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Miriam Rouziek-Bergman
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Flawless victory! (Actually a false dichotomy, but it illustrates a good point.)
 
I see no holes in this logic.
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G+ did a way better job of the "year in review."
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This is amazing and I want one of these costumes!
 
Make it sew. Star Trek Victorian-era cosplay: http://j.mp/18mkXdA
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This is the coolest quarterly report I've ever seen. It's clear, concise, informative, and it makes people interested in the information. I think I read somewhere that infographics were "the thing of the future" for everything. I don't think they're as awesome and useful as everyone claims, but for quarterly reports, Home Depot certainly did a good job of making banal accounting information look exciting and interesting.
 
We released our Q3 earnings this morning. See our infographic:  http://thd.co/1h0vY9p  #HD #HDearnings #infographic #HomeDepot
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Reminds me of how USA Today would post infographics in their paper. You'd see the picture, then it drew you to the story.
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Probably the most accurate description of chronic illness ever written:

" Here's a window into what life is like when your brain is being battered by a chronic illness: You come home from a 12-hour day at work and stumble in the door only to find that half of your apartment is flooded because the toilet is blocked up. With bees. After disposing of the last of the angry poop-scented insects, you finally collapse on the couch, only for someone to hand you a 10-page form and tell you to fill out your entire life history, and then organize 10 separate doctor's appointments with receptionists who have all lost your files. And all the while, you know for an absolute fact that you'll have to fill them out again within the next couple of weeks for the same reason."
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I've been trying to get at least some small workouts in every night: 15 or 20 minutes of strength training, some yoga, whatever I can manage. It's made me feel much more grounded, and along with the new meds I feel much more mobile.

I've also felt weird because I've been on this body acceptance journey, trying to overcome body dysmorphia and accept myself as I am. It's been difficult for me, but now that I'm comfortable with myself I'm questioning my motives for working out and being fit. Is it okay to espouse body acceptance and still work out and lose weight? I'm not working out for some desire to be thin, or to fit into a certain size. I NEED these workouts to maintain the mobility in my joints and stave off further bone degeneration. But it still comes across as strange to me when I say, "I love myself at any size! Now let's go run a few miles and then lift weights!"
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Since I have had so much trouble "losing weight" because of my thyroid, I had the same issue.  But exercising means so much more than "losing weight" to fit into the clothes you wore in high school.  It's about being able to live your life.  I will be honest and say that I'm not happy with my size right now - but it's mostly because I don't feel healthy in the shape I'm in at the moment, largely because I had to stop exercising for several months to finish my illustration project.  I will do everything I can to never allow something like that to interfere with my health like that again, because getting back to where I was fitness-wise sucks a lot.  

Exercising is about gaining strength, endurance, and peace of mind.  It's about making your heart and your lungs and your bones and your muscles stronger and healthier so that you can sleep better, move better, and keep up with that little rascal of yours.  It relieves stress.  I helps your brain communicate with your body and decreases your risk of injury.  

I do not consider exercise to be a choice anymore, even if I have to "weigh" what I do now for the rest of my life, I know I will feel stronger and I will be able to do more than I can right now.  I HAVE to do it, at least 45 minutes 3-5 times a week (at lunch) and even just a few minutes every other day.  If I don't, not only do I feel like crap, but my overall health flat out cannot hold up with my weakened metabolism and it's like I age a year for every week I go without.  
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"One of the most disturbing things I hear in conversation with liberals over this affair are those who mock the man for his weight. If you smugly point out the bigotry and personal attacks on President Obama due to his race, but can’t discuss Chris Christie without prefacing your comment with “that fat tub of lard,” you probably ought to go take a long look in the mirror. Ditto if you hate the fact that conservatives continue to insist on Obama’s complicity in the IRS “scandal” despite numerous investigation results to the contrary, but are ready to convict Christie just because you don’t like his politics."
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Those who think this is all about politics or people making fun of Christie because of his weight don't know the long history of the bullying charges against him. He was a successful politician because moderates liked his image of rolling up his sleeves and working to get things done. Conservatives liked his put downs and bullying of liberals or anyone weaker. He had aides who accompanied him to add clips to his YouTube channel of Christie berating and bullying public servants or people who spoke up at his town hall meetings. It was kind of a culture thing. New Jersey and Louisiana have this tradition of politicians throwing their weight around and making sure their financial backers benefit. 
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Brilliant write-up on spoilers. The key point here is that spoilers take the crucial element of the plot and reduce it to a meaningless data point, which reduces it from a powerful and emotional point in a story to a blurb of words.
 
Chuck Wendig nails it on why spoilers suck...

Here's a bit of a teaser, and the part that really resonated with me.  (And no, this does not count as a spoiler.)

A storyteller concocts a story in a certain way. Anybody who tells stories is familiar with this — you want to create a certain rise and fall of plot, you want to escalate tensions and then give some breathing room, and at a great many of the narrative peaks are tentpole moments. Moments of character that seriously complicate or compromise the plot. Characters dying. Secrets exposed. New steps taken. Old enemies reborn. And we orchestrate these moments almost like we’re writing music. We’re trying to build to various crescendos and not just make a cacophony.

The problem is, were you to isolate that singular moment of musical crescendo, it’s not particularly interesting. It’s just a blurt of noise, a sudden spike of sound.

Spoilers are kinda like that. When you extract these impactful narrative moments and isolate them — and then broadcast them — you’re really just transmitting a weird, context-free spike of sound. It’s not that the story is ruined, exactly, but you’ve robbed some of the potency from it. You’ve stolen urgency and thieved surprise. It’s not the same thing as announcing who won an Oscar or who lost the sportsball game — those are data points not dissimilar from noting the temperature outside or the color of the sky at noon. But when you grab these crucial narrative events and spoil them, you’re reducing them down to being just data points. SCOOBY DOO IS DEAD. DOCTOR WHO IS PREGNANT. BRUCE WILLIS WAS ACTUALLY THE STATUE OF LIBERTY FROM PLANET OF THE APES THE WHOLE TIME.

It’s like you just told a punchline without letting people hear the joke, first.

See, storytellers spend a lot of time trying to claw and climb to these narrative moments — and the audience spends a lot of time going along for the ride.

Spoilers short-circuit that. They rearrange how I experience narrative.

Which is cool, if that’s what I want as an audience member, and if that’s how the storyteller has designed the architecture. But if it’s just what you want, Mister Spoilertrousers, then you’ve gone ahead and forcibly changed my experience of the story. And that sucks a little bit.
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You laugh now, but it's the future!
 
Someone missed their Amazon drone delivery :)

via Reddit. 
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Great ideas for everyone who doesn't want to deal with their crappy incandescent light strings anymore!
 
Buying new Christmas lights this year? Trade in your old lights for a discount on new LED Christmas lights! http://thd.co/17PYOXl #TradeIn #ChristmasLights #Value #HomeDepot
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  • MaloneBailey, LLP
    Auditor, 2010 - present
  • LyondellBasell Industries
    Accountant II, 2011 - 2011
  • Half Price Books
    Bookstore Lackey, 2005 - 2009
  • DICentral
    Tech Writer/Process Analyst, 2010 - 2010
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Richmond, Texas - League City,Texas - Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia - Haviland, Kansas - Atascocita, TX - Phoenix, AZ
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I document processes. I do the dirty work in the audit. I'm on the periphery of politics, and I'm irreligious yet enjoy studying religion and tradition from an academic perspective. I run, I hash, I bike. I'm a huge nerd. I'm curious, inquisitive, a quick learner, stubbornly independent, and I sit a little too close to the border between genius and insanity.
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two master's degrees, former Chron blogger, CPA exam-a-thon champ, liberal arts expat
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  • University of St. Thomas
    English, Accounting, 2005 - 2010
  • University of Houston
    English, 2000 - 2005
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