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Alexander Lucas
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Yesterday we were feeding Ford some blueberry/raspberry concoction Nikki had made with a blender. After the meal, as he laughed, dark blue goo smashed across the bottom half of his face and dribbling down his chin, I realized my son looked like the living smurfpocalypse. It was as though he'd run amok in the smurf village and savagely devoured them all.

I thought this was, you know, my diseased imagination, and wasn't going to say anything. Until Nikki looked at him and said "Weird. He looks like he just killed a bunch of smurfs."

Later he giggled, and it was adorable. At the same time, in my heart I knew that sound would haunt the souls and strike terror in the hearts of The Blue for generations to come. "The horror..." they would mumble, staring into the tiny matchstick campfires on those dark and moonless nights. "The horror."
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In the past several days I've realized that parenting is when you realize just how many silly and twisted sensibilities you really share with your partner and that you just inflicted another one on the world.

Then you both giggle about it.
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The line continues to blur.
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Just discovered Dubsmash.    Thanks +Amanda Rosenberg !
 
Boredom + Dubsmash = Dwight Schrute's perfect crime. 

#nomakeup   #sorrynotsorry  
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It's kind of like Woodstock.  You had to be there, at that place, and that moment in time :P
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Android Fundamentals made it onto Lifehacker's summer CS class list!

Around the time I graduated college, I decided that my career goal was going to be saving everyone in the world 5 minutes.  So every time my name shows up somewhere in a LifeHacker post, it's like a small high five from the internet.
Your education doesn’t have to stop once you leave school. We’ve put together a curriculum of some of the best free online classes available on the web this summer for the latest term of Lifehacker U, our regularly-updating guide to improving your life with free, online college-level classes. Let’s get started.
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Round 3, got a laptop I like.  Biggest quirk so far:  It comes with a recovery CD even though the machine does not have an optical drive.  The vendor I bought it from will create a recovery USB drive for you for a fee (They actually provide useful services and aren't just markup-for-middlemen), but come on, they might as well have shipped a box of 3.5 floppies.
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It's possible, but not as convenient as with the old mid-2000's laptops that supported things like replacing the battery or sliding out the hard drive.  You actually have to open the laptop up:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2ZicdFEn9o .  I'm guessing there's "blah blah warrantee" disclaimers in there.  They're M.2 SATAs.

I didn't rock the 1TB SSD because with the 3K screen I had already bumped the price up enough.  It does, however, come with a 1 TB rotational for storage.  Which was great for my needs (I'm not compiling Android on it)
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I didn't know they were doing this!
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Windows 10 was the smoothest upgrade experience I've ever had for an OS.  Before leaving for work I clicked "Upgrade now." As my computer restarted, I left.  When I came back and turned my computer on, there was a screen that, honest to god, said "Welcome Back."  3 screens of customizing privacy settings later, I was at my login.  It might've taken 8 hours, i don't know.  But in terms of my time it took maybe 60 seconds.
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If you're on Windows 8, definitely.  It goes a long way to fixing all the weird UI paradigms they introduced in 8, and makes Windows work as Windows again.  My machine also feels a bit snappier.  If you're on 7 it's probably a less dramatic improvement, but I'd still do it based on the premise that "you'll need to upgrade eventually, but it won't be free forever".
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Once upon a corporate login, about to start the email sloggin',
Over replies and invites and updates galore
But upon my login screen, an error messsage! I could glean
A password had expired, and would need to be replaced once more.
Can I just put this off, as I have before?  Such a process I deplore!
Quoth the browser, "nevermore."
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You loved poetry since you were a little boy and it makes a difference! I
sure love this one! Dad and I really laughed.
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For those who couldn't attend Google I/O in person, the codelabs are now available online!  Personal favorites were designing a watchface for Wear, and learning Android Auto.  Once I have time, totally going to do the "compute the cosmos" GCE lab.
Google Codelabs for developers staying on the cutting edge.
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An examination of the greatest geek campus comedy ever, Real Genius, and why it still holds up better than most college films 30 years on.
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For me Real Genius is one of the best movies I ever seen
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20 feet from my desk, there is a keg filled with root beer.
#werehiring
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+Alexander Lucas hah! Ask him if he's willing to switch with me for a day.
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For the past few years our projector has had a signal loss issue - During dramatic scenes in movies or TV, it would lose the HDMI signal.  Horrible stuff.  I tried different projectors, HDMI switches, upgraded to higher-quality cables, bought a signal booster, and they all slightly improved the situation, but had never really fixed it.

Today I removed the HDMI outlet in the ceiling, pulled the 50 ft cable through an extra foot, and plugged it straight into the projector.  (I replaced the wall outlet with this plate with a fuzzy zipper area for cables to go through).  Problem gone.  The whole time it had been an issue of one-connection-too-many.
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I really feel like there's some lesson to be learned somewhere in here (something about removing problems instead of adding solutions).  But the only one I can think of is "HDCP makes everything worse."
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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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  • Sky Force 2014
  • Kingdom Rush Origins
  • Fallout Shelter
  • TwoDots