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Derek Parham
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Well done everyone!

The SOPA/PIPA bills are put on hold right now which is great, but we still need to watch out for these bills coming back when the attention is off of them. Next step, we'll see if Hollywood and Congress really do want to sit down and talk about these issues, for reals this time.

But the Internet finally flexed its muscles and showed the world what it could do, fantastically fun to witness!
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To my US friends, if you are reading about SOPA/PIPA today and want to help out, here's how:

Use this website (www.stopthewall.us) and call your Senator. Yes, really call. It will take 5 minutes.

Why? Senators do not watch Facebook, Google+, web forums or really many online news feeds to figure out how their constituents feel about an issue. Emailing them helps but few Senators actually read their own email. Senator's do care about what the people voting for them think, they just are used to listening to lobbyist and large donors.

By calling, you get a direct line to their staffer to whom you can explain that you are in their district, you are watching this issue, and you are against PIPA (please be polite to them though). Calling also ties up a limited resource in the Senator's office. So at the end of the day when the Senator asks why certain things didn't get accomplished, the staffers will say "Our phone lines were tied up with people stating that they are against PIPA". That is how we can get our opinions across.

The call will take 5 minutes and doing it today, along everyone else and all the press going on, will have the biggest impact.
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Anyone in Vegas tonight after CES and wanna hang out? Send me a msg!
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Going to be in Hong Kong at the end of this year, from Dec 26-Jan 2. Is anyone else going to be there then? Or any suggestions for activities?
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I knew it!! Been saying it for years and you all thought I was crazy: Pizza is a vegetable due to the tomato sauce on it. Congress has finally realized this fact (helped by 5 million from the frozen food industry) and kids will continue to be served pizza for school lunches as a vege. I know what I'm having for dinner tonight, full helping of deep dish vegetables.
Congress Reaps Pizza Harvest
Congress Reaps Pizza Harvest
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Hey, if anyone is interested is learning about being a tech lead I'm doing a talk titled "How to effectively work as a Tech Lead" down at Mozilla tomorrow night. Free and open for all, come on down!
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Last day at Google, crazy times ahead!
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