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Morgan G. Ames
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Coal Train Dust Worries Richmond Residents

"Ashy black powders blow from open coal cars and pile on the Richmond dock, and no regulation prohibits it...residents say coal dust blows off the open mounds, covering the grass and coating their screen doors." Read more from +KQED SCIENCE.  
Ashy black powders blow from open coal cars and pile on the Richmond dock, and no regulation prohibits it.
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Words to live by (if you seem to spend most of your time writing): http://withoutbullshit.com/blog/10-top-writing-tips-psychology/
There are plenty of folks happy to tell you how to write better, just as any doctor will tell you to “eat right and exercise.” But changing your writing (or eating) habits only happens when you understand why you do what you do. I can help you with that. That proposal or email you wrote must now compete for … Continue reading 10 top writing tips and the psychology behind them →
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That works well when there is an implied subject, like for example with functions, or lambdas. Which leads to a problem when we just use that for all code:

// Sets x to 42.
x = 42;

// Sets x to 42.
auto f = [&] { x = 42 }

The comment seems only correct for the second example, because there what we write the comment for is the subject.
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The blue heron I spotted along a river walk in Seoul with +Sunyoung Park and +Silvia Lindtner appears twice in this photo, thanks to auto-awesome panorama. :)
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Wow.  That is a striking and beautiful photo, Morgan!
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Do you want to buy my little car? Toyota Yar-
is, and better in reality by far, wanna buy my Yaris car?
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/cto/4325509039.html
I'm selling my 2008 Toyota Yaris hatchback (two-door). Note that it's a MANUAL transmission - great for fellow stick-shift enthusiasts or those who want better gas mileage! I bought this car brand-new from the dealer (Toyota Palo Alto) and have taken great care of it - I have the maintenance ...
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Whew, sold already! Bye little Yaris - I'll miss you!
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Come to the Bay Area Circus Arts festival this weekend for all of your juggling, unicycling, tightrope/slackline-walking, etc. needs! http://berkeleyjuggling.org/festival2013/
The eighth edition* of the premier Bay Area gathering for jugglers, unicyclists, aerialists, object manipulators, artistic athletes, acrobats, and performers of all kinds is migrating across the estuary, to Alameda High School, a great venue with space for all kinds of activities.
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Wish I had been there in person. Awesome.
 
Hilarious alt.chi talk on how we've been unwittingly aiding our future robot overlords: by willingly sharing details of our lives and whereabouts on social media, "scripting" humans in Mechanical Turk, and training people to work for badges. #chi2013  
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All these distractingly awesome ladies doing science!
 
So out of controversy there has sprung a great Twitter tag full of (mostly) cis-female scientists being distractingly sexy.
Women scientists show how hard it is to concentrate on work when you're so #distractinglysexy http://ind.pn/1B5gLQf · Embedded image. 393 308. Top news story. Spy Dialer. 2h2 hours ago. Spy Dialer ‏@SpyDialer. 'Trouble with girls?' Female scientists mock Nobel laureate with #DistractinglySexy ...
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In defense of trigger warnings.
Betsy McCall originally shared to Science & Math:
 
I know a certain boss of mine that needs to employ more trigger warnings with me.
Warning: this post is about trigger warnings. I know many people are hypersensitive to these things, even to the point of being deeply offended by them, so I thought I'd be nice and let you know wh...
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it's about damn time!
 
Hell yes.
Inside the fight to quintuple pay for adjunct professors, who are teaching a growing number of college courses in America.
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As an adjunct at CSU East Bay, I was forced to give part of my pay to the regular faculty union, despite my sense that the tenure-track faculty did not have the same interests as me. However, as an adjunct, I did not have access to professional development seminars (like ones on pedagogy!) that the tenure-track faculty did. My program happened to be a decent place to teach, and I gained a lot of experience very quickly. However, I knew that being an adjunct wasn't a career, and the head of my program congratulated me when I went, saying that he always expects the good people to leave. 

Think about what means for the students. Adjunct unionization will be good not only for the adjuncts but also for the students, one of the groups the universities are supposed to be serve. Adjuncts who are teaching more than 4 courses a term just to survive are going to be doing less development and not teaching as well as people who are teaching a reasonable load. Unfortunately, universities don't seem to care; the paltry pay and non-support of adjuncts are just symptoms of the low value universities place on teaching in general. But unionizing adjuncts is a far easier task than changing university culture.
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Finally starting to acknowledge the drought?
 
10 Percent Voluntary Water Cut for Hetch Hetchy’s S.F., Peninsula Customers

"San Francisco officials are issuing a request for all customers of the Hetch Hetchy water system — that’s everyone in the city, plus roughly 1.8 million customers in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda counties — to reduce water use by 10 percent, effective this Friday."
City officials take step as East Bay district considers tapping the Sacramento River for the first time.
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Start a proposition to rename the state motto to "Just Add Water" ? It might help focus the issue.
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I've defended, I've filed - all that's left to do is graduate! Join us in celebrating the completion of my PhD, all of the students who are graduating, and the end of the school year on June 15, 2013, starting at 4pm, at Fountain House (our residence) in Menlo Park. At some point that evening my advisor Fred will hood me (he can't at the Stanford ceremony the next day). Note that it's also World Juggling Day which in our household will surely be celebrated. 

What: Graduation party
When: June 15, 2013, 4pm-midnight
Where: Fountain House (see email for details)
Tentative schedule:
    4pm mingling and merriment
    6:30pm dinner is served
    7:30pm mini graduation ceremony (my advisor will be hooding me)
    8:00pm dessert is served
    8:30pm fire juggling to commemorate World Juggling Day
    9pm-11:30pm dancing and merriment

We hope to see you there!
Graduation Party
Sat, June 15, 2013, 7:00 PM
Fountain House

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Snake defeated, boss level passed. Level up: Dr. Ames.
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weeeeee.   dr. ames. 
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  • Department of Informatics, UC Irvine
    Postdoctoral Research Scholar, 2013 - present
    Member of the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing (http://socialcomputing.uci.edu/).
  • Department of Communication, Stanford University
    Teaching Assistant, 2009 - 2013
  • Department of Communication, Stanford University
    Researcher, 2006 - 2013
  • Waveplace (OLPC Haiti)
    Assessment Researcher, 2011 - 2012
  • Nokia Research Center
    Research Intern, 2007 - 2009
  • Yahoo! Research
    Research Intern, 2005 - 2006
  • Google
    User Experience Research Intern, 2005 - 2005
  • Intel Research
    Research Intern, 2003 - 2003
  • University of Washington, UrbanSim Research Group
    Research Intern, 2003 - 2003
  • Department of Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley
    Grader, 2003 - 2003
  • Holt Planetarium, Lawrence Hall of Science
    Presenter, 1999 - 2002
  • IO Research Group, Department of Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley
    Undergraduate Researcher, 2001 - 2003
  • Department of Information, University of California, Berkeley
    Researcher, 2004 - 2006
  • Paraguay Educa (OLPC)
    Volunteer Researcher, 2010 - 2010
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  • Stanford University
    PhD, Communication, 2006 - 2013
  • University of California, Berkeley
    BA, Computer Science, 1999 - 2004
  • University of California, Berkeley
    MS, Information Science, 2004 - 2006
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