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Alexander Lucas
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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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I didn't know they were doing this!
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What's an umbrella if not a tiny TARDIS?
 
"I Never Have To Explain Anything..."

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(h/t: +Gordon Lloyd Goldberg)
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Only you, reddit.
You probably shouldn't press it.
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On April Fool's Day, when it showed up, I never saw that timer get below 58.
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This is awesome.
 
The holiday spirit is about giving and even though the holiday season is over, we’re still in the spirit. We are thrilled to announce that Google's Santa Tracker is now open source on GitHub at google/santa-tracker-web and google/santa-tracker-android.

#GoogleDev   #AndroidDev   #AndroidWear   #Polymer  
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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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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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#lazyplus , looking for recommendations for good home theater headphones.  I'm generally the last one awake in the house, and want to watch fantastic and violent TV without waking up my wife or 5 month old (or, also importantly, acclimating him to gunfire as an ignorable and common background noise).
What I'm looking for:
-Wireless
-Reasonable range, sound quality, and usage time between charges
-Can charge via the headphones, instead of by swapping out batteries every other day.  Plug in headphones, or Qi charging stand, or whatever.
-Super important:  I want the transmitter that's hooked up to the sound source to be separate from the charging station.  My ideal scenario is that I leave the headphones on a stand on the couch by me to charge, so  I can switch from normal to headphones without having to get up and traverse the room.
-Media consumption enthusiast price range, not audiophile price range.  But while cheaper is better, if I'm going to get a slightly pricier pair, I'd rather get them first than third after a couple cheaper-but-still-pricy pairs that I'm doomed to be unsatisfied with.

Thoughts!  Feelings!  Opinions!  What color should this bikeshed be?
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I like my Sennheiser HDR 120. The charging cradle is quite convenient.
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So new theory, Cheryl's birthday party is going to suck.
“Cheryl” is literally the worst. Kenneth Kong from MediaCorp’ Channel 8 in Singapore posted a children’s math problem to his Facebook page this weekend, and it has since gone viral around the world, because it’s so hard. “This question causes a debate with my wife,” he wrote. “And its a … Continue reading
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There should be more mysteries like this one in the world.
An old vending machine without a past serves up beverages from its seemingly magical insides
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From what I remember, in 1972 a crack team from Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, and Faygo installed the machine in the early hours of the morning. The technicians were promptly fired by upper management due to internal politics. These men promptly disappeared into a top secret vending machine warehouse. Today, still wanted by the corporations, they survive as technicians of fortune. If you have an empty vending machine... if no one else can keep it filled... and if you can find them... maybe you can hire... The Vending Team.
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  • 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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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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