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Alexander Lucas
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A new evolution in the ancient war between leprechauns and treasure hunters.
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Last night my hand grazed a jagged plastic edge on my laptop where some of the trim had fallen off, and a jagged piece of plastic actually managed to puncture through the flat of my finger nail and embed itself there-  I needed tweezers to slide it out.  I have never, in my life, seen blood come out the flat side of my fingernail.  Also, holy crap that hurt.

This thing, which is a DELL (Yeah Dell, I blame you) already started out as the lowest build quality of any laptop I'd ever purchased, I only tolerated it because replacing it seemed like too big a PITA, and it actually functioned well as a computer.  Now that we've crossed the "worth it for a new machine" threshold, I'm a man without a brand. 

There's some beautiful looking Razer laptops out there, but their total non-upgradability (and the fact that their highest end 15" machine costs $2.8K and has 512GB SSD & 8GB Ram) is kind of a dealbreaker.

On the other hand, the 14-inch alienware and 15" MSI gaming laptops look equally nice for about a grand less, but weigh enough that you could use one to fend off a home intruder.  MSI in particular weighs in at an impressive 8.5 pounds for the slightly-higher-end, greater-than-1920x1080 machines.

It's a good thing I only inflict a good laptop-quest on myself every 3-4 years or so.  There's WAY too much "almost what I want, one fatal flaw."  It's maddening.  Utterly maddening.
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If I might make a recommendation...I was just laid off from Sony retail as a service desk tech, so I know their machines really well, inside and out.  You might like the 15" Flip.  The screen flips over to become a Win8 Tablet, but otherwise works like any other laptop, Nvidia graphics, up to 16GB ram and hybrid HDD or SSD, decent build quality, not Razer expensive (but not cheap).  If you know any jobs in LA, I'm all ears.  Google+ said I might know you somehow, but I have no idea why.
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A year ago today, the smartest thing I ever did, and the dumbest thing +Nicole Lucas ever did, happened at the exact same moment.

Happy anniversary babe!  No takebacks!
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Wow, that year went FAST! Congrats!
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"Only in the back half of this season will all of the things that we've started to set up, and really the true nature of the show, get fully revealed"

At this point, shouldn't that be a standard "Joss" disclaimer?
The truth is out there… and will soon, finally, be revealed on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. When last we tuned into ABC’s freshman drama (returning tonight at 8/7c), a confrontation with Centipede’s front woman Raina took an unexpected turn, when […]
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It'd be like that phase where M. Night Shyalaman's movies didn't have a twist.
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My bank now apparently offers EMV (chip and pin) credit cards.  Kickass.  I only discovered these existed about a year ago, travelling through Australia, when every time we paid for a meal they'd ask, "Pin, or (perceptible pause, look of disgust) signature?"

Living in Silicon Valley, it's a weird feeling discover that the technology you use every day is paleolithic compared to what the rest of the world considers standard.  But hey, better late then never.
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Somehow, I don't think its that easy. Its been in for over a year now and there is very little fraud.
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What would +David Hasselhoff say instead of "Awesome" ?
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Couldn't look any better! #Hoffsome
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A while ago, a graphics designer tried to crowdfund, I kid you not, a new official shade of black (official as in, a real Pantone color).  Link below.

Earlier today I was wandering through Home Depot looking at blinds and window shades, and it occurred to me.  What's involved in getting and naming an official Pantone color?

Because if I could authoritatively lock down a shade of bright, I mean neon-friggin-shiny turqoise with Pantone, and name it "White or off-white", I think I could finally have an arch-nemesis, in the form of whoever added that rule to our HOA.

"All window coverings need to be white or off-white."  Check and mate, you weirdly psuedo-democratic micro dictatorship.

Check, and mate.
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Victory.
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try more complex version http://louhuang.com/2048-numberwang/
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Today I received actual great advice from reddit (better than the chapstick-for-papercuts tip of 2012!).  Videogame music makes great working background music, because it's designed to be stimulating but not distracting.

http://i.imgur.com/p9O4DoS.jpg
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Really wow spain
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I discovered two amazing things this morning.  One:  Countdown is a real show.  Two:  My manager does a convincing impression of Moss from the IT Crowd. All fans can do a passable Roy, and we all at least try to do a good Reynholm ("GodDAMN these electric sex pants!")  But I've never heard anybody do a passable impression of Moss.  It's kind of surreal.
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You call him Moss.  I simply call him... "Word"
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Software Developer
Employment
  • Google
    Developer Programs Engineer, Android, 2010 - present
  • Simpleview, Inc
    Web Developer, 2007 - 2010
  • US Army
    .NET Developer - Intern, 2005 - 2005
  • Octopi LLC
    Java Game Developer, 2005 - 2007
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Mountain View, CA
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Tucson, AZ - Santa Barbara, CA
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I'm ambitiously lazy-  My life's mission is to save everyone in the world 5 minutes.  My greatest hope is that they spend it stretching in a hammock or scratching their dogs' bellies, instead of waiting at a couple more red lights.   Also, I'm kind of a dork.  Try not to look too surprised.  You're failing.  Try a little harder.
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I own a towel signed by Douglas Adams. Also, I occasionally I eat just one Lay's potato chip.
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  • University of Arizona
    Computer Science, 2000 - 2005
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