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Allen “Prisoner” Firstenberg
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Sexism isn't just what you think it is. +Lisa Bauer presents a powerful argument about how both hostile and benevolent sexism harms all of us... and what it means in the current political climate.

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Save the Date: 17-19 May 2017

The countdown has begun! Once again, we meet at Shoreline Amphitheater. Bring your sunscreen, your water, and your rain poncho (just in case) and get ready to party learn what Google is up to for people who use their technology to do awesome things.

Hope to see you there!
Around the world, from here to there, to the most clever minds, the secret will share. #googledevs #savethedate http://goo.gl/oqro8L 
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"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

-- Constitution of the United States of America, Amendment 1

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Yesterday was Inauguration Day

Yes... you read that right. And if you didn't know that January 19th was inauguration day in The Gambia, you might be forgiven that you were distracted by other events, but you should also be ashamed that you were distracted by other events.

The Gambia, in case you haven't gone and Googled it, is a small West African country that has been independent for over 50 years. In that time it has had two leaders. Two. Both of them duly re-elected time after time.

The second, Yahya Jammeh, staged a coup in 1994, was elected in 1996 and re-elected in 2001, 2006, and 2011. In December 2016, he lost his re-election bid to Adama Barrow, but has refused to step down. His cabinet has resigned. It is questionable if the military will follow him. Adama Barrow was sworn in at the Gambian embassy in neighboring Senegal. Negotiations and military posturing continue to get him to the capitol.

This was the first time in fifty years that the people of Gambia changed governments through a vote. First time. Fifty years.

Remember that in four years.
And eight.
And twelve.
And every day in between.

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Actions are live!

Starting today, developers can now create Conversation Actions for Google Home. This opens up a new dimension for using Home and is the next (but not last) step in making it part of a ubiquitous experience.

Home is awesome so far... and Actions will make them even better!

I'm already working on a few things... let's talk about what you want to see hear!

https://developers.googleblog.com/2016/12/start-building-actions-on-google.html

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Actions are live!

Starting today, developers can now create Conversation Actions for Google Home. This opens up a new dimension for using Home and is the next (but not last) step in making it part of a ubiquitous experience.

I'm already working on a few things... let's talk about what you want to see hear!

https://developers.googleblog.com/2016/12/start-building-actions-on-google.html

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Warm

I absolutely love this oatmeal. From the scent of the toasting oats to the flavor of everything combined.

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Never Again

And we must stand with our fellow Americans who may be singled out for how they look, who they love, where they’re from or how they pray.

And let me say this. There recently have been reports that the new Administration plans to force Muslim-Americans to register for some sort of master government list.

Look, Islamic extremism is a threat to us all. But as Jews, we know what it means to be registered and tagged, held out as different from our fellow citizens.

As Jews, we know the righteous and just response. All of us have heard the story of the Danish king who said if his country’s Jews had to wear a gold star…all of Denmark would too.

So I pledge to you right here and now, because I care about the fight against anti-Semitism, that if one day in these United States, if one day Muslim-Americans will be forced to register their identities, then that is the day that this proud Jew will register as a Muslim.

Because fighting prejudice against the marginalized is not just the fight of those minorities. It’s our fight. Just as the fight against anti-Semitism is not only the fight of us Jews. It’s everyone’s fight.

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Before the Summit

I'm about to board a flight to meet with fellow GDEs, but wanted to quickly share that I spent yesterday at GDG Capital Region's DevFest. Spoke on two subjects and participated in a panel
- Brillo and Weave: A First Look
- Google Home: First Conversations
- Panel on Cloud Computing

I have my slides up at http://prisoner.com/ubi/, but you won't get the effect of using Google Home to control the slide deck discussing how to get Google Home to control slide decks. (You follow that?)

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I ponder this poem sometimes. It was written mid-war and calls on the author's comrades to continue to take the fight to the foe.

It doesn't call for peace. But today we can read that thought in it.
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