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Talking about Woodstock School on the Kamla Show

A few months ago I attended a showing of Dosa Hunt at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. I was older than most of the crowd, who had also turned out to see a live performance by Das Racist. So I ended up chatting with two (Indian) women closer to my own age, who Read More…

A few months ago I attended a showing of Dosa Hunt at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. I was older than most of the crowd, who had also turned out to see a live performance by Das Racist. So I ended up chatting with two (Indian) women closer to my own age, who (naturally) asked me why I was there. When she heard that my interest in India stems from having attended Woodstock School, Kamla Bhatt exclaimed: “I’ve been looking for a Woodstock alum to interview for my show!”

This interview took place a few months later, and was shown on a local channel this week, you can also watch it above. It was fun and, of course, I’m always happy to have an opportunity to talk about Woodstock!

I also enjoyed chatting with the evening’s other guest, Asha Sharma, author of American in Khadi: The Definitive Biography of Satyanand Stokes. Stokes was her grandfather, a fascinating character. The only American to be arrested for participating in the struggle for India’s independence, he also introduced apples to Himachal Pradesh, where they are now a major cash crop.

On Having Beauty

Childhood As a child, I was accustomed to drawing attention because I looked different from most of the people around me: I lived in Bangkok, where Thai women were constantly pinching my cheeks and exclaiming over my fair skin and blonde hair. I assumed they were merely intrigued because I looked strange to them. I Read More…


As a child, I was accustomed to drawing attention because I looked different from most of the people around me: I lived in Bangkok, where Thai women were constantly pinching my cheeks and exclaiming over my fair skin and blonde hair. I assumed they were merely intrigued because I looked strange to them. I didn’t think much about my looks one way or the other; I’m not sure whether that was unusual for a girl of my generation.

Then, around age eight, I started wearing glasses. Glasses weren’t cool in those days, and there weren’t many style choices, especially in kids’ sizes:

pgh 1971c

^ these were called granny glasses – just what a 9 year old wants!

7th Grade

Through the 70s and 80s, glasses styles just got worse.Then there was my hair…
Fine, blonde, and uncompromisingly straight, it would have been “the look” in hippie days. But in the big hair era, it refused to respond to curling irons, and was badly damaged when I tried having it permed.

All this is by way of saying that, during those crucial teenage and young adult years, I rarely had any sense of myself as attractive. Shy and geeky, I also didn’t have the outgoing personality that gains a not-conventionally-attractive girl attention. Nevertheless, I briefly had a sweetheart in 7th grade, until our classmates teased us so much that being together was not worth the bullying.

Studio Portrait, 1984

I was 13 and somewhat behind the development curve of my American peers when my family moved to Bangladesh. During my year there and subsequent four years at boarding school in India, I grew accustomed to either too much male attention, of the wrong sort, or none at all. At school, it seemed as if every boy I got a crush on immediately became interested in some other girl, without ever noticing me.

Okay, yes, I eventually grew into this body:

donning a sari for graduation, 1981

…but I was growing up in India, where local standards of modesty required women’s bodies to be covered by loose clothing.

Woman and Wife

We judge our own looks by the looks of the people we are able to attract. “S/he’s out of your league,” we tell ourselves. Or we feel smug when someone whom the world acknowledges to be hot thinks we’re hot, too. I had a cute boyfriend my first year in college, but my fundamental geekiness kept me out of further relationships until Enrico. Who was (and is) very handsome. Was I in his league? Well, he liked my body, but wanted everything else to change: I should wear contacts instead of glasses, and grow my hair long. This is why, in my wedding pictures, I didn’t look much like the me of before.

Or after. The contacts were a failed experiment: my eyes are too dry and allergic. My fine hair, when long, simply becomes limp. Though I lost my pregnancy weight within a year or two, I ended up heavier than when I got married – and so did Enrico. This seems to happen to a lot of married people. Age? Laziness? Complacency? Or maybe just feeling that no one actually cared what I looked like. I put on a lot more weight when I started traveling for Sun and spending more time in the US: by mid-2008 I weighed around 170 lbs.

Weight aside, I was learning how to look better.

I had started buying designer glasses, and let my hairdresser and my daughter talk me into livening up my increasingly dull-colored hair. 2007

I learned how to wear makeup. Colorado, 2008

And started having fun with my look. 2009 (portrait by Shawn Ferry)

Weight loss is a well-known consequence of divorce. In my case, it could have been taken as an early warning sign. I left Italy in March, 2008, but at the time was not ready to acknowledge that my marriage was effectively over. By January, 2009, I had begun to lose weight, without even trying very hard.

In August, 2009, Enrico and I went on a road trip together to some of the great national parks of the US southwest. I think we both knew this would be the end. We had largely failed to celebrate our 20th anniversary on May 28th of that year, even though we had been geographically together that day: we went out to dinner and he bought me some beautful jewelry – my friend Sue forced him to.

Though I still weighed close to 160 lbs, I was, I thought, looking pretty good. Others had been letting me know that they thought so, too – a novel experience for me. At a Gap store in Aspen, I tried on a miniskirt and low-cut shirt. I twirled in front of Enrico, looking for a compliment – something he had not given easily for years.

“How do I look?” I demanded.

“You’re holding up better than any other 46-year-old I know,” he grudgingly admitted.

Twitter forces me to realize that this incident was confused in my memory with a later one, when I actually put on that outfit to go out to dinner. After days of hot, dusty driving and hiking, staying in cheap motels, we spent two nights at Bally’s hotel in Las Vegas, and I wanted to celebrate the relative luxury. Cleaned up, made up, dressed up in my new clothes, I once again tried for a compliment, some acknowledgement that my husband of 20 years still felt any spark of attraction to me.

The silence stretched. He seemed to be going through an immense inner struggle, as if to say anything nice to me would somehow cede power in the relationship. I don’t remember what he finally said, but, in that long pause, I knew that my marriage was over. I went to bed angry that night, and woke up thinking: “I can’t care anymore what he thinks, it hurts too much.” By the end of the month we had had “the conversation.” Of course this was far from the only factor in our breakup, but it’s important to feel that your partner finds you attractive – and I hadn’t felt that for a long, long time.

Here and Now

December 2009

March 2011

December 2011

I’ll be 50 in November, and I’ve never looked better (for one thing, I dropped another 20 pounds). I’m still not used to the idea but, actually, I look pretty damned good. Which is an unexpected gift at this stage in my life. Will it last? Of course not, at least not in its present form. I may always look “better” than some average of women my age or women in general, but I will certainly age. The alternative is to die young (which I’m currently trying to avoid).

The Future

What about what Belle de Jour once called “the cycle of self-hatred and frantic desperation that plagues many women as they age”?

To me, having beauty feels a bit like having money once did. Twelve years ago, at the crest of the dot com boom, I was making (for me) awfully good money. I flew business class from Milan to California four times a year. I took my family on vacations to the Caribbean and out to eat in expensive restaurants. And I wondered: would I feel bad about myself when the good times stopped rolling?

Which they did. From 2001 to 2007 I spent down my savings as I was less and less able to find meaningful and gainful employment in Italy. I was frustrated and didn’t like going broke, but I didn’t feel any worse about myself. I prefer the security and ease of mind of having money, but it doesn’t define who I am; lacking money doesn’t affect my sense of self-worth (though it causes other stresses).

I hope and expect that I’ll feel the same way about my looks. I’m enjoying what I have now, but it doesn’t affect who I am. Indeed, feeling confident that I am a worthy and interesting person independent of my looks probably contributes to my attractiveness, and that kind of confidence tends to come to women only with age, regardless of whether they grew up beautiful.


Headshots from a portrait session with Shawn Northcutt, April 2013:

Deirdré at 50

headshot in white kurta

headshot with scarf

Men, Women, and Salary Negotiation

“To get ahead in business, women need to speak up, blow their own horns, and always negotiate their salary offers. In other words: act like men.” Women hear this sort of thing often. I’ve said it myself as well-meaning advice to other, especially younger, women. We heard it from many speakers at the WITI summit, Read More…

“To get ahead in business, women need to speak up, blow their own horns, and always negotiate their salary offers. In other words: act like men.”

Women hear this sort of thing often. I’ve said it myself as well-meaning advice to other, especially younger, women. We heard it from many speakers at the WITI summit, successful women who were presumably giving this advice because it had worked for them. Research shows that it can be effective in getting that raise, VC meeting, promotion, or next job.

There are two problems with women emulating men in this way:

  1. The social rules are different for men and women. A man who is assertive and self-promoting is considered, well, manly. A woman who does the same is more often considered a bitch. Both men and women react negatively to “pushy” women.
  2. Because of Point 1 or for socialized reasons, most women feel uncomfortable behaving this way. As a male friend pointed out, telling women to behave more like men is similar to telling introverts they should behave like extroverts. It implies a judgement that the extroverted or “male” way is the “best” mode of human interaction, and we should all strive to emulate it. For some, this may be harrowingly uncomfortable – for some, it’s downright impossible.

There are reams of advice given on doing business in other cultures: how to fit in, how not to offend, how to negotiate with someone who may see things very differently than you do and may not give the cultural cues that you expect. Such advice stresses understanding and compromise, and we all agree that it would be unproductive and gauche to expect our counterparts from other cultures to adapt entirely to our ways.

So why is it acceptable to demand that women take on the modes of interaction more native to men (or introverts to extroverts)?

I have read articles about how even hirers are frustrated at the way women “leave money on the table”. To paraphrase a piece written by an anonymous hiring manager: “I’m authorized to give a higher starting salary, but only if they ask for it. The women never ask, the men always do.”

The women in these situations say, if asked, that they felt the offer was fair – i.e., they assumed the employer would treat them fairly – and/or they didn’t feel comfortable making a counter request and being perceived as pushy broads before even starting a new job. But if they later learned or guessed that they were paid less than a man (or another woman) for the same job, you can bet they resented the hell out of it, and felt betrayed by their employer.

Avoiding “politics” of this kind is a big motivator for many women to found their own businesses: when you’re the boss, you can ensure that your employees are treated fairly.

My own feeling is: if you (my employer) think my job is worth $n, that’s what you should pay me; I should not have to ask. (If you don’t know what the job is worth, I may not either – why don’t we figure it out together?)

Telling women that we’re leaving money on the table by not asking is blaming the victim. Paying higher salaries to those who merely ask rewards negotiating skills, not professional merit or hard work in a particular role which may have nothing to do with the ability to be an aggressive bargainer.

The same applies to introverts – which, by the way, often describes some of your most valuable staff: programmers. Many male engineers are naive, young, introverted, and/or socially awkward, which puts them in a similar position to women at the bargaining table. They may accept your first offer and not subsequently question their salaries, as long as they can pay the rent.

But, in a hot job market, you’re taking a risk when you pay people less than you can afford and know they’re worth. Your best and brightest (men or women, outgoing or introverted) get job offers every week, and if you’re paying them at the low end of the scale, it’s easy for someone else to make a better offer. Company rules may “discourage” your employees from discussing their salaries with each other*, but a recruiter may be happy to say: “Oh, we pay a lot better for that position.”

If you value an employee and want to keep them, it’s in your best interest to deal with them transparently, honestly, fairly, and in a way that accommodates their individual character and style. If that’s not already part of your company culture and policy, perhaps it’s time to revisit those things and think about what kind of company you want to be, in order to keep your best and brightest, and attract more like them.

* In California, it is no longer legal for companies to prevent or penalize employees discussing their salaries. Furthermore, “California’s newly effective (January 1, 2017) pay equity law indicates that reliance on an individual’s salary history does not justify a pay disparity, but the law does not specifically prohibit employers from soliciting the information on applications.”

Especially in light of a recent (April, 2017) court ruling which seems to undermine that law, the best advice is never to give recruiters any previous salary history. However, it can be difficult to avoid doing so. I have seen at least one company use a web-based form that forces you to put something into a “previous salary” field (I did not experiment with filling that field with zeroes, for example), along with a statement that falsifying any part of the form would end forever your chances of employment with that company.

The Twitter Diaries: January 2012

(in reverse chron order) 2012-01-31 23:40:29 DeirdreS: RT @pbeyssac: OMG! At last! RT @TechCrunch After Four Years, ZFS Finds Its Way To The Mac http://t.co/caiZVG6O http://twitter.com/DeirdreS/statuses/164493282955624449 2012-01-31 23:38:23 DeirdreS: Prophetic..? “noticed what we need to mention this morning twenty-one billion scripts it’s possible” @brendangregg http://t.co/V9Q8FtyY http://twitter.com/DeirdreS/statuses/164492755505131522 2012-01-31 23:11:31 DeirdreS: @sogrady but what have you done Read More…

(in reverse chron order)

2012-01-31 23:40:29
DeirdreS: RT @pbeyssac: OMG! At last! RT @TechCrunch After Four Years, ZFS Finds Its Way To The Mac http://t.co/caiZVG6O

2012-01-31 23:38:23
DeirdreS: Prophetic..? “noticed what we need to mention this morning twenty-one billion scripts it’s possible” @brendangregg http://t.co/V9Q8FtyY

2012-01-31 23:11:31
DeirdreS: @sogrady but what have you done with our boss?

2012-01-31 22:43:07
DeirdreS: “I may be obliged to defend every love, every ending – or maybe there’s no obligations now.” http://t.co/tnMxB3AT

2012-01-31 22:39:57
DeirdreS: .@jaredmdobson We use SmartOS in production in Joyent’s own public cloud – drinking our own champagne every day!

2012-01-31 22:08:30
DeirdreS: RT @izs: Two things that need to be part of Silicon Valley culture: 1. Yearly sabbaticals 2. Daily naptime

2012-01-31 21:42:37
DeirdreS: 5 years ago I wrote and filmed: Il Muro di Sormano: Where Bicycle Racers Hit THE WALL http://t.co/M035dv1P

2012-01-31 21:13:06
DeirdreS: RT @robertociacci: “Se dichiari tutto sei un deficiente” #ballaro – Allora, mia mossa piu’ intelligente e’ stata: lasciare l’Italia.

translation: “If you declare everything [on your taxes], you’re an idiot.” – quoted on an Italian TV program called Ballaro. My response: “In that case, my most intelligent move was to leave Italy.”

2012-01-31 18:31:22
DeirdreS: RT @joyent: Tonite – Joyent Cloud Meetup w/ @rmustacc “Using #SmartOS as a Hypervisor” in SF 5-7 pm. Beer/pizza http://t.co/JcafN1Oc Ea …

2012-01-31 17:27:40
DeirdreS: “We wondered why we had to prove that we could run the company, rather than our investors assuming that we would.” http://t.co/1cAwVRj6

2012-01-31 17:13:28
DeirdreS: @Graftolistic Welcome to the left coast – we look forward to meeting you in person! #illumos

2012-01-31 17:02:40
DeirdreS: Coming to dtrace.conf? we’d love to hear how you’re using dynamic tracing! http://t.co/E49Q8hK9

2012-01-31 17:00:25
DeirdreS: RT @fergleiser: the video from my talk about DTrace at BSDDayAR 2012 is available http://t.co/moAHBMjL /CC @ahl @bcantrill (sorry, in sp …

2012-01-31 16:35:13
DeirdreS: RT @kebesays: It’s only Tuesday, but it might be worth a FF post for @obamatranslated http://t.co/3RewGSCT via @youtube

2012-01-31 04:54:45
DeirdreS: RT @LusciousPear: Encourage your “intelligent design” friends to take faith-based antibiotics next time they’re sick. #fb

2012-01-31 04:53:29
DeirdreS: Voodoo Child – Alex Britti – YouTube http://t.co/HtxpjkGe

2012-01-31 04:37:28
DeirdreS: RT @mmfa: Miss Piggy: #FoxNews is not news! http://t.co/wkeqQ6iQ #p2 – well, she’s right…

2012-01-31 04:03:01
DeirdreS: RT @johnnysunshine: Updated #SmartOS to fix bug 53 : http://t.co/jxI5FqTn

2012-01-31 03:59:15
DeirdreS: @ben Apparently you should ask @bcantrill – or so YouTube thinks.

2012-01-31 03:48:23
DeirdreS: @ahl It fails almost as epically on Bryan: “acceptable referrals for an axe”

2012-01-31 03:38:55
DeirdreS: @ahl His accent is not that Aussie, for an Aussie.

2012-01-31 03:24:32
DeirdreS: Must be read to be believed: YouTube Transcription FAIL of @brendangregg’s #SCALE10x talk http://t.co/V9Q8FtyY

2012-01-31 02:07:58
DeirdreS: ‘you then can look anyone in the eye and say, “I’m probably no better than you, but I’m certainly your equal.” ‘ http://t.co/zzo6jbYs

2012-01-31 01:33:20
DeirdreS: 2 years ago: “When you take 5 minutes to do what others do in 5 days YOU GET BORED – I QUIT” Learn Italian in Signs http://t.co/QDXMV5UK

2012-01-31 01:30:50
DeirdreS: 8 yrs ago: “I don’t understand much of what goes on in Italian politics – simply too squalid to bear thinking about.” http://t.co/wOCdxoRe

2012-01-31 01:29:10
DeirdreS: 9 years ago I wrote about Scuola Materna: Public Preschool in Italy http://t.co/FEBNMA1Y

2012-01-31 01:21:28
DeirdreS: @joelhousman I thought that described pretty much every real person on the internet; that’s how I distinguish real people from spambots.

2012-01-31 00:58:16
DeirdreS: Please, please, PLEASE, if you’re filming a conference: http://t.co/jZUDciRd

2012-01-31 00:26:39
DeirdreS: .@hridaybala You asked for videoblogging tips: http://t.co/JP5LoskY (and I’m going to update/expand this soon).

2012-01-30 00:21:15
DeirdreS: “the question is whether he has an underlying religious conception of the presidency and the American government” http://t.co/3irovoln

2012-01-30 22:59:09
DeirdreS: Entire Joyent engineering team mesmerized by YouTube’s attempt to transcribe @brendangregg

2012-01-30 22:02:07
DeirdreS: @ryah When watched closely, developers rarely fail to be entertaining!

2012-01-30 20:17:54
DeirdreS: RT @quiip: “This concept of companies as communities feels like an important and implementable one.” http://t.co/rJdD1cj1

2012-01-30 19:18:16
DeirdreS: @cote I’ve wondered about that regarding myself. Maybe it really is everybody else? 😉

2012-01-30 17:35:47
DeirdreS: 10 years ago: “women don’t drive.” Car Stories http://t.co/18zlwPf9

2012-01-30 17:29:06
DeirdreS: RT @joyent: We often get asked “Will this run on Joyent Cloud?” Most everything does but here’s the highlights. http://t.co/PacUwgfj

2012-01-30 17:28:02
DeirdreS: new video: Performance Analysis: new tools and concepts from the cloud @brendangregg at #scale10x http://t.co/ISXAGCJX

2012-01-30 17:07:50
DeirdreS: RT @joyent: Tomorrow – Joyent Cloud Meetup w/engineer Robert Mustacchi “Using #SmartOS as a Hypervisor” in SF 5-7 pm. Beer/pizza http:// …

2012-01-30 02:20:57
DeirdreS: “Sorry for your loss. Here’s your bill.” http://t.co/XcctWi5Q

2012-01-30 01:23:21
DeirdreS: Alarmed that a “laptop” designed for toddlers brightly exclaims: “New blog entry!” Also claims to do email. At least it’s not tweeting. Yet.

2012-01-30 01:19:15
DeirdreS: RT @johnmoe: Namasit. Nastmaste. Namagoodboy.

2012-01-30 01:18:37
DeirdreS: @LusciousPear …which totally demands “photo or GTFO” of the outfit in question”

2012-01-29 23:58:58
DeirdreS: @atmos Sorry you’re feeling sick. I have gone psycho from time to time due to illness and/or medication. Both can do weird things.

2012-01-29 22:18:02
DeirdreS: Textures: Brick, Stone & Sky http://t.co/MadNeKhq

2012-01-29 22:04:31
DeirdreS: ” gays and lesbians are born in places like Texas and Oklahoma, into even the most devout families.” http://t.co/q8tB8sGt

2012-01-29 20:35:24
DeirdreS: 8 yrs ago: “An agreement in 1884 between Italian Republic & Vatican… Respecting freedom of conscience of parents” http://t.co/VRWUdPaP

2012-01-29 20:31:24
DeirdreS: 9 years ago I wrote about Asilo Nido: Daycare in Italy http://t.co/VKnpIa6M

2012-01-29 20:27:46
DeirdreS: Twitter “managed to play by the rules while also leveling the playing field of communication” http://t.co/CZTdtf0e

2012-01-29 20:10:37
DeirdreS: @philiph Yes, it’s the ridiculous rent that started me on the path outta here. I could just about go to India every quarter with the savings

2012-01-29 19:33:21
DeirdreS: SOMA SF becoming unlivable when I have to call cops at 2:30 am for music from a car parked half a block away.

2012-01-29 17:34:12
DeirdreS: RT @LivePaola: This job reports to me. Are you up for it? Online Marketing Enterprise Manager at Vodafone – Milan Area, Italy #jobs http …

2012-01-29 17:33:26
DeirdreS: “Long hair, beard and sandals, and a funky bunch of friends – reckon they’d just nail him up if he came down again” http://t.co/dzGCKFfB

2012-01-29 17:16:32
DeirdreS: @raichoo Thanks! Glad to hear it went well. #illumos #zfs #dtrace

2012-01-29 17:15:58
DeirdreS: RT @raichoo: #illumos talk was a lot of fun. Audience was excited. Looks like this is going to be a mini install party ^^ #zfs #dtrace

2012-01-29 17:13:10
DeirdreS: new video: Performance Analysis: new tools and concepts from the cloud @brendangregg at #scale10x http://t.co/ISXAGCJX

2012-01-29 05:43:57
DeirdreS: @NomdeB I rarely get colds, just get everything else, usually. But after a vely long, hard workweek, not too surprising.

2012-01-29 05:38:57
DeirdreS: @jonasthaler Agree. I can’t watch any of those shows, they give me (more) nightmares. #CSI

2012-01-29 05:38:22
DeirdreS: Shoulda known I’d get a cold. Anyway, last part of @brendangregg’s SCALE talk compressing now…

2012-01-28 20:51:45
DeirdreS: “senior execs violated antitrust laws by entering into secret anti-poaching agreements not to hire each other’s best” http://t.co/C25kzynT

2012-01-28 20:11:02
DeirdreS: @hridaybala Never heard the end of the story, come to think of it. I hope she got free and was able to live the life she wished.

2012-01-28 20:01:44
DeirdreS: 10 and 5 years ago I wrote about Immigration and Identity in Europe http://t.co/gpaO8YsQ

2012-01-28 19:43:25
DeirdreS: @raichoo Wikis all suck, and each one sucks differently from the others…

2012-01-28 19:42:30
DeirdreS: Shit Italian Girls Say http://t.co/w8jivcHA

2012-01-28 19:40:33
DeirdreS: “many young adults are enormously smart and knowledgeable but directionless, enthusiastic but unable to commit” http://t.co/3N3O6HfC

2012-01-28 19:15:50
DeirdreS: @raichoo Can you add that here? http://t.co/dXNAExVu #illumos #hackerspace #bielefeld

2012-01-28 19:14:11
DeirdreS: RT @raichoo: I’m going to give a lightning talk about #illumos tomorrow at #hackerspace #bielefeld http://t.co/vfcyiIu0

2012-01-28 17:13:37
DeirdreS: @hudsonette You might like to see my friend Amanda in this: http://t.co/KkiXI32w

2012-01-28 16:56:30
DeirdreS: @sturadnidge They all said it was disappointingly drinkable. I had a Stella instead.

2012-01-28 05:12:16
DeirdreS: @NomdeB probably been done for my whole family by Mormon relatives, so what? They’re dead and beyond caring.

2012-01-28 02:46:52
DeirdreS: @nsolis @gigastacey @om thinks I’m a dude age 24-34!

2012-01-28 00:55:08
DeirdreS: @hridaybala Yeah, and I’ll bet you guys worked the weekend before, too

2012-01-28 00:48:21
DeirdreS: At the end of an 11-day workweek. Having a beer.

2012-01-28 00:45:39
DeirdreS: @timfoster One or two other whats?

2012-01-27 23:07:23
DeirdreS: @federicocarrara Carino! Non c’era al #nodesummit questa settimana?

2012-01-27 22:39:59
DeirdreS: Thanks to @gflarity for “Remotely Upgrading A USB Key Based Deployment” – SmartOS Documentation http://t.co/V9jBGK7F

2012-01-27 22:17:02
DeirdreS: @federicocarrara Sono la community manager sia per SmartOS che per suo genitore, illumos. Lavoro per Joyent.

2012-01-27 20:44:48
DeirdreS: “We’re not zealots, we’re engineers of taste.”

2012-01-27 20:02:02
DeirdreS: @diorahman http://t.co/nhlva3bf should help

2012-01-27 19:52:52
DeirdreS: Thanks @johnnysunshine for a new SmartOS image, this one incorporating node.js v0.6.8 ! http://t.co/uWETXtkd

2012-01-27 19:22:12
DeirdreS: @diorahman Please ask in the mailing list: http://t.co/hEeTUdEg – lots of folks there who can answer at the length needed!

2012-01-27 19:21:19
DeirdreS: RT @mmayo: RT “@ozten: Read my @Storify story: “My Take on NodeSummit” http://t.co/FEBTToja #nodesummit” <– best summary of NodeSummit.

2012-01-27 18:31:04
DeirdreS: RT @ryancnelson: I’m on a plane, bringing a 12pack of Walgreens “Big Flats” beer (google it) back to SF for the DTrace/SmartOS team.

2012-01-27 17:48:46
DeirdreS: .@jbaltz3phase Some stuff here http://t.co/c9lGTqvS might help you learn #ZFS #smartOS

2012-01-27 17:48:09
DeirdreS: RT @jbaltz3phase: If anything out there gets me really serious about learning&deploying #ZFS this year, it’s going to be #smartOS.

2012-01-27 17:21:02
DeirdreS: And it is on! dtrace.conf 2012, San Francisco, Tuesday, April 3rd. Sign up now at http://t.co/E49Q8hK9

2012-01-27 11:16:12
DeirdreS: RT @joyent: Joyent Cloud Meetup w/engineer Robert Mustacchi “Using #SmartOS as a Hypervisor” Jan 31 in SF. 5-7 pm. Beer,pizza http://t.c …

2012-01-27 08:01:19
DeirdreS: RT @bdha: In other news, migrating #illumos services to @joyent’s Public Cloud makes me pretty happy.

2012-01-27 08:00:49
DeirdreS: 5 years ago: Oh, My Darling Clementine http://t.co/GVBQXXGR

2012-01-27 07:54:51
DeirdreS: @gaspart La risposta e’: “Non c’e’ speranza, ne’ per il sito, ne’ per te.”

2012-01-27 07:42:52
DeirdreS: @KallistoG Scary!

2012-01-27 04:42:47
DeirdreS: “There’s a lot I’ll have missed, but I’ll not have been dead when I die!” http://t.co/SnGvPBWD

2012-01-26 01:05:01
DeirdreS: RT @BrendanEich: Congrats to @voodootikigod for @SaferAging winning “Best use of Node.js” at #nodesummit

2012-01-26 01:03:29
DeirdreS: @FilmCritHULK There are still photos around of birds strangling in them etc, so, yeah, I would think so.

2012-01-26 00:18:29
DeirdreS: .@musingvirtual I unfortenately do not have a car…

2012-01-26 22:36:16
DeirdreS: dtrace.conf – http://t.co/E49Q8hK9

2012-01-26 22:33:50
DeirdreS: RT @bcantrill: And it is on! dtrace.conf 2012, San Francisco, Tuesday, April 3rd. Sign up now at http://t.co/UEaMzo5n

2012-01-26 21:10:04
DeirdreS: @RossellaLaeng Your tweets are protected – intentional? Also, you’re not following your mother. 😉

2012-01-26 19:07:51
DeirdreS: @raichoo if you can come up with the right mark, I’ll add it. Mind, we may both be shunned by @bcantrill and @ahl for excessive cuteness!

2012-01-26 18:22:54
DeirdreS: @raichoo You’re way too into this. 😉 DTrace isn’t just for Illumos; don’t want other OSes to feel unwelcome!

2012-01-26 18:13:57
DeirdreS: @ebertchicago that was a profoundly disturbing book, don’t think I could watch the film

2012-01-26 17:21:02
DeirdreS: Examining File System Latency in Production: 61 pages of @brendangregg to while away the wait for new video 😉 http://t.co/s3BbXWZy

2012-01-26 17:10:27
DeirdreS: .@robotovat @alaindebotton Seems a pity to waste years (or even minutes) of your life doing things to stave off fear of death.

2012-01-26 07:04:21
DeirdreS: @alaindebotton Or maybe it’s just being old enough to know what they want and brave enough to pursue it.

2012-01-26 06:36:57
DeirdreS: My linguaphile friends should check this out: Flash cards, vocabulary memorization, and study games | Quizlet http://t.co/BwAV2JhK

2012-01-26 06:26:04
DeirdreS: Examining File System Latency in Production: 61 pages of @brendangregg to while away the wait for new video 😉 http://t.co/s3BbXWZy

2012-01-26 05:35:13
DeirdreS: @jonasthaler I used to be able to sing, otherwise no musical talent whatsoever… unless remembering a lot of lyrics counts.

2012-01-26 05:34:11
DeirdreS: @NodeSummit This is San Francisco – they should all go naked! No, waitaminute… #nodesummit

2012-01-26 05:31:21
DeirdreS: @hridaybala @sogrady Alcohol only puts me to sleep for about 2 hours, then I’m awake the rest of the night. Sigh.

2012-01-26 04:43:58
DeirdreS: I need a power switch for my brain – would like to just shut down for about 12 hours.

2012-01-26 04:35:28
DeirdreS: @davidpaulyoung It /is/ hard – but we’re up to it. 😉

2012-01-26 02:07:42
DeirdreS: @jaredmdobson lots more where those came from: http://t.co/4t5y1zDu (and with some of the same people)

2012-01-26 01:44:22
DeirdreS: Spent half of the day doing community manager stuff, the other half editing video. I can haz beer now?

2012-01-26 01:39:46
DeirdreS: RT @charlesbeeler: RT @bcantrill: When your competitor’s high profile customers publicly congratulate you on a round, you’re doing somet …

2012-01-25 23:08:08
DeirdreS: @NomdeB @milouness You both had to go there… Now I’m stuck with that thought.

2012-01-25 21:26:52
DeirdreS: RT @avinash: [Hilarious, and true:] Every Presentation Ever: Short video: http://t.co/gJD6JGA4 #communication #fail – Oh, so TRUE.

2012-01-25 21:13:52
DeirdreS: RT @joyent: Ppl @ #nodesummit asking about @smartos. Learn more at our Meetup/Office Hours Jan 31. 5-7 pm. Beer+pizza. http://t.co/JcafN1Oc

2012-01-25 19:42:41
DeirdreS: RT @bryanwb: #opschef geeks, coming to fosdem? interested in #illumos? join me at the illumos meetup http://t.co/WsoAanwJ

2012-01-25 18:57:49
DeirdreS: @dbarodrigo needs work: http://t.co/ovwlRazz #iouc

2012-01-25 17:29:42
DeirdreS: Dear American food makers: If it’s not Asian cuisine, it doesn’t need soy. Please stop making me sick.

2012-01-25 17:21:36
DeirdreS: @sogrady Having a timezone is overrated.

2012-01-25 17:05:02
DeirdreS: new video: Using SmartOS as a Hypervisor http://t.co/FJOoH1H1 Robert Mustacchi’s talk at SCALE 10x.

2012-01-25 16:32:16
DeirdreS: Will the awareness ribbon campaigns end when they run out of basic colors? “I’m wearing a puce ribbon for x” might be stretching things.

2012-01-25 16:15:15
DeirdreS: @shesgeeky is anyone carpooling Saturday from SF or Caltrain?

2012-01-25 08:13:11
DeirdreS: …it begins to tell ’round midnight – YouTube http://t.co/yds6LnlK

2012-01-25 08:04:10
DeirdreS: 8 years ago: Learning Italian http://t.co/TZqXC3x4

2012-01-25 08:03:40
DeirdreS: 8 years ago: Religion in Italian Schools http://t.co/VRWUdPaP

2012-01-25 08:03:17
DeirdreS: 8 yrs ago: “I undoubtedly owned shoes as a child, but couldn’t tell you anything about them.” That Italian Shoe Thing http://t.co/A19wnn8p

2012-01-25 08:01:53
DeirdreS: 2 years ago: Thinking Badly of Others in Italy “A very indicative Italian saying” http://t.co/HKU3cDkV

2012-01-25 07:58:37
DeirdreS: 9 years ago: “a boy who doesn’t yet own a cellphone she considered an advantage as he was forced to speak to her” http://t.co/10mlfT6k

2012-01-25 06:23:19
DeirdreS: “Companies are increasingly relying on social networks to gauge candidates’ suitability for a job” http://t.co/hJ6Aduir

2012-01-25 05:58:06
DeirdreS: @feliciaday http://t.co/oRu8hp2f #searchit

2012-01-25 05:29:52
DeirdreS: “We see adulthood as the time when we can choose for ourselves what’s important to us and what we most want to do.” http://t.co/s3fGWSTA

2012-01-25 05:11:49
DeirdreS: RT @amrutamehta: Sir Patrick Stewart on domestic violence, from personal experience http://t.co/rKbIPZje

2012-01-25 05:08:57
DeirdreS: new video: Using SmartOS as a Hypervisor http://t.co/FJOoH1H1 Robert Mustacchi’s talk at SCALE 10x.

2012-01-25 03:40:38
DeirdreS: @Dichenlachman Why should you “do anything” about how you look? You’re gorgeous!

2012-01-25 03:22:20
DeirdreS: Clearing out the freezer means tonight’s dinner is bison and chestnut meatloaf. Smells good, and I’m awfully hungry…

2012-01-25 03:06:32
DeirdreS: RT @dhh: I usually give startups shit for taking wads of cash, but @joyent’s $85M to buy loads of servers to fight AWS seems like what V …

2012-01-25 00:45:28
DeirdreS: RT @craigmorgan: RT @kylebeyer Wow. @bcantrill just blew the bottom out of conf presentation latency. great job. #nodesummit < +1

2012-01-25 00:43:54
DeirdreS: RT @robWcam: SmartOS is what I have been missing. Really excited to give it a spin. #nodesummit http://t.co/71crz4y9 Thanks @bcantrill!

2012-01-24 00:33:05
DeirdreS: I need to go home and go to sleep. Wonder if I have anything to eat for when I wake up hungry later.

2012-01-24 23:56:13
DeirdreS: RT @sturadnidge: 2 minutes in and @bcantrill is on fire already. #NodeSummit

2012-01-24 23:27:25
DeirdreS: another one from the vaults: Mike Shapiro of Sun and Steve O’Grady of Redmonk http://t.co/OtO1worK

2012-01-24 23:18:32
DeirdreS: RT @johnnysunshine: yo dawg, I heard you like SmartOS: http://t.co/2E6Tb1KH

2012-01-24 23:13:20
DeirdreS: RT @bcantrill: Google is being annoyingly tight-lipped, while Microsoft is writing a Node program on stage — on a Mac. #NodeSummit #Wor …

2012-01-24 22:45:42
DeirdreS: found some old stuff on an antique hard disk: Solaris History: The Open Storage Revolution – Jeff Bonwick http://t.co/UtE8eLB3

2012-01-24 22:22:26
DeirdreS: Dear recruit-spammers: Why would I be interested in working for a company that can’t even read my LinkedIn profile before writing to me?

2012-01-24 22:15:06
DeirdreS: RT @jasonh: Joyent and Sprint Partner to Bring Node.js to Developers on SmartDataCenter http://t.co/pil0a64R via @wordpressdotcom

2012-01-24 21:49:14
DeirdreS: This dark chocolate salted caramel I’m eating may prevent a homicide today.

2012-01-24 21:24:03
DeirdreS: RT @composerstephen: Tickets go on sale next week for the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus special event! http://t.co/zfKjz6ft @SFGMC

2012-01-24 19:34:12
DeirdreS: RT @bdha: Can now create ipkg zones with #SmartOS’s vmadm create: https://t.co/Vsuj7jPK (couple bugs still)

2012-01-24 18:58:42
DeirdreS: RT @GeorgeTrujillo: The number of Oracle shops using #MySQL is 60-70%. #IOUG

2012-01-24 18:38:34
DeirdreS: Well, there is one thing more annoying: when the next (and last) bus doesn’t show up at all.

2012-01-24 18:23:32
DeirdreS: @leapingwoman thinking about it, will depend partly on getting rides to/from Caltrain – and how tired I am after 9 day workweek

2012-01-24 18:21:30
DeirdreS: Few things in life are more annoying than seeing the bus pull away as you approach to catch it.

2012-01-24 17:36:21
DeirdreS: @bcantrill Showoff! 😉 #NodeSummit

2012-01-24 08:31:10
DeirdreS: @jasonh I thought hugs were your department?

2012-01-24 06:32:00
DeirdreS: About a week of sleep would probably be a good place to start…

2012-01-23 23:56:51
DeirdreS: Notes from SCALE10x — More I/O for the Cloud, Please « Joyeur http://t.co/wIHN3sux

2012-01-23 23:49:39
DeirdreS: RT @rod11: Big news day for Joyent. We announced our recent $85M funding round. That’s basically what I have been working on …http:/ …

2012-01-23 23:48:38
DeirdreS: @jscarp There’s one right under the Joyent offices – come for a visit!

2012-01-23 21:48:38
DeirdreS: Good sandwiches, nothing I’m allergic to. Yay! (@ The Melt w/ 3 others) http://t.co/vslX4ysh

2012-01-23 19:30:58
DeirdreS: @pborenstein thanks! I expect flowers on my desk when I get to the office! (Not really – I do already feel appreciated.)

2012-01-23 18:56:14
DeirdreS: Maybe I should write a post “about me on Twitter” so new tech followers know what they’re in for – ie not all tech!

2012-01-23 18:53:31
DeirdreS: RT @nwekwerth: @garrettwilkin Yes, you can run Silverline in supported Linux guest OS’s on SmartOS. Our Metrics service would fit really …

2012-01-23 18:50:52
DeirdreS: RT @tefdigital: We’ve made a strategic investment in @joyent to boost our cloud computing capabilities. http://t.co/1sEuVmxh

2012-01-23 18:04:23
DeirdreS: RT @lusis: you guys should seriously look at @brendangregg slides from his preso. You’ll be smarter. Trust me.

2012-01-23 17:59:27
DeirdreS: Joyent Secures $85M in Venture Funding to Fuel Global Growth and Continued Innovation | Joyent http://t.co/FrHQemyQ

2012-01-23 17:18:38
DeirdreS: RT @blakeirvin: @HenrikJohansen : I’ve worked with SmartOS. Much faster than EC2. Requires a little extra legwork at times, but well w …

2012-01-23 09:12:14
DeirdreS: Made it home from #Scale10x in the rain, waiting to hear that @brendangregg did, too. Then I hope to sleep for many hours.

2012-01-23 09:08:41
DeirdreS: @vambenepe mine would be more like: “Some guys moved a ball around, whoTF cares?”

2012-01-23 09:00:39
DeirdreS: @MathSimon @gedamore yes I’ll be getting video out, may need some time – lots of other stuff to do!

2012-01-23 08:59:35
DeirdreS: @vambenepe my reaction when I heard “Giants” would be playing was very similar: “I thought they played baseball…?”

2012-01-23 07:14:04
DeirdreS: RT @nodejschina: SCALE 10X 2012, Using SmartOS as a Hypervisor https://t.co/DJm1ucbl

2012-01-23 07:10:24
DeirdreS: @missbhavens amen, sister!

2012-01-23 01:06:28
DeirdreS: @hridaybala @socallinuxexpo thanks to you guys – it was great!

2012-01-23 01:05:43
DeirdreS: RT @davewiner: Poor Chris Dodd. http://t.co/tEYDGd7u

2012-01-23 00:51:34
DeirdreS: .@bdha @rmustacc heard someone in the hall afterwards telling a friend “I just heard the most awesome talk!”

2012-01-22 23:54:42
DeirdreS: @3rdEden Annabelles is good, OSHA Thai on 3rd&folsom… What do you Wang to eat? you’re in my neighborhood

2012-01-22 23:51:30
DeirdreS: RT @richardelling: @joyent has some interesting ideas on how to #dtrace into the VM guest… stay tuned… #illumos #SCALE10x

2012-01-22 23:48:26
DeirdreS: RT @richardelling: #smartos with #dtrace and #KVM allows @joyent to offer very detailed and useful analytics #illumos #SCALE10x

2012-01-22 23:47:28
DeirdreS: Oh god – /more/ football?!?

2012-01-22 23:46:39
DeirdreS: RT @gedamore: Using DTrace and SmartOS to instrument ext3 in a Linux kernel. Cool.

2012-01-22 23:19:06
DeirdreS: Had never even heard of Paterno til his name came up in context of child rape. So not likely to mourn a “college football legend”.

2012-01-22 22:19:04
DeirdreS: @hridaybala ok thanks for checking

2012-01-22 21:54:02
DeirdreS: RT @ubersoft: Investigate Chris Dodd and the MPAA for bribery after he publicly admited to bribing politicans to pass legislation. http: …

2012-01-22 21:47:13
DeirdreS: RT @raichoo: Watching @gedamore live talk about #illumos at #scale10x http://t.co/ySKPQIMz

2012-01-22 21:46:38
DeirdreS: Thanks to #Scale10x for letting me film all the #illumos related talks so we have great new info to share with our community – and others!

2012-01-22 21:44:04
DeirdreS: @milouness in some ways feel like I never stopped being a teenager

2012-01-22 21:19:21
DeirdreS: RT @lolcatstevens: Unsung heros: thanks @irabinovitch and Jordan Schwartz ( @mediatemple ) and the #SCaLE10x folk for keeping this great …

2012-01-22 21:18:07
DeirdreS: RT @joyent: Nexenta’s Garrett D’Amore on Developing for illumos at SCALE today (1/22) at 1:30 pm http://t.co/0pZxHpM7

2012-01-22 21:17:46
DeirdreS: @imarambiocatan we have some #illumos t’s here at #Scale10x and clearly we need to make them more widely available… Working on it!

2012-01-22 20:09:00
DeirdreS: @HumanityCritic can we force SC to secede from the union?


2012-01-22 20:08:16
DeirdreS: #illumos #Scale10x http://t.co/40fyM7Jh

2012-01-22 19:36:56
DeirdreS: @raichoo I’m thinking I should make the pony available on a t-shirt… #dtrace #illumos

2012-01-22 19:29:52
DeirdreS: RT @raichoo: HOLY SHIT! THERE IS AN OFFICIAL #dtrace PONY!!!!!!!! http://t.co/gzxnXM6W <3 <3 <3 #illumos /cc @lotterleben @viirus42

2012-01-22 06:57:22
DeirdreS: RT @Mike_FTW: Rick Santorum launches Conservatives Unite Moneybomb (CUM). I am not making this up. https://t.co/95XtP8tz

2012-01-22 06:52:17
DeirdreS: RT @underbellie: If you truly don’t believe a baby has a right to eat in public, you might want to check if you’re an asshole. #breastfe …

2012-01-22 04:31:23
DeirdreS: @jonasthaler ‘fraid so…

2012-01-22 04:16:13
DeirdreS: Illumos / SmartOS BoF af #Scale10x – come on over to the Santa Monica room! http://t.co/oM2U7JIU

2012-01-22 03:26:27
DeirdreS: @mikeal What cable?

2012-01-22 03:18:19
DeirdreS: RT @brendangregg: My #SCALE10x slides http://t.co/JRrSmv5Z “Performance Analysis: new tools and concepts from the cloud” it was videoed too

2012-01-22 02:34:49
DeirdreS: RT @richardelling: Gordon Ross shows how to use dtrace to debug FUSE #SCALE10x

2012-01-22 02:24:55
DeirdreS: RT @justinvincent: MPAA lied to Congress about the jobs number http://t.co/41yc1sjZ

2012-01-22 02:12:09
DeirdreS: There is just no interesting way to film people sitting at a table facing an audience, so they’d better say something interesting.

2012-01-22 02:06:17
DeirdreS: >120 of them attended @brendangregg’s talk this morning.

2012-01-22 02:05:30
DeirdreS: >1800 attendees at #Scale10x this year

2012-01-22 02:03:05
DeirdreS: RT @notmatt: .@spolsky suggests no more guerrilla tactics on SOPA/PIPA-style legislation. Time to engage directly: https://t.co/yPsTSQ7z

2012-01-22 01:54:53
DeirdreS: About to attend and film the OS panel At #Scale10x

2012-01-22 01:30:31
DeirdreS: @rbarraud I could probably eat the stick, but the cornbread and hot dog probably contain soy

2012-01-22 01:22:39
DeirdreS: Having a burger without a bun, not because I’m on a diet, but bec most commercial bread contains soy in some form… Forced diet!

2012-01-21 00:17:09
DeirdreS: Pace is important in keeping open source project thriving. #illumos #Scale10x

2012-01-21 00:12:19
DeirdreS: If we’re all competing on the same open standards, the best implementation wins. #illumos #Scale10x

2012-01-21 22:56:41
DeirdreS: RT @brendangregg: Cool btrfs demo showing reduced seeks vs ext3 and xfs. Except it was demoed on flash

2012-01-21 22:38:13
DeirdreS: 10 years ago I wrote: Ringing in the Euro http://t.co/uwcVQv9Y

2012-01-21 22:35:35
DeirdreS: RT @richardelling: btrfs is being tuned towards big storage, where big is 8TB+ #SCALE10x – They’re kidding, right?

2012-01-21 22:34:06
DeirdreS: They’re saying “Let the grownups work a deal” because the kids – us consumers – don’t know what’s good for us. Gah! http://t.co/4RZ7daJl

2012-01-21 21:14:01
DeirdreS: OH: would a Christian Science Sysadmin never actually do anything?

2012-01-21 20:23:19
DeirdreS: @bnwri hmm, religion as a condition of employment? @hemantmehta – is that legal in the US?

2012-01-21 20:20:24
DeirdreS: @cwebber yes, both from us and from #Scale10x

2012-01-21 20:12:43
DeirdreS: RT @joyent: Reminder #illumos ppl @ #SCALE10x. We’re sponsoring BoF tmrw @ 8pm w/ @brendangregg. DTrace, KVM. Santa Monica B. http://jo …

2012-01-21 19:54:30
DeirdreS: RT @bdha: Nora and I watching @brendangregg drop some wisdom cross-country: http://t.co/cTimAq0B

2012-01-21 19:51:13
DeirdreS: RT @cwebber: Watching @brendangregg give a neat talk on performance analytics. #scale10x

2012-01-21 19:43:17
DeirdreS: RT @bdha: Yay, watching @brendangregg at SCALE livestream: https://t.co/VkHIPLuj

2012-01-21 19:36:13
DeirdreS: Full room for @brendangregg’s #Scale10x talk in Century AB http://t.co/ag9NLAzr

2012-01-21 18:53:44
DeirdreS: @chrisridd @brendangregg yes, should be live streamed as well

2012-01-21 18:52:15
DeirdreS: 11:30 in Century AB: @brendangregg’s talk on performance in the cloud #Scale10x

2012-01-21 18:50:52
DeirdreS: RT @quaid: Posted mostly-final PDF (or ODF) of my #SCALE10x #FOSS Mentoring talk at http://t.co/ECdQQQdF (under CC BY SA 3.0).

2012-01-21 18:50:12
DeirdreS: @irabinovitch give me a direct link for @brendangregg’s stream, I’ll tweet the hell outta that

2012-01-21 18:49:03
DeirdreS: RT @irabinovitch: I’m watching #SCALE10x video online. You can too! https://t.co/hVlSEjBI #scale10x

2012-01-21 18:48:11
DeirdreS: @quaid some of us get that – hence SmartOS and node.js @joyent

2012-01-21 18:46:40
DeirdreS: @bnwri the job requires a Christian?

2012-01-21 02:26:56
DeirdreS: @philiph @cwebber Or beer, after his slides are done.

2012-01-21 02:26:14
DeirdreS: RT @rmustacc: I’ll be at #SCALE10x this weekend and speaking on Sunday at 3:00pm on #SmartOS. Don’t miss @brendangregg talking perf Satu …

2012-01-21 02:21:09
DeirdreS: Digital crowds work better than real-world ones For some things, nothing works except solitude – Andrew McAfee – HBR http://t.co/46T8vavX

2012-01-21 01:59:07
DeirdreS: Board members should be re-elected every year – our lives change so fast in software (but some audience disagreement with this) #Scale10x

2012-01-21 01:56:36
DeirdreS: Don’t put your chief funders on the board – they have a lot of influence anyway.

2012-01-21 01:53:05
DeirdreS: Problem of mentoring open source board members – we don’t yet have the meta non-profits. #Scale10x

2012-01-21 01:49:18
DeirdreS: @approx_normal @hemantmehta isn’t that child abandonment – illegal?

2012-01-21 01:48:04
DeirdreS: Good thing I’m no longer in school – I can no longer sit and be talked at for hours.

2012-01-21 01:43:44
DeirdreS: RT @AskDrRuth: CDC says 30% of teens not using contraceptives thought they couldn’t get pregnant. Do you think we need better sex ed in …

2012-01-21 01:13:47
DeirdreS: Incorporation takes time – board meetings, accounting… #Scale10x use a fiscal sponsorship instead (if you can)

2012-01-21 01:12:30
DeirdreS: “can’t we just let our corporate sponsors take care of this stuff?” of course the example is MySQL -> Sun -> Oracle… #Scale10x

2012-01-21 01:10:54
DeirdreS: Reasons for incorporating include legal protection, loss of key people… #Scale10x

2012-01-21 01:07:18
DeirdreS: At Josh Berkus’ talk on foundations at #Scale10x – very timely for me

2012-01-21 00:57:35
DeirdreS: Challenge in open source community is growing the 10% who are most productive #illumos #Scale10x

2012-01-21 00:54:22
DeirdreS: @theronconrey glad you’re finding it useful!

2012-01-21 00:34:52
DeirdreS: For a FOSS OS, you need hardware partnerships. And we need specs to work from. #illumos #Scale10x

2012-01-21 00:33:27
DeirdreS: Developers like knowing that their paid work will go back to the open source community. #illumos #Scale10x

2012-01-21 00:29:57
DeirdreS: If you’re going for the big reveal, it’s even more important to have code to show. #illumos #Scale10x

2012-01-21 00:20:25
DeirdreS: Community events, user group meetings drive momentum. #Scale10x #illumos

2012-01-21 00:19:16
DeirdreS: Code first, not vaporware, not just announcements. #illumos #Scale10x

2012-01-20 23:53:04
DeirdreS: Risks of growth include loss of focus, bikeshedding, project too big, too diverse. #Scale10x

2012-01-20 23:47:36
DeirdreS: Grow by changing leadership regularly. #Scale10x

2012-01-20 23:44:18
DeirdreS: Ongoing communicators are needed, using open extensible tools. #Scale10x

2012-01-20 23:44:10
DeirdreS: Consensus over voting, see apache’s lightweight consensus model. #Scale10x

2012-01-20 23:42:43
DeirdreS: Don’t let the poisonous people ruin your community. #Scale10x

2012-01-20 23:40:50
DeirdreS: Yes I’d like to join the metrics wg

2012-01-20 23:39:20
DeirdreS: Make sure your tools are open source too. #Scale10x

2012-01-20 23:35:24
DeirdreS: Discussions and decisions should be open. Better to disappoint than to surprise. People feel they’ve contributed when they’ve been heard.

2012-01-20 23:33:38
DeirdreS: Improve infrastructure – enable. #Scale10x

2012-01-20 23:31:16
DeirdreS: And we need a community who’s who page (I’ve been working on that, on the SmartOS wiki). #illumos

2012-01-20 23:29:35
DeirdreS: We need a wiki page of people willing to mentor #illumos newbies (tho asking me is still ok). #Scale10x

2012-01-20 23:28:34
DeirdreS: Expose interesting and easier tasks- encourage peripheral participation. #Scale10x So what are some easy ways to participate in #illumos ?

2012-01-20 23:26:24
DeirdreS: Have a blog aggregator. And an open road map. And Open marketing plan. #Scale10x

2012-01-20 23:25:08
DeirdreS: …but make decisions in the mailing list. #Scale10x

2012-01-20 23:24:16
DeirdreS: Importance of irc as communications channel, low barrier to entry for countries where bandwidth is metered. #Scale10x

2012-01-20 23:23:24
DeirdreS: Open wiki increases amount of documentation by orders of magnitude because community pitches in. #Scale10x

2012-01-20 23:22:21
DeirdreS: @quasi42 true, that remark was specific to case when a project must have a big reveal. I prefer to avoid that kinda thing.

2012-01-20 23:20:45
DeirdreS: Source control needed for docs as well as code. #Scale10x

2012-01-20 23:19:58
DeirdreS: Start with one mailing list, branch as needed. #Scale10x

2012-01-20 23:19:27
DeirdreS: CLA vs contribution policy. Not sure I see the difference…?

2012-01-20 23:13:45
DeirdreS: Large orgs involved in open source need to be extra open. Governance needs to be transparent #Scale10x

2012-01-20 23:10:38
DeirdreS: Lots of folks at #Scale10x whom I know from community leadership. Filming Karsten Wade’s talk on bldg open source community

2012-01-20 23:10:38
DeirdreS: The traditional “big reveal” is antithetical to open source projects, how to handle that? Closed mailing list.

2012-01-20 22:25:04
DeirdreS: Come to the #illumos BoF ast #SCALE10x Saturday 8pm – chance to win a personalized autographed copy of the DTrace book from @brendangregg

2012-01-20 22:09:50
DeirdreS: @mccrory 30 months? Helluva flight delay! #SWA

2012-01-20 22:03:17
DeirdreS: live stream #SCALE10x: on now: Josh Berkus PostgreSQL Web Application Security http://t.co/hdoTqeBw

2012-01-20 22:02:12
DeirdreS: @cwebber Actually, we just passed you in the hall, I knew it was you because I heard you introducing yourself to someone.

2012-01-20 20:14:05
DeirdreS: schedule of SmartOS-Illumos Events at #SCALE10x: http://t.co/nEYWZ8Fp

2012-01-20 20:05:42
DeirdreS: RT @monkchips: still one £129 ticket for @monkigras left. you should buy it. you wont see a more amazing speaker list. Joyent founder, J …

2012-01-20 20:03:45
DeirdreS: RT @joyent: Just posted Webinar “How @nodefly Uses the Joyent Cloud API and DTrace to Monitor #Nodejs Applications” http://t.co/8Zo1XXRT

2012-01-20 20:02:50
DeirdreS: RT @jcea: If you want #DTrace in #Python, please express your opinion in http://t.co/prWGbsvx. For instance http://t.co/mJBGg6uZ #OpenIn …

2012-01-20 19:06:11
DeirdreS: #illumos and #SCALE10x – updated event list: there’s an Open Source Operating Systems panel Saturday! http://t.co/nEYWZ8Fp

2012-01-20 18:37:50
DeirdreS: Anyone looking for me? No? Good.

2012-01-20 04:22:12
DeirdreS: @llcrowe I’ll vouch that you worked at Sun. What kind of confirmation is this?

2012-01-19 20:54:39
DeirdreS: Shortages for in demand skillsets will favor entities… with the logistical ability to incorporate remote hires http://t.co/PVmwj2Sy

2012-01-19 20:08:27
DeirdreS: RT @AlbertBrooks: The thing about Newt is that Clinton never lectured us on morality.

2012-01-19 19:53:42
DeirdreS: So now the tech experts are the “nerds”. As opposed to, you know, those cool cats in Congress.

2012-01-19 18:58:40
DeirdreS: 3 years ago: “The test of our progress…” (photo) http://t.co/Wkxv86Yc

2012-01-19 18:57:17
DeirdreS: 5 years ago: “When somebody asks “How are you?” my usual response is “Tired”. ” http://t.co/gWgKjEWO

2012-01-19 18:56:19
DeirdreS: 7 years ago: Deirdré Does Vegas: CES 2005 http://t.co/zcn6hBJK

2012-01-19 18:54:54
DeirdreS: 8 years ago: Scenes from the Fashion World http://t.co/42dljUH3

2012-01-19 17:45:55
DeirdreS: Webcam views of people staring at docs on their computer screens are boring.

2012-01-19 17:29:39
DeirdreS: schedule of SmartOS-Illumos Events at #SCALE10x: http://t.co/nEYWZ8Fp

2012-01-19 16:33:43
DeirdreS: RT @trondn: Just signed the contributor agreement for #SmartOS.. Time to roll up my sleeves and figure out where I can contribute

2012-01-19 16:33:35
DeirdreS: @jeffreytaylor @hudsonette I can actually remember when “Upstairs, Downstairs” was on the air, tho no detail. Will have to compare.

2012-01-19 07:47:14
DeirdreS: @hudsonette @jeffreytaylor Ok, you finally got me – I /will/ be watching all of Downton Abbey. Wish I could stay up all night, in fact…

2012-01-19 06:08:25
DeirdreS: RT @tomlenk: Get to know me & Candrea: “@funnyordie: A suicidal woman gets less than she hoped for when @tomlenk picks up her call: http …

2012-01-19 04:08:24
DeirdreS: how you can tell this song is really old: geeks in suits, and at COMDEX: ‘It’s All About The Pentiums’ | Rolling Stone http://t.co/t7YhsLCH

2012-01-19 03:49:55
DeirdreS: (NB: Working at #SCALE10x Fri-Sun…)

2012-01-19 03:49:11
DeirdreS: Have only worked 2 days this week so far but my brain feels wrung out. Tomorrow’s drive to LA will feel like time off!

2012-01-19 03:41:59
DeirdreS: Stunned that so many students know how to use wikipedia, but apparently can’t actually, like, read. Or think. Or spell. http://t.co/wgwGuKOJ

2012-01-19 03:37:02
DeirdreS: @leahcphillips Why don’t you call your Congressional rep and try to ensure that wikipedia doesn’t get shut down forever? Might ever help.

2012-01-19 03:36:20
DeirdreS: @__ThatOneGirl http://t.co/oVrn5L5U

2012-01-19 03:36:10
DeirdreS: @DanBent1 Do pay attention, dear: http://t.co/oVrn5L5U

2012-01-19 03:35:50
DeirdreS: @CiniqL Not Obama, Congress: http://t.co/oVrn5L5U

2012-01-19 03:35:29
DeirdreS: @8907_andrew http://t.co/oVrn5L5U

2012-01-19 03:35:20
DeirdreS: @kazface Oh articulate one: http://t.co/oVrn5L5U

2012-01-19 03:34:38
DeirdreS: @Ilyas_Mohamed put the blame where it belongs: Congress http://t.co/oVrn5L5U

2012-01-19 03:34:08
DeirdreS: @BradG4L be informed: http://t.co/oVrn5L5U

2012-01-19 03:33:33
DeirdreS: @Ted_Zepplin Not Obama – Congress: http://t.co/oVrn5L5U

2012-01-19 00:54:57
DeirdreS: RT @mahrens1: new blog post: the future of LibZFS: #zfs http://t.co/b8cm1AQI

2012-01-19 00:54:19
DeirdreS: @RaoulMiller How about both?

2012-01-19 00:52:17
DeirdreS: @stopcarrottime SOPA explained: http://t.co/oVrn5L5U

2012-01-19 00:31:05
DeirdreS: “As long as entertainment spends more money in Washington than tech, bad laws like SOPA and PIPA will appear” http://t.co/GzFBCo1b

2012-01-19 00:24:37
DeirdreS: @benjaminws Maybe we could post that video as a reply to all the “WTF happened” idiots: http://t.co/hdUXBKkb #SOPA #PIPA

2012-01-19 00:23:58
DeirdreS: RT @benjaminws: This is an excellent explanation of #SOPA/#PIPA from @khanacademy for people still not getting it. http://t.co/FnI6Jvts

2012-01-19 00:07:44
DeirdreS: RT @ahl: new blog post: ZFS+10: illumos meetup recap http://t.co/JlT0OLe0

2012-01-19 00:06:11
DeirdreS: @joelhousman Sadly, I was also unsurprised.

2012-01-19 00:05:42
DeirdreS: READ THIS – A personal experience with DMCA – UMG vs Veoh – minglewing http://t.co/nSioCU5u

2012-01-18 23:47:29
DeirdreS: RT @arnaudlacour: RT @furrygirl: Hands down, The Oatmeal has the best SOPA blackout page and explanation: http://t.co/mxjk3lF7

2012-01-18 22:00:52
DeirdreS: @joelhousman The fact that most of them can’t be bothered to read tha damn page they landed on is depressing.

2012-01-18 18:24:37
DeirdreS: RT @opensolaris: The @EFF explains how #SOPA & #PIPA could affect open source projects & distros: https://t.co/tvUBU9VQ & https://t.co/P …

2012-01-18 16:30:31
DeirdreS: Why I’m fighting SOPA: It’s hypocritical, onerous and dumb — Tech News and Analysis http://t.co/bocMXCoi

2012-01-18 16:00:05
DeirdreS: new video from illumos meetup: ZFS Feature Flags – http://t.co/KrJB4jx5

2012-01-18 07:09:51
DeirdreS: the problems with religion: http://t.co/DEWv3CPH

2012-01-18 07:00:26
DeirdreS: @trochej Kinda doubt it if all they know how to do is search wikipedia

2012-01-18 06:51:25
DeirdreS: RT @vambenepe: I’m glad Wikipedia went with JavaScript and rejected Adobe’s alternative proposal: let’s get all CPU to 100% for 24 hours …

2012-01-18 06:41:42
DeirdreS: A lot of just-in-time students out there. Not that I’m a lot better, but I do know how to use other sources http://t.co/wgwGuKOJ

2012-01-18 06:32:39
DeirdreS: RT @timbray: Real-time Wikipedia shutdown freakout: http://t.co/YmdunRwD – this is both pathetic and funny, and it might actually work!

2012-01-18 06:24:53
DeirdreS: “Vunce the rockets are up, who cares vere zey come down? Zat’s not my department, says Werner von Braun” Tom Lehrer http://t.co/YCikIOh8

2012-01-18 06:13:05
DeirdreS: RT @urbanturbanguy: The first time I hear these words I thought they were the names of some village goons from india: #Sopa & #Pipa.

2012-01-18 06:00:13
DeirdreS: RT @SarahKSilverman: Jesus would be bummed about the Vatican being all filled w riches that could feed the world (but doesn’t)

2012-01-18 05:59:11
DeirdreS: @KatieS Interesting, all my reps are women. None of them is saying anything about #SOPA

2012-01-18 05:02:00
DeirdreS: RT @NodeSummit: Just told we have 3 slots left for STUDENT volunteers (all others are full). Free pass if u r willing to work. info at n …

2012-01-18 05:01:02
DeirdreS: new video from the illumos meetup: ZFS Feature Flags – http://t.co/KrJB4jx5

2012-01-18 04:59:34
DeirdreS: 2 years ago I wrote: On Love http://t.co/We5OOd5l

2012-01-18 04:45:56
DeirdreS: If most of the Internet will be blacked out tomorrow (including my own site), should I just sleep through the day?

2012-01-18 03:04:55
DeirdreS: @notmatt Bryan looks pouty, what did you guys do to him? 😉

2012-01-18 00:55:23
DeirdreS: An excellent late afternoon pick-me-up: Deep Purple – Smoke On The Water – YouTube http://t.co/hGdHtASm

2012-01-17 23:35:54

2012-01-17 23:35:38

2012-01-17 22:45:59
DeirdreS: RT @babsray: RT @PsychToday: “After meeting James, I have less patience with kids who can’t look beyond themselves.” – Barbara Ray http: …

2012-01-17 22:42:20
DeirdreS: “You don’t know what you’re messing with, you got no idea” http://t.co/ucgsrktY

2012-01-17 22:35:20
DeirdreS: .@tomcoates @mattwaite I suggest visible engineers in corpcomms as well. When making technical decisions, why accept info filtered by mktg?

2012-01-17 22:32:56
DeirdreS: RT @tomcoates: @mattwaite My suggestion would be to push for more engineer and creative team bylines around tech journalistic products.

2012-01-17 22:32:16
DeirdreS: RT @johnnysunshine: SmartOS’s repos, smartos-live & smartos-overlay can finally accept patches! Sign your CLA today: https://t.co/N8FnZE7f

2012-01-17 21:30:01
DeirdreS: updated: SmartOS-Illumos-OpenIndiana Events with schedule and rooms for illumos talks at #SCALE10x http://t.co/nEYWZ8Fp

2012-01-17 20:25:13
DeirdreS: Six Reasons Why You Should Give Employees a 4-Day Week | LinkedIn http://t.co/Sv6QD9WA

2012-01-17 20:12:32
DeirdreS: Come See Us at SCALE 10X! – http://t.co/HDVH9F0u http://t.co/HWULkf3f

2012-01-17 19:41:34
DeirdreS: new video from illumos meetup: ZFS Feature Flags – http://t.co/HDVH9F0u http://t.co/KrJB4jx5

2012-01-17 17:15:11
DeirdreS: …then a lot more video next week from #SCALE10x!

2012-01-17 17:14:51
DeirdreS: For those who may be wondering: yes, there is more (final edit) video to come from last week’s illumos meeting, I hope to finish it today.

2012-01-17 17:12:02
DeirdreS: @ringae Probably east bay – good commute to Joyent, good value for money on rents.

2012-01-17 17:11:40
DeirdreS: RT @joyent: On deck 1/18: Webinar w/ @nodefly CTO, @dapsays covering how they use #DTrace, Joyent API 4 #nodejs analytics. https://t.co/ …

2012-01-17 07:49:30
DeirdreS: “his class consisted of 52 students, 26 different nationalities.” Oscar shorts autobiographical journey ‘The Road Home’ http://t.co/8JxBN8I8

2012-01-17 07:34:32
DeirdreS: ZFS Backwards Compatibility Testing with ztest – http://t.co/HDVH9F0u http://t.co/6mKC0CJK

2012-01-17 07:29:29
DeirdreS: 9 years ago I wrote: “Picture the wife of an American diplomat or missionary, just arrived in India or Thailand…” http://t.co/aYkRtD1b

2012-01-17 07:11:11
DeirdreS: RT @srsmoot: New Blog Post (and ScreenCast): “SmartOS Setup”: http://t.co/eGJFxnQT – THANK YOU!

2012-01-17 06:54:53
DeirdreS: @vambenepe Since you tweeted it to force yourself, should we demand proof tomorrow?

2012-01-17 06:54:13
DeirdreS: @jonasthaler Have not found a specific place yet, it appears I’ll have to wait til closer to my move-in date – rentals come and go quickly

2012-01-17 06:53:30
DeirdreS: @JeriDansky @jonasthaler Likely east Bay – better value for money and an easy Bart to our Financial District office.

2012-01-17 05:18:58
DeirdreS: First step in vacating SF apartment: non-food greenery is moving to the office, at least temporarily. Monster plant probably for good.

2012-01-17 05:14:53
DeirdreS: @pijewski In the context, was that better or worse than an al Qaeda t-shirt? #patriots

2012-01-17 05:13:10
DeirdreS: @shawnferry @lskrocki @nonstick This is beginning to sound like my kind of ritual!

2012-01-17 03:20:01
DeirdreS: @shawnferry Better yet, @lskrocki and I will be knocking on your door, dressed in white shirts with our names on badges.

2012-01-17 03:17:30
DeirdreS: @LusciousPear Got time to drop by Joyent for a visit this week (before some of us leave for SCALE on Thurs)?

2012-01-17 00:19:28
DeirdreS: RT @csanz: EC2 traceroutes SUCK! reason #10 why we are moving to @joyent

2012-01-17 00:19:12
DeirdreS: @philiph very true!

2012-01-17 00:00:40
DeirdreS: If you’re looking to hire, please don’t use “smart” or “motivated” in the desc. We can assume you /don’t/ want to hire a lazy idiot.

2012-01-16 23:55:42
DeirdreS: @NomdeB I would think that worked by preventing intercourse!

2012-01-16 23:35:24
DeirdreS: RT @DavidBrin1: Via @nprnews: Brazil’s Falling Birth Rate: A New Way Of Thinking? http://t.co/EhZCeR61

2012-01-16 23:28:07
DeirdreS: @lskrocki especially not when interrupted by Catholic calisthenics 😉

2012-01-16 22:06:53
DeirdreS: For Jeffrey http://t.co/emaAXDsl

2012-01-16 19:26:51
DeirdreS: @MogdenPong If you went to sleep in Santa Clara and woke up in Prague, you’d be confused, too!

2012-01-16 19:25:15
DeirdreS: “it is jolting and uncomfortable. But it grounds me in the reality of being an American today” http://t.co/ik8s03sV

2012-01-16 19:17:17
DeirdreS: @lskrocki To the extent I ever do it, anyplace quiet is fine. Whether it’s prayer or philosophy, seems fair to give everyone a space.

2012-01-16 17:00:02
DeirdreS: Come See Us at SCALE 10X! http://t.co/HWULkf3f

2012-01-16 07:37:56
DeirdreS: @lskrocki so where do the atheists go when they want to commune with their thoughts?

2012-01-16 04:53:53
DeirdreS: RT @pourmecoffee: Quick, while everyone is at Golden Globes, let’s break into studios and make decent movies with normal-looking people.

2012-01-16 04:38:12
DeirdreS: RT @MathSimon: @gedamore Good luck in your post-Nexenta adventures and thanks for being the ‘grand poobah’ for illumos.

2012-01-16 03:48:06
DeirdreS: @bici Separata da 2+ anni

2012-01-16 03:32:42
DeirdreS: interesting questions on an old post of mine: What Happens When You’re Not a Native of Anywhere? http://t.co/XXOcL6ip

2012-01-16 02:14:32
DeirdreS: Dinner = chicken breast stuffed with chestnuts and leek, mashed sweet potatoes, fresh fennel and apple salad with almonds. Hungry!

2012-01-16 01:16:36
DeirdreS: @webmink I would be quite happy to have a domestic god around from time to time. 😉

2012-01-16 00:32:35
DeirdreS: I dusted and vacuumed. Enough of this domestic goddess crap!

2012-01-15 23:17:59
DeirdreS: RT @LusciousPear: If God didn’t intervene in the holocaust, he’s not going to intervene in your football game. #fb

2012-01-15 23:11:00
DeirdreS: 4 years ago: Photo Gallery: Torino, January 2008 http://t.co/eF6oW0SA

2012-01-15 23:10:20
DeirdreS: 5 yrs ago: “For weeks Italian media has been obsessed with a crime…” Close Neighbors: Living Cheek-by-Jowl in Italy http://t.co/RxBZzxrL

2012-01-15 20:21:16
DeirdreS: RT @KI4OTK: @mranney @izs @nodejs Those two should get a room. #nodejs #joyent – We did! At One Embarcadero.

2012-01-15 20:18:19
DeirdreS: RT @MikeLaSpina: @bsousapt @edsai smartos will mount v28 now and after #ZFS feature flags is done it can mount any version and ignore un …

2012-01-15 19:12:50
DeirdreS: 6 yrs ago: “We’re making it possible for viewers to compete with you,” “We need it,” murmured his colleague from Fox http://t.co/VC6AxYGW

2012-01-15 19:04:16
DeirdreS: 7 years ago: “America obsessed with eating. You can’t go anywhere without being bombarded by advertising for food” http://t.co/8ZUz8c5p

2012-01-15 18:54:20
DeirdreS: Looks as if the San Francisco winter is finally here: 51F and cloudy. (But humidity makes me feel colder. Yes, I’m a wimp about cold.)

2012-01-15 18:53:49
DeirdreS: @quasi42 Oh, right… thanks. Short night, not enough coffee… #factcheck

2012-01-15 18:53:17
DeirdreS: What happens when your Twitter handle is give out as an info source in a popular conference talk: http://t.co/y413F3OH

2012-01-15 18:33:52
DeirdreS: Come See Us at SCALE 10X! http://t.co/HWULkf3f

2012-01-15 18:19:18
DeirdreS: “accepting government subsidies, refusing military service declining to work, while having 6-8 children is unsettling” http://t.co/Lce3hnBw

2012-01-15 17:37:36
DeirdreS: @raichoo dunno if it counts when food comes of the actions you intended to be evil

2012-01-15 17:09:47
DeirdreS: RT @jamescmcpherson: rt via @SLSingh: The Red Flags of Quackery http://t.co/8v4xIbHx These are the sorts of science posters you want in …

2012-01-15 17:06:52
DeirdreS: RT @TheEconomist: Obituary: Ronald Searle, artist, limner of St Trinian’s and St Custard’s, died on December 30th, aged 91 http://t.co/2 …

2012-01-15 08:01:48
DeirdreS: Damn, just remembered: my dad would have been 73 today.

2012-01-15 05:30:52
DeirdreS: Is it significant that the last five people to look at my LinkedIn profile are people I know very well?

2012-01-15 05:25:23
DeirdreS: @livejasonbourne I see lots to love about Canada, not sure I could stand the weather, though – I was born and raised in tropical climes!

2012-01-15 00:57:17
DeirdreS: a congressman berates a constituent who works two jobs, cares for two kids, and tries to attend school http://t.co/mWcRk4wn

2012-01-15 00:51:56
DeirdreS: @philiph Blame 4chan for your toddler needing pants?

2012-01-15 00:50:06
DeirdreS: @raichoo From #illumos’ very own Richard Elling! #zfs #illumos #openindiana

2012-01-14 23:33:03
DeirdreS: @jonasthaler yes, looking forward to seeing you!

2012-01-14 23:32:36
DeirdreS: @bubbva yup, that’s where I went. More pleasant, but only in a relative sense.

2012-01-14 22:28:30
DeirdreS: .@bcantrill My boss, the disaster perv.

2012-01-14 22:27:19
DeirdreS: I’m at Whole Foods Market (399 4th St., at Harrison St., San Francisco) w/ 9 others http://t.co/1OQgHSTS

2012-01-14 21:53:42
DeirdreS: OH in the dressing room: “I hate ‘the girls’ sometimes. They are so rambunctious!”

2012-01-14 21:50:07
DeirdreS: @NomdeB football? Is that a thing? 😉

2012-01-14 21:36:25
DeirdreS: One of my least favorite activities: shopping for bras. (Whatever the lingerie cos wd like you to believe, it’s neither fun nor sexy.)

2012-01-14 21:26:48
DeirdreS: I’m at Nordstrom (865 Market St, Westfield SF Centre, San Francisco) http://t.co/LMBth8uZ

2012-01-14 21:18:39
DeirdreS: Should have trusted my first instinct to NOT take the Muni

2012-01-14 21:11:14
DeirdreS: Why are young women traveling in gangs so LOUD?

2012-01-14 21:08:31
DeirdreS: Need coffee and food before I can face (shudder) shopping.

2012-01-14 19:04:37
DeirdreS: @monkigras @tomraftery that’s great news, thanks!

2012-01-14 08:27:44
DeirdreS: @Joanmarie good luck. My far less serious brushes with insomnia make me feel for you.

2012-01-14 08:08:07
DeirdreS: @Joanmarie agh, I don’t know how you survive that.

2012-01-14 08:01:47
DeirdreS: @leapingwoman in my case the decision is easier because to car, and have hair appointment… #CLSWest

2012-01-14 07:49:12
DeirdreS: “Research strongly suggests that people are more creative when they enjoy privacy and freedom from interruption.” http://t.co/okgKaeqO

2012-01-14 06:44:30
DeirdreS: And next week: @brendangregg @rmustacc @gedamore @safiume and I bring #illumos enlightenment to the Linux hordes at #SCALE10x. 😉

2012-01-14 06:32:54
DeirdreS: Wish I could go to #CLSWest tomorrow, but honestly I’m too tired from /being/ a community manager this week to go and talk about it.

2012-01-14 06:30:49
DeirdreS: 3 years ago: The Italian Adam http://t.co/kvLep3Pu

2012-01-14 06:20:53
DeirdreS: RT @aredridel: Wow. I think SmartOS might be that thing I’ve always wanted. Purely a hypervisor. Only sane.

2012-01-14 06:20:44
DeirdreS: RT @MikeLaSpina: @benni_dito I have illumos running in production, it’s Rock Solid, usable and easy to manage.

2012-01-14 05:34:19
DeirdreS: What a week. Good, but exhausting.

2012-01-14 05:31:25
DeirdreS: Piling absurdity upon absurdity… For Priests’ Wives, a Word of Caution – http://t.co/z7OuovNj http://t.co/TcLnSEwF

2012-01-14 02:45:39
DeirdreS: @joelhousman I take it he doesn’t read twitter…

2012-01-14 00:42:01
DeirdreS: new video from illumos user group meeting: ZFS Code Comments – http://t.co/HDVH9F0u http://t.co/3taQpwmq

2012-01-13 23:52:40
DeirdreS: @philiph I like the one I have.

2012-01-13 23:05:40
DeirdreS: @monkigras Please please please tell me you’re filming the talks.

2012-01-13 23:03:41
DeirdreS: RT @JessiDG: For my 6-year anniversary, I re-wrote Robert Heinlein’s “A person should be able to”: “A Couple Should Be Able to…” http: …

2012-01-13 22:40:32
DeirdreS: @SFGMC is this a hint about the program for March? #Pippin

2012-01-13 22:36:12
DeirdreS: “I’m on the job – you ain’t never had a friend like me!” http://t.co/bBBASIzJ

2012-01-13 22:06:02
DeirdreS: RT @johnnysunshine: For those inclined to build their own SmartOS images, I’ve uploaded an extras tarball & modified the config script. …

2012-01-13 18:46:07
DeirdreS: new! Dave Pacheco’s Blog » Playing with Node/V8 postmortem debugging http://t.co/duZdgU0O

2012-01-13 17:50:42
DeirdreS: great and useful video on SmartOS Guest Provisioning http://t.co/0scnFzdh

2012-01-13 17:24:42
DeirdreS: RT @jasonh: External is biweekly now!! ==> RT @johnnysunshine: New SmartOS release. Moving to a biweekly regular schedule. http://t.c …

2012-01-13 17:10:01
DeirdreS: New version of SmartOS available! http://t.co/uWETXtkd – thanks @johnnysunshine !

2012-01-13 16:40:33
DeirdreS: video: The Future of LibZFS http://t.co/Llpc4o9j – from this week’s illumos user group meeting

2012-01-13 08:36:33
DeirdreS: RT @johnnysunshine: New SmartOS release. Moving to a biweekly regular schedule. http://t.co/X7gJHQAF

2012-01-13 04:52:44
DeirdreS: RT @nodejschina: Trond Norbye’s Weblog: Couchbase Server meets SmartOS! http://t.co/xO6PeP3M

2012-01-13 00:42:51
DeirdreS: video from the user group meeting: Testing ZFS in illumos – http://t.co/HDVH9F0u http://t.co/X3YtkaaG

2012-01-12 20:40:22
DeirdreS: @kometen Yes, @bcantrill is kind of permanently wired. I don’t see him consuming vast amounts of coffee, either.

2012-01-12 20:39:38
DeirdreS: @richlowe good point, I’ll see if I can bump it up with a recompress

2012-01-12 20:30:11
DeirdreS: DTrace and ZBall – http://t.co/HDVH9F0u http://t.co/Scinz8Oe Another bit of Solaris history with Bryan Cantrill.

2012-01-12 20:05:03
DeirdreS: @kvegh If you use the right pharmaceuticals, yes.

2012-01-12 17:59:07
DeirdreS: @jonasthaler Goes without saying! See you in LA next week? Maybe Friday dinner? We’ll be at LAX Hilton.

2012-01-12 17:45:16
DeirdreS: The world looks so much better after a decent night’s sleep.

2012-01-12 06:05:07
DeirdreS: @jamescmcpherson Documentation needs to be randomly-consultable text, with perhaps video how-tos. But tech preso are better as video, IMO.

2012-01-12 05:26:28
DeirdreS: .@alanc People have diff learning styles. How well you absorb info in a given format can be as important as how long it takes to take in.

2012-01-12 04:19:59
DeirdreS: @jamescmcpherson @dboyll @socialtimes YouTube is doing video transcription but it’s work to get it accurate. Human works better but costs.

2012-01-12 03:09:13
DeirdreS: RT @dboyll: Motion Infographic: Online Video Is 5.33X More Effective Than Text http://t.co/1mXpE4q4 via @socialtimes

2012-01-12 01:35:00
DeirdreS: full house for the illumos User Group Meetup last night at Delphix (photo) http://t.co/P60pmfy3

2012-01-12 00:20:03
DeirdreS: @gedamore Glad to do it!

2012-01-11 23:08:39
DeirdreS: RT @badnima: Today’s office view from the Joyent clouds http://t.co/Cy7G4ey1

2012-01-11 23:08:02
DeirdreS: @vruz Very good idea, except I’m going with LibreOffice – just remembered how much I prefer it to Those Proprietary Guys.

2012-01-11 22:37:42
DeirdreS: I need to create a simple pdf form (on Mac OSX) – anyone know a tool cheaper than Acrobat X?

2012-01-11 22:32:49
DeirdreS: @redtwitdown buy pizza 😉

2012-01-11 22:05:48
DeirdreS: @redtwitdown or perhaps I should say I’m managing stuff (websites, events) rather than people

2012-01-11 22:04:40
DeirdreS: @redtwitdown I don’t expect to manage this crowd much. 😉

2012-01-11 21:54:43
DeirdreS: For those who missed last night’s announcement (& hadn’t figured it out already) I am now community manager for #illumos as well as SmartOS.

2012-01-11 18:35:49
DeirdreS: @shawnferry illumos soap on a rope?

2012-01-11 17:15:14
DeirdreS: @darkproger Yes, keep an eye on the Delphix guys’ blogs, and they’ll probably send slides to me as well.

2012-01-11 17:12:40
DeirdreS: @lderezinski I can hear audio now (just spot checking). ??? #ZFS

2012-01-11 16:52:39
DeirdreS: rough cut available now: illumos user group meeting on #ZFS Recorded on 1/10/12 on USTREAM. http://t.co/JOQoDYFb

2012-01-11 16:51:11
DeirdreS: @iamsrk If that is the case, you’re hanging out with the wrong people. The ones closest to you should understand and accept you the most.

2012-01-11 16:07:45
DeirdreS: @shawnferry That makes me feel so… loved?

2012-01-11 08:44:49
DeirdreS: “it’s not just the gays who are planning to violently harass us with wedding invitations” | http://t.co/QNRx8phH http://t.co/PfvErohe

2012-01-11 08:28:50
DeirdreS: recording available: illumos user group meeting, Recorded on 1/10/12 joyent on USTREAM. Conference http://t.co/JOQoDYFb

2012-01-11 08:26:10
DeirdreS: Thanks to all who joined the #illumos video stream tonight – we hope to meet you in person at a future event!

2012-01-11 06:08:08
DeirdreS: I don’t think these conversations will end til Delphix throws us out…

2012-01-11 05:32:14
DeirdreS: Very cool lo see a living, breathing OS in the process of growing #illumos

2012-01-11 05:27:08
DeirdreS: .@bcantrill proposes deulling over bits in the #zfs block pointer

2012-01-11 04:50:48
DeirdreS: @timfoster Who was it said that bug-free code is dead code? 😉 #zfs

2012-01-11 04:48:50
DeirdreS: Chris Siden on ZFS feature flags: on UStream http://t.co/EeyiUMZ9

2012-01-11 04:38:30
DeirdreS: @ahl ack sorry! #illumos #zfs

2012-01-11 04:36:47
DeirdreS: Chris Siden on ZFS backwards compatibility testing: on UStream Sponsored by http://t.co/nIjHcU2f. http://t.co/EeyiUMZ9

2012-01-11 04:28:34
DeirdreS: talkin’ ’bout #zfs test suites – illumos User Group on USTREAM: Sponsored by http://t.co/nIjHcU2f. http://t.co/EeyiUMZ9

2012-01-11 03:59:16
DeirdreS: 65 people in the room and 27 on the stream at the #illumos user group meeting. I’d say this community is doing all right.

2012-01-11 03:41:48
DeirdreS: Matt Ahrens on libzfs: illumos User Group #illumos #zfs http://t.co/EeyiUMZ9

2012-01-11 03:27:27
DeirdreS: starting: illumos User Group on USTREAM: Sponsored by http://t.co/nIjHcU2f. http://t.co/EeyiUMZ9

2012-01-11 03:22:50
DeirdreS: @shayanpooya I’m afraid it’s going to take some more time to get people to stop chatting and sit down…

2012-01-11 03:22:02
DeirdreS: eating pizza: illumos User Group on USTREAM: Sponsored by http://t.co/nIjHcU2f. http://t.co/EeyiUMZ9

2012-01-11 03:05:26
DeirdreS: @lowbit I was promised that the Nexenta people have already eaten!

2012-01-11 02:55:57
DeirdreS: sitting around chatting, waiting for pizza: illumos User Group on USTREAM: Sponsored by http://t.co/nIjHcU2f. http://t.co/EeyiUMZ9

2012-01-11 01:38:36
DeirdreS: RT @anamariecox: I would like to get in on this “European social welfare state” that Obama is starting, according to Romney.

2012-01-10 21:53:47
DeirdreS: @johnnysunshine Are you saying I should move to Vancouver? 😉

2012-01-10 21:53:31
DeirdreS: @JPedde PR is part of my job, but it’s more about growing an open source community – very different set of skills and tasks.

2012-01-10 21:30:31
DeirdreS: @JPedde http://t.co/EV5EFh6D

2012-01-10 21:24:15
DeirdreS: @JPedde Hmm, this seems to be a completely different definition of “community manager” than what I do. #cmgrchat #cmgr #octribe

2012-01-10 00:21:37
DeirdreS: This makes me ashamed of America: My Guantánamo Nightmare – http://t.co/z7OuovNj http://t.co/2kqvgrkl

2012-01-10 21:12:41
DeirdreS: Rent on my 1 BR SOMA apartment would be $2679 starting in March. Farewell, downtown SF – I can’t afford it anymore.

2012-01-10 00:12:22
DeirdreS: @fitzage Ah. In that case – go to sleep!

2012-01-10 20:33:58
DeirdreS: @heinz_gies also try asking on http://t.co/hEeTUdEg and irc Joyent or illumos #VMWare #Solaris #KVM #SmartOS

2012-01-10 00:11:39
DeirdreS: @fitzage If you’re bored, I’m sure I can think of something for you to do.

2012-01-10 20:33:26
DeirdreS: RT @heinz_gies: Wanting to migrate my #VMWare server to #Solaris + #KVM or joy nets #SmartOS has anyone experience to share?

2012-01-10 20:07:05
DeirdreS: @SFSiren I heard what you did there!

2012-01-10 20:06:18
DeirdreS: RT @joyent: Webinar: How @NodeFly Uses Joyent Cloud API & #DTrace 2 Monitor #Nodejs Apps – Jan. 18 10 am. hosted by @dapsays http://t.co …

2012-01-10 20:05:50
DeirdreS: Can I NOT have the daily migraine today? kthxbai

2012-01-10 17:56:17
DeirdreS: RT @BrianLehrer: Santorum in debate: he fears Iran cause it’s “a theocracy” and Obama’s a bad prez cause he subscribes to “secular ideol …

2012-01-10 16:53:56
DeirdreS: RT @philiph: People putting content on websites you don’t own: my website has existed for 10 years. Will services you use today be aroun …

2012-01-10 02:17:30
DeirdreS: .@wimcoekaerts We went through this 50 years ago with JFK. Catholicism is not the issue – Santorum is just an idiot (to put it politely).

2012-01-10 00:51:42
DeirdreS: RT @brendangregg: new blog post: Activity of the ZFS ARC http://t.co/mpszznqm stats + DTrace

2012-01-10 00:46:48
DeirdreS: @KatieS Would love to have this for iPhone. Not likely, I suspect… #SOPA #stopsopa

2012-01-10 23:30:43
DeirdreS: Is 18 pizzas enough for ~60 devs?

2012-01-10 23:30:28
DeirdreS: @christiebrkt Sounds to me like you did the right thing – you were patient.

2012-01-10 23:09:14
DeirdreS: @bdha In reference to why @brendangregg is awesome. 😉

2012-01-10 22:42:39
DeirdreS: .@bdha Baby I Perform This Way http://t.co/mOYJQK3e

2012-01-10 22:38:58
DeirdreS: @pborenstein heh. You’d think they’d have thought of that, being in Rome.

2012-01-10 22:25:44
DeirdreS: RT @nielr1: Wow – no need to go to Rome now http://t.co/CItuMKG3

2012-01-10 22:23:13
DeirdreS: @Historian Done properly, community management is also marketing. But it has to have a very light touch.

2012-01-10 22:09:56
DeirdreS: @Historian Nearly 20 years of community experience for me, wish I’d thought to brand myself as an “expert” back when I started!

2012-01-10 22:07:33
DeirdreS: @christiebrkt it’s worth the time to NOT traumatize kids with dental and medical procedures – your life and his will be much easier later

2012-01-10 22:01:11
DeirdreS: apropos of nothing in particular: The Beatles – Baby You’re A Rich Man http://t.co/YedYRz8u

2012-01-10 22:00:11
DeirdreS: @Historian @jpedde Aside from the fact that I am out of range on age and experience. 😉 #cmgrchat #cmgr #octribe

2012-01-09 22:36:40
DeirdreS: @richlowe No, I was thinking more in general. I am increasingly dubious about the value of many “traditions” we take for granted in business

2012-01-09 22:32:49
DeirdreS: @richlowe SI?

2012-01-09 22:27:20
DeirdreS: Begin to suspect that, in fast-moving tech, any piece of “collateral” that takes >1 week to produce will be obsolete upon publication.

2012-01-09 21:14:31
DeirdreS: “You thought I didn’t really notice. But I did. I wanted to high-five you.” http://t.co/LAAeTmkg

2012-01-09 21:10:45
DeirdreS: Even a day old, this may be the best chocolate chip cookie EVER – from TARTINE BAKERY http://t.co/xII54ci2

2012-01-09 20:33:03
DeirdreS: study abroad From Costa Rica to Thailand http://t.co/JEtoSQbV

2012-01-09 20:19:52
DeirdreS: @JacknificentNL Ah, those were at least 5 years ago – I’d love to see pix of the revamp!

2012-01-09 20:19:29
DeirdreS: @justinsantab We’d love to help – what do you need? #OpenStack #Illumos #KVM

2012-01-09 20:16:10
DeirdreS: “I cannot help but to feel extremely proud that OpenSolaris (and Solaris) is not dead yet and it’s alive and rising.” http://t.co/NuLPH5m4

2012-01-09 19:50:50
DeirdreS: InfoWorld’s 2012 Technology of the Year Award winners – InfoWorld http://t.co/D0NVe7jQ

2012-01-09 18:50:45
DeirdreS: .@monkchips Love it “We believe people, not industrial processes, need to be at the center of application development.” http://t.co/lIJkp6WH

2012-01-09 18:49:24
DeirdreS: .@sbraswe1 We will be live streaming the illumos User Group meetup at http://t.co/fx7Gc1dF – sorry, I know time zone may be inconvenient

2012-01-09 18:47:58
DeirdreS: @hridaybala I couldn’t possibly comment on that – not a lawyer for either side!

2012-01-09 18:22:18
DeirdreS: RT @SFGMC: First rehearsal tonight for “Enchantingly Wicked,” our next concert with Stephen Schwartz! Mission High, 7pm. See you there, …

2012-01-09 18:22:01
DeirdreS: @shawnferry I wish!

2012-01-09 18:02:45
DeirdreS: @JacknificentNL Which grand hotel?

2012-01-09 17:44:04
DeirdreS: tomorrow night: illumos User Group Meetup – final call if you want to be counted for pizza and beer! http://t.co/l3q2FgCt

2012-01-09 17:38:00
DeirdreS: “If people want to make stupid decisions and not choose my beloved Solaris, I’m not going to stop them” http://t.co/DkzUJlMA

2012-01-09 16:00:02
DeirdreS: new: Viva la Mamma? Motherhood, Menopause & Culture http://t.co/U7cBw85d

2012-01-09 06:14:16
DeirdreS: @kbierce Yep, I have a copy back on my shelf in Italy.

2012-01-09 05:45:09
DeirdreS: @philiph Don’t worry – the brain death attributable to parenting small kids is not permanent. You do get your mind back eventually.

2012-01-09 05:43:45
DeirdreS: RT @sfmattdelong: wicked useful resource on #github for capturing stack frames and graphing the output http://t.co/HETTKygH

2012-01-09 05:27:21
DeirdreS: Y’know that thing where you just put something down and then you can’t find it? Yeah, that. Very annoying.

2012-01-09 03:44:17
DeirdreS: @kbierce Brenda laurel wrote the first book I think when she was working for Apple

2012-01-09 01:57:12
DeirdreS: @philiph I will never vote for anyone who makes more than a token reference to his or her relationship with god. Has no place in politics.

2012-01-09 01:49:03
DeirdreS: @LusciousPear I’ve been begging for yeasr for a twitter plugin that filters out all sports, because I REALLY don’t care #ragequit

2012-01-09 01:09:09
DeirdreS: Oh, please, don’t tell me we have to go through all that stuff about a football player’s personal relationship with his god – again.

2012-01-09 01:03:38
DeirdreS: @mranney You can tell old-timer tales without the beard – look at @bcantrill ! 😉

2012-01-08 23:53:40
DeirdreS: Big fire in SF somewhere?

2012-01-08 22:14:31
DeirdreS: http://t.co/HyCglXrA

2012-01-08 20:53:12
DeirdreS: @rattay If you want good south Indian in SF, try Ruchi on 3rd – better and less pretentious/pricy than Dosa #spicy #SF

2012-01-08 19:29:35
DeirdreS: @drlouann You are heavily referenced here: http://t.co/1IjeJoh0

2012-01-08 19:26:44
DeirdreS: new: Viva la Mamma? Motherhood, Menopause & Culture http://t.co/U7cBw85d

2012-01-08 17:24:34
DeirdreS: 2 yrs ago: “He reeled off a list of stupid questions you should never ask, attributing most of them to Texan tourists” http://t.co/aLfmz2yE

2012-01-07 22:24:28
DeirdreS: RT @sturadnidge: New post: SmartOS: Up and Running http://t.co/1b1EGeEG #smartos

2012-01-07 22:19:38
DeirdreS: SF farmers’ market earlier, now for a ramble in the east Bay, looking at possible future neighborhoods. http://t.co/Me3selJN

2012-01-07 11:07:48
DeirdreS: @bensummers Hmm, that’s a good idea – thanks!

2012-01-07 09:50:26
DeirdreS: “There is no correlation between rape and what women wear.” Don’t skirt the real issue – Hindustan Times http://t.co/jFT8RaVb

2012-01-07 09:46:33
DeirdreS: @bensummers fair enough. What about white papers?

2012-01-07 08:53:14
DeirdreS: Late-night musings: does anyone pay attention to traditional marketing materials anymore, white papers, data sheets, etc.?

2012-01-07 04:53:19
DeirdreS: There must be people in the world who have serene and simple lives, but I don’t know any of them – do you?

2012-01-06 00:40:09
DeirdreS: “he bared his fangs and went for God’s jugular” Salman Rushdie, Christopher Hitchens (Vanity Fair, Feb 2012) http://t.co/IWSny9Gk

2012-01-06 00:39:15
DeirdreS: @SalmanRushdie Dammit, you’re making me cry (again). #Hitchens

2012-01-06 00:30:58
DeirdreS: RT @stochastic_code: Reason enough to move our node.js ops from AWS to @joyent http://t.co/VbE3Nc7Z Proper Node stack traces in DTrace FTW

2012-01-06 00:15:15
DeirdreS: now this is music: Bonnie Raitt & Roy Rogers – Gnawin’ On It – YouTube http://t.co/UxBcPBmV

2012-01-06 23:03:02
DeirdreS: @sogrady Please tell me this is being filmed.

2012-01-06 21:42:12
DeirdreS: @sogrady I need to be able to DM you

2012-01-06 21:40:46
DeirdreS: RT @annejohn: Craft tech, craft beer – apps dev and socialisation. London 1 Feb with @monkchips @Joyent @Nitobi Phonegap, http://t.co/ …

2012-01-06 19:45:14
DeirdreS: @OrganizeFISH the new doc can initiate a request to transfer the records, you probably have to sign an auth

2012-01-06 18:02:38
DeirdreS: @NomdeB on yelp you could place that comment yourself. A lot of people use it to find health providers.

2012-01-06 17:44:32
DeirdreS: @NomdeB yelp.com might be a good place to get this information and to share it

2012-01-06 17:40:20
DeirdreS: RT @DEVOPS_BORAT: All OS are evolve until they are support dtrace. – In an ideal world…

2012-01-06 17:30:51
DeirdreS: @NomdeB Vote with your wallet, and let them know why.

2012-01-06 06:27:28
DeirdreS: @NomdeB Planned Parenthood

2012-01-06 06:03:11
DeirdreS: listening to Kristofferson on this http://t.co/YmjkFv1s tears rolling down my face – I saw him in concert ~1973, 74 & 75, with my dad

2012-01-06 04:07:48
DeirdreS: .@bcantrill George Wilson (among other luminaries) will be attending the #illumos user group meeting next week http://t.co/qXGI92KW

2012-01-06 04:05:16
DeirdreS: RT @bcantrill: When I spoke of George Wilson in my #lisa11 talk, this is what I was talking about: http://t.co/lWfGXp3R #illumos

2012-01-06 00:56:00
DeirdreS: RT @Zee: 6 reasons to move to NY City over SF… http://t.co/ElRyTdkx – uhhh…. article clearly written for (straight) /men/, given point #3.

2012-01-05 23:01:45
DeirdreS: @squaremobius We aim to prevent you getting bored. 😉

2012-01-05 22:58:12
DeirdreS: RT @arnaudlacour: Now this is awesome awesomeness right here: untangle your node with DTrace thanks to the folks @Joyent http://t.co/MZI …

2012-01-05 19:07:11
DeirdreS: @italylogue Would you believe I neven did get onto the roof of the Duomo? Scared of heights. #italy

2012-01-05 18:11:30
DeirdreS: wow, illumos User Group Meetup reaching critical mass! http://t.co/l3q2FgCt

2012-01-05 17:04:48
DeirdreS: RT @bcantrill: If people are heralding “detailed corruption messages” as a major improvement in your filesystem, you’ve done it wrong #btrfs

2012-01-05 16:52:51
DeirdreS: RT @GodlessAtheist: God Trolls Republican Candidates. http://t.co/mmXhPVeF #atheism

2012-01-05 14:18:27
DeirdreS: “How can you bear this country? What do you see that I don’t?” “The light, colors, smiles – It teaches me something.” http://t.co/Nn2pTTlj

2012-01-05 14:03:40
DeirdreS: @davidpaulyoung Delhi’s not treating you too badly, I see. 😉

2012-01-05 14:02:08
DeirdreS: @DavidStrauss Yes. Was last time a wednesday?

2012-01-05 07:44:03
DeirdreS: iPhone seems to be recovering on its own from its dunking, just waiting for the last bit of moisture to clear from the camera lens.

2012-01-05 07:30:36
DeirdreS: @davidpaulyoung Good choice. 😉

2012-01-05 07:22:34
DeirdreS: RT @NomdeB: So here’s the question. Can we use santorum as an official Scrabble word now?

2012-01-05 07:10:29
DeirdreS: WTF? Sounds likea block party, on a Wednesday night??

2012-01-05 00:52:53
DeirdreS: @jhk24 The place is so big I haven’t even seen you!

2012-01-05 00:50:57
DeirdreS: We’ve gone from Mario to ponies. Probably time to have beer.

2012-01-05 00:36:07
DeirdreS: RT @SFGMC: RT @playbill Stephen Schwartz Will Join San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus for March 2012 Concerts http://t.co/kct8cnC2” @SFGMC # …

2012-01-05 00:35:01
DeirdreS: @rmustacc But who is the wookie in this situation?

2012-01-04 23:22:00
DeirdreS: @rob_ellis OTOH, now you have more reasons to visit SF! #not_the_same

2012-01-04 20:05:05
DeirdreS: @sevanjaniyan only lunchtime!

2012-01-04 19:51:28
DeirdreS: Spilled coffee in my purse, dropped my iPhone in the toilet – maybe I should just go back to bed.

2012-01-04 19:18:25
DeirdreS: RT @johnsw: Ikea instructions for the Hadron Collider http://t.co/Ew7pCe4s

2012-01-04 19:14:44
DeirdreS: Today’s desk arrangements http://t.co/fvLq619j

2012-01-04 17:40:54
DeirdreS: @lderezinski yes, the windows are already in use

2012-01-04 07:57:55
DeirdreS: RT @jimpick: English pronunciation poem http://t.co/MQhITdYd /via @wrightak

2012-01-04 07:06:16
DeirdreS: @edsai See you soon, then? Cool!

2012-01-04 05:57:37
DeirdreS: @philiph It’s fun to do it in a pan on the stove with a glass lid – then you can watch it popping!

2012-01-04 04:58:53
DeirdreS: @darkproger he demos it in one of these two vids: http://t.co/TWlkcWeS http://t.co/QYJJgGmX

2012-01-04 04:55:45
DeirdreS: @SarahKSilverman Because parking them in a bitch.

2012-01-04 01:39:31
DeirdreS: @denizrende cool thing (I guess) is that the white walls are whiteboards

2012-01-03 23:06:04
DeirdreS: I have long observed that, whenever you randomly pause a video, it’s going to catch someone looking weird. http://t.co/POPjchUP

2012-01-03 22:18:12
DeirdreS: @vdotw Yes, have already learned that cheating or carelessness will leave me in misery. Home cooking FTW (in my abundand spare time…).

2012-01-03 22:15:06
DeirdreS: an open signing protocol for HTTP: A Bit More About the New Joyent Cloud API « Joyeur http://t.co/SA0OhbVv

2012-01-03 21:15:36
DeirdreS: http://t.co/818mHla3

2012-01-03 21:11:39
DeirdreS: @argv0 me too!

2012-01-03 21:06:07
DeirdreS: New lunch table – big improvement! http://t.co/GSqPE3gf

2012-01-03 20:01:10
DeirdreS: @bcantrill looks as if you’re becoming Italian

2012-01-03 19:53:28
DeirdreS: Trying to find something to eat that doesn’t involve soy in any form. I may go hungry.

2012-01-03 19:40:53
DeirdreS: [above] We put our top people in the Joyent call center. 😉

2012-01-03 18:10:19
DeirdreS: one week from tonight! illumos User Group Meetup – ZFS Working Group Report – Menlo Park Tues 1/10 – please sign up at http://t.co/l3q2FgCt

2012-01-03 17:46:44
DeirdreS: new video! Building a Real-Time Cloud Analytics Service with Node.js Surge Conference 2011 Dave Pacheco Bryan Cantrill http://t.co/Taq4qqJg

2012-01-03 17:22:53
DeirdreS: RT @storming: Are people integrating Twitter and Google+ in any way? – I am still looking for a way to send tweets to G+

2012-01-03 16:48:19
DeirdreS: Heading in to the new office! Expect a day of chaos at Joyent SF.

2012-01-03 03:31:25
DeirdreS: RT @gknauss: You can tell Monopoly is an old game because there’s a luxury tax and rich people can go to jail.

2012-01-03 01:56:17
DeirdreS: RT @badnima: Mashup: Lion King + Dark Knight Rises http://t.co/iOHsr7Al

2012-01-03 01:12:27
DeirdreS: .@missybyte As Joss put it: ‘I’m sixteen: looking at linoleum makes me think about sex’. http://t.co/Xo7L2XUO

2012-01-03 00:49:03
DeirdreS: @MissyByte Also: it’d be nice if boys didn’t grow up judging girls as “skanks” regardless of how they dress. Where do they learn that?

2012-01-03 00:47:45
DeirdreS: @MissyByte To quote Richard Dawkins: “We don’t dress our women, they dress themselves.” Maybe boys are more biddable than girls re dress.

2012-01-02 23:18:45
DeirdreS: “They don’t want their children doing anything. Even going to the market is overdoing it” Italian Mammas http://t.co/vQ3iV14u

2012-01-02 23:06:16
DeirdreS: RT @jmclulow: @xrobau You should join us in the #illumos community, build a ramdisk-based #hipbx appliance (a la #smartos) and stick it …

2012-01-02 21:59:08
DeirdreS: RT @3awadalla: Just met a friend who recently took off her Hijab. Thinking of writing about it! – Please do – I would like to understand.

2012-01-02 21:14:32
DeirdreS: new: 2011 India Trip: Timeline http://t.co/JgrbhSKB

2012-01-02 19:33:50
DeirdreS: Some days I should obey my gut instinct to just not answer the phone.

2012-01-02 18:31:30
DeirdreS: Moving apt will also mean getting a new mattress – this cheap one from Ikea did not wear well – <2 years and it’s so concave I get backaches

2012-01-02 18:09:26
DeirdreS: .@ebertchicago It doesn’t have to be hard to make new friends. Maybe that’s a skill I learned living all over the world – a very useful one!

2012-01-02 17:51:20
DeirdreS: 4 years ago: I guess the figurines illustrate the staff of a British household in the Raj – The Crafts Museum in Delhi http://t.co/Xm3xmfCR

2012-01-02 17:45:09
DeirdreS: 5 years ago “Struck by a toilet seat thrown from the train – Priest collapses at mass!” Everyday Italian from Headlines http://t.co/715gVHjf

2012-01-02 17:43:23
DeirdreS: 7 years ago: Why Italians Have Stopped Eating Out http://t.co/UVbDZOh5

2012-01-02 17:42:23
DeirdreS: 7 years ago: a much-delayed law banning smoking in public places goes into effect in Italy http://t.co/RI7djzKG

2012-01-02 17:29:09
DeirdreS: most potent religious influence on American politics is far religious right, backed by huge amounts of money http://t.co/5uWWXSMi

2012-01-02 17:19:01
DeirdreS: Final day of lazy long weekend before a very busy month (year, likely!) begins. Tomorrow, new office. Next week, illumos meetup, then SCALE!

2012-01-02 03:45:29
DeirdreS: RT @jasonh: I don’t know what “Tumblr meets Pandora for E-Commerce” means – Nor do I want to.

2012-01-02 03:44:41
DeirdreS: @myinnervoice I have no idea

2012-01-02 03:01:22
DeirdreS: RT @Cartelink: Ninety-nine percent of the world’s lovers are not with their first choice. That’s what makes the jukebox play. Willie Nelson

2012-01-02 01:52:44
DeirdreS: @philiph That’s pretty much how my dad looked to me – big guy with a beard.

2012-01-02 00:54:04
DeirdreS: @jasonh Agh! My brain just melted!

2012-01-02 00:19:04
DeirdreS: My Year in Blogging – 2011 http://t.co/9dYiTlz7

2012-01-01 23:46:21
DeirdreS: 3 years ago: “Apologizing” for Fascism: Apologia del Fascismo, in Flagrante http://t.co/AVUHYdsG

2012-01-01 23:42:32
DeirdreS: 8 yeas ago: Recycling: A New Italian Tradition http://t.co/9F7V3Obu

2012-01-01 23:40:01
DeirdreS: 9 years ago: Holiday Hell – Italian Vacation Traffic http://t.co/25TrELHr

2012-01-01 08:29:08
DeirdreS: RT @trondn: I haven’t even been using SmartOS for 24 hours, and I’m already in love! Way to go Joyent! Keep up the good work!

2012-01-01 04:59:00
DeirdreS: @philiph Smartass. 😉

2012-01-01 01:49:11
DeirdreS: RT @adron: @gblock I’m looking forward to throwing a node.js up in Azure, Joyent, and CloudFoundry Private & Public host soon…

2012-01-01 01:48:39
DeirdreS: One bottle of bubbly has already been consumed (thank you, @Myrna_SF – I think it’s the one we forgot to open on my birthday!). Have more.

Viva la Mamma? Motherhood, Menopause & Culture

I’m a US citizen, but I lived and raised my daughter Rossella (now 22) in Italy for 17 years. I left Italy in 2008 while Ross was at boarding school in India, and subsequently separated from my Italian husband (we were already geographically apart – he did not follow me to the US). My daughter Read More…

I’m a US citizen, but I lived and raised my daughter Rossella (now 22) in Italy for 17 years. I left Italy in 2008 while Ross was at boarding school in India, and subsequently separated from my Italian husband (we were already geographically apart – he did not follow me to the US). My daughter is hurt and angry about all this; I’m told that’s normal for children of any age whose parents divorce. But Ross is further angered that I am not behaving like the mammas of her Italian friends.

During my years with Enrico, I was of course aware that I was in a cross-cultural marriage, and thought I was dealing with that well enough (maybe not). But I now realize that I had not accounted adequately for the weight of Italian cultural norms regarding la mamma.

I had worked hard to be a good wife and mother, while still trying to maintain other things I care about: work, friendships, travel. In early 2006, we were living in Lecco, I was working in Milan, and my life had settled into a steady, if hectic, groove. But I found myself pondering the many foreigners who had moved to Italy in pursuit of a dream, who were willing to sacrifice far more than I to live there.

I also began to re-examine the old wounds of a very messy childhood. I felt waves of anger – perfectly legitimate anger, but why was it coming up now? I thought I’d resolved all that, with years of therapy, and didn’t particularly want to revisit it. But I couldn’t seem to help myself.*

In the autumn of 2006, Rossella and I began discussing her desire to go to Woodstock School, and in early 2007 we began the process of getting her there. I foresaw that her going would profoundly change our family life, but the scale of those changes soon grew beyond anything I’d anticipated.

It became clear that a year at Woodstock would not be just one year away for Ross. Her school in Lecco let us know that, upon returning from her senior year at Woodstock, Ross might have to do the Italian fourth year as well, before going on to do the usual fifth year and then the maturita’ (school leaving exam). Having already repeated a year (common in Italy), she’d be in high school til age 21 – an absurdity none of us was willing to contemplate. Without the maturita’ , Ross couldn’t attend Italian university. She would have to go to college in the US. Ready or not, she was likely leaving home for good.

This was financially difficult: we had not anticipated nor saved for college in the US (university in Italy is nearly cost-free, if the student lives at home). Enrico’s salary covered our normal expenses, but would not extend to such an extravagance; I would have to find a way to pay for that, as well as the year at Woodstock. I was earning 17,000 euros (yes, that’s per YEAR) in Milan. Something would have to change.

Rescue arrived: I began working for Sun as a contractor in March of 2007, which met the immediate need to get Ross to Woodstock. But the money would have to keep coming in, so I was delighted and relieved when, after a year as a contractor, Sun offered me a full-time job. Though that offer was contingent on my moving to the US, I did not hesitate a moment in accepting it; I moved back to the US in March, 2008.

All this change occurred so quickly that I’m still processing what happened and why (while enduring still more upheavals). In retrospect, I’m more surprised that I put up with so much for so long; the sequence of events now seems almost inevitable.

And yet, for most of the time I was living in Italy, I didn’t feel that I was “putting up with” my life there. I was generally content with my home, my family, cooking, gardening, etc. Until Sun asked me to move to the US, I had no idea that I was so ready to leave Italy.

How was that possible? Was I that good at concealing inconvenient emotions, even from myself?

Louann Brizendine’s The Female Brain shed light on what kept me in that state of contentment. Her chapter on “The Mommy Brain” states: “physical cues from the infant forge new neurochemical pathways in the brain that create and reinforce maternal brain circuits aided by chemical imprinting and huge increases of oxytocin. These changes result in a motivated, highly attentive, and aggressively protective brain that forces the new mother to alter her responses and priorities in life… As long as you’re in continuous physical contact with the child, your brain will release oxytocin and form the circuits needed to make and maintain the mommy brain.”

This “mommy brain” tells you that your child’s welfare is the most important thing in the universe, with your own needs and desires coming a distant second (or third, or fourth…). As long as my child was safe and well – and those hormones kept flowing – I was content.

It now seems clear that Ross’ departure for boarding school coincided with my early menopause, when “There’s a new reality brewing in [a woman’s] brain, and it’s a take-no-prisoners view.” I’ll let Dr. Brizendine explain the details (I strongly recommend that you read the book, if you are a woman or have any women in your life), but, simply stated: the connecting and nurturing hormones (estrogen and oxytocin) are diminishing. “What had been important to women – connection, approval, children, and making sure the family stayed together – is no longer the first thing on their minds. And the changing chemistry of women’s brains is responsible for the shifting reality of their lives.”

It’s not surprising that my family were taken off guard by the changes in me – I was shocked and bewildered myself. It felt as if I had woken up from a long dream. Overnight (or so it felt at the time), I found myself wondering: “What the hell am I doing here?”

Ross’s absence probably accelerated the change: “The normal contact of living in the same house [with one’s children] provides enough sensation to maintain a woman’s tending and caretaking behaviors toward her kids – even grown-up kids. Once the kids leave the house, however… if a mother is menopausal at the same time, the hormones that built, primed, and maintained those brain circuits are also gone.”

It’s not that a mother no longer cares about her grown children, but, in American culture, she is likely to be ready to get on with her own life. Dr. Brizendine says of a patient: “she felt as though a haze had been lifted recently, and she could see in a way she hadn’t been able to before. The tugs she used to feel at her heartstrings to rescue and care for others had all but vanished. She was ready to take some risks and start walking in the direction of her dreams.”

From Brizendine’s anecdotes, and observing friends my own age, it’s very common for American women to suddenly make big changes in their lives around menopause (“65% of divorces after the age of 50 are initiated by women”). This does not happen as much in Italy, where many mothers continue their legendary nurturing as long as they are physically able. It may be that la mamma does not experience the empty-nest oxytocin shutdown because her children don’t actually leave the nest: Italian offspring may live at home til age 30 or beyond. When they finally leave, they may move no further than an apartment in the same building or immediate neighborhood, and continue to have daily contact with their parents.

Just as it is economically difficult for Italian children to leave the nest, Italian women may have no choice but to stay in a marriage, however unhappy. Many Italian women of my generation were raised by their own traditional parents to be wives and mothers. Having spent most of their lives in that role, they have few skills to offer the job market, even if there were any jobs. For this and other reasons, “fewer than half of Italian women work outside the home.”

Italy even has an informal institution which would be considered bizarre by most Americans (though I know of at least one American example): separazione in casa – separated at home. When a couple realize that their marriage is effectively over, but they cannot afford to live apart, and/or feel they should stay together for the kids, they move into separate bedrooms in the family home, and begin seeing other people. I am not close enough to any examples to know how this works out for all concerned. If amicable, I imagine it could be good for the kids, but it must be a difficult line to walk.

All in all, it’s not surprising that the mothers of Ross’ Italian friends continue to dedicate their lives to their families, contentedly or otherwise. But it also should surprise no one that I am not behaving like – nor ever claimed to be – the typical Italian mamma.


* Another book, “The Wisdom of Menopause” by Christiane Northrup mentioned in passing that renewed anger at one’s parents can be a common effect of menopause.

The title of this piece comes from a song.