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Russell Holly
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And this is why you should always check the care label on your batsuit...

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New Nanoleaf Aurora lights installed. Think Phillips Hue, only they're triangles that snap into one another in whatever pattern you want.
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Terrible.

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“So what’s going on with autism?” Trump asked. “When you look at the tremendous increase, it’s really such an incredible — it’s really a horrible thing to watch, the tremendous amount of increase. Do you have any idea?”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data last March that showed 1 in 68 school-aged children are diagnosed with autism, unchanged from its previous estimate.

I'm guessing that puts us about a month away from the CDC and vocal scientists being called partisan hacks (despite anti-vaxxers not being limited to party affiliation) and a round of applause from the anti-science crowd.

Yay. 

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Mmmmmm. New laptop.
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I'm sure I won't be able to afford it, but I like that TAG considers their first effort a success and is pushing forward. 

I faced my most difficult parenting challenge yet.

This is my oldest daughter's first year of middle school. She's in a Performance and Visual Arts school, and the track she's on was dancing. This track was an unusual decision from my view, but the school was fantastic and she seemed eager to rise to a new challenge. After the first couple of weeks, it was clear this was the perfect environment for her. She has flourished in so many ways, and has excelled in all of her classes.

Well, almost all of them. In her first quarter, she got a C in Dance. The teacher, who is also the department lead, explained that while her work ethic was fantastic the lack of traditional dance experience put her at a disadvantage. She was going to need to work twice as hard, and she was more than willing to do so.

And then she fractured her foot. Two months on crutches put her even further behind, and when she started recovering a nasty bout of bronchitis kept her out of school for another two weeks. She'd lost almost the entire quarter, which is when the teacher reached back out. If Acacia gets another C in this class, she'll be removed from this program. If she pulls up her grades and isn't able to pass the graduation exam, she won't be admitted intuitive the 7th grade part of this program.

The teacher loves my daughter, and knows how much she loves this school, so found an alternative. She can apply for another track in the PVA program, and transfer to it at the end of the year. For this school, and for this child, that means the Creative Writing and Drama track. But she needed to make this decision before she had actually failed in this dance track in order to guarantee a slot in this other program. If she waits until the end of the year, the open slots become a competition between the best from other schools looking to get in.

My daughter would have no problem excelling in this other track, but I had to figure out how to have this conversation with my daughter. I had to figure out how to give her enough information to make a decision without making this about a failure, and I really didn't want to make this decision for her.

In the end, she decided to apply for the new program and start taking private dance classes in her free time. There's no way to know if I could have handled this any better, but it feels like everyone involved is headed in the right direction.



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"Why would you want a sub-bass strapped to your body when in VR?"

I INTEND TO FIND OUT.
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The potential for this to end poorly for me is significant.
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