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    Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, 2002 - 2006
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Lipstick-wearer, moped-rider, bubble-tea-hater.
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  • Medium
    Software Engineer, 2014 - present
  • Google
    Software Engineer, 2010 - 2014
  • Current TV
    Software Engineer, 2008 - 2010
  • Majestic Research
    Software Engineer, 2007 - 2008
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    Software Engineer, 2006 - 2007
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Can I just talk about how much I love the (Songza) Radio Stations in Google Play Music? You know that moment when you really precisely share music taste with somebody, and then they make you a perfect playlist? Or like one that makes you nostalgic because it perfectly captures your music taste in college. Yeah. Except not a person.
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+Kelly Ellis of course :) Made my day! Thumbs up went from something I could sense in the echo of my recommendations to being so tangible :)
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I wrote this in response to an essay titled, "Why Women Shouldn't Code."
When I first saw the title of Francine Hardaway’s post, I hoped it was just a bad, clickbaity title for a critique of on…
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Yeah, I would've. Even the way she characterized coding was offensive. And she was all, "stop trying to force women to be like men." Ew.
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PSA: When you post about or link to articles that minimize the impact of campus/college sexual assault on victims, and/or that try to center men's experiences of being accused or worries about being accused, you are SEVERELY misplacing your sympathy, SEVERELY misinterpreting the stats, and SEVERELY triggering all of your friends (because you have some, even if they haven't told you) who have experienced sexual assault.
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Actually, no, there doesn't. There doesn't need to be a balance that favors men and perpetrators, rather than victims. So-called "balance" is not the end-all, be-all of what is right. That might work in a perfect world, but there is ALREADY an imbalance, there is ALREADY an inclination not to trust victims, ALREADY an inclination to blame women, ALREADY an inclination to teach women how to avoid rape rather than teaching men not to rape. And most sexual assaults or rapes HAVE no physical proof as an outcome.

So yeah, fuck your "balance."
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I have a serious problem with the tone-deafness of this industry, and their lack of concern for people of color and people who are poor. Sorry-not-sorry if I'm annoying you. That's the point.
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[This is a repost, because I wanted to share screenshots without sharing the full names/information of other people involved in the conversation.]

Hi guys! I got invited to another (Bay Area tech) company's holiday party this week! The theme? LET'S DRESS UP LIKE POOR PEOPLE.

They really didn't like it when I called them out on Facebook, so they deleted my comments. WDYT?
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I didn't want that to be bold but oh well.
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Female colleague, to me, today: "Jesus, isn't it stressful being so informed?"

Notice: she didn't ask, "isn't it stressful reading feminist or post-racial opinions." Not, "isn't it stressful responding to personal instances of abuse toward yourself and women you care about." Not, "isn't it stressful wondering what the world will be like twenty years from now, for today's innocent girls." Nor "isn't it stressful being harassed on your way to work" (a daily occurrence, btw). Nor "wouldn't you be stressed if you had a daughter." Nor "isn't it stressful when people make assumptions about your intelligence based on your gender," or "isn't it frustrating trying to explain the men the difference between politeness and harassment?"

No, she merely asked if it's stressful to be informed. To know the facts. The answer is YES. 
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One could argue that the culture has developed in such a way because of the technology we are presented with. It has become somewhat fashionable to overshare and let people you hardly know into the intimate parts of your life. Bringing so much of your private life into the public eye gives a certain type of person the wrong impression.
I rarely post on facebook anything that I consider an important life event or what I'm doing. 
Not because I haven't done anything or becaue I'm a fully paid up member of the tin foil hat brigade,  but because I am comfortable enough that I don't feel the need to publicise my accomplishments to people I hardly know as some sort of power play. I don't think anyone needs to know that I had a carvery for dinner last night, and I'd like to think that nobody really cares.

I'm not going to go ahead and pretend that sexism doesn't exist, but I also don't think that it is a wildfire out of control that it is sometimes painted as. Of course there are people who think it is acceptable to make comments about appearance (or even more crude things) aimed at a fairly popular or prominent female on the internet, especially on the internet.
The internet allows people to essentially hide behind the great wall of text just like what I am typing right now. 
But are they the majority or the vocal minority? I'm pretty certain it's the former.

I am not arguing that these people do not exist and definitely need some sort of attitude adjustment, but I would argue that for every guy out there who thinks it is acceptable to make sexist or lewd comments on some girls photo that he's never met, there is a girl out there looking like she bathed in fake tan, applied makeup with a trowel and then posted 30 pictures of herself in bra and pants on facebook who judges herself based on how many people like her picture or make those sort of comments. 
All this sort of behaviour does is reinforce the stereotypes and teach both sides of that coin that it is acceptable behaviour. The majority of people don't want that sort of attention but then get caught in the crossfire as always.

The system will never be truly equal, but it can be balanced.
I am willing to accept that moron commenting on orange faced woman's photos are a possibility. But it doesn't mean I want to be friends or even facebook friends with either of them. 

It is human nature to have a spectrum of opinions and not everyone will see eye to eye. 
Do we want more equal footing through positive change and a good sense of morality? Or do we want it through fear and witch-hunting? The latter is certainly a means to an end, but an end of what? 
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That's rather gracious of the brain... I'd think it might use its extensive powers to focus attention on itself, but I guess not.
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The hangouts app looks SO BAD on my Chromebook Pixel (and conveniently minimizes itself when I hit the key combo for screenshot). Rendering has been painful to behold for a few weeks now, can I get the old version back?
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+Kelly Ellis yeah, I've been torn about it for a while :(. I think the fix is in Chrome 41.
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Zola Jesus radio on Google Play Music. Nice...nice
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The new +American Express Centurion Lounge at SFO is really nice. This is the workspace/relaxation part of the lounge; there is a bar and dining area as well. Enjoying being waited on hand and foot before my flight. :)
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That's Really Nice!!
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Google's silence on this issue, if it chooses to remain silent, speak volumes. These guys maintain power, and their behavior is accepted, because it's more convenient and profitable for their investors to avoid addressing this. But to do so is to explicitly state that the bottom line matters more than treating women like humans. 

To continue to invest in Uber is to agree that women's lives are less important than the bottom line.

Google, I was your employee for four years, I have supported and looked up to you as an advocate for women, and I not only expect, but demand a response.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/bensmith/uber-executive-suggests-digging-up-dirt-on-journalists?s=mobile

http://pando.com/2014/10/22/the-horrific-trickle-down-of-asshole-culture-at-a-company-like-uber/

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We shared this in our News Ticker already, but I still can't believe that an office of Uber -- a company valued at $18 billion and held up as a bastion of modern entrepreneurship -- posted an ad th...
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They'll serve you beef if you're vegetarian, then giggle about the mistake like it's no big deal, after you've eaten half of it and you feel physically ill and emotionally distraught. Eff these people.
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I'm having the exact same experience as another reviewer. I get put on hold without being able to speak, and nobody ever picks up the line.
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Ugh not feeling so hot today...blaming it on the amount of spice I consumed last night. It was delicious though!
Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Good
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Best. Coffee. I go here almost daily, since it's just around the corner from my apartment. I usually get the french press coffee to go, which is probably the best coffee you can get for only $3. When I have more time on the weekends, I go for the single-cup pour-over (on the left, by the door). I've also had americanos and cappuccinos, all have been delicious. Great decor, tons of seating for gabbing with friends or pretending to read a book while you people-watch. Don't try to settle for a productive work day with your laptop, though - there are no outlets or wi-fi, which is fine with me.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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This is a basic market and deli with friendly, fast service and pretty good sandwiches. I think another reviewer confused it with someplace else, there are no booths or table service here.
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Expensive, but worth it. Everyone knows your name, which can be slightly creepy if you aren't used to this level of service! Let me give two examples of how they went that slight extra mile, but it truly impressed me. Yesterday when I checked in, they asked if I'd like the SF Chronicle delivered this morning. I asked if they had the New York Times, and they apologized that they don't get the Sunday edition of the Times, so I said of course the Chronicle was fine. But on my door this morning...both the Chronicle AND the Times! I also asked if I would be able to use the spa facilities (whirlpool, sauna, etc) yesterday, even though my spa treatments weren't until today. They told me there's normally a $20 surcharge, but they would call up to the spa and have it waived due to my "special vacation." Which is really just a staycation! Room service is expensive but delicious. Try the lobster veloute.
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Quality: ExcellentFacilities: ExcellentService: Excellent
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Yum yum yummmmm. Love this place, and greatly appreciate that just about every sandwich on the menu has a vegetarian counterpart. My favorites are the Love Triangle (veggie version of Menage a Trois) and the Ugly Owl (which is a vegetarian Elvis Kieth). Total gut bomb for sure, but the best sandwiches I've ever tasted. And you don't have to wait an hour for a sandwich any more, like when I first moved to SF! There's not much seating inside though, so take your sammie over to Dolores Park for some hipster watching.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Excellent
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