So THIS is a *tiny* glimpse into being a minority…

She walked into the class and noticed right away that no other students looked like her. All men.  Many seemed to already be acquainted, or in a few cases, fast friends.  Clearly they’d been through similar classes before. And halfway through the class, her fears were realized; everyone was more experienced than she was.  More skilled.… Continue reading So THIS is a *tiny* glimpse into being a minority…

Thrice-weekly postal deliveries: Pound wise or pound foolish?

I was reading a fascinating article in The Economist about the U.S. Postal Service, and a few things came to mind: Hmm, the comments are delightfully civil and informative! Can I count on one hand the number of postal items I receive quarterly — perhaps even yearly — that I actually want?  Why, yes, I… Continue reading Thrice-weekly postal deliveries: Pound wise or pound foolish?

How employment at prominent tech firms stymies open communication

Let me first get the disclaimers out of the way: I have worked at Google since March, 2006. I do not speak on behalf of Google in this blog, nor do my views necessarily dovetail with those of other Googlers; I’ve historically held more of a public-facing role than most Googlers, so I have heightened… Continue reading How employment at prominent tech firms stymies open communication

Fashion vs. fit

A friend of mine recently posted a note (sorry, not publicly accessible) asking people what they thought about fashion.  She’s quite the fashionista… and sadly, I am not.  Here, for your reading pleasure, is the comment I wrote in response to her note: *  *  * Sorry, but I pretty much think negatively of “fashion.”… Continue reading Fashion vs. fit

Where is the artistic passion? Thoughts on passion in society

On my blog post yesterday, my friend Righini had commented in part: […] i notice how much love you put in everything you do from writings to music, and i’m amazed and my heart feels warmed! What’s your secret root? Where do you take all this strength? I started to write a really, really long… Continue reading Where is the artistic passion? Thoughts on passion in society

Dear FB, Twitter – We want narrowcasting, not just broadcasting!

Earlier this week, I wanted to send a Facebook message to my dancer friends in the Bay Area  to invite them to a local event.  I ended up manually sifting through my entire friends list, since there’s no way to invite or message an intersection of friends.  Similarly, I wanted to post a twitter note to… Continue reading Dear FB, Twitter – We want narrowcasting, not just broadcasting!