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2015-07-26 15:00:09 (30 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

That was fucking surreal and so not okay.

Me, walking Misty down the street, with Misty visibly limping.
Neighbor, spraying herbicide all over the sidewalk, including right in front of where Misty is walking.

Neighbor: "You shouldn't walk your dog here in the middle of the sidewalk, she'll get sick"
Me: Where am I supposed to walk her? We're just trying to get home.
Neighbor: Maybe you should live somewhere where there aren't houses and neighborhoods.
Me: "We are just trying to get home. I live right over there. I don't have a choice about passing your house."
Neighbor: "Well, keep your dog away from my house, haven't you heard of curbing your dog?"
Me: "Yes, my dog is trained to pee in the street, that's exactly what that means."
Neighbor: "Well, I'm sure she must have peed... more »

Most reshares: 7

2015-06-10 02:45:24 (11 comments, 7 reshares, 31 +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 »

Most plusones: 92

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2015-07-09 22:27:11 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 92 +1s)Open 

House sold. Piano arrived. Move status: finished.

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2015-07-31 12:18:25 (2 comments, 6 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-29 23:49:21 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Shit. Shit shit shit shit :( :(

Shit. Shit shit shit shit :( :(___

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2015-07-29 01:00:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Right now it's possible to have anonymous political speech, if you're wealthy enough to abuse the loophole. Not okay.

Contribution laundering & Ravel/Weintraub PFRs to go up tomorrow

https://www.makeyourlaws.org/fec/laundering
https://www.makeyourlaws.org/fec/ravel_weintraub

The first is a fairly narrow proposal we made specifically to address the C4/C6->SuperPAC contribution laundering loophole. It's made narrowly to not require disclosure of funds used for issue advocacy, nor small donors, while still ensuring disclosure of significant sources of money that ultimately gets used to influence an election.

The second is a verbatim resubmission of the Ravel/Weintraub PFR, to encourage broader public discussion and proposals and moot the procedural concerns with Commissioners petitioning their own agency.

Public and private feedback welcome on both. See the pages for instructions on how to file public comments.___Right now it's possible to have anonymous political speech, if you're wealthy enough to abuse the loophole. Not okay.

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2015-07-27 18:03:17 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Somehow, I doubt that this is what the public meant when they clamored for prosecution of financial fraud.

Somehow, I doubt that this is what the public meant when they clamored for prosecution of financial fraud.___

2015-07-26 15:00:09 (30 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

That was fucking surreal and so not okay.

Me, walking Misty down the street, with Misty visibly limping.
Neighbor, spraying herbicide all over the sidewalk, including right in front of where Misty is walking.

Neighbor: "You shouldn't walk your dog here in the middle of the sidewalk, she'll get sick"
Me: Where am I supposed to walk her? We're just trying to get home.
Neighbor: Maybe you should live somewhere where there aren't houses and neighborhoods.
Me: "We are just trying to get home. I live right over there. I don't have a choice about passing your house."
Neighbor: "Well, keep your dog away from my house, haven't you heard of curbing your dog?"
Me: "Yes, my dog is trained to pee in the street, that's exactly what that means."
Neighbor: "Well, I'm sure she must have peed... more »

That was fucking surreal and so not okay.

Me, walking Misty down the street, with Misty visibly limping.
Neighbor, spraying herbicide all over the sidewalk, including right in front of where Misty is walking.

Neighbor: "You shouldn't walk your dog here in the middle of the sidewalk, she'll get sick"
Me: Where am I supposed to walk her? We're just trying to get home.
Neighbor: Maybe you should live somewhere where there aren't houses and neighborhoods.
Me: "We are just trying to get home. I live right over there. I don't have a choice about passing your house."
Neighbor: "Well, keep your dog away from my house, haven't you heard of curbing your dog?"
Me: "Yes, my dog is trained to pee in the street, that's exactly what that means."
Neighbor: "Well, I'm sure she must have peed somewhere on my property."
Me: Look, can you please just get out of our way, my dog is already sick, she's not looking for a place to pee, we're just trying to get home. Seriously, we don't pee in the sidewalk, I don't understand what your problem is.
Neighbor: Okay. Have a nice day. <continues spraying pesticide all over>.

I drag Misty by the collar home.

What the flipping fuck. Sidewalks are public property, the lady just made ridiculous assumptions about my dog, and didn't seem to give a fuck. :( :(___

2015-07-24 22:43:31 (26 comments, 4 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Curious about form factors of devices found in the wild, and comparing that to the form factors that the population of Googlers I sampled this morning have observed. Choose the first one that matches.

If it has a physical keyboard, it's not a tablet for these purposes. If it's being used for a niche application as a single-use device rather than general computing, it doesn't count (e.g. Square POS devices, ebook-only devices).

Curious about form factors of devices found in the wild, and comparing that to the form factors that the population of Googlers I sampled this morning have observed. Choose the first one that matches.

If it has a physical keyboard, it's not a tablet for these purposes. If it's being used for a niche application as a single-use device rather than general computing, it doesn't count (e.g. Square POS devices, ebook-only devices).___

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2015-07-23 16:28:32 (2 comments, 6 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Product excellence in action. If you're optimizing a number, make sure it's the right number.

Wow. Gotta love data. You personally despise those "get the app!" screens as a user, but as a developer you can't argue with the CTR, so you live with it.

Well, what if it turned out that for every one user who does install the app at the interstitial, seven more users leave your site entirely at that page?

Let users use your website! Don't slam the door in their faces!___Product excellence in action. If you're optimizing a number, make sure it's the right number.

2015-07-18 16:17:57 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Can anyone recommend a piano tuner that services Brooklyn? It's been a week and a half since my piano arrived, so it's probably acclimated by now. It sounds pretty great still, but I imagine it could use a bit of... fine tuning (ba dum tss).

Can anyone recommend a piano tuner that services Brooklyn? It's been a week and a half since my piano arrived, so it's probably acclimated by now. It sounds pretty great still, but I imagine it could use a bit of... fine tuning (ba dum tss).___

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2015-07-13 12:31:13 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Also worth noting here is that the 'wrong' bathroom includes being required to use nurse's bathroom or 'gender neutral' bathrooms.

Good news: if you are a parent of a student being forced to use the wrong bathroom, or you are a student being forced to use the wrong bathroom, and you know your rights and have time and energy to spare, you can file a Title IX complaint and seek legal help from the Department of Justice. At least one transman student has gone through this process and gotten support from the Department of Justice (whoo! Thank you G. G.!).

Bad status quo, not actually news: Schoolboards and schools are still trying to force students to use the wrong bathroom, and not everyone is going to have the time to fight this, and any time they do spend on this is being taken away from being a student. 

http://transequality.org/blog/dept-of-justice-title-ix-protects-restroom-access-for-trans-students___Also worth noting here is that the 'wrong' bathroom includes being required to use nurse's bathroom or 'gender neutral' bathrooms.

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2015-07-11 21:37:24 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Truly an amazing story about identical twins accidentally separated at birth.  It shows the power of of your DNA vs. the environment to control your preferences and talents.

Truly an amazing story about identical twins accidentally separated at birth.  It shows the power of of your DNA vs. the environment to control your preferences and talents.___

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2015-07-09 22:27:11 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 92 +1s)Open 

House sold. Piano arrived. Move status: finished.

House sold. Piano arrived. Move status: finished.___

2015-07-01 19:43:04 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

It is rather interesting to see things repeat themselves again. Same arguments, over and over, that sap everyones' energy to have to make :(

The Facebook nymwars saga continues...___It is rather interesting to see things repeat themselves again. Same arguments, over and over, that sap everyones' energy to have to make :(

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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, 45 +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, 60 +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, 31 +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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