Hey, Mom! The Explanation.

Here's the permanent dedicated link to my first Hey, Mom! post and the explanation of the feature it contains.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #771 - Moving Day

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #771 - Moving Day

Hi Mom, Here's what happened yesterday, August 15th.

I will let the pictures tell the story.

I am exhausted and behind on work.

But we're packed (mostly). We're moving. More tomorrow.












in case you're wondering that plaid thing is my shorts...

MOVING DAY PHOTO GALLERY











THE SHRINKING BED..........

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hiding in the bed room











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Reflect and connect.

Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you.

I miss you so very much, Mom.

Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.

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- Days ago = 773 days ago

- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1708.16 - 10:10

NOTE on time: When I post late, I had been posting at 7:10 a.m. because Google is on Pacific Time, and so this is really 10:10 EDT. However, it still shows up on the blog in Pacific time. So, I am going to start posting at 10:10 a.m. Pacific time, intending this to be 10:10 Eastern time. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom. But I am not going back and changing all the 7:10 a.m. times. But I will run this note for a while. Mom, you know that I am posting at 10:10 a.m. often because this is the time of your death.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #770 - How Much Life is Enough?


Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #770 - How Much Life is Enough?

Hi Mom,

This is a bit of a cheat as Monica Byrne via her Patreon (where you can support her right now) posted this message the video at 6:10 today, so I couldn't possibly have re-posted and shared it at 10:10, even in PDT, which will soon be my time zone.

But I am catching up via quick shares.

Thanks Monica. This will give me something to watch in bed tonight with the puppies.


{ all patrons }
Should aging be considered a disease? Will we ever be able to live forever? Should we? 
The new VICE UK episode--on immortality, transhumanism, and cryonics--is HERE! It's twelve minutes long and it's so freaking beautiful. If AT ALL POSSIBLE, when you watch it, turn all the lights off and go full-screen. It's worth it.
Also, um....this episode is much more personal than the last. I'll tell you something: before I talked to Aubrey de Grey, I broke down crying. I had to go to the (tiny) bathroom just off the Cambridge Union and have a good weep, and wash my face and splash water in my eyes, so my puffy eyes wouldn't show on camera. The same thing happened at the ALCOR Life Extension facility in Phoenix, with all of the "patients" preserved in cold silver canisters. The idea that aging is a disease...that any sickness can be cured...that death is a form of weakness...was both deeply intriguing and incredibly offensive to me. So what you see reflected in this film is my--and the whole crew's--vacillations between those two poles.  
So watch it. And let me know what you think in the comments.
Again!, if you want to see the captioned play-by-play behind all of our shoots, go here for the USA shoot, here for the UK shoot, and here for the Japan shoot.
Love and thanks. :)
Monica




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- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1708.15 - 10:10

NOTE on time: When I post late, I had been posting at 7:10 a.m. because Google is on Pacific Time, and so this is really 10:10 EDT. However, it still shows up on the blog in Pacific time. So, I am going to start posting at 10:10 a.m. Pacific time, intending this to be 10:10 Eastern time. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom. But I am not going back and changing all the 7:10 a.m. times. But I will run this note for a while. Mom, you know that I am posting at 10:10 a.m. often because this is the time of your death.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #769 - Moving Records


Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #769 - Moving Records

Hi Mom,

Over a month ago I scheduled this post for yesterday, so I am pretty close to the mark of when I am actually publishing it.

The records are packed. I think they're going to be okay. Visions of a vinyl-melting hothouse of a truck were probably too doomsday in scenario and more than a bit paranoid.

But this entry is not too exciting. It's just some resources and part of an article.

Usually this day is devoted to MUSICAL MONDAY, so this is somewhat fitting as this is about music, even though I am not posting to music.

As you can imagine, I am about quick blog posts right now as I try to catch up on posting and pack and work and move out west.

#MovingHell #Packing #MoverExhaustion

GOOGLE SEARCH FOR MOVING RECORDS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

https://www.discogs.com/group/thread/475808

http://provincialmoving.com/tag/tips-for-moving-records/

https://www.reddit.com/r/vinyl/comments/2rjv32/moving_your_record_collection/

http://www.organissimo.org/forum/index.php?/topic/69903-moving-vinyl-cross-country-in-summer-heat/

MY MOVING COMPANY -

http://www.stimovers.com/



http://waxtimes.com/how-to-move-a-record-collection/

How to move a record collection

Wax Times HQ just relocated and though the collection didn’t have to be transported that far, about 2 miles, planning and executing the move went over without incident. How’d we do it? Planning to move a record collection isn’t terribly difficult to figure out but knowing what you have, considering how long the move will take, choosing the right supplies and enlisting any help needed makes the all the difference

Make a catalogue

A collection deserves to be catalogued for a number of reasons but mostly for the ease of tracking your albums and insuring your collection. No matter what tool you use — discogs ftw — start early and keep up-to-date as you buy/add new albums to your shelves. The catalogue becomes even more important when moving if you plan to make sure that everything you box up winds up in your new home. A memory can keep track of only so many things before it beings to fail but a spreadsheet or database is the best piece of mind you can have.

Plan the move

Phoenix collectors know all too well that our desert can warp a record faster than a needle drop so when it came down to considering transporting this collection just as temperatures were rising, timing was very important. An early morning timeframe was chosen as temperatures peak in late afternoon and though the sun rises very early, the urban heat island of Downtown Phoenix is still somewhat reasonable temperate from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m.
In this case, renting a truck with an air conditioned cab was not necessary considering the proximity of the new home for the collection, but most moves are not down the street. Whether it be a professional moving service or doing it DIY with a U-haul truck, check local forecasts and select an optimal date and time of day to transport your collection to eliminate as many severe weather factors as possible.

Prepping records for transport

It sounds deceptively simple but the fact is most people do it wrong. Damaged albums happen mostly because of improper prepping before they even make it into a box and onto a truck so take a couple of precautions to ensure everything stays minty.
  1.  Stock up on outer sleeves if you aren’t using them already. These keep albums from rubbing against each other resulting in wear to the jackets which is usually something that can’t be fixed.
  2. Now is also a perfect time to upgrade all inner sleeves to a poly sleeve as removing the discs from the covers is the next step. Place each disc behind the jacket to avoid ring wear and the dreaded seam split.

Buying boxes and tape

U-haul boxes have been a favorite of collectors and stores because they’re cheap, sturdy and U-haul will buy back any unused boxes back at full cost. The small box fits records perfectly with enough room for some padding on each end. Depending on how each box is packed, they comfortably fit between 60-80 albums, though some people do claim upwards of a 100/box but that’s not recommended.
metafilter article mentions using a box with a much higher price point but the benefits may outweigh the increased cost for those long hauls. With double wall construction and a focus on durability, the 12” Record Storage boxes from Bags Unlimited stood up to one users move but at about $28 for just two boxes and no buy back offer, not many budgets can warrant the expenditure.
When it comes to tape, make no mistake, U-haul’s Packaging Paper Tape held together 30 boxes so well that post move-in, breaking down the boxes could not be done by hand. The paper tape is very durable, meant to accommodate heavier packages and won’t yellow or become brittle like some of the clear adhesive tapes that are more common. Record distributors even rely on this or similar tapes and based on the orders received in the mail over the years, this stuff works.
The last provision needed is bubble wrap, or an alternative cushioning material for the ends of each box just to help keep them from jostling around too much.

Box everything up

An important consideration here is how far the boxed records will need to be carried. Short distances with no stairs? Heavier boxes may be alright but if you have a long distance to travel with each box in hand, deliberately under-packing them will save your back. Hand trucks or assistive devices will make even more of a difference, so rent one if possible.
Hopefully the collection is in order so maintain that when packing by working backwards genre by genre. Label everything, take pictures if needed or assign it a bin/shelf number so that when the collection is delivered, the destination of the albums in each box are predetermined.
Stacking boxes of records is a-okay but done unevenly or in a sloppy fashion will probably result in a delivery of toppled boxes in some state of disarray. Records are heavy, the weight of each box is concentrated in the middle similar to a shelf of books; stack too high and the boxes on the bottom may get squished.

Final thoughts

The Tetris-like process will test any collector’s resolve to the format. The process is all about fitting squares and rectangles into the most efficiently organized and packaged fleet of albums ready to move. Just as the breaking point approaches, where not a single record will fit into another box or the number of boxes have exceeded expectations, relax and if possible spin a favorite just to remind yourself of why you have records and what it means to be a collector.

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Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you.

I miss you so very much, Mom.

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- Days ago = 771 days ago

- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1708.14 - 10:10

NOTE on time: When I post late, I had been posting at 7:10 a.m. because Google is on Pacific Time, and so this is really 10:10 EDT. However, it still shows up on the blog in Pacific time. So, I am going to start posting at 10:10 a.m. Pacific time, intending this to be 10:10 Eastern time. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom. But I am not going back and changing all the 7:10 a.m. times. But I will run this note for a while. Mom, you know that I am posting at 10:10 a.m. often because this is the time of your death.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #768 - Banyan Tree of Knowledge


Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #768 - Banyan Tree of Knowledge

Hi Mom,

Moving madness has burst forth from the chest of my fallen comrade.

Packing is in full force, and so I am posting on Wednesday the 16th.

But this is as good a time as any to share that I LOVE banyan trees.

So this article resonated.

FROM https://aeon.co/ideas/the-tree-of-knowledge-is-not-an-apple-or-an-oak-but-a-banyan

The tree 

of knowledge is 

not an apple 

or an oak 

but a banyan


Jonardon Ganeri
is a philosopher whose work draws on a variety of philosophical traditions to construct new positions in the philosophy of mind, metaphysics and epistemology. He is the author of Attention, Not Self (2018), The Self (2012), The Lost Age of Reason (2011), The Concealed Art of the Soul (2007), and Semantic Powers (1999), all published by Oxford University Press. He joined the Fellowship of the British Academy in 2015, and won the Infosys Prize in the Humanities the same year.
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Edited by Sam Dresser

In European societies, knowledge is often pictured as a tree: a single trunk – the core – with branches splaying outwards towards distant peripheries. The imagery of this tree is so deeply embedded in European thought-patterns that every form of institution has been marshalled into a ‘centre-periphery’ pattern. In philosophy, for example, there are certain ‘core’ subjects and other more marginal, peripheral, and implicitly expendable, ones. Likewise, a persistent, and demonstrably false, picture of science has it as consisting of a ‘stem’ of pure science (namely fundamental physics) with secondary domains of special sciences at varying degrees of remove: branches growing from, and dependent upon, the foundational trunk. 
Knowledge should indeed be thought of as a tree – just not this kind of tree. Rather than the European fruiter with its single trunk, knowledge should be pictured as a banyan tree, in which a multiplicity of aerial roots sustains a centreless organic system. The tree of knowledge has a plurality of roots, and structures of knowledge are multiply grounded in the earth: the body of knowledge is a single organic whole, no part of which is more or less dispensable than any other. ‘Stands an undying banyan tree,’ says Krishna in the Bhagavad-Gītā, ‘with roots above and boughs beneath. Its leaves are the Vedic hymns: one who knows this tree knows the Vedas. Below, above, its well nourished branches straggle out; sense objects are the twigs. Below its roots proliferate inseparably linked with works in the world of men.’
There is a right way and a wrong way to get this new picture of knowledge off the ground. An epistemic pluralist claims that just as a banyan tree has many different but equally valuable roots, so there are many different but equally valuable ways of interrogating reality. The wrong way to fill in the picture is to think that a ‘way of interrogating reality’ consists in a collection of what Paul Boghossian at New York University has calledepistemic principles, general normative propositions that specify under which conditions a particular type of belief is justified. That is, we should resist any temptation to say, for example, that as modern science justifies its claims on the basis of observation and testing, so pre-modern societies justified theirs on the basis of divination and witchcraft, and each sort of epistemic principle is therefore just as correct as the other. That would lead down a slippery slope into relativism and social constructivism – to a forest of trees isolated from one another, and not to the single organic epistemic system that the image of the banyan tree represents.
The right way to formulate epistemic pluralism has actually already been provided for us from within the pluralist cosmopolis of Sanskrit. The remarkable Jaina philosophers make a distinction of fundamental epistemological significance when they say that as well as and in addition to epistemic principles (pramāṇa), there are also nayas, epistemic standpoints or stances, and that both are essential constituents in an epistemic culture. A naya is not a proposition but a practical attitude, a strategy or policy that guides enquiry: it is an approach to the problem of producing knowledge, not a proposition about the sources of justification. One such policy might be to attend only to what is immediately present in experience, another might be to enumerate everything one encounters without making any categorical distinctions, another to attend to stasis rather than flux, or to causal interconnections rather than to essential attributes. The philosopher Anjan Chakravartty at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana stresses that ‘One does not believe a stance in the way that one believes a fact. Rather, one commits to a stance, or adopts it.’
Here is an analogy. Think of a route up a mountain as a guide to performing the action of reaching the summit. There can be different routes up the mountain, with different benefits and drawbacks, but equally good for the ultimate goal of reaching the top. One path might be steeper but shorter, another more scenic, another better served with teashops. Walking up clockwise is incompatible with walking up anticlockwise, though in both cases one does reach the top.
The existence of a plurality of equally good ‘approaches’, does not entail that we cannot evaluate them according to some standard of better and worse. The appropriate norm of evaluation is not the binary standard of truth versus falsity, which excludes plurality. Rather, a stance is evaluated as being well- or ill-advised, conducive to certain ends, easy or difficult to administer. So one can order stances: as a strategy for reaching the summit, taking one step forward and two steps back is a very bad one.
The second major innovation of the Jaina was to insist that we must adopt stances non-dogmatically, meaning that I can acknowledge the value of your way of interrogating reality while pursuing an alternative path myself. To say mine is the only correct one is to commit what they describe as an act of epistemic violence (hiṃsā). This is just to acknowledge that the ordering among stances is a partial one: some pairs of stances can be equally good, by the lights of the standard of goodness that stances are responsible to.
The mountain is metaphysically complex, its variously shaped sides offering different aspects to the climber and so different potential routes to the top. Rejecting the idea that things have a single unique essence, the Jaina instead say – and this is their third theoretical innovation – that reality is in some sense manifold or multifaceted (the Sanskrit term is anekānta). ‘The real thing, whose essence is multifaceted, is the domain of all acts of awareness; an object qualified by one facet is known as the province of a standpoint (naya),’ said the 5th-century Jaina thinker Siddhasena in Nyāyāvatāra. ‘The real thing, both external and internal, endowed with a form that is under the sway of muliplex essential natures not separate from each other, unfolds itself to all epistemic principles (pramāṇa),’ added Siddharṣigaṇi. Whichever route is selected, each mountaineer is in principle able to avail of the same tools and techniques, the same crampons, maps and axes; but the mountain unfolds itself differently to every one. The toolkit of the responsible enquirer contains empirical observation, logical techniques of deduction, induction and inference to the best explanation, and the pooling of discovery through testimony. But there is no single correct way of using those tools in one’s interrogation of reality.


Epistemic stances are not exactly like routes up a mountain. It is not so much that each stance interrogates a part of reality as that each aspires to interrogate the whole of reality, but does so in a particular manner. Nāgārjuna, the Buddhist philosopher of the Middle Way, devised a technique to approach reality from a structural or inter-relational point of view. Kaṇāda, the sage of the Vaiśeṣika school of philosophy, found a way to study reality in terms of its ontological categories. It would be an error to dogmatically infer now that reality is only structure or that it is only category. Similarly, modern science is an epistemically plural undertaking, despite the official narrative. Science excels in producing descriptions of causal connections and providing for their explanation; but there are other ways to interrogate the reality we share.
The picture of knowledge as a banyan tree encourages a certain epistemic ideal: that these different but commensurably valuable sources of epistemic nutrition can belong within a single epistemic organism. Of all the departments of knowledge within a modern university, it is philosophy that seems most addicted to the centre-periphery picture of enquiry, to the old European tree. Were it able to re-imagine itself according to this new ideal, its practitioners would find themselves freed from their terror of not being quite ‘at the centre’, and the profession might finally emerge from its long struggle to overcome its inability to conceptualise diversity in content and composition.


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Reflect and connect.

Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you.

I miss you so very much, Mom.

Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.

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- Days ago = 770 days ago

- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1708.13 - 10:10

NOTE on time: When I post late, I had been posting at 7:10 a.m. because Google is on Pacific Time, and so this is really 10:10 EDT. However, it still shows up on the blog in Pacific time. So, I am going to start posting at 10:10 a.m. Pacific time, intending this to be 10:10 Eastern time. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom. But I am not going back and changing all the 7:10 a.m. times. But I will run this note for a while. Mom, you know that I am posting at 10:10 a.m. often because this is the time of your death.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #767 - Being Spider-Man - Extra Ordinary


Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #767 - Being Spider-Man - Extra Ordinary

Hi Mom,

Today is the day I tear apart my office and pack it up for the move. In fact, because that's such a time consuming job, I am writing this from one day in the future because all I did "today" (Saturday) was finish final grades for CTU, set up a Park University class, and then start tearing part my office.

I will take (I did, remember, this is from the future) step-by-step photos.

But for now just this because, you know, packing.

OH! But I will say that I still don't know when the truck is coming. Even one day in the future, I don't know because the moving company never called. So, the truck could come as early as Tuesday, and I won't be ready.

But we will deal with it as best we can. That's all I can do.

So, BE SPIDER-MAN.

(Though how a girl gets to be spider-MAN makes no sense to me).

http://www.exocomics.com/



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I miss you so very much, Mom.

Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.

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- Days ago = 769 days ago

- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1708.12 - 10:10

NOTE on time: When I post late, I had been posting at 7:10 a.m. because Google is on Pacific Time, and so this is really 10:10 EDT. However, it still shows up on the blog in Pacific time. So, I am going to start posting at 10:10 a.m. Pacific time, intending this to be 10:10 Eastern time. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom. But I am not going back and changing all the 7:10 a.m. times. But I will run this note for a while. Mom, you know that I am posting at 10:10 a.m. often because this is the time of your death.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #766 - That one time, that thing with Google - Gender and Diversity

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #766 - That one time, that thing with Google - Gender and Diversity

Hey Mom,

The $%!* is hitting the fan at Google. I wonder where that expression comes from? What fan? Why a fan?

Anyway, this content is mainly for me to keep track of it.

I am deep in final grades and packing.

Tomorrow I dismantle my office and I will take step-by-step photos.

More soon... But now, this...

https://m.slashdot.org/story/329649



Google IT

Google Engineer's Leaked 'Gender Diversity' Essay Draws Massive Response (medium.com)1120


An anonymous reader writes:An engineer at Google's Mountain View headquarters circulated a 3,400-word essay internally that argued a "moral bias" exists at Google that's "shaming dissenters" and silencing their voices against "encroaching extremist and authoritarian policies." It attributes the gender gap in technology to biology-based differences in abilities (such as "speaking up" and "leading") and different personality traits (including "neuroticism"). Its suggested remedies include "Stop alienating conservatives" (calling it "non-inclusive" and "bad business because conservatives tend to be higher in conscientiousness"), and it also suggests as a solution to "de-emphasize empathy" (which "causes us to focus on anecdotes, favor individuals similar to us, and harbor other irrational and dangerous biases"). 

As the essay leaked over the weekend, former Google engineer Yonatan Zunger identified its anonymous author as "not someone senior," saying the author didn't seem to understand gender -- or engineering -- or what's going to happen next. "Essentially, engineering is all about cooperation, collaboration, and empathy for both your colleagues and your customers. If someone told you that engineering was a field where you could get away with not dealing with people or feelings, then I'm very sorry to tell you that you have been lied to... It's true that women are socialized to be better at paying attention to people's emotional needs and so on -- this is something that makes them better engineers, not worse ones... You need to learn the difference between 'I think we should adopt Go as our primary language' and 'I think one-third of my colleagues are either biologically unsuited to do their jobs, or if not are exceptions and should be suspected of such until they can prove otherwise to each and every person's satisfaction.'"

The leaked internal essay is now being discussed in literally dozens of news outlets. Click through for some official responses, including leaked reactions from Google's VP of Engineering, from Google's new VP of Diversity, Integrity & Governance -- and from Slashdot's readers.
Google's new VP of Diversity, Integrity & Governance -- who started just a few weeks ago -- responded internally that the document "advanced incorrect assumptions about gender," saying it's not a viewpoint Google endorses or encourages, and adding that "Changing a culture is hard, and it's often uncomfortable." 

Zunger seemed to agree in part, writing sympathetically that "One very important true statement which this manifesto makes is that male gender roles remain highly inflexible, and that this is a bug, not a feature. In fact, I suspect that this is the core bug which prompted everything else within this manifesto to be written." 

Google VP of Engineering Ari Balogh also responded internally that "we want to continue fostering an environment where it's safe to engage in challenging conversations in a thoughtful way. But, in the process of doing that, we cannot allow stereotyping and harmful assumptions to play any part. One of the aspects of the post that troubled me deeply was the bias inherent in suggesting that most women, or men, feel or act a certain way. That is stereotyping, and it is harmful." 

Long-time Slashdot reader Lauren Weinstein believes that leaking the internal memo to the outside world was a major breach of trust that will do more damage. But he also links to an earlier essay which argues "The men of computer science and the computer industry are misogynous jerks. Not all of them of course. Likely not even the majority. But enough to thoroughly poison the well."

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Google Grapples With Fallout After Employee Slams Diversity Efforts (npr.org)544


An anonymous reader shares a report from NPR:In a 3,300-word document that has been shared across Google's internal networks, an engineer at the company wrote that "biological causes" are part of the reason women aren't represented equally in its tech departments and leadership. The document also cited "men's higher drive for status." The engineer's criticism of Google's attempts to improve gender and racial diversity has prompted two Google executives to rebut the lengthy post, which accused the company of creating an "ideological echo chamber" and practicing discrimination. Wide sharing of the document has highlighted struggles with gender equality and the wage gap in the tech industry and particularly at Google, which was sued by the federal government earlier this year for refusing to share compensation amounts and other data. 

But in contrast, the document's author -- whose identity hasn't been publicly released but who claims to work at the company's Mountain View, Calif., headquarters -- accused Google of having "a politically correct monoculture that maintains its hold by shaming dissenters into silence." Not enough has been done, the engineer said, to encourage a diversity of viewpoints and ideologies at Google. The author also faulted the company for offering mentoring and other opportunities to its employees based on gender or race. The engineer began the document by stating, "I value diversity and inclusion, am not denying that sexism exists, and don't endorse using stereotypes." The message ended with a similar sentiment -- but with the added notion, "Stereotypes are much more accurate and responsive to new information than the [company's] training suggests."
In addition to the responses made from Google's VP of Diversity, Integrity and Governance, Danielle Brown, former engineer Yonatan Zunger, and Google VP of Engineering Ari Balogh, senior developer Sarah Mei wrote: "This guy almost certainly thinks of himself as a 'computer scientist,' but he does exactly what you're not supposed to do as a scientist. He draws a conclusion favorable to his ego, and then works backwards from there, constructing an argument to justify it. [...] This google dude literally works at the company that made it _trivially easy_ to locate relevant social science research."
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Google Fires Author of Divisive Memo On Gender Differences (bloomberg.com)1411


An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg:Alphabet Inc.'s Google has fired an employee who wrote an internal memo blasting the web company's diversity policies, creating a firestorm across Silicon Valley. James Damore, the Google engineer who wrote the note, confirmed his dismissal in an email, saying that he had been fired for "perpetuating gender stereotypes." Earlier on Monday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent a note to employees that said portions of the memo "violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace." But he didn't say if the company was taking action against the employee. A Google representative, asked about the dismissal, referred to Pichai's memo. Damore's 10-page memorandum accused Google of silencing conservative political opinions and argued that biological differences play a role in the shortage of women in tech and leadership positions. It circulated widely inside the company and became public over the weekend, causing a furor that amplified the pressure on Google executives to take a more definitive stand. After the controversy swelled, Danielle Brown, Google's new vice president for diversity, integrity and governance, sent a statement to staff condemning Damore's views and reaffirmed the company's stance on diversity. In internal discussion boards, multiple employees said they supported firing the author, and some said they would not choose to work with him, according to postings viewed by Bloomberg News.

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Google May Be In Trouble For Firing James Damore (inc.com)1009


Google fired engineer James Damore after he wrote a 10-page document about "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber." taustin writes from a report via Inc. about the potential legal trouble the company may face from firing the "anti-diversity" engineer:Whether Demore is right or wrong, whether one agrees with him or not, Google may have legal trouble for firing him. Employees are protected by federal law when they discuss working conditions with other employees (and this was an internal memo). His memo could be considered whistleblowing, which is also protected (and it is very clear that he was fired as retribution). And, in California, political opinions are protected in the work place as well. Just because one side is wrong doesn't mean the other side is right.

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https://news.slashdot.org/story/17/08/11/2024224/james-damore-explains-why-he-was-fired-by-google


James Damore Explains Why He Was Fired By Google (wsj.com)1137


In an exclusive Wall Street Journal post, the engineer responsible for the anti-diversity "Google manifesto," James Damore, explains why he was fired by the company:I was fired by Google this past Monday for a document that I wrote and circulated internally raising questions about cultural taboos and how they cloud our thinking about gender diversity at the company and in the wider tech sector. I suggested that at least some of the male-female disparity in tech could be attributed to biological differences (and, yes, I said that bias against women was a factor too). Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai declared that portions of my statement violated the company's code of conduct and "cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace." My 10-page document set out what I considered a reasoned, well-researched, good-faith argument, but as I wrote, the viewpoint I was putting forward is generally suppressed at Google because of the company's "ideological echo chamber." My firing neatly confirms that point. How did Google, the company that hires the smartest people in the world, become so ideologically driven and intolerant of scientific debate and reasoned argument? [...] 

In my document, I committed heresy against the Google creed by stating that not all disparities between men and women that we see in the world are the result of discriminatory treatment. When I first circulated the document about a month ago to our diversity groups and individuals at Google, there was no outcry or charge of misogyny. I engaged in reasoned discussion with some of my peers on these issues, but mostly I was ignored. Everything changed when the document went viral within the company and the wider tech world. Those most zealously committed to the diversity creed -- that all differences in outcome are due to differential treatment and all people are inherently the same -- could not let this public offense go unpunished. They sent angry emails to Google's human-resources department and everyone up my management chain, demanding censorship, retaliation and atonement. Upper management tried to placate this surge of outrage by shaming me and misrepresenting my document, but they couldn't really do otherwise: The mob would have set upon anyone who openly agreed with me or even tolerated my views. When the whole episode finally became a giant media controversy, thanks to external leaks, Google had to solve the problem caused by my supposedly sexist, anti-diversity manifesto, and the whole company came under heated and sometimes threatening scrutiny.


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Reflect and connect.

Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you.

I miss you so very much, Mom.

Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.

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- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1708.11 - 10:10

NOTE on time: When I post late, I had been posting at 7:10 a.m. because Google is on Pacific Time, and so this is really 10:10 EDT. However, it still shows up on the blog in Pacific time. So, I am going to start posting at 10:10 a.m. Pacific time, intending this to be 10:10 Eastern time. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom. But I am not going back and changing all the 7:10 a.m. times. But I will run this note for a while. Mom, you know that I am posting at 10:10 a.m. often because this is the time of your death.