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Chapter Update! FFN and AO3

Hooray for Friday updates! I’ll be back on February 29th with chapter 29. (Because I’m sort of geeking out over posting on leap year, and how the numbers work out with this story, but I’m weird that way…)

Chapter 28

“Are you ready?” Ellie raised an eyebrow at him.

“Yes?” Al nodded.

“Then perhaps we should stop standing on the pavement and go knock on the door?”

“Right,” Al nodded again.

Originally, Al had not been all that nervous to bring El to meet the Ron Weasley clan. But that was before Rose had called him that morning to let him know she had a new boyfriend who would be joining them, and who that boyfriend was.

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Interesting story

“The whole idea behind Pymetrics is that instead of using a resume, you are looking at people’s cognitive, social, and emotional aptitudes,” Polli says. “It’s also much more future-facing and potential-oriented, rather than backwards-facing and sort of only talking about your past experiences. It’s a much more holistic, hopeful view of someone than, Oh, this is what you’ve done, and this is all you can do.”——Bias, in Polli’s view, is a human problem. True, it can pop up in the algorithms that humans create to sort through job applications. But it’s at least as much of a risk in the people who review resumes and conduct interviews, who are naturally prone to make unfair judgments based on everything from a person’s name (pdf) and gender to their appearance and speech patterns. Algorithms, Polli suggests, are at least more trainable.——“It’s hard to remove bias from algorithms, but it is possible,” she says. “It is not possible to remove bias from humans.”——Those assertions are up for debate. But at least one thing is clear: Companies love the idea of algorithms, which promise to evaluate talent at far greater speed and lower cost than regular flesh-and-blood recruiting and hiring processes allow. Pymetrics’ client list includes big names like Unilever, Nielsen, LinkedIn, Accenture, KraftHeinz, MasterCard, and Boston Consulting Group. Venture capital is betting on Pymetrics, too. The company’s primary backers are General Atlantic, Jazz Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures, Salesforce Ventures, and Workday Ventures, and it has thus far raised $56.6 million in funding. At the same time, the AI-driven hiring tools provided by companies like HireVue are also becoming increasingly widespread.—-And so the salient question at the moment isn’t whether companies should use machine learning to filter job candidates. It’s already happening. More relevant is the matter of whether the talent revolution already underway is a fair one—and what more can be done to ensure that algorithms alleviate, rather than deepen, the longstanding problems in hiring.

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Chapter Update! FFN and AO3

See you back on January 27th :)

Chapter 24

It took some work, but Al managed to schedule in his summer course load to allow for part-time work with Craig. The job cut in on his free time, but it lined his bank account quickly with the money to buy a ring. A ring with implications he still hadn’t managed to discuss with Ellie…

It was completely for lack of trying. Al wasn’t under any delusions. Finals were his excuse for awhile. Then his excuse was adjusting to the new schedule with the job. Then his excuse was not wanting to spend their limited time together having hard conversations that they might not have the time to finish.

They were lame excuses, but Al wasn’t sure how to push past them.

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See you back on January 18th.

Chapter 23

Al was surprised how calm he felt as Ellie finished getting ready to go. She fastened the necklace holster her dad had made her and slid her wand in it.

“You’re staring, love.” Ellie turned to look at him.

“You have that effect on me,” Al moved to stand next to her in his small bathroom.

“You’re rather captivating as well,” she smiled up at him.

Al pulled her to him and let himself enjoy holding her as her arms slid around his waist. He should be nervous, panicked even, stress cleaning every square inch of his flat, but somewhere along his journey with Ellie, Al realized he was changing, he was a different person than when he first met El, a better man.

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Chapter Update! FFN and AO3

Happy New Year! Here’s to a year full of growth and joy for all of us! I’ll have another chapter for you on January 11th!

Go read Portent first if you didn’t read it after Chapter 21 (it’s actually Chapter 22 of this story but I won’t be posting it here) then read this. ;)

Chapter 22

“It’s been great having you around, lads.” Al grinned after tucking his wallet back into his pocket. “But I’ve got classes to get to.”

Ellie had kissed him when she’d handed back his card and Al’s high spiked again. Not even the impending finals prep was enough to bring him down.

“Al,” Teddy put his hand on Al’s shoulder, “I’m, I’m sorry.”

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Chapter Update! FFN and AO3

This is it until 2020, my friends! Happy Christmas! Happy New Year! And I’ll be back with more stories on January 4th.

Thank you, @gryffindorhealer, for the name Potterbox!

Also, Portent is technically the next chapter in this story, and you can enjoy Jamie and Ted finding out about Ellie a little sooner than Al had planned here.

Chapter 21

It required a few trips to the Hogwarts library, but Al finally found out that he could give priority to spells the same way he could to computer code, and that was the breakthrough.

Well, the first part at least.

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Chapter Update! FFN and AO3

I’ll post again either the 20th or the 21st, I’m not entirely positive yet. I love Christmas time, even though it cuts into my writing time – and my posting schedule. ;)

Chapter 20

Christmas gave way to the new year and the new year to the following semester and life picked up much the way it had been before. Al’s daily schedules were color-coded in spreadsheets on his phone and laptop, and he’d come to rely heavily on them. The guarantee of fitting things in along with the flexibility to adjust when he needed to, left him feeling liberated.

It also left him with guaranteed time spent with El, which was always a good thing.

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It’s always nice when a holiday scene coincides with the holidays.

Chapter 19

Ellie had been right. It took a while to work out the kinks in scheduling his time, and some self-discipline to follow it when he was trying to skive off less enjoyable tasks than being with El or working on the phone case, but Al found he was not only happier, he was making more progress on the phone case than he had the months he’d been obsessing over it.

He also managed to get his coursework back in order. Which as the semester came to a close, Al was very grateful for. His GPA was still intact and he was still on the track Aunt Hermione had put him on to graduate in five more semesters.

It also meant that the weekend before Christmas, Al was able to take Ellie home to celebrate with her family. Of course, Susan thought it a grand thing that Al was taking Ellie to spend a day with his family, which Al intended to do, just not today.

Today, he wanted Ellie home.

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We’re back, and you get two chapters this week! =D See you again on December 13th.

Chapter 18

Al gambled a bit and decided on Saturday after the diner closed to make his move. He knew he was putting almost three whole days in between her walking out and his attempt at fixing everything, but he absolutely refused to do this over text or a phone call. It felt wrong on so many fronts.

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