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The Cognitive Gap Of Why
So a non-trivial number of people whom I respect and enjoy have made the very same mistake about a bunch of inter-related application usage patterns specifically about social media tools and the infrastructures therein. That's a complicated starting sentenc...
So a non-trivial number of people whom I respect and enjoy have made the very same mistake about a bunch of inter-related application usage patterns specifically about social media tools and the infrastructures therein. That'...
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The other side of my #IamBadatFandom  post is, of course, that I absolutely love it when people are invested in things even when I'm not a fan of those things. This stretches from listening to +Jeremy Kostiew talk about Werewolf to reading +Topher Gerkey's writeups of Dark Shadows to reading +David Hill and +Isaac Sher and +Filamena Young talk about Gundam to checking out +Monica Speca writing about Sailor Moon, while +Rowan Cota writes about Fifty Shades of Grey as a cultural watershed, and I'm having a blast listening to +Sarah Babe's Plot Points podcast while she professes love of Vampire LARPing.

People liking things and sharing that liking with me is always going to be exciting and brilliant and fantastic to me. 

Some People Juggle Geese. And it's fun to watch them talk about it.
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I thought the Radiolab podcast was neat (thank you +Jerome Comeau for telling me about those), although I think they gave far too much credit to Vince Russo.  :)

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Here's a thing.

I'm the better part of 50 lbs overweight for my height and age, pretty much all of that in easily-consumed fat.

So why is it if I skip just one meal, both my head and my stomach decide that I am dying of starvation and deprivation?
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I agree with Joel in that the body will always prioritize survival first. The body's preferred "default" energy source is glycogen aka stored sugar. It takes the least amount of energy to break down and is the most easily utilized for energy. What you're essentially experiencing is a blood sugar crash and your brain needs energy NOW! 

Your body will not automatically "shift' to burning fat stores if you miss a meal. In fact, a sudden severe calorie restriction will put your body into "famine" mode and the result will not be fat tissue breakdown but the cannibalization of muscle tissue to make up the difference in energy demands. 
In order to promote the use of fat as energy we essentially have to "trick" our bodies into doing so. This can be accomplished by a 20% reduction of overall daily calories ( spread out throughout the day, as opposed to skipping whole meals to accomplish this) with an increase in vegetables and other high fiber foods and the addition of light exercise. Avoid skipping meals as this WILL cause you to overeat later on. Hope this helps!
 
I am surprised at how impacting Leonard Nimoy's death is to me.
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The effect that this death has had on all of us is highly illogical. ;-)

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Random things that are weird about working from home, the first in a series:

I am now using all of those gadgets that I have accumulated over the years. For example, I'm now using my Chromecast to stream my podcasts over the TV for better sound quality. 
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So, I got a job. 

I'm working as a Technical Support Engineer II for a company called Sprinklr (www.sprinklr.com). They do social media management for large- and moderate-sized companies. It's SaaS, so there's plenty of stuff to learn, know, and plenty of stuff that breaks so I can help fix it. 

Today was the start of my second week. It's a Work-From-Home position, and basically that's the model of the company. Everything about the company (and the software) is online, so there's no reason for anyone to be commuting if they don't want to or have to. 

There's also this really cool assumption within my team (and I assume the company as a whole) that everyone who works there is an adult who is capable of determining when work needs to be done. Especially since the Support team is basically always working, there's not really any room for anyone to slag off or lollygag; we're adults, being paid currency in exchange for work, and we're treated as such. I also like that the team is pretty diverse in terms of both gender and color. 

I'm still learning, but the SaaS model is pretty familiar, and the interface is pretty standard. They use a bunch of technologies that I feel confident with, so I'm feeling pretty OK about things.

I'm flying into New York for my orientation and such the second week of March, and then I start my on-call rotation when I get back. Which is pretty fast, but I think I'll be able to get up and running as long as nothing catches on fire. 

It's been a while since I worked regularly, so I was pretty tired all last week, but I think I'm getting adjusted. Though the experience of suddenly working for a company on East Coast time from the West Coast has played havoc with my sense of when it's OK to get up and go to sleep (especially since they want me to work a later shift (10AM-7PM, but I keep getting meeting invites for 8AM my time!). 

I'm posting less mostly because I just don't have time. It doesn't mean there's anything wrong (in fact, things are pretty good right now), but I wouldn't expect to hear anything from me until April or so, when I've got my sea legs and know how things will look long-term.

I love you all. Yes, even You. Be kind to each other until I get back. 
Social Media Management software company Sprinklr enables global scale marketing automation for the enterprise with a social crm; social media analytics, including Twitter analytics, digital asset management, and more.
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Good news is good.  We'll keep the internet on for you.  Glad to hear that things are going well.
 
 
Welcome back to Moon Crystal Mondays at THREAT OR MENACE, where we see what happens when a beloved classic gets a remake to bring it closer to the original source material.  Will this week's episode build on the previous installment's positive moment, or did it stumble back into mediocrity?  Click on the link below, and you'll find Monica Speca and Isaac Sher's take on this episode that focuses on fan-favorite character Mizuno Ami, aka Sailor Mercury!
Happy Monday, Moonies! Be still my beating heart. This week we have a Crystal episode with tight pacing and character development! The animation still leaves something to be desired, but as stated last time that’s a dead horse I’m ...
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#IamBadatFandom  

(h/t to +Sandy Jacobs-Tolle, +Jeremy Kostiew and many, many others)

Let me see:

-- I think Babylon 5 is inherently inferior to Star Trek: Deep Space 9
-- I don't think Farscape deserves the hype it got because of the puppets
-- I don't like any of the Star Wars movies, and that's mostly because George Lucas is a great Director of Photography and a lousy storyteller
-- I think the 20-sided die is a terrible tool for resolution mechanics
-- I love the idea of Exalted, but the actual execution of Exalted makes me want to light stuff on fire
-- I liked Angel better than Buffy
-- I liked Frasier better than Big Bang Theory
-- I liked Wesley Crusher
-- I thought the reboot of Battlestar Galactica completely missed the point (and, for that matter, started/continued a terrible, terrible trend of "making things worse" as a substitute for "making things interesting") (See also the recent Star Trek reboot)
-- I prefer the Aubrey-Maturin Master and Commander series to nearly any Fantasy novel series
-- My favourite SF novel involves three characters in a room talking for two hundred pages
-- My Dinner With Andre was a more interesting film than The Princess Bride (and a better use of Wallace Shawn)
-- The theatre-release version of Lord of the Rings is the best version of that story, including the books, because it cuts out everything that isn't important
-- The voiceover version of Blade Runner is the best version
-- I have absolutely no interest in any version of the Game of Thrones continuity 
-- As a general rule, AAA videogames aren't aimed at me, and I'm not interested in spending any money on them
-- It has only been in the last five years that I've been interested in reading comics, and this coincides with the de-whiting/de-maleing of comics themselves 
-- I am almost never interested in playing a game (board, card, rp, etc) where me winning doesn't mean everyone winning
-- Neil Gaiman, much like nearly all other writers in F/SF history, has been consumed by the Brain Eater

I think that's enough. Feel free to mock and deride in the comments, 'cause I'll just mute it!
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+Joanna Staebler-Kimmel Naomi Novik is a great author and I really enjoy her work, yes.

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Extremely small thing that nonetheless has a huge impact on my professional life at my new job:

Everyone says "hello" when people arrive, and "goodbye" when people leave for the night, and everyone always says thank you at the end of a meeting. 

I swear, it's this tiny thing, but it's a constant reminder that we are people and not resources, that our time and attention is valuable and important to both each other and to the work we're doing. 
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That makes a huge difference. I am so ridiculously stupidly madly happy for you. 

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Happy Birthday, +Vera Vartanian!
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The Experience of Diversity (and the blindness of privilege)
Last year I made a vow to myself that I would only read books written by authors who were not straight white men. By and large, with two explicit exceptions, I was successful in my goal. And I learned a bunch of things. The first (and most important) thing ...
Last year I made a vow to myself that I would only read books written by authors who were not straight white men. By and large, with two explicit exceptions, I was successful in my goal. And I learned a bunch of things. The f...
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FYI, I was completely ignorant of this: http://www.xojane.com/entertainment/reading-challenge-stop-reading-white-straight-cis-male-authors-for-one-year

When I wrote my post last night. 

Amazingly, Lewis' Law also seems to apply to this sort of thing. 

I encourage everyone to read and follow K.T. Bradford; she's got a better view of this than I do.
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