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More women in the tech field have to be seen and heard. Sometimes I forget that I can be an example for younger women out there interested in pursuing STEM fields.  
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Nothing new, but starting to realize how important it is to feel creative once in a while. For me, it comes from things that require my undivided attention like writing, playing music, and often anything that requires creating something. Sometimes just doing nothing and letting my mind wander is where I find myself enjoying my own company. I love getting caught in the very comfortable act of daydreaming and coming up with solutions, ideas and new dreams. Isn't daydreaming an underrated and dying practice? I can't tell you how welcome of a break it is to just let thoughts flow uninterrupted. Why don't I do this more often?
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If I let myself enjoy the simple things, there is a lot I have to be thankful for.  
 
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What I'm thankful for is my health and NOT being sick most of the year. 
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When you're online, time seems to slip away doesn't it? I found a tool called RescueTime that determines your computer habits. I spend so many hours online and yet I'm not self-aware or disciplined enough to keep track of that time. I'm hoping I'm productive, but I'm just as likely to be procrastinating or wasting my time.

After about two weeks of monitoring myself, I've discovered I'm not on Facebook as much as I thought. That was actually a (nice) surprise. I actually spend a majority of my time on Twitter, Gmail, or doing research. Research in this case counts as looking up places on google maps, wikipedia, doing anything work related, etc.

I've already started to unsubscribe to a lot of things. No more Groupon, Living Social deals or meetup.com announcements just to name a few. I don't pore over my Twitter feeds as much as I used to and not as antsy about missing something.

Do you care about your productivity online? Any changes you feel you need to make with the time you spend online?
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Who would have thought KONY2012 would become the most viral video of all time. Seriously,100 million views? And still counting. It's the power of our online activities at work here compounded by social networks.

Unfortunately Invisible Children's cause is no longer the cause of concern here although their core mission is still in question (see article below). But to watch a campaign explode in popularity like that in a matter of days is fascinating. I didn't know people cared about the world, slacktivism (the act of 'liking' and 'sharing' social causes) or not. The controversy surrounding it could have fueled the mass interest but maybe people were genuinely concerned, although naive.

Either way it goes to show how fast the masses work. Take an emotional narrative and slogan like KONY2012 and put it into a powerful medium such as film and it's on its path to viral status. In the digital age, you're inundated with information and you're either in the know or you're not. There's hardly time to ever question what you've read or watched.

To me it's a scary thought as it suggests a kind of propaganda with the potential for harm. If it appears convincing enough, how do we know when we're ill-informed or uninformed? Do we believe most of what we read and watch on the web depending on how much it moves us? Perhaps KONY2012 had the best intentions in mind, but those less altruistic may take advantage of the viral web for very different reasons. After KONY2012 and the mess it ensued, I'm learning to be cognizant of that.
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All of these product names sound legit. Is this how manufacturers come up with them, lol!
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lol, what cat names?
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For the women who are too hard on themselves, I think that's all of us. :)
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Thanks! it's been very busy on my end, and i don't get to be on G+ as much anymore, but thanks for always stopping by and caring about your followers! :)
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We are all faced with a fight or flight situation one time or other.

And I’m faced with a similar situation, but right now fear is not the problem. Feeling ill-equipped with the situation is the problem. 

I have my own personal limits for certain things. But when they are being tested and stretched so far where I feel out of control it takes a toll. When you identify through this process the things you’re not passionate about, your limits become obvious.

There are certain people who have the capacity to push themselves hard. They may end up failing but still attempt to try again. They succeed at the third try, or maybe find out after the nth time that it’s not working out. There’s a hope it’s not all in vain. 

I may not one of those people who will go to such lengths. Part of self-discovery is realizing your limits are not the same as others. The test of your strengths can solidify you, but can also put you at risk and it is not a game you play lightly.

How do we know when to stop ourselves from pushing ourselves too far?

How do we differentiate stress, the kind you can manage and the kind you need to avoid. How do we know when to stop in this culture where working harder appears to be the only option of overcoming it?

When is saying no actually a good decision? 
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Sounds like prayer and genuine reflection would shed light on those questions...
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If you haven't heard of IPS (Interior Positioning system) yet, it's much like GPS but with a much higher resolution. At first, that is all that it seems, a detailed map. However, it's also an interactive and dynamic map with enormous application. It changes as you move and coupled with your smartphone has potential to track your social network and discover interests instantaneously. It's going to add a new kind of hyperconnected-ness to your increasing online behaviors. And If you already feel your privacy gone, this has the potential to invade more of your personal space.

Current apps with location based awareness have a plethora of data from you, but with something even more precise as IPS it could lead to bigger, and badder data mining. IPS has the potential to generate real-time analytics of your activities - indoors, outdoors and underground. GPS could only figure out a third of your actions and not always accurately.

Remember being enthralled by Google's Project Glass concept of Google Glasses? Our online and offline interactions looked so seamless in that video. Walk into a bookstore and know which section you're looking for. Get notified that your friend is nearby. It is the future of our apps working for us instead of distracting us, and complementing our natural interactions. This may be the direction we're heading and if so, IPS will play a big part of it.
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Hey Frank! Sorry, it's been busy on my end. I recently accepted a job offer, and in the process of relocating to the West Coast. I'm thinking of doing a cross-country roadtrip over there. I think it'd be a perfect opportunity to write a post about the experience with all the changes. Will keep you posted! Thanks for checking in. :)
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Merry Christmas to my G+ family. I hope the holidays are finding you not on G+ but with family and loved ones. I actually had my Christmas with family last weekend and had my moments of quietude and quality time with the important people in my life.

I stumbled on this article recently and think it so timely with the new year approaching. It got me thinking about goals worthy to pursue for 2012. What goals, projects and even people in our lives require not just more attention, but our undivided attention? If you're like myself do you try to do to much and see little progress?

Multitasking could very well be the illusion of productivity in my case. It's made me re-evaluate a lot of things. As much as I'd like to read and write all the time, time spent on something will mean time lost doing something else. What is worthy of my time and am I focused and sincerely interested in doing it? It will be a question I will take with me through the new year.
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Looking forward to it, stay strong!
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an atypical engineer who loves travel, writing, technology, and LIFE
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I write mainly tech related stuff and my musings on life. I work to eat, play, run, and travel. 
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