full_title = "LPT: Once you have a child, create an email for them. Write them an email as often as you like as they age." show_self_text
I started this after I had my second Daughter. I write to her as though she will be an adult when she reads it. I like to share little stories that I think they will enjoy when they get older (like how she got that scar on her chin) that I might forget along the way. I heard/read it somewhere and I thought it was a cool idea, thought id share. Apologies if it has been suggested before.
Edit: Thank you for the gold. I feel bad as this is not my original idea, only passing it on. Thanks for the generosity.
full_title = "Science AMA Series: I’m Mary Woolley, President and CEO of Research!America, a nonprofit advocacy alliance committed to making research to improve health a higher national priority. AMA!" show_self_text
I’m Mary Woolley, President and CEO of Research!America (@ResearchAmerica), a nonprofit advocacy alliance committed to making research to improve health a higher national priority. Each electoral cycle, Research!America and partner organizations launch a national voter education initiative called “Ask Your Candidates! Is Medical Research Progress a Priority?”
([www.askyourcandidates.org](http://www.askyourcandidates.org)) which calls on congressional candidates to share their views on government policies and support for medical innovation conducted in both the public and private sectors. So far, we have received more than 150 statements from candidates with different viewpoints on federal support for research.
Sequestration, the across-the-board budget cuts enacted last year, dramatically reduced funding for federal agencies including the National Institutes of Health, jeopardizing innovative studies to find new treatments for deadly disease. Unless Congress assigns a higher priority to and allocates more funding for research, America's global leadership in science and technology will be compromised; cures and therapies will be delayed; the economic benefits of a robust innovation pipeline will go unrealized; and an entire generation of scientists will be lost.
As Election Day draws near, this is an opportunity to talk about the statements we have gathered from candidates, current threats to medical and health research funding, and for you to share questions and comments you want your congressional candidates to hear!
I'll be back at 1 pm EDT (10 am PDT, 4 pm UTC) to answer questions, AMA!
So I posted this on r/loseit and r/fitness
Today is my cake day and I thought I would reflect on what made me create this account in the first place, two years ago. I had reached my halfway point in my weight-loss journey, back when my goal weight was 150 lbs.
Here is a picture of me at my highest weight. I was 9 months pregnant (though you would never be able to tell) with my daughter. I don't know what my weight was at. I wouldn't let the doctor tell me anymore, but I'd guess I was at or close to around 300 lbs, at 5'5” http://imgur.com/rq7bacF
3 months after I gave birth to my daughter I weighed in at 270 lbs. Here is the picture someone took of me that made me realize I had to get my shit together. http://imgur.com/MicopmA
I'll go into it more if people are curious (though I didn't want to focus on it too much with the initial post) but I lost 110 lbs through mild cardio and calorie counting, and somewhere along the way developed bulimia and had to be hospitalized and almost died. http://imgur.com/nq3eWdk
When I got out of the hospital I was too afraid to diet and exercise. I was the only parent my daughter had, and I was afraid she would become an orphan. So instead of dieting or just being normal and healthy, I went back to my over-eating ways and a year later, this was me all over again.
So after a year being recovered, I worked with my therapist and doctors and started losing weight again. This time the right way. The first 60 lbs I lost was just through calorie counting (this as when I made my reddit account). Then I did 20-30 min of cardio 2-4 times a week, mostly walking. Then I started swimming. Then biking. Then running. I was vegetarian for a while. Then vegan. Then I did Keto a little, then I did maybe 5-6 other things I can't remember anymore. All the while I always counted calories. These days I pretty much just count calories and try and get around 100 g of protein a day and that’s pretty much it. I started lifting weights a little over nine months ago, and this is my progress from month 0-6 (though the before picture is from a year before I started lifting) http://imgur.com/raEKCSb and here is a picture taken of me at 9 months of lifting (though I don't see much of a difference between 6 and 9 months, even though my strength has gone up.) http://imgur.com/rhxwSzR
My one rep max lifts are
Bench – 110 lbs
Dead-Lift – 190 lbs
Squat – 200 lbs (at parallel)
WARNING: If loose skin grosses you out, you might not want to click on the next two links
Here is an album of my “muscles” from 6 months of weight lifting. http://imgur.com/a/PA063 I also documented my loose skin retraction on my midsection (just because SO MANY people had questions about it and there is hardly any information out there) http://imgur.com/F4TpOpf
I have not lost weight in over 18 months, but have gone from a size 8 to a size 4 due to the strength training. I am currently at 138 lbs at 5'6”. Guess what? I GREW AN INCH. My doctor told me that he often sees people get taller as they lose large amounts of weight because their spine becomes less compressed. Crazy right? My shoe size also went down.
I still eventually want to hit my new goal weight of 130, but obviously I'm in no hurry to get there. I have a really bad shoulder that I have dislocated dozens of times and am now looking to get surgery to fix it, and the doc says I might not be able to lift for 6 months because of it. This is something I have cried about multiple times in the past 2 weeks.
Anyway, that's me in all my raw glory. I'm proud of myself. Excited to see where I am next cake-day. Here's some random extra pictures.
EDIT: Aww shit, obligatory "thanks for the gold" edit. Thanks guys, you all are so amazing. You made my night.
Hey it's Flea, bassist and co-founder of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I'm also acting in and executive producer of the new movie LOW DOWN, which is now in theaters in New York and opens in Los Angeles this Friday. We'll hit a bunch more cities later in November.
You can find the trailer and more info about Low Down here:
Victoria's going to be helping me out. AMA.
**edit**: I'd just like to thank everybody for being with me this afternoon. And I really hope that people have the opportunity to see the movie LOW DOWN. It is a *deep* experience to see this film. And that's really what i want to say today.
full_title = "Amelia Earhart fragment already shown to belong to another airplane in 1992" show_self_text
I'm actually a grandson of Elgen Long, long time researcher of Amelia Earhart and also known to be the "father" of the crash and sink theory. I've been exposed to the argument over this piece of evidence for fragment 2-2-V-1 for many years.
There's a big problem with the argument that it belongs to Earhart's plane. One of the original engineers on the Lockheed 10, Edward Werner, was actually part of a research panel that determined in 1992 there was no way it could have come from Earhart's plane. This was detailed in many press articles, including the [LA Times](http://i.imgur.com/0iNwpRp.jpg) and [Oakland Tribune](http://i.imgur.com/OMhIyUC.jpg). He was also quoted in the [original press release](http://imgur.com/a/XurRO) that it "was ridiculous" to think it came from Earhart's plane and he agreed with the panel completely.
Here's why fragment 2-2-V-1 does not have a high chance of belonging to Amelia Earhart: [the rivets perfectly matched a PBY Catalina](http://i.imgur.com/fqipchg.jpg)! It's a [plane](http://i.imgur.com/nugKozs.jpg) that was widely used in the Pacific during WWII. The odds of those same rivets matching a Lockheed plane are very slim. I'm a little concerned that so much excitement is being generated about this piece when the PBY match has not yet been successfully refuted.
There's another problem with the "custom modification" reason posted in this [Wired article](http://www.wired.com/2014/10/metal-scrap-amelia-earhart/): modifications to Earhart's plane were well documented. At that time most modifications had to be submitted to the FAA for approval, and even fixes were written down. There's also a 20-page report that outlines Earhart's [crash in Hawaii](en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amelia_Earhart#1937_world_flight) during her first world trip attempt, and no where does it mention a "custom modification" like 2-2-V-1. (I'll see if I can dig up the PDF) So the perfect match with the PBY Catalina still remains the best candidate of origin.
I'm sure many are excited to see some revival of the search for Earhart, and I think there's a lot of positive in TIGHAR continuing their search. However, there are good reasons to remain doubtful that this is some sort of smoking gun.