Therefore, “retirement” = leaving in the happiest, so glad I could serve kind of way. This is not retiring from the workforce, just one workforce …
I’m going to do something new because I can. I love change, continuous learning and unlearning, and being a part of and capturing the human spirit wherever I go:
My last retirement post was written when I began working for Kaiser Permanente (specifically, The Permanente Federation) in Washington, DC. It’s been a great several years. This is a fantastic organization and its members, nurses, doctors, and staff deserve the best. I will always support it and them.
I learned a ton* and affirmed every day that the 🥛 is 3/4 full 😀.
I’m leaving knowing that life is amazing and the future is as awesome as I thought it would be.
I’m going to continue blogging, staying in Washington, DC, and ….
* For people interested in specifics: implementation and operation of digital grass roots systems, Salesforce Sales Cloud and Service Cloud, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop finally!), enterprise digital engagement, social media communication, reporting and analytics, and business intelligence. Inquire for more…
The only reason I picked up on the change was because the figure in the original publication (reference below) had such a striking problem when it was published.
The analytic method used caused sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) and other highly processed foods to be presented as “healthful” relative to unprocessed foods.
When The Economist remixed the original, this cognitive dissonance was removed, making the interpretation much more consistent with their headline. Additional changes were made, including the scale of the axes (from log to linear, shifting the x axis), which creates greater visual space between “good” and “bad.” This also feeds the headline of the article.
There are other critiques of the source of the data in the scientific article which have been covered elsewhere, so I won’t do that here, however, if there are questions about these points, I am happy to answer them.
Relative risk magnifies perceived harm and is suboptimal for communication compared to absolute risk
The data comes from epidemiology studies, not clinical trials
It’s not clear if referenced studies controlled for healthy user bias – the paper says “age, body mass index, gender, and smoking” only
Olive oil is mentioned as a proxy for all vegetable oils, including highly refined and ultra-processed oils, which have very different characteristics and health effects
Dietary impact on GHG emissions is not discussed in the context of much greater discretionary sources
I recently spent some time investigating this for myself, because healthy people, healthy planet is my interest, not one or the other.
Based on the headline of The Economist piece, the answer may be “not very much,” and here’s why:
Given that fossil fuel use has far greater impacts on the environment, I have personally decided to add renewable energy to the global electricity grid. This is in addition to not owning a car, of course 🙂 .
Americans are getting most of their nutrition from plants already
…and unfortunatey, they have been choosing the most unhealthy kinds of plants.
I enjoy fitness photography almost as much as food photography. Half (or more than half) of the time, I don’t know what I’m doing, as was the case when I captured this image. I think it turned out well, though.
I feel compelled to comment on the story the photo is linked to, which is that I don’t endorse the use of cosmetic procedures. I myself utilize the space for traditional preventive care 😀.
Free passes are now available for Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors—a collection of portraits by President George W. Bush on display at the #KenCenREACH this fall.
There’s still what I would call “cognitive dissonance” spread throughout the site, even on this page itself. For example, low carbohydrate, vegetarian/vegan, or Mediterranean are not different things, they are perpendicular, overlapping, complementary to each other. They add options based on patient preference of food source.
The different things in the table would be low carbohydrate and low fat (which is really “high carbohydrate”). Low-fat, DASH, and Paleo don’t fare as well on the ADA website anymore.
I understand why these approaches are laid out this way, based on the way the literature was reviewed, however, it’s technically not accurate, and it’s confusing to the audience.
Photo by PoPville flickr user Ted EytanYou can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent a
Thanks to the team at @VPRO and @VPROBroadcast for producing this documentary that unravels the secrets of how emojis are born.
Transgender Pride Flag vs White Wine – tale of two emojis
The protagonist in the piece is the transgender pride flag emoji born from designer Tea Uglow (@Teaulieu), later joined by a global team of collaborators, who is the spokesperson for the movement. Her (our) effort is compared to an effort funded by business interests, with a staff, budget, and access to principles on the committee that we did not have.
I have a small, tiny cameo (see the image above). We wanted to ensure that people with lived experience are the people telling the story of why this is important, and as you watch, you’ll see that this is what happens.
The evolution of human language
In my mind, the piece highlights some of the disparities we noticed in the process. Most importantly, it underscores what emoji is becoming – the evolution of human language.
People shouldn’t want to kill themselves because they are different … part of feeling differently is not understanding that lots of other people actually feel the same way as you … any step towards fixing that saves lives … we just don’t have numbers because people don’t leave notesTea Uglow, Where Emojis Come From
The story told about Unicode in the piece is probably going to challenge some. I believe it’s an accurate representation of what we experienced, as well as congruent with many other descriptions of the lack of diversity in the technology industry in general. For these times, I enjoy sharing this quote:
Notice your defensiveness and accept the discomfort of unlearning and relearning. To be competent in this arena is the same as learning to be competent in anything else. It requires a desire to know, motivation to become informed, opportunities to practice and the willingness to correct your mistakes.
I believe Unicode has as awesome an opportunity as any organization to learn and grow. More humans depend on their work than I think has been recognized until now.
…this is a really positive letter for us to receive at an incredibly taxing time for the community. Thank you.
It has, if anything, turned more political and darker since we first got in touch with Mark Davis & Unicode in 2016 (what feels like forever ago).
For comedy value more than anything, I am attaching the proposal that we first put to Google’s leadership that later became the initial ‘unfinished’ proposal – so you can see we’ve come along way! – it’s been a difficult journey. Ted has been the most extraordinary ally in keeping this moving and pushing – and I am not sure we thank him regularly enough. Bianca and Vigdis worked so hard for so long. Olly and the Nailit crew have also lit a fire under the issue with their populist approach in the UK – but we have repeatedly fallen short without explanation.
So it is wonderful to hear that you haven’t actually found dissenting voices within Unicode Emoji Committee. Likewise I agree that having Google and Microsoft showing real commitment will help.
We do understand that it is actually easier to agree on an otter than a symbol for a marginalised community – and that Unicode may be wary of raising the hopes of other marginalised communities.
The only feedback would be that when those communities come with their proposal that they are treated distinctly from corporation-sponsored groups or individuals requesting less emotive emoji. The issue for us has been that the symbol proposed is our only visual representation in the world – and it has not really been afforded much dignity. We’re not asking for a pizza slice or a fire hydrant.
We are probably not the last community in the world who will request this sort of representation – and it might be worth Unicode considering a protocol for ‘minority’ concerns wherein there is a more consistent and transparent chain of communication. Even when the communication is one of regret.
That doesn’t seem to be an active process and it would make a huge difference for future petitioners.
Best wishes and HUGE thank you’s.Tea Uglow, email communication, Feb 13, 2019
The most documented emoji proposal in human history
I’ve been documenting our progress along the way, because it’s been so fascinating.
The transgender pride flag emoji is now a draft candidate in the standard, and we’re hopeful it will be accepted for inclusion in 2020. In the film it’s revealed that white wine was not accepted as an emoji character. I am sure that is not the last we’ll hear about that one.
In the meantime:
Every day we send seven billion emojis worldwide. Although the colorful icons called emojis can no longer be ignored in our daily communication, little is known about it. Who has power over the emoji? Where are emojis coming from?
There is one “High Council” of online communication that is difficult to access and has the power over our emoji selection on the keyboard: The Unicode Consortium. This group is difficult to access and meets four times a year on the west coast of the United States. This tech giants committee makes decisions about language and shapes the infrastructure of the online world. Representatives from Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, IBM, Netflix, Amazon, and Intel set the global standard for symbols, characters, and fonts in digital (visual) language so that all our devices can communicate with each other effortlessly.
Part of Unicode is the twelve-member “Emoji Commission.” Director Mea Dols de Jong got a foot in the door during the quarterly meeting at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Seattle, but also ran into the shocking closedness of the tech sector. The deeper she delves into the world behind the seemingly little icons, the better she sees that this micro-world is a reflection of the “real” world. What does it take to get a new emoji on the phone’s keyboard? Take a look at the campaign for a new white wine emoji. Why is the LGBTQI rainbow flag emoji in the keyboards, but not the one that stands for transgender people? Where lies the power to make such decisions?
Thanks for using my photograph to illustrate this discussion about concerns relating to US Dietary Guidelines, Nutrition Coalition (@4DietaryReform), in this post written by Nina Teicholz (@bigfatsurprise).
The photograph was taken at the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans Committee meeting in Washington, DC, along with several others (see below).
As the blog post states, there are concerns being raised about the methodologies employed in 2020 scientific review process.
I freely admit I am a health focused, prevention-oriented, nutrition geek, who has a desire to know rather than a desire to be right. It is known how to do scientific reviews accurately, and the definitions of dietary patterns are well described. It’s unclear why new, arbitrary versions of these are being employed now.
A room or environment like this is as far as someone could get from the impact of nutritional deficiencies affecting Americans today – only 12 % are considered metabolically healthy. This is not to imply that Committee members are not connected to the realities of dietary guidelines, it is to underscore the importance of their work.
The expert committee reviewing the science for America’s nutrition policy, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), held its third, two-day meeting last week, in Washington, D.C. While the committee is working hard to review the science, some “38,000 studies” so far, according to government offic