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Month: March 2014 (page 1 of 2)

I am having one of those days that affirms my career decision, and it feels so good

I want to remember this feeling of anticipation and excitement on the days when I can’t think of anything to write about. I want to remember it when I am having a hard time chasing that interview subject down.

I want to remember that I did the work and it paid off.

And then this happened on Twitter…

Tyler the Creator and ScHoolboy Q engage in a round of the dozens:

Angela Davis & Toni Morrison / How do we become whole … after traumas that threaten to splinter our souls?: On literacy, libraries, & liberation » onlineJournal | The Liberator Magazine

How do we become whole — again, or perhaps for the first time — after experiencing traumas that threaten to splinter our souls? How do we collect the shards of our broken selves that have been flung far and wide by the impact of life’s blows? How do we process individual and collective pains that have ripped apart our cores? Where do we find wellness, and to whom, or to what, do we turn when relief seems illusory?

via Angela Davis & Toni Morrison / How do we become whole … after traumas that threaten to splinter our souls?: On literacy, libraries, & liberation » onlineJournal | The Liberator Magazine.

Today’s Google doodle honors Dorothy Irene Height, who was born on this day in 1912

 

The Dorothy Irene Height Google Doodle

The Dorothy Irene Height Google Doodle

Born in Virginia in 1912, Dorothy Height was a civil rights and women’s rights activist focused primarily on improving the circumstances of and opportunities for African-American women. She was a leader in addressing the rights of both women and African Americans as the president of the National Council of Negro Women. In the 1990s, she drew young people into her cause in the war against drugs,

via Dorothy Height Biography – Facts, Birthday, Life Story – Biography.com.

27 Ways to Learn to Program Online

Whether you are looking to switch careers and become a full-time programmer, want to try to build a website or app on the side, or are just looking to round out your skill set, learning to code has certainly been something a lot of people have started to do lately. And while being a programmer might not be for everyone, there is a lot to be said about gaining a better, more educated view of how all those pixels get moved around all those screens.

via 27 Ways to Learn to Program Online.

I’ve used both Codeacademy and Udemy, and I recommend both. I’m definitely interested in exploring some of the other options.

I had dinner at Native Foods Friday night, and it was delicious

My friend Nenna has been on me to try Native Foods for the longest time, so we met there late Friday afternoon for a late lunch/early dinner.

Up until now, my favorite “healthy eating” spot was Tender Greens. Native Foods changed the game for me. Sorry, Tender Greens.  You have been replaced.  Native Foods has you beat on service, taste, portion size and price.

Nenna had the vegan nachos. They looked delicious, and she ended up taking most of it home.image

 

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Oh, and number 14 Mercer upset the Duke Blue Devils today in a 78-71 victory to advance in the NCAA tournament.

Here is Canevari’s celebration video.

I have honestly been trying to find out what the Nae Nae is for the better part of two months. Now I know.

My eyebrows need to be done, and I look tired, but I got new contact lenses

imageI haven’t actively worn contact lenses in almost two years. According to the eye doctor, both my vision and my astigmatism have improved over time. While this is a good thing, I hope going back to primarily wearing contact lenses won’t ruin that.

I am using the Acuvue Oasys contact lenses for the next week. I will go back to the doctor on the 31st so he can determine how my eyes are doing with these. I will admit that it took some getting used to, but I can see a lot clearer with the contacts than I could with my old glasses.

Also? Going back to wearing contacts means I have to make doubly sure to stay on top of my eyebrow game.

 

I am admitting that I am a lot less productive when I work at home than if I take my office on the road

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With the help of some people who love me very much, I was able to put together a very nice backpack journalism kit that includes a Chromebook, a Samsung Galaxy S4 and an iPad Mini. The idea was that I’d be on the go a lot, and having a bag full of tools would allow me to create my stories anywhere.

Then school started, and I got buried under a pile of studying, and the mobile journalism took a backseat to my grades.

Then freelance writing assignments started to come more frequently, and I found myself having to craft stories sometimes on a moment’s notice, but I was spending most of my time in my apartment, and all of the distractions therein made it hard to stay focused on multiple assignments.

I found out about coworking on accident, but it was the happiest of accidents, and I’m grateful for the opportunity it provides me to get some continue to work for myself, but not by myself as the motto of Blankspaces goes.

The downtown office is located near 5th and Broadway. The downside? You have to enter through the alley, which means holding your breath for  about a block as you walk from the Pershing Square train station to the office location.

The inside of the space is very big and wide open, and the staff is friendly.

I don’t notice as much of a networking vibe as I’ve gotten in other spaces, but I love the gigantic tables, the fast Internet and the unlimited coffee and tea.

They have a Meet Up every other Thursday to try it out for free. I recommend giving it a shot.

“Til Tomorrow” should have been the go to slow jam from Midnight Love, not “Sexual Healing”

I’ve said it before; “Til Tomorrow” is my favorite track off the Midnight Love album.

Me-OW! 22-pound house cat attacks baby, traps family in room – CBS News

A family in Portland, Oregon found themselves under attack from their 22-pound house cat.  They hid in their bedroom and called 911 after not being able to control the cat.

Cats are a menace to society.  This is proof.

via Me-OW! 22-pound house cat attacks baby, traps family in room – CBS News.

 

 

A 22-pound house cat attacked a baby inside a Portland house, forcing the family and a dog to barricade themselves inside a bedroom, CBS affiliate KOIN reported Monday.

The Barker family called 911 shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday, officials said, but said the baby did not need medical attention. The 911 operator stayed on the phone and could hear the cat, Lux, screeching in the background.

“Every time we opened our back bedroom door, the cat would hiss,” owner and mom Teresa Barker told KOIN.

She admitted the baby’s father hit Lux after the baby was scratched but said he was merely being protective.

When officers arrived at the house, they saw the cat scram into the kitchen, where it jumped on top of the refrigerator.

The cat was soon captured and put into a crate.

“The cat remained behind bars in the custody of the family and officers cleared the scene and continued to fight crime elsewhere in the city,” Portland police said in a release.

The family is still discussing whether to try to find a new home for Lux.

 

Here he is with Zach Galifianakis on Between Two Ferns, and it is hilarious. The nerd in me is squealing with delight that a sitting president would hang out with the guys from Funny or Die and nail his appearance.

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