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Derek Pennycuff
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The HR rep began the meeting by asking me if I had noticed that I was the common theme in all of the reports I had been making, and that if I had ever considered that I might be the problem. I pointed out that everything I had reported came with extensive documentation and I clearly wasn't the instigator (or even a main character) in the majority of them - she countered by saying that there was absolutely no record in HR of any of the incidents I was claiming I had reported (which, of course, was a lie, and I reminded her I had email and chat records to prove it was a lie). She then asked me if women engineers at Uber were friends and talked a lot, and then asked me how often we communicated, what we talked about, what email addresses we used to communicate, which chat rooms we frequented, etc. - an absurd and insulting request that I refused to comply with. When I pointed out how few women were in SRE, she recounted with a story about how sometimes certain people of certain genders and ethnic backgrounds were better suited for some jobs than others, so I shouldn't be surprised by the gender ratios in engineering. Our meeting ended with her berating me about keeping email records of things, and told me it was unprofessional to report things via email to HR.

Less than a week after this absurd meeting, my manager scheduled a 1:1 with me, and told me we needed to have a difficult conversation. He told me I was on very thin ice for reporting his manager to HR. California is an at-will employment state, he said, which means we can fire you if you ever do this again. I told him that was illegal, and he replied that he had been a manager for a long time, he knew what was illegal, and threatening to fire me for reporting things to HR was not illegal. I reported his threat immediately after the meeting to both HR and to the CTO: they both admitted that this was illegal, but none of them did anything. (I was told much later that they didn't do anything because the manager who threatened me "was a high performer").

I had a new job offer in my hands less than a week later.

On my last day at Uber, I calculated the percentage of women who were still in the org. Out of over 150 engineers in the SRE teams, only 3% were women.

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Back in college, Papa John's was the happening pizza joint. They delivered. And offered a discount for college students. In the years since college I've learned about what a shit heel John Schnatter is. Now I live in a town with neither a Papa John's or a Little Caesars. But should I be faced with the choice between the two ever again (not likely with a celiac wife and dairy intolerant son) I'll keep this in mind.

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I don't need to spend money on non-essentials until we get the car situation worked out.

But there's a Joe R. Lansdale book I don't have yet…
And Ellison…
And McCammon…

I'm sure the authors I haven't yet read here are of a similar caliber. Dammit.

But I really can't spend money on non-essentials until we get the car situation worked out.

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A question for my readers:

I've been reading a lot of texts about dynamic road lighting - that is, road lighting systems which adjust automatically to changing traffic, ambient light, and weather conditions (and thus save a lot of energy).

Well, actually I've read a lot of studies about hypothesized energy savings, but there seems to be a relative death of implementations.

Thus, if you know of a project, town, or site where dynamic road lighting has not only been proposed, but actually implemented - please share this information with me. I am interested in any available technological details - what technology was used, what the energy savings actually were (if any), and so forth.

Companies offering such technologies for sale are also of interest to me.

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I concur. Other Space is pretty awesome.

It's got Deadpool's cab driver. It's got MTS3K's Joel and Trace. Milana from those AT&T ads is great in it. Janet Varney shows up in an episode. The bad guy from the new Ghostbusters is in it. Also directed by Paul Feig. And lots cast members have cameos in Ghostbusters.

Anyway, unless you hate fun, you should check it out. ;) 

'Sup Savages?

Tomorrow is our first game sessions since… early November I think. I'm running Sundered Skies. The players just took down the Bone Queen in the most recent, but still long past, session. We've got 2 Wildings in the party. I figure it's time to introduce the Willow Queen and those Elves loyal to her as a potential threat.

I've got the core book and both compendiums from the TAG shop. But I've only read the core book cover to cover, and that was many months ago as I was pitching the campaign. Can anyone recommend a plot point or two I should focus my prep time on tonight?

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This album is now old enough to drink.

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