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Laurian Vega
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Attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
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Whoa. Just whoa.
 
This face is a computer-generated image -- not a photograph!

The game company Activision this week unveiled new technology for creating lifelike images and animation.

Astonishingly, this picture is not a photograph but the computer-generated image produced by Activision's technology.

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2013/03/28/this-incredible-face-is-the-future-of-tech/

Another lifelike rendering of another face was today's Mystery Pic. 

https://plus.google.com/113117251731252114390/posts/WhFEPFPX15Z

Props to +Randy Ortiz for being first with the right answer!
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I know. I was freaked out. 
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Too cool! What a great way to use smart algorithms to help usability.
 
There's always so much attention to detail in good UIs, and it's all so hidden you don't even realize it's there.
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I'll be buying and reading the book, but it is worth a discussion. Does encouraging women to look inwards negate the need for companies to also do more to help with gender inequity? I think it is a false dichotomy that is getting blown up. Thoughts?

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/22/us/sheryl-sandberg-lean-in-author-hopes-to-spur-movement.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0
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Information Architecture: just another reason why UX is so important. "Surf around the MailOnline for a few minutes, and you’ll find yourself dropped into one of around a dozen topic silos--from FeMail (ugh) to Science & Tech. This strategy helps users avoid getting “lost” amongst the vast number of stories that go live on the site every day. “It not only gave the medium a revitalized look but allowed the user to know where they are on the site,” Brand42 explains." 

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1671875/4-lessons-from-the-web-s-most-ruthlessly-addictive-site?partner=newsletter
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It just goes to show, it is all about timing.
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That was great.  We have come a long way.
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I made this chart junk example last night for a document I'm writing. I'm pretty proud of it. But, I'm sure there are better. Can anyone top this? #66
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Ladies + Computer Science + Gender Imbalance = She++. Check out the trailer.
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"Women are still paid less than men at every educational level and in every job category. They are less likely than men to hold jobs that offer flexibility or family-friendly benefits. When they become mothers, they face more scrutiny and prejudice on the job than fathers do.

"So, especially when women are married to men who work long hours, it often seems to both partners that they have no choice. Female professionals are twice as likely to quit work as other married mothers when their husbands work 50 hours or more a week and more than three times more likely to quit when their husbands work 60 hours or more."

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/17/opinion/sunday/why-gender-equality-stalled.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130217
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Human Factors Engineer
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  • Next Century
    Human Factors Engineer, 2011 - present
  • Virginia Tech
    Grad Student Extraordinaire, 2005 - 2011
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A troublemaker of the highest order & UX Maven
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  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    Computer Science, 2005 - 2011
Pretty much everything that you'd expect out of a mass toy store. Good for new babies and for finding toys. However, finding someone to help you if you have a question is a bit impossible. The check-out people are super nice and help explain all the text about exclusions on coupons.
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