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So this is how kids communicate these days. 
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How long after using a new content management system do you really trust it to do what you told it to after you hit that precarious "schedule" button?
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I'm hesitant about writing this, but maybe it will help someone. Last night and today I thought I was having a heart attack, and I almost didn't go to the ER.

Last night, the upper left side of my chest hurt in a (terribly painful) way I'd never felt before, but I decided not to go to the ER because it was very late and my daughter was already asleep (what was I going to do, wake her up and drag all of us to the hospital for a fun sleepless overnight stay?). I thought to myself this probably wasn't a heart attack but something that would go away--as the aspirin I took helped and I was breathing normally again in about twenty minutes.

This morning, though, the chest pain was there again though milder, but now my left arm was numb. Honestly, I was scared. I debated going to the ER, but I had to take my daughter to school and had a lot of work to do, having just come off of vacation (and as a freelancer, if I take off even for sickness it means I don't get paid). Besides that, though, how embarrassing is it to call an ambulance for something that could be nothing? The biggest factor was that going to the ER is my officially least favorite experience: hours or days of multiple strangers coming in and poking you and asking you the same questions over and over again and carting you around in a wheelchair while you're worried you might be dying or catch something else at the hospital. Been there before. Avoid as much as possible.

But you know what's even crazier? The fact that I debated it this morning. Weighing "I have no time for this" and "the ER fills me with dread" against "I don't know if I'm going to die in the next half hour." Debating trying to get some work done before calling the ambulance…in a situation that I thought might be fatal.

I was so scared.

But I called anyway. I wrote a post about heart attack symptoms on Lifehacker not long ago (http://lifehacker.com/know-the-warning-signs-of-a-heart-attack-theyre-differ-1638203366), but let me tell you, it's a lot easier to say "if you experience these (perhaps very mild, not-at-all-like-a-heart-attack) symptoms go to the ER right way" than it is to do it. 

It's expensive and inconvenient and draining on all levels. (My insurance deductible was $150 for the visit--modest compared to the $500-1000 deductibles other plans have, and I feel truly sorry for people who don't have affordable emergency health coverage.) But it was worth it for me, because I can stop thinking about leaving my family too early or, at least, today.

In my long-winded way, I just want to say not to be embarrassed or hesitant about going to the ER in this kind of situation (or seeking medical help for any condition really). It turned out that it wasn't a heart attack but, the doctors think, inflammation in my chest cartilage/bones and/or muscles. That, however, is circumstantial to the point of this post.


Important information from the American Heart Association: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/Heart-Attack_UCM_001092_SubHomePage.jsp
When most people think of heart attacks, they picture sudden and traumatic chest pain. But heart attack symptoms can be mild and have different symptoms. The signs may also be different between men and women.
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Holy s***, that moment when you were working in some CMS or whatever you use but you lost it all but actually were working in some other one
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Fresh flowers feel like an extravagance, but every time I pass by this I get a bit happier. $10 therapy so worth it.
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Awesome answer from +Wil Wheaton  on how to deal with being called a nerd http://bit.ly/XyDCRI
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Here's to a magical new year!
 
"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful. And don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself."

Have a very happy New Year, folks!

Quote by +Neil Gaiman. Image by +Marko Morciano.
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Making sense of Common Core confusion:
Depending on who you ask, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are either a step forward in creating a clearer and more consistent education framework for our kids…or complete insanity. Here's what parents need to know about the Common Core and how we can help our kids in this unfamiliar learning environment.
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View this Google error page in your mobile browser and rotate your phone: http://www.google.com/teapot 
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You have to deactivate the screen rotation first. Worked for me after doing that. 
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Two external hard drives dying on me the same day. All hell's breaking loose.
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Hey +surya kulshreshtha. Why don't you email me and I can see if I can help (melanie@lifehacker.com or mobileoffice@aboutguide.com). Otherwise, +Tim Fisher has a very generous Help Me column going on here every day ;) 
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I'm having one of those days when I'm doubting everything I do but am convinced it's worth it. Know what I mean?
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I'm kind of obsessed with Groot now. If you want to spam me with Groot stuff, I'd be okay with that. 
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+David Glendinning I have the xkcd shirt (and my wow druid was named root)
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