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Today my grandmother told me a story about when she first started working as a programmer in the 1960s. She talked about how she started traveling for training to various remote destinations (like Atlanta) for training on the IBM mainframes in use at the time. When she traveled, she had to carry cash to pay for her lodgings, but she noticed all the business travelers had these cool newfangled credit cards which made things easier, so she wrote to American Express trying to obtain one.

She said that she got back a very polite letter telling her that American Express was sorry, but they couldn't issue her a credit card. You see, it was against their policy to issue cards to women. Today, I'm thankful for all the women who've blazed the trail in this industry in the face of adversity so far and mindful that we still can do so much better.
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"The socket wrench we just manufactured is the first object we designed on the ground and sent digitally to space, on the fly."
This week we 3D-printed a wrench on the International Space Station that we designed on Earth on demand.
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That's her LEM landing code threatening to fall over on her. 
This is a great photo I just ran across on the internets. It said it was “Margaret Hamilton, Apollo program”, but it did…
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Malala is my hero.
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In meetings, Fed employees would defer to the Goldman people; if one of the Goldman people said something revealing or even alarming, the other Fed employees in the meeting would either ignore or downplay it. For instance, in one meeting a Goldman employee expressed the view that "once clients are wealthy enough certain consumer laws don't apply to them." After that meeting, Segarra turned to a fellow Fed regulator and said how surprised she was by that statement -- to which the regulator replied, "You didn't hear that."
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Damn thing done.
If I were a sculptor, I would create a memorial to all those who have suffered from its poisonous and debilitating affects. I would construct the word out of deeply scarred and rusted steel to symbolize its onerous antiquity and unfortunate endurance...
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Googler Spotlight: +Tracey Kaplan 

Nearly 800 women filled the seats of San Francisco’s historic Castro Theater for the first-ever Lesbians Who Tech Summit on February 28, sponsored by Google and 19 other tech companies. The event sought to foster a community of lesbian women with a shared passion for the Tech industry. What started as an idea for Tracey Kaplan, a sales Googler and a member of the employee resource group the Gayglers, grew into a partnership with Lesbians Who Tech (goo.gl/F8lI26).

In this Q&A, Tracey gives us the full story behind how the event grew from idea to reality.

Why organize a summit for lesbians in tech?
Tracey: Events within the tech industry have historically catered to a straight audience and every lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) tech event I’ve ever gone to has been 80-95% male. I wanted to create an environment for gay women to be around like-minded individuals, where they would be welcomed into a family, and feel empowered. 

What kind of events and sessions were held during the summit?
Tracey: The Summit events consisted of speaker sessions, product pitches from entrepreneurs and nonprofits, networking lunch n’ learns, a hackathon, and various social activities. Lisa Sherman, EVP and general manager of Logo TV/Viacom, +Megan Smith, VP of Google[x], and others delivered keynotes, as well. You can check out the full agenda here: goo.gl/uD5BLW.

How did the Lesbians Who Tech Summit come to be?
Tracey: Google invites Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), like the Gayglers, to pitch ideas for diversity efforts and the best ones receive budget to make their ideas happen. I was introduced to +Leanne Pittsford, the founder of Lesbians Who Tech. We shared a common vision and goal for the community, so Leanne created an advisory board of similarly passionate women from diverse backgrounds—which myself and 5 other Googlers joined. Through the board’s hard work, we created the Lesbians Who Tech Summit.

Why did Google get involved in the Summit? 
Tracey: For as long as I’ve worked here, Google has demonstrated a strong commitment to diversity. The company truly supports its employees and it is constantly on a quest to do both what is right and what makes sense for the business. Diversity is important at Google because it’s a global company. When you’re providing services to so many people, it takes many people with different perspectives, ideas and cultures to collaborate and build products for users around the world. 

What were Google’s contributions to the conference?
Tracey: Google is very supportive and encouraging of Googlers who want to take the initiative to do something cool and impactful. I felt the company supported me and the conference in so many ways.  We were also very lucky to have Megan Smith, VP of Google[x] and executive sponsor of the Gayglers, take time out of her schedule to speak at the summit. This encouragement just reinforced the idea that, as Googlers, we can bring our whole selves to work and we have support at all levels of the company. Having Google as the first official Summit Sponsor also helped pave the way for 19 other Silicon Valley companies to sign on and support the summit.

How did it go?
Tracey: We sold out—795 people attended the Summit! There were so many inspiring stories of entrepreneurial lesbians who are really making a difference in the tech, education and social good fields. I also learned that working in an ever-changing industry and being out in the workplace are risks worth taking.

In an exciting and unexpected twist, we raised more than $28,000 for five great organizations (More info: goo.gl/P32MGB) that are using technology to change the world for women, the LGBT community and people of color. 

Will there be another summit in the future?
Tracey: How can we not do this all over again!?!  You can sign up for announcements about the next conference and other events at LesbiansWhoTech.org (goo.gl/F8lI26).
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Storm draining in the Mission: http://youtu.be/3fdP0zdaB6w
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It's not a flood or any other harrowing thing.  It's just flowing water, draining properly.

We've been rather lucky here in the middle of the city.  We missed most of the high winds, and the rain, while constant, has mostly drained well.  A little to the east of us there was significant flooding of below-grade garages, and you probably know about the power outages elsewhere.
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The beginning of Maddie & Tae's video for "Girl in a Country Song" is familiar to any CMT viewer: two sun-tanned hotties in cowboy boots and bikini tops walkin
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This. Exactly this.
It’s that time of year again: convention season gets started, students go on Spring Break and we brace ourselves for a new round of stories about creepers, predators and generally shitty dating behavior. It’s Creep Week 2014: like Shark Week, except during Shark Week everyone is actually rooting for the shark. So it’s time to talk about creepy [...]
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