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Alan Bush
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Lives in San Antonio, TX
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Well this should help wake you up on a Friday morning.
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Some great ideas, but the info on image aspect ratios isn't as thorough as it could be. There's already an image aspect ratio that works across all (horizontal) social platforms. +Garrett Heath​ put in a lot of research to find one image ratio to rule them all: http://www.rackspace.com/content/2015/02/20/one-image-to-rule-them-all-size-specs-to-work-across-social-media/

I use +Canva​ for many of my own images, and wish they had this size as a preset, including guides at 10% as Garrett suggests. Maybe +Guy Kawasaki​ can work with Canva on that.

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8 essentials of social media images that refuse to be ignored.
Want the secret formula for lighting up your social media channels? It's simple! Make sure your social media images have these 8 ESSENTIAL traits.
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Oh, Google #AutoAwesome, you almost made the best video ever. Almost. 
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The King is dead. Long live the King.
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Less than 12% voter turnout in San Antonio's city elections. Literally took me 10 minutes out of my way to vote early. What's your excuse?

http://www.sacurrent.com/Blogs/archives/2015/05/11/did-you-vote-in-saturdays-municipal-election-probably-not

Image originally in Houston Chronicle: http://blog.chron.com/nickanderson/2014/11/voter-apathy/
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Google Photos put together a story from SXSW... From two years ago. Better late than never.
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I'm back behind the mic as Mr. Voice at +ComedySportz San Antonio this weekend. Looking to be a great show, with a special out guest. Get your tickets at http://cszsa.com 
11950 Starcrest, Suite 210, San Antonio, Texas 78247. Description Come out to ComedySportz, San Antonio's weekly live, competitive improv comedy show. It's 100% made up on the spot, 100% clean and family-friendly, and 100% hilarious! ComedySportz features two teams of players competing against ...
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So this little hangout I do with +Drew Cox has a major milestone happening this week: Episode 100. It's been a blast working on the show, building it up from scratch, learning new technology, and meeting some of the people who learn along with us. 

It's been a great opportunity, and I look forward to the next 100+ episodes.

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On this week's hangout, we'll be celebrating our 100th episode of Office Hours. We've been at it for just over two years of #Cloud  Conversation. For our 100th episode, we'll review the most important, most discussed topics from our past 99 episodes. 

Want to join the conversation? Comment here or on Twitter with #CloudQA . See you Thursday. 
This Hangout On Air is hosted by Rackspace. The live video broadcast will begin soon.
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Great photo story from G+ of our trip to Dallas this weekend. 

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This Ethiopian #Coffee  from Wild Gift is phenomenal. One of the best cups I've had in a while. 
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Mustachioed Cloud Technology Mentor by day; Daddy, Husband and Improvisor by night. I work for Rackspace, but these posts are my own.
Introduction
Alan Bush is a founding member of the Technical Community Manager role at Rackspace. Alan helps Rackspace customers, Rackers, and the public achieve success in the cloud through one-on-one and one-to-many interactions - including Community Forum support, videos, live presentation, blogging, and social media.

Alan also helped to architect Rackspace's Cloud Launch Team. During his time on the Launch Team, Alan helped more than 100 new cloud consumers get started with cloud hosting, developed a weekly live video show - Office Hours Hangouts, was one of the first 175 Rackers to become certified "Cloud Savvy," and was awarded the Fanatical Jacket, Rackspace's highest honor for outstanding customer support.

Before Rackspace, Alan helped create the Stevie Award winning onboarding program for Central Desktop - a really cool cloud collaboration suite - where he worked directly with companies and organizations like MLB.com, Sesame Workshop, and IEEE. When he's not helping customers learn how to build awesome things in the cloud, Alan can be found performing improv comedy with Comedy Sportz San Antonio, or dreaming up new styles for his award-winning mustache.  
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My coworkers put me in a straight jacket. Based on my moustache, I'm someone's evil twin.
Work
Occupation
Cloud Launch Manager - I am a cloud usability expert
Skills
Cloud Computing, Cloud Architecture, Linux, SaaS, IaaS, Project Management
Employment
  • Rackspace
    Cloud Launch Manager, 2012 - present
    I help new cloud computing customers get started using the cloud. I work with brand new customers as an advisor and technical project manager, to help them build awesome things in the cloud.
  • Central Desktop
    Implementation Consultant, 2010 - 2012
  • Employers Health Network
    Healthcare IT, 2007 - 2010
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San Antonio, TX
Previously
Springfield, MO - North Kansas City, MO - Warrensburg, MO - Lee's Summit, MO - Liberty, MO
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Coffee Myth-Busting: Cup Of Joe May Help Hydration And Memory
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A study helps debunk the old wives' tale that drinking a few cups of coffee will dehydrate you.

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In this post, Rackspace Cloud Tools partner CloudFlare highlights how to product web sites from attack with rapidly deployed WAF rules.

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In this post, Rackspace Cloud Tools partner CloudFlare highlights how to product web sites from attack with rapidly deployed WAF rules.

The toll of the anti-vaccination movement, in one devastating graphic
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Aaron Carroll today offers a graphic depiction of the toll of the anti- vaccination movement. (H/t: Kevin Drum .) It comes from a Council on

Everyone can now track down noisy tabs
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November's Chrome beta introduced improvements to help make your browsing quieter, safer and sleeker. In the latest Chrome release we're mak

Why Rackspace Was Named One of FORTUNE’S 100 Best Companies To Work For ...
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We at Rackspace got some great news this morning: FORTUNE magazine ranked us No. 29 on its annual list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. Th

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San Antonio's own Cocktail Conference is the first of its kind in Texas. It is bringing together top bartenders for four days of education s

Martian Watches show us their new products and software #CESlive
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An analog face and a notification screen make for some of the best looking smartwatches yet Watch as John P. and Adam talk with Pam Niemi fr

Reach the people you know more easily
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Posted by David Nachum, Product Manager Have you ever started typing an email to someone only to realize halfway through the draft that you

How to Delete All of Your Facebook Activity
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If I had my way, Facebook would have a hard and fast expiration date for posts. I generally don’t want most of what I say hanging around lon

These Game-Themed Wedding Bands Are Absolutely Gorgeous! [Pic]
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Zsolt Székely, a Toronto, Canada-based jeweler we featured last year for an awesome pair of Triforce wedding bands he created, is back with

Sprint reportedly preparing to purchase T-Mobile in 2014
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Sprint, the third biggest wireless carrier in the US, is preparing to buy out its rival T-Mobile, according to a new report from The Wall St

Pizzeria closing after 16 years
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A Liberty pizza restaurant and bar with what owners describe as a “fiercely loyal” following has announced plans to close its doors after mo

A new breed of Chrome Apps, now available for Mac
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Chrome Apps work offline, update automatically and sync to any computer where you're signed into Chrome, so you can pick up where you left o

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Angry Birds Go!
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Welcome to downhill racing on Piggy Island! Feel the rush as you fling those freewheeling birds and piggies down the track at breakneck spee

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My family and I stopped in to grab some ice cream this afternoon. I'll agree with the other reviews - it's delicious, but it does take quite a while to get through the line. Let me be clear - it's worth it. The ice cream is good, the toppings are good, and the experience - making ice cream from scratch, in seconds, is fun for everyone. I look forward to going back soon.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I have a theory that the larger the giant, anthropomorphic pig mascot, the better the BBQ joint - Augies definitely delivers on this theory. This is some of the best BBQ in San Antonio, and I try to make it back as often as I can. The pulled pork is the best I've found in the city, and the sauce isn't totally overloaded with black pepper like other places in town <cough>Rudy's</cough>. Also try the Mac 'n' Cheese, it's delicious. Great food, more beer than your usual "lite" domestics, good prices, no-frills atmosphere.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Halftime is under new management, apparently, and has an all-new lunch menu to go with the new management. I came in just after noon today for lunch, and was the fourth customer. The only waitress took my order (sliders and fries) and brought me my soda. My meal (3 small sliders and an order of fries) took about 35 minutes to reach my table. The waitress was friendly enough checking on me and refilling my drink, but never once mentioned the long wait, or offered to check on the food. The food itself was good. The sliders were well seasoned, and cooked perfectly. The menu claimed one slider would be dressed with the chef's homemade BBQ sauce, but I realize now that it wasn't. The fries were nicely done, crispy, but not burnt. The sliders and fries were served in a plastic basket with a paper liner - standard bar food plating. From what I could see, there isn't a seat in the restaurant without a direct line of sight to a tv, including a massive projection screen taking up most of one wall. A few "sporty" knick knacks line the walls, but not much else in terms of decor. Halftime has 4 beers on tap, two light beers, an ultra light, and Blue Moon. I noticed about a dozen bottled beers, the most "exotic" being Guinness and Dos Equis. They have a full bar, however, and appeared to have a few specialty drinks available. This seems like it would be a nice place to watch a game or two, drink light beer, and have some wings, or other sportsy food. As of right now, I can't recommend it for anything else. I want to come back and try Halftime for dinner, and to catch a game or two. I hope that service and meal times can improve by then.
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Food: Very GoodDecor: GoodService: Poor - Fair
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Don't get me wrong, the BBQ at Rudy's is good. It's perfectly passable BBQ, really. But it's certainly not anything to write home about, let alone write a glowing review. I still don't understand how Rudy's consistently rates as San Antonio's best BBQ. Call me a BBQ snob, but I'm left underwhelmed by their meats. The sides were, for me, the star of the show. The creamed corn is excellent. I was much less impressed with the beans. Perhaps the "Rudy's Experience" is enough, for most, to make up for the average BBQ. I definitely enjoy the atmosphere and decor. The service is friendly and prompt, and I always feel welcome when I visit. Overall, Rudy's has a great atmosphere, and decent BBQ. If that's your thing, then you've found it at Rudy's. For me, I know that there's better BBQ out there, which makes Rudy's an acceptable BBQ joint, but not a destination I will seek out for future BBQ adventures.
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Food: GoodDecor: ExcellentService: Very Good
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
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This place is great. If you appreciate great craft beer, then you'll love it here. They have an always-rotating selection of beers, most local to Texas. You can get a taster, a pint, or a 32-64 oz. growler to go. The staff is super friendly, knowledgeable and always happy to give a suggestion for new beers to try. I like that they always have root beer on tap, so I can stop by with my kiddo (and my wife can still enjoy while she's pregnant.) I stop in about once a week, and I always recommend Big Hops to my friends.
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Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Very fast service. Probably 45 minutes* between my first call and Troy showing up. Very polite, very prompt, very responsive to my questions. Got in, did what needed to be done, and left. No high pressure tactics to sell their maintenance plan, just explained it, and offered it. I don't often have plumbing needs, so I don't really know how the price compares, but I didn't feel like it was completely out of range. *I'm pretty sure that was a lucky coincidence, but the person answering the phones set up a realistic expectation of when the service person would be there. I would definitely recommend Mr. Plumber to anyone else needing a plumber.
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Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago