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July 24, 2014 -- 10:20 AM
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July 22, 2014 -- 12:32 AM
posted by Par

"I haven't seen him that excited since he got his new heels"

July 09, 2014 -- 2:40 PM
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July 07, 2014 -- 12:56 AM
posted by alison

So this seems like something worth sharing here.

Fireworks filmed with a drone.

I'm not sure how I feel about the rapidly increasing ubiquity of drones, but this is kinda cool.

July 04, 2014 -- 12:06 AM
posted by Par

Ironically, one of the biggest social problems currently reported at work is lack of confidence, also known as Impostor Syndrome. People with confidence try to help people fix their Impostor Syndrome, under the theory that they are in fact as smart as people say they are, and they just need to accept it.

But I think Impostor Syndrome is valuable. The people with Impostor Syndrome are the people who *aren't* sure that a logical proof of their smartness is sufficient. They're looking around them and finding something wrong, an intuitive sense that around here, logic does not always agree with reality, and the obviously right solution does not lead to obviously happy customers, and it's unsettling because maybe smartness isn't enough, and maybe if we don't feel like we know what we're doing, it's because we don't.

Impostor Syndrome is that voice inside you saying that not everything is as it seems, and it could all be lost in a moment. The people with the problem are the people who can't hear that voice.

July 02, 2014 -- 10:27 PM
posted by Par

John Oliver is killing it on Last Week Tonight. Here's his amazing two-part summary of the West's impact on LGBT rights in Uganda and his great interview with Pepe Julian Onziema:

June 30, 2014 -- 11:13 PM
posted by Al



I'll be taking a little break due to vacation and as well as to avoid burnout. I've almost done 2 years worth of work up to this point, I think I deserve a break.

June 30, 2014 -- 1:23 AM
posted by alison

Thanks Albert. I appreciate that.

And now, for something completely different...

Via " World's most dangerous theme park opens.

June 18, 2014 -- 10:24 PM
posted by Al

You are among friends here so unload all you want or need, we don't judge.

Sometimes life will throw you a curve ball but more often then not I find that we always come out better for it. So while it may seem gloomy at the moment things will get better.

June 17, 2014 -- 10:40 PM
posted by alison

You know, as positive as I'm trying to be about this whole thing, getting laid-off really sucks.

It makes me feel so alone and useless. And I keep looking at the job postings thinking one of two things: a) am I really even qualified for that? and b) none of these things are actually what I want to do. As much as my job was making me depressed and miserable and forcing me to second-guess my career path, at least it was something, and it allowed me the time to think about the jobs I applied for, rather than the present frantic swathe of applications I'm sending out now.

I just moved. My folks just moved. I don't have a safety catch any more.
Being an adult really sucks sometimes.

(apologies for the mopey post, I'll try to avoid future off-loading of my problems, but I figured at least here, it's among friends)

June 12, 2014 -- 8:34 PM
posted by alison

Jesse - I wish you luck. I have ZERO clue whether or not there are tech wizards who can work some sort of magic and rescue your photos. I HOPE there are, because it would be awful if you can't get any of your photos back. There's got to be a way...

Albert - SO MANY people achieved so much awesomeness by the tender age of, well, our age... So what? Live your life, not theirs. You're not Mozart, you're you. Find your own way to be awesome like you think they were...

Also, I DON'T WANT TO UNPACK MY STUPID BOXES... bloody apartment living. I need more bookshelves, and much less stuff. :(

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