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Written by vtluu on December 19th, 2014

Goliath strikes back: Google takes legal action against Mississippi State Attorney General
Last Friday, The Verge published leaked documents revealing a secret legal campaign to discredit Google, coordinated by the MPAA on behalf of the major Hollywood studios. The documents show a…

 

Congratulations India on the successful launch of your new GSLV Mk.III rocket

Written by vtluu on December 17th, 2014
When you have a moment, can we talk about what's wrong with this screen capture from your press conference? 

 

The op-ed I wrote is being featured on the +MotorsportReg.com​​ blog

Written by vtluu on December 17th, 2014
The op-ed I wrote is being featured on the +MotorsportReg.com​​ blog. Motorsports in general and automobile circuit ("road") racing in particular is an area where the demographics tend to skew heavily one way, namely old(er), white and (especially) male. There are historical reasons for this but suffice it to say that as is the case in many other aspects of society, this lack of diversity is now largely a self-perpetuating condition… at a time when many motorsports organizations are struggling to replenish their ranks.

Only by avoiding exclusionary attitudes on the part of traditional participants (exemplified in the worst way by the "Gamergate" online harassment of women video game enthusiasts) and rooting out unconscious biases that create an unwelcoming environment for participants outside the predominant demographic, can these organizations seek to expand into the largely underserved markets that best represent opportunities for growth.

(Thanks to +Brian G​​ for allowing me the chance to address a wider motorsports community via the MSR blog.) 

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Diversity in motorsports- is unconscious bias keeping us from growing our sport?

 

Stop lying to me, +Android​ Wear! 

Written by vtluu on December 16th, 2014
Stop lying to me, +Android​ Wear! 

 

A good summary of facts (and unknowns) about the hostage crisis in Sydney

Written by vtluu on December 15th, 2014
I noticed the BBC News headline used the term "Islamist". Sigh.

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Martin Place siege: What we know and don’t know about Lindt Cafe hostage crisis
Police stormed the Lindt Cafe in Sydney’s Martin Place after 2am. Here’s what we do and don’t know.

 

A good summary of facts (and unknowns) about the hostage crisis in Sydney

Written by vtluu on December 15th, 2014
I noticed the BBC News headline used the term "Islamist". Sigh.

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Martin Place siege: What we know and don’t know about Lindt Cafe hostage crisis
Police stormed the Lindt Cafe in Sydney’s Martin Place after 2am. Here’s what we do and don’t know.

 

"Local girl done good!"

Written by vtluu on December 15th, 2014
"Local girl done good!"

Publisher changes titles after seven-year-old girl’s complaint
Californian Parker Dains protested after finding that The Baddest Book of Bugs was expressly branded ‘for boys’

 

"I don't always reshare an Apple ad, but when I do…"

Written by vtluu on December 15th, 2014
Sometimes we become so enamoured with technology itself that we forget it's what technology enables us to do that's the most important thing. Kudos to Apple for this heartwarming piece that reminds us of just that.
 

This summarizes my feelings about The Wheel's (monthly magazine of the +SCCA…

Written by vtluu on December 14th, 2014
This summarizes my feelings about The Wheel's (monthly magazine of the +SCCA San Francisco Region) editorial policy at the moment. Seems to me they're trying to bury the op-ed I wrote. Luckily they'll learn that's not easy to do these days.

 

A link to this video showed up in an Engine Builder Magazine E-mail; definitely worth…

Written by vtluu on December 12th, 2014
A link to this video showed up in an Engine Builder Magazine E-mail; definitely worth a watch. Some beautiful shots of the engine casting, forming and machining processes. If like me you love the look of freshly machined metal, definitely check this out!

This fascinating clip from How It's Made takes a closer look at the aluminum casting process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXVLbzI3xTE