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Alexis Siemon
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I am bored and sick, so I will join the "ask me anything" club. But with two changes: 
1. I will give the first answer that pops in my head, not one I've thought through.
2. if you ask me a factual question and I don't know the answer, I will make something up. 
(also please don't ask anything racist)
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+Chris Venus Yup! I still have the little quilted bag I won in that raffle, too. 
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I made eclairs! And then I realized that eating seven eclairs by myself was probably not the wisest course of action, so I took a bunch of them downstairs to my landlady. 
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And delicious!
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Boston People, or people who know Boston People (+Isabel Kunkle , +Jessica Hammer , +Dev Purkayastha , others)

My friend Bing and I are going to be taking Manchu at Harvard from June 15th-July 21st, and we need a roof over our heads. Does anyone have or know someone with a spare room or two? We are happy to pay rent, utilities, food costs (and cooking) if you want to do shared meals, etc. If you can only offer for part of the time, or only for one of us, that's fine, too. Any help would be appreciated!
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Hi Alexis - I have a spare bedroom, which even has a view. Jess can put us in email contact, and vouch for the comfort of the room. We do have a dog and two cats, though, so if you have allergies, we're probably not the best option.
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Another picture of the communism wedding cake I made for Jon and Karen's wedding. Red velvet, as red as the blood of the workers!
 
+Alexis Siemon the cake queen!
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I had a lot of fun with the whole project.
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+Jonathan Reiter and +Karen Liu got married today! Mt. Rainier is blessing the union.
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Yay!
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Hey G+ people, I need some tablet advice. 

The sheer quantity of PDFs I m going to be reading over the next year has convinced me that I should shell out for a tablet of my own. But the world of tablets is strange and confusing to me, and I don't want to make a huge purchase before asking around for advice. Does anyone have suggestions, warnings, or general advice to give? 

I will be using mostly as a way to carry around over 10k pages of reference material, mostly PDFs of scanned books and manuscripts, but there are also some books I'll be reading on it, both English-language stuff I'll be skimming quickly, and very old Chinese books I'll be slowly working through.

I need it to:
-Be able to load PDFs (even kind of large ones) and turn pages fairly quickly
-have 7 hours or so of battery life
-cost $500 or less (cheaper the better, obviously)

and it would be great to have:
-A screen that doesn't make my eyes miserable
-A decent note-taking app would be nice

I don't really care about OS-- there are advantages to each of the three major ones. If Windows, I would rather it be actual Windows, not app-store Windows. 

Any advice?
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+Shane Donohoe , like I said above, I'll mostly be using it to read scans of very old Chinese and English books. Thus, I need a screen that can display entire pages of these books with as little shrinkage as possible.

Putting it on a desk doesn't nullify the benefit of having a tablet, because it will allow me to have the manuscript on one device, while I use my laptop to look up words and type up translation. Another benefit of having a tablet is battery life-- if I'm in the archives for 8 hours a day, my laptop is not going to be a consistently reliable way to access the 6+ reference books I need to consult. Nor is it feasible to haul said reference books to Beijing, and then every day on the bus to the archives.

A tablet lets me bring all the reference books and manuscripts with me to China, and to the archives and libraries I'm going to be working in, and will hopefully be easier to read off and less battery-intensive than my laptop. It's a research tool.
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Hey, can anyone recommend some good podcasts by women, preferably involving history, international relations, or East Asia? +Jonathan Reiter ?
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Sorry, it's just Spark, not plural.
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If I were Citibank, I would not be trumpeting my long history of imperialism. That this is a viable ad strategy makes me embarrassed to be an American.
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... yeah it's a bit of a weird choice, too. Like, the panama canal is not exactly a major source of national pride these days. Most people would go "so ... you helped Panama build it?"
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Since +Jonathan Reiter and +Karen Liu 's wedding was on May Day, I made a communism-themed wedding cake!
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Very yummy!
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The guy who created One Bus Away, the best public transit innovation I can imagine (even better than tap cards!), is now Kickstarting a series of videos about "women and minorities" (I assume the latter category refers to POC; I don't know whether it also includes LGBTQ people) in tech.

I'd pretty much kickstart anything made by the OneBus guy, given how much his invention has improved my life. It makes me extra happy to find out that he's also trying to make the tech industry a more welcoming place.
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Saw this outside the undergrad dorms this morning. I like to think there's an interesting story behind it, even though the real explanation is probably just drunk undergrads.
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+Karen Liu <3 <3 <3
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History PhD student (Qing dynasty legal history)
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Atlanta - Taipei - Shanghai - Anchorage - Chicago - Sommerville, MA - Seattle - Princeton - Newark
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Chinese History PhD student, midnight baker, wayfaring barista, all-around nerd
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Has a kitty. Sort of plays the erhu. Can wiggle her ears.
Education
  • Princeton University
    History, 2010 - present
  • University of Washington
    China Studies, 2007 - 2009
  • University of Chicago
    Linguistics, EALC, 2000 - 2005
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    1996 - 2000
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