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When I work: IT Director for a state agency in the Pacific Northwest. When I play: writer, gamer, geek, and dog-mom. Learn more: www.dianabrown.net

I’ve found myself recently having lots of conversations about whether “all lives matter.” I want to invite my friends — especially my white friends, and particularly those who genuinely believe and feel that “all lives matter” to examine this from a different viewpoint. Hopefully, it will help them to understand what it is about that phrase that so many folks find offensive.

To make that easier, let’s not talk about race for a minute. We’re gonna swap a letter. Let’s talk about rape.

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I know, right? What could that possibly have to do with anything?

Think about the things you…


Want to see Bernie and his policies succeed? Your best bet might be voting for Warren.

We’ve demonstrated (repeatedly, and to excess!) that American politics is more about Cult of Personality than about sensible choices. And at the moment, the two most visible such cults hover around Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. But can we step back for just a second, and ask what should be an obvious question?

During the primaries, especially, so much of the conversation is about “electability.” But what about the stuff that happens after the election?

In the past few years, we’ve had a lot…


Serving in the military didn’t make me a hero, but surviving my civilian workplace might

woman in underclothes kneeling with her head resting on a bed
Photo by Sydney Sims on Unsplash

Addie: Hi auntie. I am doing a research project about the discrimination of disabled veterans on getting a job. I was wondering if it would be ok [to talk to you about your experiences].

My first thought is that I don’t have a story to tell her. I’m not fool enough to tell an employer that I have a permanent disability for PTSD. As for my experiences…? Via Facebook Messenger? I can’t even... What could I possibly say?

Di: I’m a woman who works in technology, so I already fight an uphill battle against words like “emotional” and “hysterical.” The…


Networking with other technology leaders was a stark lesson in why women leave technology for other fields at twice the rate of men

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Photo by Štefan Štefančík on Unsplash

Every year, Harvey Nash conducts a survey of Information Technology leaders, asking about the priorities and challenges for the coming year. The topics shuffle up and down the list, rising higher one year, dropping lower in the next. But one thing stays the same, year after year.

In the U. S. and worldwide, women make up only 8–9% of senior leaders in technology.

The Silicon Valley frat-boys say it’s a “pipeline problem.” There just aren’t enough women pursuing computer science degrees. They can’t have gender diversity because there is no supply.

The numbers show that the pipeline issue is a


I took the dogs for a run in the woods early in the day. It’s still cool in the early morning, and the area was deserted. On the way home, I stopped for a cup of coffee. On my way out of the Starbuck’s, I ran into an acquaintance. We chatted for a moment, and as we parted, she said “Thank you for your service, Di!”

I smiled and waved as I walked away. It happens a lot on the “Patriotic Holidays” — Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, and Independence Day. I neither hide nor advertise my status as a veteran…


I’ve been a fan of Liam Neeson for a long time. I don’t mean “since the first Taken” movie long. I mean Excalibur, Rob Roy, The Dead Pool long. So the events surrounding his comments in advance of Cold Pursuit gave me a lot to think about.

Photo by Georges Biard via Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Liam_Neeson_Deauville_2012.jpg

The Event

For those of you who somehow missed it:

  • Cold Pursuit is a story of blind vengeance.
  • In a press event leading up to its release Neeson, attempting to highlight the pointlessness of this kind of pursuit, told a personal story of a time he went out blindly pursuing vengeance. He, fortunately, caught himself…

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