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Steve Savitzky
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Attended Stanford University
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Curio. In the end, all I could do was hold him, because he loved being in my arms, and pet him gently while he crossed over. He'd been absolutely miserable for the last few weeks; the oxygen they'd given him made him more comfortable, and there were a few moments after the sedative took effect when he was calm and contented. 
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Poor guy... my deepest sympathies, and hugs offered....
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An excellent introduction to what programmers do and why it matters.  Written for managers, but I'm going to turn my 11-year-old niece loose on it after school's out next week.
 
An excellent overview that opens with why managers really do need to know what code is, or face some really ugly consequences.
The world belongs to people who code. Those who don’t understand will be left behind.
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... I'd say smarter than most managers, and more knowledgeable about computers than many.
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+Frank Hill I have no idea what the app is.  One of my wife's nicknames is "Turbo Snail".
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More than 17,000 sound recordings made by the famed folklorist are now available, for free.
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Sharing for later. The way it's really done.
 
Actual Software Architectures: Big Ball of Mud

We present the following seven patterns:
BIG BALL OF MUD
THROWAWAY CODE
PIECEMEAL GROWTH
KEEP IT WORKING
SHEARING LAYERS
SWEEPING IT UNDER THE RUG
RECONSTRUCTION ❞
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Nails it.
 
Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists - US President George W. Bush, to Congress,  20 Sept 2001 It became necessary to destroy the town to save it We had to destroy the town. So we could save it. That statem...
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Nixon has come back as a cat?
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For future reference
 
Linux and Chrome OS running at the same time on your Chromebook is as great as vanilla ice-cream and hot fudge on a sundae.
Love your Chromebook, but want to run Linux programs too? Here’s how to run Linux and Chrome OS on your Chromebook simultaneously.
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This animated map is simply amazing.  Now let's work on universal health care.
 
Pride weekend, June 1993 found me in San Francisco. I went with several Army buddies, driving up from Monterey.

We were so excited. President Bill Clinton had been elected the previous fall, with a campaign promise to remove the gay ban on military service.
I'd only been out a few months, though by that point I'd been in 4 years on AD and 5 total. The day was a whirlwind of joy, pride, and most of all hope. Hope for our individual futures. Hope that our nation was finally recognizing our right to just be. That immutable characteristics should never be used to stereotype or judge someone's character.

The following weeks made it clear our hopes were not to be. After bigots like Strom Thurmond used word for word their identical arguments against military integration in 1948, President Clinton sold us out for political expediency.

Instead of a repeal of the ban, we got something even worse. Told that we could be gay, but to never talk about, never let anyone find out, to live our lives as a lie. There is no honor in treating your armed forces that way.

I chose to give up my career that fall. I left for college, and ironically chose the heart of the deep South to be out and proud in. Wasn't the smartest choice, but I learned quickly how to survive in a hostile environment.

Two years later, President Clinton betrayed every single GLBTQ person in the country by signing DOMA, a law he knew would not stand a constitutional challenge. It was an act of cowardice.

By 2004, I'd lived a decade in the south, then finally moved to my original home city of Seattle. The contrast was stark. When I met my future wife in 2004, the thing that struck me the most was how natural it was to just hold her hand while we were walking. The first time, I walked several blocks before I realized something. If I'd done that in the deep South, I'd have felt constantly on guard. Eyes in the back of my head, wary and ready for an attack.

No one should ever have to feel that way. Being in love, and being in fear of being seen in love by someone who hates.

I was lucky enough she consented to marry me in 2005, and we renewed our vows in 2008 in CA after we had relocated here.

The last 7 years have been us both watching these huge changes, and frankly marveling at them. People that even five years ago were absolutely opposed to our marriage have seen the truth. Love is love.

So this Pride weekend, I look back to that scared and hopeful young soldier I was, literally half my life ago, and I want to hug her. To tell her it always gets better. Sometimes more slowly than we would like, and sometimes in a roller coaster of change.

I recently unearthed the t-shirt I wore that Pride. Maybe I'll wear it tomorrow, and feel the unbroken circle that is all our lives.

HT +Bridget Wolfe​​ for the gif.
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And in other news, apparently Paypal has decided it hates us. http://bgr.com/2015/06/02/paypal-user-agreement-robocall-robodial-autotext-text/
Even though PayPal recently agreed to fork over $25 million in fines for deceptive business practices, it seems that the online payments company is up to its old tricks yet again. Ahead of its plan...
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Some of my donations to free software organization were paid through PayPal, should I delete my PayPal account? And if so, in what way should I donate to free software organization in case I would like to do it again? I don't have a bitcoin account yet.
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A thriving middle class is the cause of growth. The middle class creates rich people -- not the other way around
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I remember the distortions of Stockman's statements from when they first came out.
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It has come to the attention of the Aquarian Tabernacle Church (ATC) that a new law known as The Georgia Religious Freedom Restoration Act has been passed by the Senate with an overwhelming majority, and is on its way to the House with hopes to pa...
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I forgot I wanted to meet you at the wedding😪
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Occupation
hacker/songwriter
Skills
java, perl, object-oriented design
Employment
  • Amazon.com
    Software Development Engr., 2014 - present
    Programming mostly in Java, mostly internal web services.
  • KForce
    Contract S/W Engineer, 2012 - 2013
    Finished a contract at Disney writing web APIs in Java using Spring, Maven, Mockito, Tomcat, etc., and moved over to Amazon writing more Java.
  • Ricoh Innovations, Inc.
    Sr S/W architect, 1992 - 2012
    Software research.
Places
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Currently
Seattle, WA
Previously
Lake Forest Park, WA - San Jose, CA - Yonkers, NY - Norwalk, CT - Wilton, CT - Northfield, MN - Palo Alto, CA
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Tagline
Hacker/Songwriter, computer curmudgeon, java and git guru
Introduction
Steve Savitzky is almost exactly as old as the ACM, and has been kicking around the net since it was the ARPAnet.  He has written a book on real-time microprocessor systems, over a hundred songs (a few about computers are on his CD), and tens of thousands of lines of Perl, Java, C++, and LISP code.
Bragging rights
Book: Real-Time Mircroprocessor Systems. CD: Coffee, Computers & Song! Software: PIA
Education
  • Stanford University
    Computer Science, 1969 - 1971
  • Carleton College
    Math, 1965 - 1969
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Gender
Male
Other names
The Mandelbear