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Andy Martin
Works at AT&T
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Just watched "Last Week Tonight" with John Oliver, and loved the #marlboro  segment. Here's Jeff!!   #jeffwecan  
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NAMM might have been last week, but Google+ is suddenly deciding now is the time to auto-awesome all my stuff from there. That being said, this is kind of a neat compilation :). #NAMM2015
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Had the privilege of going to NAMM 2015 this year. Some pictures from Friday's walking around. #NAMM2015
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FINALLY!! Heroic Sapphiron was giving me fits for the longest time but finally dropped her today. Now I've finally got the special card back like all the cool kids. #hearthstone #heroicnaxxramas
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So, I'm writing music again :). Nothing to big or fancy, but a friend is launching a podcast soon and needed intro/outro music bed. I whipped up something pretty quick in Logic, shared the idea to him and his team over Soundcloud, and it's approved! Just have to record it for realzies now, since this was just a rough cut to demo the song idea. Feels nice to create again, and to have people like what I threw together in about an hour. This might be the start of a lot of fun.
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It's really interesting to see the difference in news story titles around this Netanyahu controversy. I'm not speaking for one side or the other around this whole dust-up, but you could do a whole semester of journalism school or media studies about how the news media today simply wants to spin a story to get you to feel what they want you to feel and drive page views. I mean, look at some of these differences, just in the headlines that are doing everything they can to get you to click through so they can get the page views:
NBC: "Upcoming Congressional Speech Backfires on Bohner, Netanyahu"
Fox News: "Netanyahu Speech: How Far Will Democrats Go To Save Obama's Pride?"
PoliticsUSA: "Democrats In Full Revolt as Republican Netanyahu Speech Scheme Totally Backfires"
America's Freedom Fighters: "COMMIE DEMOCRATS THREATEN TO BOYCOTT NETANYAHU SPEECH!! (Video)"
Get the idea? The true facts aren't as one-sided as any side wants you to believe. Is Bohner out of line inviting another head of state to speak in front of Congress without Executive Office approval? Yes. Treasonous? Probably not. Dick-move? Pretty much. Are the Democrats over dramatizing it to make a point? Sure. Does everyone on Capitol Hill act as if the have the maturity of your average Junior High student? Absolutely. Is the media helping us as citizens to stay informed? Absolutely not.
Of all those 4 examples (simply chosen from "related articles" that were suggested by Facebook), only the NBC one sounds remotely like news. "Backfires" could still be subjective, but the speech certainly isn't going the way Bohner had expected so it could be an accurate statement. Fox News? That's pure opinion in that "news" story, and speculates on the President's feelings using the standard implications of elitism. PoliticsUSA? No, the Democrats aren't in "full revolt" and the "scheme" didn't "totally" backfire. And gotta love the patriots at America's Freedom Fighters, who immediately think anyone who doesn't think like they do is a "COMMIE DEMOCRAT!!!".
This, my friends, is the state of media today. Navigate carefully, and read the subtext that they are trying to sell you. Too many are much too quick to buy it, no matter what side you lean on there's a news "product" out there aimed at you and it's no better for your mind than McDonald's is for your belly. #media   #foxnews   #nbcnews   #netanyahu   #boehner   #obama  
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First half-day at NAMM 2015 in Anaheim this year. I've got tons more pictures I have to add to this, this is just Google+ automatic "story" :) #NAMM2015
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Who's got two thumbs and is headed to NAMM again next month?

👈 this guy 👍👍

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So, here's my input - iPhone, Andoird, what does it matter? I keep seeing posts from both sides saying iPhone sucks this or Android copies that. In the end, they are phones, and people have personal preferences. And personal preferences, especially on something like a phone, are trivial. So you like the Samsung phones, great, more power too you. I tried the Samsung, had a Galaxy 2 Skyrocket for about 3 years, and it wasn't for me. And that's ok. Because I have an iPhone does not make me a mindless Apple sheep conforming to the rest of the Apple fanboys out there anymore than having an Android phone makes you a mindless Android fanboy.

And, I'm sorry, anyone who gets so upset about a phone and takes the time to make or propagate one of those stupid meme images really needs to look at their priorities in life, and ask who the real fanboy is. Again, both sides are guilty, and I'm sick of seeing it in my stream.

Following a different shepherd doesn't mean you're not a sheep too.

#Android #Apple #justshutupalready
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I had a little help with mine yesterday, daughter enjoyed it WAY too much.

#alsicebucketchallenge   #jasonbecker  
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  • AT&T
    Engineer, 1999 - present
  • GeekBeat.TV
    2011
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Gilbert, AZ
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Raleigh, NC
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Burnin up in the desert, writing about tech, geek stuff, being a Dad, writing music, and other stuff
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Currently living in Arizona, Andy works with AT&T full time as a Voice Network Manager, supporting outsourcing clients' voice networks, equipment, and roadmap plans for VoIP. He also blogs about life, geek culture, gaming, and tech, including posts with Livid Lobster on GeekBeat.TV with Cali Lewis.

Andy is a devoted Dad to 3 great kids (all on the Autistic Spectrum), a devoted husband to a 2-time breast-cancer survivor (beat stage 4 into remission, she's a badass), and a gaming addict (does 5 lvl 85 toons on World of Warcraft make you an addict?). 

Add me in your circles, I'm always up for a good discussion about just about anything!
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3 kids with autism (varying from moderate to Asperger's), husband to breast-cancer survivor/fighter
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  • 74th Annual Hunger Games
    present
  • North Carolina State University
    Communications, 1989 - 1994
  • University of Phoenix
    Business, 2006 - 2009
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