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A brief into to genetic algorithms (they're just as interesting as they sound!)
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All I want is a Penguin Encounter
I just learned a few weeks ago that several aquariums are now offering a "Penguin Encounter" (examples here , here , here  and here ) where you get to PET A PENGUIN. I will know somebody truly loves me when they gift me a penguin petting experience! Last ye...
I just learned a few weeks ago that several aquariums are now offering a "Penguin Encounter" (examples here, here, here and here) where you get to PET A PENGUIN. I will know somebody truly loves me when they gift me a penguin...
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Blogging my return to web design/web development
Since I graduated college, I've been pretty unhappy. I LOVED my major but I haven't felt inspired by my work in a long time. I think in the end it's been a good things since my unhappiness caused me to attend a RailsBridge  and since then I've had a bit of ...
Since I graduated college, I've been pretty unhappy. I LOVED my major but I haven't felt inspired by my work in a long time. I think in the end it's been a good things since my unhappiness caused me to attend a RailsBridge an...
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A few thoughts on the Girls season finale
This season, I could really relate to Hannah seeing how things could turn out badly and then responding by freaking out. I hope I'm not as selfish as she is but when I feel people I care about pulling away from me I tend to freak out and sabotage as well! W...
This season, I could really relate to Hannah seeing how things could turn out badly and then responding by freaking out. I hope I'm not as selfish as she is but when I feel people I care about pulling away from me I tend to f...
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Dear Twitter, please don't change (into a Facebook clone that is)
I read a really upsetting article today about the future of Twitter. Twitter has been my favorite social network for the past few years for a few reasons, mainly that it's not private and has more of a news/RSS function for me than a relationship function. ...
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5 tips to avoid a hangover
Right now I am avoiding a JavaScript tutorial. I've been trying to learn JavaScript forever. This time, it's easier but I'm still having trouble staying motivated. Last weekend, I had my first two day hangover. Maybe not my first ever but my first in recent...
Right now I am avoiding a JavaScript tutorial. I've been trying to learn JavaScript forever. This time, it's easier but I'm still having trouble staying motivated. Last weekend, I had my first two day hangover. Maybe not my f...
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I'm pretty sure that two day hangover was more related to JavaScript than alcohol consumption. If nothing else anything JavaScript will drive you to drink. 
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Monday Links!
I have to tell you about my new favorite website. It's Model View Culture and there are tons of amazing pieces on diversity in tech. Each issue has a theme and the one that's just being posted is Management. I missed the chance to subscribe to the print ver...
I have to tell you about my new favorite website. It's Model View Culture and there are tons of amazing pieces on diversity in tech. Each issue has a theme and the one that's just being posted is Management. I missed the chan...
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Ski resorts and privilege
I was on vacation in Bend last month and the second day we were there, I said it was the whitest town I had ever been to. Once I mentioned it, everyone else I was with noticed as well but my dad said that ski resorts in general tend to be really white. It s...
I was on vacation in Bend last month and the second day we were there, I said it was the whitest town I had ever been to. Once I mentioned it, everyone else I was with noticed as well but my dad said that ski resorts in gener...
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WSU grad who loves new media, coffee and web design