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Leonard Nimoy's (ז"ל) last tweet, from a few days ago: a perfect capsule of the things which made him so dear to so many people's hearts, and a fitting epitaph.
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Ever since I moved to the US, I've gotten away with not owning a real winter jacket, the heaviest I have is a pea coat. I might have to finally give in and change that this winter, it can't quite cope with -23C (with wind chill).
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Questions of our time.
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If you're interested in user research and located in the NYC area, you should have a look at this meetup!

http://www.meetup.com/NYC-UX-User-Researchers-Meetup/
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Congrats +Sally Rodriguez!!
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Science Confirms: The More Coffee You Drink, The Longer You Will Live

I prepared my cup of coffee and I'm ready to do some physics this Sunday: I have to.
Good news for coffee lovers and addicts: the studies revealed that coffee is a major source of Antioxidants.Several massive studies show that people who drink coffee live longer than those who don’t.
Coffee is super healthy: despite having been demonized in the past, coffee is one of the healthiest beverages on the planet. Period.

#coffee   #coffeelovers   #coffeeaddict   #coffeeishealthy   #sciencesunday  
A few major studies have now shown that the people who drink the most coffee have the lowest risk of dying from several common diseases.
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If this article is correct I will practically be immortal. But no doubt there will be an article next week saying coffee kills you faster than bullets.
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"The real problem is far more fundamental. Our economy, as currently structured, insists that every household must have at least one member with either a job or independent wealth, and will continue to do so even as and when technology renders that demand inherently senseless. It’s a problem that will require far more sweeping solutions. Don’t blame tech for the symptoms; blame governments for their failure to address the cause."
Most jobs suck. Yours probably doesn't–after all, you're a member of the highly educated, cutting-edge TechCrunch demographic–but most jobs, almost by..
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This raises some very important questions.
 
Time is running out for ethicists to tackle very real robot quandaries

"As we head toward a self-driving future in which virtually all of us will spend some portion of the day with our lives in the hands of a piece of autonomous software, it ought to be clear that robot morality is anything but academic. Should your car kill the child on the street, or the one in your passenger seat? Even if we can master such calculus and make it morally simple, we will do so only in time to watch a flood of household robots enter the market and create a host of much more vexing problems. There’s nothing frivolous about it — robot ethics is the most important philosophical issue of our time."

Link: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/192492-time-is-running-out-for-ethicists-to-tackle-very-real-robot-quandries
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Discovering new coffee places. This one is a winner.
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How is this even possible? You would figure these supplements would have to pass some kind of FDA testing before being allowed to be sold?!
 
"In a revelation that defies all reason, the New York attorney general’s office found that four out of five [1] of the most popular herbal supplements sold at those major retailers contained precisely zero of the ingredients listed on their labels. Instead, the products, which are typically used as alternative medicine treatments, were found to contain cheap fillers such as rice, a common house plant called dracaena and (weirdly) asparagus."

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Source: http://www.vocativ.com/culture/health-culture/supplements/
[1] http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/02/02/health/herbal_supplement_letters.html?_r=0
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User Researcher
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Usability Testing & Eye-Tracking Research . Agile Prototype Testing . User Surveys & Quantitative Analysis . Usability & User Experience Reviews . Information Architecture & Card Sorting . User Experience Design . Wireframing
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  • Amplify Education
    Lead Research Manager, 2013 - present
  • University of Baltimore
    Adjunct Professor, 2013 - 2014
  • True Action (an eBay Inc Company)
    Interaction & Usability Research, 2011 - 2013
  • University of Baltimore
    User Research Fellow, 2009 - 2011
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Human-Computer Interaction Researcher
Introduction
I'm a user experience researcher a passion for everything related to Human-Computer Interaction and a keen eye for visual design. Through 5+ years of experience doing user research and an MS in Interaction Design, I've built a thorough and broad understanding of every aspect of the user experience design process. 

In addition to my user experience passion, I'm also a general science & and technology geek. I spend a lot of time experimenting with my digital devices and catching up on the latest research. 

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I fluently speak a language you've never heard of - Luxembourgish.
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  • University of Baltimore
    MS in Interaction Design & Information Architecture
  • Towson University
    BA in Graphic Design
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