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Most comments: 27

2015-07-01 10:54:52 (27 comments, 0 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

[The Search is Over!]

As many of you know, I've been looking for work for the last two months and it has been quite the stressful time.  I am very happy to be able to say publicly that I've officially accepted the offer made to me by Destino, a Norwegian technology company that is making life easier for companies with a web presence and solving lots of interesting problems along the way.

I'll be starting in August, which gives me time to close things out with my current employer and make sure that they have the benefit of a thorough hand-off.

I'm really excited about this new opportunity, I'll get to expand upon current technologies, learn some new ones, and ultimately be a part of something great.  What more could a technophile ask for?

"Hooray!" for one more reason to celebrate this weekend :)

Most reshares: 9

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2015-06-11 13:32:48 (3 comments, 9 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

RIP you glorious gentleman.

I'd say he had a good run. And right now I imagine Satan reading the news, realising he's going to get his ass kicked AND be dethroned by the biggest badass of them all. 

Most plusones: 52

2015-07-01 10:54:52 (27 comments, 0 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

[The Search is Over!]

As many of you know, I've been looking for work for the last two months and it has been quite the stressful time.  I am very happy to be able to say publicly that I've officially accepted the offer made to me by Destino, a Norwegian technology company that is making life easier for companies with a web presence and solving lots of interesting problems along the way.

I'll be starting in August, which gives me time to close things out with my current employer and make sure that they have the benefit of a thorough hand-off.

I'm really excited about this new opportunity, I'll get to expand upon current technologies, learn some new ones, and ultimately be a part of something great.  What more could a technophile ask for?

"Hooray!" for one more reason to celebrate this weekend :)

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2015-08-03 14:22:18 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Some excellent views. I've been to a couple of the places filmed, I think now I have to plan a few trips to go see the others, especially up north where the auroras are easily visible.

My mom will recognize one of the towns shown, since she lives there :)

Spectacular video!___Some excellent views. I've been to a couple of the places filmed, I think now I have to plan a few trips to go see the others, especially up north where the auroras are easily visible.

My mom will recognize one of the towns shown, since she lives there :)

2015-08-01 13:34:20 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

The genius of Microsoft is this: Everyone currently running a Windows variant as a primary operating system that knows about and dislikes the idea of Microsoft "spying on everything you do by default" will still upgrade to Windows 10 willingly.  Oh they'll still complain about it for a long time to come, sparking (most likely) a new wave of "Privacy Protection" plugins and apps for the platform, but they'll also willingly install something they know they don't want.

This reminds me of Amanda Waller, the DC character whose job it is to get people to act against their own self-interests (an orchestrator of the "Suicide Squad").  Comic books are obviously truer to real life issues than most people give them credit for.

Obviously Microsoft is doing something "right", when they can make a product that actively and by default doesp... more »

The genius of Microsoft is this: Everyone currently running a Windows variant as a primary operating system that knows about and dislikes the idea of Microsoft "spying on everything you do by default" will still upgrade to Windows 10 willingly.  Oh they'll still complain about it for a long time to come, sparking (most likely) a new wave of "Privacy Protection" plugins and apps for the platform, but they'll also willingly install something they know they don't want.

This reminds me of Amanda Waller, the DC character whose job it is to get people to act against their own self-interests (an orchestrator of the "Suicide Squad").  Comic books are obviously truer to real life issues than most people give them credit for.

Obviously Microsoft is doing something "right", when they can make a product that actively and by default does precisely what their customers don't want it to do and yet, they'll still not only get it, but willingly seek it out.  Just like Amanda Waller and the Suicide Squad, a bunch of villains that should never be able to get along at all without killing each other who go out and successfully carry out missions together.

Life is stranger than fiction.___

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2015-07-31 13:15:46 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

1. Completed two new features in the application? Check.
2. Made sure there was clear documentation available for everything that I ever worked on, especially what was in production? Check.
3. Performed in-person hand-over for all relevant projects? Check.
4. Removed my user and keys from all relevant systems after performing backups of all personal data? Check.
5. Setup an email auto-responder redirecting clients to contact parties responsible for taking over all of my tasks and development areas? Check.
6. Had cake? Check.
7. Shook hands with everyone and wished everyone a great weekend as I collected my things and walked out the door for the last time? Double-check.

And with that, my last day working for my (previous) employer is complete. Now to focus on relaxing and getting my head in the game for my new job which starts in the middle of August.

:)

1. Completed two new features in the application? Check.
2. Made sure there was clear documentation available for everything that I ever worked on, especially what was in production? Check.
3. Performed in-person hand-over for all relevant projects? Check.
4. Removed my user and keys from all relevant systems after performing backups of all personal data? Check.
5. Setup an email auto-responder redirecting clients to contact parties responsible for taking over all of my tasks and development areas? Check.
6. Had cake? Check.
7. Shook hands with everyone and wished everyone a great weekend as I collected my things and walked out the door for the last time? Double-check.

And with that, my last day working for my (previous) employer is complete. Now to focus on relaxing and getting my head in the game for my new job which starts in the middle of August.

:)___

2015-07-30 10:50:25 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

For those worried about #stagefright  possibly affecting Sailfish OS phones (since we have Android support via Alien Dalvik). It looks like we're in the clear and a patch to Alien Dalvik is incoming, just in case.

For those worried about #stagefright  possibly affecting Sailfish OS phones (since we have Android support via Alien Dalvik). It looks like we're in the clear and a patch to Alien Dalvik is incoming, just in case.___

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2015-07-28 14:00:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

I don't always share a buzzfeed article, but when I do +Pam Adger shared it first, so blame her!

Hahaha!  These are great!___I don't always share a buzzfeed article, but when I do +Pam Adger shared it first, so blame her!

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2015-07-26 20:05:04 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Hilarious!!!

This is sooo good!
Thanks +Florian Kiersch for sharing it with me___Hilarious!!!

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2015-07-26 14:06:28 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Maybe there's a lawyer that could explain why not, but wouldn't this fall under RICO statutes since it's multiple entities colluding as one in a conspiracy case?

I'm pretty sure everyone should be interested in what's uncovered by this case, the implications affect more than just Google as a company. We're talking the legitimacy of the MPAA, conspiracy amongst Attorneys General, Studio PR, manipulation of news media, etc.  One would think this would at the very least call into question every case that the MPAA has ever levied against any person or entity so as to ascertain the motives behind those cases and whether or not there was evidence tampering involved.

The MPAA isn't just anti-consumer, it's pro-corruption. 

Heck of a job, guys!___Maybe there's a lawyer that could explain why not, but wouldn't this fall under RICO statutes since it's multiple entities colluding as one in a conspiracy case?

I'm pretty sure everyone should be interested in what's uncovered by this case, the implications affect more than just Google as a company. We're talking the legitimacy of the MPAA, conspiracy amongst Attorneys General, Studio PR, manipulation of news media, etc.  One would think this would at the very least call into question every case that the MPAA has ever levied against any person or entity so as to ascertain the motives behind those cases and whether or not there was evidence tampering involved.

2015-07-26 12:57:15 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Dear +Netflix,

I thought that not getting a notification regarding the new season of "Knights of Sidonia" was a hiccup and disregarded it, thinking it must have been some sort of glitch.  Then I realized that I didn't get a notification regarding the second season of "The Fall" and I realized that something is either broken or not yet implemented.

If there's a show/movie in "My List" that ends up with a sequel (or in some cases, prequel) made available, a notification should be sent.  I'm pretty sure your own browser app/site has a facility for this since I sometimes see notifications of offers and every mobile platform has a simple way to send/access push notifications.  It might seem like a small thing to add, but it's one of those quality of life features that really adds to the experience and solidifies the connection to theser... more »

Dear +Netflix,

I thought that not getting a notification regarding the new season of "Knights of Sidonia" was a hiccup and disregarded it, thinking it must have been some sort of glitch.  Then I realized that I didn't get a notification regarding the second season of "The Fall" and I realized that something is either broken or not yet implemented.

If there's a show/movie in "My List" that ends up with a sequel (or in some cases, prequel) made available, a notification should be sent.  I'm pretty sure your own browser app/site has a facility for this since I sometimes see notifications of offers and every mobile platform has a simple way to send/access push notifications.  It might seem like a small thing to add, but it's one of those quality of life features that really adds to the experience and solidifies the connection to the service.

Signed,

A Netflix User___

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2015-07-24 20:24:14 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

[Stavanger Tattoo Convention 2015]

We had a great time today at the convention! There was awesome music, great food, and lots of talented artists applying their craft to human canvases. I was especially glad to meet an artist named Alberto from Arte Sacra in Portugal. I told him about how my brother got our last name tattooed onto his left arm and that, despite not seeing my brother in-person in several years and having an ocean between us, I wanted to do something that would make us feel closer. I showed him the picture and told him which font was in use and Alberto set to work. Needless to say, I'm really happy with the fruits of Alberto's labor, he's an excellent artist and a true professional.

The kids also had a great time and were able to get a few trinkets to add to their accessories collections, Lahna with the spiked leather bracelet and Anastasia with... more »

[Stavanger Tattoo Convention 2015]

We had a great time today at the convention! There was awesome music, great food, and lots of talented artists applying their craft to human canvases. I was especially glad to meet an artist named Alberto from Arte Sacra in Portugal. I told him about how my brother got our last name tattooed onto his left arm and that, despite not seeing my brother in-person in several years and having an ocean between us, I wanted to do something that would make us feel closer. I showed him the picture and told him which font was in use and Alberto set to work. Needless to say, I'm really happy with the fruits of Alberto's labor, he's an excellent artist and a true professional.

The kids also had a great time and were able to get a few trinkets to add to their accessories collections, Lahna with the spiked leather bracelet and Anastasia with her cross necklace. Lynea made out with a new belly-ring and is also considering a tattoo, some kind of tree or forest scene.

It was a really positive experience and we had a wonderful time as a family enjoying the scene. I can definitely see us attending every year from now on :)___

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2015-07-21 20:06:16 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

[Hedgehogs love peanutbutter]

This hedgehog has been living in the stone wall that surrounds my patio. He was a tiny baby when I first saw it, just barely old enough to walk and dig on its own. We see it intermittently throughout the year. This morning, my daughter left a jar of peanut butter out so that he could fatten up before autumn gets here. I'd say her concerns were unfounded. We're keeping an eye on him to make sure that he doesn't get his head stuck in there, but he seems to be enjoying himself and comes out for air every other minute.

It's really fun to see him. He arrived in the patio the day I moved into the apartment, so other than the fact that since then he's always lived in the stone wall, he's kinda like a roommate. He'll even come out to "visit" for a bit while my wife and I sit outside to have coffee (when the weather... more »

[Hedgehogs love peanutbutter]

This hedgehog has been living in the stone wall that surrounds my patio. He was a tiny baby when I first saw it, just barely old enough to walk and dig on its own. We see it intermittently throughout the year. This morning, my daughter left a jar of peanut butter out so that he could fatten up before autumn gets here. I'd say her concerns were unfounded. We're keeping an eye on him to make sure that he doesn't get his head stuck in there, but he seems to be enjoying himself and comes out for air every other minute.

It's really fun to see him. He arrived in the patio the day I moved into the apartment, so other than the fact that since then he's always lived in the stone wall, he's kinda like a roommate. He'll even come out to "visit" for a bit while my wife and I sit outside to have coffee (when the weather permits).

___

2015-07-19 11:59:52 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I may have to attend this year :)

I may have to attend this year :)___

2015-07-17 19:33:16 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Well, looks like I'm writing this app in C++ and not Python because Python is still a second class citizen when it comes to writing apps against the Sailfish OS SDK.

Not a problem, this one is simple enough that it shouldn't take much to translate it to C++.  Still, it would be nice if +Jolla had more documentation available regarding the quirks of building and testing an app written in Python.

Well, looks like I'm writing this app in C++ and not Python because Python is still a second class citizen when it comes to writing apps against the Sailfish OS SDK.

Not a problem, this one is simple enough that it shouldn't take much to translate it to C++.  Still, it would be nice if +Jolla had more documentation available regarding the quirks of building and testing an app written in Python.___

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2015-07-16 19:56:07 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Obligatory screenshots :)

#SailfishOS   #jolla  

Obligatory screenshots :)

#SailfishOS   #jolla  ___

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2015-07-16 18:42:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

[New Stuff!]

My +Jolla arrived about an hour ago and I've been having a great time with it so far.  It's definitely smaller than my LG G3, but that isn't a problem with as solid as it feels.  Normally I opt for larger phones because I have large hands and don't like feeling as if I could easily break a phone in my grip, that isn't a problem with the Jolla. It feels more solid than the G3, probably because it's thicker.

The screen resolution is misleading. When I originally looked at the specs I kinda laughed about the resolution thinking that I would end up handing this phone off quickly to one of my kids in order to get back to that lovely G3 screen. Nope! The colors and detail are great and I had to do a double-take to make sure that I read the resolution specs correctly.

Overall, the phone feels very "high quality", likeyo... more »

[New Stuff!]

My +Jolla arrived about an hour ago and I've been having a great time with it so far.  It's definitely smaller than my LG G3, but that isn't a problem with as solid as it feels.  Normally I opt for larger phones because I have large hands and don't like feeling as if I could easily break a phone in my grip, that isn't a problem with the Jolla. It feels more solid than the G3, probably because it's thicker.

The screen resolution is misleading. When I originally looked at the specs I kinda laughed about the resolution thinking that I would end up handing this phone off quickly to one of my kids in order to get back to that lovely G3 screen. Nope! The colors and detail are great and I had to do a double-take to make sure that I read the resolution specs correctly.

Overall, the phone feels very "high quality", like you'd expect from a nearly bullet-proof Nokia model.

I wasn't quite sure how comfortable I'd be with almost purely gesture-based navigation (swiping, flicking, sliding, etc) but it turns out that it really does just feel more natural than tapping my screen.  When you opt for gesture-based navigation your designers and engineers definitely have to take their time to think about how to get all of those app features and options packed into as simple an interface as possible without feeling clunky. Jolla definitely did just that, because going through the setup, I haven't once thought "Where the f**k is that setting?" It's just a "pull" away, precisely in the direction that the bootup tutorial told me it should be.

Speaking of tutorials: Jolla did it right! Not only is the tutorial "short and sweet", but you can exit it early at any stage without being pestered about completing it (No uncontrollable lock-in feeling!).  It sits as an app in your drawer, so you can go back to it if you forgot something.

System updates (I had two because I enabled "Early Access" in the Settings menu) are really easy, as expected, and without changing the entire UI around, actually looks, feels, and behaves like it just got updated.

So far, I'm really impressed with it. I'm still loading it up with apps and exploring the system before digging into getting SSH setup :)___

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2015-07-16 16:20:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Happy #Thorsday  comic fans :)

Happy #Thorsday  comic fans :)___

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2015-07-16 16:16:00 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Anybody remember this app? What a ghost town! :P

#ThrowbackThursday

Anybody remember this app? What a ghost town! :P

#ThrowbackThursday___

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2015-07-16 06:04:16 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

+J.P. Harvey - I'll see your Deadpool result and raise you V :P

+J.P. Harvey - I'll see your Deadpool result and raise you V :P___

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2015-07-12 10:03:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

!!!

___!!!

2015-07-10 17:48:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Happy Birthday +Jan Wildeboer's mom, +Treny Wildeboer! Wishing you all the best on this very special day :)

Happy Birthday +Jan Wildeboer's mom, +Treny Wildeboer! Wishing you all the best on this very special day :)___

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2015-07-10 13:44:06 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Soon...

+Daniel Sandman - One of the first things I'm going to do is see if I can't get Go 1.5b to compile :)

Soon...

+Daniel Sandman - One of the first things I'm going to do is see if I can't get Go 1.5b to compile :)___

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2015-07-08 16:32:02 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I didn't realize that Sailfish OS supported apps written in Python.  That's good to know considering the fact that I ordered my +Jolla phone yesterday :)

I didn't realize that Sailfish OS supported apps written in Python.  That's good to know considering the fact that I ordered my +Jolla phone yesterday :)___

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2015-07-06 19:59:56 (3 comments, 7 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Okay, life is complete. I can die a happy man now. Or at least go to sleep :P

Okay, life is complete. I can die a happy man now. Or at least go to sleep :P___

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2015-07-06 18:25:13 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

[It happened...]

I got a haircut. Or rather, I cut my hair with a razorblade. It's kinda funny having more hair on my chin than on my head, but now my head feels a lot better. Here's hoping that the next couple of weeks brings a bit of sunshine so that I can get a tan :P

+Sean Tomlinson - Shots fired bro!

[It happened...]

I got a haircut. Or rather, I cut my hair with a razorblade. It's kinda funny having more hair on my chin than on my head, but now my head feels a lot better. Here's hoping that the next couple of weeks brings a bit of sunshine so that I can get a tan :P

+Sean Tomlinson - Shots fired bro!___

2015-07-05 00:11:36 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

[KerbalX]

For my friends that play Kerbal Space Program, I've created a hangar on KerbalX.  Now you too can experience ruling the galaxy as I do, with misfit ships that are not nearly as efficient as they should be because I haven't reached the point of being that addict that has memorized the "delta-V" and every other formula relevant to making a trip to the "Mun" with tons of fuel to spare.  So far, almost all of my kerbanauts have been embarking on suicide missions as I haven't started caring about return trips (or rather, I haven't successfully executed one... yet!).

This ship though, you can make it to the Mun, maybe even Minmus if you plot out your course correctly.  One of my flights with this ship ended up orbiting the sun with a very wide orbit (still sorting the math out on that one).  However, I figure at least two successfulMun... more »

[KerbalX]

For my friends that play Kerbal Space Program, I've created a hangar on KerbalX.  Now you too can experience ruling the galaxy as I do, with misfit ships that are not nearly as efficient as they should be because I haven't reached the point of being that addict that has memorized the "delta-V" and every other formula relevant to making a trip to the "Mun" with tons of fuel to spare.  So far, almost all of my kerbanauts have been embarking on suicide missions as I haven't started caring about return trips (or rather, I haven't successfully executed one... yet!).

This ship though, you can make it to the Mun, maybe even Minmus if you plot out your course correctly.  One of my flights with this ship ended up orbiting the sun with a very wide orbit (still sorting the math out on that one).  However, I figure at least two successful Mun missions out of 3 is a good enough advertisement for this ship.

Enjoy :)

http://kerbalx.com/darthlukan/MSL-MK-2___

2015-07-01 10:54:52 (27 comments, 0 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

[The Search is Over!]

As many of you know, I've been looking for work for the last two months and it has been quite the stressful time.  I am very happy to be able to say publicly that I've officially accepted the offer made to me by Destino, a Norwegian technology company that is making life easier for companies with a web presence and solving lots of interesting problems along the way.

I'll be starting in August, which gives me time to close things out with my current employer and make sure that they have the benefit of a thorough hand-off.

I'm really excited about this new opportunity, I'll get to expand upon current technologies, learn some new ones, and ultimately be a part of something great.  What more could a technophile ask for?

"Hooray!" for one more reason to celebrate this weekend :)

[The Search is Over!]

As many of you know, I've been looking for work for the last two months and it has been quite the stressful time.  I am very happy to be able to say publicly that I've officially accepted the offer made to me by Destino, a Norwegian technology company that is making life easier for companies with a web presence and solving lots of interesting problems along the way.

I'll be starting in August, which gives me time to close things out with my current employer and make sure that they have the benefit of a thorough hand-off.

I'm really excited about this new opportunity, I'll get to expand upon current technologies, learn some new ones, and ultimately be a part of something great.  What more could a technophile ask for?

"Hooray!" for one more reason to celebrate this weekend :)___

2015-06-30 22:58:32 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

[Things my daughters say]

On relationships

Lahna: "The way you and mom love each other is depressing. Like, I'm just gonna throw in the towel now, I can't even."



[Things my daughters say]

On relationships

Lahna: "The way you and mom love each other is depressing. Like, I'm just gonna throw in the towel now, I can't even."

___

2015-06-30 13:33:23 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

I don't think I've ever in my life been this excited while waiting for a phone call :)

I don't think I've ever in my life been this excited while waiting for a phone call :)___

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2015-06-30 10:00:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Excellent news for +Valve and for gamers in general.  The real test will happen in the first 6 months after the pre-ordered machines are delivered and in use.  How Valve handles support requests (there are always at least some of those to worry about) and how quickly it can respond to demand will ultimately be what makes or breaks their entry into "console" markets.

So far so good though.

Thanks to +Daniel Sandman for sharing :)

And so it rolls... #SteamOS   #Debian   #GNU   #Linux  machines!! Get your #Linux   #Gaming  on!!___Excellent news for +Valve and for gamers in general.  The real test will happen in the first 6 months after the pre-ordered machines are delivered and in use.  How Valve handles support requests (there are always at least some of those to worry about) and how quickly it can respond to demand will ultimately be what makes or breaks their entry into "console" markets.

So far so good though.

Thanks to +Daniel Sandman for sharing :)

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2015-06-29 17:32:35 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

[Wow!]

#Sense8  is one of the best shows I've ever seen.  The concept is really interesting and the execution more than does it justice.  When I first read the synopsis a couple of weeks ago I thought "Okay, that's a bit too weird to be done well as live action." I then dismissed it.  Last night I thought "What the hell? Let's see what happens, it's a +Netflix original, so it can't be that bad."  I am so glad I took the plunge.  My family and I have been practically glued to our Chromecast and our only disappointment is that we have to wait until next year for the next season.

Without spoiling anything, imagine you have a mental connection to a random person on the other side of the globe.  Someone so different and whose upbringing is so far removed from your own, that if you were to pass each other online you probablywouldn&... more »

[Wow!]

#Sense8  is one of the best shows I've ever seen.  The concept is really interesting and the execution more than does it justice.  When I first read the synopsis a couple of weeks ago I thought "Okay, that's a bit too weird to be done well as live action." I then dismissed it.  Last night I thought "What the hell? Let's see what happens, it's a +Netflix original, so it can't be that bad."  I am so glad I took the plunge.  My family and I have been practically glued to our Chromecast and our only disappointment is that we have to wait until next year for the next season.

Without spoiling anything, imagine you have a mental connection to a random person on the other side of the globe.  Someone so different and whose upbringing is so far removed from your own, that if you were to pass each other online you probably wouldn't even consider saying "Hi."  Now imagine that over this "connection", you can feel what they are feeling, see through their eyes, smell everything they smell, and otherwise actually experience what they are experiencing while your "connection" is alive.  Let's add the fact that such a connection goes both ways, so they are going through the same thing as you.  Here's the kicker, it's not just you and this other random person, it's you and seven other people all with this connection.  What would your lives be like?

Of course, there's more to it than that, but I don't want to spoil the ride, it's a wild one.___

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2015-06-27 20:56:59 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

This was a pleasure to watch for a few reasons.  Obviously that symbol needs to be removed. It is a beacon of the bigotry that should have died off in antiquity.  I was also very pleased to see that the law-enforcement officers present appeared to execute their duties calmly and with civility and that nobody was harmed.  What will be really interesting to see is the outcome of this case.  The central theme of the court battle that is sure to come will be whether the "spirit of the law" is held higher than the "letter of the law."  Are she and her counterpart guilty of defacing a government monument? Quite possibly, depending on how the state argues "defacement", but the spirit of the law is to uphold the principles of equality contained in the law itself (The Constitution), of which the confederate flag is quite obviously in violation.

There's a lot ofwigg... more »

___This was a pleasure to watch for a few reasons.  Obviously that symbol needs to be removed. It is a beacon of the bigotry that should have died off in antiquity.  I was also very pleased to see that the law-enforcement officers present appeared to execute their duties calmly and with civility and that nobody was harmed.  What will be really interesting to see is the outcome of this case.  The central theme of the court battle that is sure to come will be whether the "spirit of the law" is held higher than the "letter of the law."  Are she and her counterpart guilty of defacing a government monument? Quite possibly, depending on how the state argues "defacement", but the spirit of the law is to uphold the principles of equality contained in the law itself (The Constitution), of which the confederate flag is quite obviously in violation.

There's a lot of wiggle room for precedent to be set based on symbols and their display based on wider public perception, at least, that's an argument that could be made by people trained in interpreting the law and making legal arguments.  Whether or not such arguments are made or countered will remain to be seen.

Still, I think that we'll see a lot more protesters taking similar actions to this young woman and her accomplice until the decision is made to finally remove and ban these relics of hate.

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2015-06-27 12:44:58 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

[2015 Vacation in Germany]

As promised, here are some photos that I took while in Germany. We got to see some really cool sites, like The Hardenburg Castle Ruins and Wissembourg, which is actually a town in France that used to be a part of Germany before WWII.

+Lynea Tomlinson will have some more photos to share, so keep an eye on her stream this evening :)

[2015 Vacation in Germany]

As promised, here are some photos that I took while in Germany. We got to see some really cool sites, like The Hardenburg Castle Ruins and Wissembourg, which is actually a town in France that used to be a part of Germany before WWII.

+Lynea Tomlinson will have some more photos to share, so keep an eye on her stream this evening :)___

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2015-06-27 07:56:47 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Hooray! :D

Why the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage is a huge victory for straight people.

Celebrations and congratulations abound online over the Supreme Court's ruling that gay marriage is legal in all 50 states. 

Most feel that it's an enormous win for gay people who want to get married, which (obviously) it is. 

But as good as most Americans feel about what this means for our gay family and friends, the truth is that its effect on people who are actually gay and who will actually get married is only one part of what happened today. 

The larger event is that in a huge test of the Constitution, the principle of equality emerged victorious. 

The Constitution is pretty fucking clear on equality. The 14th Amendment says: "No state shall... deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

You have on the one side the mere idea of equality enshrined into the Constitution, and on the other the dirty, real-life cesspool of human bigotry, prejudice, fear, hate, narrow interests, privilege and more. 

What happened today is that the Constitution won, once again transferring the benefits of an enlightened group of people from our past and bestowing it upon the present, a present in which special interests, greed and the callous disregard for equality rules our politics. 

Note that this isn't about equality, per se -- it's not about using the law to make everyone equal. It's about every citizen being treated equally by our government. It's about equality before the law. 

Without equality before the law, America stands for nothing.

So, congratulations to every American. This was a huge win for all of us. ___Hooray! :D

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2015-06-27 07:24:28 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

[Almost-post vacation update]

We're waiting to board our plane home and there's free WiFi, so an update is in order.

I spent more time on my phone during vacation than I normally do any other time of the year. The reason? I have not one, not two, but three job offers in three different countries to consider. All of them are awesome. All of them expect an answer early next week. I have a lot of thinking to do. Thankfully I have next week off because no matter which position I choose there will be a ton of planning that has to be done.

Hooray for my summer wish coming true, I was pleasantly interrupted while in Germany. Time to whip out the "Cost vs Benefit vs Risk" chart and sit down with the family to sort this all out.

Pictures of all of the fun we had in Germany will be incoming during the course of the evening. Attached is a teaser... more »

[Almost-post vacation update]

We're waiting to board our plane home and there's free WiFi, so an update is in order.

I spent more time on my phone during vacation than I normally do any other time of the year. The reason? I have not one, not two, but three job offers in three different countries to consider. All of them are awesome. All of them expect an answer early next week. I have a lot of thinking to do. Thankfully I have next week off because no matter which position I choose there will be a ton of planning that has to be done.

Hooray for my summer wish coming true, I was pleasantly interrupted while in Germany. Time to whip out the "Cost vs Benefit vs Risk" chart and sit down with the family to sort this all out.

Pictures of all of the fun we had in Germany will be incoming during the course of the evening. Attached is a teaser :)___

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2015-06-20 15:30:26 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Flight to Copenhagen. Yeah, we're having fun in the plane :P

Flight to Copenhagen. Yeah, we're having fun in the plane :P___

2015-06-19 16:46:21 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

I think that interview went really well.  Now to get back to focusing on my vacation :)

I think that interview went really well.  Now to get back to focusing on my vacation :)___

2015-06-19 13:21:28 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

I am officially on summer vacation! 2 weeks of relaxing and only working on what I want to work on.

What would make it perfect is one of the companies that I've been interviewing with sending over an offer letter attached to an email. I would not at all mind being interrupted on vacation by one of those. In fact, if you're a rep of one of those companies (you know who you are) I totally welcome THAT kind of interruption. Go on, thrill me :P

I am officially on summer vacation! 2 weeks of relaxing and only working on what I want to work on.

What would make it perfect is one of the companies that I've been interviewing with sending over an offer letter attached to an email. I would not at all mind being interrupted on vacation by one of those. In fact, if you're a rep of one of those companies (you know who you are) I totally welcome THAT kind of interruption. Go on, thrill me :P___

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2015-06-18 09:54:40 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I need this in my life!

I need this in my life!___

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2015-06-17 18:08:58 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

This was something that I struggled with in that first 6 - 12 months of learning programming.  Thankfully, I have great friends that made lots of recommendations on books and other learning resources, and even spent many hours in total explaining things to me so that I could grasp them.  Not everyone is so lucky and therefore proper targeting should be a thing.

When you're first learning something, you spend a lot of time searching for resources.  The problem is, you aren't really knowledgeable enough in that area to know which resources are actually geared for your particular level of understanding.  When I was in that phase I found lots of articles that assumed "Beginner" meant "Doesn't know this language but knows one of 4 others" and still others that assumed I needed the word "computer" defined for me.

Here's hoping Zed is able topul... more »

This was something that I struggled with in that first 6 - 12 months of learning programming.  Thankfully, I have great friends that made lots of recommendations on books and other learning resources, and even spent many hours in total explaining things to me so that I could grasp them.  Not everyone is so lucky and therefore proper targeting should be a thing.

When you're first learning something, you spend a lot of time searching for resources.  The problem is, you aren't really knowledgeable enough in that area to know which resources are actually geared for your particular level of understanding.  When I was in that phase I found lots of articles that assumed "Beginner" meant "Doesn't know this language but knows one of 4 others" and still others that assumed I needed the word "computer" defined for me.

Here's hoping Zed is able to pull off this goal, aspiring developers should keep an eye on his site for updates.

Disclosure: When I was first learning Python, I worked through Zed's book "Learn Python The Hard Way." I still think it's one of the best available resources for absolute beginners.___

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2015-06-17 08:38:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Excellent news!

DuckDuckGo has grown 600% since Apple put it as a search option (and NSA revelations)

Speaking in an interview with CNBC, DuckDuckGo CEO Gabe Weinberg said that the company’s traffic has grown 600 percent over the past two years. A variety of factors likely played a role in this explosion of growth, but it is mainly attributable to the…___Excellent news!

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2015-06-17 08:28:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

:)

Linux Lite awards another Bounty to Developers.___:)

2015-06-15 16:28:15 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

[NEXT!]

It was time for a cleaner rewrite of my original Go implementation of this program.

What's New?

1. Uses the CLI package for convenience
2. Stricter input (use the flags)
3. Proper use of concurrency (go ahead, give it a file with 100+ links in it and watch what happens :) )
4. Less lines of code
5. Version bump

Make no mistake, this is totally a toy program and is by no means meant to compete with more robust tools like wget and curl.  I happen to use the URL file input feature a ton in my own personal scripts and that's where this program really gets its usefulness (for me anyway), but I'm pretty sure you could do the same in a shell script calling wget or curl.

Anywho, there you go. Have fun.

[NEXT!]

It was time for a cleaner rewrite of my original Go implementation of this program.

What's New?

1. Uses the CLI package for convenience
2. Stricter input (use the flags)
3. Proper use of concurrency (go ahead, give it a file with 100+ links in it and watch what happens :) )
4. Less lines of code
5. Version bump

Make no mistake, this is totally a toy program and is by no means meant to compete with more robust tools like wget and curl.  I happen to use the URL file input feature a ton in my own personal scripts and that's where this program really gets its usefulness (for me anyway), but I'm pretty sure you could do the same in a shell script calling wget or curl.

Anywho, there you go. Have fun.___

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2015-06-13 07:52:25 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I'm pretty sure this was included in that short list of my (and everyone else's) worst nightmares. That one reserved for genuine fear of very possible events that you hope you never have to plan for and aren't quite sure what you should/would do.

h/t +Yonatan Zunger 

___I'm pretty sure this was included in that short list of my (and everyone else's) worst nightmares. That one reserved for genuine fear of very possible events that you hope you never have to plan for and aren't quite sure what you should/would do.

h/t +Yonatan Zunger 

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2015-06-13 07:25:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

#DistractinglySexy  may just be the best hashtag to ever come into being.  

#DistractinglySexy  may just be the best hashtag to ever come into being.  ___

2015-06-12 18:50:05 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

[A simple, relaxing something]

I wanted an excuse to make something silly and also use AngularJS so as to practice a few things for a much larger project that I'm working (that is totally serious).  So I took my little dice CLI utility, split out the thing that actually performs a roll to a small lib/package, wrote a POST method that uses that in my site's server code, and spun up a simple UI using Angular.

The result is nothing spectacular, but it was definitely fun to make.  If you navigate to my site, you'll see a new section called "Dice" added.  Clicking that will take you to the "app".

For those of you that don't care and just want to roll some dice, you can send a POST request to the "API" with the amount of each type of die you wish to "roll":

"""
$ curl -H&qu... more »

[A simple, relaxing something]

I wanted an excuse to make something silly and also use AngularJS so as to practice a few things for a much larger project that I'm working (that is totally serious).  So I took my little dice CLI utility, split out the thing that actually performs a roll to a small lib/package, wrote a POST method that uses that in my site's server code, and spun up a simple UI using Angular.

The result is nothing spectacular, but it was definitely fun to make.  If you navigate to my site, you'll see a new section called "Dice" added.  Clicking that will take you to the "app".

For those of you that don't care and just want to roll some dice, you can send a POST request to the "API" with the amount of each type of die you wish to "roll":

"""
$ curl -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X POST -d '{"d4": 2, "d6": 1, "d8": 1, "d10": 3, "d12": 2, "d20": 1}' http://www.brianctomlinson.com/dice/roll """

You'll get a JSON object back that looks something like:

"""
{"data":{"d10":23,"d12":14,"d20":3,"d4":3,"d6":4,"d8":6},"status":200}
"""

The values you get back are the totals for each type of dice roll.

Oh, if you find yourself in need of the ability to roll a saving throw, but you forgot your dice at home, the form is mobile-friendly.  Just point your mobile browser to "http://www.brianctomlinson.com/dice/", fill in the quantities of dice you wish to roll, and press the button.  You'll see a table with the dice and the roll values below the form.

Now to go apply what I learned with this fun little project to that bigger thing that will actually be useful to more than a handful of people :P___

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2015-06-11 19:08:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

The D&D geek in me has been satiated temporarily.

The D&D geek in me has been satiated temporarily.___

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2015-06-11 13:32:48 (3 comments, 9 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

I have no words.

RIP you glorious gentleman.

I'd say he had a good run. And right now I imagine Satan reading the news, realising he's going to get his ass kicked AND be dethroned by the biggest badass of them all. ___I have no words.

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2015-06-06 13:10:51 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Updating my wife's netbook with the latest version of +Peppermint. This is her dedicated Peppermint machine and it has seen every major version since version 3.

This is why Team Peppermint can never drop i686 support, machines like this that are still in active use need support :)

Updating my wife's netbook with the latest version of +Peppermint. This is her dedicated Peppermint machine and it has seen every major version since version 3.

This is why Team Peppermint can never drop i686 support, machines like this that are still in active use need support :)___

2015-06-05 17:26:01 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Okay, those were some difficult questions/problems! Here's hoping I get a chance to work with those people in solving those sorts of problems on a daily basis :)

Now to decompress.

Okay, those were some difficult questions/problems! Here's hoping I get a chance to work with those people in solving those sorts of problems on a daily basis :)

Now to decompress.___

2015-06-05 13:21:30 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Super nervous about this next interview, but I do have a good feeling about it.



Super nervous about this next interview, but I do have a good feeling about it.

___

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