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Entry: 2018-10-15 15:39:47.504354+00 Keeping Us Safe by Dan Lyke comments 0

U.S. Border Agency Says Hundreds of Employees Have Been Arrested Over 2 Years

WASHINGTON — More than 500 employees of the United States’ primary border security agency were charged with drug trafficking, accepting bribes and a range of other crimes over a two-year period, according to reports released on Friday.

[ related topics: Politics Health Work, productivity and environment Heinlein ]

Entry: 2018-09-25 16:22:37.19224+00 Jim Knoblach by Dan Lyke comments 0

Minnesota legislator quits race after daughter says he molested her:

In a statement Friday, Jim Knoblach, of St. Cloud, Minn., denied the accusations but said he was ending his campaign because he was “not willing to spend six weeks fighting with my daughter in the media.”

The Reddit thread from which I got this link is full of tons more stories of why we need to be having more of these conversations and talking about this ealier.

[ related topics: Politics Journalism and Media Heinlein Eric's Life ]

Entry: 2018-06-27 16:44:26.805448+00 On Immigration by Dan Lyke comments 0

RT (((edelweisspirat))) 🌊 #GeneralStrike @crandallgold

If you think that Mexico is only sending drug dealers and rapists,

but also worry that Mexicans are going to take your job...

What the fuck do you do for a living?

[ related topics: Interactive Drama Health Heinlein ]

Entry: 2018-06-27 15:07:46.65423+00 Historic Laundromat by Dan Lyke comments 0

Among the many reasons housing in California is so expensive: The strange and terrible saga of San Francisco’s ‘historic laundromat’ represents the worst of planning and development in this town

“The historians did a wonderful job. I only wish they had a more worthy subject,” Tillman says. When they came to him and told him the study — which the city in February mandated he undertake — would cost twice as much as he’d counted on, he claims his response was magnanimous: “Eh. Historians gotta eat, too.”

[ related topics: Food Bay Area Heinlein California Culture Real Estate ]

Entry: 2018-06-22 19:00:07.407813+00 Reminder by Dan Lyke comments 0

Reminder: Friday and Saturday are "Spare The Air" days in the Bay Area, so you should wait 'til Sunday to burn this motherfucker to the ground. http://sparetheair.org/

[ related topics: Heinlein California Culture ]

Entry: 2018-06-21 16:54:57.573386+00 Congestion for economic growth by Dan Lyke comments 0

Revisiting the relationship between traffic congestion and the economy: a longitudinal examination of U.S. metropolitan areas:

... . Economic productivity is not significantly negatively impacted by high levels of traffic congestion. In fact, the results suggest a positive association between traffic congestion and per capita GDP as well as between traffic congestion and job growth at the MSA level. There was a statistically insignificant effect on per capita income. There may be valid reasons to continue the fight against congestion, but the idea that congestion will stifle the economy does not appear to be one of them.

Via Streetsblog Denver: Widening Roads Does No Favors for Denver’s Economy.

[ related topics: Work, productivity and environment Heinlein Economics ]

Entry: 2018-06-14 22:10:05.582307+00 Announced at the company call today by Dan Lyke comments 2

Announced at the company call today, so I can put it on the social medias: I have resigned from current job to go on to next job, which will be in an office, with cow-orkers, but said office will be in Petaluma.

[ related topics: Heinlein ]

Entry: 2018-06-08 16:11:57.965241+00 OSM in trouble by Dan Lyke comments 1

Why OpenStreetMap is in Serious Trouble.

I've been using various map data for my job for the past two years or so, including Open Street Map, and I think this critique misses the forest for the trees: contributing to open data repositories takes time and effort. Creating tools which use those repositories takes time and effort. Learning enough about geography, including the social science aspects of it, in order to meaningfully contribute is a non-trivial endeavor.

As much as it's amazing to have this resource, it's created by volunteers who, eventually, are looking around and facing the economic realities of living. There's a hell of a lot of open source and open data out there that has just been exploitation by people who have gotten rich, and as much as it pains me to say this because I'm a happy user of open source projects and a happy contributor back into some of them, a lot of "open" is just riding on the backs idealists who were willing to work for free.

I suspect we're gonna see a swing back kinda the other way.


[ related topics: Free Software Weblogs Nature and environment History Work, productivity and environment Heinlein Education Maps and Mapping Bicycling Economics ]

Entry: 2018-04-28 01:52:00.0464+00 Tech Interviews by Dan Lyke comments 1

Google's "Director of Engineering" Hiring Test. In which a clueless recruiter queries a candidate who's too smart for the job...

[ related topics: Weblogs Heinlein ]

Entry: 2018-04-17 21:50:37.349887+00 Does immigration lead to lower unemployment? by Dan Lyke comments 0

The Migration Accelerator: Labor Mobility, Housing, and Aggregate Demand Greg Howard, MIT Job Market Paper, October 24, 2016:

Labor mobility affects how local shocks affect labor markets because people move to more prosperous areas. The traditional view, associated with Blanchard and Katz (1992), argues that migration mitigates these shocks, and relies on the assumption that inmigration makes local labor markets slack. In this paper, I empirically test that assumption by constructing an instrument for domestic inmigration based on previous migration patterns and current outmigration in other places. I document that within U.S.-migration causes a large local labor market boom, the opposite prediction of the traditional view. The effect is large: a migration shock equal to one percent of the MSA’s population causes a fall in the unemployment rate of half a percent. This is a surprising result in theory, but I show increased housing demand leads to two additional channels which can explain this finding. First, housing is a durable good, so the labor demand for construction is front-loaded. Second, a house price increase induces additional consumption by non-migrants. I show these channels are present in the data and account for the total effect. Finally, I use these estimates to conclude that migration amplifies local labor demand shocks by 15 percent.

[ related topics: Heinlein Machinery Fabrication Economics Real Estate Model Building ]

Entry: 2018-02-21 15:58:56.746271+00 I can't believe it's not Murrican by Dan Lyke comments 0

The unwitting: The Trump supporters used by Russia

Florine Gruen Goldfarb runs the Team Trump Broward County Facebook page, which posted numerous times about events that were promoted and encouraged by the Russians. Speaking to CNN on Sunday, she said she didn't believe she was influenced by the Russians and said she thought that Friday's indictment was a ploy to distract from the FBI's mishandling of tip-offs it had received about the Parkland, Florida school shooter.

[ related topics: Children and growing up Business Journalism and Media Law Enforcement Heinlein Net Culture Currency ]

Entry: 2018-02-07 18:17:37.450142+00 What's wrong with Oklahoma by Dan Lyke comments 0

The Economist: What’s the matter with Oklahoma?

FORTY miles from Tulsa, sometimes along unpaved roads, sits Wagoner High School, with its 650 pupils, championship-calibre football team and show barn—a seemingly ordinary small-town school. But unlike most high schools, Wagoner is closed on Mondays. The reason, a severe reduction in state funds, has pushed 90 other school districts in Oklahoma to do the same. Teacher pay is the third-lowest in the country and has triggered a statewide shortage, as teachers flee to neighbouring states like Arkansas and Texas or to private schools. “Most of our teachers work second jobs,” says Darlene Adair, Wagoner’s principal. “A lot of them work at Walmart on nights and weekends, or in local restaurants.” Ms Adair hopes that Walmart does not offer her teachers a full-time job, which would be a pay rise for many.

If you can't educate the next generation, the population is gonna slide back to a Malthusian existence.

[ related topics: Children and growing up Interactive Drama Food Current Events Work, productivity and environment Heinlein Sports Economics ]

Entry: 2018-01-22 22:13:35.628861+00 Stuck market for jobs by Dan Lyke comments 0

Why Is It So Hard for Americans to Get a Decent Raise?:

Those numbers are based on the findings of a new research paper that may help unlock the mystery of why Americans can’t seem to get a decent raise. Economists have struggled over that question for years now, as wage growth has stagnated and more of the nation’s income has shifted from the pockets of workers into the bank accounts of business owners. Since 1979, inflation-adjusted hourly pay is up just 3.41 percent for the middle 20 percent of Americans while labor’s overall share of national income has declined sharply since the early 2000s. There are lots of possible explanations for why this is, from long-term factors like the rise of automation and decline of organized labor, to short-term ones, such as the lingering weakness in the job market left over from the great recession. But a recent study by a group of labor economists introduces an interesting theory into the mix: Workers’ pay may be lagging because the U.S. is suffering from a shortage of employers.

And out here on the coasts, we have more potential employers...

[ related topics: Invention and Design Work, productivity and environment Heinlein Economics ]

Entry: 2017-10-12 19:46:49.993531+00 Airport Bomb by Dan Lyke comments 0

Complaint: Airport bomb suspect wanted 'to fight a war on US soil':

The man authorities say left an explosive device at Asheville Regional Airport on Friday morning that contained ammonium nitrate and fuel oil said he was preparing to "fight a war on U.S. soil," according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court.

A number of people are pointing out that this seems to be getting remarkably little coverage.

[ related topics: Aviation History Current Events Journalism and Media Heinlein Salon magazine ]

Entry: 2017-05-03 21:19:28.608838+00 Pelosi softens on abortion by Dan Lyke comments 2

Nancy Pelosi: Democratic candidates should not be forced to toe party line on abortion.

Because the Democrats weren't doing a good enough job of self-destructing thus far.

[ related topics: Politics Sexual Culture Heinlein ]

Entry: 2017-04-26 15:05:12.772289+00 Given the number of programmers by Dan Lyke comments 0

Given the number of programmers building yet another job search website, there can't be that much of a software developer shortage.

[ related topics: Software Engineering Heinlein ]

Entry: 2017-03-26 17:55:11.806971+00 Square Dance calling for El Camino by Dan Lyke comments 0

Square Dance calling for El Camino Reelers on Friday Night, thanks Bennet Marks for the picture!

[ related topics: Photography Heinlein ]

Entry: 2017-03-21 17:05:47.02837+00 Square Dancing & BDSM by Dan Lyke comments 0

Gathering this note up from Sunny Megatron as inspiration when I'm trying to put together an evening of square dancing:

One of the analogies that we use is a roller coaster analogy, and that is: If I am setting up a scene with someone, I am the dominant, I am creating a scene for my submissive. It is my job as the engineer of this mental roller coaster to get all of their information, all the stats from them: So what do you like? Do you like corkscrew turns? Okay, you don't like dark tunnels, I won't put any dark tunnels in my roller coaster. And that's the negotiation phase. And then it's my job to get the specs that they've given me, put together a roller coaster of everything that they want, but making it feel like a mental surprise. So even though I've engineered this roller coaster to have a very clear beginning, middle and end I know exactly what's going to happen and it's planned out, I want them to feel like they are mentally on a runaway car. That they might go off the rails, they might crash into the wall, because that's what we're getting at: We want that endorphin rush, we want that adrenaline going.

Sunny Megatron is host of a show about sex on Showtime, this quote is from Tristan Taormino's Sex Out Loud February 17, 2017 episode: Sunny Megatron and Ken Melvoin-Berg on Becoming the Dynamic Duo of Sex Educators and Offbeat Elements of Kink. Sounds like Sunny and Ken play on the far side of psychological role play.

[ related topics: Interactive Drama Erotic Sexual Culture Psychology, Psychiatry and Personality Heinlein Automobiles ]

Entry: 2016-12-01 19:00:22.101088+00 Anyone know what of an air by Dan Lyke comments 0

Anyone know what % of an air conditioner cost is labor? Trying to figure out how <$900/job/year is enough to not move a plant.

[ related topics: Heinlein ]

Entry: 2016-12-01 17:47:14.10987+00 Revenge by Dan Lyke comments 0

ECC Poetry: Revenge. An excerpt:

because real talk, you didn’t stop the future from coming.
You just delayed our coronation.
We have the same deviant haircuts we had yesterday;
we are still getting gay-married like nobody’s business
because it’s still nobody’s business;
there’s a Muslim kid in Kansas who has already written the schematic
for the robot that will steal your job in manufacturing,
and that robot? Will also be gay, so get used to it:

[ related topics: Sexual Culture Robotics Sociology Heinlein Marriage ]

Entry: 2016-09-14 23:50:10.73345+00 Grokking vi by Dan Lyke comments 1

Your problem with Vim is that you don't grok vi.

I'm an Emacs user, but there's some good stuff here.

[ related topics: Work, productivity and environment Heinlein ]

Entry: 2016-09-12 16:48:54.178796+00 Wells Fargo culture by Dan Lyke comments 0

Be one of 5,300 front-line tellers who bilks a customer out of a few tens of dollars to meet sales quotas, lose your job and maybe face criminal charges. Be the exec who creates the environment such that this happens on an institutional level to thousands of customers, be praised as “a standard-bearer of our culture” and “a champion for our customers”, and walk away with $125M while the company has to pay $185M in fines and penalties, and...

Wells Fargo Exec Carrie Tolsted, Who Headed Phony Accounts Unit, Collected $125 Million

[ related topics: Nature and environment Sociology Heinlein California Culture ]

Entry: 2016-08-24 19:48:55.514091+00 An open letter to Kaiser Permanente by Dan Lyke comments 0

Hello, good folks at Kaiser!

Just following up to my whine on Twitter, I didn't expect a response, but since I've gotten two @replies I figured I owed y'all this.

In particular, I'm complaining about the recent email entitled: "11 ways to get the most from your plan". This pointed me to the PDF entitled "Kaiser Permanente Annual Notification California 2016".

Now this isn't quite as bad as some of the horror stories I heard in response to my social media griping, one woman told me of getting regular mammogram reminders despite having had a double mastectomy, and there were other tales of absurdity, but: You as an organization have *so* much information about me, when you send generic documents like this you waste my time.

Worse, when that document includes things like "2. Choose or change your primary care doctor", it makes me think "oh, crap, did my recent job change mean Kaiser lost my preferences?", and then I go have to recover my Kaiser password, log in, realize that, no, everything is fine, and, in fact, there's pretty much nothing at all in this document that applies to me.

The entire message was completely irrelevant to me. And you have my home address, and know that I don't use a whole lot of medical services, so this 6 page PDF could have been distilled to a 3 paragraph email with the stuff that might possibly be relevant.

Which, of course, means that I'm way more likely to just delete future communications from Kaiser unread.

Now I realize that this is a hard problem. There are HIPAA issues, and frankly, it doesn't cost you anything to just let your customers take the costs of sorting out what's relevant and what isn't. However, when the next open enrollment period comes up and I think "well, do I follow my wife over to Western Advantage or stay with Kaiser", the amount of time I've spent figuring out whether I should have read that email will be taken into consideration.

Thanks for your time.

[ related topics: Health Law Journalism and Media Heinlein California Culture Marriage ]

Entry: 2016-08-10 04:50:07.797624+00 I'm going to move a refrigerator on by Dan Lyke comments 0

I'm going to move a refrigerator on Friday. Anyone have a ramp I could borrow to pull an appliance dolly on theto the truck?

[ related topics: Heinlein Machinery ]

Entry: 2016-07-11 00:55:12.064305+00 Didn't check how long the ribs in the by Dan Lyke comments 0

Didn't check how long the ribs in the smoker had to go before I started applying the glue for this veneer job #questionablelifechoices

[ related topics: Heinlein Woodworking ]

Entry: 2016-06-22 18:20:11.233273+00 New computer with 32G of RAM is set to by Dan Lyke comments 2

New computer with 32G of RAM is set to arrive on Friday. Between Firefox and geographic data, it can't come too soon.

[ related topics: Invention and Design Heinlein ]

Entry: 2016-06-17 21:26:42.998634+00 Non-US encryption is theoretical by Dan Lyke comments 1

How does John Brennan still have a job? Or is he just confident that because we're all using either Intel or AMD chips, the backdoors are in-place already?

Non-US encryption is 'theoretical,' claims CIA chief in backdoor debate

[ related topics: Heinlein Cryptography ]

Entry: 2016-06-17 01:15:08.690326+00 Stagnation by meuon comments 0

In 2002, I was handed a "fortune cookie" like slip of paper (at Burning Man of course) that said: "Do not confuse stability with stagnation". I've been staring at that for months, and am starting to do things about looking around for "whats next". As I do it, I see I don't fit into normal "job" application or large companies pigeonholes which has me considering re-inventing the world and starting a business again. Maybe a technology related business, maybe not so "tech". What profitable niches could/should be filled?

[ related topics: Libertarian Heinlein Marketing ]

Entry: 2016-05-18 23:48:18.057168+00 by Dan Lyke comments 0

Because I'm betting this will be handy for the new job:

Improve Your ST_GeoHash Sorting With These Three Simple Tricks, ways to improve PostGIS performance/.

[ related topics: Weblogs Invention and Design Theater & Plays Heinlein ]

Entry: 2016-05-04 16:15:22.101527+00 by Dan Lyke comments 0

Why MIT stopped teaching The Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (SICP):

Today, this is no longer the case. Sussman pointed out that engineers now routinely write code for complicated hardware that they don’t fully understand (and often can’t understand because of trade secrecy.) The same is true at the software level, since programming environments consist of gigantic libraries with enormous functionality. According to Sussman, his students spend most of their time reading manuals for these libraries to figure out how to stitch them together to get a job done. He said that programming today is “More like science. You grab this piece of library and you poke at it. You write programs that poke it and see what it does. And you say, ‘Can I tweak it to do the thing I want?'”. The “analysis-by-synthesis” view of SICP — where you build a larger system out of smaller, simple parts — became irrelevant. Nowadays, we do programming by poking.

Video of the Gerry Sussman talk, saved for watching.

[ related topics: Language Books Software Engineering Law Heinlein Video ]

Entry: 2016-04-15 20:53:28.798216+00 Velocipedia by Dan Lyke comments 0

Via Shadow: As it turns out, most people cannot draw a bike.

These are pulled from Velocipedia by Gianluca Gimini, who asked people to draw bikes, and eventually:

I decided my job was going to be presenting the potential and the beauty inside these sketches. I selected those that I found most interesting and genuine and diverse, then rendered them as if they were real. I became the executor of these two minute projects by people who were mainly non-designers and confirmed my suspicion: everyone, regardless his age and job, can come up with extraordinary, wild, new and at times brilliant inventions.

[ related topics: Interactive Drama Invention and Design Heinlein Bicycling ]

Entry: 2016-03-29 15:55:18.065778+00 Coworking hostel by Dan Lyke comments 0

Speaking of your dystopian cyberpunk future: In Pod-Based Community Living, Rent Is Cheap, But Sex Is Banned. The hostel meets coworking space.

At least in China, company dorms have some minor notion of job security...

[ related topics: Erotic Sexual Culture Space & Astronomy Heinlein Community ]

Entry: 2016-03-17 14:12:47.7504+00 Automation by Dan Lyke comments 2

This is why open office plans or cubicles combined with headphones is such an amazingly bad idea: RT Ray Hammond @hammondfuturist:

Simple test: if you can listen to background music while you're doing it, your job will be lost to tech. pic.twitter.com/xktOzp6f8c

[ related topics: Hardware Hackery Interactive Drama Music Robotics Heinlein Embedded Devices ]

Entry: 2016-01-30 18:27:35.922689+00 Recruiting problems by Dan Lyke comments 0

White House denies clearance to tech researcher with links to Snowden

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and security researcher Ashkan Soltani says he has been denied security clearance for his new job with White House

This is going to be a problem with recruiting in the future.

[ related topics: Invention and Design Journalism and Media Heinlein Race Real Estate ]

Entry: 2016-01-29 20:52:51.394399+00 Dearly beloved by Dan Lyke comments 0

If I have any preferences around any memorials held for me, they largely involve a gathering at a pub or similar, but this could sway me back to funeral parlors: Grieving family's horror as hardcore pornography played at funeral for father and baby son.

“It took them nearly four minutes to turn it off, people couldn’t believe what they were seeing.

“To the priest’s credit he handled it extremely well. He apologised on behalf of Cardiff Council and said that in 30 years of doing the job, he had never seen such filth.”

Yeah. Please remember me that way.

[ related topics: Interactive Drama Erotic Sexual Culture Sociology Current Events Heinlein ]

Entry: 2016-01-22 18:33:24.008717+00 Dropping degree requirements by Dan Lyke comments 1

Penguin scraps degree requirement:

The firm wants to have a more varied intake of staff and suggests there is no clear link between holding a degree and performance in a job.

This announcement follows a series of financial companies dropping academic requirements for applicants.

[ related topics: Theater & Plays Current Events Monty Python Heinlein Education ]

Entry: 2016-01-20 00:00:58.199151+00 Replacing the truck by Dan Lyke comments 3

A couple of times recently, when first starting out in the morning, the truck hasn't moved forward when I've shifted into Drive. Wiggle the column a bit, and it starts moving. It also did this one evening coming home from work, worryingly after I'd driven it about a thousand feet (pulled out of parking, stopped at a stop sign, went to merge into traffic, whoops!).

With the weekend Monterey trip, Charlene said "rent a car". So I did. Now weekend Enterprise rates are pretty damned good, I've got Friday through Monday for $62.61 with 400 miles, extra miles are $.20 each, and I think I'll come out just about even.

However, I got to thinking: Truck has a 17 or 18 gallon tank, gets about 320 miles per tank. Gas is cheap right now, but if it were not a whole lot more expensive, given that a compact car is almost certainly going to get double that mileage-wise, I'll almost make up the cost of the rental in gas alone.

This is something seriously worth considering as we go to replace the truck... Especially since I've been commuting more.

[ related topics: Interactive Drama Work, productivity and environment Heinlein Travel Automobiles Machinery ]

Entry: 2016-01-12 21:22:29.593403+00 Oh poop by Dan Lyke comments 0

Next time you're tempted to complain about your chickenshit job: Woman rescued by Petaluma firefighters after falling into chicken waste pit.

[ related topics: Food Current Events Heinlein Birds ]

Entry: 2015-10-16 21:43:35.754471+00 Recruiter mocking OTD by Dan Lyke comments 0

Don’t Feed the Beast – the Great Tech Recruiter Infestation:

Except many don’t grok the “never contact me again”. Ravenous for the profit they’ll make from a choice DevOps role they try again from their personal email, or chase me down on LinkedIn. One recruiter – behind on her pissing-everyone-off quota for the month – tried pathos. “But it’s my colleague who spammed and insulted you” she whined, “why stop me doing my job?”. “Because the sooner your festering shitheap of a company goes bust the better” I [mostly] told her. The response was pure recruiter genius:

“What if I get him fired, can I put you forward then?”

Awful, backstabby, no-honour-among-thieves, very-bad people.

[ related topics: Interactive Drama Heinlein ]

Entry: 2015-09-21 16:35:03.272504+00 answer to Friday's tribulations is that by Dan Lyke comments 0

The answer to Friday's tribulations is that, yes, Dist::Zilla was deliberately broken. Upstream patches are in process.

[ related topics: Heinlein ]

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