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My new album is finally finished. After months of work, and some very late nights. 
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The Greek situation is looking worse and worse. I am really tempted to write something in-depth. But I will leave it at this, austerity does not work.
We’re staying in Europe! says the headline of the Greek liberal paper Kathimerini today.
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This report is not shocking for those of us who live in DC. These problems with the HRC have existed for years, and is part of the reason they are not very well liked here in DC. But for those not living in DC, if you want to give to an LGBTQ organization there are plenty that have a far better record. The Gay and Lesbian Task Force, PFLAG, GLAAD, and NCTE to start. As well as many local state Equality organizations. 
A "White Men's Club," the report calls HRC. HRC's top officials acknowledged the report's findings, pointing to more than 20 steps being taken to address the issues.
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+Larry Farlow​ where do you see Liberals? Oh wait, ignorant people just assume things. Not all HRC employees are Liberals. Not all HRC employees are LGBTQ. Something else that should shock you and the dummy that tried to post this like it was some horrific offense, HRC commissioned this study themselves. They then provided some of the findings to the Media of their own free will and also explained steps that are already underway to resolve issues. They could have pulled a total right wing move and claimed Gov Abbot and Ted Cruz had WMDs in Texas.
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Increased Labor Participation Rate: All Noise, No Signal
Many of you have heard from the press that there was an increased labor participation rate as part of the unemployment statistics. I alm about to demonstrate to you, why exactly the high level statistics are a bit decieving for unemployment.

First this was a good report, but not for the reason you think. The unemployment rate for those with some college or an associates dropped. These people are the gauge for the broader macro-economy and they have been sitting at below 5% for several months now. The labor economy for them is decent. 

With that being said, the participation rate increase has nothing to do with this group, and more to do with a group which has long recovered in the broader labor economy. Those with a bachelors or higher. The unemployment rate for those with a bachelors or higher has been below 3% for several months, and below 4% for several years. Basically full employment is an active reality for the most educated participants of the American economy. The participation rate for this group increased, and this drove up the larger labor participation rate, largely because it held steady for the other two large groups, those with some college/associates, and high school graduates. 

So you ask, why is this so unimportant? Because increase and decreases on a month to month basis for a group that has full employment and high participation rates to start with, are not indicative of broader improvements in the economy. The participation rate went up for a group with a very high participation rate, and very low unemployment. Thighs were already very bright for this group, so one cannot make assumptions it is great for all groups.

If say for example the participation rate for those in one of the recovering groups, say those with some college or HS graduates improved, it would be more indicative of broader improvement. But for those with a college education, the economy recovered years ago. An increase in participation rate has less to do with discouraged workers returning to the workforce, and more to do with month to month fluctuations. Many of the discouraged workers are in the HS to Some College group, and neither of these groups saw an increase in participation. In fact the most discouraged workers, those with less than a HS education, saw a decrease in participation.

This is a pretty typical problem that happens when people analyze top level data, but do not bother to go into details. The broad top level unemployment data is not very helpful, it is the lower level data based on demographics and educational attainment which often reveals the real story. The problem is many in the press do not dig to this low of a level, even though those with background in policy and economics know to look into those details. In this case the details reveal a truth, the economy is improving, but many discouraged workers did not return. The noise of those with a bachelors or higher, and any improvement there, is just noise. Full employment is full employment, and people leave and return the workforce in this group, so the month to month numbers fluctuate in a certian range. http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t04.htm
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Great article about how DC is being changed by technology, and embracing density and car free living. It is part of the reason I love my city. 
Apps don't just affect how we transport things and people. They shape where we choose to live, work, and play.
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politics aside... it's a great city... if i could afford to live close in, i would be there.
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This is a little project I have been helping out on that is now a kickstarter.  Please back it!   https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/202608272/nos-magazine
Sara Luterman is raising funds for NOS Magazine on Kickstarter! NOS Magazine is a news and commentary source for thought and analysis about neurodiversity culture and representation.
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The Workforce Participation Rate Noise
There has been notes about the drop in the workforce participation rate this month. However, if one digs into the data where the participation rate has dropped suggest this is more noise, than an onimous sign in terms of the labor economy. The workforce participation rate dropped a great deal for two groups, one is those with a bachelors or higher, which has had both a high participation rate, and a very low unemployment rate (2.5%), that many economists and policy analysts would consider full employment situation. The other group is those with some college, an associates, or technical training. While this group is not at full employment, it is very close to it with 4.2% unemployment. 

The participation rate for the other two groups, those with a high school education, and those with less than a high school education remained, pretty close to unchanged.

So what is happening? 

A long time what was predicted as the wave of boomer retirements may very well be happening. In addition some women may be deciding to have kids after putting off the decision. When at or near a full employment situation for a subgroup it is not unusual for there to be occasional drops in labor participation based on both retirement and childrearing. As people become more confident, they are more likely to retire and they are more likely to have kids. This is not people quitting the workforce out of frustration, this is people leaving it because they are optomistic. Considering where the drop in participations happened, this article is not nearly as accurate as it may think. This is why when looking at labor reports, it is not a good idea to just look at top line numbers. They are rarely reflective of what is going on in the economy. Educational attainment just happens to be one of the better maps which is out there in determining where the problems are. If you have high unemployment and declining labor participation that is a bad thing. If you have low unemployment, if not full employment, and declining labor participation, it usually is not a bad sign, and may even be a positive indicator. 

This time, the drop in participation rate may fall into that positive indicator group. This is not discouraged workers, in fact it is likely people leaving to go onto another stage in life. Something that mostly happens when the economy is looking brighter.
Here is the reason to be somewhat happy with today's jobs report: In June, U.S. employers added 223,000 workers to their payrolls, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Since the beginning of 2013, the U.S. country has added, according to my trusty Excel spreadsheet, exactly 223,000 jobs per month...
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I am normally not about sharing these gif listicles. But today, I am so damn happy because of Marriage Equality in all fifty states.
All the happy dances! #SCOTUS #MarriageEquality
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I've never heard such compilations called "Listicles" but I like that.  It's always nice to have an excuse to look at cats and kittens being playful.
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Megan Smith (the US CTO and former Googler) and Makeda Stephenson had an incredible presentation today with at the +National Maker Faire about women makers. 
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Spotify Sucks
It has been said before, it needs to be stated repeatedly.  There are better options out there for artist's most notably, Google Play All Access. 
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Interesting. .... Always used Google music and have thought of changing. Not any more. ... I'll stick :)
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The google plus is dead meme has been around slightly after it launched several years ago, yet here it is, still around and still not dead. I can usually gauge the incompetence of those in the tech press by whether or not they push the meme. Those who push the meme, just flout their incompetence. 
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Finally, a Maker Faire in DC everybody is invited too. It's also completely free! The National Maker Faire!  http://nationalmakerfaire.com/
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In a past life I was a professional research and policy analyst.  I worked primarily on science (environmental) and labor policy, but I have also worked on everything from civil rights/liberties to healthcare issues.  Somehow I was roped in by technologists and they have assimilated me into their development processes.
 
I spend my free time (what little there is) making music and tinkering with music technology.  I have a specific interest in sound design and synthesis using shLISP, MAX, PureData, and Reaktor. Currently most of my focus is on shLISP though, which is mildly esoteric programming language for something called a Shnth, which is a small palm top musical computer/instrument. I also enjoy making electronic instruments when I get the chance, specifically modular synthesizers. 



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Thai Food places when they are good get some very simple things just right. One being tofu Pad Thai. For the Pad Thai at Kin Da, the sauce had great balance, and the texture of the tofu was nearly perfect, light and fluffy, but also filling. Never mind the generous portion which is provided with the meal. The ginger beef my partner had was also excellent. The prices are as reasonable as they come for Thai food in DC. Most importantly the service staff was attentive. I cannot comment on their sushi, but so far this place is a win for Takoma Park. Reasonably priced good thai food, with great service. My local Thai place, just happens to be one of the better ones in the DC area.
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It is really hard not to love Pyramid Atlantic. It is an awesome local resource, whether you are a visual artist, or a fan of experimental music (Sonic Circuits has shows here). The venue has classes, seminars, etc. The more time I spend at the place, the more I love it.
Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
This is not the best BBQ I have ever had. But I really do like the place for it's general atmosphere, and the BBQ is good, mostly of the St. Louis variety. The ribs are quite delicious and tender, and the sandwiches and burgers are quite good.
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reviewed 6 months ago
This is a simply awesome music store. Great music stores are hard to find, between the presentation of their instruments and their used guitar inventory, it was an amazing experience. It helps their owners who run the shop are extremely friendly. I ended up buying a vintage guitar here, it is hard not to support a store like this.
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This place is very local for me, and I go here quite often. The reason I am taking off one star is because service on some nights can be hit and miss, and I find their tables a bit cramped on the main level. With that being said much of the food they serve here is pub food that I am partial about. The pulled pork nachos are a particular favorite, as it is a sweeter alternative to nacho far. I also particularly like the ribs they serve which are very reminsnat of what is typically served in Chicago. St. Louis style sauce, and fall of the bone tender. I have actually had other things on the menu, and I have yet to be disappointed with the food. If you stick to pub fare you will be good, but if you vere into other things you may be disappointed.
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There can be many things written about this resturant, but one thing to me has stood out. How fantastic the ramen is. More specifically the Ramen broth. The DC area in general loves it's noodles, Pho is pretty much a regional dish at this point, and one of our better known resturants is a Ramen bar. Sushi Jin's Ramen, from what I have experienced, is right there alongside the best. There is a good variety of Ramen dishes, and every one is delicious.
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This is probably my favorite place to get pho in Silver Spring. It has a larger menu than most Vietnamese restaurants, and most of it is good. While it is not the best pho in the region, that is few places in Virginia, it is up there. The decor on the inside is not the best, it is not upscale by any means. But like most great family restaurants, the family owns and runs it. Pretty much the entire family is around the restaurant. They are very friendly.
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