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Brian Tomlinson (DarthLukan) has been shared in 74 public circles

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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 05:01:234603311
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 13:21:56296282955
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 13:17:463019914101
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 17:20:42483758
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 Hallock (Kysimir)4,130The 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 15:52:142971201281
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
Marko Shiva Pavlovic (4N7IS3C)5,291This is my most often read circle it is circle of mostly long year Linux users #Linux There is just 81 ppl in this circle cause I tend to add to this circle only linux ppl whose post I read regularlyI can call this my preferred #linux friends circle There is other #Linuxppl #LinuxArmy circle that I also have is a circle of around 1000 ppl linux users I'lhat circle also #Linux #opensource #interesting #debian2012-05-29 09:39:4082005
Marko Shiva Pavlovic (4N7IS3C)5,291This is my #LinuxArmy circle this is more a community circle I mean here in this circle are ppl from very different businesses and different life roles not only a IT technology oriented ppl but beautiful fact is that all of them use or it was using #Linux As my earlier post: https://plus.google.com/u/0/111716948575577959969/posts/MkVq8shasA1follow them all if you want a lot of posts about #linux and IT technology2012-05-29 09:37:56501007

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2014-09-14 09:26:35 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s) 

[/facepalm]

If this is true I will be very upset.  Say it with me now, "Embrace, extend, and extinguish."

I mean, I'll be glad for +Mojang for possibly making a lot of money on the deal, but the fact that they would sell to a company with a track record like Microsoft's is disappointing.  You can be more and more features will be added to the game that are "Windows only", to the point where it becomes worthless to anyone running anything else.

What a waste.

Most reshares: 9

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2014-09-07 08:46:56 (5 comments, 9 reshares, 27 +1s) 

hart to BELIEVE 

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2014-07-20 20:00:07 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 53 +1s) 

After several years of running Linux, +Lynea Tomlinson felt that she was ready to take the plunge into the +Arch Linux world.  It took a bit of finagling to get UEFI "Secure Boot" turned off "for real", but we managed it.

Now I just need to convert her to Vim ;P

Laptop: HP 15-G041SO

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2014-09-14 12:26:17 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s) 

[Where's the red card!?!]

It's like there was no referee on the field today while I was helping Anastasia practice.  The good news is that she's no longer afraid of playing offensively to get the ball.  The bad news is that she's not afraid to trip up the opposing player in order to get the ball.  Wait, that's not a bad thing :)

[Where's the red card!?!]

It's like there was no referee on the field today while I was helping Anastasia practice.  The good news is that she's no longer afraid of playing offensively to get the ball.  The bad news is that she's not afraid to trip up the opposing player in order to get the ball.  Wait, that's not a bad thing :)___

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2014-09-14 09:26:35 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s) 

[/facepalm]

If this is true I will be very upset.  Say it with me now, "Embrace, extend, and extinguish."

I mean, I'll be glad for +Mojang for possibly making a lot of money on the deal, but the fact that they would sell to a company with a track record like Microsoft's is disappointing.  You can be more and more features will be added to the game that are "Windows only", to the point where it becomes worthless to anyone running anything else.

What a waste.

[/facepalm]

If this is true I will be very upset.  Say it with me now, "Embrace, extend, and extinguish."

I mean, I'll be glad for +Mojang for possibly making a lot of money on the deal, but the fact that they would sell to a company with a track record like Microsoft's is disappointing.  You can be more and more features will be added to the game that are "Windows only", to the point where it becomes worthless to anyone running anything else.

What a waste.___

2014-09-14 08:36:37 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s) 

[This gave me pause]

"Hostile armies may face each other for years, striving for the victory which is decided in a single day. This being so, to remain in ignorance of the enemy's condition simply because one grudges the outlay of a hundred ounces of silver in honors and emoluments, is the height of inhumanity." - Sun Tzu, The Art of War

I am still working on updates to my app and while testing something, this quote from the book randomly caught my attention.  I studied this book and its author as a teenager and then again (for different reasons) when I was in the army.  Many people think that it's simply a blueprint or instruction-set for military leaders on how to conduct wartime operations.  Those people are only partially correct, it's also very much a philosophy book, though not in the traditional sense.

I always read this book from thest... more »

[This gave me pause]

"Hostile armies may face each other for years, striving for the victory which is decided in a single day. This being so, to remain in ignorance of the enemy's condition simply because one grudges the outlay of a hundred ounces of silver in honors and emoluments, is the height of inhumanity." - Sun Tzu, The Art of War

I am still working on updates to my app and while testing something, this quote from the book randomly caught my attention.  I studied this book and its author as a teenager and then again (for different reasons) when I was in the army.  Many people think that it's simply a blueprint or instruction-set for military leaders on how to conduct wartime operations.  Those people are only partially correct, it's also very much a philosophy book, though not in the traditional sense.

I always read this book from the standpoint of a student learning from a great leader that, at the end of their life, decided to impart their knowledge and experiences in a way that all people could understand and relate to and that war was both where most of their experience lay as well as a good metaphor for life.  There are a lot of small portions on morality, responsibility, logic, strategic thinking, compassion, and otherwise understanding how people think.  Of course, the context is that of trying to "win" at war, but if you lightly think of life as a series of small battles (that oftentimes seem like massive ones), then much of the book's content can (conceptually) be directly applied to almost any situation.

This quote though, it seems to perfectly describe the current condition of many governments across our globe.  There is another passage earlier on in the book that says something to the effect of "Nobody actually wins in a war, no matter who is declared the victor, both sides lose."

For those that may be interested in it I've provided a link to an online version, it's a very short read (13 small chapters) and is in the Public Domain.  I believe now as I did as a teenager that this book should be on the required reading list in schools.  Maybe then people would grow up understanding that war is to be avoided and not sought after.___

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2014-09-13 16:22:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s) 

[Slow and steady...]

I decided to use a server as the provider of text/quotes for the app re-write and realized pretty quickly the value of using predefined keys for client authentication.  It's very simple and will most likely need a few changes, but I'm happy with it so far.

[Slow and steady...]

I decided to use a server as the provider of text/quotes for the app re-write and realized pretty quickly the value of using predefined keys for client authentication.  It's very simple and will most likely need a few changes, but I'm happy with it so far.___

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2014-09-13 11:28:41 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s) 

It's a Ponyo kind of day:)

Ping +Nery Castaneda

It's a Ponyo kind of day:)

Ping +Nery Castaneda___

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2014-09-12 22:27:35 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s) 

This. That is all.

This. That is all.___

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2014-09-10 16:42:02 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s) 

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

inb4 "specs aren't everything" and "but ... ergonomics!"

Thanks to +Ian Whyman for the share :)

Couldn't help myself. Sorry.___HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

inb4 "specs aren't everything" and "but ... ergonomics!"

Thanks to +Ian Whyman for the share :)

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2014-09-08 18:45:39 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s) 

[Movie Time!]

Anastasia loves anime, especially Miyazaki films.  Lahna on the other hand, likes horror films, the creepier the better.  Tonight she asked for something that would shock her, so I figured The Shining would be a good one.  I saw it when I was a couple of years younger than her, as did my wife when she was a kid, so we figure it's about time she should be exposed to "a classic".

Note: Excuse the link, for some reason G+ resolving the Norwegian title of the film rather than the English title, but it's definitely the same movie :)

[Movie Time!]

Anastasia loves anime, especially Miyazaki films.  Lahna on the other hand, likes horror films, the creepier the better.  Tonight she asked for something that would shock her, so I figured The Shining would be a good one.  I saw it when I was a couple of years younger than her, as did my wife when she was a kid, so we figure it's about time she should be exposed to "a classic".

Note: Excuse the link, for some reason G+ resolving the Norwegian title of the film rather than the English title, but it's definitely the same movie :)___

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2014-09-07 09:52:48 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s) 

[Today's activities]

I was starting to burn out working on another project (there's a lot to consider) and decided that it had been long enough since my Android app, "Art Of War Quotes" received an update, so I have "put on my java hat" and am working on some new features.

I promise nothing in the form of a release today, but I can promise that the project is getting a complete rewrite to make it more useful and so that it can scale to other ideas (thanks to +Lynea Tomlinson for feeding me prompts for useful features she'd like to see).

So yeah, I'll be in Android land today and might even have some fun screenshots of the progress throughout the day, for those of you that are into that sort of thing :)

[Today's activities]

I was starting to burn out working on another project (there's a lot to consider) and decided that it had been long enough since my Android app, "Art Of War Quotes" received an update, so I have "put on my java hat" and am working on some new features.

I promise nothing in the form of a release today, but I can promise that the project is getting a complete rewrite to make it more useful and so that it can scale to other ideas (thanks to +Lynea Tomlinson for feeding me prompts for useful features she'd like to see).

So yeah, I'll be in Android land today and might even have some fun screenshots of the progress throughout the day, for those of you that are into that sort of thing :)___

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2014-09-07 08:46:56 (5 comments, 9 reshares, 27 +1s) 

This planet, I'd like to leave it.

Thanks to +Maya Posch for the share, I needed a good laugh :)

hart to BELIEVE ___This planet, I'd like to leave it.

Thanks to +Maya Posch for the share, I needed a good laugh :)

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2014-09-06 18:20:16 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s) 

Anastasia loves watching movies on her laptop.  Today's movie? Princess Mononoke.

Anastasia loves watching movies on her laptop.  Today's movie? Princess Mononoke.___

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2014-09-06 14:19:12 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s) 

[I couldn't help myself...]

... I had to get a hold of this album, it will get a lot of play-time in our home (+Lynea Tomlinson loved all of the songs when we heard them in the movie a couple of weeks ago).

[I couldn't help myself...]

... I had to get a hold of this album, it will get a lot of play-time in our home (+Lynea Tomlinson loved all of the songs when we heard them in the movie a couple of weeks ago).___

2014-09-06 12:51:07 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s) 

[Containers on +DigitalOcean]

A friend of mine (+anakin c) wrote a blog post on how to get a containers running on a Digital Ocean Droplet running Ubuntu so that he could use his beloved +Gentoo and +funtoo on his server.  Definitely worth a read if you want to see what it is that technologies like +Docker are doing for you under the hood.

[Containers on +DigitalOcean]

A friend of mine (+anakin c) wrote a blog post on how to get a containers running on a Digital Ocean Droplet running Ubuntu so that he could use his beloved +Gentoo and +funtoo on his server.  Definitely worth a read if you want to see what it is that technologies like +Docker are doing for you under the hood.___

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2014-09-06 11:53:38 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s) 

[ #NationStates ]

I have way too much fun with this game >.>

Ping +Justin Brown, because he got me into this game a while ago.

[ #NationStates ]

I have way too much fun with this game >.>

Ping +Justin Brown, because he got me into this game a while ago.___

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2014-09-06 10:12:36 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s) 

So... many.... puns!

So... many.... puns!___

2014-09-01 06:19:41 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s) 

[Mini rant]


"Which programming language is better between 'language X' and 'language Y'?" or "What's the best programming language?" are the wrong questions. If you're asking them, you might want to reevaluate what you think you're doing.

It's better to ask "What is the best tool for this task?" and then search for data that proves than opinions that reflect bias.

Of course, all of the mentioned questions have been answered so often already that anytime I see the former two I immediately assume "troll". Afterward, I lament the ease with which even software engineers and developers can be baited into "language wars".

Okay, I'm done (for now) :)

[Mini rant]


"Which programming language is better between 'language X' and 'language Y'?" or "What's the best programming language?" are the wrong questions. If you're asking them, you might want to reevaluate what you think you're doing.

It's better to ask "What is the best tool for this task?" and then search for data that proves than opinions that reflect bias.

Of course, all of the mentioned questions have been answered so often already that anytime I see the former two I immediately assume "troll". Afterward, I lament the ease with which even software engineers and developers can be baited into "language wars".

Okay, I'm done (for now) :)___

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2014-08-31 18:52:01 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s) 

[Our first football match in Norway]

While the team we were rooting for (Viking) lost 2 - 1 in today's match, we still had a great time.  The Viking Horde (Vikinghordene) was awesome to sit near as they kept things light and fun and the players were excellent sportsmen that provided quite a show.

We probably won't be able to make it to every match, but I think we'll definitely put in the effort to see at least a few home games each season from now on.  

The kids had a great time.  Anastasia was just as loud as The Horde and spent quite a bit of time jumping up and down when it looked like Viking was going to score, or when they successfully defended.  Lahna's excitement was much more contained, but she had a good time as well.  Lynea and I both, surprisingly, were taken by the atmosphere of the other fans in our section and probably haven'tyell... more »

[Our first football match in Norway]

While the team we were rooting for (Viking) lost 2 - 1 in today's match, we still had a great time.  The Viking Horde (Vikinghordene) was awesome to sit near as they kept things light and fun and the players were excellent sportsmen that provided quite a show.

We probably won't be able to make it to every match, but I think we'll definitely put in the effort to see at least a few home games each season from now on.  

The kids had a great time.  Anastasia was just as loud as The Horde and spent quite a bit of time jumping up and down when it looked like Viking was going to score, or when they successfully defended.  Lahna's excitement was much more contained, but she had a good time as well.  Lynea and I both, surprisingly, were taken by the atmosphere of the other fans in our section and probably haven't yelled that much at a game since we were in high school.

All in all, a very fun day despite the team's loss.

Forgive the mic distortion in some of the videos that are attached, the LG G3's microphone is really good, but even it can't handle The Horde, especially when you're sitting only ten meters away.

:)

#Vikingfk   #Norge___

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2014-08-31 16:50:10 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s) 

Not quite the first half we were hoping for...

Not quite the first half we were hoping for...___

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2014-08-31 16:20:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s) 

It's hard to tell who's more awesome, the Viking horde or the team they cheer for. :)

It's hard to tell who's more awesome, the Viking horde or the team they cheer for. :)___

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2014-08-31 15:39:04 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s) 

Ready for the match!

Ready for the match!___

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2014-08-31 15:38:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s) 

Været er perfekt for en fotballkamp :)

Vi sitter på felt F.

Været er perfekt for en fotballkamp :)

Vi sitter på felt F.___

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2014-08-31 13:07:53 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s) 

On our way to town for some shopping before the Viking vs Rosenborg game :)

On our way to town for some shopping before the Viking vs Rosenborg game :)___

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2014-08-30 08:55:53 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s) 

[Wow!]

There are several types of awesome contained in this video.  I am totally okay with this take on Metal.

Thanks to +Amy Knepper for the share :)

I seriously cannot get enough of this freakishly cute song. And I mean freakish in a literal way, for once. How can I smile and scowl at the same time so well??___[Wow!]

There are several types of awesome contained in this video.  I am totally okay with this take on Metal.

Thanks to +Amy Knepper for the share :)

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2014-08-27 10:23:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s) 

This just about sums up the day so far :)

This just about sums up the day so far :)___

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2014-08-26 17:21:54 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

[ #OnePlusInvite ]

First person to click the link, wins!

[ #OnePlusInvite ]

First person to click the link, wins!___

2014-08-26 16:20:06 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s) 

[Hooray!]

We've got our tickets to see Viking play against Rosenborg this Sunday at Viking's stadium. This will be the first time the wife and kids have seen a football game.

#Norge #Viking 

[Hooray!]

We've got our tickets to see Viking play against Rosenborg this Sunday at Viking's stadium. This will be the first time the wife and kids have seen a football game.

#Norge #Viking ___

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2014-08-25 16:32:26 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

[Calling it quits]

I've been playing this game for about two days now, one day of which has been spent both consciously and subconsciously trying to figure out a way to get beyond level 31.  I think I need to take a break from this game.

Say goodbye to anything resembling productivity ;P

[Calling it quits]

I've been playing this game for about two days now, one day of which has been spent both consciously and subconsciously trying to figure out a way to get beyond level 31.  I think I need to take a break from this game.

Say goodbye to anything resembling productivity ;P___

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2014-08-18 20:45:31 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 29 +1s) 

[Movie night with the girls]

Lahna and Anastasia interrupted what was scheduled to be a night of me cleaning up some pet code projects with a request to watch The Avengers.  As they don't always request my company, I jumped at the opportunity.  Before I knew it, "my spot" on the couch was crowded while they piled in.

Lahna's reasons for wanting to see the movie? Black Widow, Hawk Eye, Iron Man, and Thor.  Anastasia's? Black Widow, Iron Man, and The Hulk.  Both of them like the Black Widow character because "She's just as bad-ass as the boys and she's really smart!" (I don't normally restrict their speech at home).  They both like Iron Man because he's a scientist and has lots of cool toys.  Where they differ is on the topic of Thor versus The Hulk.  Anastasia thinks a scientist that can kick butt is awesome, and Lahna likesthe lo... more »

[Movie night with the girls]

Lahna and Anastasia interrupted what was scheduled to be a night of me cleaning up some pet code projects with a request to watch The Avengers.  As they don't always request my company, I jumped at the opportunity.  Before I knew it, "my spot" on the couch was crowded while they piled in.

Lahna's reasons for wanting to see the movie? Black Widow, Hawk Eye, Iron Man, and Thor.  Anastasia's? Black Widow, Iron Man, and The Hulk.  Both of them like the Black Widow character because "She's just as bad-ass as the boys and she's really smart!" (I don't normally restrict their speech at home).  They both like Iron Man because he's a scientist and has lots of cool toys.  Where they differ is on the topic of Thor versus The Hulk.  Anastasia thinks a scientist that can kick butt is awesome, and Lahna likes the lore of Thor (so she says [she's almost 11, I'm sure there's something about Chris Hemsworth in there too ;P]).

In any case, it was a great night and well worth putting off some code work to spend time with them.  My wife snapped these pictures just as New York was starting to get demolished by the Chitauri.___

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2014-08-15 12:34:03 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s) 

[Presents for daddy!]

My daughter came running up to my office sometime after lunch, stuffed a bag into my hands, gave me a hug and a kiss, and then ran away saying "I love you daddy!"

Here's what she was so excited to give me, my very own Black Mesa coffee mug for the office.  I have one of these at home and had mentioned some time ago that I was considering getting one for my office.  Well, Anastasia delivered :)

Needless to say, I have jealous co-workers ;P

[Presents for daddy!]

My daughter came running up to my office sometime after lunch, stuffed a bag into my hands, gave me a hug and a kiss, and then ran away saying "I love you daddy!"

Here's what she was so excited to give me, my very own Black Mesa coffee mug for the office.  I have one of these at home and had mentioned some time ago that I was considering getting one for my office.  Well, Anastasia delivered :)

Needless to say, I have jealous co-workers ;P___

2014-08-13 09:09:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s) 

[Reference Tables for Character Encodings]

I was struggling with processing text from a database that somehow managed to have more than one encoding type for text data (I didn't think that was possible o.0) and needed to be able to write a function to "clean" said text.  These two charts helped out quite a bit in crafting something that would handle this use-case without errors blocking tasks from running.  I figured others might find them useful.

Latin-1: http://www.ic.unicamp.br/~stolfi/EXPORT/www/ISO-8859-1-Encoding.html

UTF-8: http://www.utf8-chartable.de/

NOTE: I'll have to ask my boss first, but if he's cool with it, I'll see about throwing my "integration utilities" module into my GitHub repo so others can possibly benefit.  It's got a lot of convenience functions for conversions, calculations, filtering,etc... more »

[Reference Tables for Character Encodings]

I was struggling with processing text from a database that somehow managed to have more than one encoding type for text data (I didn't think that was possible o.0) and needed to be able to write a function to "clean" said text.  These two charts helped out quite a bit in crafting something that would handle this use-case without errors blocking tasks from running.  I figured others might find them useful.

Latin-1: http://www.ic.unicamp.br/~stolfi/EXPORT/www/ISO-8859-1-Encoding.html

UTF-8: http://www.utf8-chartable.de/

NOTE: I'll have to ask my boss first, but if he's cool with it, I'll see about throwing my "integration utilities" module into my GitHub repo so others can possibly benefit.  It's got a lot of convenience functions for conversions, calculations, filtering, etc.___

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2014-08-11 19:29:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

*Sits quietly to reflect upon the verbosity of his documentation and code, minus the simple summaries that are usually needed*

*Sits quietly to reflect upon the verbosity of his documentation and code, minus the simple summaries that are usually needed*___

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2014-08-10 20:30:56 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s) 

[+Lynea Tomlinson's summer project]

Some friends of ours had a new arrival to their family after a 9 month long wait.  My wife wanted to make something special for the little guy, so she spent the summer working on this blanket.  Considering the family, the design is apt.

She just finished it not five minutes ago :)

[+Lynea Tomlinson's summer project]

Some friends of ours had a new arrival to their family after a 9 month long wait.  My wife wanted to make something special for the little guy, so she spent the summer working on this blanket.  Considering the family, the design is apt.

She just finished it not five minutes ago :)___

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2014-08-10 16:10:03 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s) 

[ Learning +Polymer ]

I knew a long time ago that my site needed to be re-worked.  While I like the "cards" interface concept, my implementation threw responsiveness/mobile adaptation to the wind as a not-even-in-the-top-ten-list-of-priorities "TODO" item.  It's been sitting there for far too long in a state only usable by people with large monitors and I now finally feel that it's time to do something about it.

Enter +Polymer: http://www.polymer-project.org/

I had been hearing/seeing a lot of Polymer over the last several months, mostly in the +Dart circles and figured last night that it was time to see what's been going on in the world of Polymer.  I fired up some +YouTube videos from my "Watch Later" playlist, perched myself in front of the TV, and spent a good two hours watching+Goog... more »

[ Learning +Polymer ]

I knew a long time ago that my site needed to be re-worked.  While I like the "cards" interface concept, my implementation threw responsiveness/mobile adaptation to the wind as a not-even-in-the-top-ten-list-of-priorities "TODO" item.  It's been sitting there for far too long in a state only usable by people with large monitors and I now finally feel that it's time to do something about it.

Enter +Polymer: http://www.polymer-project.org/

I had been hearing/seeing a lot of Polymer over the last several months, mostly in the +Dart circles and figured last night that it was time to see what's been going on in the world of Polymer.  I fired up some +YouTube videos from my "Watch Later" playlist, perched myself in front of the TV, and spent a good two hours watching +Google Developers talk about how awesome Polymer is and some of the nifty things you can do with minimal boilerplate code.

After sleeping on the concepts, I woke up early (for a Sunday) this morning and started working through some tutorials and reading the docs for elements that (by their names) are most likely used more often (like reading about a new language's type system, some things are just always going to be relevant to what you're working on).

** First impressions **

Once I read through some docs and familiarized myself with "why these things work" (lower-level understanding beyond "just use this and magic happens") getting the basic representation of what I wanted to accomplish was pretty easy.  I did have a bit of a struggle when it came time to style my elements as I've never coded anything that used the Shadow DOM before, but the Polymer docs explain the style scoping very well, so it wasn't long before I had something that didn't make my eyes bleed.

I'm still a bit miffed that what you see in the screenshots below are not what you would see if you cloned my repo and started up Firefox, but I'm pretty sure that a bit more reading and experimentation will lead to my proper use of shims and polyfill rules so that the CSS produces a visual match.

One thing I'm really happy about is that making the site "responsive" is easy.  There isn't much that needs to be done from what I gather because outside of a single "@media" query inside my main CSS file, the elements that I've imported just seem to re-flow as expected, which is great for someone like me that isn't much of an artist.

** No JavaScript... yet*

All that you see in the screenshots works without a single line of JavaScript written by me (or imported from somewhere on the internet).  I do have some plans for the site that will require the use of JavaScript (well, Dart to JS), but it's nice to know that whatever front-end scripting I use, it will be minimal and there to "spice up" the site rather than, well, you've seen the internet in the last year, you know what I mean.

* Conclusion **

If you have a chance to spend about 20 minutes with the tutorial, it's definitely interesting to see what's going on in one project centered around Web Components, especially when things like Polymer make it so easy to get up and running.___

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2014-08-03 18:41:46 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s) 

[This!]

So much this!  I couldn't "+1" this post hard enough.  Thank you +Bruno Škvorc for echoing what I've been trying to explain to others for, well, a while.

Legacy Code is Cancer

In this post, +Bruno Škvorc argues against legacy code in all project types. Legacy code can hold your project back for years, expose it to vulnerabilities, and have it hurt the entire team.

Read the post and chime in with your opinion!___[This!]

So much this!  I couldn't "+1" this post hard enough.  Thank you +Bruno Škvorc for echoing what I've been trying to explain to others for, well, a while.

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2014-08-03 16:53:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

[That was fun!]


I've been very interested in the +Brackets IDE for a while now and always liked the idea of being able to use simple HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to write things for an installed application.  Today I decided to actually do something with it and followed some tutorials on the +Brackets GitHub page on how to setup the IDE for contributing code as well as how to write extensions.  

Most of my day was spent reading the docs (always a good first step), then came the "trial and error" phase.  After a while, I now have an extension published to the Brackets Extension Registry, "Brackets - Dilbert".  Basically, you install the extension and then click "Daily Dilbert" in the "Help" menu.  After a second or two, a modal dialog box will popup with today's comic strip.

I have a similar extension (that Ididn&#... more »

[That was fun!]


I've been very interested in the +Brackets IDE for a while now and always liked the idea of being able to use simple HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to write things for an installed application.  Today I decided to actually do something with it and followed some tutorials on the +Brackets GitHub page on how to setup the IDE for contributing code as well as how to write extensions.  

Most of my day was spent reading the docs (always a good first step), then came the "trial and error" phase.  After a while, I now have an extension published to the Brackets Extension Registry, "Brackets - Dilbert".  Basically, you install the extension and then click "Daily Dilbert" in the "Help" menu.  After a second or two, a modal dialog box will popup with today's comic strip.

I have a similar extension (that I didn't write) installed in Pycharm for those times during the workday when I need a chuckle to help lighten the mood.

Anywho, I hope other users of Brackets will enjoy this extension, however small and silly it is :)___

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2014-08-02 19:00:48 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s) 

[Another code addict is born]

This is how I imagine my mother is feeling right now after completing several lessons on Python via +Codecademy.

She's spent a lot of time reading books, blogs, and articles, as well as watching a lot of instructional videos, all having to do with programming, design, and technology in general.  Now, she's following the Python track on CodeCademy and her emails to me describing her progress have brought a massive smile to my face.  She's excited and she's having fun learning something that she's always wanted to learn.

Keep up the awesome work +Karina Stavenes!

:)

[Another code addict is born]

This is how I imagine my mother is feeling right now after completing several lessons on Python via +Codecademy.

She's spent a lot of time reading books, blogs, and articles, as well as watching a lot of instructional videos, all having to do with programming, design, and technology in general.  Now, she's following the Python track on CodeCademy and her emails to me describing her progress have brought a massive smile to my face.  She's excited and she's having fun learning something that she's always wanted to learn.

Keep up the awesome work +Karina Stavenes!

:)___

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2014-08-02 18:04:42 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s) 

[I've just started using this today...]

...and I am very impressed with it so far.  My wife and I both are set up on premium and have just completed the configuration of all of our devices.  Now I can spend my time memorizing more important things, like binary bit-field mappings and message formats for M2M devices >.>

[I've just started using this today...]

...and I am very impressed with it so far.  My wife and I both are set up on premium and have just completed the configuration of all of our devices.  Now I can spend my time memorizing more important things, like binary bit-field mappings and message formats for M2M devices >.>___

2014-08-02 16:15:23 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

I won new Stars racing in TOKYO! Now I have 8 total Star(s)!https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gameloft.android.ANMP.GloftA8HM

I won new Stars racing in TOKYO! Now I have 8 total Star(s)!https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gameloft.android.ANMP.GloftA8HM___

2014-07-27 13:23:09 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s) 

[Helping the cause]

In an effort to help out with the server load that +Ikey Doherty has been trying to manage, I've created an FTP server on my domain that will feature ISO releases of Evolve OS.

For now, the process is manual as Ikey is locking down the release schedule and also working on rsync stuffs, so the FTP server will be a bit behind his master server.

You can access the server via anonymous FTP here:

ftp://dev.brianctomlinson.com/isos/evolve-os/

A package repository will be setup sometime this week or next.  I'll post here when it's available for use.

[Helping the cause]

In an effort to help out with the server load that +Ikey Doherty has been trying to manage, I've created an FTP server on my domain that will feature ISO releases of Evolve OS.

For now, the process is manual as Ikey is locking down the release schedule and also working on rsync stuffs, so the FTP server will be a bit behind his master server.

You can access the server via anonymous FTP here:

ftp://dev.brianctomlinson.com/isos/evolve-os/

A package repository will be setup sometime this week or next.  I'll post here when it's available for use.___

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2014-07-26 10:14:39 (3 comments, 6 reshares, 22 +1s) 

["True" Engineer vs Software Engineer]


Qi tackles the debate on whether Software Engineers should have the word "Engineer" in their titles.

The ending is hilarious :)

["True" Engineer vs Software Engineer]


Qi tackles the debate on whether Software Engineers should have the word "Engineer" in their titles.

The ending is hilarious :)___

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2014-07-23 10:43:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s) 

Today is the first day of #gladmat ! Three days of awesome food.  See you all in 3 days >.>

Today is the first day of #gladmat ! Three days of awesome food.  See you all in 3 days >.>___

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2014-07-20 20:00:07 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 53 +1s) 

After several years of running Linux, +Lynea Tomlinson felt that she was ready to take the plunge into the +Arch Linux world.  It took a bit of finagling to get UEFI "Secure Boot" turned off "for real", but we managed it.

Now I just need to convert her to Vim ;P

Laptop: HP 15-G041SO

After several years of running Linux, +Lynea Tomlinson felt that she was ready to take the plunge into the +Arch Linux world.  It took a bit of finagling to get UEFI "Secure Boot" turned off "for real", but we managed it.

Now I just need to convert her to Vim ;P

Laptop: HP 15-G041SO___

2014-07-18 09:53:25 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s) 

[Sure, now I get a OnePlue invite...]

When the OnePlus One was first announced, I thought it would be my next phone.  Then, they pulled their invite stunt and I got impatient, instead purchasing an LG G3.  I'm very happy with my decision to get the G3 and have no need for the OnePlus One.  If you want the invite link, let me know and we'll talk.


So here's the deal:

If you can say something funny using a programming language (and what you "say" executes successfully without errors) then I'll email you the invite link this evening (my timezone [GMT+2:00]) after I've reviewed the submissions.  Your code submission should be in the form of a GitHub Gist, just paste the link in the comments below and I'll review it.

Good luck!

EDIT: Congratulations to +Andy Lin for winning the invite!He i... more »

[Sure, now I get a OnePlue invite...]

When the OnePlus One was first announced, I thought it would be my next phone.  Then, they pulled their invite stunt and I got impatient, instead purchasing an LG G3.  I'm very happy with my decision to get the G3 and have no need for the OnePlus One.  If you want the invite link, let me know and we'll talk.


So here's the deal:

If you can say something funny using a programming language (and what you "say" executes successfully without errors) then I'll email you the invite link this evening (my timezone [GMT+2:00]) after I've reviewed the submissions.  Your code submission should be in the form of a GitHub Gist, just paste the link in the comments below and I'll review it.

Good luck!

EDIT: Congratulations to +Andy Lin for winning the invite! He is doing some awesome stuff with regard to using technology to help people with disabilities to lead fuller lives.___

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2014-07-17 13:06:56 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s) 

[Embrace, Extend, Extinguish...]

I wonder, who honestly didn't expect this?

[Embrace, Extend, Extinguish...]

I wonder, who honestly didn't expect this?___

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2014-07-16 17:43:40 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s) 

[LG G Watch: The Work Day]


As many of you know, yesterday I received my LG G Watch and despite 3 (minor) negative points, fell in love with it and its possibilities within a few hours.  But that was "sit at home and peel off the plastic" time, the time at which I carefully remove all "protective" plastics, perform initial setup, and start toying with devices.  Today I had the benefit of being able to go through a fairly typical work day, with one minor exception, I turned off Pushbullet notifications on my laptop so as to be forced to rely on the watch for notices and alerts.

Typically, I start my day reading emails and catching up on social media via my phone, then talking to my wife before heading out to wait for the bus going into Stavanger Sentrum.  This didn't change much, except that instead of pulling out my phone to absorb and thendi... more »

[LG G Watch: The Work Day]


As many of you know, yesterday I received my LG G Watch and despite 3 (minor) negative points, fell in love with it and its possibilities within a few hours.  But that was "sit at home and peel off the plastic" time, the time at which I carefully remove all "protective" plastics, perform initial setup, and start toying with devices.  Today I had the benefit of being able to go through a fairly typical work day, with one minor exception, I turned off Pushbullet notifications on my laptop so as to be forced to rely on the watch for notices and alerts.

Typically, I start my day reading emails and catching up on social media via my phone, then talking to my wife before heading out to wait for the bus going into Stavanger Sentrum.  This didn't change much, except that instead of pulling out my phone to absorb and then dismiss notifications in transit, I was able to do it on my watch while walking to the bus stop.  Once on the bus, if I've completely caught up on messages from others, I'll browse Reddit and G+ for news items or interesting articles.

Every once in a while I have an ambitious client that goes into their office really early, so they start emailing me regarding a project as I'm walking to my office.  Today, rather than pulling out the phone to dictate a response to their email, I just did it on the watch.  Of course, I got a few confused glances from the locals, but I'm used to it (big beard in Norway, not as common as you'd think).  By the time I had walked the five minutes it takes to get to the office, I'd responded to three emails this way (talking to my watch).  Not bad!

Throughout the day I am intermittently interrupted by colleagues, clients, and family.  It's not normally a big deal because each of those groups of people knows that if I don't respond right away, I have a good reason and will get back to them as soon as I can break away from whatever it is that I'm doing.  Today was especially heavy on the email and Hangouts messages because I'm at the tail-end of two projects and of course, there were new changes introduced to the desired features.  Being able to reply to Hangouts and emails via voice without having to carry my phone into the kitchen when I wanted tea or to grab a snack was awesome.  It meant I was actually able to go through those tasks faster because I had both hands available (the watch microphone is sensitive enough [or I speak loudly enough]) that when my hands were at counter-top height, I could still dictate messages without Google Voice Input messing up my sentences.  Mind you, this was all done with my phone sitting on my desk in a whole other part of the building (about 20 meters).

Now, throw in long bouts of coding, a lunch, and a meeting, and you've got my typical work day.  I finish it up on the way home by reading G+ and Reddit on the bus.

What was my takeaway? The additional integration offered by Android Wear on the LG G Watch, if used without the fear of social bias ("Hvorfor snakker du med ditt klokka?"/"Why are you talking to your watch?") adds to efficiency without the cumbersome feeling normally had by performing the same actions with a phone.  While I was most definitely tethered to my device to get through the work day, I didn't feel like that tether was bothersome, it was actually quite comfortable.

Here it is ~19:30 and the watch has 61% battery, the phone 72%.  For the last week and a half my phone has been at ~55 - 60% battery by this time on a work day.  The lack of turning on that 5.5 inch screen several times throughout the day has saved a bit of battery life (10 - 13%) and made it to where my phone is used for things which benefit from it's larger screen, as well as making actual phone calls, rather than for every little notification, many of which are not work related but easily discernible by a quick glance at the wrist to see the notification card.

Really quick, somebody brought it up a few days before I ordered the watch and I've seen it mentioned in a video review as well: The watch face in the sunlight and lack of visibility.  I haven't been wearing sunglasses this summer (my daughter is a sneaky one and I haven't found another pair that I like) and today was a very nice, bright, sunny day.  The watch face is just fine.  Standing at the bus stop, I got a notification regarding when the next bus was going to arrive and checked it out in direct sunlight.  The notification card was easily readable with zero abnormal eye-strain (I don't know about you, but I tend to squint in direct sunlight and at glare).  If the screen is good enough to deal with that intense sunlight that we get in Norway when the sun does decide to make its presence known, then it's definitely good enough for sunny days in smoggy LA.

+Kent Long asked me last night for some pictures of the watch, blame him for what's attached to this post ;P

For those wondering, the watch face in use is "StarWatch", it's available on +Google Play at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.bonysoft.starwatch


#AndroidWear   #LGGWatch   #AndroidReview  ___

2014-07-16 14:11:50 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 9 +1s) 

The people on the bus are looking at me weird due to all of my laughter. Leave it to a Database Engineer to come up with something like this ;P

The people on the bus are looking at me weird due to all of my laughter. Leave it to a Database Engineer to come up with something like this ;P___

2014-07-15 20:54:13 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s) 

[Initial thoughts on the LG G Watch]

I received my LG G Watch today after having ordered it this weekend and in just the few hours that I've spent with it, I'm in love!

Some things to note:

1. It's not nearly as big as you think: At the risk of sounding immature, "I've had bigger."  So far as build goes, my wrists are pretty average.  This watch doesn't feel at all cumbersome and is much lighter than previous watches I've owned.

2. The screen provides plenty of real-estate: Call it the foresight of the Google devs that worked on Android Wear or the planning in LG's hardware department or both, but I don't find myself having a difficult time reading the notifications or interacting with events on the screen.  Touch events are registered just where I expect them to be registered and nothing looks cluttered.... more »

[Initial thoughts on the LG G Watch]

I received my LG G Watch today after having ordered it this weekend and in just the few hours that I've spent with it, I'm in love!

Some things to note:

1. It's not nearly as big as you think: At the risk of sounding immature, "I've had bigger."  So far as build goes, my wrists are pretty average.  This watch doesn't feel at all cumbersome and is much lighter than previous watches I've owned.

2. The screen provides plenty of real-estate: Call it the foresight of the Google devs that worked on Android Wear or the planning in LG's hardware department or both, but I don't find myself having a difficult time reading the notifications or interacting with events on the screen.  Touch events are registered just where I expect them to be registered and nothing looks cluttered.

3. The apps that offer integration with Android Wear (that I've installed) work well: There aren't a whole lot of apps that work with Android Wear's features, but the ones that do seem to be doing a great job.  Adding a "+1" to a post is instantaneous and selecting to comment on that post immediately opens it in the phone just as expected.  I'm really happy with the Pushbullet notifications as well, they offer some great interaction!

4. Voice Search: This is the feature that you expect to work (because... Google) but are still giddy about when you get to experience it. "Okay Google, translate 'Goddess' from English to Norwegian" returns the expected "gudinne" and also provides search results that you can elect to open on your phone (or tablet if that's what you're paired to) simply by swiping "up" and selecting the appropriate result.  As a native English speaker learning Norwegian in Norway, this is a welcome feature that will keep me from having to whip out my phone when I get stuck in a conversation with coworkers or friends.

5. Watch Faces galore!: I think the Google I/O videos showed maybe five or six watch faces as being available, the G Watch comes with much more than that as a default and there are several free apps offering even more on the Google Play Store.  It took me all of three seconds to find a Binary Watch face (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bytemesoftware.wear.faces.binary).  Expect more of these to start popping up on the play store soon.

Some Negatives:

1. The Android Wear app: I can't tell if the app is just poorly translated into English or if it's still considered an Alpha, but somebody needs to take a look at the possibility of adding more descriptive text to the options in the Settings menu.  Example:  "Hide cards on dimmed screen" with subtext "Always show".  Um, what? This would be fine if the terminology were consistent.  You see, above that is another option "Mute app notifications", so are "cards" and "notifications" the same thing or is there a difference?  I sent myself some Pushbullet notifications to test it out and what "Hide cards on dimmed screen" does is not show you the actual notification when you aren't actively looking at the screen (there's a sensor for that).  There are some more like that, but you get the idea.

2. Low resolution profile pictures:  Don't get me wrong, with small screens comes small resolutions, but there's no reason why a hi-res profile picture on the web should look like a TV in the 1960's on the watch, especially after seeing the hi-res images that show up in the "Photos" watch face.  It's a nit-pick in my opinion, but as "they" say, "The devil's in the details".

3. Active screen triggers: We were all led to believe that the screen became active when you raised your wrist to look at it.  In the course of typing this post, the screen has triggered several times (the colors in my binary dots change when the screen is active and "Ok Google" displays, also, the screen gets noticeably brighter).  I have big hands and long fingers, I don't move my wrists much at all when I type because I don't have to in order to reach keys, I think the motion sensor is a bit on the sensitive side.

That's it for now.  Tomorrow I'll be at the office and see how it handles a regular work day.  Afterward, I'll write up how the day went and include what the battery life is like.___

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2014-07-15 16:24:08 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s) 

I'll be away for a while >.>

New hardware demands attention!

I'll be away for a while >.>

New hardware demands attention!___

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2014-07-15 12:17:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

It's been how long since they figured this out and yet, Outlook still has this problem of sending J's for anyone not using the WingDings font (which is pretty much everyone, save for those that are forced into it).

Obviously a standard needs to be created for such things.  Oh, wait, there is already a collection of RFC's that deal with all issues Internet Messaging: http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc2046, http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc2822, http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc2048, and http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc2049

It's been how long since they figured this out and yet, Outlook still has this problem of sending J's for anyone not using the WingDings font (which is pretty much everyone, save for those that are forced into it).

Obviously a standard needs to be created for such things.  Oh, wait, there is already a collection of RFC's that deal with all issues Internet Messaging: http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc2046, http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc2822, http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc2048, and http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc2049___

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2014-07-14 20:56:35 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 9 +1s) 

James Earl Jones reading "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe.

This is a level of awesome rarely experienced, savor it.

:)

James Earl Jones reading "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe.

This is a level of awesome rarely experienced, savor it.

:)___

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