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Brian Tomlinson (DarthLukan) has been shared in 82 public circles

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Jessica Sparks0 I have been in a couple circles and wanted to return the favor.  These are awesome people made up of my hippie, artsy friends and hippie artsy people I want to know. And some just good people to follow that always have interesting posts.  Enjoy!Peace & Love ____________________#GrowthCIrcle     #GooglePlus   #CircleShare   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #google   #circle #circles #publiccircle #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #LGBT #LGBTcircle #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #addcircle   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #ci2015-04-13 00:00:25490000
love Art1,481shared circle2015-03-24 12:08:12467000
Jessica Sparks0My favorite Circle of LGBT and LGBT allies. These are active, fun people you'll enjoy following. Just leave a comment if you want to be included in the next share Just wanted to show some appreciation for the people I enjoy following most XO #bosmol #BosmolCircle   #GrowthCIrcle     #GooglePlus   #CircleShare   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #google   #circle #circles #publiccircle #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #addcircle   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #circlesharing   2015-03-21 21:10:05494102
Jessica Sparks0My favorite Circle of LGBT and LGBT allies. If you're reading this you are in the circle. These are active, fun people you'll enjoy following. I also have a circle of LGBT pages and resources This one is all people. Thanks for being you! XO 2015-03-21 21:03:23497001
Harry Day15,832If You recieve this message You are included in circle !!!To get in, and to ensure you stay in #thebestfriends  circle you need to do the following:1. Include me in your circles...!!!2.  Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.3. Plus this post...!!4. Publicly share this circle...!!5. Leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above...!!!#photography  #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #geographical #theorist #of #the #empire #was #actually #a #former #Swedish #prisonerofwar #taken #at #the #Battle #of #Polt #signed #to #Tobolsk #where #he #associated #with #Peter's #Siberian #official #Vasily #Tatishchev #and #was #allowed #freedom #to #conduct 2015-03-14 12:29:144556616
Raquel Hunter26,206ExtraORDINARY Engagers Showcase CircleThank you for engaging with me. This circle consists of people who have engaged with one of my recent posts in the form of +1s, comments and reshares. As a member of this circle, I invite you to leave a link AND a description to one of  your most recent posts in the comments below.Reshares of this circle are appreciated, but NOT necessary to be apart of this circle. 2014-09-28 20:42:4840120847
George Clark7,103Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!I don't wish to offend anyone on the internet, so if you would like to be removed from my shared circles, please send me a private message and I won't share your profile in the future. The only way being shared will affect you is that you will get notifications that people have added you. You are under no obligation to add them back to your circles. If you don't add them back, they will most likely remove you from their circles after some time.#topcircle #circleshareoftheday #sharedcircles  #sharedpubliccircles   #fridaycircle   #themecircle   #mediterranean   #addbackspree   #ripplescircle   #addback   #aahanapriyadarsinee   #peoplescircle   #circleoftheday   #followme   #follow4follow  2014-09-27 10:52:53486372240
Becky Collins15,380Smartphone/Tablet Lovers Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-08-20 05:01:234604213
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 19:22:35440235
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 09:53:094943112
CircleCount65,040The Cream of the Crop of November 2013What's this?On +CircleCount everyday some very interesting persons are chosen and recommended. These are persons without hundreds of thousands of followers but with a lot of interesting content. You won't find silent people here leading the rankings, but interesting people that are worth to be followed.You can find the Cream of the Crop daily here:http://www.circlecount.com/daily/Past Cream of the Crop Circles:October 2013: http://goo.gl/mx3CiGSeptember 2013: http://goo.gl/QOAm4GAugust 2013: http://goo.gl/N9kupHJuly 2013: http://goo.gl/mZ7XQJJune 2013: http://goo.gl/M900eMMay 2013: http://goo.gl/pfYlQApril 2013: http://goo.gl/C792kMarch 2013: http://goo.gl/WSKjUFebruary 2013: http://goo.gl/vsfGqJanuary 2013: http://goo.gl/xiuMuDecember 2012: http://goo.gl/bPL5KNovember 2012: http://goo.gl/LSQjcOctober 2012: http://goo.gl/ohdceSeptember 2012: http://goo.gl/ie3VNAugust 2012: http://goo.gl/5vUUPJuly 2012: http://goo.gl/oAemEJune 2012: http://goo.gl/YZt1yMay 2012: http://goo.gl/4Tq43April 2012: http://goo.gl/NvbKjMarch 2012: http://goo.gl/3auLoFebruary 2012: http://goo.gl/TWYpKJanuary 2012: http://goo.gl/HBdHbDecember 2011: http://goo.gl/RBCpgNovember 2011: http://goo.gl/x6TJkOctober 2011: http://goo.gl/2xVn92013-12-03 13:21:56296272955
Danial Hallock10,323No Name NeededIt's getting close to the Holiday Season, and the whole point of this particular part of the season is to "give thanks" to the people (or, in America, things) that have positively impacted your life.  For me, these are those people.You all should remember my initial circle The Three Hundred (http://goo.gl/kqE8h) which was well received at 251 +1s and 48 reshares.  This circle was my first round of hyper-vetting individuals for circling, based on a lot of criteria that was centered around high quality content and a high level of engagement.  I think I combed through about 2,300 profiles on a one-by-one basis before arriving at the final product.That circle then morphed into the The Collaborative Circle (http://goo.gl/Ex9ai) which was less publicized, but still racked in 90 +1s and 13 reshares.  This circle was based on the premise that "If four people from The Three Hundred enjoy person X, then I should also enjoy them."  Well, the combination of these circles lead to an interesting scenario in which I was able to locate all stars through a combination of overlap and relevance (via Google algorithms).  Out popped these twenty five individuals, and I could not be happier with the results.  These are twenty-five individuals in which I am subscribed, their posts are always enjoyable as well as insightful, and the notification stream keeps me engaged throughout the day.Whether you're looking at the tech news from +Mike Elgan, the social and scientific commentary of +Yonatan Zunger, or the general internet awesomeness that is the enigma of +Sarah Rios, you're not going to be disappointed.I normally only notify people that are contained within a circle, but these people are too awesome not to be guilty of a little plus-spam;  feel free to request a removal from the notified (all) circles.(Link to this post: http://goo.gl/AlsXG5) #nonameneeded   #circleshare   #sharingiscaring   #sharedcircle  2013-11-13 23:53:242639671
Yifat Cohen53,318Python/Django programmers circleIf you want to be added to this circle or know other people who fit the bill, please comment and I'll add you in.--------------- #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #python   #django #programming  2013-08-30 14:26:393318313
martin shervington166,616New Engagers for end July!Here are a friendly bunch of people who have been very active in my posts and in the communities over the past couple of weeks. Please note: I am not in this circle so if you are in it...so please SHARE and ADD it in as you are likely to find people to whom you will relate - it will all help to grow your network.Have fun :D #sharedcircles   #publicsharedcircles  2013-07-26 10:55:4469401138
Google+ Categorized Circles400Here is a Programmers Circle for you #programming   #geek   #webdesign   #webdevelopment   #coders   #sharedcircles   #circleshare   #circle   #circleoftheday  To get in this circle publically share, comment and +1.and follow +Google+ Categorized Circles 2013-07-21 17:24:0425411918
Jean Phillipe14,902My selection of G+ users who released great posts this month  part  10#sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  #sharedcircleday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday  #circles  #bestcircle   #sharedcircle   #circletobeshared   #circleoftheday  #bestengagers #bestgoogleplususers  #circle   #circles   #public   #publiccircle  #circleshare   #circlesharing    #sharedcircles      #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles#sharingcircle 2013-05-07 10:14:364985410
Jean Phillipe14,691My selection of G+ users who released great posts this week part 1#circle   #circles   #public   #publiccircle  #circleshare   #circlesharing     #sharedcircles      #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles #sharingcircle 2013-05-05 10:21:514985217
Danial Hallock6,447The Power of FiveFor the next five months, I will be taking the last five circles shared by five individuals and comparing them against one another for people who appear multiple times.  After all, we all have circles that we routinely share because we think the people in them are awesome, so if we all end up sharing the same people, then we all agree that they're awesome, right? This month, I took the following people and put their last five created and shared (not transitive shares) circles into one circle per person (e.g all five of +martin shervington's circle went into one circle).  I then hovered over each and every one of the individuals in those circles and my own (300: http://goo.gl/kqE8h) and for every person that appeared in 3 or more (50% or more) of the circles, I added them to this collaborative circle.This month is:+martin shervington+Armando Lioss +Cesare Riccardo +Carter Gibson +Kurt Smith These five sponsors provided about 19 circles and 1,400 people; and the resulting 58 people were endorsed by at least fifty percent of the sponsors.Next month, I'll add to this circle the collaborative efforts of:+Kate Savage +Euro Maestro +Mike Elgan +Dede Craig King +Stephanie Van Pelt  #circleshare   #sharingiscaring   #thepoweroffive   #collaborativecircle  2013-05-02 16:19:355916110
Danial Hallock6,447The Bible in 365This is the only time that this circle will be shared publicly, because this project will take place through a community setting.  I'll be working on setting up the community here in the next few weeks and invites/meta-updates will be sent directly to this circle.The reason I'm sharing this circle is (a) I like these people and (b) this is a last-call for inclusion on this project.  If you would like to join this project (which is detailed here:  http://goo.gl/EAFFD) then please post below and I will add you to this circle.  If I've added you to this circle in error, then please post below and I will remove you from it.If you're just wanting to read, and not participate, then don't worry.  I will be posting content to the community and sharing it through my stream via Extended Circles. These shares will be locked and disabled so I don't have to manage conversations in multiple places. Inclusion in this circle just gets you an invite to the community and you can determine your level of participation from there.I'm pretty excited about this, and I hope you are too. #bible365   #circleshare   #sharingiscaring  2013-05-02 14:29:5936605
Danial Hallock6,197The Three Hundred"Completed" CopyAs most of you probably know by now, I have been working on a #circlemanagement  project for quite some time now, in which I sought to increase the vetting process that occurs when I add people to my circles.  As most of you also know, I've been absolutely swamped and have barely had time to share content (let alone post my own or curate circles), so it's taken me a while to get here.However, after only six months to the day (lucky coincidence) I've managed to finish what I would consider a mostly-complete copy of this circle.  You can see the vetting process and the history of it here (http://goo.gl/kqE8h), and as always I encourage you to add and share this circle as you see fit!If you're notified, you're in it!  If you do not wish to be included in any future circle shares, please let me know via private message. #circleshare   #sharingiscaring   #engagers  2013-04-20 13:17:463019813101
Matthew Shuey1,381Socially Influential Google+ UsersThis is a hand picked circle of highly influential Google+ Users.To be added tho this or other circles do the following.1. Share this circle publicly2. Make sure your profile description is complete and country are visible in your profile3. Leave a comment4. Have a wonderful experience! #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday  2013-03-18 22:46:5842726913
Matthew Shuey1,289Socially Engaged Google+ Users Updated 3-15-13Shared public circle of socially engaging and socially influential Google+ users.Feel free to add and share. To be added to this or other circles please do the following.1. Share this circle2. Confirm your share by leaving a comment on this postThis is a hand picked circle. #sharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles Enjoy!2013-03-15 20:29:3641813515
Matthew Shuey880Socially Engaged Google+ Users UpdatedThis circle contains socially influential and socially engaging  Google+ users.2013-03-08 04:24:253741139
Matthew Shuey734Socially Engaged Google+ Users #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleoftheday #circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday  2013-03-03 16:20:563541368
Kelly Bergman2,120Here is a list of my top Google+ friends for engagement. #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  2013-02-25 15:30:5749026726
Mohammad Rahimi2,027I would like to share this circle of people i follow their posts.2013-02-25 05:38:581061928
Chris Row2,580Shared circle time, I am sure you all know how this works. Feel free to add this Circle, Re Share it, Enjoy it G+ TECH CIRCLE pt 1 #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circleshare #circles #circleoftheday #technology   #technews   #apple   #samsung   #nexus4   #nexus7   #ces2013   #android   #tablet   #google  2013-01-24 17:20:42483547
Circles (CircleHub)29,523Programming Public CircleIf you love programming and would like to be included click on this link http://goo.gl/MDVit.Note: If you have already shared this circle, you can delete the previous one from your profile.#Programming   #ProgrammingCircle   #Development   #DevelopmentCircle   #Circle   #Circles   #ProgrammingPublicCircle 2013-01-15 11:07:17315192035
Chris Row2,335Shared circle time, I am sure you all know how this works. Feel free to add this Circle, Re Share it, Enjoy it G+ TECH CIRCLE pt 1 #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circleshare #circles #circleoftheday #technology   #technews   #apple   #samsung   #nexus4   #nexus7   #ces2013   #android   #tablet   #google  2013-01-11 20:59:57490214
Pam Adger22,892This circle represents 50 of the people I would love to hang out with one on one for a day or seven. I don’t believe in huge circle shares and this circle is twice the size of most I share but I just couldn't make it smaller. I did leave out some people who never post publicly because you wouldn't benefit from circling them. I am amazed that I had to limit this to 50. 2012-12-31 18:28:305034026
Circles (CircleHub)27,060Programming Public CircleIf you love programming and would like to be included click on this link http://goo.gl/MDVit.Note: If you have already shared this circle, you can delete the previous one from your profile.#Programming   #ProgrammingCircle   #Development   #DevelopmentCircle   #Circle   #Circles   #SharedCircles   #PublicCircle   #ProgrammingPublicCircle 2012-12-27 08:14:0528111819
Circles (CircleHub)24,459Programming Public CircleIf you love programming and would like to be included click on this link http://goo.gl/MDVit.Note: If you have already shared this circle, you can delete the previous one from your profile.#Programming   #ProgrammingCircle   #Development   #DevelopmentCircle   #Circle   #Circles   #SharedCircles   #PublicCircle   #ProgrammingPublicCircle 2012-12-13 00:25:36255202742
Carter Gibson628,961The Lifeblood of my Google+ ExperienceThe people in this circle (and I'm sure I've forgotten some of you!) are some of the most amazing people I've ever interacted with, online or off or both! I could not recommend this circle more highly. They're artists, bloggers, business owners, and the list goes on and on. Something they all share is that they are amazing people who I would do a favor for in a heartbeat. If you want to surround yourself with good people, this is an excellent circle to add. So, go on and circle up :)2012-11-30 21:16:131491251997
Dave Tozier0+Danial Hallock originally shared this post:The Three HundredRevised CopyIt's been about a month since my last share of #thethreehundred  so I wanted to share the revised copy of the circle; and true to my word, there have been a lot of revisions in the last month.For example, I've gone through each and every one of the 200 some odd recommendations and circle shares that came about from the last circle share.  As a result, of the original 297 that were shared a little under a month ago (http://goo.gl/xqGb4), I removed approximately 137 300ers and added 129 new members.  You can expect this circle to continue to change, but I think the triple digit adjustments are mostly done.  For those of you just joining us, this is a continuation of a project where I've been changing my #circlemanagement  strategy from purpose based to engagement based (http://goo.gl/kqE8h).As always, If you're notified you're in it. If you're in it, why not recommend a few people for me to circle up, or share the circle out with your stream?  Remember: #sharingiscaring  (Link to this post: http://goo.gl/cHwht)2012-11-20 17:22:28295000
Danial Hallock4,767The Three HundredRevised CopyIt's been about a month since my last share of #thethreehundred  so I wanted to share the revised copy of the circle; and true to my word, there have been a lot of revisions in the last month.For example, I've gone through each and every one of the 200 some odd recommendations and circle shares that came about from the last circle share.  As a result, of the original 297 that were shared a little under a month ago (http://goo.gl/xqGb4), I removed approximately 137 300ers and added 129 new members.  You can expect this circle to continue to change, but I think the triple digit adjustments are mostly done.  For those of you just joining us, this is a continuation of a project where I've been changing my #circlemanagement  strategy from purpose based to engagement based (http://goo.gl/kqE8h).As always, If you're notified you're in it. If you're in it, why not recommend a few people for me to circle up, or share the circle out with your stream?  Remember: #sharingiscaring  (Link to this post: http://goo.gl/cHwht)2012-11-20 15:47:332941172383
Brian Tomlinson (DarthLukan)4,858[Moar Linux Plx]The people in this circle are Linux enthusiasts, programmers, experimentalists, users, and content contributors in some form or fashion.If you're looking for Linux news, struggles, successes, and all things in-between, this circle is for you.Shared by request of +Chad McCullough and +Shane Keene2012-10-28 23:04:40693115
Danial Hallock4,130The Three HundredRough DraftA few weeks ago I posted a rather lengthy post about how I was changing my #circlemanagement  strategy from purpose based to engagement based (http://goo.gl/kqE8h).  This is the first rough draft of that circle, minus a few ninjas that prefer not to be shared out.  As such, the landscape of this circle will change drastically over the next few months; but I wanted to give the people who are following this circle a glimpse of what to expect.  As always, If you're notified you're in it. If you're in it, why not recommend a few people for me to circle up, or share the circle out with your stream? :D #thethreehundred   #circleshare   #sharingiscaring  2012-10-22 15:52:142971191078
Chris Goldsmith3,152Here is Circle #1 of Linux users I'm sharing this out specifically for +Steven Thompson who is a Linux Newbie and wants to learn - Please share any Linux Resources you have with him2012-10-11 13:19:24481001
Carter Gibson397,136Here it is! My list of #AZFaves !Whew! This was a hard circle to put together! Turns out that some of my very favorite people share the first letter of their last name. It was tough, but here are the most relevant people to me by last name. If having a diverse circle of last names who are also my closest contact is important to you, add away!+Pam Adger +Amanda Blain +Logan Cate +Steve Djadoenath +Brad Ehney +Stacy Frazer +Chris Galardi +Tiffany Henry +Anna Israelyan +DeAno Jackson +Alex King +Joseph Lee +Rue Mara +Daria Musk +Jaana Nyström +Michael O'Reilly +LaDonna Pride +Liz Quilty2012-10-03 17:52:052645134
Cliff Wade7,287This is my Linux circle for #FollowFriday  and I highly suggest you add these awesome folks to your circles!!2012-09-28 04:27:463701127
The Internet3,032500 random people that love me!500 random people that I love back!2012-09-15 06:04:5350010224
Cliff Wade7,170For all of you #Linux  users out there on this #FollowFriday , this shared circle is for YOU!!2012-08-24 15:06:10369304
Paul Spoerry15,353Circle shareAwesome idea... here's my #Top99 . Who do YOU have in your #Top99 ?2012-07-24 20:37:3599404
Logan Cate0My most relevant G+ circle. Inspired by +Carter Gibson, this is a circle of the people I love interacting with. You'll find all sorts in here, from tech geeks to movie lovers to photographers to the "just plain awesome" people I've found here on G+. With one or two exceptions, I don't think I've met any of these people. But I'd gladly do so, any time, any place. And really, I'm hoping to. That's how cool these folks are. If your stream needs any spicing up, or you just want to check that you're following all the right people, grab this circle. ;)2012-07-23 23:27:039914213
David Croom0#sharingcircles  2012-07-11 13:26:08168027
Carter Gibson53,155The #PridePlus  Circle is a Little Bigger!We're almost at 100 of the most active, engaged, engaging, and passionate LGBTA members of the Google+ community. If you need an opinion on the state of the gay union, these are the people you want to hit up. Smart. Funny. Sarcastic. Knowledge. Basically, I love them all.Let me know if you're also passionate and want to be added!2012-07-10 17:48:2485611348
Nick Wolf0And I call this one "Persons of Interest"2012-06-28 21:31:13175605
Carter Gibson51,818The #PridePlus  CircleShare, enjoy, and let me know if you want to be added!In honor of having just just marched with Google at San Francisco Pride, I give you the updated circle of LBGT and ally community members here on Google+. Go ahead. Engage with them. They are awesome :) 2012-06-24 22:45:438028549
Danial Hallock (Kysimir)0Tell Me SomethingMy final circle share for hopefully a long time (they're exhausting)!  This is my engager's circle, and as you can see, unlike most "top engagers" circles, it contains significantly less than five hundred people.  Part of that is because, in large part, the people in my No Name Needed circle (http://goo.gl/P69EF) are my top engagers.  I'm also fairly new to Google Plus, so I'm still locating all of the superb engagers (feel free to recommend people below).However, these posters are all individuals that I have interacted with on some level and we've either interacted enough or I've seen them interact with others enough to know that they are, beyond a doubt, "superb engagers" who enjoy commenting on your posts or replying to your thoughts as much as they do creating their own content.Enjoy! #circleshare   #engagers   #engagement   #sharingiscaring  2012-06-23 14:04:06197010

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An interesting thing happened to me today.  I was called into the CEO's office this morning to have a bit of a chat and, long story short, the company is not doing so hot so it would be prudent for me to update my CV.  So, yeah. I'm in the market for a new position again.

The good news is that I'm in talks with a few recruiters and even have an interview in the next 45 minutes (phone screening), and interviews scheduled the rest of the week, so chances are that I'll find a new gig within the month.  The bad news is, I really enjoy working with my current colleagues and will be sad to not be able to hang out with them anymore. 

I still have at least 3 months of work and pay before I really need to freak out, but I don't think it will come to that (the freaking out part) and I know that I can count ongre... more »

[That wasn't altogether expected...]

An interesting thing happened to me today.  I was called into the CEO's office this morning to have a bit of a chat and, long story short, the company is not doing so hot so it would be prudent for me to update my CV.  So, yeah. I'm in the market for a new position again.

The good news is that I'm in talks with a few recruiters and even have an interview in the next 45 minutes (phone screening), and interviews scheduled the rest of the week, so chances are that I'll find a new gig within the month.  The bad news is, I really enjoy working with my current colleagues and will be sad to not be able to hang out with them anymore. 

I still have at least 3 months of work and pay before I really need to freak out, but I don't think it will come to that (the freaking out part) and I know that I can count on great references from my coworkers and managers.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some cover letters and follow-up emails to write.

Enjoy the related gif.___

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2015-04-19 13:05:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

[Success!]

I just finished making a new level for Deadelus: No Escape called "Mosaic."

Here's a link to the game on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/315830/

Seriously, get this game.  Think Unreal Tournament but in a top-down view format.

[Success!]

I just finished making a new level for Deadelus: No Escape called "Mosaic."

Here's a link to the game on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/315830/

Seriously, get this game.  Think Unreal Tournament but in a top-down view format.___

2015-04-17 16:27:54 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Today is Friday.

I kicked ass today despite the prevailing notion that Friday is the day you're supposed to "skate by" or "hide" until you leave early in order to start the weekend.  Did I get everything done that I wanted? No.  Did I get everything done that I realistically could? Yes.  That means that while others will wake up tomorrow or Sunday groaning about "that one thing" they forgot about or that will be waiting for them on Monday, I'll be able to relax the whole weekend and look forward to Monday morning because I took care of business.

Why did I feel the need to type this out? I have no idea, probably some not-so-subconscious need to jerk my own chain, or I've been in my own head so much lately that I feel the need to let it out a bit.

Here's hoping your weekend is enjoyable, relaxing, and not full of dread for theco... more »

Today is Friday.

I kicked ass today despite the prevailing notion that Friday is the day you're supposed to "skate by" or "hide" until you leave early in order to start the weekend.  Did I get everything done that I wanted? No.  Did I get everything done that I realistically could? Yes.  That means that while others will wake up tomorrow or Sunday groaning about "that one thing" they forgot about or that will be waiting for them on Monday, I'll be able to relax the whole weekend and look forward to Monday morning because I took care of business.

Why did I feel the need to type this out? I have no idea, probably some not-so-subconscious need to jerk my own chain, or I've been in my own head so much lately that I feel the need to let it out a bit.

Here's hoping your weekend is enjoyable, relaxing, and not full of dread for the coming Monday.___

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2015-04-13 16:25:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Well, that's one way to do it :P

Well, that's one way to do it :P___

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2015-04-13 16:13:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

[This is why I can't have nice things...]

Or, "How I use an infinite loop to use a failure to confirm what not to do."

Obviously I can't write to that directory and need to set an "in-dev" location for the file I'm trying to create and read from (a place I have permission to write to).  Two side effects of this little experiment are:

1. I can confirm that I definitely want to make more use of channels and so I shall
2. My existing goroutine for catching signals needs more cowbell, as in, a proper "exit" function, at least for development/debugging.

[This is why I can't have nice things...]

Or, "How I use an infinite loop to use a failure to confirm what not to do."

Obviously I can't write to that directory and need to set an "in-dev" location for the file I'm trying to create and read from (a place I have permission to write to).  Two side effects of this little experiment are:

1. I can confirm that I definitely want to make more use of channels and so I shall
2. My existing goroutine for catching signals needs more cowbell, as in, a proper "exit" function, at least for development/debugging.___

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2015-04-13 13:55:52 (30 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

[Just, ugh...]

I think it's despicable that an exercise of the beauty of diversity, united in what is supposed to be an oath of loyalty to the nation, was met with such hatred.

Aside from the fact that I disagree with the reciting of loyalty oaths by children (a topic for another time), I think the exercise of translating said pledge into various languages which represent the diverse population of said nation and then providing a verbal presentation is a beautiful thing.  I mean, the US is made up of many different types of people speaking many different languages, believing in many different gods.  Anyone remember the "melting pot" description of the US? Apparently not.

  Instead, students, teachers, administrators, parents, and professional victims chose to ignore the meaning of the exercise and give into hatred and bigotry.  It's a shamefulsta... more »

___[Just, ugh...]

I think it's despicable that an exercise of the beauty of diversity, united in what is supposed to be an oath of loyalty to the nation, was met with such hatred.

Aside from the fact that I disagree with the reciting of loyalty oaths by children (a topic for another time), I think the exercise of translating said pledge into various languages which represent the diverse population of said nation and then providing a verbal presentation is a beautiful thing.  I mean, the US is made up of many different types of people speaking many different languages, believing in many different gods.  Anyone remember the "melting pot" description of the US? Apparently not.

  Instead, students, teachers, administrators, parents, and professional victims chose to ignore the meaning of the exercise and give into hatred and bigotry.  It's a shameful stain on the principles of inclusiveness that we used to be taught in American schools.

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2015-04-12 12:59:11 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

[Slow and steady]

While it may seem like I had an idea and then just abandoned it with regard to "Lynea" (init system written in Go), I've actually been doing a lot of reading and asking people much smarter than me about some things in order to make sure I was fully understanding certain concepts.  Then, of course, there's the "incubation" time, the time it takes for me to mull over what I've learned internally so as to allow it to "incubate" and then organize organize it into something of a "recipe" that I can follow while working.  That time can sometimes take me a few weeks, but when I'm through it, it's time to make progress.

Now is the time.

The plan is to have two tools, the init system itself (Lynea) which is at it's core a "dumb listener" that just reads from a "NamedP... more »

[Slow and steady]

While it may seem like I had an idea and then just abandoned it with regard to "Lynea" (init system written in Go), I've actually been doing a lot of reading and asking people much smarter than me about some things in order to make sure I was fully understanding certain concepts.  Then, of course, there's the "incubation" time, the time it takes for me to mull over what I've learned internally so as to allow it to "incubate" and then organize organize it into something of a "recipe" that I can follow while working.  That time can sometimes take me a few weeks, but when I'm through it, it's time to make progress.

Now is the time.

The plan is to have two tools, the init system itself (Lynea) which is at it's core a "dumb listener" that just reads from a "Named Pipe"[1] and processes what was last received on that pipe according to some (hopefully) simple and straightforward logic, and the "Sending Client" which is just a command line utility that sends data to the pipe and checks if Lynea has anything to say about the last command (errors, weird signals, successful execution, etc).

In the screenshot below I'm simulating the behavior above using some standard tools provided by Linux:

1. mkfifo <name of pipe>
2. tail -F <name of pipe>
3. echo "text" >> <name of pipe>

1 and 2 will be handled by Lynea directly, on startup the pipe will be created and then, once all other initial tasks are completed, Lynea will go into an infinite loop of "listening" to the pipe.  3 will be handled by the CLI client whereby its primary responsibility is to send requests to Lynea via the pipe and if there's any response, will display it to the user before exiting.

If any of this sounds familiar, good, it should, it's basically the way a "client/server" setup works.  A client (browser) sends a request over the network to the server and the server responds by performing some work and then, in the case of a website, sending the resources back to the browser so that it can display the output (a webpage).

Now that I feel I've broken the concepts down into small, manageable "chunks" of functionality, I think I can continue with actually writing code.  Of course, I'll have to gut most of what I've written so far, which isn't too difficult, there's barely any code in the repo outside of a basic structure.

Previously I was concerned that Go may not have the necessary features for this project, that may still be true, but if I don't try, I won't learn and learning is the whole point of this project.

For those following along with the project, don't expect anything grand, but you will at least start seeing some kind of forward progress.  If you're a developer familiar with Go and think you might want to contribute code or even just advice and/or encouragement, please feel free to hop into the Gitter channel[2] for the project and let me know.

[1] http://thorstenball.com/blog/2013/08/11/named-pipes/
[2] https://gitter.im/darthlukan/lynea

Lynea code: https://github.com/darthlukan/lynea___

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2015-04-08 13:51:24 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

See +Lynea Tomlinson​? I'm not crazy!

Make sure you contribute to this great cause.___See +Lynea Tomlinson​? I'm not crazy!

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2015-04-08 05:47:15 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

This is a pretty big statement...

This is unfortunate.___This is a pretty big statement...

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2015-04-02 22:57:51 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

[Bowling Day!]

+Petter Hansen Warlord2k made sure to get me and the family out of the house today for a fun evening of bowling, dinner, and good company.

How's your Påskeferie (Easter Vacation) going?

[Bowling Day!]

+Petter Hansen Warlord2k made sure to get me and the family out of the house today for a fun evening of bowling, dinner, and good company.

How's your Påskeferie (Easter Vacation) going?___

2015-04-01 08:39:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Aaaand Minecraft servers are unable to be joined.

Aaaand Minecraft servers are unable to be joined.___

2015-04-01 07:28:00 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

It goes without saying, but don't believe a damn thing you read on the internet today or tomorrow (including this post).

Also, the cake is a lie and the recipe's a myth!

It goes without saying, but don't believe a damn thing you read on the internet today or tomorrow (including this post).

Also, the cake is a lie and the recipe's a myth!___

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2015-03-31 06:13:45 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Wow. Buying cabins for private use on the company's dime and writing them off as company property? Yeah, there's going to be some back taxes needing to be paid...

Skatteetaten avdekket snusk med firmahytter - I en landsomfattende kontroll av firmahytter har Skatteetaten fastslått at 41 firmaeiere har kjøpt fritidseiendom til privat bruk, men på selskapets regning. http://ow.ly/2WHWYN___Wow. Buying cabins for private use on the company's dime and writing them off as company property? Yeah, there's going to be some back taxes needing to be paid...

2015-03-30 12:49:44 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Will read later. Initial thoughts? "Called it a long time ago..."

H/t +Paul Johnson​

EDIT: Looks like a hoax, had me going there for a bit.  Still, wouldn't surprise me.

It's not April yet, is it?

The systemd Project Forks the Linux Kernel

Edit: Yep, two bloody days early. Have they no pride?___Will read later. Initial thoughts? "Called it a long time ago..."

H/t +Paul Johnson​

EDIT: Looks like a hoax, had me going there for a bit.  Still, wouldn't surprise me.

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2015-03-27 21:23:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I think I forgot to mention that I was aiming for "mobile first."

Only two screens in this shot, what's on the third is none of your business >.>

<Insert quip about manufactured interest here />

I think I forgot to mention that I was aiming for "mobile first."

Only two screens in this shot, what's on the third is none of your business >.>

<Insert quip about manufactured interest here />___

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2015-03-27 19:51:16 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

[It's beyond time]

I've been working on quite a few things for the last year, testing new concepts, pushing myself to learn more languages (both spoken and programming), and expanding my toolkit, so to speak.  It's time.  It was time a year ago. It's happening.  I'm updating my site.

The server-side will still be written in Go, but it's undergoing a complete rewrite.  I'm now using the "Gin" framework (https://github.com/gin-gonic/gin) due to its performance and middle-ground between "DIY" and convenience.

So far as the front-end is concerned, I'll be using React (https://facebook.github.io/react/) components, most that I've written by hand and a few others built by the community.

Basically, no more neglecting my stuff, especially when that same stuff is a direct reflection on me.

Okay,eno... more »

[It's beyond time]

I've been working on quite a few things for the last year, testing new concepts, pushing myself to learn more languages (both spoken and programming), and expanding my toolkit, so to speak.  It's time.  It was time a year ago. It's happening.  I'm updating my site.

The server-side will still be written in Go, but it's undergoing a complete rewrite.  I'm now using the "Gin" framework (https://github.com/gin-gonic/gin) due to its performance and middle-ground between "DIY" and convenience.

So far as the front-end is concerned, I'll be using React (https://facebook.github.io/react/) components, most that I've written by hand and a few others built by the community.

Basically, no more neglecting my stuff, especially when that same stuff is a direct reflection on me.

Okay, enough chatter out of me, I have work to do.___

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2015-03-26 20:44:06 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Okay, this looks good and is definitely going in my "keep an eye out" list of "Things to see."

My initial thoughts: "Define 'saving ones daughter' in the context of a zombie virus outbreak."

An Arnold Schwarzenegger Zombie Movie, I imagined at lot of zombies get blown away by big guns.
But this is something totally different ___Okay, this looks good and is definitely going in my "keep an eye out" list of "Things to see."

My initial thoughts: "Define 'saving ones daughter' in the context of a zombie virus outbreak."

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2015-03-26 17:51:24 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

+Dave Besbris I'll see your "If Frozen Had An Anime Opening Theme" and raise you "If Frozen Was A Horror Film".

You're welcome.

Also, +Paul Spoerry gets tagged because, shenanigans.

+Dave Besbris I'll see your "If Frozen Had An Anime Opening Theme" and raise you "If Frozen Was A Horror Film".

You're welcome.

Also, +Paul Spoerry gets tagged because, shenanigans.___

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2015-03-26 16:04:03 (11 comments, 4 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

[This is a must read]

Stop what you're doing, ignore everything else going on around, shut up, and read this article.  Whether you think you need to read it or not is irrilevant.

For some perspective, this soldier says many things that I have been precisely feeling since returning home from my own multiple tours of duty as part of OIF and OEF, with one in particular being as an attachment to 3rd ID (the unit this soldier mentions in the article).

You grew up wanting so bad to be Luke Skywalker, but you realize that you were basically a Stormtrooper, a faceless, nameless rifleman, carrying a spear for empire___[This is a must read]

Stop what you're doing, ignore everything else going on around, shut up, and read this article.  Whether you think you need to read it or not is irrilevant.

For some perspective, this soldier says many things that I have been precisely feeling since returning home from my own multiple tours of duty as part of OIF and OEF, with one in particular being as an attachment to 3rd ID (the unit this soldier mentions in the article).

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2015-03-25 07:08:33 (11 comments, 6 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

In the grand scheme of things this wasn't that long ago. It reminds me that software development is still a young profession/industry/discipline.

Code written by hand...

That ain't no small feat! Probably most today's coders couldn't do that...

More pictures of women who changed the world: http://www.idealistrevolution.org/powerful-photos-of-women/___In the grand scheme of things this wasn't that long ago. It reminds me that software development is still a young profession/industry/discipline.

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2015-03-23 20:42:27 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Sharing because awesome deserves to be spread.

Thanks to +Daniel Sandman for sharing!

DuckDuckGo just gave $125,000 to Open Source projects. Which is not only noble and awesome of them... It's also a good business move.___Sharing because awesome deserves to be spread.

Thanks to +Daniel Sandman for sharing!

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2015-03-23 07:20:36 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Hvis jeg forstår artikkelen riktig, er det bekymringer som terrorister søker asyl i Norge, og UDI og PST kan ikke finne ut hvilken er terrorister og hvilken er egentlig asylsøkere?

Kan en av mine norsk venner forklare til meg hvis jeg forstår det galt?

PST hevder terrorister søker asyl i Norge - Medlemmer av militante islamistgrupper som IS, Boko Haram og al-Shabaab har søkt asyl i Norge, hevder Politiets utlendingsenhet (PU) og Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste (PST). http://ow.ly/2WkiHI___Hvis jeg forstår artikkelen riktig, er det bekymringer som terrorister søker asyl i Norge, og UDI og PST kan ikke finne ut hvilken er terrorister og hvilken er egentlig asylsøkere?

Kan en av mine norsk venner forklare til meg hvis jeg forstår det galt?

2015-03-22 13:15:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

[THIS is the feedback users expect]

Some points to consider:

1. Someone from the dev's shop (Dreadlocks Ltd.) responded to the user within 24 hours
2. The initial feedback informed the user that the problem is being reviewed and that someone would either respond or a fix would be pushed soon.
3. A developer responded and requested more information, explaining to the user where the information can be found and where to send it within a few days of the initial reply.
4. A few days after point 3, the user was informed of the current status and what they could expect, as well as provided instructions on what to do should the issue persist after the expected update.

Now, even if the response from the devs were to say "We haven't figured this one out yet, but we're definitely working on it!", that would have been just fine.  The... more »

[THIS is the feedback users expect]

Some points to consider:

1. Someone from the dev's shop (Dreadlocks Ltd.) responded to the user within 24 hours
2. The initial feedback informed the user that the problem is being reviewed and that someone would either respond or a fix would be pushed soon.
3. A developer responded and requested more information, explaining to the user where the information can be found and where to send it within a few days of the initial reply.
4. A few days after point 3, the user was informed of the current status and what they could expect, as well as provided instructions on what to do should the issue persist after the expected update.

Now, even if the response from the devs were to say "We haven't figured this one out yet, but we're definitely working on it!", that would have been just fine.  The point is, they are communicating with the users.  This appears to be a fundamental difference between "Indie" devs and "AAA" studios, the indie teams are more likely to not only want feedback, but actively pursue it and reward such feedback with relavant responses.

I'm definitely more likely to keep an eye on what this developer puts out in the form of games because even if I think there might be a ton of bugs on release day. I can purchase more confidently knowing that if a bug is reported, it's going to actively be followed and I'll most likely get some kind of response in a timely manner, if not a full-on fix.

Virtual Programming and Techland, among many others may want to take some notes on how to keep refund requests down to a bare minimum...___

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2015-03-21 15:22:42 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

[Using a drone to take a family picture]

It's harder than you'd think to take a family picture with a drone.  The flying the drone and keeping it steady part is easy. Getting the kids to actually look at the camera? Not so much...

We took a hike up to the top of the bluff near our house for a picnic and some drone flying, it was absolutely beautiful today.  Hooray for spring!

[Using a drone to take a family picture]

It's harder than you'd think to take a family picture with a drone.  The flying the drone and keeping it steady part is easy. Getting the kids to actually look at the camera? Not so much...

We took a hike up to the top of the bluff near our house for a picnic and some drone flying, it was absolutely beautiful today.  Hooray for spring!___

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2015-03-20 23:38:47 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

An excellent talk that anyone even remotely interested in software and/or engineering should probably listen to.

Glenn shows a lot of respect toward each of the disciplines and great creators that he mentions, all while breaking down their core concepts into manageable chunks so that we can see them for what they are and recognize their very simple truths.  This is how to respond to an ongoing debate (even though I think he pretty much killed the debate).

Thanks to +Katherine Cox-Buday for sharing :)

Another great talk by +Glenn Vanderburg (+Glenn Vanderburg?) comparing building software to other disciplines. His point is much the same: the economics of building software are different than other engineering disciplines, and the techniques we use should take this into account.___An excellent talk that anyone even remotely interested in software and/or engineering should probably listen to.

Glenn shows a lot of respect toward each of the disciplines and great creators that he mentions, all while breaking down their core concepts into manageable chunks so that we can see them for what they are and recognize their very simple truths.  This is how to respond to an ongoing debate (even though I think he pretty much killed the debate).

Thanks to +Katherine Cox-Buday for sharing :)

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2015-03-20 15:05:14 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

As someone who works in integration, this is one hell of an app/service.  Why the hell didn't I start using this since it first came out? I blame +Paul Spoerry for using it and then not sharing his experience with it.  Yeah, I'll blame him.

Seriously, you need this in your life.  Automate all the things!

As someone who works in integration, this is one hell of an app/service.  Why the hell didn't I start using this since it first came out? I blame +Paul Spoerry for using it and then not sharing his experience with it.  Yeah, I'll blame him.

Seriously, you need this in your life.  Automate all the things!___

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2015-03-20 12:46:32 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

I think +Samuel Nelson and +Jim Cook will both find something to appreciate in this picture.

My wife is a goddess and she knows how to set up a successful weekend with friends :)

I think +Samuel Nelson and +Jim Cook will both find something to appreciate in this picture.

My wife is a goddess and she knows how to set up a successful weekend with friends :)___

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2015-03-19 19:53:26 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I often think about what the world would have been like had Bruce Lee not died so soon.  He seems like such an amazing person and if this interview is any indication, was not afraid to be honest about how he thought of the world and himself despite his stardom.  Fame can be a powerful tool and I would like to think that he would have spread his philosophies gently as he does here, providing an example for his peers and fans alike.

I often think about what the world would have been like had Bruce Lee not died so soon.  He seems like such an amazing person and if this interview is any indication, was not afraid to be honest about how he thought of the world and himself despite his stardom.  Fame can be a powerful tool and I would like to think that he would have spread his philosophies gently as he does here, providing an example for his peers and fans alike.___

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2015-03-19 15:56:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

So I was thinking about an issue I've been having in Borderlands 2, then I thought about the intro cinematic's song, then I thought about how I might find it on Google Play Music (which is in gross need of a new name), then I found it, and then I listened to it five times in a row before thinking "Gee, others might want to find this too", then I wrote this, then ...

Enjoy the nervous ticks that your grammar nazism is probably causing right now :P

So I was thinking about an issue I've been having in Borderlands 2, then I thought about the intro cinematic's song, then I thought about how I might find it on Google Play Music (which is in gross need of a new name), then I found it, and then I listened to it five times in a row before thinking "Gee, others might want to find this too", then I wrote this, then ...

Enjoy the nervous ticks that your grammar nazism is probably causing right now :P___

2015-03-19 12:54:45 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

That moment when my wife and I switch from English to Norwegian without warning and continue the conversation (in Norwegian) as if nothing happened...

It's happening, we're integrating to the point of swapping languages on the fly.

That moment when my wife and I switch from English to Norwegian without warning and continue the conversation (in Norwegian) as if nothing happened...

It's happening, we're integrating to the point of swapping languages on the fly.___

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2015-03-18 14:42:40 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

"The enemy of my enemy is my friend" or, "How scientists are recruiting a cancer cell to aid in fighting cancer."

Thanks to +Eva Fleming​ for the share. Here's hoping these scientists are successful in their endeavors!

Cancer Cells Converted To Harmless Macrophages

This is amazing news! Thanks Science and scientists!___"The enemy of my enemy is my friend" or, "How scientists are recruiting a cancer cell to aid in fighting cancer."

Thanks to +Eva Fleming​ for the share. Here's hoping these scientists are successful in their endeavors!

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2015-03-18 07:22:16 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

[This]

Love him or hate him, Dr. Stallman's work has helped shape computing today and his devotion to the ideals of software freedom have made huge impacts on the culture of software development and many other sectors.

To think, I was just a 1 year old when he wrote the GNU Manifesto, a few years later and I would find it online via a text based browser running in a terminal in twm. I often wonder if I would have grown up with different ideas on what's right and wrong had I not read that document as an impressionable kid soaking up what the internet had to offer.

Thanks to +Katherine Noyes​ for sharing!

The Gnu Yorker...  http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/the-gnu-manifesto-turns-thirty?intcid=mod-latest___[This]

Love him or hate him, Dr. Stallman's work has helped shape computing today and his devotion to the ideals of software freedom have made huge impacts on the culture of software development and many other sectors.

To think, I was just a 1 year old when he wrote the GNU Manifesto, a few years later and I would find it online via a text based browser running in a terminal in twm. I often wonder if I would have grown up with different ideas on what's right and wrong had I not read that document as an impressionable kid soaking up what the internet had to offer.

Thanks to +Katherine Noyes​ for sharing!

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2015-03-17 19:16:19 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Guess what has a Tux icon and is now downloading?

Yep, bought this several weeks ago after checking SteamDB for progress on a Linux port.  Right when I was about to start kicking myself for not waiting to purchase it until a definitive release, I saw it pop up in my games menu.

This is going to be fun :)

Guess what has a Tux icon and is now downloading?

Yep, bought this several weeks ago after checking SteamDB for progress on a Linux port.  Right when I was about to start kicking myself for not waiting to purchase it until a definitive release, I saw it pop up in my games menu.

This is going to be fun :)___

2015-03-17 17:50:06 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

[Things my daughters say]

Anastasia on Don't Starve Together and picking characters

Ana: "You know why I like picking the robot?"
Me: "No, why?"
Ana: "It's genderless, so when I do something, it's an 'it' and not a 'he' or 'she' like with Wilson and the other characters. Sometimes I don't want to be anything but an 'it' and then I can focus only on what I'm doing and not whether I'm a boy character or a girl character to people."

Labels, they wear her down after a while and all she wants to do is have fun.  Sound familiar?

[Things my daughters say]

Anastasia on Don't Starve Together and picking characters

Ana: "You know why I like picking the robot?"
Me: "No, why?"
Ana: "It's genderless, so when I do something, it's an 'it' and not a 'he' or 'she' like with Wilson and the other characters. Sometimes I don't want to be anything but an 'it' and then I can focus only on what I'm doing and not whether I'm a boy character or a girl character to people."

Labels, they wear her down after a while and all she wants to do is have fun.  Sound familiar?___

2015-03-13 21:49:00 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

[Some pointers I've learned as a father of daughters]

Warning: Long post incoming...

This is a response to +Roger Sherman's post where he references a parenting.stackexchange.com article (post is here: https://plus.google.com/+RogerSherman1/posts/j3bpZituu7J)

Please note: Not everything mentioned is specific to raising girls

1. Throw your "plans" out the window

You can "plan" your childrens' lives all you want before they are born, it's a pleasant fiction and all parents do it to some degree. Some parents have complicated dreams for their kids such as "My kid is going to go to X school and study Y subject and work in Z industry."  Others have much simpler aspirations: "My kid is going to take over the world!"  Regardless of what you think you'll convince your kid(s) to do, theya... more »

[Some pointers I've learned as a father of daughters]

Warning: Long post incoming...

This is a response to +Roger Sherman's post where he references a parenting.stackexchange.com article (post is here: https://plus.google.com/+RogerSherman1/posts/j3bpZituu7J)

Please note: Not everything mentioned is specific to raising girls

1. Throw your "plans" out the window

You can "plan" your childrens' lives all you want before they are born, it's a pleasant fiction and all parents do it to some degree. Some parents have complicated dreams for their kids such as "My kid is going to go to X school and study Y subject and work in Z industry."  Others have much simpler aspirations: "My kid is going to take over the world!"  Regardless of what you think you'll convince your kid(s) to do, they are going to become their own people, will rebel against you even when it doesn't make sense, repeat things that your parents would have slaughtered you for saying, and will teach you just how much you don't know on a daily basis.

Rather than plan your kids' lives, pay attention to your primary responsibilities such as providing a safe home where they are free from being marginalized and judged the way society would judge them, making sure their physical needs are covered (food, clothes, hygiene, physical security [call off the bodyguards though, scraped knees happen]), being the ear that listens when they speak, and providing an example of how a decent human being should behave among many others.

In other words, you have more important things to think about than pushing your failures and regrets onto them as if they can somehow absolve you of all of your past mistakes.


2. Play like a girl, whatever that means for your daughter(s)

In my case, I became very well educated on all things Barbie, Bratz, Littelest Petshop, Furby, and many others.  My eldest daughter is very much into the stereotypical "girl" stuff.  She naturally gravitated toward bright colors, cute clothes, and flowery patterns.  We've had many tea parties, I've done her make-up on several occasions, and when it comes to shoes, she drags me into the store to pick the most stylish ones that will match as many of her outfits while still looking like they were picked for just that outfit.

My youngest daughter loves technology, which was a huge "win" so far as difficulty level is concerned being as how I'm a software developer and a technophile.  She loves gadgets, science kits, computers, video games, and rough-housing.  She's a self-professed "Tomboy" (even though I despise that term, I think she's a girl with non-typical-for-our-society's-girl interests, not that she's somehow 'more of a boy') that would rather fire up the laptop and make Parkour levels in Gary's Mod or frag someone's face off in Team Fortress 2 than throw a tea party.

The point is, my daughters are not similar despite similar age and principles in upbringing, they are individuals with their own interests and it's important that I take part in and encourage their interests and aspirations.  Sometimes that means helping them figure out keybinds to make swapping weapon-sets less of a pain in their favorite first person shooter, other times it means I'm wearing ribbons, bows, and eyeliner while painting their nails and helping them experiment with make-up and fashions so that they can figure out their "look".  The key take away is: Be available and be flexible.


3. If your daughter is asking the question, she's ready for the answer

It always bothered me when I would hear parents tell me "Oh they aren't ready for that" or "That's not really a topic for their age group."  Says who? Did she ask about what makes boys and girls different? Did she ask what the "dreaded" sex word means? Is she questioning your judgement on the typically-gender-roled toy you bought and brought home to her? Guess what, she's ready for you, dad, to be honest and explain it to her in a way she can grasp.

My daughters were aged 4 and 5 when they asked about where babies come from.  My wife and I sat down and covered the basics with them with some assistance from imagery and definitions from various web searches, as well as explanations based on what we knew and had experienced.  We didn't do the whole "When a man and a woman love each other..." talk, we gave them the "Women carry eggs and men carry sperm..." talk.  We talked about different types of relationships (heterosexual, homosexual, polyamory, etc), we talked about birth defects, the effects of age on childbirth and labor, how different cultures view(ed) conception and birth; because they asked those questions.

Of course they have had more questions along the way since then and sometimes those questions seem oddly specific, but if you assume that they are ready for the (honest) answer to their questions the moment they ask them, then you build something else along the way: Trust, which leads into the next point.


4. Daughters need your trust just as much as you need theirs

To be a good dad (or parent in general) to your daughter you have to foster trust.  You need your daughters to trust your judgement, it's what ensures that the lessons you're teaching are being received, that principles are being applied, and that if there is ever some kind of an emergency, such as a house fire, earthquake, or zombie apocalypse, they'll feel safe because "dad knows what to do and will show us how to get through this."

At the same time, your daughters need your trust.  They need to know that you believe in them.  They need you to believe that they will apply your lessons about how to be safe at a party, that they'll pick a good group to hang out with, that they aren't going to do something potentially painful or life-altering with a significant other, etc.  Coddling them "because they are girls" is just about the worst thing you could possibly do.  Trust them, you've given them the tools, now let them apply those tools to the task.  By trusting your daughter(s) to do the right thing you are teaching them their own value, that they are intelligent and capable young women that need not be victims in a world that loves to paint them as the damsel(s) in distress among many other tropes.  They need that and you need to provide it.  If you don't, you're not just making your life as a father harder, you're setting them up for failure by leaving them unprepared to push themselves forward in their endeavours.


5. Your daughter(s) needs to know that you have made mistakes

The fact of the matter is that nobody is perfect and all of us make mistakes.  What's important is what we learn from those mistakes and sometimes, those are the most powerful lessons that you can impart.  If you are constantly pushing some "perfect" image of yourself then you are being unstrustworthy (see previous point) and your daughters will know it.  You're also discrediting your own advice.  If you're "perfect", then how can they know that you're capable of helping them solve their problems?

It can be difficult, but share your mistakes.  Those times that you stole candy from the liquor store down the street as a kid?  That time you took a skateboard to some kid's head at school? That job from which you were fired? Yeah, tell them, let them know what has contributed to the man that they know as dad.  Let them see that you too have made mistakes and share what it is that you learned from them. By doing so you will be showing them trust, providing an example of honesty in the face difficulty, and lending credit to your ability to provide useful information in problem solving.


6. There's no such thing as a "women only" conversation

Your daughters will go through many different types of changes in their lives, possibly the most scary one for most dads? Puberty.  Talking about periods, boyfriend/girlfriends, underwear shopping, etc are not just "girl conversations".  You're not a dummy, you know how things work, you've been through at least one health class in school, and offloading such topics on other women is a cop-out.  If your daughter's talking to or near you about such topics, she's asking for help and she on some level wants your input.

If you're not familiar with womens clothing or womens hygiene products, plan some time after work sometime and go shopping alone.  You don't have to buy anything, but go look at clothes, read the tags, pay attention to fabrics, and ask the customer service/floor representatives about how things are supposed to fit.  If they look at you strangely, let them know why you're there: Because you want to be prepared.  Add points if you train your eye to be able to guestimate the size of clothes within one or two sizes based on sight alone.

The same goes for womens hygeine products.  Go to the store and start reading the labels and the instructions.  If you don't understand something or have questions or concerns, ask one of the floor personnel for assistance.  Chances are, your daughter is going to have the same questions when the time comes for her to be buying those items and your ability to at least provide basic answers to her questions will be a relief to both her and you.

This also opens up an avenue for bonding.  For men, shopping is a very direct activity.  Typically, we have a specific list, we've already mapped out where in the store the items we need are located, and we've identified a route that will get us in and out as fast as possible.  So goes the stereotype.  However, women shop socially.  It's not just a single purpose activity where the goal is getting items and getting them back to the cave where they can be safe.  They browse around, they chat with their friends or store personnel or other random shoppers, it's a whole experience. 

Shopping is a great opportunity for you to have some great conversations with your daughter and to learn more about the young woman she is growing into.  Don't exclude yourself from such a valuable opportunity due to ignorance or an unwillingness to leave the "macho" back in your other suit.


Conclusion

Hopefully this helps other guys out there realize just how important their roles as fathers are as well as offer a glimpse into just how rewarding it can be.  I've learned plenty of things in the relatively short time that I've been a father and undoubtedly I will learn much more.  It can be a lot of work, but the payoff is huge.  I can't accurately describe the feeling I get when I see my daughters solve problems using bits of advice I've given them, or when they figure out their own way through a difficult situation, or when they tell me some secret while shopping for clothes.  It's amazing and I sincerely hope other dads can get that same feeling.___

2015-03-12 21:11:40 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

[Things my daughters say]

When I told her that if she received good marks at school for a whole two weeks that I would buy her a video game that she's wanted for a while

Youngest Daughter: "You're the best daddy in the whole spacetime continuum! I WUB U!"

*Wipes away tears of pride* She understood the concepts of spacetime enough to make a compliment.

[Things my daughters say]

When I told her that if she received good marks at school for a whole two weeks that I would buy her a video game that she's wanted for a while

Youngest Daughter: "You're the best daddy in the whole spacetime continuum! I WUB U!"

*Wipes away tears of pride* She understood the concepts of spacetime enough to make a compliment.___

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2015-03-12 14:54:04 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Too awesome to not be shared far and wide.

The internet has spoken.

Omg XD ___Too awesome to not be shared far and wide.

The internet has spoken.

2015-03-11 15:54:56 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Found a Norwegian group in Second Life.  Norwegian practice commences!

Found a Norwegian group in Second Life.  Norwegian practice commences!___

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2015-03-11 14:14:45 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I agree with one of the commentators in the original thread, display a big red badge on any repo that doesn't have a license either in settings or in a license file.

Github repos without a license have been extremely annoying in the past and will be annoying in the future.
If your repo doesn't have a license, it's not open source and can't be used due to falling back to standard copyright. Don't get your panties in a twist when someone asks about the license for your code. Getting angry and saying "it's on github, so it's open source" is the wrong thing to do.___I agree with one of the commentators in the original thread, display a big red badge on any repo that doesn't have a license either in settings or in a license file.

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2015-03-10 21:23:07 (16 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Head->Desk

___Head->Desk

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2015-03-10 13:53:17 (12 comments, 3 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

In response to +Shaun Wilders​​'s #ShowMeYourDesktop



In response to +Shaun Wilders​​'s #ShowMeYourDesktop

___

2015-03-10 08:21:20 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Reading over technical documentation.  It's all typed in Comic Sans.  Who the hell does that?

And no, it's not on a webpage, it's in a PDF that mirrors a hardcopy, also printed in Comic Sans.

Yes, my eyes are bleeding right now.

Reading over technical documentation.  It's all typed in Comic Sans.  Who the hell does that?

And no, it's not on a webpage, it's in a PDF that mirrors a hardcopy, also printed in Comic Sans.

Yes, my eyes are bleeding right now.___

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2015-03-09 06:51:13 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

2GB free and permanent? Thanks Google!

2GB free and permanent? Thanks Google!___

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2015-03-06 14:51:27 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Great news!

379 of the biggest companies in the world file a brief in the US Supreme Court in support of marriage equality

379 of the biggest companies in the world, including Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google have teamed up to file a brief in the US Supreme Court in support of marriage equality.

The brief was filed yesterday by the Morgan Lewis law firm; it makes a business case to legalize same-sex marriage in the US. The brief states that the current legal standing on same-sex marriage is a burden on employers and employees and makes it “increasingly hard to conduct business.”

The justices will hear arguments for the case in April and a ruling will follow at a later date.

You can read the full brief here: https://www.morganlewis.com/documents/supportingdocs/MLB_Employers_Amicus_Brief-Obergefell-v-Hodges.pdf

#Friday   #TGIF   #SameSexEquality   #MarriageEquality  ___Great news!

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2015-03-06 14:49:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This was the number 1 song in the US on the day I was born: 6 March 1984

Enjoy :)

This was the number 1 song in the US on the day I was born: 6 March 1984

Enjoy :)___

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2015-03-06 14:33:25 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

[Survived another year]

This picture serves as a reminder that yes, at one time, my children were shorter than me.  In a few years when I forget that I have children[1], this picture will make no sense but should be pretty convincing evidence nonetheless.  Yes, I have plans in place for the possible eventuality of mental degredation, don't you?

Thanks to everyone for the well-wishes, silly youtube videos, and other pleasant sentiments.  I've hit a "prime" in my life, age 31.  This should be a great year :)

[1]: Not that I expect to ever hit the point where I forget who my kids are.  By the time that's of any concern, my daughters will have figured out how to upload me into a computer at which point they'll just keep upgrading me.  They've already discussed this and are in agreement, only the technological details need to be sortedout.... more »

[Survived another year]

This picture serves as a reminder that yes, at one time, my children were shorter than me.  In a few years when I forget that I have children[1], this picture will make no sense but should be pretty convincing evidence nonetheless.  Yes, I have plans in place for the possible eventuality of mental degredation, don't you?

Thanks to everyone for the well-wishes, silly youtube videos, and other pleasant sentiments.  I've hit a "prime" in my life, age 31.  This should be a great year :)

[1]: Not that I expect to ever hit the point where I forget who my kids are.  By the time that's of any concern, my daughters will have figured out how to upload me into a computer at which point they'll just keep upgrading me.  They've already discussed this and are in agreement, only the technological details need to be sorted out.___

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2015-03-05 18:23:20 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

[X-mas is going to be great this year]

There are a bunch of Steam Machines set to be released in November of this year.  Different machines (with differing hardware power) at various price points is a great move!  It means that there are fewer barriers to Steam Machine gaming entry.  Want a beast that your PC-Gaming enthusiast friends would be able to build for roughly the same price? There's a Steam Machine priced to match.  Want something at a lower pricepoint for a kid that plays "simpler" or less graphically intensive games? There's a machine for that too and priced near where the other consoles of similar performance specs reside.

Now, where's the pre-order button?

[X-mas is going to be great this year]

There are a bunch of Steam Machines set to be released in November of this year.  Different machines (with differing hardware power) at various price points is a great move!  It means that there are fewer barriers to Steam Machine gaming entry.  Want a beast that your PC-Gaming enthusiast friends would be able to build for roughly the same price? There's a Steam Machine priced to match.  Want something at a lower pricepoint for a kid that plays "simpler" or less graphically intensive games? There's a machine for that too and priced near where the other consoles of similar performance specs reside.

Now, where's the pre-order button?___

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2015-03-05 06:14:54 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Who's cutting onions in here?

Thanks to +Mario Steele for sharing :)

___Who's cutting onions in here?

Thanks to +Mario Steele for sharing :)

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