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Oakland and Tech: What and who is a city, or a technology *for* ?

Written in partial reply to a post by my friend Susan Mernit about an experience at a tech event in Oakland. Real estate coasts are pushing tech businesses and workers to Oakland. I already live in Oakland and love it.

There is an incredible opportunity to learn from the rich history and amazing people who have made up Oakland long before recent transplants. Oakland was a Black city. It’s been a pretty lesbian city for a long time. I still have a lot to learn about it and it’s history. It’s a very diverse city.  The tech business in general has some real room to grow around its social environment and vibe. It was a much more nerdy, inclusive happy-go-lucky vibe (unsurprisingly) before it became such a big money driver full of people who aren’t focussed on ideas first and dollars second. It seemed more Woz than Jobs. I think the challenge of tech’s actual business and products and the challenge of Oakland now aren’t that far apart. It’s learning how to humanize and keep people and our needs and selves seen and met. Not re-arranged to meet the needs of algorithms. Because the machines are getting smarter every day. And eventually they will need us less and less if we don’t recall why we built them in the first place.

 

Lisa Brown Part 2, Jewish Genetics & dating: Morning Jew Ep. 52:

Urban Outfitters, Plus size fashion and booties: Morning Jew Ep. 51


 

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Joan Rivers, Jack the Jewish Ripper & Gwyneth Paltrow: Morning Jew Ep.50


We taped this as Joan was dying. Katie makes some deserved criticisms of Joan but I don’t want that to be the entirety of how our show remembers her. I will miss Joan Rivers. She had incredible guts an incredible work ethic and was a true “disruptor” and “innovator.” Meaning she didn’t get help. There was no path she walked down. A ton of people stood in her way. And she did it anyway.
I’m grateful for the opportunities I have that she helped make possible. May your memory be for a blessing Joan.

Ben Stein, Jewish Elvis and Joan Rivers: Morning Jew Ep. 49


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Lady Parts Edition! : Morning Jew Ep.48 Lady


This week Katie sets Heather straight about her eyebrows and we cover other Jewess Beauty Tips, mikvah and though I hate to write the term: JAPs (princesses in the 80s sense).

PEP Progressive Except on Palestine: Morning Jew Ep. 47

On today’s Morning Jew episode, we discuss PEPs, Progressive Except on Palestine, the difference between Israeli and American hawkish zionists, PEJs Progressives Except on Jews, why Holocaust survivors reject Israeli policies while some Jews can’t and look at HOT LIVE Israeli-Jew-on-Israeli-Government-Criticism! Plus, we have an idea for how we can bring peace to the Middle East. You can subscribe to the show here.

Create Outrage. Profit from Same Outrage. Buzzfeed, Media and Creators.

A little ironic that BuzzFeed is making money with a highly shared piece about profitable media company wanting work for free from designers or artists. I’m not linking to it on Buzzfeed but here it is on twitter. It’s designer Dan Cassaro telling Showtime what they can do with their solicitation for free design work for a Vegas Mayweather Fight.

Buzzfeed already is based on sharing lots and lots of stuff it didn’t pay anyone to make (though it pays people to assemble these). See also Meaghan O’Connell’s important recent post on the odds Buzzfeed will eventually be platform of user generated free content (see also Jonah Peretti’s earlier business: The Huffington Post).

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Lesbian Tips for Straight Girls plus Dating Advice w Josh Gondelman: Morning Jew Ep. 46


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This week we break the big news that Katie is single and dating. Heather decides to Yenta-cast and introduces Tips From a Lesbian as her gift. Last Week Tonight’s Josh Gondelman weighs in with some first date advice of his own. Do we get it right? Let us know.

Plus here’s a bonus piece from my vault. Recorded at Jenny Traig’s fabulous Seder, a very Not Safe For Work: How Men and Women Drive Each Other Crazy:

Josh Gondelman, Apologies, Infant Herpes: Morning Jew Ep. 45


 

Heather dishes out lesbian tips for straight women and Katie’s new dating life. This week Last Week Tonight’s Josh Gondelman joins us and takes a brave stand against apologia and infant herpes. Also, the news this week is very bad for the Jews with Israel bombing another US school, said infant herpes, Woody Allen doesn’t seem to have films or plays that “call for” Black people to be cast, The Times of Israel asks, for a moment, if genocide is ever permissable and Israeli minister Moshe Faeglin gets genocide-ish in a statement. Don’t ask.

Our uplift comes from Josh’s Young Dad Vibe face.



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