Egg Freezing: An Update

February 19, 2017

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N.B. – This post is ongoing. Parts I-II are finished, parts III & IV are not. I. Injecting I was both on edge and unprepared on my first night of injections. I didn’t bother watching  injection preparation videos, figuring that it couldn’t be any more complicated than high school chemistry class. My boyfriend and I […]

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Canvassing [Reno, Nov. 2016]

February 13, 2017

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In a departure from my normal life behind a computer, I went to Reno the weekend before the 2016 election to get out the vote for Hillary. Though I dreaded the idea of knocking on doors, it was the only way to salve my anxiety about Donald Trump catching up in the polls. It was […]

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Egg Freezing: The Beginning

August 1, 2016

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No one wants to be here. The classroom is full of unsmiling women and their partners, all in their thirties and early forties. Practice syringes and medical vials are arranged on the tables in front of us. Our teacher, a friendly nurse named Glynnise, has written the names of our many medicines on the whiteboard: Follistim, […]

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OHM 2013

August 26, 2013

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In September, I traveled to a campground north of Amsterdam to participate in OHM (Observe. Hack. Make.), a large gathering of hackers and makers. It was the latest in the sequence of Dutch hacker conferences that includes What the Hack and Hacking at Random. OHM’s Like Burning Man… On the surface, OHM seemed a lot like Burning Man: a […]

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Berlin’s Abandoned Places: Teufelsberg Tactics

August 21, 2013

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History The Teufelsberg spy station is the crown jewel of Berlin’s abandoned places. It was originally built by the NSA during the Allied occupation of Germany to eavesdrop on Soviet and East German communications. Teufelsberg (literally “Devil’s Mountain”), is a man-made hill, built from houses that were blasted down to rubble in WWII. After the Wall […]

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Berlin’s Abandoned Places: Plänterwald

August 12, 2013

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A Park with a Peculiar Past While in Berlin, I toured the Spreepark in Plänterwald, a former amusement park with a fascinating history. Note: Since I don’t understand German and had to have everything translated for me, what follows below may not be 100% accurate. Originally built by the East German government, the Spreepark was […]

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Pig Processing

January 21, 2013

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Vegetarians and vegans beware! This is a very graphic post, complete with pictures, about pig slaughter and butchery. Like many of us, I’ve spent most of my life as a conflicted omnivore. I ate meat because I thought it was nourishing and delicious, but felt uncomfortable with the suffering inflicted on farmed animals. I tried […]

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