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Really a good read.
 
"If you’re wondering why people are protesting you, how we got to this housing crisis, why rent control exists or why tech is even shifting to San Francisco in the first place, this is meant to provide some common points of understanding."

This piece by +Kim-Mai Cutler is the most thorough and level-headed take I've read so far on the housing challenges facing San Francisco and the Bay Area. No matter where you sit, if you're looking for easy answers, they're not there. It's not even clear there are complicated answers. But Cutler helps describe the history and the facts behind the problem, and that's essential.

It would be great if this essay was required reading for tenants, landlords, protesters, elected officials, and corporate executives alike. They may not begin to agree on a solution, but at least they might better understand the issues.
The Santa Clara Valley was some of the most valuable agricultural land in the entire world, but it was paved over to create today's Silicon Valley. This was..
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Google, in my short tenure there (not quite 4 years), has always aimed to keep groups mono-located. Hence, "defragmentation" isn't so much an effort as a sensibility. A little hard for me to get used to, coming from Linden Lab, where we ran our engineering teams in Second Life.

But if you're worried about having to live in a single place long term, don't be: Mobility between teams and product areas is quite common for SWEs, and there are significant and interesting engineering opportunities in many different cities around the globe.
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BayHac '14
May 16th ~ 18th,
Hacker Dojo
Mountain View, California

Save the date for a weekend of Haskell hacking: at The Silicon Valley / San Francisco Bay Area Haskell Hackaton's 4th year!

Details and registration will follow in few weeks.
Wiki page for event: http://www.haskell.org/haskellwiki/BayHac2014

— Jonathan Fischoff & Mark Lentczner
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I might come along to this, I have a stupid idea brewing that I could build in Haskell/Fay as a refresher.
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A clock that's only readable for 3 seconds out of every minute when the markings line up. The site is in German, but you can understand what's going on without translation. 
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Free young fig tree (Mtn. View pickup)

We have two lovely, very old mature fig trees in our garden.

Last summer we got a "volunteer" tree. On advice of our arborist, we left it to gain strength and winter over. It is now ~3' high, 5 gal., and ready to come out of the ground and be planted.

Our trees give more delicious mission figs than we can possibly eat. In a few years, you'll have one too!
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Mark if you still have the tree I'd be delighted to take it. Please email me at first am dot last name at g mail....
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Dear lazy web: What is a good example of a library that provides the (nearly) same interface for String, ByteString, and Text - and is implemented cleanly?

There is an existing package that has only a ByteString interface, and I'd like to submit a patch that extends it to String and Text.
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This is the kind of thing that mono-traversable is designed to deal with (http://hackage.haskell.org/package/mono-traversable). For the specific case of parsing, attoparsec-conduit uses a simple typeclass to abstract over Text and ByteString (https://github.com/snoyberg/conduit/blob/master/attoparsec-conduit/Data/Conduit/Attoparsec.hs#L70). Note that this typeclass was copied almost verbatim from +John Millikin's same-named class in attoparsec-enumerator (http://hackage.haskell.org/package/attoparsec-enumerator-0.3.2/docs/Data-Attoparsec-Enumerator.html).
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Interesting article on Ukraine situation by Kasparov (my claim to fame is I actually had a cup of tea with him in '97, and he was already skeptical that glasnost would last) http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/03/vladmir-putin-crimea-hitler-1938-104711.html#.Uyd_13VdWKk
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I expected a less emotional article from a chess ex-champion.  Kasparov must feel bitter after his election attempt to run against Putin.  I don't understand how such attitude can help anybody in this situation.
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This is good!

Of course, it should come as no surprise that our little girl is quite assertive... She has great leadership potential! President Kimberly anyone?
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File under #raceInAmerica  

At lunch today, I listened to a dad carp that his son was probably passed-over for early-action admission at Yale...  because he's white.

He went further to back up his suspicions: Of the four top students in the high school (including his son), only two of them got accepted early-action. The non-white ones.

As an accomplished computer scientist, he should know better than to generalize from a biased sample of four.

But what really galls me is this: He was so quick to claim that being white gave his son an unfair disadvantage in college admissions, without ever acknowledging the enormous advantage his son has had - in pretty much everything - by growing up in America middle-class, male, and primarily, white.
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Whoa! You think you've heard these pieces a thousand times and know what they sound like... And then there's this!

Really different, really thought provoking... and okay, I'll admit it, fun!
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Thanks! I have All Access, so easy to add that to my library. 
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Yes!
 
Robot trashcan calculates where your trash is going to land.  We're officially living in the future.
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Throw two at once.
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    1984
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