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This is interesting, and not surprising.

In Seattle and surrounding suburbs, some landlords are blatantly offering renters who work for so-called "preferred employers" special deals on move-in costs, usually in the form of lower fees and deposits. (There are no limits on the deposits and fees landlords can charge.)

Folks are still trying to figure out the legal details. Maybe it's illegal. Maybe it's discriminatory. Maybe it's legal and not discriminatory, but still a real crappy way to treat most of the city residents that coincidentally has the greatest impact on the poor.

"You’re benefiting a few people and you're disadvantaging a whole lot of people, only some of whom are going to be in the targeted class," Wing says. "I’m not a statistician, but I would imagine I'd have a problem proving a disparate impact."

I wonder, though. Given the diversity numbers at the big tech shops, there is a potential path to connect "high tech employees get preferential treatment" with "women and minorities are getting screwed."
Finding an affordable apartment in this city is hard enough. Scraping together the first and last month's rent, deposit, and other fees can be even tougher. That's especially true for low- and middle-income folks—people who probably don't work highly paid positions at the region's mammoth employers such as Amazon and Boeing. (Employers that are, of course, attracting lots of new people, who are contributing to rising housing costs.) It's a specia...
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You have entirely too much faith in the rationality of human beings. The data probably boils down to "people new to the city, with income well over double the median. They'll pay more and won't fuss as much when it goes up 20% for the next lease. Worth losing a couple hundred now to get a few thousand extra over the next year or two."

Anyways. I understand discounts based on rental or credit history. Those reflect personal responsibility. The employer does not - at least not to the same degree.
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I'm weak.

Steam had a sale.
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It's a good game, at least. :)
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Well hello Monday. I thought I heard you back there.
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Depressing truths are better when they're funny.

#WeWillLocateTheMissingBrownAndFemaleDiversityPeopleWhoAreHavingAFantasticTimeOnCompanyWebsitesButDontActuallyAppearToWorkAtTheActualCompanies  
Oh, and this talk is about computer security, not corporate stock photography. That was just an interesting aside.
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Other hash tags: #WhyIDriveABusNow  and #BusesHaveIPAddresses  and #YouCantEscape  
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This is a favorite recipe. Lost my copy a while ago, so I'm very happy to find this!
Pumpkin Gingerbread Source: Maida Heatter's Cakes (Andrews & McMeel Publishing, 2011 ed.), pg. 297. What says Fall better than pumpkin? This is a wonderful loaf cake that combines the flavor of pumpkin with ginger and other spices. It is good for breakfast or anytime for that matter.
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Ohhhhhhh adding to my fall baking list!
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Crowded coffee shop chat

They: "Somebody here's got a billion dollar idea."
Me: "That's boring. I'd rather see a thousand million dollar ideas. Even a hundred ten million dollar ideas would be okay. But one idea sucking all the life out of the room? No thanks."
They: "Yes, but you're weird."
Me: "Confirmed."
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I had a thousand dollar idea last week, would make a good kick starter.
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Going through my RSS feed - I'm going old school these days - and noticed mention of Meeples Games. Been there a couple times. Great place, with helpful staff. If you're ever in West Seattle and need gamer geekiness, do check out Meeples!

Oh and West Seattle Blog is a good old fashioned neighborhood blog that didn't get acquired & extinguished during the hyperlocal blog acquisition trend a few years back.
<p>Today we’re welcoming Meeples Games as a new WSB sponsor! Here’s what Meeples‘ proprietors would like you to know about their business: At Meeples Games, our goal is to bring people together through tabletop gaming by providing an amazing space; outstanding customer service; delicious local foods, coffee, and brews; and a massive selection of games [...]</p>
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Daisuke Maki gave a great talk at YAPC::NA about everything that went into setting up YAPC::Asia (most important part: don't let it be just a #Perl  conf). Here's his wrap-up post about the event itself, which had 2,130 attendees.

via +VM Brasseur on the twitters
tl;dr: We organized the last YAPC::Asia Tokyo, which attracted thousands of developers. The 10 year ride was great, and …
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Seeing if a change in scenery helps my productivity. If not, well a soy iced mocha is still tasty. 
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Sometimes works for me, I call it coffeeshop productivity.
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Dammit, Microsoft. You make it real hard to give you the benefit of the doubt.

Company representatives told The Register that while the company "may choose" to perform "additional promotion" of new features depending on their "significance," there's no intention of providing full release notes. This means that future patches are going to continue to say nothing more than "This update includes improvements to enhance the functionality of Windows 10."

/me reboots back into openSUSE.
Each update is a black box, and it's going to stay that way.
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I got mine the day I asked for it. No major problems yet..
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Settle around, Web dev children, and learn of your ancestors.
 
This is all my grandson could talk about... 20 years ago!! ;-)
How a ragtag group of young coders skirted the studio and created a pop culture sensation that's still standing two decades later
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Wellcome to zombocom https://youtu.be/qxWwEPeUuAg
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It was just some Celtic knotwork practice, but then I thought the panels needed to be against a black background, but then I didn't want to ink the whole page black, but then - anyways.
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It takes practice and patience. That's all I'm willing to say.

[edit] and an open mind.
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I'm an unhip hipster geek.

My G+ stream is a bit eclectic: 

  • links to open source programming items (Linux, Perl, Python, Ruby, and more)
  • occasional sciencey science stuff
  • random posts that interest me from Google+, Twitter, Plurk, or whatever
  • links to some band that I've been replaying nonstop.
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  • navel-gazing - thoughts that amuse me but have nothing to do with anything.
  • My latest adventure installing one OS or another.
  • My continuing adventures in yarncraft (generally knitting, but you never know)
Awesome and accurate descriptions from people who know me best.:

David Bleecher - You're like the Dread Pirate Roberts of OS installation. You had a good day today, X11, I'll probably Fedora you tomorrow. :)

Eric von Foerster  -  Brian, the technological try-sexual, he'll try anything. 

VM BrasseurNo judgment intended with this question...

Is there any tech tool with which you DON'T want to play, +Brian Wisti?

You may be one of the most technologically gregarious/curious people I know. :-)


As I try to make myself more generally useful at work, you may occasionally see notes and links for proprietary tech in my stream.

Try not to panic.

Also - I don't want to unnerve you, but I attend church and believe after a fashion in God. It's not the cranky guy with a beard and a throne, but I call it God. It's one of the little lies I allow myself, along with "deep down people are basically good. Basically. Deep, deep down." I know that both beliefs make some people uncomfortable.


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Was on cleanup duty once because somebody got busy in a Burger King bathroom.
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Perl, Python, Ruby, JavaScript, Knitting, Making Lists in Small Boxes
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    Programmer, 2014 - present
  • Smart Technologies
    Web Geek, 2014 - 2014
  • McKesson
    Perl Geek, 2010 - 2014
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iPhone 4 screen cracked due to an unexpected combination of gravity and a sharp rock. They fixed. Cheaper than upgrading. Great service and friendly staff. I would recommend JCD to anyone who would rather repair than upgrade. [edit] Six months later I went back to fix the back glass on a different phone. Twenty bucks and five minutes later I was out with everything all better. This just reinforces my high opinion from the first visit.
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Some (though not all) of their stock may be a bit pricey, but the quality is good.
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My favorite coffee haunt. The brothers that run it are awesome and remember your name with shocking ease. Plenty of room to stretch out and outlets for your laptop. Food? Great goods baked on site, but not where you go for a meal.
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Sometimes the Geniuses in attendance here are nice and attentive, other times they are rude and dismissive. It's unpredictable. But they have the Apple stuff you need.
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If you're a lover of vegetarian food - and patient - come here. The food is great. They have a good rotation if fresh soups and desserts accompanying a solid veggie diner menu. It's not fast food, so don't come here in a rush. Non-vegetarians should go for the burrito. There's enough cheese to appease the meat craving for a bit.
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Okay, it's small and cramped, but the staff is very friendly and the pastries are delicious.
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It's crowded and hectic nearly every time I'm in, but the food is good and the staff is nice. The best deli comfort food I've ever had in Seattle. Breakfast is best. I highly recommend going in and finding out what their weekly pancake special is. It's usually something fun like chocolate chip, pumpkin, gingerbread, or some other seemingly random flavor. When we get breakfast at Roxy's we always end up going for the weekly special.
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