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Most comments: 26

2015-07-01 10:54:52 (26 comments, 0 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

[The Search is Over!]

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

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

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

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

Most reshares: 9

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

RIP you glorious gentleman.

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

Most plusones: 65

2015-05-20 17:25:19 (20 comments, 0 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

Guess who's got an interview next week with Red Hat.

That's right, this guy!

*Happy dance commences*

Latest 50 posts

2015-07-01 10:54:52 (26 comments, 0 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

[The Search is Over!]

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

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

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

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

[The Search is Over!]

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

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

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

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

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

[Things my daughters say]

On relationships

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



[Things my daughters say]

On relationships

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

___

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

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

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

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

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

So far so good though.

Thanks to +Daniel Sandman for sharing :)

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

So far so good though.

Thanks to +Daniel Sandman for sharing :)

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

[Wow!]

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

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

[Wow!]

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

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

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

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

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

There's a lot ofwigg... more »

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

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

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

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

[2015 Vacation in Germany]

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

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

[2015 Vacation in Germany]

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

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

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

Hooray! :D

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Without equality before the law, America stands for nothing.

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

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

[Almost-post vacation update]

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

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

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

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

[Almost-post vacation update]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2015-06-19 13:21:28 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

I need this in my life!

I need this in my life!___

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent news!

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

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

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

:)

Linux Lite awards another Bounty to Developers.___:)

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

[NEXT!]

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

What's New?

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

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

Anywho, there you go. Have fun.

[NEXT!]

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

What's New?

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

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

Anywho, there you go. Have fun.___

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

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

h/t +Yonatan Zunger 

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

h/t +Yonatan Zunger 

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

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

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

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

[A simple, relaxing something]

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

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

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

"""
$ curl -H&qu... more »

[A simple, relaxing something]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I have no words.

RIP you glorious gentleman.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now to decompress.

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

Now to decompress.___

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

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



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

___

2015-06-03 17:18:45 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

[Status Update]

I haven't been very active lately due to some craziness going on, but here's what's happening:

1. Interview Olympics with one of my dream companies are ongoing.  So far, all of the interviews have gone very well and I'm in high spirits.  No offers yet, but I have hope that some great news will come sooner rather than later.

2. In just over two weeks I'll be heading to Germany for a week of vacation, followed by one week of vacation at home where the plan is to catch up on things that I've been putting off due to the job search, unless of course I still don't have a job offer, in which case the Interview Olympics will continue.

3. My mother and I have tossed around the idea of starting a company for a long time.  I'm in the process of writing the initial proof of concept application (back-end: Go +Po... more »

[Status Update]

I haven't been very active lately due to some craziness going on, but here's what's happening:

1. Interview Olympics with one of my dream companies are ongoing.  So far, all of the interviews have gone very well and I'm in high spirits.  No offers yet, but I have hope that some great news will come sooner rather than later.

2. In just over two weeks I'll be heading to Germany for a week of vacation, followed by one week of vacation at home where the plan is to catch up on things that I've been putting off due to the job search, unless of course I still don't have a job offer, in which case the Interview Olympics will continue.

3. My mother and I have tossed around the idea of starting a company for a long time.  I'm in the process of writing the initial proof of concept application (back-end: Go + PostgreSQL, front-end: AngularJS) and things are coming along really well. More details will become available as we get closer to something worthy of at least a beta release.

That's all for now.___

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2015-06-03 14:33:30 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Goddammit Kevin!

Goddammit Kevin!___

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2015-06-01 05:12:43 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

+Peppermint  Six is now available for download at http://PeppermintOS.com

+Peppermint  Six is now available for download at http://PeppermintOS.com___

2015-05-31 08:10:58 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Before you click that link close your eyes, take a deep breath, feel the force, and prepare to laugh.

Before you click that link close your eyes, take a deep breath, feel the force, and prepare to laugh.___

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2015-05-31 07:52:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

I was looking for an old reference to a "cheese powered toaster", I was not disappointed :P

Tagging +anakin c because he won't know how this is even possible and will tell me about it in IRC some more.

I was looking for an old reference to a "cheese powered toaster", I was not disappointed :P

Tagging +anakin c because he won't know how this is even possible and will tell me about it in IRC some more.___

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2015-05-29 21:57:56 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

This was a really fun little course.  I liked the pacing and I liked the laid-back tone. All of the core concepts were taught in small, consumable bits that made retaining them easier and the exercises were descriptive enough that there was little room for confusion.

If you have some spare time on your hands, definitely take a look and see what Angular is about.

This was a really fun little course.  I liked the pacing and I liked the laid-back tone. All of the core concepts were taught in small, consumable bits that made retaining them easier and the exercises were descriptive enough that there was little room for confusion.

If you have some spare time on your hands, definitely take a look and see what Angular is about.___

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2015-05-28 16:45:14 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Watching #googleio2015 now :)

Watching #googleio2015 now :)___

2015-05-26 16:14:35 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

That interview went much better than I could have ever hoped.  Now I just have to wait for that company to get back to me for the second round of interviews (technical discussions) with the team managers for each of the potential teams I could be assigned.

I hear Brno is nice this time of year :)

That interview went much better than I could have ever hoped.  Now I just have to wait for that company to get back to me for the second round of interviews (technical discussions) with the team managers for each of the potential teams I could be assigned.

I hear Brno is nice this time of year :)___

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2015-05-24 10:52:10 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

[Things my daughters write]

Sometimes you just have to list what it is you're actually looking for, or think you're looking for at least.  I think this kid is on the right track.

I think my favorite part of this is "No disorders (Small amount is ok)".  I guess she figures that a certain amount of "crazy" is tolerable :P

[Things my daughters write]

Sometimes you just have to list what it is you're actually looking for, or think you're looking for at least.  I think this kid is on the right track.

I think my favorite part of this is "No disorders (Small amount is ok)".  I guess she figures that a certain amount of "crazy" is tolerable :P___

2015-05-22 17:15:30 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

1. Basic app outline.  Check
2. MongoDB driver documentation. Check
3. Blaring some metal through my headphones. Check

This (long) weekend is shaping up nicely :)

Now to get back to implementing some business logic!

*Dives back into his cave*

1. Basic app outline.  Check
2. MongoDB driver documentation. Check
3. Blaring some metal through my headphones. Check

This (long) weekend is shaping up nicely :)

Now to get back to implementing some business logic!

*Dives back into his cave*___

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2015-05-22 13:30:49 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Not the cleanest of Android home screens, bit it works for me. :)

Not the cleanest of Android home screens, bit it works for me. :)___

2015-05-20 17:25:19 (20 comments, 0 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

Guess who's got an interview next week with Red Hat.

That's right, this guy!

*Happy dance commences*

Guess who's got an interview next week with Red Hat.

That's right, this guy!

*Happy dance commences*___

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2015-05-19 19:58:20 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

[Interesting...]

I never hoped for my children to get married, I have and always will hope that they will find happiness.  Whether or not that involves one or more life-partners remains to be seen.  The important thing is that they are happy.

In my opinion, Marriage is the equivalent of "Legacy code", it's been valuable for a long time, we've setup systems around it, but ultimately, it will be replaced by something else that allows for faster iteration and further evolution of the underlying premise.

Note: I had no idea that 31 year olds were considered "Millennials", but the author of the article seems to think so.  Did someone re-define that generational moniker without telling me?

Why parents should stop hoping their kids will get married

___[Interesting...]

I never hoped for my children to get married, I have and always will hope that they will find happiness.  Whether or not that involves one or more life-partners remains to be seen.  The important thing is that they are happy.

In my opinion, Marriage is the equivalent of "Legacy code", it's been valuable for a long time, we've setup systems around it, but ultimately, it will be replaced by something else that allows for faster iteration and further evolution of the underlying premise.

Note: I had no idea that 31 year olds were considered "Millennials", but the author of the article seems to think so.  Did someone re-define that generational moniker without telling me?

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2015-05-18 15:38:52 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I'm really impressed with this game so far.  It's not nearly as complex as Dota 2 (an excellent game by the way) but as far as I can tell, it doesn't suffer from a toxic community environment.  That may just be because it is by no means anywhere near the "e-sports level" of engagement, doesn't have that large of a player-base, and is still in "Early Access."

Still, the art and characters are fun(ny), there are a lot of quality of life improvements over more notable games in the genre, and let's face it, the learning curve is a ton smaller.  It let's a casual player get a glimpse into the genre without a high barrier to entry and a seasoned player relax and remind themselves why they like the genre in the first place.

Also, "Free to play" (not "Pay to win") and Linux support are huge plusses :)

I'm really impressed with this game so far.  It's not nearly as complex as Dota 2 (an excellent game by the way) but as far as I can tell, it doesn't suffer from a toxic community environment.  That may just be because it is by no means anywhere near the "e-sports level" of engagement, doesn't have that large of a player-base, and is still in "Early Access."

Still, the art and characters are fun(ny), there are a lot of quality of life improvements over more notable games in the genre, and let's face it, the learning curve is a ton smaller.  It let's a casual player get a glimpse into the genre without a high barrier to entry and a seasoned player relax and remind themselves why they like the genre in the first place.

Also, "Free to play" (not "Pay to win") and Linux support are huge plusses :)___

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2015-05-15 21:33:56 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Not gonna lie, I'm kinda irritated that there's no Linux version ready yet and all we've got to go on is that there will be some sort of announcement at E3.

How much longer can we wait on Larian to fulfill their promise? Apparently until near the end of the year...

Not gonna lie, I'm kinda irritated that there's no Linux version ready yet and all we've got to go on is that there will be some sort of announcement at E3.

How much longer can we wait on Larian to fulfill their promise? Apparently until near the end of the year...___

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2015-05-14 19:31:20 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

It's been about a week since me and +Lynea Tomlinson took a picture together.

:)

It's been about a week since me and +Lynea Tomlinson took a picture together.

:)___

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2015-05-14 12:52:15 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

My (short) review of Dex.

TL;DR: Add this game to your collection. Now!

My (short) review of Dex.

TL;DR: Add this game to your collection. Now!___

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2015-05-13 19:22:27 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

+Lahna Tomlinson did her own make-up and smiled for the camera :)

+Lahna Tomlinson did her own make-up and smiled for the camera :)___

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2015-05-13 15:33:43 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

So close to the future of consumer drones that I imagine :)

Holy balls that's cool

https://www.lily.camera/___So close to the future of consumer drones that I imagine :)

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2015-05-12 16:52:38 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!___

2015-05-12 16:24:43 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

[Things my daughters say]

While she and her boyfriend are playing chess in the living room

Daughter: "Daddy can we have some music?"
Me: "Sure, how about 'the good stuff'?"
Daughter: "Yes!"
Me: Puts on the "Metal" playlist where the first song is 'Paranoid'
Daughter: Sings along, hits every note
Me: Tears of joy
Daughter's Boyfriend: Confused look on his face

[Things my daughters say]

While she and her boyfriend are playing chess in the living room

Daughter: "Daddy can we have some music?"
Me: "Sure, how about 'the good stuff'?"
Daughter: "Yes!"
Me: Puts on the "Metal" playlist where the first song is 'Paranoid'
Daughter: Sings along, hits every note
Me: Tears of joy
Daughter's Boyfriend: Confused look on his face___

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2015-05-09 14:45:17 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

This is most definitely worth 26 minutes of your time.  Mikko provides a lot to think about and puts things in perspective very well.

This is most definitely worth 26 minutes of your time.  Mikko provides a lot to think about and puts things in perspective very well.___

2015-05-09 12:36:41 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Swapped over to +Opera to see what I've been missing out on.  So far, I like it, but I'm a bit irked at the fact that I can't force the browser to use my system's GTK theme.  

*Starts digging through config files*

Swapped over to +Opera to see what I've been missing out on.  So far, I like it, but I'm a bit irked at the fact that I can't force the browser to use my system's GTK theme.  

*Starts digging through config files*___

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