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"Exhaustion lowers inhibitions and mood, and drastically affects judgement. But we have a working culture that pretends it simply doesn’t matter. 11pm conference call? Sure. Five hour show and tell? No problem. Working lunch? What other kind is there? But the one thing we are not allowed to say is that we are tired. Too. Damn. Tired. For all their whacky notions and prudery, the Victorians were far ahead of us."

And it's worse in subcultures (like tech), where taking a couple weeks off for a vacation is considered shocking.
I spent last week in a posh beach hut somewhere very hot, sleeping off the latest ICANN meeting and reading a stack of books. But mostly just sleeping. ICANN meetings are inhuman. The nice 'back to...
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This is one of the more insidious reasons why chronic fatigue syndrome sucks, especially for folks who are still trying to work. 'Too tired' is not, in this culture, a reason or an excuse for not working. I'd actually argue it's way worse in medicine, where we still think it's totally okay to make doctors work day-long shifts in hospitals doing live-critical work while sleep deprived, simply because engineers are a little less likely to get other people killed through exhaustion. But 'tired driving' is starting to get noticed as a serious accident factor.
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It should never be surprising when actual science runs contrary to media hysteria: "For all the negative news about the alleged downsides of playing video games, it’s always surprising to come across research that shows a potentially huge upside."

"Together, the DLPFC and FEF are crucial players in our brain’s executive decision-making system. Greater “thickness” in these brain areas (in other words, more connections between brain cells) indicates a greater ability to juggle multiple variables, whether those variables have immediate or long-term implications, or both."
For all the negative news about the alleged downsides of playing video games, it’s always surprising to come across research that shows a potentially huge upside. A new study fills the bill by showing that heavy video game play is associated with greater “cortical thickness” – a neuroscience term meaning [...]
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We’re coming up on the 15th anniversary of the Columbine High School killings, and the narrative surrounding that incident is still very similar to the one surrounding Sandy Hook: wayward, perhaps emotionally disturbed teens. Angry music and violent video games. Access to guns. A lack of comprehensive mental-health options. Parents who didn’t recognize the signs that their child might be turning violent, either because the signs were well hidden or because it was difficult to tell those were the ones that would obviously lead to murder. The narrative hasn’t changed because we still don’t have answers, and we may never have the answers we’d need to actually identify potential perpetrators and prevent more school shootings. So, what should we do?
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You can hear my voice on KQED tomorrow morning, or you can hear it now on the website, talking about my upbringing in metal and why the stereotypes are all wrong. 
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Rejected portal appeal: Arlington Street Path, @37.7357337,-122.4278266

This is a somewhat hidden but public walking path that the whole neighborhood on either side of San Jose Ave. takes care of. Lots of pretty plants and views. 
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Sharing partly for +Devin Carraway. I had no idea Tom Lehrer was still alive. 
Tom Lehrer is considered one of the most influential figures in comedy — despite a body of work consisting of just 37 pitch-black songs and a career that stopped abruptly when the countercult...
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I don’t know much about Rush and can’t tell you whether he behaves like his Camarilla character on a day-to-day basis. What I can tell you is that there’s nothing wrong with recognizing that you have a curiosity about villains or evil people, and finding a safe and harmless outlet through which to explore that curiosity.
There's been quite the kerfuffle the past day or so about Florida U.S. Congressional candidate Jake Rush, a 35-year-old Republican who also apparently plays Camarilla, a live-action vampire role-pl...
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According to Reuters, the study examined 42,000 hospital admissions in Michigan before the start of daylight saving time and the Monday immediately after, for four consecutive years. It found that an average of 32 patients had heart attacks on any given Monday. But on the Monday immediately after moving the clock forward, there were an average of eight additional heart attacks.
 
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Portal rejection appeal: Monroe Elementary School, @37.7253646,-122.4305167
San Francisco, CA

Similar to many other school-based portals, many of which have been approved. Front entrance features a mural with the name of the school, painted by students and faculty. 
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Because I took this down a weird tangent I'm going to delete my comments.

Sorry folks. Just get a little emotional when people say "stay away from the kids".

I love kids. I love teaching. I don't have any kids of my own. I'm over 50 so I'm never going to be a Dad. No one is ever going to call me Grandpa, and my nieces and nephews are a thousand miles away. :/ 
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For decades, in Marin, San Mateo and San Francisco counties, residents have opposed the idea of creating more housing. But the fallout from those sentiments is a simple matter of supply and demand. In a shortage, prices will go up, determined partly by what people are willing to pay. And when you have well-paid young engineers who love to live in San Francisco, they’re willing to pay a lot. As transportation planner Michael Rhodes recently laid out on Medium, housing has not kept up with job growth in the Bay Area, and that’s not the fault of tech workers. Although there are numerous residential units in the pipeline, I heard a real-estate investor say recently that units currently under construction will not be enough to make prices come down. He didn’t even go so far as to say they would keep housing prices from going up.
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I don't blame tech workers, but I do blame tech companies for failing to help those who are negatively impacted by their rise. Rents went up like crazy along Google Bus routes, and people got forced out of those areas, and that is directly their responsibility. (Other tech bus routes similarly.) It's an easy comparison to the last tech boom here; no buses, no rent rise, no new condos being built in those areas. Put in a bus route, and suddenly the neighborhood is appealing to those tech workers, and landlords and owners have immense incentives to Ellis Act or condo-ify or evict and re-rent at three times the price. Local businesses are also being forced out, which isn't good for locals. If the tech companies do nothing for those people or for the city - they sure aren't paying taxes in it - then people will get angry, and legitimately so. It's one thing to run buses to (say) large new condo developments in South Beach; it's another to encourage people to gentrify the Mission because it's "hip" and force out low-income residents. If the tech companies don't like the backlash, maybe they should do something to help the people who are suffering as a result.

Seriously, housing is a problem in SF regardless of boom or bust; getting permits around here is a nightmare. But the tech companies are directly responsible for development along bus routes they chose, and thus for the bad underside of that development.
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  • Law360.com
    court reporter, 2012 - present
  • San Francisco Examiner
    reporter, 2006 - 2009
  • San Mateo Daily News
    reporter, 2005 - 2006
  • San Rafael/Terra Linda News Pointer
    editor, 1998 - 2005
  • San Francisco Chronicle
    music critic, 1996 - 1999
  • Addicted to Noise
    associate editor, 1996 - 1999
  • Daily Californian
    copy editor, 1994 - 1996
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Journalist, author, blogger, poet, mom (the order depends on the day).
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I'm a journalist and writer whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, Mother Jones, Wired, Ars Technica, USA Today, the San Francisco Chronicle, the SF Weekly, the San Francisco Examiner, PopMatters, Addicted to Noise and others. 

I'm also the author of several books, including "Sacred Sonoma," "Read the Music," and "Beloved" (no, not the Toni Morrison one). I blog at http://backwardmessages.wordpress.com, maintain Sumerland.net and contribute to Undented.com.
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  • University of California at Berkeley
    Sociology, 1994 - 1994
  • Santa Rosa Junior College
    Journalism, 1991 - 1994
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