewed with that got every single aspect of the candidate experience right was Dropbox. Every other company I spoke with hit at least one of the antipatterns, sometimes multiple.

NB: I reckon Google probably isn't perfect either (especially on the latency between phone screen and onsite or onsite and offer), but obviously I didn't have to interview for anything other than informal project matching for an internal transfer.___

2015-03-16 02:30:01 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Dinner tonight: stuffed portobello mushrooms filled with bread crumbs, shrimp, diced mushrooms, onion, bell pepper, and jalapeno pepper covered in melted cheese.

I figure we've got only about a dozen Sunday dinners left for my house in Boston before we move, may as well go fancy!

Dinner tonight: stuffed portobello mushrooms filled with bread crumbs, shrimp, diced mushrooms, onion, bell pepper, and jalapeno pepper covered in melted cheese.

I figure we've got only about a dozen Sunday dinners left for my house in Boston before we move, may as well go fancy!___

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2015-03-14 12:50:11 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

This is amazing :D

I saw this without attribution, and just loved it.

Gamer.

HT +Amber Yust​___This is amazing :D

2015-03-10 02:15:46 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

In addition to the arguments +Fish N raised, allow me to point out that this one weird trick infuriates women interviewing: not having a single woman in a set of 6-8+ people she meets during an interview process. Obviously if your ratio is below 16% it may not necessarily always be feasible, but on the other hand women candidates are sufficiently rare in tech that it should be possible to make matching happen.

tl;dr: If you want to attract diversity to your company, and candidates get interviewed by N people, then I think you need your employee population in any given job title to be 1/N diversity.

I've been musing on creating a workplace that underrepresented populations want to be. I'll use women as the example.

Say in your industry, there are a lot fewer women than men. Say its due to known sexism an mistreatment issues that have been well documented(1). Lets postulate that not ALL people behave this way, but some percentage of people do, and the general industry has enough people who do behave this way that it has obviously driven out a lot of women.

If your company has a goal(2) to create a non-hostile work environment for women, then presumably you don't want to hire those people who drive women out! 

However, "treats women poorly" is something you only have a chance of catching at interview time if you have at least 1 interviewer who is a woman, so that you can observe how the candidate treats her. This isn't a guarantee; she might not notice bad behaviors that do happen, the candidate might not exhibit bad behaviors in the interview. But, we're going for "lower bound" math. Obviously, redundancy is better.

If you dip below 1/N women in your company, then you've got an expected value of less than 1 woman on any given interview slate. As a result, you'll start to bring in people with the traits that drive women out until you reach the jerk-rate of the general population (which we've defined as "too much" above). Over time you'll have major attrition problems unless you take drastic action to counteract the situation.

Most drastic measures I've heard aren't reasonable to run in the long term, and are maybe even unreasonable in the short term:

-- If you want to treat your employees fairly, they should be on interviewing duty equally, since interviewing normally doesn't count towards promotion and its a lot of work. So "overload the women with interviews" is a non-option if you want them to get promoted at the same rate as men. And you do want this if you want an environment where women and men have the same chance to succeed (i.e. a non-hostile work environment).
-- Likewise, you can't ask men to change their gender identity for 45 minutes. Gender identity doesn't work that way, and this would be harassment of the men, which is not remotely ok. 
-- If you lower the hiring bar for women (or raise it for men), then you will end up in a situation where people's pattern matching neurons start to associate women with being less capable at the job. Which will lead to the behaviors and unconscious bias that we're trying to avoid.
-- Find some kind of non-promo relevant busy work to give to guys so that women and guys are equally taxed with "community service" tasks, even if the average woman does more interviews than the average man. The problem is that if this is remotely interesting, desirable work, then its unfair that the women don't get a choice. And, if its completely mundane and dull, then its gonna piss off the men AND waste company time.
-- Fire people until you get to 1/N women. This is bad, and I don't think I need to explain why.

The best drastic measures I can think of are:
-- heavily market job opportunities towards women. Write your job reqs in a way that attracts women.
-- hire interviewers who do nothing but interview, and have 1 of these on a slate of N. These people could have a lower technical bar, because they only need to learn a few interview questions really really well. They still need to be technically competent. If you do this, you could have employees who do nothing but interview and write feedback all day, so you wouldn't be overtaxing any of the normal engineering employees. But this might be illegal for 14 different reasons, I'm not a lawyer. Just trying to engineer my way out of this hole.
-- raise the number of interviewers a candidate sees until N is big enough that 1/N meets what you've got. This is a waste of engineering resources, and might exhaust candidates badly, but at least it isn't immoral.

So. All the drastic measures are awful and not sustainable. I think the take away then is don't fall under 1/N women in your company in any particular job type. If you can get to 1/N, then it might be possible to bootstrap to an actually good ratio (i.e. near 50% in the case of women). But below 1/N, it sounds like at best your company will lose women until the remaining amount are those who aren't bothered by the bad behaviors.

(The math works "in reverse" too. Don't fall under 1/N men.)

(1) http://www.uchastings.edu/news/articles/2015/01/double-jeopardy-report.pdf

(2) There are lots of reasons to have this goal. From what I understand, it is a legally required that you try, in the US. Diversity has well documented benefits: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/01/the-secret-to-smart-groups-isnt-smart-people/384625/
Also, its hard to hire enough good people right now, so if there is some untapped market of smart employees, presumably you want to capitalize on that.___In addition to the arguments +Fish N raised, allow me to point out that this one weird trick infuriates women interviewing: not having a single woman in a set of 6-8+ people she meets during an interview process. Obviously if your ratio is below 16% it may not necessarily always be feasible, but on the other hand women candidates are sufficiently rare in tech that it should be possible to make matching happen.

2015-03-10 00:53:30 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

On Sexism in the Tech Industry, and Why We're Blind to It 

If you are male, in the tech industry, and are baffled by the fact that you don't see the extremely inappropriate behavior that your female colleagues are complaining about, consider that if you are in a Google engineering org, there are eight to twelve times as many men as women. To get a baseline approximation of ambient workplace hostility, take a few counterfactuals:

(A) That workplace social graphs are randomly distributed, with no nonrandom siloing by gender;

(B) That all inappropriate work behavior is initiated by men and directed at women, and;

(C) That any given woman is as likely as any other to be targeted, and;

(D) That all harassment happens in a setting where exactly one randomly selected person is well-positioned to observe. 
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On Sexism in the Tech Industry, and Why We're Blind to It 

If you are male, in the tech industry, and are baffled by the fact that you don't see the extremely inappropriate behavior that your female colleagues are complaining about, consider that if you are in a Google engineering org, there are eight to twelve times as many men as women. To get a baseline approximation of ambient workplace hostility, take a few counterfactuals:

(A) That workplace social graphs are randomly distributed, with no nonrandom siloing by gender;

(B) That all inappropriate work behavior is initiated by men and directed at women, and;

(C) That any given woman is as likely as any other to be targeted, and;

(D) That all harassment happens in a setting where exactly one randomly selected person is well-positioned to observe. 

Think back to the most inappropriate thing you've seen this year. Under these assumptions, that happens to each woman engineer at Google, every month. The most inappropriate thing you've seen in the past twelve years (for many of you, "your entire career") happens to each woman engineer at Google every year.

There are lots of ways in which this could be off: unusual concentrations of women in particular organizations; same-gender sexual harassment; preferential targeting; lack or excess of witnesses. Any or all of these might be true. But there is no reason to expect that a completely naive baseline (viz., "occurrence of sexual harassment at precisely the level I observe") is anything close to true.___

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2015-03-10 00:14:45 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Meanwhile, in not-Google town:

the Valley sucks :(

Meanwhile, in not-Google town:

the Valley sucks :(___

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