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Blood donation saves lives

I had a pretty sobering moment last night, when my partner came home after giving blood. He hadn't planned on it, but seeing the donation bus had reminded him of something that happened not three months ago. The memory prompted him to donate.

I had just gotten out of surgery, and was recovering in the ICU. My heart rate was down, and I wasn't doing so well. That little box that I checked, saying that I would accept a transfusion if needed, came into play. I was so out of it, I had no memory of this until last night.

The blood they gave me, that someone else donated, saved my life.

I have a ban on donating blood, but I donate what I can. If you can donate, please do.

Edit: I looked into it more, and it looks like my ban is more temporary than I thought (I think). I have a ban so long as my circumstances remain the same. So hopefully in the future!
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While they'll still take my blood I'll keep donating. O+ means the vampires call me pretty often.
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Hosting Static Website with Hugo and Google Cloud Storage

Great introductory post on using Hugo in conjunction with Google Cloud Storage. I, as someone new to Hugo, was able to easily follow along and deploy a site to a spare domain. Try it out!
Static Websites with Hugo on Google Cloud Storage. Make Things, Show Things. If you want to put some content on the web, the fastest and easiest way is to write simple HTML. If you were making web pages 20 years ago you started with “vi index.html”. Today websites are a lot more complex.
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Engineering: a first run experience

There's a code of silence in technology, that tells us that speaking out about wrongdoings also puts us in the wrong. In an effort to tear down that code, I'm speaking out about some of my experiences in my first job out of college, as a software engineer. Sadly, these are only a few of the incidents of sexism that I have to retell about that job, but sexism comes in many forms. I'm hoping that these will help people recognize sexism in its many forms, and help other women feel less alone.

#technology   #womenintech   #sexism  
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I help write CoCs for confs.  And what I realize is that "the moment" happens in seconds, is there and gone again in a snap, yet it stays with us for a while (years sometimes).  The BEST/success stories are the ones where we did act immediately, but it's a sad state of affairs to expect something like that to happen to be ready for it.   Oh the comebacks I could have had, or the actions I could have taken. Not just for the aggressors but also the standersby too. 

The happy ending for me is that I'm finally on a team where they are absolutely considerate, professional, and true teammates and mentors. It's amazing what you are capable of professionally when you don't have to worry about gaslighting/micro agressions, where you don't have to think about (for even a second) who you are. All you are thinking about is the task/problems/solutions and ship some good software out.  It's awesome.  (and I'm only 1 of 2 females) 

The difference between us and meat in a meat grinder is that we are absolutely resilient and can come back, when it's the right place.  I don't regret leaving for as long as did, but I'm happy I am back and seeing what IS possible in our industry.  When its respectful, I don't want to do/be anything else but in software/tech. 

(Look at me speaking up now! ... take a screenshot before I delete! Ha!  ) 
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I imagine this is what I look like when I find awesome documentation...gimme!

Other documentation experiences via elephant gifs:
https://plus.google.com/112612962093061557999/posts/N3Ey4vujXe7
https://plus.google.com/112612962093061557999/posts/2n3PsoQanif
https://plus.google.com/+JuliaFerraioli/posts/YMPp13q4ZKc
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I don't plan on stopping, and I've got r/babyelephantgifs to source me!
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My sister's care package 🌈
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So long as you don't share them with my landlord -- you're supposed to use the walls as canvas, right?
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Swanky.
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Very cyber.
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An eerily timely article from +The New Stack about a Netflix-like challenge to identify asteroids with machine learning. We were just talking about something like this at lunch today!
There are millions of asteroids in space. If one of them hits, we know the results. It might disintegrate before reaching the earth’s surface, or the space object might be the size of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which hit the surface of Jupiter in 1994 with asteroids two kilometers in diameter, traveling at a speed of …
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A strong motivating case for the precept that while knowing is good, being able to take action is even better :)
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Walking In a Graph Database

If you're interested in graph databases, or need an accessible intro to what they are, this is a must-read. This article gives a great comprehensive overview to why graph databases matter, who the major contenders are, and what they can do for you.
The graph database is still not quite understood. For that matter, we’re still adapting to a post-relational world — a new era that relates to the increasingly horizontal and distributed nature of application architectures. But there is something more that needs to be understood, and that’s the way databases affect our everyday life. We can’t truly understand …
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Great blog post by +Brendan Burns on container clusters! Very accessible, even if you're new to the concept.
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This is me when I have to scroll down to find the good stuff in documentation.

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Whenever I find a cycle in documentation

Following last year's "gap in documentation" gif, I continue the tradition of illustrating reactions to documentation experiences with elephants.

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