In the groundswell of progressive resistance in the first weeks of Trump’s presidency—with the Women’s March rivaling the largest protests of the Vietnam War — the workers of Silicon Valley have also passed a historic inflection point. They are finally breaking through the broad-strokes stereotype of pampered, politically unengaged workers who preferred to better the world through products than through policy and political office. “There’s guilt in that maybe I’ve retreated too much into this bubble and didn’t poke my head out,” says Matt Martin, who used to keep a well-read blog about Minnesota politics, but let his political nature take a back seat once he moved to techlandia. Only after Trump’s win did he take stock of what he’d lost: “Are you really moving the needle, are you really doing whatever you can to push the nation forward? The answer is plainly, no.” After the election, he started a secret Facebook group called Technologists for Progress for industry folks to bat around ideas.
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There was a small comics alley in the exhibit hall at Wordstock, including a booth for the Stumptown Comics Foundation. I spoke to Indigo Kelleigh, the Director of Stumptown Comics Fest, a yearly comics convention in Portland, Oregon. The next festival is in April. Despite my somewhat gloomy picture of Kelleigh, he was actually quite cheerful and I had a nice chat with him.
According to Husain, a faculty member in the Emergency Medicine department at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, these apps could very well land someone in his E.R.—and maybe even get them killed.
CERN has big plans for the original website, starting with bringing the rest of the pages back online. “Then we will look at the first web servers at CERN and see what assets from them we can preserve and share,” writes CERN’s Dan Noyes. “We will also sift through documentation and try to restore machine names and IP addresses to their original state.”
“Kansas is home to both the geodetic center of North America and the geographic center of the lower 48 states,” wrote blogger Milan de Vries. “Neither of these is in Coffeyville, so what exactly Google is using is unclear, but still, Kansas is Middle America. For those keeping score, the center of the universe is still Jerusalem.”
Singapore-based digital distribution firm Soundbuzz leads the pack, having sealed agreements with the Asia Pacific divisions of EMI Recorded Music in October and BMG, the music arm of German media giant Bertelsmann in December.