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This is going to be awesome.
Geek Chic is raising funds for Geek Chic XP on Kickstarter! A roving geek social club, creating community and experiences for all the entertainment, dining, play and relaxation you crave.
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Ever wanted to make a difference in the world? Here's your chance.
 
After 9 years, I’m leaving Google. Today is my last day.

It’s hard to leave a place that you’ve been at for so long. People love to talk about the perks but really, it’s the people that have kept me at Google so long and it’s the people that I’m going to miss dearly.

So…if I'm going to miss it so bad, why in the world am I leaving?

My friend Roy Chan​ and I used to argue for hours about the role of idealists in the world. He’d try to convince me that change was driven by idealists and I’d tell him safe/sure paths were better…well today I’m going to admit defeat and make the choice of an idealist. I’m joining the US Digital Service working at Veterans Affairs in Seattle tackling electronic medical records.

Why? Because information technology is our generation’s steam engine…getting “digital services” right can make or break an organization (like our government). Because, momentum for change is building and we are at an inflection point for how government uses technology over the next decade. Because veterans and healthcare matter. Because if we citizens keep walking away from the hard problems, choosing instead to just criticize from a distance, things do not get better.

Is this going to be hard? Yes.
Will there be bureaucracy and all the other things that us techies hate? Absolutely.
Will there be legacy software to deal with? Like you couldn’t imagine.
Where is the hope then? The hope is in the people.

I’ve been working with USDS + various agencies intermittently for the last 1/2 year and can confidently say that despite the stereotypes + prejudice leveled against government workers, there are actually very good people in USDS (HQ, 18F, etc) as well as the rest of government. And when I say “very good,” I mean USDS has the highest concentration of talent + passion that I have ever had the pleasure of working with.

So with that, bye bye Google. Hello USDS and hello VA.  First target is a point-of-care web application built using a node.js stack. We’re looking for 5-7 people in Seattle. If you know anyone who has the skills and would find this intriguing, I’m interested in talking to them.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/digital/united-states-digital-service
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Totally backing this.
Women In Tech: The Book alternates teaching career skills with inspiring autobiographies from amazing women in tech!
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That's her LEM landing code threatening to fall over on her. 
This is a great photo I just ran across on the internets. It said it was “Margaret Hamilton, Apollo program”, but it did…
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The C-1 is the only thing preventing me from buying a new car or bike.  Everything else out there pales in comparison.  I am very much looking forward to the day mine arrives.
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That more or less sums it up.
 
"To say that you’re not a feminist means that you think men should have more rights and opportunities than women."

Well, that's it in a nutshell. Thanks, Ms Swift.
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Yep. Sure. Sums it up right there, right? Because women need to have more rights than men because we don't derive our rights from God, but from other humans, right?

So clearly, only those with the most power can bestow rights upon another human, and such centralized power and authority are what women need to stop rights-hungry men from taking all the rights, right? What about the Jews? Haven't they got enough rights already? Don't they have enough fingers in the financial pies of the world? How about black men? Trans-folk? Which group needs more rights than the other? Is it a priority list?

We seriously need to reconsider how these arguments are being made. Marginalizing one group for the sake of another is never the way to make progress and only hurts us as a race. Martin Luther King was /never/ about restrictions on one side for the benefit of the other -- neither were the founders, for that matter.

What we need is /equal/ rights, not /more/ rights across the board, regardless of race, creed, color, sex, gender or any other differentiator.
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Meet OnHub, a new router from Google that’s built for all the ways you Wi-Fi.
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This image is explained below. Image links to large nonlooping animation. Looping version also available. If you don't think sexism in Tech and Computer Science is a major problem, you really have not been paying attention. T...
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As half of the wisecracking NPR radio show, Tom Magliozzi made us laugh at our car problems. He and his brother Ray also taught us how things work.
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What a shame. I always love listening to Car Talk when I'm in the US, not least because it's the only car show I find even remotely interesting as a non-car-person. It's like the anti-Top Gear.
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Yes, yes 1000 times yes.
When it comes time to make a point about an important issue the tool I usually default to is humour, or satire, because I find it’s easiest to change people’s minds if you can make them laugh along with you. A lot of awful things have happened this week, and in the week before, and I’ve tried a few times to think of a clever way I could write them up while still getting the point across that, hey, things are really bad. I can’t. So here we are.
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And backed.

edit: And upped my pledge to get the wooden set.
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