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Katherine Wu
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Great, great piece: http://www.xojane.com/issues/whats-wrong-fat-shaming "If we want to stand in opposition to fat-shaming, we only need remember a few points:
1. You can’t tell how healthy someone is just by looking at them.
2. You can’t tell how much someone eats or exercises just by looking at them.
3. Even if you could, it’s none of your business anyway."

"Fat-shaming is a specific variety of body-shaming. It is not the only kind of shaming that takes place, but it is one of the more common ones. Lots of folks think fat-shaming is perfectly acceptable. More than that, lots of folks think fat-shaming is actually a good thing, because with shame as a motivator, perhaps those darn fat people will stop being so fat…their good intentions do not erase the shaming effects of their unwanted commentary on my body."

"It doesn’t work, though -- shame is not a catalyst for change; it is a paralytic. Anyone who has ever carried extreme personal shame knows this. Shame doesn’t make you stronger, nor does it help you to grow, or to be healthy, or to be sane. It keeps you in one place, very, very still."
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lolz. For what it's worth, I don't consider myself a New Yorker...NEW JERSEY!!!!!!!!
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This short film (~10 minutes) on the kinetic sculpture artist Reuben Margolin was so cool! His work is mesmerizing and I'm in awe of how he makes his vision a reality (with lots and lots of math...by hand, it seems): http://vimeo.com/3001833
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"This is not, obviously, an argument against ever changing anything. It is, however, an argument against assuming that your changes will work. No, not even if you had a great pilot."
It seems that the LA Unified School District recently revamped its lunch menus to eliminate fattening standbys like chicken nuggets, nachos, and flavored milk. The resulting meals are much healthier, but apparently also much less appetizing. As a result, participation in the program is down, and the LA Times found students replacing the Beef Jambalaya and lentil cutlets with things like Cheetos. This happened despite the fact that the menu was te...
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I thought at first, oh of course, it's just the rhythm of bouncing against the beat, but the dude is actually scientific about it and re-verifies that yes, it is in fact the song playing that makes the baby stop crying. I'm amused.
This kid knows the score.
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"At least in my family, marriage is not just about the couple, but about the whole community of people that surrounds them. And so the beginning of that relationship between not just two people, but their whole community, is usually a wedding: a big, ritualistic celebration that allows other people to participate in the creation of a brand new relationship...
In stark contrast, a divorce, when it comes down to it, is very exclusively about those two individual people: Two people deciding to break up, two people taking all of these actions to see that decision through, two people going through this ritualistic, legal maze to undo a relationship...all of the rest of the people affected by the relationship—all of the people who were there at the wedding, who did the introducing, and cheering on, and the kids that were produced—they are just bystanders.
And I don't envy my parents the pain of their divorce, of course, or feel like I was excluded from something I should have been a part of. But for all of the ceremony involved in a wedding, the acknowledgement of the whole community of people it takes to start a marriage, it seems incomplete that there is no ritual for the rest of us to take part of when it ends...There is nothing to hold on to when you can hardly believe what has happened that says, "This big thing that I was a part of in my own small way—it is gone now." When I realized that this lack of closure was what was bothering me, that's when I decided that my parents' wedding needed a funeral.
And it's not so novel an idea, after all, that I should hold a little funeral for my parents' wedding in my heart. How many have submitted the gifts of an ex to a small bonfire, or cut out their heads from pictures, or if you are like me, carefully and ceremoniously boxed up their letters and kept them for so long that you forgot you had them, at which point you can quite unceremoniously trash them? Certainly the end of my parents' relationship needs as much attention to put my mind at ease as my relationship with my high school boyfriend."
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If anyone ever questions whether photography is an art or why professional photographers charge what they do to make a living, show them this post that has a great side-by-side comparison of skills when equipment is held constant (one of the things that really annoys me is before/after makeovers where the before is bad lighting, poor posture, frowny face etc...confounding factors!!): http://www.erinfarrellphotography.com/theblog/2010/07/so-much-more-than-a-fancy-camera/
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Great post on that blog. I love that camera/oven analogy :)
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This is me, to +Daniel Scotto. I hate the feeling of being hungry!!
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for real! you don't want to talk to me when i'm hungry
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Yes!
Helen Mirren says: "I would like to play the new female Doctor Who. I don't want to just be his sidekick." I don't even watch and I can tell this is an excellent idea.
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  • New Relic
    Junior Software Engineer, 2013 - present
  • Google
    Product Specialist, DoubleClick, 2011 - 2013
  • Google
    Technical Services Analyst, DoubleClick, 2009 - 2011
  • Google
    AdWords Account Associate, 2008 - 2009
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Education
  • Boston College
    Biology, Psychology, 2004 - 2008
  • University of Melbourne
    2007 - 2007
    Studied abroad for one semester.