Dr. Teeth and Electric Mayhem

Muppet Family

Name that Muppet: My uncle Herbie Niblick, and Me.

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The Ghost of My Father by Scott Berkun

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From bestselling author Scott Berkun comes this powerful new book, funded by hundreds of kickstarter supporters.

It’s a personal story about his failed relationship with his father, and how his family was torn apart  in 2012.

The book explores the meaning of family, through personal stories about Scott’s struggles to connect with his father, in the past and the present.

It’s an achingly personal memoir of loss, love and the hope of transformation by searching through the past.

It’s a book for anyone struggling with their identity in their family and seeking a bright path through dark times.

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@debbieblox Disrupting the Pink Aisle

Toys R’ Us and the Power of Pink—or Purple—“when I feel like it”.

In 2006 I wrote a paper about gender in toys, “Toys R Us—Engendering Children Are Us” for my UW Sociology of Family course.

Now it’s 2014 and we’re demolishing gender stereotypes and disrupting the pink aisle…

Sterling realized she was one of the only female engineering majors at Stanford University.

The Story of GoldieBlox | Cassie Jaye from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.

“When Debbie Sterling set out to create GoldieBlox engineering toys for girls, she was hoping to sell much more than a product. She was hoping to inspire a movement that could eventually change the gender ratio in the engineering industry,” reports  from the Dallas Business Journal. Continue reading

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Microsoft: On Karma and Protecting the Innocent

“Knowing and having faith that the system … that might be one of the additional super powers, that quite frankly, that women who don’t ask for raises have… because that’s good karma. It will come back.”—Nadella, at the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference

Publishing today in response to Microsoft’s CEO Nadella’s perspective of the super hero powers of women like me who don’t ask for raises.

Bad Karma Coming Out of the Closet

I treated this situation as confidentially as I could, to the extent possible, as asked, for as long as I possibly could. I think I did pretty well, no?

Photo credit @DotBen “SpunkyGidget at Mix ’06

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Angela @ Microsoft

I never asked for a raise, but I did get sexually harassed at Microsoft.

“Knowing and having faith that the system … that might be one of the additional super powers, that quite frankly, that women who don’t ask for raises have… because that’s good karma. It will come back.”—Nadella, at the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference

“I’m absolutely reeling,” said Rachel Sklar, who in 2010 founded Change the Ratio, a group focused on increasing visibility for women in tech. “He put to words the massive fear women have in asking for raises and told them to trust in a system that is proven to be broken.”

Nadella also said he would “not fall for the crutch of the supply-side excuse” of women in tech, and that Microsoft was attempting to improve, despite recently released Microsoft diversity numbers that were similarly dismal to most tech companies. He advised women to be persistent in breaking into the industry.

I wonder what the percentage was when I was at Microsoft?

Wanna hire me? I’m already in the industry.

Here’s my history, and my resume.

I never asked for a raise, but I did get sexually harassed by my manager at Microsoft.

I was so nice. I kept my mouth shut, and celebrated the day that I could no longer sue my former employer. Maybe it would feel like life would move on?

But it sucked year over year to find out on LinkedIn that HE was still there.

I never asked for a raise at Microsoft.

And they had the audacity to tell me that my performance was not affected by the manager who—THEY FOUND—sexually harassed me the entire time I reported to him.

Today I’m tearing through boxes of old memories to find that memo from Microsoft HR.

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The Funky Geezer Show by Carl Miller Photos

Funky Geezer

Woody Williams as NoDa's the Funky Geezer
Woody Williams as NoDa’s the Funky Geezer

So proud of our local NoDa Evening Muse and Facebook favorite Woody Williams the “Funky Geezer“, “America’s Got Talent” and YouTube music comedian.

Grandpa can shred, but Woody Williams as the Funky Geezer is more than any one man band you’ve ever seen.

See www.funkygeezer.com for more on Woody Williams performing as The Funky Geezer Show.

 

Photos: Carl Miller Photos, and Woody Williams.

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