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Jerry Nguyen
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I like knowing things.
I like knowing things.

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Thank you America for accepting my parents, the refugees.

Thank you policymakers for trusting that the best America is one that believed my parents would bring energy, ideas, and hard work to make this country even better.

Thank you to the media for portraying my parents, not as victims fleeing a war torn country, but as survivors who left everything they knew behind just for the opportunity of a better life for themselves and their children.

Thank you to the people of Oklahoma for not seeing my parents as security risks or foreigners but as new neighbors to be welcomed with open arms.

Thank you to the case workers and screeners who spent countless hours processing my parents’ paperwork so that they could enter this great country.

Thank you America for opening your doors and being a country that lives by those famous words uttered through those silent lips:

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Finally, thank you to all of you who welcomed my parents and gave them and their children the opportunity to become husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, scientists, engineers, doctors, lawyers, military, nurses, teachers, students, and every other imaginable career. 

Thank you for giving them a chance to live and contribute to our country.

Thank you for being our friends and our family.
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Attention K-12 TEACHERS!! If you are an innovative teacher working in computer science, engineering, and/or entrepreneurship, then please apply to this award program! 

$25,000 award and the opportunity to share your amazing work with teachers around the country!
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Attention K-12 TEACHERS!! If you are an innovative teacher working in computer science, engineering, and/or entrepreneurship, then please apply to this award program! 

$25,000 award and the opportunity to share your amazing work with teachers around the country!
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We're hiring!!

I know that it's been forever since I posted, but I wanted to let everyone know that we're looking to hire someone to manage our brand new website for our education award program. We're looking for someone who can be the voice of our program to our online community. Details below and at the link! Please share!

Community Coordinator (Allen Distinguished Educators Program)
Vulcan Philanthropy | Seattle, WA

Vulcan is looking for a full-time Community Coordinator for a period of 18 months.  This role is eligible for Vulcan’s perks and benefits.

The Allen Distinguished Educators (ADE) program honors K-12 teachers who have designed and implemented innovative programs in computer science, engineering, and/or entrepreneurship education. The ADE program is expanding nationally and is building a website to foster communication and project sharing among likeminded educators. We are seeking a Community Coordinator to be responsible for the management of content and comments on the new ADE website. The Community Coordinator will assist in the management of relationships with current and future ADEs, moderate the ADE website, including, but not limited to, finding/creating content of interest to the website community, monitoring and responding to website comments, and providing timely feedback to website users. This role will also assist in the management of relationships with key organizational partners and assist in the coordination of the education award social media campaign.
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We found this wonderful surprise in our backyard yesterday! Hopefully we'll hear some happy chirping soon.
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Robin's Egg Blue!
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My pumpkin project for this year, a hot dog!
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Pumpkin 2013: The hot dog - Fireball!
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Nightmare fuel?

Anyone out there have any idea what this thing is? I mean, other than something coming to eat me.

Maybe +Bug G. Membracid might have an answer?

This was found along the Wenatchee River in WA.
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Apropos of nothing...GODZILLA!

It's been one of those random kind of mornings.
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I've always called the academic life a vocation, that there is no such thing as work/life balance because your work = your life. I'm so glad that someone found a different path. This is a great read and well worth everyone's time, academia or no.

My favorite part:

And in that moment it suddenly dawned on me what was taking me down. We (myself included) admire the obsessively dedicated. At work we hail the person for whom science and teaching is above all else, who forgets to eat and drink while working feverously on getting the right answer, who is always there to have dinner and discussion with eager undergrads. At home we admire the parent who sacrificed everything for the sake of a better life for their children, even at great personal expense. The best scientists. The best parents. Anything less is not giving it your best.

And then I had an even more depressing epiphany. That in such a world I was destined to suck at both.

Thanks +Bora Zivkovic for sharing!
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It's always great when visitors help me see where I live in a new way.
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Sightseeing at home
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