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Jeremiah

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Apr 3 '14

9 quick thoughts on equality

Note: This is in response to the responses to my tweet about Brendan Eich’s resignation from Mozilla. I think 9 tweets is a bit much to chain together, so posting here instead.

In our struggle for equality, we are not capable of stopping oppression directly. The allies we create stop their oppression of us.

Once the majority is on our side, we don’t have to create allies to get our way, but I still think it’s the preferred option.

Small progress can be made by removing people from power, but equality is only made certain through a collective increase in empathy.

I think reducing someone to a single issue is wrong.

It’s so easy to vilify someone and demand an apology. It’s more difficult to accept an imperfect apology and assist in continued progress.

If someone isn’t actively inflicting harm, I aspire to endless patience trying to create an ally and strength to endure the inequality.

If your form of activism involves tearing someone down instead of building them into someone better, I don’t want to be involved.

If your form of activism attacks a person instead of their actions, I don’t want to be involved.

Be respectful if you want to be respected. Love others for who they currently are if you want to be loved for who you are.

~fin~

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Jan 17 '14
If that’s where you’re going to put your God in this world, then God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance. If that’s how you’re going to invoke God. If God is the mystery of the universe, these mysteries, we’re tackling these mysteries one by one. If you’re going to stay religious at the end of the conversation, God has to mean more to you than just where science has yet to tread.

Dec 24 '13
I did an experiment on the behavior of two online communities. I asked a question that I knew the answer to, would be common amongst new users, and would be straightforward to answer.

Stack Overflow and Quora reward users differently. Stack Overflow users are rewarded for janitorial tasks, whereas Quora users are not. Because these janitorial tasks are easier to obtain community status from than creating useful content, Stack Overflow users are more likely to vote against a question than assist an inquiring mind. When learning, asking the right question is often a difficult task. Stack Overflow’s reputation model could be improved to value imperfect questions and corrective guidance instead of moderation.

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I did an experiment on the behavior of two online communities. I asked a question that I knew the answer to, would be common amongst new users, and would be straightforward to answer.

Stack Overflow and Quora reward users differently. Stack Overflow users are rewarded for janitorial tasks, whereas Quora users are not. Because these janitorial tasks are easier to obtain community status from than creating useful content, Stack Overflow users are more likely to vote against a question than assist an inquiring mind. When learning, asking the right question is often a difficult task. Stack Overflow’s reputation model could be improved to value imperfect questions and corrective guidance instead of moderation.

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Dec 22 '13

"How Designers Destroyed the World" by Mike Monteiro

Nov 3 '13

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Oct 26 '13

2013 San Francisco Voting

San Francisco Ballot Measures

Measure A: Yes. Not sure why this is even a question. City employee retiree health care trust fund should only be used for its stated purpose.

Measure B: Yes, San Francisco should be doing everything possible to increase available housing, even if it’s “luxury”. I live beside this fugly parking lot where Giants fan debauchery takes place. Please, turn this into something nice.

Measure C: Yes. Taller buildings mean more housing and the height restriction in Mission Bay is tragically low. The height limit should be increased so that Measure B can be most effective at increasing available housing.

Measure D: Yes, begrudgingly. The Board of Supervisors should have just done this on their own, but the public can be the backbone they lack for some reason. Drug companies do not deserve confidentiality agreements that prevent the tax payers from knowing how much the city is spending on specific drugs.

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Aug 25 '13

How much is that Sony AIBO doggie in the window? The doggie is for sale.

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Aug 18 '13
The greatest gift you can give somebody is your own personal development. I used to say, ‘If you will take care of me, I will take care of you.’ Now I say, ‘I will take care of me for you, if you will take care of you for me.’
— Jim Rohn

Jul 25 '13

"The Debate", The West Wing

  • Santos: It's true, Republicans have tried to turn 'liberal' into a bad word. Well, liberals ended slavery in this country.
  • Vinick: A Republican president ended slavery.
  • Santos: Yes, a liberal Republican. What happened to them? They got run out of your party. What did liberals do that was so offensive to the Republican party? I'll tell you what they did. Liberals got women the right to vote. Liberals got African-Americans the right to vote. Liberals created social security and lifted millions of elderly people out of poverty. Liberals ended segregation. Liberals passed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, Liberals created Medicare. Liberals passed the Clean Air Act, and the Clean Water Act. What did Conservatives do? They opposed every one of those programs. Every one. So when you try to hurl the word 'liberal' at my feet, as if it were dirty, something to run away from, something that I should be ashamed of, it won't work, Senator, because I will pick up that label and wear it as a badge of honor.

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Jul 15 '13

Arguments against Git feature branches in “Continuous Delivery”

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