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Over the last three years, it has become increasingly clear to me how phenomenally useful it is to have a full-time House and Child Specialist in the family. 

I'm glad that fewer people are coerced into that role these days. But I'm extremely grateful that my partner is willing and able to do that. The whole family functions better because she does.
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For cyclists, the road can be a nasty place to be at night, so we're all for technologies that can help draw drivers' attention in order to reduce the number of...
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Nice. I backed this one... but it didn't make it on kickstarter.
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"The biggest lie Rachel Dolezal has promoted is that you have to be black to love black people."
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A diet science journalism sting operation. Bravo.
“Slim by Chocolate!” the headlines blared. A team of German researchers had found that people on a low-carb diet lost weight 10 percent faster if they ate a chocolate bar every day. It made the front page of Bild, Europe’s largest daily newspaper, just beneath their update about the Germanwings crash. From there, it ricocheted around the internet and beyond, making news in more than 20 countries and half a dozen languages. It was discussed on tel...
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Grr.  I'm continually frustrated by how bad studies, bad journals, bad media spinning, and oversimplification are causing people to dismiss entire fields of study. 

Dismissing Nutrition Science because of studies like this is like dismissing the field of Ecology and the Environment because of anti-climate change studies. 

What are responsible scientists with valid research supposed to do to differentiate themselves from things like this?  Is there a way to get good and scientifically ethical information into the public consciousness? 

Suzanne, echoing her edtors and paging through back volumes of  AR Nutrition.
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Morgan: Mama lion, up!
Theresa: No, I'm a lion, I don't have arms!
Morgan: No, you're anthropomorphized!
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By request elseweb, "how I talked to my two year old about Baltimore":

This is somewhat edited for continuity and clarity because conversations with two year olds can get a little dadaesque.

We were discussing some over-Morgan's-head stuff about Baltimore at dinner, and she was getting bored.

Me: "Morgan, do you want me to explain some of this to you?"

Morgan: "Yes."

Me: "Okay." breathes deeply "There's a problem going on around the country right now - that's a lot of different places all over - where police are not being nice to people with a certain skin color. When someone has darker brown skin, often we would say that that person is black. Do you know anyone who is black?"

Morgan: "No."

Me: "Remember watching President Obama with me on the video? He's black. And your friend Mateo and his dad are both black."

Morgan: "We have light skin. We have beige skin."

Me: "That's right. When someone has light skin, often we call them white. Mommy and Mama and Papa and you are all white. So what's happening right now is that there's a problem where people think some bad things about black people, like thinking that they're more likely to be angry or fighting. So then police are meaner and more violent to black people, because of what they think about black people. A lot of people have been hurt, and a lot of people are very angry."

Morgan: "I dropped my tofu!"

[Pause to retrieve tofu.]

Me: "So one thing you can do is you can notice how people treat your friends who have different color skin. Sometimes if people are being mean you can help stop it. Sometimes you can't. It may not come up. But it helps if you can notice it."


So, that's not perfect or complete or nuanced but it helped us establish some vocabulary and we'll build on that later. She's old enough that I feel like she should start understanding things going on in the world, and yet young enough that I wish I could protect her from all the bad things. But since I can't give her the world I wish I could, I guess I might as well prepare her for the one she's going to get.
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"But since I can't give her the world I wish I could, I guess I might as well prepare her for the one she's going to get."

Yes. <3
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HELL TO THE YES. You cannot expect people to do all of the 'feelings work' in a relationship, or a society, just because they're female and 'good at people'. It gets old. It's not our job. It's nice to feel valued, but as a friend recently reminded me, there comes a point where if you don't stop doing the work people forget how valuable it is. These things ought to be reciprocal. This is why I don't do much event-organizing at work, or logistics-wrangling. Just because I'm good at it doesn't make it my job. (And how do you suppose I got to be good at it?)

Corollary: you are allowed to have feelings. You may not get them all over me without my permission. Women are not your emotional dumping ground.
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I want to like, print it everywhere. Leave it on pillows. Tuck it into books. Inscribe it lovingly into staircases.
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Hey guys, want our data? Here's ALL OF IT.


Encryption, however, according to Ars, would not have helped in this case because administrators responsible for managing these records had root access to the system, Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity Dr. Andy Ozment testified yesterday at a two-hour hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

And it turns out that a systems administrator responsible for handling the agency's records "was in Argentina and his co-worker was physically located in the [People's Republic of China]," a consultant who worked with an OPM-contracted company told ArsTechnica.

"Both had direct access to every row of data in every database: they were root."
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Emmanuel AME

You pray
You don't pray, but you do tonight, because how not
You sing
Amazing grace
And you hold your family close
You put your little girl to bed
Same as always
But you wish you could cradle her in your arms
You talk long into the night with your lover
The horror in the world
The beauty
You wake up at peace
Your family around you
The slow ache you expected
Replaced with a heart that feels
Your heart broke open
And now it is bigger
Encompassing more of the world

How terrifying to have a bigger heart
In this world
How paralyzing

But today it feels like a gift
Like an offering of hope
So you hold your little girl close
And you try
To take it
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I didn't know the significance of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

From Wikipedia: "The African Methodist Episcopal Church, usually called the A.M.E. Church, is a predominantly African-American Methodist denomination based in the United States. It is the oldest independent denomination founded by blacks in the world."

The Charleston AME is one of the oldest in the country. The white shooter killed 9, including the pastor.

He was brought in alive, and the media hasn't been mentioning his race at all, even though if he was a person of color they would be doing so constantly. No one is calling it terrorism. In the coming days, I'm sure we'll hear a lot about his history of mental health issues, because shootings by white people are always a one-off occurrences perpetrated by the mentally disturbed, not part of a pattern of domestic terrorism.

Meanwhile, all over the country, black boys carrying toy guns and skittles are vilified for their own deaths.

Carry this with you. Let it weigh you down. It should.
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Camping is love. Bacon is love. Sleep is love.
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Two of those are excellent components of love-making.
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Me, to Brooks: Man, it cannot decided what season it is out there.
Morgan, to Theresa: Mama! Mama, what season is it?
Theresa: Uh, spring? Why?
Morgan: Mommy, it is spring!
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Her little scowls are the best.
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The girl in pearls and hiking boots.
I'm a nerd, programmer, rock climber, road biker, needlepointer, gardener, internet resident, fat acceptance advocate, and generally opinionated person.
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