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When we complete the Level 1 cycle, we have several moves in both the slow and fast categories that are part of our foundational repertoire. It's natural to feel like you can do at least one of these moves in each category better or more comfortably than the others. This is your "comfort move", the move that you go to when you're overwhelmed. 
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When I teach bellydance, I occasionally get a student who's very reluctant to bare their belly. They go a long time before they make that choice, and when and if they finally do, it's a bigger moment for me as their teacher than you might think.
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I would like nothing better to focus on science right now, but what happened to +DN Lee has me angrily unfocused.

As I was boarding an airplane last night, I got a random ping from an old friend who was asking, "Is there anything going on with Betalguese that I should know about?" I still want to know what he saw that triggered the question, but I am now in London Heathrow and he is now asleep. While scanning twitter to see if there were any "ORION SPLODED" tweets, I instead found a new story of gender-based name-calling / harassment. I wish Betalguesse had exploded. It would have hurt less then our current reality.

The TL;DR version:
Someone asked +DN Lee to do some free writing. She politely said no. The asker then accused her of being a whore. She wrote an awesome, when-life-sends-you-donkey's-cousins, blog on what happened, and +Scientific American Blogs pulled her post

The long version, and a copy of the original blog post is available on +Sean Carroll 's blog (link below)

Let me be very very clear. There is no reason to call a female scientist a whore in any professional context.

Further, when you silence a woman who tries to talk about her experience, you are denying the importance of discussing these issues as part of improving our community. It seems that every time a woman admits that gender-based name calling / harrassment in the workplace / public dialogue is harmful, they are shamed by someone. 

Is censoring women for speaking against sexual name-calling/harassment a new form of slut shaming?

I have long respected +Scientific American for their family of products, but in this instance, one of their editors (or several) made a mistake.

+Scientific American - we need to discuss why women leave science. You could be a leader. Put back +DN Lee's post and help make the world better by taking the first step in ending gender-based name calling in professional environments - in your professional environment. As +Sean Carroll points out, the person who did the name calling was a +Scientific American network blog.
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Man, I really liked Google+ when it came out, and I was hoping it would take over from Facebook, and then I kinda forgot it was around, because no one from Facebook moved. : / Maybe I'll look around and see if people are using it now.
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The SOLO cup is quite successful design.
 
Ever wonder what all the lines on those red SOLO cups are for? 

Ever wonder if the cups are dangerous? http://to.ehow.com/Jjh6EV

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As someone who grew up with metric I only know how much an ounce through shots in bars...
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We're starting a brand new beginner series of classes this Friday, January 3! Come out and dance with us and learn all about American Tribal Style®!
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I've got a page for my ATS® dance classes -- come follow them!
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I'm teaching ATS® bellydance classes in Bellevue, Washington...come dance with us!
Teaching ATS® bellydance for any experience level.
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"skeuomorphism have its time and place. Good design is about knowing when and where that is." Great article!
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Game UI/UX Designer
Employment
  • Z2Live
    UX/UI Designer, 2012 - present
  • Uber Entertainment
    UI Designer, 2009 - 2012
  • Gas Powered Games
    UI Designer, 2007 - 2009
  • Raven Software
    UI Designer, 2004 - 2007
  • Activision
    Online Marketing Specialist, 2001 - 2004
  • GameSpy
    Action Genre Producer, 1999 - 2001
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Hellchick
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Game UI designer, former astronomer, alpaca rancher, knitter, spinner, belly dancer...might be more, I can't remember.
Introduction
I'm a UI/UX designer (doing mostly UX right now) who's been in the game industry for ten years, now working at Z2Live in Seattle, Washington on a slate of mobile titles that includes Battle Nations and other yet-to-be-announced games. You may also know me as Hellchick, the nickname I've been gaming under for over ten years. Before I got into games I was actually studying astrophysics at the University of Wyoming, but after getting my B.S. games came along and swept me away before I could head off to grad school.

When I'm not making games, I'm handspinning my own yarns or knitting with them and taking care of the small herd of alpacas that I raise. (You can find my yarns at my Etsy shop at http://gloriousgrazers.etsy.com.) 

I'm also a Tribal-Style bellydancer -- I'm a principal dancer and occasional instructor with Skin Deep Dance (www.skindeepdance.com) in Seattle, WA. You can find us performing around Seattle -- check us out on Facebook or Twitter to see our upcoming show information.

Things I typically post about: I post a lot about UI design, user experience design, video games, knitting, and spinning. 
Bragging rights
Was active in high school Marine Corps. Junior ROTC and once spent a week in full-immersion Marine Corps. boot camp when I was 16.
Education
  • University of Wyoming
    B.S. Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • Applewild School
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