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Liz Fong-Jones
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Site Reliability Engineer
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  • Google
    Senior Site Reliability Engineer, 2014 - present
    As of June 2015, I manage the Bigtable Site Reliability Engineering team in New York City.
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    Senior Software Engineer (part-time), 2012 - 2013
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    TA (6.035/Sp2012, 6.172/Fa2012), LA (6.042/Sp2012), UROP (Su2012), 2012 - 2012
  • Google
    Senior Site Reliability Engineer, 2011 - 2012
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    Site Reliability Engineer, 2008 - 2011
  • Three Rings Design
    Technical Operations Manager, 2005 - 2007
  • College Preparatory Mathematics
    Systems Administrator, 2003 - 2005
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I make your intertubes work (or more specifically, bits and pieces of Google). Also a feminist, trans rights advocate, disability rights ally, social justice activist, and occasionally a sex-positive blogger and poster of vegan food porn. Veteran of the #nymwars.

Obligatory disclaimer: opinions expressed here are strictly my own and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer.

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Education
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Course 6-3, 2012 - 2013
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Special Student (Course 6), 2010 - 2011
  • California Institute of Technology
    Bio/CS, 2005 - 2008
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Elizabeth Fong, Zhen Fong, Lizthegrey, Liz Fong-Jones

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This is utterly hilarious, and so true.

I'm pretty sure I'm a combination of "Pansexual Trans Girl" and "Manic Poly Dream Girlfriend".

(seen on /r/polyamory)
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+Liz Fong-Jones Totally true about the scheduling. Tonight is a second date and it's been a week. Art show opening tonight. Eco-art trash themed. How hipster can I get? Last night was Cosplay themed art after dinner at a vegan restaurant.
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It baffles me why ordinary police are allowed to carry guns in the US. Take guns away from cops, and it makes it harder for them to murder innocent people of color on the slightest whim.

Why not adopt the UK system of dedicated firearms units kept separate from ordinary patrol duties?

#AltonSterling #PhilandoCastile #BlackLivesMatter  
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There is a pervasive gun culture in this country. And it would be unsafe to disarm law enforcement before disarming the citizens.

I'd be fine with doing both.
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I'm excited to open registration for the June NYC SRE Tech Talks next Wednesday: https://developers.google.com/events/sre/nyc#june_2016

I'm also excited that SRE Tech Talks are coming to Cambridge, Pittsburgh, and Dublin, IE this summer. Preregister at https://developers.google.com/events/sre
SRE is what you get when you treat operations as if it’s a software problem. Our mission is to protect, provide for, and progress the software and systems behind all of Google’s public services.
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But it has the (TM) and everything! looks legit
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I don't know who made this, but it's a fun game for anyone who cares about sex workers' rights should they ever find themselves in a debate with a feminist who thinks sex work is a threat to women's rights. The acronym SWERF refers to radical feminists who exclude sex workers from the goals of equality.

(TERFs, alternatively, are radical feminists who exclude trans women. Since these two camps tend to overlap, people concerned with the right of people to self-determine often joke about harassment and abuse by feminists as the "SWERF and TERF menu".)
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HB2 remains a disaster, and the NC governor has doubled down on calling discrimination against trans people "common sense".
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I demand disarmament of the NYPD, which murders innocent black civilians at an all-too-alarming rate. Police have demonstrated they have itchy trigger fingers and can't be trusted with black lives.

NYC folks: you can call your City Council member. Look them up at http://council.nyc.gov/html/members/members.shtml

Or call the Speaker of the City Council at 212-788-7210 and encourage her to act. Her thoughts and prayers etc. at https://twitter.com/MMViverito/status/751023457589194752 are not enough by themselves.

Hope is not a strategy. Make it harder NOW for police to take black lives, even if the longer-term solution of changing racism and systemic injustice in America will take decades.

#AkaiGurley #AltonSterling #PhilandoCastile #BlackLivesMatter
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Wow.
 
These are snippets from the new, post- #Brexit United Kingdom. They are originally from a huge Facebook album, and I am resharing them here because some people can't access that album.

https://www.facebook.com/sarah.leblanc.718/media_set?set=a.10101369198638985&type=3

Now, some of you might think I am posting this to make an "anti-British statement. But really, I am not.

Instead, I want to make a statement how close xenophobia and racism are slumbering under the surface of society, and how easily they can emerge.

Because I suspect... no, I know damn well that the same could happen in my native Germany. There are already significant groups pandering to hate, racism, and intolerance. PEGIDA. The Alternative für Deutschland party. And if more mainstream politicians feel that they must pander to these, baser instincts - if they indicate that displaying xenophobia is something socially acceptable - then racist incidents will surge just as much in Germany as it is now happening in the United Kingdom.

This could be us.
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My white privilege came crashing down reading all these reports during the weekend. I live near Huntingdon where those notes were put through Polish people's mail boxes.

I'm an EU immigrant. It's quite a feeling to realise I could be a target at any time I'm in public space and seem foreign enough to not be 'an English rose born and bred'.

I wish people had voted Remain. I understand not everyone who voted Leave is a racist. I even go as far as saying I know we couldn't have known the racist outbursts were going to happen if Leave got the majority. I'm not calling for a second referendum, or allowing EU immigrants to vote.

All I personally want is that these reports and the expressions of shock and grief aren't being brushed off as boring and/or negativity, with the headline of 'we British now need to get to work to make this mess to work'. There are immigrants in UK too, who can't just up sticks and leave, who have to live and work in that same mess, who didn't ask for it, and want and NEED to work with British people to make it work, without feeling that their concerns and voices aren't worth the paper the politicians wipe their arses with.

UGH. I have spoken.
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Insert obligatory disclaimer: my thoughts only, not those of my employer.

Personally, I'd rather be slower to launch something than to flush my colleagues' work-life balance down the toilet.
 
Interesting.
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Move at a reasonable speed and if you break it you bought it
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The most comprehensive summary of sex work politics you'll ever read. It discusses the difference between legalization and decriminalization, details the different approaches in various countries, explains how criminalizing clients (the Nordic or Swedish model) fails, and examines how Western feminism is placing the concerns of professional women over those of poor, vulnerable people and youth, who tend to be "rescued" by being thrown in jail, detained or deported. Read the whole thing. Twice.
A growing movement of sex workers and activists is making the decriminalization of sex work a feminist issue.
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+Kyrinn S. Eis​ France is tasting its own Medicine for which it was famous once upon a time 
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People in MA, your ability to use public restrooms is also under fire.
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H1320

I could list out the ways in which it is bullshit, such as how it ignores that intersex people exist, or how it goes beyond bathrooms to also include activities like sports or educational programs. Or how the heck enforcement is supposed to work when not all cis women "pass" as women, or how trans people who "pass", whatever the fuck that means anymore, would be harassed going into the birth assignment room, or how cis people ALSO use different restrooms to, say, help a disabled partner or their child. But, perhaps you would like to continue your day without seeing me in full blown rant mode.

In the list of cis privilege, I would like to call out today "not having to periodically check up on the legal situation in your state to see if you're at risk to lose access to taking a piss in a public restroom".
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So in case you haven't heard, a group of neo-Nazis decided to engage in a campaign to post publicly online personal information of anyone who has spoken up against them, for instance by opposing the choice of the conference organizers of LambdaConf to invite a prominent neo-Nazi to speak. The LambdaConf organizers have characterized the virulent racism as just "a political opinion" and refuse to rescind the invitation to speak.

They've already started harassing the friends and extended family of several people on the list, including harassing said people through their employers and the employers of their families. And more people are being added to the list, in their attempt to silence viewpoints that speak up against racism, sexism, and homophobia.

Some of your acquaintances (possibly including yours truly) are inevitably going to wind up on that "list of SJWs". It is worthwhile thinking about things you can do to support your friends, and to help anyone on that list. That is all.
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Don't fight the hypothetical. I already admitted Hitler's art was poor. In this hypothetical (which was largely your analogy) it is notable for some reason simply so that for the sake of the analogy the organizers have a non-political reason to select it. (If you don't know why Urbit and Hoon would be interesting to someone interested in functional programming, perhaps you should read about them in more detail?) 
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