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When you spot a woman on a tech conference panel

Longing for the day when this isn’t true….

womenintechnology:

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(via suzanneyada)

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"What 
you’re 
looking 
for, 
ultimately, 
are 
stories. 
Statistics, 
to 
anyone
 who 
knows 
anything about 
them, 
aren’t 
factoids
 ‐‐ 
4 
out 
of 
5 
dentists 
agree
 that 
Colgate 
is 
the 
best 
toothpaste, Uganda 
is 
the 
118th 
most 
populous 
country 
‐‐ 
but 
instead 
quanta 
of 
information 
that 
can be 
pieced 
together, 
just 
like
 all 
the 
other 
information 
that 
you 
collect 
as 
a 
journalist, 
to 
help 
you 
write 
stories 
and 
inform 
others 
about 
the 
world."

— Nate Silver, the brains behind FiveThirtyEight, in a speech to the Columbia Journalism School (pdf of the speech). (via mattwaite)

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Well-wishes from Twitter friends!

Chat
  • Me: I called the nurse to fix the IV error ten minutes ago. The blood is backing up in the IV. Is anyone around?
  • Nurses station: It's report time, so they're all busy. And then the shifts change.
  • Me: So, I shouldn't be concerned?
  • NS: I'm not sure. But they're not available right now.
  • Now I'm just more concerned about the overall system.
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Follow the kidney updates!

That last post was supposed to go on a different Tumblr. Trying to keep the medical stuff separate, but approach it with my normal me-ness. It’s keeping me sane, saving a lot of random updates to people (though I do love phone calls), and helping me remember what this is like. If you want to follow that “fun”, (and I use the word “fun” semi-sarcastically, follow michelleskidneyadventures.tumblr.com. Or wait until I post to the wrong blog again. It’ll happen.

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Upon asking what I do for a living, two nurses have now responded by saying, “I wanted to do that, but my parents talked me out of it because they said there weren’t any jobs. So, I do this instead. But I want to write a book some day. What do you write?

I launch into a diatribe on what data-driven journalism is, and try to describe this awesome project called Mapping L.A..

My favorite response to that? “If you do computer programming, is that why you understand how to restart the IV machine?” Sure, let’s go with that.

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Random adventures in DC and Arlington sightseeing. I’ve been spending a lot of my free time at the Kennedy Center. I love data journalism, but was raised on the arts. Didn’t think there was a lot of theater when I was out here for school, but that’s because I didn’t take the time to investigate. There’s a substantial arts community, and I’m enjoying exploring it.

And of course, more cherry blossoms!

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Better late than never, here are some of my favorite photos I took the first weekend of the Cherry Blossom Festival. One of the DC experiences that made me feel like I really live here. Love it when I have time to stop and enjoy things like this — I had a New Years resolution to take advantage of these opps, and I’m enjoying touring DC on the weekends.

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Refocusing my energy on taking care of myself

I’ve been quiet in the general social media space, and especially on my poor Tumblr, for some time now. Doubt anyone noticed. Lots of stuff going on, not the least of which was a recent transplant checkup (had a kidney transplant five years ago) and the doctor noticed my diet and lack of exercise has taken a turn for the worse since coming to DC. That’s a correlation, not necessarily a causation.

My theory has to do with the fact that even though this is a more walkable city, the weather was so nice in LA that I was walking outside more.

Hopefully, the approaching spring will get me out and about more. Need to remember not to neglect my body in favor of the journalism I love to do. Because I can’t do the latter without the former. Not eating breakfast or lunch and binging on dinner isn’t helping anyone.

Eating more regular, healthy meals now and making time for a daily walk either outside or on my apartment fitness room’s treadmill. Lifestyle change == now!

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Re: my Google Earth question @tasneemraja sent along this example, which approaches what I was looking for: http://bit.ly/idA0dA Thanks!