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If you take this quote seriously and haven't already gotten use to this view, you may find this idea discomfiting.

"We do moral reasoning not to reconstruct the actual reason why we ourselves came to a judgment; we reason to find the best possible reasons why somebody ought to join us in our judgment." — Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind, pg 44
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For sale: audio amp

Emotiva UPA-7 7-channel audio amplifier: http://www.audioholics.com/amplifier-reviews/emotiva-upa-7

Used for several years, still in great condition but no warranty left on it. All original parts and manual, boxed in the same type of box it was originally shipped in. Asking $400 OBO (if you're in the Seattle area; if you want it shipped, let me know and I'll check on cost)
Dollar for dollar, pound for pound, a better seven channel amplifier than the Emotiva UPA-7 does NOT exist on the market. This is a safe purchase and a highly recommended one!
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There's been a lot of discussion recently about how to be a good male ally to women in tech. The discussion is great, but it also leaves me conflicted.

There are things male allies can do that are unambiguously useful. There are things they can do that are unambiguously harmful. Then there's a gray area in between.

What bugs me about that gray area is that some of the recent discussion has called men out negatively when they do things in that gray area (e.g., talking about pipeline issues without including a disclaimer that the pipeline doesn't matter if women drop out later). Men get criticized for this. As a woman, unless my name is Sheryl Sandberg, I get a free pass for doing the exact same thing.

Sometimes, I'll even see the same idea praised if it came from a woman that is criticized as being in the gray zone if it comes from a man. E.g., talking about "leaning in" without actually using that term.

The hypocrisy isn't intentional, but it's unfortunate.
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+Yves Junqueira​, yes. Except that in the current discussions, people often assume you only mean the first part and not the second part. (I prefer your definition though.)
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Instead of "+1" I need a button which conveys "That looks interesting. I've added it to my reading queue. I apologize in advance for forgetting who I got the link from if I decide to reshare it after I've had time to read it."
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Well, that's a good thing to wake up and see.

"We’ve had a ton of feedback, in particular about the introduction of a retroactive change (some people have had accounts for 10+ years), but also about the negative impact on individuals who post sexually explicit content to express their identities. So rather than implement this change, we’ve decided to step up enforcement around our existing policy prohibiting commercial porn."

I'm glad to see that my employer listened to feedback in this case.
An update on Blogger porn content policy Hello everyone, This week, we announced a change to Blogger’s porn policy. We’ve had a ton of feedback, in particular about the introduction of a retroactive change (some people have had accounts for 10+ years), but also about the negative impac
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Things that do not make Erika happy: when the bus I was trying for is just enough early to miss and the next one is many minutes late.
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A short one today as my life is currently very complicated and conspiring against my preference to spend all of my days working out what to blog. But do you know what isn't complicated? Consent. It...
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Here it is, the new Google Contacts preview!  The team and I are thrilled to release it today. 

Take a look and tell us what you think!
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Not available in Google Apps. You're killing me! Are paying customers always going to be second class citizens?
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Apropos of nothing in particular, it's fascinating how a stupidly simple dynamic system can react more appropriately than a system of massively complex static rules.
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+Benigne Deprey​​, the examples I had in mind when writing this were:

Software estimation: a simple method of breakdown the work into tasks, apply the judgment of multiple people to quickly get relative size estimates, measure velocity for a subset of the tasks, iterate tends to work better than complicated methods of getting reliable per task estimates.

Decision making: my decision making process tends to be take awhile thinking about the problem, lay out a set of options and criteria in a spreadsheet, score the options relative to the criteria, weight the criteria, score the results, think about why the results seem off, twiddle the numbers and repeat until the spreadsheet is a reasonable representation of the justification for my decision.

Critical to both is the feedback loop. Without that — with only one iteration of the simple a algorithm — you're likely to end up with a lower quality result than with the more complicated methods.

(Spam filters are a good example of code doing this, rather than people.)
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My baby is sometimes so shocked when she's been comfort nursing and the milk starts flowing again. 
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That's really cute!
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Things that make Erika happy: sunset over Lake Union with cherry blossoms in the foreground.
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