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Gary Farber
Worked at Amygdala
Attended Midwood High School
Lives in Oakland
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Lucas chooses city over Los Angeles and San Francisco and hopes to open museum by 2018
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Back in California, I resumed my responsibilities as a volunteer at a weekly drop-in clinic for homeless and low-income individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through research and follow-up, I assisted men and women in finding employment, housing, medical attention and sometimes even expensive dental work - all of which helped people get back on their feet. Seeing firsthand how socioeconomic inequality perpetuates homelessness, incarceratio...
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Chemistry sets seem to have fallen out of favor in recent years, but there's a movement to bring them back---or at least recapture some of the unstructured experimentation the old sets encouraged. The collection of vintage sets at the Chemical Heritage Foundation Museum in Philadelphia provides an interesting perspective on how public attitudes towards science shifted over the course of the 20th century.
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For the first time ever, Google has released data on the composition of its staff and the picture is pretty white (and male).
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A geek delights in there being three individual meanings to "geek," "nerd," and "dork."

A nerd thinks the differences are IMMENSELY IMPORTANT DISTINCTIONS TO MAKE WHICH MUST NOT BE CONFUSED.

A dork insists that their own definition, not yours, is the correct one.
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Why do so many readers still look down on the genre of Orwell and Atwood?
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An estimated 50,000 people in London addressed by speakers, including Russell Brand, after People's Assembly march • Guardian readers on why they marched against austerity
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Time Magazine demonstrates how to write about the lived experience of transgender people.
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As much as I don't miss large swaths of life in China, I do look longingly at kongfz.com, the world's best secondhand book website, and remember with pleasure being able to purchase a lot of source...
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It's easy for polite American society to condemn Cliven Bundy and banish Donald Sterling while turning away from the elegant, monstrous racism that remains.
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The black comedy isn't just a forbearer to Clueless and Mean Girls—it's one of the most scathing indictments of high-school groupthink ever made.
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...The movie mentions Election as a partial successor, but one that pulls its punches.

The thing that struck me about Election, though, is that it's really not about the kids at all. It's actually about how Matthew Broderick's adult character sabotages his own life through a series of incredibly stupid decisions and blames it on the evil teen girl, who is not really responsible for any of it. Tracy Flick is just trying to succeed in a stupid system, and is pretty good at it.

That also works as a demolition of the kind of sardonic, ultimately triumphant wiseass character, with all the asides to the camera, that Broderick used to play when he was younger. It occurs to me now that, while Christian Slater is obviously doing a Jack Nicholson impression in Heathers, he's also an interesting contrast to the perennial Broderick character: he's got the archness and sarcasm and some degree of higher perception about the phoniness of kids and adults, but instead of being a cute little scamp he's actually dangerous. Maybe the teenage bridge between Nicholson's Joker and Heath Ledger's Joker.
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I suck information and write about it. I'm an outside agitator.
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  • Amygdala
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Brooklyn - Manhattan - Bronx - Seattle - Boston - East Lansing - Boulder - Raleigh - Oakland
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+1 to rule them all, +1 to find them, +1 to bring them all & in teh darkness bind them.
Introduction
Ignore the G+ account for gary_farber@yahoo.com.

For reasons too boring to explain, I have a Google account for Blogger under that address (which dates from before Google bought Blogger), but use farber.amygdala@gmail.com for Facebook, and certain other purposes.  Mail to the Yahoo account is forwarded to the gmail account.  

Many past jobs, including: 
  • Jul 1986 to Jan 1988 · Nyc
    Hearst Corporation.
    • Pacific Northwest Review of Books
      In 1978
      Publisher: John D. Berry; Editor: Loren MacGregor; Canadian Editor: Dr. Susan Wood; also Jerry Kaufman; many others as writers
    • Amazing Science Fiction/Fantastic Stories magazines
      1975 to 1977
      uncredited "Editorial Assistant," aka paid slush reader. Directly for Lou Stathis; indirectly for Ted White, and thus Sol Cohen, aka "Ultimate Publications."
    • Teen Beat Magazine
      In 1975
      Assorted misc., some writing, editorial, mostly scutwork.
    • Varied
      Maybe later
  • Editorial Assistant for one month · In 1986 · Brooklyn, New York
    Simultaneously with my various freelance publishing jobs of spring through July 1st, 1986.
Grad School
  • Class of 1986 · 2-3 classes only. · Center for Publishing · Professional Publishing
College
  • Class of 1975 · Cross-disciplinary 3-yr. experimental program, plus grad seminar · Depression · Only 3 months
High School

Amygdala & Obsidian Wings
http://amygdalagf.blogspot.com
http://obsidianwings.blogs.com/obsidian_wings/
http://www.facebook.com/gary.farber
Twitter: @GaryFarberKnows
gary_farber@yahoo.com

I am a riddle, wrapped in a pudding, inside a bundle of thorns. 

Born in Brooklyn, and lived there until age 15, then I briefly lived in Brockport, NY; then the Bronx, then Manhattan, and a brief stay in East Lansing, Michigan in 1977. Seattle in early 1978; back to NYC in 1986, back to Washington Heights, then Brooklyn.

In 1998, Boston, & month England. 

From 2000 until the end of 2001: Long Island. Moved to Boulder, Colorado, in December, 2001. Raleigh, NC in May 2008.

Oakland, California, on November 11th, 2010, in a house-sitting arrangement through August, 2010. 

I look forward to stability in my life.

I started working in science fiction in 1974 as a slush reader for <i>Amazing Stories</i> and </i>Fantastic Stories</i>, via Lou Stathis, in the Ted White era.

I soon started working as a freelance, and reader, proofreader, copyeditor, copywriter, editorial assistant, and dogsbody for various mass market publishers, mostly, but not entirely, in science fiction, fantasy, and horror. After 1978 through 1985 in Seattle, after <i>The Pacific Northwest Review of Books</i> went out of business, NYC, and again freelanced, for publishers including, Ace, Baen, Bluejay, Avon Books, SFBC, Scholastic, Berkeley Books, Tor, Penguin, Dell, and various others.

In 1986 NYC, turned down offers from Jim Frenkel to be Assistant to the Publisher at Bluejay Books, from Tappan King to be Managing Editor of <i>Twilight Zone</i> and <i>Night Cry</i> magazines, and took a job working for John Douglas at Avon Books, working on not just mass market sf, fantasy, and horror, but a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, including a Vietnam War line of both nonfiction and fiction (Michael Herr's _Dispatches_ was one of the best known of the line), the Latin American line ("One Hundred Years of Solitude" being the best-known), a military history line, mainstream fiction, mystery fiction, and every kind of fiction but romance and YA, and every kind of mass market nonfiction but cookbooks, business books, and sports books. By 1988 I crashed into major clinical depression, and was fired.

I became active in sf fandom in 1971, age 12, doing fanzines, working on conventions, including as Director of Operations for two Worldcons and retroactive Vice-Chair of the 1978 Worldcon. I institutionalized Worldcon displays on sf fanhistory, and created the fan lounge, in 1977. I was highly active on the rec.arts.sf. hierarchy of Usenet from 1995-2001, and have blogged at Amygdala since 2001. I've also had lifelong Major Chronic Depression, am diagnosed as bipolar, severe Panic & Anxiety Disorders, and more, and believe more people should talk publically about their experiences with emotional and mental illness.

I've been twice a delegate to County Democratic Conventions, once elected to the Colorado State Democratic Assembly, and as alternate to State Convention.

I've been highly active, with repeated breaks, as a blogger on politics, science, technology, culture, weirdness, science fiction, books, history, and anything that interests me, since 2001.

Bio needs redraft, but I can't put it out of its misery save in small, tortured, steps that will never end until I do.
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  • Midwood High School
    1973 - 1975
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'Star Wars' Creator George Lucas Selects Chicago for Museum
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Lucas chooses city over Los Angeles and San Francisco and hopes to open museum by 2018

Tens of thousands march in London against coalition's austerity measures
www.theguardian.com

An estimated 50,000 people in London addressed by speakers, including Russell Brand, after People's Assembly march

Here versus there: Reflections from a 'voluntourist'
www.sfgate.com

Back in California, I resumed my responsibilities as a volunteer at a weekly drop-in clinic for homeless and low-income individuals in the S

No, A 'Supercomputer' Did NOT Pass The Turing Test For The First Time An...
www.techdirt.com

So, this weekend's news in the tech world was flooded with a "story" about how a "chatbot" passed the Turing Test for "the first time," with

Vintage Chemistry Sets Show We Used to Be Way More Chill About Chemicals...
www.wired.com

Chemistry sets seem to have fallen out of favor in recent years, but there's a movement to bring them back---or at least recapture some of t

Only 2% of Google's American Workforce Is Black
www.theatlantic.com

For the first time ever, Google has released data on the composition of its staff and the picture is pretty white (and male).

This Town Needs a Better Class of Racist
www.theatlantic.com

It's easy for polite American society to condemn Cliven Bundy and banish Donald Sterling while turning away from the elegant, monstrous raci

The Underrated, Universal Appeal of Science Fiction
www.theatlantic.com

Why do so many readers still look down on the genre of Orwell and Atwood?

Still Very, 25 Years Later: The Bleak Genius of Heathers
www.theatlantic.com

The black comedy isn't just a forbearer to Clueless and Mean Girls—it's one of the most scathing indictments of high-school groupthink ever

The DasKeyboard Brings Back the Feel of an IBM Selectric | PCWorld
www.pcworld.com

The retro peripheral from Metadot is a real throwback but may actually help some people type faster.

8 pronunciation errors that made the English language what it is today
www.theguardian.com

Think hyperbole rhymes with Super Bowl? Don't worry, it could be the start of something beautiful

My Life as a Retail Worker: Nasty, Brutish, and Poor
www.theatlantic.com

After veteran reporter Joseph Williams lost his job, he found employment in a sporting-goods store. In a personal essay, he recalls his stru

How Janet Yellen's Agenda Could Transform Washington
www.nationaljournal.com

The next Fed chair is an old-school progressive economist. Just wait until she starts sharing her passions.

How the NSA Threatens National Security
www.theatlantic.com

Our choice isn't between a digital world where the agency can eavesdrop and one where it cannot; our choice is between a digital world that

The Danger of NSA Spying on Members of Congress
www.theatlantic.com

An executive-branch agency has been empowered to store revealing information about the communications of everyone in the legislature.

Life and Letters: Becoming Mary Poppins
www.newyorker.com

Online version of the weekly magazine, with current articles, cartoons, blogs, audio, video, slide shows, an archive of articles and abstrac

2014 in film preview: science-fiction
www.theguardian.com

Kicking off a new daily 10-part series previewing key movies of 2014, we take an advance look at next year's sci-fi hopefuls • 2014 in previ

Wine-tasting: it's junk science
www.theguardian.com

Noses have been put out of joint in the wine industry, with experiments showing that even experts can't always tell cheap plonk from grand c

Document: Israeli Mossad trained Mandela
bigstory.ap.org

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's state archives has published a 50-year-old letter from the Mossad spy agency claiming it unknowingly offered param

How Netflix Reverse Engineered Hollywood
www.theatlantic.com

And then, how we reverse engineered Netflix.