Recently I adventured to Antarctica. It’s not every day you get to say that and it has always been a dream of mine to travel to the south pole (or close to it!) and to see the glaciers, penguins, whales and birds that inhabit such a remote environment. There is something liberating and awesome (in the full sense of the word) in going somewhere where very few humans have traveled. Especially for someone like me who is spends so much time online.
Being Australian and unused to real cold, I think I was also attracted to exploring a truly cold problem with travelling to Antarctica is, as it turns out, the 48-60 hours of torment you need to go through to get there and to get back. The Drake Passage is the strip of open sea between the bottom of South America and the Peninsula of the Antarctic continent. It is by far the most direct way by ship to get to Antarctica and the port town of Ushuaia is well set up to support intrepid travelers in this venture. We took off from Ushuaia on a calm Wednesday afternoon and within a few hours, were into the dreaded Drake. I found whilst ever I was lying down I was ok but walking around was torture! So I ended up staying in bed about 40 hours by which time it had calmed down significantly. See my little video of the more calm but still awful parts And that was apparently a calm crossing! Ah well, turns out I don’t have sea legs. At least I wasn’t actually sick and I certainly caught up with a few months of sleep deprivation so arguably, it was the perfect enforced rest!
Now the adventure begins! We were accompanied by a number of stunning and enormous birds, including Cape Pestrels and a number of Albatrosses. Then we came across a Blue Whale which is apparently quite a rare thing to see in the Drake. It gave us a little show and then went on its way. We entered the Gerlache Strait and saw our first ice which was quite exciting, but by the end of the trip these early views were just breadcrumbs! We landed at Cuverville Island which was stunning! I had taken the snowshoeing option and so with 12 other adventurous travellers, we started up the snow covered hill to get some better views. We saw a large colony of Gentoo penguins which was fun, they are quite curious and cute creatures. We had to be careful to not block any “penguin highways” so often was giving way to scores of them as we explored. We saw a Leopard Seal in the water, which managed to catch one unfortunate penguin for lunch.
We then landed at Neko Harbour, our first step onto the actual Antarctic continent! Again, more stunning views and Gentoo penguins. We had the good fortune to also have time that day to land at Port Lockroy, an old British station in Antarctica and the southern most post office in the world. I send a bunch of postcards to friends and family on the 23rd December, I guess we’ll see how long they take to make the trip. We got to see a number of the Snowy Sheathbill birds, which is a bit of a scavenger. It eats everything, including penguin poo, which is truly horrible. Although their eating habits are awful, they are quite beautiful and I was lucky enough to score a really good shot of one mid flight.
The next day we traveled down the Lemaire Channel to Petermann Island where we saw more Gentoo penguins, but also Adalie penguins, which are terribly cute! Again we did some snowshoeing which was excellent. I took some time to just sit and drink in the remoteness and the pristine environment that is Antarctica. It was humbling and wonderful to remember how truly small we all are and the magnificence of this world on which we reside. We saw some Minke Whales in the water beside the ship.
In the afternoon we broke through a few kilometres of ice and took the small boats (zodiacs) a short distance, then walked a half kilometre over ocean ice to land at Vernadsky Base, a Ukranian scientific post. The dozen or so scientists there hadn’t seen any other humans for 8 months are were very pleased to see us All of them were men and when I asked why there weren’t any women scientists there I had a one word answer from our young Ukranian guide: politics. Interesting… At any rate it was fascinating and it looks like they do some incredible science down there. There was also a small Elephant Seal who crawled up to the bar to say hi. They also have the southern most bar in the world, and there were treated to home made sugar based vodka, which was actually pretty good. So good in fact that one of the guests from our ship drank a dozen shots, then exchanged her bra in exchange for some snow mobile moonlighting around the base. Was quite hilarious and poor expedition leader dealt with it very diplomatically.
To cap off a fantastic day, the catering crew put on a BBQ on the deck of the Ocean Nova which was a cold but excellent affair. The mulled wine and hot apple dessert went down particularly well against the cold! We did a trivia night which was great fun, and our team, “The Rise of the Gentoo” won! There was much celebration though the sweet victory was snatched from us when they found a score card for a team that hadn’t been marked. Ah well, all is fair in love and war! I had only one question for our expedition leader, would we see any Orca? Orca are a new favourite animal of mine. They are brilliant, social and strategic animals. Well worth looking into.
The next morning we were woken particularly early as there were some Orca in the water! I was first on deck, in my pyjamas and I have to admit I squealed quite a lot, much to the amusement of our new American friends. At one point I saw all five Orca come to the surface and I could only watch in awe. They really are stunning animals. I learned from the on board whale expert that Orca have some particularly unique hunting techniques. Often the come across a seal or two on a small iceberg surrounded by water and ao they swim up to it in formation and then dive and hit their tails simultaneously creating a small tidal wave that washes the seal off into the water ready for the taking. Very clever animals. Then they always share the spoils of a hunt amongst the pod, and often will simply daze a victim to teach young Orca how to hunt before dealing a death blow. Apparently Orca have been known to kill much larger animals including Humpback Whales.
Anyway, the rest of day we did some zodiac trips (the small courier boats) around Paradise Harbour which was bitterly cold, and then around the Melchior Islands in Dallman Bay which was spectacular. One of the birds down here is the Antarctic Cormorant, closely related to the Cormorants in Australia. They look quite similar We got to see number of them nesting. Going back through the Drake I had to confine myself to my room again, which meant I missed seeing Humpback Whales. This was unfortunate but I really did struggle to travel around the ship when in the Drake without getting very ill.
On a final note, I traveled with the Antarctica XX1, which has a caring and wonderful crew. The crew includes scientists, naturists, biologists and others who genuinely love Antarctica. As a result we had a number of amazing lectures throughout the trip about the wildlife and ecosystem of Antarctica. Learning about Krill, ice flow, climate change and the migratory patterns of the whales was awesome. I wish I had been able to attend more talks but I couldn’t get up during most of the Drake :/ The rest of the crew who looked after navigation, feeding us, cleaning and all the other operations were just amazing. A huge thank you to you all for making this voyage the trip of a lifetime!
One thing I didn’t anticipate was the land sickness! 24 hours after getting off the boat and I still feel the sway of the ocean! All of my photos, plus a couple of group photos and a video or two are up on my flickr account in the Antarctica 2013 set at http://www.flickr.com/photos/piawaugh/sets/72157638364999506/ You can also see photos from Buenos Aires if you are interested at http://www.flickr.com/photos/piawaugh/sets/72157638573728155/
A special thank you also to Jamie, our exhibition leader who delivered an incredible itinerary under some quite trying circumstances, and all the expedition crew! You guys totally rock
I met some amazing new friends on the trip, and got to spend some quality time with existing friends. You don’t go on adventures like this without meeting other people of a similar adventurous mindset, which is always wonderful.
For everyone else, I highly highly recommend you check out the Antarctica XXI (Ocean Nova) trips if you are interested in going to Antarctica or the Arctic.
For all my linux.conf.au friends, yes I did scope out Antartica for a potential future conference, but given the only LUGs there are Gentoos, I think we should all spare ourselves the pain
Below are links to some additional reading about the places we visited as provided by the Antarctic XX1 crew, the list of animals that were sighted throughout the journey and some other bits and pieces that might be of interest. Below are also some excellent quotes about Antarctica that were on the ship intranet that I just had to post to give you a flavour of what we experienced
- AXXI_Logbook_SE2-1314 (PDF) Log book for the trip. Includes animals we saw, where we went and some details of our activities. Lovely work by the Antarctica XXI crew
- Daily-program (PDF) – our daily program for the journey
- Info-landings (PDF) – information about the landing sites we went to
The church says the earth is flat, but I know that it is round, for I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in a shadow than in the church. — Ferdinando Magallanes
We were the only pulsating creatures in a dead world of ice. — Frederick Albert Cook
Below the 40th latitude there is no law; below the 50th no god; below the 60th no common sense and below the 70th no intelligence whatsoever. — Kim Stanley Robinson
I have never heard or felt or seen a wind like this. I wondered why it did not carry away the earth. — Cherry-Garrard
Great God ! this is an awful place. — Robert Falcon Scott, referring to the South Pole
Human effort is not futile, but Man fights against the giant forces of Nature in the spirit of humility. — Ernest Shackleton
Had we lived I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance and courage of my companions …. These rough notes and our dead bodies must tell the tale. — Robert Falcon Scott
People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things. — Edmund Hillary
Superhuman effort isn’t worth a damn unless it achieves results. — Ernest Shackleton Adventure is just bad planning. — Roald Amundsen
For scientific leadership, give me Scott; for swift and efficient travel, Amundsen; but when you are in a hopeless situation, when there seems to be no way out, get on your knees and pray for Shackleton. — Sir Raymond Priestley
When I joined the OpenStack Infrastructure team this year one of my first challenges was going through the list of bugs, during which time I discovered that some of the bugs were out-dated.
Enter Bug Days!
The process for our bug days has evolved over time, starting quite manual but I’ve since automated as much as I can.
Then I run my simple infra_bugday.py script and populate the etherpad.
Then I grab the bug stats from launchpad and copy them into the pad so we (hopefully) have inspiring statistics at the end of the day. Once bugday makes it into infra proper I hope to update that to include us too, there is a bug for that, and I updated it today!
Then comes the real work. I open up the old etherpad and go through all the bugs, copying over comments from the old etherpad and making my own comments as necessary about obvious updates I see (and updating my own bugs).
Last step: Let the team go to town on the etherpad and bugs!
We had our December bug day today, here are those stats:
Bug day start total open bugs: 213
- 32 New bugs
- 29 In-progress bugs
- 2 Critical bugs
- 13 High importance bugs
- 3 Incomplete bugs
But day end total open bugs: 186
- 2 New bugs
- 28 In-progress bugs
- 2 Critical bugs
- 13 High importance bugs
- 3 Incomplete bugs
Nice work, thanks everyone!
In December of 2011 Simcoe was diagnosed with renal failure. It was a very upsetting time for us, with the vet giving us initial estimates of her only living another couple of months.
Through diligent daily care (a pill every day to control nausea and subcutaneous fluid injections every other day) and quarterly check-ups over these past couple years we’ve been able to manage her symptoms. She’s was able to gain weight to now be back at a healthy level. Day to day, she acts like our normal Simcoe! It’s impossible to tell that she’s sick.
On November 30th we brought her in for her latest check-up, the last one having been done in May and the vet being happy about waiting 6 months. We also had to bring Caligula along because he’s suffering from a cold that’s causing him to have productive sneezes (yuck!) and watery eyes. Poor guy. Blood work shows he’s healthy over all though, just on some supplements to try and help beat the cold.
At this checkup Simcoe was 9.5lbs, up slightly from 9.46lbs. We were pretty happy about it all until we got the results from her blood and urine work, all her levels have gone up.
BUN: 53 (normal range: 14-36)
CRE: 3.5 (normal range: .6-2.4)
Urine proteins are higher (10.19) and her Amylase has gone up from 23.77 to 29.74. Finally, her calcium levels are higher, which may mean she’s having hard time getting calcium out of kidneys and that could be concerning, so the vet called for an ionized calcium test that we brought her in for this past Saturday.
In order to have a better idea where we are at, I scoured through records to dig up the BUN and CRE levels over time and made pretty graphs! For the BUN and CRE graphs I specified the ranges, which she’s mostly been above. For weight, she’s a small cat and we are happy if she’s over 9 lbs.
Today the vet called us to let us know that her calcium levels came back ok. Hooray! So for now we’re going to hang tight and see what the levels look like in a couple months, if she’s continuing to behave ok, retain weight and the levels don’t move much hopefully we’ll be able to continue with her care as it is now.
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Every year I send out holiday cards by request. This year Ubuntu QA extraordinaire Nick Skaggs reciprocated in the most fantastic way – I received a Skaggs family card with a brownie recipe!
Finding espresso powder took some doing, fortunately a specialty cooking store here in the city carries it. Tonight after class I was on my way to baking these delicious-sounding brownies.
So I mixed:
And I baked:
Then we ate!
Awesome brownies! Thank you Skaggs family!
And in true open source spirit, Nick gave me permission to share the recipe, enjoy: skaggs_family_brownies.pdf
John and I have been playing an augmented reality game called Ingress for some time. The reason this is relevant to this post is twofold:
1. We spend a lot of time walking around outside in the cold using our smart phones
2. We’re on the blue team.
I have some lovely purple gloves I made myself ages ago that I use for being out and about, but John couldn’t find his “hobo gloves” (aka smoker’s gloves, aka convertible mitt-glove things) in the chaos of our move, so I set about making him some new ones. Of course, he totally found the hobo gloves before I finished (by *hours* I might add. I was so close!) but in the rainy northwest, I expect having more than one set of gloves is advised.
The pattern is Twisty Sister Cabled Handwarmers
by Kate Gondwana . I was drawn to the nice cable pattern on the back:
Since John has wide but not very long hands and likely would just be annoyed by longer gloves going well under his long coat sleeves, I used the “large” size guidelines but took out a repeat so that they’re a bit shorter, as recommended in the pattern as a way to adjust. Horray for well-written patterns! I particularly liked that this one had both charts *and* written instructions, as while I prefer charts sometimes I find it easier to understand the written if I’m not sure where something should start.
And finally, since someone complained that I didn’t have any pictures of people wearing the fox hat of my last post, here’s a few more pictures of John:
PS – In case you were also wondering about the dearth of baby photos in the last post (a) the hat was waaaaay too big so I don’t think she’ll be trying it on for a while yet unless daddy decides hilarious oversized hat would make for adorable photos (b) baby V’s parents have been sharing photos of her with select family and friends, not the entire internet, so there may not be photos of her available to the rest of you even when she grows into it, unless she grows up to want to share them herself much much later. Sorry!
I’ve been doing a pretty good job of keeping up with event and news posts here on my blog, but it’s been over a month since I’ve posted a “miscellaneous stuff” post. It’s great because it makes my life sound exciting! But in reality I’m somewhat a hermit on days that I don’t go out and I spend a ridiculous amount of time with my computers and cats.
After the trip to Hong Kong it took me several days to recover from jet lag, after which I was immediately hit with a very bad cold that I’m still suffering the tail end of.
On November 14th MJ and I headed down to the San Francisco Courthouse to get my name changed officially from Elizabeth Ann Krumbach to Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph. It was all very formal and repetitive and felt like a terrible waste of the judge’s time, but it was done quickly and I got to see other people in the court change their names too. Last week I finally got around to updating my name at the DMV and we’ve been spending all kinds of fun times changing my name everywhere else so I believe all the important stuff is completed now. As for everything else… it’s going to take months. I’ll be updating my passport when I get home from Australia next month.
TV-wise the geek in me got to enjoy both the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who (great episode!) and the 25th anniversary of MST3K (I got the tin!). I’ve also been watching the latest episodes of Sleepy Hollow and Once Upon a Time on Hulu. MJ and I recently started interweaving Stargate Atlantis episodes into our SG1 watching schedule.
For Thanksgiving MJ and I headed across the Golden Gate Bridge to Murray Circle Restaurant at Calavallo Point for a wonderful dinner. I discovered it while browsing OpenTable for places that still had less-than-a-week-out reservations available and it turned out to be quite a gem. It was warm enough to enjoy a super comfortable outdoor table that had a view of the bridge and a spectacular multi-course dinner. I went with the wine pairing too.
I spent the Thanksgiving holiday weekend catching up on a lot of Ubuntu and Partimus related work. I hope to write more about the Partimus work soon, but I sent my photos over to Christian Einfeldt and he wrote up a post about some work we did on Sunday, December 1st here.
MJ and I celebrated Hanukkah together again this year.
The day after Thanksgiving we went over to Wexler’s for a Hanukkah dinner. It was really great, particularly since I love and still can’t manage to make latkes myself. And those jelly doughnuts? The stuff that dreams are made of! My dreams anyway.
In addition to satisfying the history geek within with a class at the synagogue, I’m almost finished with the Coursera class A Brief History of Humankind that I mentioned in October. I’m really loving the class and the format, no big homework assignments or essays to write, it’s all very loose which fits my audit-style learning on Coursera well. I’m very often among the students who watches and learns from lectures but doesn’t bother with homework, so sadly I contribute to statistics that say “hardly anyone finishes the classes” but I do learn! I just skip things that I don’t find value in. With this class I’ve been able to take the low pressure multiple choice quizzes and will probably even do the longer final too so I actually complete it.
It also occurred to me recently that I take a lot of photos and should probably learn a thing or two about photography. I had some friends offer some great recommendations, so this weekend MJ and I watched Better Photographic Composition – Beyond the Rule of Thirds recommended by my friend Terri Yu. The B&H videos are great and I’ll be checking out more of them soon. Carla Schroder and a couple others also recommended books by Bryan Peterson, so Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera is on its way to me. Though in the midst of this I have taken Jim Fisher’s suggestion on the subject to heart in order to keep my geek obsessiveness in check, “sometimes it’s ok to do things casually.”
This past week was a bit of a rough one for me. I learned about another downturn in my grandmother’s health and Simcoe’s blood work from a recent vet visit hasn’t turned out great so we had to go back yesterday for more. As I mentioned in a previous post, it was also the anniversary of my father’s death this weekend, and that always puts me in a sad and solemn state.
In more cheerful news, MJ and I have booked a trip to Fort Lauderdale at the end of the month. We’re planning on visiting with some of MJ’s family in Miami, and some of my family in Miami, and taking a drive up to visit more of my family in Palm Bay. After booking I also learned some of my other side of the family will be vacationing in Vero Beach for the new year, so I’m excited to visit with them too. Oh, and go to beaches. And pools. I expect it’ll be too cold for locals but weather in Florida always feels hot to me!
It’s December now. This year has gone by too fast.
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Good cheer to all this holiday season!
I love history and I love the spectacular design and architecture of cathedrals, mosques and synagogues. When I read that Sherith Israel was offering a Sharing the Beauty class I checked my calendar and then immediately sent an email to sign up.
“Discover more of what makes our sanctuary — and Sherith Israel — so special. Two workshops offer an in-depth look at one of San Francisco’s great architectural and spiritual treasures. A third prepares volunteers to serve as docents and to lead tours.
Dec. 2: History, art, and architecture of Sherith Israel
Dec. 9: Religious symbols and worship environment at CSI
Dec. 16: Docent training with Ellen Rosen”
The class started off with introductions and a historical presentation by Ava Kahn, author of several Jews in the American west books. I picked up a copy of her California Jews book a few months ago when I was browsing the local history section of a used bookstore in Point Reyes and noticed the cover featured the fascinating west window from Sherith Israel. I’ll have to write some day about why I find such kinship with the image of Moses handing down the ten commandments with a backdrop of El Capitan in Yosemite.
Kahn’s presentation was very interesting, but since I’m not writing a book myself I won’t copy my notes from the class verbatim here. However, there were some portions that were particularly striking to me:
The congregation was established in 1851, but the building they are in now was completed in 1905 and was one of the only major structures in San Francisco to survive the 1906 earthquake pretty much intact. As such, doubled as the San Francisco courts while the city was rebuilding. As such, “the famous corruption trial of San Francisco political boss Abe Ruef took place at Sherith Israel.” In 1945 the building was also the setting for a meeting of national Jewish organizations to commemorate the founding of the United Nations.
The building was built under the leadership of Rabbi Jacob Nieto, who was a pretty awesome guy. It’s said that he’s responsible for that west window and other beautiful religious iconography in the building as he worked with artist Emile Pissis, brother of Sherith Israel’s architect Albert Pissis. He also known for treating women as equals in the congregation and in 1908, under his leadership, women became voting members of the congregation.
Tomorrow I’ll be going over to class a bit early to join others in a tour of the inside of the dome at 6:30. The class then picks up with an exploration of “Religious symbols and worship environment” during which I hope to take many more pictures!
More photos from that first class here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pleia2/sets/72157638304617065/
Box 1 was October:
Unfortunately, Wantable doesn't give me a nice list on the website of what I got with product links and stuff. Missed opportunity, guys: I would probably be ordering more of those socks if you'd made it easy for me!
In the interest of just Writing The Darned Review, here's what I had, without product links:
Thing #1: Pink argyle socks, knee high.
I love these and wear them all the time. So cute!
Thing #2: Little plastic clips for converting your bra to a more racerback style.
I own a set of these, pretty much identical, that I got at the dollar store for a buck, so I can't say I was thrilled that this was part of a $36 subscription box. Also, since I already own them, I know they are useless to me: my shoulders are so broad that there's not enough give in my bra straps to use these without everything becoming too tight. I gave them to my sister to try out, though, and she says they were ok for her, so not a total loss.
Thing #3: Coobie bandeau top, pink and lace-y
I've never worn a bandeau, so I was glad to try this out. It's actually a nice addition to my wardrobe in that it can be layered with a low-cut shirt, and the colour works with a bunch of the things I own. It does feel a bit like I'm intentionally binding my breasts, though, and it doesn't always stay in place on me, so it's not like I'm a sudden bandeau top convert, but I like having the option!
Thing #4: Coobie camisole, beige
I had just been thinking that I could use some camisoles (again, to deal with the slightly-too-low-cut shirts that I got from threadless and a few other places) and this fits the bill nicely, although the beige colour is perhaps a little too close to skin-tone to get a nicer layering effect. It's also nicer than a bra under certain types of sheer shirts. I do wish the bra cups were a bit bigger (they're little triangles that don't quite fit the natural curve of my breasts), but they're removable so I can always fix that later. I actually liked this so much that I bought another one on Amazon, in bright pink (since it was the only colour they had).
Thing #5: Jockey panties, brown and beige lace
These are... really not my style. I actively dislike peekaboo lace on my butt, and if my boyfriend likes it, I don't want to know. They may get put in rotation simply because I'm low on underwear, but they don't fit well, they ride up, and I think they're ugly, so... anyone want a pair of panties I've only worn once? You should probably have a smaller butt than me, since these ran smaller than the label would have implied.
Anyhow, October's box:
I really wish Birchbox had a "box history" link of sorts in my profile page, as that's where I look for it first before I finally remember that history is hidden where I would have expected to go to order another box. Oh well; I don't quite care enough to write a script to add one myself, but hopefully the process of writing this comment will help me remember for next time.
Product #1: 12 Benefits™ Instant Healthy Hair Treatment - 6 oz
This is supposed to be some sort of magical hair treatment that protects you from styling and swimming and life. As I don't torture my hair and haven't had an excuse to go swimming since the box arrived in October, I can't really tell you how it works on that front. However, it *also* claims to be a detangler, which I could test.
Unfortunately, it is awful as a detangler. It's messy and sprays on a bit too thick so you have to rub it all in yourself. At this point, the spray is basically just an extra step that makes it harder for me to control how much product goes in my hair. Even worked in, though, it's a mediocre detangler. I have, in fact, gotten better results from taking a dab of hotel conditioner and working it into the ends of my hair as if it were a leave-in conditioner.
So... as far as I can tell, this product is basically a waste of my time right now. I'll keep it around to see if it helps with swimming, maybe in the summer when my hair is taking more serious abuse, but it's definitely not useful right now. Which makes me wonder if perhaps this was not a great thing to put in October's box if they really wanted this product to shine. Oh well.
End verdict: Will save to try again later for the main intended use.
Product #2: DDF® Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer Moisturizing Serum
Frankly, every time I look at this product, I'm reminded of that scene in Cloud Atlas that is pretty much all "soylent green is people." So yeah, while this is a totally visually striking product package, it also creeps me out because I feel like it's a product made up of ground up people in some sci-fi world. It does not help that every pump of the product comes out as flesh-coloured slime.
My mental damage aside, the product itself is kind of weird. It's kind of like spreading silicone lube on your face, or at least what I imagine it might be like if I felt a need to use bike grease as a cosmetic. Perhaps all moisturizing serums are like this?
It's meant to be applied as the first layer in your cosmetics, and it behaves kind of like you might expect magical face lube to behave in such a situation: it makes it easier to blend things on your face. That's actually kind of awesome, and it seems keep makeup from clumping quite so much if you have acne or a scab or something on your face.
Interestingly, it seems like there's less colour on my face at the end of the day when I use magical face lube. I've been using a white-coloured wipe to remove makeup, so what I'm saying here is that the stains are less dark. I'm not sure if this results in more coming off on my hands during the day, or whether it's just diluting the tinted moisturizer I use such that it leaves less dark stains on the cloth. I can't really tell the difference visually on my face from day to day, though. I'm too lazy to check my makeup and take selfies multiple times a day to check if the progressing is different, but I guess I could try that if I really want to know exactly what's going on here.
End verdict: Despite my initial impressions, I actually like the product. Unfortunately, it's expensive and the appearance weirds me out. I might try to buy something similar when I run out, but it's a huge sample and I may get another product to try before I need to make a decision on replacing this.
Product #3: theBalm® cosmetics Stainiac
This is labelled as a "hint of tint" and it really is. I found it utterly underwhelming on my cheeks (which are already quite pink) but fun on my lips. It's very subtle, though:
My boyfriend claims he can tell the difference, but I'm never sure if he's buying into the horrible delusion that one must lie to one's significant other about such things lest she fly into a rage. Or possibly just deluding himself, since it's not like I did a double blind test with him or anything. ;)
You can tell I'm not a "real" beauty blogger 'cause I'm wearing no other makeup in those photos and not expecting you all to tell me how brave I am to show my face to the world. (This is one of many reasons I can't stand reading most beauty blogs.) Anyhow, my laziness for photos does let you see that my cheeks are naturally "hint of pink" though.
Incidentally, this is a lot more fuchsia/day glo hot pink than red when it comes out of the tube. I find this amusing, but it did make me nervous that it would be a lot more than a "hint" of colour.
Robyn from Brightest Bulb says, "Unfortunately, when I use it on my lips, I can find zero qualities that distinguishes this product from a tube of jello." And I agree, but I consider this a benefit because it makes me feel like I'm a kid.
Actually, it led me to mentally design an entire marketing campaign around my new cosmetic idea: the popsicle lip spa treatment.
Sit back and relax with our rejuvenating lip treatment. It's filled with natural fruit extracts, and is guaranteed to hydrate you as well as provide a little energy boost. This lip stain lasts for hours, and helps curb food cravings!
Yeah, I'm not quitting my day job. But I do want one of those fruity popsicles from our freezer now.
End Verdict: I like this product a lot. It's fun and nearly un-noticeable, so I'm not going to get any flack from my engineer colleagues who might be put off if I was wearing heavy lipstick. I do wish it was sold in the little sample sizes because it's perfect to have in my pocket at work, so I may keep an eye out to see if they do some sort of smaller holiday pack. I may also experiment with stronger tints to see if I can get a work-appropriate look that amuses me without making me too "girly" for my office.
Product #4: Karuna Clarifying Treatment Mask
I hated this product:
- it's very goopy so it's a huge mess to put on
- it actually hurt to use
It's weird, because I don't really think of myself as having sensitive skin, but applying this caused serious pain across my cheekbones and upper lip. I almost didn't leave it on for the full recommended time and just pitched the whole thing, but I wanted to know what it was like and figured I could tough it out. It didn't get better.
On the bright side, it didn't cause any breakouts or leave horrible red burn welts across my face (which I was actually concerned about given the amount of pain), and it did leave my skin feeling smooth and soft after. But yeah, I'll stick to moisturizer for that, thanks. Even magical face lube has the same effect with less awful.
I took a picture of me wearing the mask mostly to distract me from the act of actually wearing it, but my poor little mac is still copying pictures off the camera and I'm hesitant to leave so much open in a browser window without saving it. The mask looked like creepy whiteface anyhow, though, so maybe the review is better off without it.
End verdict: OW. NEVER AGAIN.
Bonus Product: ChapStick® Hydration Lock
According to the insert, this is an "extra" product and not part of my samples. I guess the insert is to prevent people from being underwhelmed by getting Chapstick, which is hardly glamourous. It works as expected and has a sort of vanilla-creme thing going that makes me think of the 90s.
What's interesting is that they included it to use as a lipstick primer. This whole concept of makeup primers is a new one to me, so I was interested to see that Robyn from birchbox thought this worked pretty well. (I'd have tested it myself but I do not actually own lipstick, just two tinted lip balms which I can't find right now, which probably tells you why I thought a beauty box subscription would be a good idea.)
I don't love the scent, but I'll enjoy experimenting with it as a primer, so I count it a win. Plus, they gave me a coupon for more chapstick, which if I don't use I'm sure my boyfriend will, as he goes through as much of it as I do.
End Verdict: It's chapstick. I am pleased to know I can use it as a lip primer, though.
In summary: I tried some new things and didn't hate all of them! Seriously, though, I like the lip products a lot, the magical face lube is a surprisingly effective product that I would never have tried on my own, the hair protector might be useful in the future even though it's an awful detangler, and I never have to use one of those awful face masks again. Win!
Princess of Glass (Twelve Dancing Princesses) by Jessica Day George
This is book 2 in the series, following princess Poppy, one of the twelve sisters from the previous book. Somewhat sideways to Poppy's own story, there's a highly unusual and modern retelling of Cinderella in there that throws a completely different light on the tale. Fairy godmothers, it seems, don't have to be quite so one-dimensionally benevolent. I think even those who aren't drawn to reworked fairy tales would find something to love in this story, which is an adventure tale of saving friends and defeating evil. It's both funny and clever, and I highly recommend it!
Ash by Malinda Lo
This is a subtle retelling of Cinderella, where author Malinda Lo has taken the backstory and bones of the traditional tale and woven them into an entirely different cautionary tale about fairies, and about a girl who loses her mother and then her father entirely too soon and who wants to retreat into the forest forever, but by the time she finds a way to do that, she has finally moved beyond her loss and is starting to want to live again. That makes it sound dark, and in many ways it is, but it's also a tale of finding love and moving into the light.
Incidentally, I picked this up because I heard it was a finalist for some LGBT award (and many other young adult awards besides ), so I was expecting there to be some social strife regarding relationships in there as well, but actually relationships just were relationships, regardless of gender, and the strife came from other sources. I found it kind of refreshing.
December 7th is a tough day for me, it was on this day in 2004 that I lost my father. It was expected after a long illness, but nothing quite prepares you for this kind of thing.
My father inspired my love of learning and pursuit of productive hobbies, especially geeky ones.
In April of this year MJ and I were married. Though I was honored to have my grandfather there with me, there was a particular bit of pain as I didn’t have my father to walk me down the aisle.
But the wedding wasn’t fully without him, in the cozy room where we signed our Ketubah, I brought along a framed photo of him from when I was little:
I love you and miss you Dad.
Here him explain it on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt72ORXUlao
But we have that flame too. Ubuntu the community and Linux distribution family takes inspiration from the concept of ubuntu. To me, the world encapsulates all of what is good in the open, free, software movement, and the free culture movement too. Mandela saw himself as human, no matter how inhumanly he was treated. He knew that bitterness and hatred on his part would engender bitterness and hatred in his beloved South Africa, and he wanted instead love, understanding, forgiveness, and democracy. I hope to continue to see his ideals in the Ubuntu community, and in my Kubuntu corner in particular.
I've often thought of Mandela as the embodiment of the saying be the change you want to see. Rest in peace, Madiba.
I launched erica.biz on December 4, 2007. This week, I’m celebrating 6 years of blogging here. Wow!
It’s been just over 6 years since I sold my last company, as well, and I’m amazed at how much I’ve grown. This week, I figured I’d do something special, and share some of the deep, heartfelt lessons I’ve learned in the past 6 years. Some of these were tough for me to grok. All of them have changed me as a person. This may be a tough read for some of you…but I hope these lessons will have as much of an impact on your life as they did mine!Lesson 1: You Come First.
Oh, this one is so painful to write. For pretty much my entire life I put other people first. I never paid myself well in my businesses–the money always went out to hosting costs, offices, and–mostly–employees. And while I’ve had many fantastic employees who deserved to be paid well, what I couldn’t come to grips with for years was that I deserved to be paid well, as well.
This one was a big life lesson for me in 2013. As I am wont to do, I stretched myself too far financially and found myself in debt for the first time since I sold my last business in 2007. I didn’t do anything “stupid” with my money–didn’t blow a million dollars on gambling, or anything like that. No, in fact, I built two businesses off of it (Whoosh Traffic, which is morphing into MarketVibe, and Opportunity Space, my coworking space here in Austin.)
I realized that I’d continue to be in debt if I continued to pour money into my businesses without paying myself, so I stopped doing that. I drew a line in the sand: My businesses need to be profitable, and I need to take a salary. No more scraping by. I deserve better.
My co-founder, Parnell, and I split earlier this year while I was going through this personal transformation. So far, that’s been the right decision for both of us. I feel surprisingly calm about the entire thing, and also feel better than ever about where MarketVibe is headed. Paul Bonser, our senior developer, stepped up after Parnell left to become our CTO, and we’re happily shipping code and signing up some new beta customers.
None of this would have shifted if I hadn’t decided that I deserved success and that I deserved to be paid. That’s been my biggest transformation in 2013, and it’s setting up to make 2014 an epic year.Lesson 2: Your Health is More Important Than Your Business.
Strongly tied into #1–with my last business, I nearly killed myself (and my employees.) It’s not worth it. Nothing is worth sleep deprivation, eating poorly, and not exercising. Not even a million dollars. Yes, I can say that from personal experience!
I’m still dealing with health ramifications from the poor decisions I made in my 20′s: muscle and joint aches; intolerance to several foods; sleep issues. I’ve started by forgiving myself for making those decisions, and now I’m working with doctors to track down and help fix the physical side of my issues.
I believe that if you don’t fix the emotional breakage first, the physical issues keep popping up for you to deal with. By forgiving myself and believing that I deserve great health, I’ve started to repair myself emotionally. Now it’s time to repair the physical side. I believe 2014 will be a turnaround year in my health as well.Lesson 3: You’re Never Going to Be Perfect. Ship Anyway.
I’ve published over 300 blog posts here on erica.biz, but that’s not actually that many, for having blogged for 6 years. I probably have close to 100 fully finished posts sitting in my Drafts folder, unpublished for whatever reason…mostly because they weren’t “perfect”, or I feared backlash.
I’ve certainly published my share of controversial posts–some that I knew would be controversial, like my post about leaving California, and some that blew me away with the controversy, like my post about hiring a housekeeper that still sparks spiteful comments.
Many people read about bloggers or writers getting hate mail and think “So? Get over it.” It’s oddly difficult to not take hate mail personally, though. I have a pretty thick skin, but I admit it’s gotten to me several times over the years.
I realized this year that I have to push through that own crap in my head (since that’s where it starts–in my head, before I even publish a post!) and say what I believe anyway. I’m still not totally there yet. In fact, I’ve been focusing more on “shipping” in my business than here on my blog. This is something I want to continue to improve on in 2014.Lesson 4: Revenue Trumps Frugality.
I’ve always considered myself frugal. Sometimes it’s been a negative–I’ve had to unlearn doing stuff myself to save money, for instance. Many times it’s been a positive in my life–I rarely buy items I don’t use, and I’ve saved hundreds of thousands of dollars by negotiating with vendors over the 12 years I’ve run my own businesses.
There’s a fine line between “frugal” and “cheap”, however. I wasn’t typically one to buy “cheap” items–I do extensive research before I buy anything, which is why I usually end up with stuff I like and use. I felt I’d optimized my frugality well–so what’s the next step?
There’s only so much you can cut out of your life before you start feeling frustrated about cutting back. That line is different for everyone. When you hit that line for yourself, your emotions will let you know: You’ll get irritated at a cheap item breaking, or you’ll overwork yourself by taking on too much. What do you do at that point?
At that point, my solution was: I’ve optimized frugality to a fine point. Let’s focus on revenue generation.
And that was when I had to confront my fears and beliefs around making more money. You see, frugality is an easy pencil to sharpen for some of us. It’s satisfying to save money on a purchase, or do without an item you don’t really need. But frugality, for me, was also a crutch. It was easy for me to focus on saving money when I should have been focused on making more money. Making more money is hard. It requires stepping out of your comfort zone, learning new skills, and/or meeting new people. That’s a lot harder for me than sitting at home cozied up with my Excel spreadsheet of spending!
I’m still proud of my frugality. But I know it only goes so far. Now, I’m focused on revenue generation. It’s not (yet) as comfortable as saving money is. But I know it will get there.Lesson 5: Your Beliefs Create Your Reality.
I know I’ll be writing about this extensively in 2014. Did you know that if you don’t believe you’re lucky, that you will actually be less lucky? Yes, it’s true! Check out the study behind this (PDF).
2013 has been a crazy trip for me. I look back on who I was even 6 months ago and I have changed dramatically. I believe in myself now. I believe in my ability to create a huge business that changes the world for thousands of happy customers. I’ve watched people I know create businesses that are now worth over $1 billion, and even though it still scares me, I finally believe I can do it, too.
Success starts from within you. You have to believe that success is achievable–not just by “someone”, but by you. You have to constantly step out of your comfort zone. You have to do painful things (like splitting up with your co-founder/best friend when you realize it’s not the right fit.) And you have to have a strong core, to handle all the people who question what you’re doing–and to not take criticism personally.
You have to be able to look yourself in the mirror and know that you will make mistakes. You will hire the wrong people. You will make people upset (and you will have to learn to apologize!) You will make the wrong decisions. But you have to know, deep down, that you can do all that and still be successful. You can mess up all you want–you’re human. But you will learn from your mistakes and not make those mistakes again. That’s what will make you successful.
Many of you have asked me, “What do you think makes some people more successful than others?” And now I finally have the answer: They believe they can be successful, and then they go out there and move mountains in order to be successful. The belief comes first, though. What is inside you creates your external reality.Lesson 6: It’s Okay to Dream Big. Really Big!
Yep, I’ve read all the statistics. Women get funded less often than men. Women only hold 4.2% of Fortune 500 CEO positions. And, whenever I read those stats, I used to think in my head, “Who am I to change this?”
I’ve changed that belief to: “I am the one who can change this.” What better way to change the statistics than to become one–an empowering statistic? And not just a statistic, but a role model for many others as well.
There are so many brave women who stood up and made a change in this world. I’m inspired by their actions, and ready to be the next generation of that change. There are barriers in the way right now–to women getting funded, to women reaching the top of the totem pole and being CEO, and to being seen as technical and capable without coming across as “bossy” or whiny. It’s a tough balance to strike–but that doesn’t mean the problem shouldn’t be tackled head-on.
I want future generations of women–including any daughter I may have in the future–to look back at me and see that I was one of the few who parted the waves, who changed the stats and cleared the way for more women in technical and leadership roles. A woman who went out and got funding and built a hugely successful business with integrity. That’s what this world needs. That’s what I can provide in this world. More than ever, I believe that is why I am here, now, in this reality.
As I went through 2013, smashing the barriers and beliefs in my head, I saw my external world shift. Suddenly getting funding was easier (though I still wouldn’t call it “easy”!) People looked at me differently. “Have you lost weight?” one friend asked. “No,” I replied. Then I thought: But I’ve gained a purpose.
I’m here to do all this for future women and youngsters, to be an inspiration, to pave the way for others. But I’m also here to do this for myself, because I believe in myself and I believe I deserve it.
I’ve gone through so much, and now I’m able to look in the mirror and finally love who I am and who I am becoming. I couldn’t say that 6 years ago.
Here’s to 2014. May it be your best year ever. I’m stoked to see what it will bring for both of us!Copyright © 2008
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I wrote a few weeks ago about my difficulties in signing up for a California health exchange (CoveredCA) plan. At the time, they said I should be hearing from the insurance company by the following day. I didn't believe that, of course, and indeed, it was a little over two weeks before I finally got something in the mail.
What I got in the mail was a letter from CoveredCA saying that we qualify for coverage for 90 days, but that they want to verify some things.
First, they need to verify citizenship. Fair enough. They want a birth certificate, passport, or INS form. No problem.
They they say "We are unable to match the Social Security number you gave us to our records. Please send us a copy of your Social Security card."
That's a snag. I had a social security card once ... maybe 25 years ago? but I've long since lost it and haven't had any need to go stand in line to get another one. Do I need to do that now? During the holiday season along with the thousands of other people in the same boat?
But the next part is the real kicker:
We are unable to verify that you do not have health insurance through your job or a government program.
- If you have insurance, we need a letter from your job or the deferal/state program. The letter should be on official company or program letterhead. The letter must state the names of the persons who qualify for now, the type of coverage that ended, and the date it ended.
If you do not have insurance, please call the Service Center for assistance.
Neither of us is currently working at a regular W-2 job, let alone one that provides health insurance. So, let me get this straight: it looks like what CoveredCA is telling us is that we can't get ACA coverage unless we can prove that we don't currently have employer coverage. How the heck do you prove that?
Looking at the list of documentation they'll accept, a letter from each of our nonexistent employers, on nonexistent company letterhead, would work nicely.
Right. Uploading documents (forget using Firefox)
I went to the website, logged in and clicked on the verification link at the lower right. (It's a little hard to find given that there's a bunch of other text on top of the link. Nobody seems to be checking the website layout.)
After clicking through a few more screens, I ended up at a page where it listed two items for each of us: Proof of Citizenship, and Proof of Minimum Essential Coverage.
The citizenship part had a long list of acceptable documents -- much longer than the list in the letter they had sent me (though nothing about social security cards, so I'm not clear where that part comes in). But a passport seemed the easiest thing. So I scanned the photo page from each of our passports, clicked on the link for proof of citizenship, clicked Upload, clicked Browse, found the link to the JPG I'd made of my passport, and clicked Upload.
And I got:
The connection to the server was reset while the page was loading.I tried again, several more times. I tried making the file smaller (640x449, 128k), using tif and pdf instead of jpg (following suggestions I found on the web -- lots of other people are also having this problem). But it was no use -- I still got the same message every time.
Finally I found a thread where someone had discovered that it didn't work with Firefox, only with IE and Chrome. So I tried logging in with Chromium, and sure enough -- the upload worked.
It's sad to see how marginalized Firefox has become, when major sites like this don't support it.
Minor aside: there's no way to remove an upload once you've made it. I uploaded both our passports in the space for my documents, before realizing there was a separate link for his documents. I hope that doesn't get my application thrown out.
Okay, on to the next part. Proof of Minimum Essential Coverage
Under the "Proof of Minimum Essential Coverage" category was this list of documents:
- Notice of Action of discontinuance from Medi-Cal
- Notice of Action of discontinuance from Medicaid
- Confirmation of disenrollment from employer sponsored health insurance plan
- Confirmation of disenrollment from health insurance plan
None of them seem at all relevant to someone who isn't an employee and therefore isn't covered by insurance.
Well, the letter did say "If you do not have insurance, please call the Service Center for assistance." So let's try that. Online chat
I have trouble finding time when I can stay on the phone for the 30-45 minutes it apparently takes to get through the queue to a live operator at CoveredCA: I've tried several times, but always got called away to deal with real-world issues before I got to the head of the queue. The live chat link didn't do anything for me a few weeks ago, but this time I got a notice from the pop-up blocker and was able to get the window to pop up.
The chat window tells you where you are in the queue (I started at #47) and counts down, along with wildly varying time estimates of how long I had left to wait. After just over half an hour, I'd finally made it to position #1, and the page changed to say:
Status: CanceledThe only option was a button labeled Request email response. So I clicked it. It took me to this page:
There are no agents available to chat with you right now. Please try again later.
You do not have permission to access this document.
Honestly -- does anybody bother to test any part of this website? It's been live for two months now, and so much basic functionality doesn't work at all.
I tried it several more times (the nice thing about chat, as opposed to phone, is that you can go off and do other things while you're waiting in the queue), in both Firefox and Chromium, but got exactly the same results every time. Googling suggests that lots of other people are seeing the same thing.
Makes me wonder if anyone is getting through ... or are there just a bunch of employees sitting there at their keyboards at CoveredCA headquarters, wondering why no one is asking for help via chat.
I really wish they'd offer email assistance. That seems like it should be a no-brainer, given the long wait times for interactive help either by phone or (ha!) by the nonexistent chat. But there's no such link on the website.
Well, there is a space for comments in the Verification Request screen. So I typed in a question about how they want us to prove we're not employed. At the bottom of the verification page, the button options are "Close", "Save and Exit", "Withdraw" (greyed out), and "Submit". I wonder what the difference is between "Save and Exit" and "Submit"? I crossed my fingers and went for "Submit", and now my verification status is "Submitted". I guess that's good. Check your messages
Another thing I learned along the way was that there was another copy of the letter in my "Secure Mailbox" in the links at the top of the page after logging in. They apparently don't send any notifications that you have messages -- I wonder why they bother asking for email address, if they're not going to use it for anything -- so if you're waiting for any step of the process, be sure to log in periodically and look for that "Secure Mailbox" link.
When you do check your messages, they're in PDF! Not only that, but there's apparently something odd about their MIME type, because Firefox doesn't display them inline like other PDFs. They display okay in an external viewer, though.
So I'll be checking messages to find out what happens with the verification process, wondering whether it will all be finished by December 15, which is apparently the (unpublished) deadline for enrolling in a plan if you want it to be active by January 1.
Meanwhile, I'm trying not to think about the ominous coda in the letter they sent:
It's time to choose a plan. Your coverage starts after you choose a plan and pay your first premium (monthly cost).
Would that be in addition to the plan I supposedly already chose two weeks go? Or did they throw all that away, and I need to go through that step again when and if they decide my verification is complete? I wonder how I would know? Phone to Blue Shield
A friend who's been having similar problems signing up for a plan suggested I call Blue Shield to see if they'd gotten any signup info for me. Unfortunately, I got the letter during the Thanksgiving holiday, so I had to wait until Monday to call Blue Shield, and just called them today.
I got through after a 15 minute phone wait, and got a very helpful person who, unfortunately, informed me that they haven't gotten anything from CoveredCA about my coverage.
After establishing that, yes, CoveredCA still has their usual 30-plus-minute phone wait, he suggested that I put in a request on the CoveredCA website for them to contact me. I said, What? I'd love that, but I haven't been able to find any way to get feedback except the phone number and the non-working live chat link. He said he'd walk me through it.
We both logged in at the same time. He said, "See the tab in the row across the top that says Resources?" Me: "No, there's no Resources link. The four tabs at the top say Learn, Preview Plans, Apply, and Maintain." He continued to insist that I should click on Resources. I did a Find in Page -- the word Resources only appears once in the page, as a header down near the bottom right, and under it are a couple of things like links for where to download a PDF viewer. Clearly not what he was talking about.
I'm guessing he was logged in as an agent/provider, not as an individual customer like I was. Anyway, he used the page they offer to agents to put in my info and a contact request. I'm not holding my breath.
But just now, after CoveredCA timed out my log-in session and put me back at the home page (what's the point of the home page, anyway? You can't even log in -- you have to click on Start here before they'll give you a Log in link) I tried clicking on the Contact us link at the bottom ... and on the page that took me to, there's a Click here to request information or provide comments link that I suspect is the same form he filled out for me. Why they offer the non-working Live Chat link on every page, but not the Request information link, is another mystery.
(Oh, I think I've figured it out now. The start page is there because the real site is at v.calheers.ca.gov, not coveredca.com, and their website designers don't know how to make a website redirect automatically, so they make everybody click through an extra button to go to the real site.)
Meanwhile, time is ticking away. Nobody seems to know whether the deadline to sign up for Jan 1 is actually December 15 or December 23 (the Blue Shield rep wasn't sure either), but either way, if it takes more than two weeks for CoveredCA to submit any information to the insurer, it's hard to see how it will be possible to get signed up by the deadline if anything goes wrong and needs to be resubmitted.
Fortunately my existing health plan is still active (never mind that it costs $1000/month more than a subsidized plan). So I'm luckier than many. My friends whose existing plans have been canceled may end up with no coverage at all come Jan 1.
Of course, I got this song stuck in my head on the way there, and it's been stuck there for days. Here's a youtube embed:
Let me tell you, it is a terribly awkward song to have in your head while hanging out with your boyfriend's parents, his brother, and his brother's fiancee.
So you can all be proud of me for not breaking out into excellent lines like "What is love/Where did it get me?/Whoever thought of love is no friend of mine."
I did not, however, manage to conceal my outright disgust at the diamond commercials on TV.
"But I'm sure you wouldn't object if someone bought you a diamond."
"Well, actually, given the dubious human rights practices of the diamond industry..."
Anyhow, had a lovely time in Iowa, but I am glad to be back home where I can sing songs that aren't entirely hot on the subject of love and not accidentally cause an international incident. ;)
That makes it sound like I spent all weekend trying to not be me, but that's totally not true. There was also moments like an entirely hilariously awesome whole family dinnertime conversation about fecal transplants. They are fun people. :)
I had a couple of tasks aside from general review. The first was getting more images on the site prior to launch to make it more engaging to people. I reached out to LoCo teams and got a lot of great photos in, but then got very busy. My second task, finding quotes of community members, got stuck on my poor, long to do list.
But now I shall continue my quest! We need short, 1-2 sentence, quotes from community members.
What do you work on and why?
What inspires you about Ubuntu?
Email me: email@example.com
Please include the name which you want to be credited under for the quote, and what you work on if it’s not part of the quote.
We’d like to scatter these quotes throughout the site, so feedback from folks from a variety of teams will be super valuable. Once I’ve collected all the quotes I’ll submit the full list to the team and get to work adding them to the site.