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2015-12-16 03:35:06 (39 comments; 1 reshares; 47 +1s)Open 

My grandfather passed away on November 24. The memorial service was held on December 13. My biological parents did not tell me he'd died until December 14, and lied to me that there was not going to be a funeral.

If you're going to disinvite me from the funeral, have guts to TELL ME TO MY FACE.

I am a complete emotional mess right now. Sad about my grandfather, who while not completely understanding of me being trans, was at least as supportive as he could be, including letting me live with him the summer I ran away from my biological parents. Furious at my biological parents for the emotional abuse I endured 11.5 years ago that is still continuing to this day.

Most reshares: 11

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2015-08-15 14:58:57 (9 comments; 11 reshares; 57 +1s)Open 

Amazon sounds like a terrifying place to work that I'd never ever want to be.

Most plusones: 91

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2015-07-09 22:27:11 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 91 +1s)Open 

House sold. Piano arrived. Move status: finished.

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2016-02-10 16:05:18 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

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2016-02-09 19:32:14 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

We are excited to announce the second of a series in monthly tech talks for the Site Reliability Engineering/DevOps community in New York City!

The event will be held on Wednesday, February 17 at Google's campus in Chelsea, at 75 Ninth Avenue. Doors open at 5:30pm, food will be served at 6pm, and talks start at 6:30pm and run until 8pm.

You can register at https://events.withgoogle.com/february-2016-site-reliability-engineering-nyc-tech-talks/

We are excited to announce the second of a series in monthly tech talks for the Site Reliability Engineering/DevOps community in New York City!

The event will be held on Wednesday, February 17 at Google's campus in Chelsea, at 75 Ninth Avenue. Doors open at 5:30pm, food will be served at 6pm, and talks start at 6:30pm and run until 8pm.

You can register at https://events.withgoogle.com/february-2016-site-reliability-engineering-nyc-tech-talks/___

2016-01-28 07:51:05 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 75 +1s)Open 

Eight years at Google today!

(and 3 offices, and 6 teams)

Eight years at Google today!

(and 3 offices, and 6 teams)___

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2016-01-28 07:49:28 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Thirty years ago today, 74.130 seconds after liftoff, the Challenger fell. 

I want to write a long story about this – to tell the story of the people aboard and the people on the ground, of the crew and of the people who studied what happened, of the things that we learned and changed, of all the things we should remember about that day. But thirty years later, it still hurts too much for me to write it.

I can still see the two SRB's spinning out of control after the airframe disassembled, forming two horns coming out of an oddly round cloud, if I close my eyes. I can still remember the utter confusion and disbelief that followed, as nobody could even tell, at first, if they had actually seen what they thought they saw. I remember being so upset, that night, not being able to fully wrap my heart around it. And nightmares still sometimes wake me, of rockets falling out of ape... more »

Thirty years ago today, 74.130 seconds after liftoff, the Challenger fell. 

I want to write a long story about this – to tell the story of the people aboard and the people on the ground, of the crew and of the people who studied what happened, of the things that we learned and changed, of all the things we should remember about that day. But thirty years later, it still hurts too much for me to write it.

I can still see the two SRB's spinning out of control after the airframe disassembled, forming two horns coming out of an oddly round cloud, if I close my eyes. I can still remember the utter confusion and disbelief that followed, as nobody could even tell, at first, if they had actually seen what they thought they saw. I remember being so upset, that night, not being able to fully wrap my heart around it. And nightmares still sometimes wake me, of rockets falling out of a perfectly blue sky.

To the seven who gave their lives that day – CDR Francis R. Scobee, pilot Michael J. Smith, mission specialists Ellison S. Onizuka, Judith A. Resnik, and Ronald E. McNair, and payload specialists Gregory B. Jarvis and S. Christa McAuliffe – you are not forgotten.


Photo: STS-51L as it cleared the tower, approximately T+2.7 seconds, 16:38:02 UTC, January 28th, 1986, seventy seconds before it began to disintegrate. The fatal failure of the O-ring on the right booster had already happened. Image KSC-86PC-0081, from NASA.___

2016-01-11 22:42:16 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

I'm organizing a set of monthly tech talks for and by Site Reliability Engineers/DevOps engineers in the New York City area! We have some very exciting talks planned for the inaugural set of talks on Wednesday, January 20. Plus, free food!

Hoping to see people there!

I'm organizing a set of monthly tech talks for and by Site Reliability Engineers/DevOps engineers in the New York City area! We have some very exciting talks planned for the inaugural set of talks on Wednesday, January 20. Plus, free food!

Hoping to see people there!___

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2016-01-08 14:04:16 (13 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

The hell...

The FBI mass-mailed an advert for a fake sex slave auction on a kinky social network after obtaining user email addresses through a warrant. Their goal was to rescue victims of trafficking. The investigation found no victims, but agents believe the BDSM community represents a real market for the sale of human beings.

Four people were arrested. Given how common such auctions are and how immersive such fantasies can get, it's difficult to say the FBI's ruse was sufficiently obvious to justify arrest.

Kinksters, you're up. Welcome to the War On Trafficking. Please take a seat and hand over your assets.___The hell...

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2016-01-06 18:25:59 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Some people have more ISK than sense. Fortunately, spooky wormholers are on standby to relieve said people of their bling.

Here's what I got up to last night in EVE: violencing someone's $100 spaceboat that they were being extraordinarily careless with.

Not pictured: 20-30+ minutes of meticulous stealthy tracking of the quarry's movements while we positioned our ships for the gank.___Some people have more ISK than sense. Fortunately, spooky wormholers are on standby to relieve said people of their bling.

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2016-01-06 18:24:51 (25 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Here's what I got up to last night in EVE: violencing someone's $100 spaceboat that they were being extraordinarily careless with.

Not pictured: 20-30+ minutes of meticulous stealthy tracking of the quarry's movements while we positioned our ships for the gank.

Here's what I got up to last night in EVE: violencing someone's $100 spaceboat that they were being extraordinarily careless with.

Not pictured: 20-30+ minutes of meticulous stealthy tracking of the quarry's movements while we positioned our ships for the gank.___

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2016-01-05 11:39:18 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

I think it's even more disgraceful that they would force me to go through if I am able, and interrogate me so skeptically about my abilities. I'm neither willing nor able, and fuck them for trying to second guess me on either.

I think it's even more disgraceful that they would force me to go through if I am able, and interrogate me so skeptically about my abilities. I'm neither willing nor able, and fuck them for trying to second guess me on either.___

2016-01-01 12:15:00 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

Not a hypothetical.

Just went through SEA TSA. STSO explicitly refused to let me go through screening without AIT unless medically unable; I said I was neither willing nor able to go through AIT, but willing to get patdown, so he refused me boarding. Bags given back to me etc.

I insisted on him calling his supervisor (he initially refused). The TSM came eventually and overruled the STSO, allowing me to have a patdown.

However, TSM then interrogated me about my liquids, wanting to decide whether they are medically necessary or not. I refused to disclose any medical info; he eventually relented and permitted my liquids to be screened.

Got ~80% of it on video.

Will write it all up tomorrow in affidavit to 1st Circuit. On plane now, about to fly. Back online tomorrow.

No order received from the court yet.___Not a hypothetical.

2015-12-28 17:28:57 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue sent us a bill due to a discrepancy in income reported to the IRS vs. to them, because Google treated our spousal medical benefits in 2012 as taxable for federal but not state purposes.

Fortunately, it only took 15 min on the phone to clear up, as soon as I said the words "same sex marriage" and "health benefits". Woo.

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue sent us a bill due to a discrepancy in income reported to the IRS vs. to them, because Google treated our spousal medical benefits in 2012 as taxable for federal but not state purposes.

Fortunately, it only took 15 min on the phone to clear up, as soon as I said the words "same sex marriage" and "health benefits". Woo.___

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2015-12-23 02:12:08 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

+Sai is trying to stop the policy with an motion for an emergency injunction.

+Sai is trying to stop the policy with an motion for an emergency injunction.___

2015-12-22 20:57:27 (28 comments; 1 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

I am positive this will be used to discriminate against trans travellers.

Well, fuck. Anyone wants to guess how often "security considerations" would mean you can't opt out of the imaging machines?

While passengers may generally decline AIT screening in favor of physical screening, TSA may direct mandatory AIT screening for some passengers as warranted by security considerations in order to safeguard transportation security

h/t +Liz Fong-Jones___I am positive this will be used to discriminate against trans travellers.

2015-12-18 19:25:31 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

I don't think that skewed gender ratios always produce hostile environments, but this story from Bioware is a very clear example of one that did.

On the flip side, I had a great experience with Three Rings Design even though I was the only woman working in engineering, so there are a few places that don't suck even in spite of a lack of diversity-by-the-numbers.

___I don't think that skewed gender ratios always produce hostile environments, but this story from Bioware is a very clear example of one that did.

On the flip side, I had a great experience with Three Rings Design even though I was the only woman working in engineering, so there are a few places that don't suck even in spite of a lack of diversity-by-the-numbers.

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2015-12-16 03:35:06 (39 comments; 1 reshares; 47 +1s)Open 

My grandfather passed away on November 24. The memorial service was held on December 13. My biological parents did not tell me he'd died until December 14, and lied to me that there was not going to be a funeral.

If you're going to disinvite me from the funeral, have guts to TELL ME TO MY FACE.

I am a complete emotional mess right now. Sad about my grandfather, who while not completely understanding of me being trans, was at least as supportive as he could be, including letting me live with him the summer I ran away from my biological parents. Furious at my biological parents for the emotional abuse I endured 11.5 years ago that is still continuing to this day.

My grandfather passed away on November 24. The memorial service was held on December 13. My biological parents did not tell me he'd died until December 14, and lied to me that there was not going to be a funeral.

If you're going to disinvite me from the funeral, have guts to TELL ME TO MY FACE.

I am a complete emotional mess right now. Sad about my grandfather, who while not completely understanding of me being trans, was at least as supportive as he could be, including letting me live with him the summer I ran away from my biological parents. Furious at my biological parents for the emotional abuse I endured 11.5 years ago that is still continuing to this day.___

2015-12-16 00:35:43 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

Okay folks... here's something on this whole Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays thing.

I've been a pagan for more than 20 years now.  I haven't celebrated Christmas in even a secular fashion for at least ten (unless you count seeing a matinee and eating sushi with my friends as celebrating).

If you say "Merry Christmas" to me, do you know what I'm going to say?  *"Same to you and your family."*  Incidentally that is the same thing that I will say if you say "Happy holidays," "Happy Hanukkah," or "Happy Kwanzaa."  Same thing I will say if you wish me a Happy New Year or even a Blessed Yule or Happy Solstice (the things I actually do celebrate at this time of year).

Maybe a few times when someone has wished me a Merry Christmas and I was really in a bad mood, I've shrugged and walked away or calmly said&qu... more »

Okay folks... here's something on this whole Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays thing.

I've been a pagan for more than 20 years now.  I haven't celebrated Christmas in even a secular fashion for at least ten (unless you count seeing a matinee and eating sushi with my friends as celebrating).

If you say "Merry Christmas" to me, do you know what I'm going to say?  *"Same to you and your family."*  Incidentally that is the same thing that I will say if you say "Happy holidays," "Happy Hanukkah," or "Happy Kwanzaa."  Same thing I will say if you wish me a Happy New Year or even a Blessed Yule or Happy Solstice (the things I actually do celebrate at this time of year).

Maybe a few times when someone has wished me a Merry Christmas and I was really in a bad mood, I've shrugged and walked away or calmly said "Thanks, but I don't celebrate that.  Happy New Year!"  I have never gone off on someone for telling me Merry Christmas.  Not even one time.  Nor have I ever seen someone do that to someone else.

You know what I have seen, though, on multiple occasions?  People who call themselves Christians berating overworked cashiers and other customer service people, loudly and rudely, for saying "Happy Holidays" instead of saying "Merry Christmas."  

There are actually a lot of winter holidays and you can't tell by looking at someone which ones they celebrate.  *What the heck is wrong with being inclusive and recognizing in your well wishes that not everyone celebrates the same ones as you?*  If you're hugely against that and really need to tell everyone "Merry Christmas" even though you know some people don't want to hear it - is that really about wishing them well, or is it about making a point?  If you're at the point of yelling at someone because you don't like the way they're wishing you well, what grounds do you possibly have to complain if someone else does it to you?

There is no war on Christmas and I wish to Goddess you'd knock it off.  You go celebrate your thing.  Go to Christmas Eve services, and then (if you're really feeling spiritual) spend the next day volunteering at a homeless shelter or giving away your possessions or something.  Local charities can always use the help.  
Though ironically the stuff that seems most common for Christmas celebrations in the US has little to do with poverty and charity - carols, exchanging presents, wreaths, lighting candles, decorating trees, mistletoe, cooking big feasts - has very little to do with Christianity at all.   You know what people used to do?  Fast.  And spend the whole day in an unheated church.

But have fun with all those pagan traditions which are definitely, DEFINITELY "ruining Christmas" (along with those plain red Starbuck's cups).  Just let me know which ones you've decided are the ruining ones and which ones are in the spirit of the season.

Happy holidays everybody, from your local grinch witch.  Sigh.___

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2015-12-04 01:07:49 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 44 +1s)Open 

My girlfriend Erica taught me how to spin on our date last night, and today I started spinning Misty fur!

Coming soon to Brooklyn: the hipster-est scarves knit from hand-spun Samoyed fiber produced with love by +Misty the Samoyed and +Flurry the Golden Sammie :)

My girlfriend Erica taught me how to spin on our date last night, and today I started spinning Misty fur!

Coming soon to Brooklyn: the hipster-est scarves knit from hand-spun Samoyed fiber produced with love by +Misty the Samoyed and +Flurry the Golden Sammie :)___

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2015-11-29 23:25:34 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

I just want to note that +The New York Times is running this as a headline. About a terrorist. 

I've got a more serious article brewing in my head about the entire situation – not merely the attack in Colorado Springs, but the attack in Minneapolis a week before, and the fact that there's a rising tide of terrorism within the US which both the media and the government seem determined to ignore – but that's not for tonight.

Right now, I just want to point out that when members of the radicalized far right in the US commit terrorist acts, they get human-interest pieces about their lives. Compare this, for a moment, to the stories we get when Muslims commit terrorist acts abroad (since they almost never do in the US): "should we expel all refugees?" Or the stories when an unarmed black man is gunned down, analyzing what he did that made someone shoot him.... more »

I just want to note that +The New York Times is running this as a headline. About a terrorist. 

I've got a more serious article brewing in my head about the entire situation – not merely the attack in Colorado Springs, but the attack in Minneapolis a week before, and the fact that there's a rising tide of terrorism within the US which both the media and the government seem determined to ignore – but that's not for tonight.

Right now, I just want to point out that when members of the radicalized far right in the US commit terrorist acts, they get human-interest pieces about their lives. Compare this, for a moment, to the stories we get when Muslims commit terrorist acts abroad (since they almost never do in the US): "should we expel all refugees?" Or the stories when an unarmed black man is gunned down, analyzing what he did that made someone shoot him.

And note that the radicalized far right has been the source of nearly all the terrorist attacks in the US for the past century and a half: the exceptions can be counted. (Anarchist and communist terrorism in the early 20th century; a few incidents from the radicalized far left in the 1960's; and 9/11) Yet this is how we choose to set our priorities.

Nor is the NYT alone in this; we have the Washington Post with the headline "Alleged Colorado gunman was adrift and alienated," showing off the editor's tic of saying "alleged" as an apotropaic talisman against libel suits; mercifully, that article is about how it was quite clear that he was a frightening and dangerous person for some time. But the article immediately next to it explains that "not until much more is known about alleged gunman Robert Lewis Dear Jr. and his motivations will the political implications of his actions become clear." (Have you ever seen this applied to a terrorist act elsewhere? Whence this benefit of the doubt?)

I won't even describe what's going on in the right-wing press, or on Twitter; look in to that particular pit of despair at your own risk. Let's just say that it's clear that there's a substantial fraction of the population which favors terrorism as well, and the news media is apparently split between "beholden to them" and "pusillanimous."

If I had not already been disappointed nearly beyond repair at the common sense of the editorial teams of many of our major newspapers, this would have done me in. ___

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2015-11-20 14:05:06 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 51 +1s)Open 

Four years ago today :)

Our wedding bio is up on +Offbeat Empire!___Four years ago today :)

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2015-11-14 14:42:40 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Nomf. Vegan blueberry muffins for breakfast. Recipe used: http://mydarlingvegan.com/2015/03/vegan-blueberry-muffins/

Nomf. Vegan blueberry muffins for breakfast. Recipe used: http://mydarlingvegan.com/2015/03/vegan-blueberry-muffins/___

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2015-11-05 12:40:07 (2 comments; 5 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

Judge finally rules that waiting for someone to come near a border to search a laptop you couldn't get a warrant for because you had no legal right to seize it doesn't magically give the government the right to seize it, copy the drive, and search it for evidence against you indefinitely.

Judge finally rules that waiting for someone to come near a border to search a laptop you couldn't get a warrant for because you had no legal right to seize it doesn't magically give the government the right to seize it, copy the drive, and search it for evidence against you indefinitely.___

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2015-11-04 20:56:59 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 36 +1s)Open 

Misty is a hell of a lot more active than she used to be on her old medication dosages.

Misty is a hell of a lot more active than she used to be on her old medication dosages.___

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2015-11-03 23:31:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

It's not too late to vote, even on the east coast! Go vote!

It's not too late to vote, even on the east coast! Go vote!___

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2015-11-02 04:11:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

See also: https://plus.google.com/+lizthegrey/posts/SdHQ97p1P7H - platforms must be content-neutral, or they will be used to censor.

This is the centralized cloud endgame: Apple/Google/Microsoft/whatever decide who gets to speak and they don't have the public interest in mind.

Apple seems to be the worst offender right now, but Google's banning of +Disconnect from Android was pretty offensive too.___See also: https://plus.google.com/+lizthegrey/posts/SdHQ97p1P7H - platforms must be content-neutral, or they will be used to censor.

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2015-10-16 00:55:40 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Godwin's law strikes again. Except this isn't a discussion on the internet, this is someone who is chillingly close to being a party nominee in a two-party election.

Shaun King asks a fair question about Donald Trump's plan to deport eleven million people over a two-year period. Answering it feels a bit like doing a sociopathic sort of "What If?," but sometimes it's good to see what's actually involved in a policy proposal.

If you want to deport all of these people, you'll have to do a few things:

(1) Figure out who you want to deport.
(2) Round them up.
(3) Transport them to wherever you're deporting them to.
(4) Dump them there and get them to stay.

The biggest things that probably aren't blindingly obvious are:

- Identifying people is harder than it sounds, since it's not like everyone has proof of citizenship tattooed on their arms. You'll have to put people in the field, and they'll have to have a lot of leeway to deal with ambiguous cases. Which is another way of saying they need the power to decree someone an outsider and deport them.

- Rounding people up is easier than it sounds, Ben Carson to the contrary. The police have more guns, and if you're already at the point where the local field commander is willing to say "this entire neighborhood is probably deportable," it turns out that rounding people up and/or shooting resisters isn't very challenging at all. Most people will stop shooting when you threaten to kill their families, and the ones that don't, well, you just kill them and their families.

- Transporting people is much harder than it sounds. 450,000 people per month is a lot; even with serious packing, you can only fit about 80 people into a standard boxcar or truck; a typical modern train might have 140 boxcars or so, which means it can only transport about 11,000 people, and loading them takes time. Unfortunately, people are somewhat scattered out, so if you want this to work, you'll need to use trucks and so on to deliver people to staging areas, where you can store them for a while until a train is ready. Fortunately, there's a lot of prior art on how to concentrate people in a small space while they're getting ready to be loaded on trains.

- Mass-deporting people to an area you don't control is harder than it seems, because the people who control that area are likely to object. You'd probably have to conquer and subjugate Mexico as a first step, and then set up receiving camps on the other end. Unloading areas would have to be fairly heavily armed and guarded, of course, to keep people from attacking you; the logistics are somewhat similar to the staging camps on the sending side, only you have to worry less about killing people.

- Running this is going to be really expensive, so you might consider finding ways for the project to help pay for itself. So long as you have people concentrated in one place, maybe have them do labor as well? They can pay for their own deportation!

So I suppose the good news is that we can answer Shaun's question fairly straightforwardly, because this has been done before and we do know what it looks like. We don't quite have the right expertise in the US, because none of our past mass-deportation efforts were quite at this scale per month; the transatlantic slave trade moved roughly this many people over three centuries, the Trail of Tears moved only about 16,500 people, and the internment of Japanese civilians during WWII only about 110,000. But outside the US, there's much more experience with it; probably the world's top expert on it was Adolf Eichmann (1906-1962), who ran a program very much like this which managed to move people at about this rate. 

Trump's team may be interested in checking him out; there's a tremendous amount written about his system, I'm sure it would be very helpful. And as I noted in a comment below, the design of this program really wasn't easy; they had to iterate through quite a lot of trial solutions before they could come up with a final one. You should always save work by studying prior art when you can.___Godwin's law strikes again. Except this isn't a discussion on the internet, this is someone who is chillingly close to being a party nominee in a two-party election.

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2015-10-15 21:51:06 (9 comments; 1 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

I've been having a rough time recently due to some health issues involving my right eye, which looks like the Eye of Sauron right now.

tl;dr: I have scleritis, an inflammation of the white of my eye. I've had a ton of eye pain and light sensitivity, and still am at risk for a weird autoimmune disease, but my vision is safe for now and I'm not going to die in the immediate future.

Here's what I know, and what I know I don't know:

* I've frequently had eyes that were slightly red to the left/right of my irises but non-painful if I don't get enough sleep or the stars just aren't aligned right.
* I went to Vancouver, BC on a business trip, and someone commented to me, "hey, Liz, your right eye is awfully red." I didn't think much of it at the time, and attributed it to a lack of proper sleep from traveling. (but seriously, thank... more »

I've been having a rough time recently due to some health issues involving my right eye, which looks like the Eye of Sauron right now.

tl;dr: I have scleritis, an inflammation of the white of my eye. I've had a ton of eye pain and light sensitivity, and still am at risk for a weird autoimmune disease, but my vision is safe for now and I'm not going to die in the immediate future.

Here's what I know, and what I know I don't know:

* I've frequently had eyes that were slightly red to the left/right of my irises but non-painful if I don't get enough sleep or the stars just aren't aligned right.
* I went to Vancouver, BC on a business trip, and someone commented to me, "hey, Liz, your right eye is awfully red." I didn't think much of it at the time, and attributed it to a lack of proper sleep from traveling. (but seriously, thank you, whomever you were, for giving me a checkpoint on when my eye was definitely red)
* Two days later, final day of the conference, super red eye inflamed all around, blazing headache, and feeling like someone was stabbing the backs of my eyeballs with glass splinters.
* I make it back home through a terrible "red eye" overnight flight. Headache and red eye don't get better for three straight more days, no matter how much of the standard ibuprofen dose I throw at them.
* I go to see my primary care doctor on Monday (One Medical, they're excellent and fast!). I get diagnosed with pinkeye + cluster headache and am advised I'm contagious, to wash hands and not touch my eyes, and to separately take 150% the normal ibuprofen dose for the headache but am referred to an ophthalmologist in case it's something weird. They even call around and make the appointment for me (yay customer service!)
* I go to see the specialist on Tuesday, and am told that no, it's not pinkeye, I'm not infectious, and that I have scleritis. The medication winds up initially being the same - high-dose ibuprofen, but it's not horribly effective at reducing the inflammation or reducing the pain spikes. It does fix the steady-state ongoing pain.
* I struggle through another week of light-sensitivity and still feeling like my eyeballs are intermittently being scraped out with a spoon or getting jabbed in the eyes with glass splinters.
* Finally, today (day 14 since the pain started), I got to see a subspecialist in eye inflammation, who is switching me to a more powerful set of oral steroids to stop the inflammation, and has ordered the necessary tests to figure out whether there's an autoimmune or other systemic root cause that is manifesting in the form of the scleritis. The good news is that we started treatment before the walls of my eye got damaged from inflammation, so my vision isn't at risk.
* I have to go back every 2 weeks until my eye is no longer inflamed. Hopefully the steroids work.

At this point, the outcomes are: 1.) we find a systemic cause, and I start treatment for that (but yay early detection), 2.) we don't find a systemic cause now, and nothing happens in the future (and we just have something simple to control), or 3.) we don't find a systemic cause now, but a zebra flares up in the future (and this incident gives us evidence to start treatment for it early rather than going through horse treatment first before suspecting the zebra).

So, not going to die soon, probably not losing my sight soon (although I might still struggle with light sensitivity here and there). Might have an autoimmune thing, but those are better caught sooner than later, so either way a good outcome.___

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2015-10-11 13:26:26 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

happy #nationalcomingoutday  

http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/03/truth-of-coming-out/

happy #nationalcomingoutday  

http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/03/truth-of-coming-out/___

2015-10-11 11:42:08 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 64 +1s)Open 

Happy #nationalcomingoutday ! I am queer as fuck, lesbian & homoflexible, a trans woman, femme, polyamorous, and kinky. #andproud  

(and happy to explain what those things mean)

Happy #nationalcomingoutday ! I am queer as fuck, lesbian & homoflexible, a trans woman, femme, polyamorous, and kinky. #andproud  

(and happy to explain what those things mean)___

2015-10-09 18:30:31 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Once again, if you hadn't heard we have not gone 8 days without a mass shooting in the US: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/10/01/2015-274-days-294-mass-shootings-hundreds-dead/

Two school shootings today. One with a fatality and injuries in Arizona, another in Texas with injuries and the gunman on the run. #thanksnra___Once again, if you hadn't heard we have not gone 8 days without a mass shooting in the US: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/10/01/2015-274-days-294-mass-shootings-hundreds-dead/

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2015-10-09 17:18:37 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Streisand effect.

“In the presentation you just gave, you were showing documents that were TS/SCI and things like that. Since documents started to become published, has the NSA issued a declass order for that?”___Streisand effect.

2015-10-05 15:36:04 (6 comments; 6 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Closing a door on the Linux kernel community: http://t.co/rck2pzymRm

Closing a door on the Linux kernel community: http://t.co/rck2pzymRm___

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2015-09-21 22:37:46 (17 comments; 7 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

In fucking unsurprising and terrifying news, trans people are being detained by the TSA for their genitals still :(

In fucking unsurprising and terrifying news, trans people are being detained by the TSA for their genitals still :(___

2015-09-20 23:52:39 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 49 +1s)Open 

That was something new - I saw a bus shelter advertisement imploring parents to accept their trans children. Feeling more and more hopeful about the world (which is probably good, because the trans survey put me into a funk about how shitty my childhood was, and how much even shittier my life could be if I weren't so damn lucky.

That was something new - I saw a bus shelter advertisement imploring parents to accept their trans children. Feeling more and more hopeful about the world (which is probably good, because the trans survey put me into a funk about how shitty my childhood was, and how much even shittier my life could be if I weren't so damn lucky.___

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2015-09-16 15:45:00 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

On one hand, it's super great to live in a decade in which trans women are shown in a positive light on advertising on the subway.

On the other hand, it's kind of sad that being an out trans woman is still a 'courageous' thing.

On one hand, it's super great to live in a decade in which trans women are shown in a positive light on advertising on the subway.

On the other hand, it's kind of sad that being an out trans woman is still a 'courageous' thing.___

2015-09-01 13:22:55 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 37 +1s)Open 

Surprising discovery of the day: I can (awkwardly) just pick up and carry the dog crate/wagon assembly up/down stairs with Misty trailing behind me, without having to make multiple trips or solicit help from strangers. This definitely dramatically increases the number of subway stations we can use - as long as there are no stairs without elevators past fare control.

And it's been now 2.5 months since Misty's last seizure, and she's walking much better on the reduced dosage of the original medication now that we've added a second medication. Today we go for tests to verify the second medication is working correctly -- assuming that it's correct, we may have a long term stable regimen.

Surprising discovery of the day: I can (awkwardly) just pick up and carry the dog crate/wagon assembly up/down stairs with Misty trailing behind me, without having to make multiple trips or solicit help from strangers. This definitely dramatically increases the number of subway stations we can use - as long as there are no stairs without elevators past fare control.

And it's been now 2.5 months since Misty's last seizure, and she's walking much better on the reduced dosage of the original medication now that we've added a second medication. Today we go for tests to verify the second medication is working correctly -- assuming that it's correct, we may have a long term stable regimen.___

2015-08-28 03:29:47 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 36 +1s)Open 

I have been on a mean code-writing streak the past several days. And these don't even include the few tool-assisted refactors/cleanups I did (which are another ~3k lines).

DELTA=19 (19 added, 0 deleted, 0 changed)
DELTA=386 (187 added, 125 deleted, 74 changed)
DELTA=313 (85 added, 187 deleted, 41 changed)
DELTA=292 (245 added, 26 deleted, 21 changed)
DELTA=829 (819 added, 4 deleted, 6 changed)
DELTA=79 (12 added, 27 deleted, 40 changed)
DELTA=48 (7 added, 32 deleted, 9 changed)
DELTA=133 (83 added, 21 deleted, 29 changed)

That's upwards of 2k lines touched by hand in 3 days, and is the most code I've gotten to sit down and write in a stretch in a good long while. Yay motivation to get shit done.

I have been on a mean code-writing streak the past several days. And these don't even include the few tool-assisted refactors/cleanups I did (which are another ~3k lines).

DELTA=19 (19 added, 0 deleted, 0 changed)
DELTA=386 (187 added, 125 deleted, 74 changed)
DELTA=313 (85 added, 187 deleted, 41 changed)
DELTA=292 (245 added, 26 deleted, 21 changed)
DELTA=829 (819 added, 4 deleted, 6 changed)
DELTA=79 (12 added, 27 deleted, 40 changed)
DELTA=48 (7 added, 32 deleted, 9 changed)
DELTA=133 (83 added, 21 deleted, 29 changed)

That's upwards of 2k lines touched by hand in 3 days, and is the most code I've gotten to sit down and write in a stretch in a good long while. Yay motivation to get shit done.___

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2015-08-19 11:18:28 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Everything at Google is a scale that I'd never imagined before I worked here.

Google published a paper today about the evolution of our networking infrastructure over the past decade. I've gotten to be quite intimate with these systems, thanks to spending much of that time working on our search and storage infrastructure, and the differences are profound, to say the least.

The article quotes +Amin Vahdat as describing what life was like in the earlier era: "there were painful tradeoffs with careful data locality and placement of servers connected to the same top of rack switch versus correlated failures caused by a single switch failure." I cannot begin to describe the pain in the ass that this was: our high-capacity search stack (the part I was responsible for) was by far the most aggressive user of the network, and each cluster's deployment had to be carefully planned on a per-rack basis, to manage our use of bandwidth within and across racks, and to optimize for survivability in case a single rack switch failed.

To give you a sense of the PITA: (this will make sense only to computer scientists) I wrote our standard implementation of simulated annealing... because I needed it for the software that would figure out which tasks to put on which machines.

And even with those amazing systems, we could knock clusters over in a moment. To do a full restart of a search cluster (reading the index from in-datacenter storage from scratch) in less than 48 hours required shutting down all other jobs in the datacenter, because it would use up all of the internal bandwidth. 

If you ever wondered why search over giant corpora is a hard business...

Cross-datacenter networking remains a hard problem, even with these advances, because while long-haul bandwidth has grown tremendously over the years, storage capacity has grown even faster. This is why a good mental analogue for the design of planet-scale storage systems is freight logistics: even with 747's crossing the globe, warehouses are still much bigger. 

I obviously can't tell all the stories, but these papers are a remarkable chance to see what the cutting edge of networking infrastructure actually looks like. Those who are interested in such matters, enjoy!___Everything at Google is a scale that I'd never imagined before I worked here.

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2015-08-15 14:58:57 (9 comments; 11 reshares; 57 +1s)Open 

Amazon sounds like a terrifying place to work that I'd never ever want to be.

Amazon sounds like a terrifying place to work that I'd never ever want to be.___

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2015-08-15 02:06:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

This is where I was for the past week.

I'm two rows back from the first O in #ilooklikeanengineer .

#ILookLikeAnEngineer
:D___This is where I was for the past week.

I'm two rows back from the first O in #ilooklikeanengineer .

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2015-07-31 12:18:25 (2 comments; 5 reshares; 28 +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; 5 +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; 13 +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; 28 +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; 8 +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; 12 +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; 91 +1s)Open 

House sold. Piano arrived. Move status: finished.

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

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