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Honestly I'm just here so I won't get fined.
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still miss you @ work. Sorry that... people are shitheads. 

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🌈💜💙💚💛💗Love is love.💗💛💚💙💜🌈

#lovewins  
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LOVE IS ALWAYS LOVE IF IT IS A GENUINE ONE RIGHT FROM THE WORD GO
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Dear +Larry Page,

The Confederate Flag is a painful reminder to many black people that there are those in the South who still very much wish the Confederate Army would have won the Civil War. They defend the actions of the Confederacy. They believe the Confederacy was in the right. If pressed, they'll say that no no, they don't wish slavery would have continued, that they believe in States Rights and Southern History, but they never finish those sentences. They never say that the states of the Confederacy were fighting for their right to continue with slavery in the face of the US Government outlawing the practice. They never say that the Southern history they so romanticize was built on the backs of black slaves. That flag flies every day in South Carolina as a symbol of those values, reminding black people in South Carolina of where their feelings stand in the hearts of their neighbors and leaders. That the pain of slavery and being reminded of it daily takes a back seat to "Southern Pride."

In October 2014, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley stated the following: "I can honestly say I have not had one conversation with a single CEO about the Confederate flag." (via http://www.vox.com/2015/6/18/8803661/charleston-sc-shooting-confederate-flag-statehouse)

Google has a data center in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. Please be the first to CEO to step up and say something. Tell Gov. Haley that the continued presence of the Confederate flag stands in the way of Google's continued presence in South Carolina. This is where you can not just talk about, but BE about diversity. Demonstrate that inclusion, that the feelings and history of black people in this country, in your company, are important to you. Please take this opportunity to lead, not only by word but also by deed.

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Erica
Xoogler (2006-2015)
"The stars and bars promised lynching, police violence against protestors and others. And violence against churches."
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Hey so a thing happened that I forgot to put here.

My last day at Google was May 1.

I start at my new job on May 18. I'll share more about that after I start and stuff. I'm pretty excited about it.
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Congratsss 
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One day +Kirill Grouchnikov will need this.
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Are you comfortable with being listened to?
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Privilege visualized.

Champion this activity amongst your peers: http://ginsberg.umich.edu/content/privilege-walk-activity and/or http://www.buzzfeed.com/dayshavedewi/what-is-privilege
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+1

My experience in taking this was a different kind of awkwardness than described in the video.

I wanted to talk about my results. Looked around, got no one to talk to. Have a phone in my hand but can't call anyone. Got a "social media" platform I discovered this on, which no real discussion takes place on. And the "if I say anything at all I'm going to lose my account again" factor. "I'm going to say too much." "... say the wrong thing." "... further distance myself from an already distant community."

I know there's a "you dug your own hole" vibe here. Regarding me. Google cringes when I comment. I'm scared to comment so I can promise you I'm cringing well before the corporation is.

Isolation.

In the end it doesn't really matter how you got there... whether the hole was dug for you or it was self-made. Maybe a combination of both. Maybe imaginary. You're still there. Here. Somewhere. Nowhere.

"Why won't he stfu, get outside, go find an old friend, do facebook? Something. Anything but this?"

Been there. Got kicked out. Didn't make the grade. "All" my social circles, irl or online, have ended this way. Which forces one to draw the conclusion that the problem really is me. Not policy. "It's my fault I'm alone. Again."

And then you wanna hashtag firstworldproblems. Then you realize, no... Isolation is a universal problem. Whatever your race, gender, sexual orientation, etcetera. There are always those that everyone else within all circles gravitate to and away from. It's not a firstworldproblem, it's an everywhere problem.

"Why'd he have to say that here, why not another venue? He can make his own venue. He can post it on his own profile. He can do anything but this."

No. I really can't. I really fucking can't. For so many reasons, I can't... he says publicly, but to himself.

"If you've got someone to talk to, take a step forward."

Still here.

With the crickets.



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I made xooglers.slack.com. If you're an xoogler who'd like an invite, find some way to get me your email address (here, twitter, fb). If I don't know you a) I'm sorry and b) I'll figure out some way to do verification.

#postonALLthesocials   #alsohihowareyou  
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I wrote some words about choosing happiness and stuff.
Choosing and actively pursuing happiness.
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Am $ø̲̣̣̥ happy 
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Testing

Amazon lets anyone create a giveaway of any product (I think?) via their site now. This is a giveaway link with my affiliate code embedded into it: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/c65881796478d700?tag=iopen-20&ref_=pe_1771210_134854370#ln-ln

It's a legitimate giveaway (of one of my favorite coloring books), but I'm only doing this to test whether or not affiliate codes get tracked through the giveaway link.

If yes, that system is just waiting to be gamed. People can post giveaways of cheap things (like this coloring book) and make back the money they spent and then some from all the people who clicked the giveaway link then went on to buy stuff.
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So did it track the affiliate code?
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50 shades of grey
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