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Brent Nordquist
Worked at 11 Below, Inc.
Attended Bethel University
Lives in Minneapolis, MN, USA
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A beautiful spring day in Minnesota. The birds are singing. The daffodils are blooming. #AprilFools
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I hear 6" on Thursday?
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I was born in CA in the late 60s, and in my 3rd grade class of 18 students, 6 were named Lisa. Our teacher had to use initials, Lisa C. Lisa E. Lisa M. etc.
 
GIF for the most popular baby girls name through time by state. It is interesting how USA mothers choose their baby girl names based on popular events, do you spot any?

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/10/a-wondrous-gif-shows-the-most-popular-baby-names-for-girls-since-1960/280709/
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Wow! That's crazy: I would never have thought it was so uniform at any point. There were definitely a billion Ashleys in grade school, and a lot of Amandas
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“The NSA seems to be operating on the fantastically naïve assumption that any vulnerabilities it builds into core Internet technologies can only be exploited by itself and its global partners.”
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Gorgeous visualization of satellite observations of the dispersion of dust from the Feb 2013 Chelyabinsk meteor.
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Really nice "kinetic typography" video of this song.
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Love this kind of stuff: very nicely done!
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A map of the 50 U.S. states, redrawn to have equal populations (and new names). Amusing to imagine a governor saying "...across this great state of Los Angeles...".
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That is amazing.
 
3-Sweep: Extracting Editable Objects from a Single Photo, SIGGRAPH ASIA 2013
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The photographic male enhancement revolution begins...
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Beautiful!
 
Noctilucent Clouds and Aurora Over Scotland
Video Credit: Maciej Winiarczyk; Music: Jolanta Galka-Kurkowska
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130819.html

Why would the sky still glow after sunset? Besides stars and the band of our Milky Way galaxy, the sky might glow because it contains either noctilucent clouds or aurora. Rare individually, both are visible in the above time lapse movie taken over Caithness, Scotland, UK taken during a single night earlier this month. First noted in 1885, many noctilucent clouds are known to correlate with atmospheric meteor trails, although details and the origins of others remain a topic of research. These meandering bright filaments of sunlight-reflecting ice crystals are the highest clouds in the Earth's atmosphere. The above video captures not only a variety of noctilucent clouds, but also how their structure varies over minutes. Lower clouds typically appear dark or fast moving. About halfway through the video the clouds are joined by aurora. At times, low clouds, noctilucent clouds, and aurora are all visible simultaneously, each doing their own separate dance, and once -- see if you can find it -- even with the Big Dipper rotating across the background.
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An ouroboros quine! A Ruby program that generates a Scala program that generates a Scheme program that generates …(through 50 languages)… a REXX program that generates the original Ruby code again. (H/T: Nat Torkington's "Four Short Links")

And for that extra bit of elegance: The chain of 50 languages has them in alphabetic order.
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I've spent most of my career doing and managing software development, though my last job was doing and managing systems administration. Specialties: Unix, Linux, SaaS, scalable web-based applications, Ruby on Rails, Perl, Java, MySQL, hardware/OS architecture and security
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My wonderful wife and I have been married for over 20 years; we love our four children who are now in the teen to adult ages.
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New “solar thermal fuel” has energy density of lead batteries
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Store the UV energy in sunlight, release it as heat when needed.

Lavabit held in contempt of court for printing crypto key in tiny font
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US attorney: Lavabit "treated court orders like contract negotiations."

Apple, Samsung, mobile carriers to debut anti-theft kill switch in 2015
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Voluntary industry move appears to get ahead of pending anti-theft bill.

All sent and and received e-mails in Gmail will be analyzed, says Google
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The new text might be a reaction to the e-mail scanning lawsuit.

Google Glass gets KitKat update, video calling removed
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Glass is leaping four versions, from 4.0 to 4.4, but not everything made the jump.

Aging surveillance drones become flying Wi-Fi hotspots
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Retrofitted drones enable Internet connectivity for remote military operations.

How to Unlock a Treasure Trove of Useful Data from Your Car
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This is 2014. Isn't it time your car was as smart as your phone? Actually, it is. Your vehicle generates a ton of data and most of us don't

Four short links: 14 April 2014 - O'Reilly Radar
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dategrep -- print lines matching ranges of dates. Genius! Business Case Guidance in Agile Projects (gov.uk) -- how the UK govt signs off on

Google buys “atmospheric satellite” builder Titan Aerospace
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Project Loon, Manaki, and Maps all look to benefit from Google's new drone builder.

Today’s SpaceX launch will see the first attempt at landing its booster
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The Falcon 9 will attempt a controlled descent, deploy legs.

British spy agency’s hometown gets tagged with Banksy-style mural
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GCHQ: "This is the first time we have ever been asked to comment on art."

How to Get Started with Usenet in Three Simple Steps
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Usenet is a wonderful service for finding and downloading digital media, giving you speed and reliability you won't find with other file-sha

Heartbleed developer explains OpenSSL mistake that put Web at risk
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"Trivial" coding error in open source project wasn't intentional, report says.

What the Heck is Shadow DOM?
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Chrome 35 will help developers build better mobile Web apps
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Browser update gives coders more control over touch and zoom input.

NSA used Heartbleed nearly from the start, report claims
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Bloomberg cites unnamed sources, says agency regularly used it to spy.

Amazon offers workers $2,000 to quit, but the incentive is nothing like ...
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At an Amazon warehouse, a year's work is a feat deserving of reward.

Fruit flies show why swatting at flies is often fruitless
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The insects perform aerial maneuvers similar to fighter jets.

Silicon Valley attack on electric grid, fiber-optic cables unsolved a ye...
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Regulators accidentally released classified document highlighting grid vulnerabilities.

I had been going to this location for a long time, but now they have new staff; the really sharp assistant manager I used to see on Saturdays apparently is gone. I gave them 6 months with several vehicles, but I'm not going back. They've gotten really slow.
Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
Brandon (salesman) and Scott (manager) were great. They were easy to talk to and very clear communicators -- we didn't waste any time playing "sales games" which is the part of car buying I really dislike. I had looked at a lot of cars at a lot of dealers, enough to know that the 2003 Saturn L300 I was considering from Midwest was fairly priced for this market. I had it inspected by my mechanic, and then we were able to come to a very fair deal for this car.
Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
If you just need a place to sleep, it will do, but we would not stay here again. The lobby is cute but the whole place has a worn-out, run-down feel; it's not so much "historic" as "been there a long time". The room had no air conditioning, and with a mini-fridge in the room, I would never stay here in the summer; it was a bit stuffy even in April. The room was at least very clean, with a hardwood floor and freshly painted walls. They went smoke-free in 2009 and they are clearly trying, but the hallway still reeks of smoke. The shower had a thin "water-saver" spigot and was mounted low, both pet peeves of mine. The bed was comfortable and it was a quiet and restful night. The WiFi did not work. We tried three different devices, but the staff pretty much said nobody else had complained and it must be something with all our devices. There wasn't any attempt to apologize or even sympathize. The 32" TV was mounted across the long dimension of the room from the beds; it would have been far away and tiny if we'd had any time to watch.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I've been taking my cars to Mike Martin's shop for years now. He's very friendly and efficient. I trust him because he and his folks are thorough in inspecting and identifying issues, but they don't push a lot of useless services like some places do. There's nothing better than a manager who's comfortable saying "I'm not going to sell you something you don't need." Mike is great because he knows a lot about cars and car service and can really explain things well; he'll tell you what they found, what he recommends, what can be postponed or ignored, what the trade-offs are if something is done or not done, etc. but he never pressures me and lets me decide what to do, even if I decide "nothing today". Today was my first time at the Maplewood Excel shop, and the mechanic I had was great; did a test drive and inspected my brakes, took me back to show me what he found and answered my questions, and got the work done within the promised time. Their prices are very competitive and they run specials. I'd recommend this shop to anyone.
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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We just stayed here again in April 2012 for the second time, and had another good experience. Can't agree with the other reviews about the staff; we found them to be friendly. Very clean room in great condition, and a quiet restful stay. The breakfast room has a lot of good choices and there's a helpful staff person there to help. We have enjoyed our stays here and can recommend it.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
We enjoyed our stay here very much. Heidi, the owner, was very friendly and welcoming. This house is beautiful and immaculately maintained; the decor all relates to the history of the town and the American West. Our room was clean and comfortable, with a nice blend of historical furnishings and modern conveniences. The private bathroom was spotless. We had a very restful, quiet evening. The breakfast in the morning was very good. They have WiFi if you need it.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Manager acted quickly to resolve a problem with our room. Room was a bit dated but very clean and comfortable. Large bathroom, but vanity not separate from shower/toilet. Fairly quiet stay. WiFi worked great for Netflix.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago