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An interesting study (and not just because I work in the #2 city).  "Among the nation’s 100 largest counties, the one where children face the worst odds of escaping poverty is the city of Baltimore, the study found."
http://www.equality-of-opportunity.org/
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An Atlas of Upward Mobility Shows Paths Out of Poverty
This is hugely compelling evidence that upward mobility -- the ability of someone to improve his social and economic situation -- depends significantly on his surroundings. Children who moved out of low-income neighborhoods had markedly improved outcomes later in life, above and beyond other factors like race, ethnicity, or gender. This is why we must do two things: (A) Continue to improve low-income, unstable neighborhoods, and (B) enhance the ability of people to find good, affordable housing in already stable and supportive neighborhoods. It also illustrates the fact that this is not a one-generation "fix"...it can take several generations for families that move to achieve incomes comparable to those who've lived in wealthier neighborhoods for generations.

Here's the NY Times article:
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/05/04/upshot/an-atlas-of-upward-mobility-shows-paths-out-of-poverty.html

And here's the website of the Equality of Opportunity research project, which performed the research: http://www.equality-of-opportunity.org/
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I'll be giving a PowerShell presentation on May 12th here in the Twin Cities at +Target headquarters.  Learn how to write a script that does nothing.  LOL!  But does it very well.  ;)
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Here's all of the footage that I took at the Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis yesterday.  It was very well attended (>1,000) and unusually pale (>85% caucasian).  My coworkers told me today that they saw me in cameo on CBS WCCO 6pm news (link in post). #BlackLivesMatter  
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+Terry Walker I'll be heading to Ely where I've been going since 1997. I love it there and affords me to deeply engage in my art practice. ;-)
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I'll be leaving work early tomorrow (more precisely, the office is shutting down early since the event begins at our front door) to join the protest in Minneapolis.  I'll be wearing my familiar Occupy outfit with belt-attached camera bag.  I hope some of you can join too.  #BlackLivesMatter  

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2015/04/28/blacklivesmatter-protest-planned-for-wednesday-in-minneapolis/
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+Wil Wheaton does the voice acting (dungeon master narration) for the new #DDO (+Dungeons & Dragons Online) update that's being released this morning.  It features the Temple Of Elemental Evil.  If anyone wants to join me, come to the Thelanis server and send mail to Therri.

I've recently come back to this game after an absence of about 8 years, and I'm enjoying the changes that they've made while I was gone.  It's the most "tactical" of all the #mmorpg that I've played.  I'm finally learning how to solo as a human sorcerer without dying repeatedly.  Parties are definitely easier, and balanced parties are even better.

p.s. In case that url changes in the future, here's a fixed address for the release notes in this update.
https://www.ddo.com/en/update-25-release-notes
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+Terry Walker - Whoa. That's serious!
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For locals who might be interested in either history or conservation... Tom Sanders from +Minnesota Historical Society (site manager of the Jeffers Petroglyphs) will be coming to my workplace +The Nature Conservancy for a brown bag Lunch And Learn session to talk about the cultural values of remaining remnant prairies, particularly in southwest Minnesota.  Bring your lunch and enjoy the talk.

2015 March 31 Tuesday 12-1pm.

Our Minneapolis office address can be found at the link:
http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/minnesota/contact/index.htm
The Nature Conservancy, a non profit organization, works in Minnesota to protect its natural resources. Contact us today about our work in Minnesota.
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I am amused.  We had our first "steering committee" meeting today with the local powershell user group.  In a few months, I'll be doing a presentation on documentation for powershell scripts.  So, I officially get to teach people how to write a script that does nothing!  :)

Obviously, it will take advantage of the many nice features of script self-documentation in powershell.  Documentation is good.

I'll post a link here at G+ when my presentation is finally ready.
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Yeah, tell your students to break up their expressions! Those heroic acts of syntax make our eyes go squirrely.
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You might think the title is for a satire story, but notice that it comes from +NPR#TheStupidItBurns   I've said that the USA needs to end its civil war once and for all, so let's demand that the south secede already. This is why we can't have nice things in our country. #USAneedstosplit  
Texas' GOP governor is sending the Texas State Guard to monitor a military training exercise after right-wing militia alleged it's just a cover for the president's plan to put Texas under martial law.
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Another interesting take on current events.  Not an exact equivalent, but hopefully it's wrong in a sufficiently interesting way to get people thinking.
“"But why are they burning their own ships?!!!! Why are they destroying their OWN tea." -said none of the history books.”
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Tea_Party
Perhaps because the ships and tea belonged to the East India Company?

Of course, that's not the real issue. The real issue is that the U.S. was founded over the notion of "No taxation without equal representation". These people are rioting about being gunned down in the street, over and over and over again.

My solution is to get rid of the white male cops and replace them with black female cops. And replace all the white male judges with Latino female judges. And only elect Native American women to public office.
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Cities from Minneapolis to Fargo experience a greater range of temperatures than anywhere else in the United States.  I watched snowfall on Friday then went gardening on Saturday.
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Apparently, there's actually a World #Autism Awareness Day, approved by the UN General Assembly back in 2007.  I've had plenty to say over the years ( http://mellowtigger.dreamwidth.org/tag/autism ), particularly my desire to create a visual language, but I'll just let this short video suffice for now as a way to bring the topic to general awareness one more time.
 
Meet Conor. World #Autism Awareness Day 2015
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I haven't dated in nearly 20 years.  It seems to usually be the talkative asperger types (more than the quiet types) who marry, and most of those relationships have seemed teetering on divorce.  Maybe the younger ones (with improved early awareness and training) are better at it than us older ones who had to "wing it"?  I do feel better prepared for the idea now than I did long ago.

I look forward to this autism documentary.  I contacted them to ask if there's a way to order this movie on dvd. They replied that there isn't yet, but eventually there will be.
 
A documentary on romance among adults with autism will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival alongside films featuring Hollywood veterans Richard Gere, James
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Education
  • Midland High School
    Midland, TX, 1983 - 1986
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Friends, Dating, A relationship, Networking
Birthday
November 3
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Single
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Mellow Tigger
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Tagline
watching the world spin
Introduction
I support the #occupyMN effort.

I am a single gay man with autism diagnosis living with 1 cat, 2 landlords, and 1 additional roommate.  I usually write articles on my blog (see link at bottom of this page) then post the link into my G+ stream.

Likes:
open source software, astronomy, bicycling, gardening, pc gaming, Powershell (the only thing Microsoft ever did right), neuroscience, evolution, the end of intellectual property.

Wishlist:
an Anchor, Translator, and Guide to help me through life

Quotes:
* Everybody deserves to live in the world that their efforts create. Whether it's a blessing or a curse depends on your point of view. - Terry Walker
* Information always wants to be free. There are no secrets in a world filled with technological telepathy. - Terry Walker
* The better part of happiness is the wish to be what you are. - Desiderius Erasmus
* If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. - John Kennedy
* The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. - Eden Phillpotts
* Knowledge and reality do not require belief. They do, however, require courage. - Glenn Wallis
* I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you. - Friedrich Nietzche
* We are what we repeatedly do. - Aristotle
* Few people have the imagination for reality. - Goethe
* Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. - Plato
Bragging rights
I live without feeding exponential functions. I have slept in the city below skyscrapers. I have listened to ants. ☮
Work
Occupation
tech support
Skills
powershell, sql server, microsoft access
Employment
  • The Nature Conservancy
    tech support, 2014 - present
  • Dell Compellent
    test staff engineer, 2013 - 2014
  • Animal Humane Society
    tech support, programmer, database administrator, 2008 - 2013
  • VISI (Vector Internet Services Inc)
    tech support, 2007 - 2007
  • Wilsons Leather
    tech support, 2004 - 2007
  • BI
    programmer, 1999 - 2004
  • Metro Information Services
    programmer, 1998 - 1999
  • Texas Workers' Compensation Commission
    programmer, mainframe operator, 1992 - 1998
  • Texas A&M University
    tech support, 1987 - 1989
  • IBM
    programmer, 1987 - 1988
  • Texas Instruments
    summer intern, 1986 - 1986
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Currently
Columbia Heights, Minnesota
Previously
Austin, Texas - Midland, Texas - College Station, Texas
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