firefox error “file not found” when opening new (container) tab -> just hit ctrl-r

Today I started getting this weird error

File not found

Firefox can’t find the file at jar:file:///usr/lib/firefox/browser/features/!/chrome/content/prerendered/en-US/activity-stream.html.

When opening a new multi-account container tab. Then, after typing in an address and hitting enter, sometimes the tab would just hang forever, not loading or even not

Turns out if you refresh the page by hitting “ctrl-r” at this point, the tab will then load correctly. (The tab may otherwise be unresponsive to e.g. shortcuts “ctrl-l” or “alt-d” to go to address bar)

Not sure what the issue is, but I’m glad the workaround is easy.

Firefox 62.0.3 (64-bit)
Ubuntu 18.04.1

Actively countering unconscious bias

tl;dr I’m pro-actively consuming more media featuring women, e.g. by going through lists like this on wikipedia: list of 21st century women by occupation

Lately I’ve been thinking* about how to identify what might be contributing to my “unconscious” biases, and actively counteracting them. The idea is to track what sort of daily input we’re consuming — as a silly example, if we almost always encounter bulldogs as aggressive dangerous dogs, then when we see a bulldog we’ll assume it’s aggressive by default.

* Due to another conversation, saved for another blog post, about concrete tips for diversifying applicant pools. Many of my friends are now in hiring positions, and facing frustrations with working without support in their companies, even from the Human Resources department, on how to diversify the applicant pool even, not even the company itself.

In the past I’ve thought about creating machine learning algorithms to identify the sort of consistent image I see on, for instance, youtube of or other sites, where techno seems to be accompanied by scantily clad women (or just closeups of their butts or their busts or feet or whatever).  For instance, doing some sort of gender swap in with hot pics of men instead.

However, an even simpler thing to do, is simply to tally the number of hours I spend consuming media, both well-intentioned media and not, which doesn’t counteract the consistent image I get day-to-day of not seeing women in positions of power, importance, and influence.

For instance, on average I likely spend 10+ hours a week nowadays listening to podcasts, of which maybe 20% is narrated by a woman.  I have female peers, but I don’t interact often at all with women in positions of power / senior women.

As a result, I’d like to consume media, not specifically about women, but authored by women. Women founders, giving talks about how they created their companies; women CEOs, talking about making billion dollar decisions; women keynote speakers, and other ordinary forms of everyday media (well, ordinary to me).

I’m actually having a hard time finding a “stream” or pre-made mix of such material. But I think I’ll start out by finding lists of movies.  I looked through them, and now I’m making a prioritizing of movies to watch:


  • Ocean’s 8
  • Legally Blonde
  • Suffragette (film)
  • Hidden Figures
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Sicario (2015)
  • Erin Brockovich (2000)
  • Hunger Games (#2, #3)
  • Flashdance (1983)
  • Lady Bird
  • Gone girl
  • Nothing But The Truth


  • Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
  • The Avengers
  • Atomic Blonde
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Wonder Woman
  • The Sound of Music
  • Hunger Games (#1)
  • Kill Bill



  • Kiki’s Delivery Service
  • Nausicaa
  • Princess Mononoke


  • Jane Austen: Gone with the Wind
  • Pride and Prejudice

Eh? TV series

  • The Great Jang-Geum  (TV series.. though it’s set in those old palatial times)


Well, those were a really partial and unordered list of movies to watch. What I really want to find nowadays are online videos (talks) and especially podcasts, but it’s hard to find ones that don’t focus at all on the fact that they’re women…. A perfectly fine thing, just not what I’m looking for. I don’t need to be any more sensitized; I actively work on being de-sensitized. I just want to counter my unconscious bias by explicitly feeding myself a better “diet” of media consumption.

In the meantime, back to learning about the OpenAI gym, POMDPs, numerical methods, all that jazz.


Updates (further sources I found) 17 Oct 2018:

On Impurity, by J. Seale [for little red sailboat aka Olde Indie]

i emailed out to a few lists “selling” my sailboat for the cost of a poem. The sailboat found a happy new home with Alex H, a MITERS member & Hannah & their baby. I did get another poem though, by someone who enjoyed the prompt, and found it again in my inbox just now:

J. Seale
On Impurity

True voyages are never maiden nor the hands that helm them
Fearful of falling afoul of that form.
Sometimes joyful but always impure the sea is impervious,
Gently hugging the shores it meets,
Lying spread betwixt them and a comingled firmament,
Then mounting and roaring in the face of rocks and spitting gods
in the same unconcerned coupling that brought about the first cell’s split.

In a permanent embrace that stays true only to its indifference,
disrespected creed, code, race, gender are all ignored in favor of
the same militaristic contract known to voyagers across millennia
with its blue-black ink of clicks and luffs
as a pledge to the unknown,
possibly beautiful and possibly vile,
signed each day in whatever bodily issue
might be demanded as partial payment
with trembling hand lashed to the tiller if so bidden.

On pain of death all who greet the cold wind from the rail
with digits raised on both hands
in so doing leave innocence on the dock
and instead thereby pledge to sport this same death as needed
while waking and dreaming, on hand and on brow:
As her breed I will respect the intricacies of the sea.

– For Nancy Ouyang, September 2017