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Brian Tomlinson (DarthLukan) has been shared in 76 public circles

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Raquel Hunter26,206ExtraORDINARY Engagers Showcase CircleThank you for engaging with me. This circle consists of people who have engaged with one of my recent posts in the form of +1s, comments and reshares. As a member of this circle, I invite you to leave a link AND a description to one of  your most recent posts in the comments below.Reshares of this circle are appreciated, but NOT necessary to be apart of this circle. 2014-09-28 20:42:4840120847
George Clark7,103Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!I don't wish to offend anyone on the internet, so if you would like to be removed from my shared circles, please send me a private message and I won't share your profile in the future. The only way being shared will affect you is that you will get notifications that people have added you. You are under no obligation to add them back to your circles. If you don't add them back, they will most likely remove you from their circles after some time.#topcircle #circleshareoftheday #sharedcircles  #sharedpubliccircles   #fridaycircle   #themecircle   #mediterranean   #addbackspree   #ripplescircle   #addback   #aahanapriyadarsinee   #peoplescircle   #circleoftheday   #followme   #follow4follow  2014-09-27 10:52:53486372240
Becky Collins15,380Smartphone/Tablet Lovers Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-08-20 05:01:234604313
John Nuntiatio36,868#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle #tennis #golf #photography #health #weightloss  2014-05-20 19:22:35440236
Tourej Ansari16,540All Kinds of People Shared CircleReshare or comment or plus to be in the next circle share!  Let me know if you want to be in the circle! Circle these plussers they are cool people! #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #public #publiccircles2014-05-10 11:00:124583111
nicholas syahputra390 please add me my profile in your circle,Reshare if you like! Please plus to tell me you have seen it! *There is no need to thank me, this is me thanking you! *1. Plus The Post2. Comment3. Add People To Circles4. Share The Circle!#circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circle #googleplustips #googleplus #indonesia #artists #artist #artistphotographeramateurorprofessional2014-05-07 09:53:094944113
CircleCount65,040The Cream of the Crop of November 2013What's this?On +CircleCount everyday some very interesting persons are chosen and recommended. These are persons without hundreds of thousands of followers but with a lot of interesting content. You won't find silent people here leading the rankings, but interesting people that are worth to be followed.You can find the Cream of the Crop daily here:http://www.circlecount.com/daily/Past Cream of the Crop Circles:October 2013: http://goo.gl/mx3CiGSeptember 2013: http://goo.gl/QOAm4GAugust 2013: http://goo.gl/N9kupHJuly 2013: http://goo.gl/mZ7XQJJune 2013: http://goo.gl/M900eMMay 2013: http://goo.gl/pfYlQApril 2013: http://goo.gl/C792kMarch 2013: http://goo.gl/WSKjUFebruary 2013: http://goo.gl/vsfGqJanuary 2013: http://goo.gl/xiuMuDecember 2012: http://goo.gl/bPL5KNovember 2012: http://goo.gl/LSQjcOctober 2012: http://goo.gl/ohdceSeptember 2012: http://goo.gl/ie3VNAugust 2012: http://goo.gl/5vUUPJuly 2012: http://goo.gl/oAemEJune 2012: http://goo.gl/YZt1yMay 2012: http://goo.gl/4Tq43April 2012: http://goo.gl/NvbKjMarch 2012: http://goo.gl/3auLoFebruary 2012: http://goo.gl/TWYpKJanuary 2012: http://goo.gl/HBdHbDecember 2011: http://goo.gl/RBCpgNovember 2011: http://goo.gl/x6TJkOctober 2011: http://goo.gl/2xVn92013-12-03 13:21:56296272955
Danial Hallock10,323No Name NeededIt's getting close to the Holiday Season, and the whole point of this particular part of the season is to "give thanks" to the people (or, in America, things) that have positively impacted your life.  For me, these are those people.You all should remember my initial circle The Three Hundred (http://goo.gl/kqE8h) which was well received at 251 +1s and 48 reshares.  This circle was my first round of hyper-vetting individuals for circling, based on a lot of criteria that was centered around high quality content and a high level of engagement.  I think I combed through about 2,300 profiles on a one-by-one basis before arriving at the final product.That circle then morphed into the The Collaborative Circle (http://goo.gl/Ex9ai) which was less publicized, but still racked in 90 +1s and 13 reshares.  This circle was based on the premise that "If four people from The Three Hundred enjoy person X, then I should also enjoy them."  Well, the combination of these circles lead to an interesting scenario in which I was able to locate all stars through a combination of overlap and relevance (via Google algorithms).  Out popped these twenty five individuals, and I could not be happier with the results.  These are twenty-five individuals in which I am subscribed, their posts are always enjoyable as well as insightful, and the notification stream keeps me engaged throughout the day.Whether you're looking at the tech news from +Mike Elgan, the social and scientific commentary of +Yonatan Zunger, or the general internet awesomeness that is the enigma of +Sarah Rios, you're not going to be disappointed.I normally only notify people that are contained within a circle, but these people are too awesome not to be guilty of a little plus-spam;  feel free to request a removal from the notified (all) circles.(Link to this post: http://goo.gl/AlsXG5) #nonameneeded   #circleshare   #sharingiscaring   #sharedcircle  2013-11-13 23:53:242639671
Yifat Cohen53,318Python/Django programmers circleIf you want to be added to this circle or know other people who fit the bill, please comment and I'll add you in.--------------- #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #python   #django #programming  2013-08-30 14:26:393318313
martin shervington166,616New Engagers for end July!Here are a friendly bunch of people who have been very active in my posts and in the communities over the past couple of weeks. Please note: I am not in this circle so if you are in it...so please SHARE and ADD it in as you are likely to find people to whom you will relate - it will all help to grow your network.Have fun :D #sharedcircles   #publicsharedcircles  2013-07-26 10:55:4469401138
Google+ Categorized Circles400Here is a Programmers Circle for you #programming   #geek   #webdesign   #webdevelopment   #coders   #sharedcircles   #circleshare   #circle   #circleoftheday  To get in this circle publically share, comment and +1.and follow +Google+ Categorized Circles 2013-07-21 17:24:0425411918
Jean Phillipe14,902My selection of G+ users who released great posts this month  part  10#sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  #sharedcircleday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday  #circles  #bestcircle   #sharedcircle   #circletobeshared   #circleoftheday  #bestengagers #bestgoogleplususers  #circle   #circles   #public   #publiccircle  #circleshare   #circlesharing    #sharedcircles      #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles#sharingcircle 2013-05-07 10:14:364985410
Jean Phillipe14,691My selection of G+ users who released great posts this week part 1#circle   #circles   #public   #publiccircle  #circleshare   #circlesharing     #sharedcircles      #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles #sharingcircle 2013-05-05 10:21:514985217
Danial Hallock6,447The Power of FiveFor the next five months, I will be taking the last five circles shared by five individuals and comparing them against one another for people who appear multiple times.  After all, we all have circles that we routinely share because we think the people in them are awesome, so if we all end up sharing the same people, then we all agree that they're awesome, right? This month, I took the following people and put their last five created and shared (not transitive shares) circles into one circle per person (e.g all five of +martin shervington's circle went into one circle).  I then hovered over each and every one of the individuals in those circles and my own (300: http://goo.gl/kqE8h) and for every person that appeared in 3 or more (50% or more) of the circles, I added them to this collaborative circle.This month is:+martin shervington+Armando Lioss +Cesare Riccardo +Carter Gibson +Kurt Smith These five sponsors provided about 19 circles and 1,400 people; and the resulting 58 people were endorsed by at least fifty percent of the sponsors.Next month, I'll add to this circle the collaborative efforts of:+Kate Savage +Euro Maestro +Mike Elgan +Dede Craig King +Stephanie Van Pelt  #circleshare   #sharingiscaring   #thepoweroffive   #collaborativecircle  2013-05-02 16:19:355916110
Danial Hallock6,447The Bible in 365This is the only time that this circle will be shared publicly, because this project will take place through a community setting.  I'll be working on setting up the community here in the next few weeks and invites/meta-updates will be sent directly to this circle.The reason I'm sharing this circle is (a) I like these people and (b) this is a last-call for inclusion on this project.  If you would like to join this project (which is detailed here:  http://goo.gl/EAFFD) then please post below and I will add you to this circle.  If I've added you to this circle in error, then please post below and I will remove you from it.If you're just wanting to read, and not participate, then don't worry.  I will be posting content to the community and sharing it through my stream via Extended Circles. These shares will be locked and disabled so I don't have to manage conversations in multiple places. Inclusion in this circle just gets you an invite to the community and you can determine your level of participation from there.I'm pretty excited about this, and I hope you are too. #bible365   #circleshare   #sharingiscaring  2013-05-02 14:29:5936605
Danial Hallock6,197The Three Hundred"Completed" CopyAs most of you probably know by now, I have been working on a #circlemanagement  project for quite some time now, in which I sought to increase the vetting process that occurs when I add people to my circles.  As most of you also know, I've been absolutely swamped and have barely had time to share content (let alone post my own or curate circles), so it's taken me a while to get here.However, after only six months to the day (lucky coincidence) I've managed to finish what I would consider a mostly-complete copy of this circle.  You can see the vetting process and the history of it here (http://goo.gl/kqE8h), and as always I encourage you to add and share this circle as you see fit!If you're notified, you're in it!  If you do not wish to be included in any future circle shares, please let me know via private message. #circleshare   #sharingiscaring   #engagers  2013-04-20 13:17:463019813101
Matthew Shuey1,381Socially Influential Google+ UsersThis is a hand picked circle of highly influential Google+ Users.To be added tho this or other circles do the following.1. Share this circle publicly2. Make sure your profile description is complete and country are visible in your profile3. Leave a comment4. Have a wonderful experience! #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday  2013-03-18 22:46:5842726913
Matthew Shuey1,289Socially Engaged Google+ Users Updated 3-15-13Shared public circle of socially engaging and socially influential Google+ users.Feel free to add and share. To be added to this or other circles please do the following.1. Share this circle2. Confirm your share by leaving a comment on this postThis is a hand picked circle. #sharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles Enjoy!2013-03-15 20:29:3641813515
Matthew Shuey880Socially Engaged Google+ Users UpdatedThis circle contains socially influential and socially engaging  Google+ users.2013-03-08 04:24:2537411310
Matthew Shuey734Socially Engaged Google+ Users #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleoftheday #circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday  2013-03-03 16:20:563541368
Kelly Bergman2,120Here is a list of my top Google+ friends for engagement. #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  2013-02-25 15:30:5749026726
Mohammad Rahimi2,027I would like to share this circle of people i follow their posts.2013-02-25 05:38:581061928
Chris Row2,580Shared circle time, I am sure you all know how this works. Feel free to add this Circle, Re Share it, Enjoy it G+ TECH CIRCLE pt 1 #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circleshare #circles #circleoftheday #technology   #technews   #apple   #samsung   #nexus4   #nexus7   #ces2013   #android   #tablet   #google  2013-01-24 17:20:42483547
Circles (CircleHub)29,523Programming Public CircleIf you love programming and would like to be included click on this link http://goo.gl/MDVit.Note: If you have already shared this circle, you can delete the previous one from your profile.#Programming   #ProgrammingCircle   #Development   #DevelopmentCircle   #Circle   #Circles   #ProgrammingPublicCircle 2013-01-15 11:07:17315192035
Chris Row2,335Shared circle time, I am sure you all know how this works. Feel free to add this Circle, Re Share it, Enjoy it G+ TECH CIRCLE pt 1 #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circleshare #circles #circleoftheday #technology   #technews   #apple   #samsung   #nexus4   #nexus7   #ces2013   #android   #tablet   #google  2013-01-11 20:59:57490214
Pam Adger22,892This circle represents 50 of the people I would love to hang out with one on one for a day or seven. I don’t believe in huge circle shares and this circle is twice the size of most I share but I just couldn't make it smaller. I did leave out some people who never post publicly because you wouldn't benefit from circling them. I am amazed that I had to limit this to 50. 2012-12-31 18:28:305034026
Circles (CircleHub)27,060Programming Public CircleIf you love programming and would like to be included click on this link http://goo.gl/MDVit.Note: If you have already shared this circle, you can delete the previous one from your profile.#Programming   #ProgrammingCircle   #Development   #DevelopmentCircle   #Circle   #Circles   #SharedCircles   #PublicCircle   #ProgrammingPublicCircle 2012-12-27 08:14:0528111819
Circles (CircleHub)24,459Programming Public CircleIf you love programming and would like to be included click on this link http://goo.gl/MDVit.Note: If you have already shared this circle, you can delete the previous one from your profile.#Programming   #ProgrammingCircle   #Development   #DevelopmentCircle   #Circle   #Circles   #SharedCircles   #PublicCircle   #ProgrammingPublicCircle 2012-12-13 00:25:36255202742
Carter Gibson628,961The Lifeblood of my Google+ ExperienceThe people in this circle (and I'm sure I've forgotten some of you!) are some of the most amazing people I've ever interacted with, online or off or both! I could not recommend this circle more highly. They're artists, bloggers, business owners, and the list goes on and on. Something they all share is that they are amazing people who I would do a favor for in a heartbeat. If you want to surround yourself with good people, this is an excellent circle to add. So, go on and circle up :)2012-11-30 21:16:131491251997
Dave Tozier0+Danial Hallock originally shared this post:The Three HundredRevised CopyIt's been about a month since my last share of #thethreehundred  so I wanted to share the revised copy of the circle; and true to my word, there have been a lot of revisions in the last month.For example, I've gone through each and every one of the 200 some odd recommendations and circle shares that came about from the last circle share.  As a result, of the original 297 that were shared a little under a month ago (http://goo.gl/xqGb4), I removed approximately 137 300ers and added 129 new members.  You can expect this circle to continue to change, but I think the triple digit adjustments are mostly done.  For those of you just joining us, this is a continuation of a project where I've been changing my #circlemanagement  strategy from purpose based to engagement based (http://goo.gl/kqE8h).As always, If you're notified you're in it. If you're in it, why not recommend a few people for me to circle up, or share the circle out with your stream?  Remember: #sharingiscaring  (Link to this post: http://goo.gl/cHwht)2012-11-20 17:22:28295000
Danial Hallock4,767The Three HundredRevised CopyIt's been about a month since my last share of #thethreehundred  so I wanted to share the revised copy of the circle; and true to my word, there have been a lot of revisions in the last month.For example, I've gone through each and every one of the 200 some odd recommendations and circle shares that came about from the last circle share.  As a result, of the original 297 that were shared a little under a month ago (http://goo.gl/xqGb4), I removed approximately 137 300ers and added 129 new members.  You can expect this circle to continue to change, but I think the triple digit adjustments are mostly done.  For those of you just joining us, this is a continuation of a project where I've been changing my #circlemanagement  strategy from purpose based to engagement based (http://goo.gl/kqE8h).As always, If you're notified you're in it. If you're in it, why not recommend a few people for me to circle up, or share the circle out with your stream?  Remember: #sharingiscaring  (Link to this post: http://goo.gl/cHwht)2012-11-20 15:47:332941172383
Brian Tomlinson (DarthLukan)4,858[Moar Linux Plx]The people in this circle are Linux enthusiasts, programmers, experimentalists, users, and content contributors in some form or fashion.If you're looking for Linux news, struggles, successes, and all things in-between, this circle is for you.Shared by request of +Chad McCullough and +Shane Keene2012-10-28 23:04:40693115
Danial Hallock4,130The Three HundredRough DraftA few weeks ago I posted a rather lengthy post about how I was changing my #circlemanagement  strategy from purpose based to engagement based (http://goo.gl/kqE8h).  This is the first rough draft of that circle, minus a few ninjas that prefer not to be shared out.  As such, the landscape of this circle will change drastically over the next few months; but I wanted to give the people who are following this circle a glimpse of what to expect.  As always, If you're notified you're in it. If you're in it, why not recommend a few people for me to circle up, or share the circle out with your stream? :D #thethreehundred   #circleshare   #sharingiscaring  2012-10-22 15:52:142971191078
Chris Goldsmith3,152Here is Circle #1 of Linux users I'm sharing this out specifically for +Steven Thompson who is a Linux Newbie and wants to learn - Please share any Linux Resources you have with him2012-10-11 13:19:24481001
Carter Gibson397,136Here it is! My list of #AZFaves !Whew! This was a hard circle to put together! Turns out that some of my very favorite people share the first letter of their last name. It was tough, but here are the most relevant people to me by last name. If having a diverse circle of last names who are also my closest contact is important to you, add away!+Pam Adger +Amanda Blain +Logan Cate +Steve Djadoenath +Brad Ehney +Stacy Frazer +Chris Galardi +Tiffany Henry +Anna Israelyan +DeAno Jackson +Alex King +Joseph Lee +Rue Mara +Daria Musk +Jaana Nyström +Michael O'Reilly +LaDonna Pride +Liz Quilty2012-10-03 17:52:052645134
Cliff Wade7,287This is my Linux circle for #FollowFriday  and I highly suggest you add these awesome folks to your circles!!2012-09-28 04:27:463701127
The Internet3,032500 random people that love me!500 random people that I love back!2012-09-15 06:04:5350010224
Cliff Wade7,170For all of you #Linux  users out there on this #FollowFriday , this shared circle is for YOU!!2012-08-24 15:06:10369304
Paul Spoerry15,353Circle shareAwesome idea... here's my #Top99 . Who do YOU have in your #Top99 ?2012-07-24 20:37:3599404
Logan Cate0My most relevant G+ circle. Inspired by +Carter Gibson, this is a circle of the people I love interacting with. You'll find all sorts in here, from tech geeks to movie lovers to photographers to the "just plain awesome" people I've found here on G+. With one or two exceptions, I don't think I've met any of these people. But I'd gladly do so, any time, any place. And really, I'm hoping to. That's how cool these folks are. If your stream needs any spicing up, or you just want to check that you're following all the right people, grab this circle. ;)2012-07-23 23:27:039914213
David Croom0#sharingcircles  2012-07-11 13:26:08168027
Carter Gibson53,155The #PridePlus  Circle is a Little Bigger!We're almost at 100 of the most active, engaged, engaging, and passionate LGBTA members of the Google+ community. If you need an opinion on the state of the gay union, these are the people you want to hit up. Smart. Funny. Sarcastic. Knowledge. Basically, I love them all.Let me know if you're also passionate and want to be added!2012-07-10 17:48:2485611348
Nick Wolf0And I call this one "Persons of Interest"2012-06-28 21:31:13175605
Carter Gibson51,818The #PridePlus  CircleShare, enjoy, and let me know if you want to be added!In honor of having just just marched with Google at San Francisco Pride, I give you the updated circle of LBGT and ally community members here on Google+. Go ahead. Engage with them. They are awesome :) 2012-06-24 22:45:438028549
Danial Hallock (Kysimir)0Tell Me SomethingMy final circle share for hopefully a long time (they're exhausting)!  This is my engager's circle, and as you can see, unlike most "top engagers" circles, it contains significantly less than five hundred people.  Part of that is because, in large part, the people in my No Name Needed circle (http://goo.gl/P69EF) are my top engagers.  I'm also fairly new to Google Plus, so I'm still locating all of the superb engagers (feel free to recommend people below).However, these posters are all individuals that I have interacted with on some level and we've either interacted enough or I've seen them interact with others enough to know that they are, beyond a doubt, "superb engagers" who enjoy commenting on your posts or replying to your thoughts as much as they do creating their own content.Enjoy! #circleshare   #engagers   #engagement   #sharingiscaring  2012-06-23 14:04:06197010
Carter Gibson51,279The #PridePlus  Circle, V1Building the LGBTA community on Google+What an awesome response to my #PridePlus  announcement earlier today! With the help of +Natalie Villalobos, the people below have all shown an interest in walking with the two of us at the parade with Google on Sunday, sharing their stories, or being a part of the struggle for equality. This circle is full of all types of people, near and far, including allies. Share with  #PridePlus , add this circle to find people who'll listen :) If you'd like to be included, let me know in the comments below! I'll be sharing updated versions in the future :)And don't forget to check here ( http://goo.gl/8o9u4) for the  #PridePlus  announcement and information about walking in the parade with Google Sunday! Let me know if you're in on marching!2012-06-19 23:18:116357838
César Bustíos Benites412Arch Linux CircleSome cool Archers!2012-06-11 17:30:5752011
César Bustíos Benites412Linux Circle: Part 1/2Follow and share!2012-06-11 17:29:37501005
Cliff Wade5,676This is the second circle I'm sharing for FollowFriday #FF which is my Linux circle.If you are a Linux user, I'd highly suggest following these people. If you aren't in this circle and would like to be, just leave a comment, please and I'll certainly add you!!!2012-06-08 19:16:04356624
Michael Kendle299Here's a circle of tech people. The circle is bigger but only lets me share 500. If you're interested in tech, this is a good place to start.2012-06-07 13:57:05501115

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2014-12-18 13:51:28 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

The experiment is officially over.  I get 300% more spam messages by having my wife in my profile picture with me than if I have only myself in the picture.

Most reshares: 2

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2014-11-11 16:48:02 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Kevin Delaney Makes a Cloud: http://youtu.be/iQWtZd8jM3g

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2014-11-17 15:54:46 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

[Upgrades!]

I think someone at this hotel is trying to say "thanks for coming back!"  I've been coming up to Florø in order to help a client with everything from training to custom development for the last two weeks. This trip makes week three.  Each time I've come up here, the hotel that I book (Quality Hotel Florø) gives me a room upgrade, or so it seems.  Each time I stay here, I get a nicer room than the time before but at no extra cost.  This one is on the top floor and is comparable to an apartment in its own right.

The family and I might need to make Florø a vacation stop on our next summer excursion :)

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2014-12-18 13:51:28 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

The experiment is officially over.  I get 300% more spam messages by having my wife in my profile picture with me than if I have only myself in the picture.

The experiment is officially over.  I get 300% more spam messages by having my wife in my profile picture with me than if I have only myself in the picture.___

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2014-12-18 09:34:33 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I feel bad for Yahoo.  With users like these, how can they ever expect to make any kind of a comeback?

(See what I did there?)

We as a species, are doomed.

#HaveYourHumansSpayedOrNeutered___I feel bad for Yahoo.  With users like these, how can they ever expect to make any kind of a comeback?

(See what I did there?)

2014-12-14 11:15:42 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

My wife treats me like an object.  She's always referencing my attributes and properties, and always questioning my methods in every instance.

#badprogrammingjokes   #geekhumor   #truestory   #needlessuseofhashtags  

My wife treats me like an object.  She's always referencing my attributes and properties, and always questioning my methods in every instance.

#badprogrammingjokes   #geekhumor   #truestory   #needlessuseofhashtags  ___

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2014-12-14 10:40:59 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Because... fun times :)

Because... fun times :)___

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2014-12-13 19:00:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

+Lynea Tomlinson caught me making racket again >.>

+Lynea Tomlinson caught me making racket again >.>___

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2014-12-13 18:48:52 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

+Evolve OS - This is relevant to our earlier conversation in #evolveos  today :)

+Evolve OS - This is relevant to our earlier conversation in #evolveos  today :)___

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2014-12-13 13:55:39 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

First flight complete! Lessons learned? High wind makes it hard to land smoothly :)

First flight complete! Lessons learned? High wind makes it hard to land smoothly :)___

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2014-12-11 21:04:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

This is my kind of Christmas song ;P

This is my kind of Christmas song ;P___

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2014-12-11 20:49:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

A very fun match, had to use my rocket launcher just to attempt to find the last guy :)

A very fun match, had to use my rocket launcher just to attempt to find the last guy :)___

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2014-12-11 18:13:27 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Guess what I just got in the mail today :)

Thanks for the X-mas present mom!

Guess what I just got in the mail today :)

Thanks for the X-mas present mom!___

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2014-12-10 22:25:45 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

The view in front of the restaurant, Charlottenlund, in Stavanger.

The view in front of the restaurant, Charlottenlund, in Stavanger.___

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2014-12-10 19:15:47 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

En kjempefint julebord har startet for Smart Management AS! Mange venner og kolleger møte for en kveld med god humor og spennende mat. God jul!

En kjempefint julebord har startet for Smart Management AS! Mange venner og kolleger møte for en kveld med god humor og spennende mat. God jul!___

2014-12-09 18:27:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

[Government Transparency in Spending: Norway]

While updating my tax information in the online system provided to all Norwegian residents I came across this link.  It provides an overview of how tax money is spent.  There are also links that describe in more detail how the money is spent within each section if you care to dig that deeply into it.  I think it's great that the government provides this to residents, you don't have to guess at how much is being spent in each area, it's made plain.

I still can't get over how easy it is to get taxes done in Norway.  Just login, verify your information (and enter the corrected data if there's a mistake), and click "Utført" (Done) or "Ferdig" (Finish).  You're then presented with a confirmation and a summary of the calculated taxes, refund (if any), and/or how much you owe (if any).  Nocompli... more »

[Government Transparency in Spending: Norway]

While updating my tax information in the online system provided to all Norwegian residents I came across this link.  It provides an overview of how tax money is spent.  There are also links that describe in more detail how the money is spent within each section if you care to dig that deeply into it.  I think it's great that the government provides this to residents, you don't have to guess at how much is being spent in each area, it's made plain.

I still can't get over how easy it is to get taxes done in Norway.  Just login, verify your information (and enter the corrected data if there's a mistake), and click "Utført" (Done) or "Ferdig" (Finish).  You're then presented with a confirmation and a summary of the calculated taxes, refund (if any), and/or how much you owe (if any).  No complicated forms, no dealing with an accountant or grepping through state and federal tax documents in order to try and find deductions or file corrections.  Granted, you have to register yourself to the "Folkeregister" (People/Population Registry), which is a national database containing your personal information and is where you register when you change your address, work, etc, but all things considered, it's not so dissimilar from the Social Security Administration and has been a pleasant experience so far.

Regarding the link below, "Milliarder" means "Billions" (singular "Milliard" == "Billion") and of course, all values are in Kroner.___

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2014-12-09 16:25:31 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Dear +Comedy Central,

You do realize that you're directly contributing to the usage of torrents and VPNs in order to access your content, thus nullifying any reason you may have had for setting  geoip blocks on it, right?

Signed,

Thanks for the ratio bump.

Dear +Comedy Central,

You do realize that you're directly contributing to the usage of torrents and VPNs in order to access your content, thus nullifying any reason you may have had for setting  geoip blocks on it, right?

Signed,

Thanks for the ratio bump.___

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2014-12-07 12:55:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

[Det er trist]

Jeg er glad det var ikke situasjonen min da jeg kom til Norge. Min arbeidsgiver akseptert meg helt.

Engelsk:

"This is sad.

I am glad this was not my situation when I came to Norway.  My employer accepted me completely."

The article is talking about a Russian woman who was unable to get work in Norway because of her last name.  She changed her name in order to get a job.  There have been many other stories that are very similar, the article references one from 2009 written by the same publication.

I'm very thankful that this has not been my experience in Norway.  I have yet to meet a Norwegian that I couldn't get along with, if not strike up a friendship.  On the whole, Norwegians have been very welcoming and warm ("koselig") to hang out with and I count myself lucky to have severalNorw... more »

[Det er trist]

Jeg er glad det var ikke situasjonen min da jeg kom til Norge. Min arbeidsgiver akseptert meg helt.

Engelsk:

"This is sad.

I am glad this was not my situation when I came to Norway.  My employer accepted me completely."

The article is talking about a Russian woman who was unable to get work in Norway because of her last name.  She changed her name in order to get a job.  There have been many other stories that are very similar, the article references one from 2009 written by the same publication.

I'm very thankful that this has not been my experience in Norway.  I have yet to meet a Norwegian that I couldn't get along with, if not strike up a friendship.  On the whole, Norwegians have been very welcoming and warm ("koselig") to hang out with and I count myself lucky to have several Norwegian friends out here.___

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2014-11-30 00:12:19 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

And that is how Anastasia's party went, lots of silliness, music, and laughs.

Here's to many more years :)

And that is how Anastasia's party went, lots of silliness, music, and laughs.

Here's to many more years :)___

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2014-11-30 00:09:22 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

There are about 100 things that I could be working on, mostly for other people, but the screenshot pretty much tells you what I said to that today...

Also, Borderlands2 has quickly become my new favorite game.  The saga that is Half-Life still holds a very special place in my heart, but Borderlands2's not forcing me to play linearly, along with the leveling system and co-op sans mods has won me over.  I think I know what I'm going to be doing tomorrow :)

There are about 100 things that I could be working on, mostly for other people, but the screenshot pretty much tells you what I said to that today...

Also, Borderlands2 has quickly become my new favorite game.  The saga that is Half-Life still holds a very special place in my heart, but Borderlands2's not forcing me to play linearly, along with the leveling system and co-op sans mods has won me over.  I think I know what I'm going to be doing tomorrow :)___

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2014-11-29 09:28:11 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I question the "research" conducted in these studies.  Both myself and my children were exposed to technology at very young ages (prior to age 5) and by age 7 were using computers, phones, game consoles, etc independently (in our rooms, without the need to ask permission, and so on).  To me, this article screams of fear-mongering.

As parents it is our duty to not simply curate our children's time and the content they consume with technology, but to guide them to proper usage and inform them when their behavior is inappropriate so that they can learn to manage themselves as adults.  To me, the article and the studies are basically allowing parents to say "if my kid is messed up, it's not my fault! It's the technology they are using!"  Give me a break! Yes, technology provides new challenges to parenting; parents need to be more savvy if they expect to be able tomon... more »

I question the "research" conducted in these studies.  Both myself and my children were exposed to technology at very young ages (prior to age 5) and by age 7 were using computers, phones, game consoles, etc independently (in our rooms, without the need to ask permission, and so on).  To me, this article screams of fear-mongering.

As parents it is our duty to not simply curate our children's time and the content they consume with technology, but to guide them to proper usage and inform them when their behavior is inappropriate so that they can learn to manage themselves as adults.  To me, the article and the studies are basically allowing parents to say "if my kid is messed up, it's not my fault! It's the technology they are using!"  Give me a break! Yes, technology provides new challenges to parenting; parents need to be more savvy if they expect to be able to monitor their children, will have to focus more on teaching time management skills (homework still has to get done!), and will also need to have more frank discussions on many more topics at a younger age than with previous generations.  But, that's not a bad thing! 

When I was a kid sitting in front of a computer, my mother explained to me that there are things on the internet that can be dangerous and other things that are just inappropriate for my age.  But she didn't stop there, she explained to me how to gauge what is appropriate.  That is a very important lesson, it forced me at a very young age to think critically about what I was doing and where I was going online.  It also taught me that, like any tool with the potential to cause harm (hammer your thumb ever?) one must be careful and understand how to use that tool properly.  I taught my kids the same lessons and like me, they learned how to be responsible with their technology use.

I'm not saying this to say "I'm such a great parent and other parents suck", I'm saying this because I'm not the only parent that takes this approach when it comes to their children and technology.  Those of us that don't fret at "having" to talk to our children about life need to not just set the example, but provide our stories so that those parents that would fall victim to this type of fear-mongering can see that "it doesn't have to be that way".

Thoughts?___

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2014-11-29 09:02:57 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

[+Steam Sales]

My youngest daughter's birthday is today (29/11) and +Steam is having a huge sale.  I don't feel the least bit bad about getting a couple of items off of my wishlist while shopping some titles for her (sent to her Steam account, best feature of a store ever!).  At these prices it almost feels like theft >.>

She's having a blast with "BattleBlock Theater", "Garry's Mod", and others.  Now it's just a matter of making sure that her party later today goes off without a hitch.  Here's hoping she can tear herself away from her computer long enough to enjoy her friends when they come over :)

[+Steam Sales]

My youngest daughter's birthday is today (29/11) and +Steam is having a huge sale.  I don't feel the least bit bad about getting a couple of items off of my wishlist while shopping some titles for her (sent to her Steam account, best feature of a store ever!).  At these prices it almost feels like theft >.>

She's having a blast with "BattleBlock Theater", "Garry's Mod", and others.  Now it's just a matter of making sure that her party later today goes off without a hitch.  Here's hoping she can tear herself away from her computer long enough to enjoy her friends when they come over :)___

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2014-11-29 09:02:35 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

[+Steam Sales]

My youngest daughter's birthday is today (29/11) and +Steam is having a huge sale.  I don't feel the least bit bad about getting a couple of items off of my wishlist while shopping some titles for her (sent to her Steam account, best feature of a store ever!).  At these prices it almost feels like theft >.>

She's having a blast with "BattleBlock Theater", "Garry's Mod", and others.  Now it's just a matter of making sure that her party later today goes off without a hitch.  Here's hoping she can tear herself away from her computer long enough to enjoy her friends when they come over :)

[+Steam Sales]

My youngest daughter's birthday is today (29/11) and +Steam is having a huge sale.  I don't feel the least bit bad about getting a couple of items off of my wishlist while shopping some titles for her (sent to her Steam account, best feature of a store ever!).  At these prices it almost feels like theft >.>

She's having a blast with "BattleBlock Theater", "Garry's Mod", and others.  Now it's just a matter of making sure that her party later today goes off without a hitch.  Here's hoping she can tear herself away from her computer long enough to enjoy her friends when they come over :)___

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2014-11-27 17:02:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Happy-eat-tons-of-food-without-the-guilt day! :)

Happy Thanksgiving from Team +Peppermint​ ___Happy-eat-tons-of-food-without-the-guilt day! :)

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2014-11-23 18:30:06 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

My usual "Coding Mix" wasn't cutting it, here's the fallback for when I need the mental energy to keep working through a problem.

My usual "Coding Mix" wasn't cutting it, here's the fallback for when I need the mental energy to keep working through a problem.___

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2014-11-23 18:28:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I really do love my computer :)

I really do love my computer :)___

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2014-11-22 11:08:09 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

When turning down yet another recruiter (the eighth this week).

By the way, if you're looking for work and don't mind moving to Ireland (or you already live there), there are apparently some awesome companies out there in need of Python developers, mostly in Dublin, if the recruiters are to be trusted.

When turning down yet another recruiter (the eighth this week).

By the way, if you're looking for work and don't mind moving to Ireland (or you already live there), there are apparently some awesome companies out there in need of Python developers, mostly in Dublin, if the recruiters are to be trusted.___

2014-11-21 17:26:39 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

[Inbox invites!]

I have 2 inbox invites available.  Leave your GMail address in the comments and I'll start randomly sending out invites.

EDIT: For those with privacy concerns revolving around the public display of your email address, of course you can send me a private message, an IM via hangouts, or an email to darthlukan@gmail.com and I'll respond with an invite if I have one.

[Inbox invites!]

I have 2 inbox invites available.  Leave your GMail address in the comments and I'll start randomly sending out invites.

EDIT: For those with privacy concerns revolving around the public display of your email address, of course you can send me a private message, an IM via hangouts, or an email to darthlukan@gmail.com and I'll respond with an invite if I have one.___

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2014-11-21 14:54:19 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

New glasses! No more migraines! Depth perception enhanced! It's super effective!

;P

New glasses! No more migraines! Depth perception enhanced! It's super effective!

;P___

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2014-11-19 14:40:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Smiles all around on this one :)

Thanks for sharing +Peppermint 

Let's Encrypt is scheduled to offer free server certificates beginning in summer 2015.

https://www.eff.org/press/releases/new-free-certificate-authority-dramatically-increase-encrypted-internet-traffic___Smiles all around on this one :)

Thanks for sharing +Peppermint 

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2014-11-18 20:26:25 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

OMG! I got 52 points in THE TOWER. Check out my amazing tower! #thetower https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ketchapp.tower

Okay, maybe not that amazing, but what do you expect right before bed?

OMG! I got 52 points in THE TOWER. Check out my amazing tower! #thetower https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ketchapp.tower

Okay, maybe not that amazing, but what do you expect right before bed?___

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2014-11-17 15:54:46 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

[Upgrades!]

I think someone at this hotel is trying to say "thanks for coming back!"  I've been coming up to Florø in order to help a client with everything from training to custom development for the last two weeks. This trip makes week three.  Each time I've come up here, the hotel that I book (Quality Hotel Florø) gives me a room upgrade, or so it seems.  Each time I stay here, I get a nicer room than the time before but at no extra cost.  This one is on the top floor and is comparable to an apartment in its own right.

The family and I might need to make Florø a vacation stop on our next summer excursion :)

[Upgrades!]

I think someone at this hotel is trying to say "thanks for coming back!"  I've been coming up to Florø in order to help a client with everything from training to custom development for the last two weeks. This trip makes week three.  Each time I've come up here, the hotel that I book (Quality Hotel Florø) gives me a room upgrade, or so it seems.  Each time I stay here, I get a nicer room than the time before but at no extra cost.  This one is on the top floor and is comparable to an apartment in its own right.

The family and I might need to make Florø a vacation stop on our next summer excursion :)___

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2014-11-16 13:01:33 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

[Penny Dreadful == Very enjoyable]

My wife and I started watching this last night with the first four episodes of the first season.  It's really well done! I like the various twists on the stories that we're all familiar with so far (Frankenstein and his monster, vampires, werewolves, etc).  They are different enough to feel fresh, but still true to the characters that we're familiar with.

Maybe I need to see the whole first season, but I'm wondering why there hasn't been more buzz around this series.

[Penny Dreadful == Very enjoyable]

My wife and I started watching this last night with the first four episodes of the first season.  It's really well done! I like the various twists on the stories that we're all familiar with so far (Frankenstein and his monster, vampires, werewolves, etc).  They are different enough to feel fresh, but still true to the characters that we're familiar with.

Maybe I need to see the whole first season, but I'm wondering why there hasn't been more buzz around this series.___

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2014-11-16 12:40:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

A very entertaining presentation about Polyglots versus PolyNots with regard to learning techniques.

Thanks to +Adrien Lemaire for sharing :)

Excellent video to explain the ways of Polyglots vs Polynots, and how to effectively learn and achieve fluency.

I'm 100% Polynot, a real Memrise geek. But if I can say anything for my defense, Japanese Kanji make it REALLY hard to be able to guess anything. You have to learn the kanji first, and then you can read and guess all you like. And that's what I'm doing ;)

#polyglots #learn #language___A very entertaining presentation about Polyglots versus PolyNots with regard to learning techniques.

Thanks to +Adrien Lemaire for sharing :)

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2014-11-14 18:06:01 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

[New Headphones!]

I had a problem, traditional ear-bud styled headphones don't stay in my ears very well, have cords that get tangled and get in my way, and have atrocious audio in/out quality.  I needed something that sounded decent enough to be a pleasure to listen to for hours per day (I blare music while I work), had enough voice quality so as to not be a burden on people I speak with on the phone, and that didn't need to be plugged into my phone to work.

After I left the office I headed over to Elkjøp (and electronics/appliance store) to see if they had anything that wouldn't break the bank and accommodated my needs well enough.  I was not disappointed! The sound quality is excellent, bass doesn't get distorted, metal vocals don't get cut out, and ambient noise is cut out just enough to not be distracting, but not enough to keep me from hearing anon... more »

[New Headphones!]

I had a problem, traditional ear-bud styled headphones don't stay in my ears very well, have cords that get tangled and get in my way, and have atrocious audio in/out quality.  I needed something that sounded decent enough to be a pleasure to listen to for hours per day (I blare music while I work), had enough voice quality so as to not be a burden on people I speak with on the phone, and that didn't need to be plugged into my phone to work.

After I left the office I headed over to Elkjøp (and electronics/appliance store) to see if they had anything that wouldn't break the bank and accommodated my needs well enough.  I was not disappointed! The sound quality is excellent, bass doesn't get distorted, metal vocals don't get cut out, and ambient noise is cut out just enough to not be distracting, but not enough to keep me from hearing an oncoming bus.  My wife says that my voice was loud and clear on our call today, so that's a huge plus, and pairing to my phone was dead simple, complete with a non-computer sounding female voice telling me that the headphones were powered on and then letting me know that my device was paired.

The price (1,299 NOK) was more than I was planning on spending, but so far, these are worth it.  Oh, 8 hours of battery life with continuous use and they don't fall out when I walk around.

I'm sure there are better headphones/hands-free kits out there that do the same thing, maybe even for a better price, but these are what I found and I don't regret the purchase (yet).___

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2014-11-13 22:49:16 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

A trip down memory lane. This was taken by The Orange County Register the day I returned from Iraq the first time. Its hard to believe my youngest daughter was once that small! She was much smaller the day I left. Hopefully I'll never have to be away that long again while I'm still breathing.

A trip down memory lane. This was taken by The Orange County Register the day I returned from Iraq the first time. Its hard to believe my youngest daughter was once that small! She was much smaller the day I left. Hopefully I'll never have to be away that long again while I'm still breathing.___

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2014-11-11 19:59:49 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

[Norsk middager]


Normally I don't share food pictures unless I'm also sharing the recipe, but this time I'm asking for a pass based on the added benefit of culture sharing.

The first image is what I just had the pleasure of enjoying, klippfisk. It's a "Salted Cod" dish and is really tasty. There's a pretty good Wikipedia article on it and while I thought it was awesome I still prefer "Lutefisk".

The second image is from last night and was pure art of flavor. Braisert lammelår, or "Braised leg of lamb". You can have Braised lamb almost anywhere in the world, but the Norwegians seem to have perfected it, which is why I mention it here. I don't know what they do to it, but every time I have it out here it's awesome. I've had Braised lamb in the UK, the US, and elsewhere, but there must be a different... more »

[Norsk middager]


Normally I don't share food pictures unless I'm also sharing the recipe, but this time I'm asking for a pass based on the added benefit of culture sharing.

The first image is what I just had the pleasure of enjoying, klippfisk. It's a "Salted Cod" dish and is really tasty. There's a pretty good Wikipedia article on it and while I thought it was awesome I still prefer "Lutefisk".

The second image is from last night and was pure art of flavor. Braisert lammelår, or "Braised leg of lamb". You can have Braised lamb almost anywhere in the world, but the Norwegians seem to have perfected it, which is why I mention it here. I don't know what they do to it, but every time I have it out here it's awesome. I've had Braised lamb in the UK, the US, and elsewhere, but there must be a different method of preparing it out here because it is different from anywhere else I've had it. I think I'm going to have to bug one of my coworkers to divulge the secret :)

___

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2014-11-11 16:48:02 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

[Science education is fun!]

Proof...

Kevin Delaney Makes a Cloud: http://youtu.be/iQWtZd8jM3g___[Science education is fun!]

Proof...

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2014-11-09 00:08:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Best Stack Overflow comment EVAR!

Best Stack Overflow comment EVAR!___

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2014-11-08 21:33:43 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

[Phase 2 is coming along nicely]

Here's the current progress on "Phase 2" of my super-secret-squirrel project.  I have a lot of work and testing to do on the "responsive/mobile" front, but so far, I've got the re-flow working mostly correctly (second screenshot).  I tested on a tablet view and it looks semi-decent, but I know on even a large-screened phone it will be too cramped to be useful.

The key thing with all of this is that each piece you see on the screen is a "web component" that is being consumed by the "app", and the "app" itself is a component made up of several other components.  All of what you see in the images was built with ReactJS minus the JSX (I refuse to write XML, which is pretty much what JSX is).

I need to clean things up quite a bit in the code, and doing this made me realize thatth... more »

[Phase 2 is coming along nicely]

Here's the current progress on "Phase 2" of my super-secret-squirrel project.  I have a lot of work and testing to do on the "responsive/mobile" front, but so far, I've got the re-flow working mostly correctly (second screenshot).  I tested on a tablet view and it looks semi-decent, but I know on even a large-screened phone it will be too cramped to be useful.

The key thing with all of this is that each piece you see on the screen is a "web component" that is being consumed by the "app", and the "app" itself is a component made up of several other components.  All of what you see in the images was built with ReactJS minus the JSX (I refuse to write XML, which is pretty much what JSX is).

I need to clean things up quite a bit in the code, and doing this made me realize that there's more to think about with the react-user-card component that I released, such as styles based on state changes and interactivity options among others.

Well, I have a lot of drawings to make and many tasks to finish before I can perform the end-phase refactoring and cleanup so as to mark this phase as "complete", but I have high hopes for being able to start Phases 3 and 4 soon.

This project is big, requires tons of thought, lots of time, and will probably be the most "substantial" thing I have created in my short career as a programmer, but the service it will provide will be so worth it once I've finished.  Stay tuned :)___

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2014-11-08 19:06:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

[Interesting read]

I'm still processing all of this information and so I don't have a coherent opinion on it yet, other than to say that it's definitely interesting and offers plenty of food for thought.

One thing is clear, society as a whole needs to evolve passed this sort of behavior.

[Interesting read]

I'm still processing all of this information and so I don't have a coherent opinion on it yet, other than to say that it's definitely interesting and offers plenty of food for thought.

One thing is clear, society as a whole needs to evolve passed this sort of behavior.___

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2014-11-08 15:37:42 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

[A few thoughts on Dracula Untold]

I'm going to put it this way in short: Luke Evans + writers that aren't afraid to deviate from known lore + those same writers that don't deviate so much as to change the core of the character + excellent effects == WINNING!

1. Luke Evans did a fantastic job portraying a full range of emotions and motivations.  He was believable as a father and husband that was desperate to find a way to save his family and subjects from an oppressive force.  He was believable as a soldier that was trying to put his "colorful" past behind him (his look of disdain at being called "Lord Impaler" was priceless and what he did afterward was true to the depiction they were going for), and he was absolutely believable as a badass that fought with everything he had in him in order to accomplish his goals.  While I canth... more »

[A few thoughts on Dracula Untold]

I'm going to put it this way in short: Luke Evans + writers that aren't afraid to deviate from known lore + those same writers that don't deviate so much as to change the core of the character + excellent effects == WINNING!

1. Luke Evans did a fantastic job portraying a full range of emotions and motivations.  He was believable as a father and husband that was desperate to find a way to save his family and subjects from an oppressive force.  He was believable as a soldier that was trying to put his "colorful" past behind him (his look of disdain at being called "Lord Impaler" was priceless and what he did afterward was true to the depiction they were going for), and he was absolutely believable as a badass that fought with everything he had in him in order to accomplish his goals.  While I can think of a few other actors that could have filled the shoes, Luke Evans had this in the bag and convinced me that yes, he is Vlad The Impaler, destroyer of armies, but also that he's a human being with more than just bloodlust motivating him.  That conflict alone was precisely what was needed for this movie to work and Luke nailed it.

2. Story: It was simple, but it didn't need to be more complicated than it was.  Bad guys want tribute in the form of 1,000 boys to fill their ranks, and then throw in that Vlad must send his son as well, else the kingdom faces destruction.  Vlad doesn't want to bend the knee this way and tries to find another route, that route doesn't work, he has no army to fight with, what does he do? Sacrifices his soul for the love of his people.  From there, you can imagine where it goes.  The nice thing is, there was a bit more nuance involved than what is typical in Dracula movies.  You're left wondering where they'll go next, and you're not completely satisfied, but you are satisfied just enough because you now that whatever is not fleshed out more fully in this episode will come about in the next.

3. The "Hero and Villain" concept: While Maleficent's writers butchered the concept, the Dracula Untold writers nailed it.  Vlad was a villain, he was trying to move on from that and be what was needed by his people, but he was forced to become a worse villain than he had ever dreamed possible.  Despite being willing to do so, he was at odds with it and tried to keep it from becoming a permanent part of him.  That conflict was just what was needed and it was done in a way which didn't feel like "filler" material, it was at the core of everything.  Here is a man that did unspeakable things in his younger years as a soldier and was trying to maintain a peace through noble action, when that failed, it took all he was to become what was needed to get the job done.  You feel for this guy, you want him to succeed.

4. Special Effects: Oh the CGI! It wasn't over the top, it didn't distract from the story, rather, it was there to compliment the mood that the director wanted you to be in while watching.  Sure, there were some pretty big effects (an army is laid to waste by a hurricane of bats which Vlad controls), that's pure eye-candy, but the vast majority of effects were used to help the viewer connect the dots of how the character got from point A to point B (sometimes, literally).

5. "That's the first vampire movie I've seen that wasn't a porno!" "This is the most unsensual vampire movie I've seen, that's awesome!" - Quotes from my wife after seeing the movie with me.  Usually, vampire movies focus on decadence and sexuality, this one didn't need it to keep your eyes glued.  My wife empathized with the characters as parents trying to protect their own and while there's a scene of "petting" involved, it's quick and nothing is shown.  Instead, the writers and directors chose to focus on the story, I liked it, my wife liked it, and I'm pretty sure others will be able to appreciate it.

To sum it up, the movie is not going to take your breath away, but it is damn good and well worth the ticket costs.  I'm desperately hoping for a sequel because I really want to see this take on Dracula grow.  My only real disappointment with this movie is that I didn't want it to end and it did.  :)___

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2014-11-07 23:03:58 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Hey, I'm playing Castle Clash! Come join me and let's kick some ass! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.igg.castleclash

Hey, I'm playing Castle Clash! Come join me and let's kick some ass! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.igg.castleclash___

2014-11-07 18:23:45 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

[Some thoughts on Maleficent (The Movie)]

Warning: Spoilers!

My wife bought Maleficent a few days ago, a movie I was really wanting to see in the hopes that the hype wasn't misplaced.  I can honestly say that I am sorely disappointed.

1. Angelina Jolie is a brilliant actress and while I was disappointed in the fact that her full range as a menacing character was not used in this film, I chalk it up to her not being given the freedom to really dig into that role.  A few times in the movie she gave these looks and used expressions where I could feel how she was seething to unleash "hell" (which would have been in-character to do) on those that wronged her, but apparently, some skittish writer and/or director wasn't having any of that.  Despite all of this, she played the role very well and honestly, her portrayal was perfect given theli... more »

[Some thoughts on Maleficent (The Movie)]

Warning: Spoilers!

My wife bought Maleficent a few days ago, a movie I was really wanting to see in the hopes that the hype wasn't misplaced.  I can honestly say that I am sorely disappointed.

1. Angelina Jolie is a brilliant actress and while I was disappointed in the fact that her full range as a menacing character was not used in this film, I chalk it up to her not being given the freedom to really dig into that role.  A few times in the movie she gave these looks and used expressions where I could feel how she was seething to unleash "hell" (which would have been in-character to do) on those that wronged her, but apparently, some skittish writer and/or director wasn't having any of that.  Despite all of this, she played the role very well and honestly, her portrayal was perfect given the limitations.

2. Sharlto Copely, oh where do I start?  Here's an actor with a great range that was also limited by writers without imagination.  I was hoping for a more conniving portrayal of the king, the kind of character that can pull off making everyone else feel that he's the "good guy" when he's actually giving into his limitless ambition.  What did we get? "10+ years (movie time) of a hallway armed with iron spikes and a big iron net.  All of which could have been made in a month.  At the start of the film we have an ambitious guy willing to do almost anything for power.  At the end of the film we get an angry guy that's so pissed at Maleficent that his "master plan" for getting back at her is shamefully stupid.  I was hoping the writers would kill the character off sooner so as to but him out of his misery, but then I remembered that this is Disney and there's one more angle that has to be played.  Here's hoping Mr. Copely gets a better role with better writers the next time around.

3. Tropes! You can't have a Disney movie without some classic tropes, Maleficent is no different.  I was really hoping for a badass Maleficent that was more than a handful for anyone to deal with.  I was hoping for a strong woman portrayed with a range of emotions and talents.  Instead, we got a sometimes strong, menacing villain that still needed a man to save her because when the time came to literally tear off the chains and go to town on the vengeful king she instead was left writhing in her chains and turning her manservant into a dragon, who, by the way, still didn't get the job done.  I can put up with Aurora being daft, the prince being non-existent and worthless save for comic relief, and even the fairies feeding the "love at first sight" tropes, but this is freaking Maleficent here! She's supposed to be the darkest villain in all of Disney! She's the villain, horns and all.  Her image alone is supposed to terrify you with just how beautiful and terrible she truly is.  This is supposed to be the woman who turns herself into a dragon because she's not one to avoid taking matters into her own hands.  Sure, you could say that she took to an almost decent one on one fight at the end, but only after the otherwise worthless Aurora freed her wings from daddy's cupboard.  If she wasn't a badass without her wings, why wouldn't the king have done something about her when she first cast the curse? Just.... ugh. To see what was supposed to be the ultimate villain being cast as the damsel in distress was just too much for me.

4. Moors vs Humans == Socialists vs Capitalists.  The "greedy and corrupt" humans were contrasted by the "caring for the land and one another" moors.  That would have worked out better if there was some actual development of the idea.  Why even put that in there if you're not going to run with it and do the topic justice?  That's just lazy.

To sum it up, I was hoping to get a menacing, take no prisoners, powerful female villain and instead ended up with a damsel in distress surrounded by characters written by lazy writers that knew they'd make tons of money because, "Hey! It's a Disney movie and and so long as Angelina Jolie's name is in the credits, we can't go wrong at the box office!"

The trailers were better than the movie itself.  I can't stand it when that happens.


Note: In case you were wondering, my daughters like the movie, but were also disappointed in these things as well as a few other points having to do with plot-holes and "wait, what!?!" moments.  Famous quote from my nine-year old while watching the movie: "Why isn't she kicking his butt!?! She's freaking Maleficent!"___

2014-11-07 16:25:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

480 downloads in 3 months o.0

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480 downloads in 3 months o.0

http://brackets.dnbard.com/extension/darthlukan.brackets-dilbert___

2014-11-07 06:27:51 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Her: "Geez honey! I can hardly see straight!"
Me: "Yes ma'am, you're welcome."

Her: "Geez honey! I can hardly see straight!"
Me: "Yes ma'am, you're welcome."___

2014-11-06 14:05:47 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Leave it to Google to present a trip as much more exciting than it was ;P

Leave it to Google to present a trip as much more exciting than it was ;P___

2014-11-06 07:21:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

It's good to be back in Rogaland :)

It's good to be back in Rogaland :)___

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2014-11-05 10:29:47 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Looks like we will get sun in Florø today :)

Looks like we will get sun in Florø today :)___

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2014-11-04 16:40:09 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Looking toward the hotel from the mall. That light in the background is the last of the sun's light for the day.

Looking toward the hotel from the mall. That light in the background is the last of the sun's light for the day.___

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2014-11-04 15:44:15 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

For contrast, this was what it looked like around lunchtime in Florø.

For contrast, this was what it looked like around lunchtime in Florø.___

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