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THis is a fantastic picture of a photographer doing what it takes to get the perfect shot.

I've done that before too, not over the side of a building, but inches away from the water off the swim platform of a boat doing about 20mph, and also over the side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (traffic was stopped). I got the shot I wanted.
 
"Sometimes, you just have to do what's needed to get the shot." - Floyd https://goo.gl/oxovtx #FridayFeeling
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That would suck to drop that camera lol
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The insane state of today's advertising. This shit right here is why people despise ads and why ads destroy your browser performance.

It's just one example, but it's so ridiculous, I don't understand how advertising companies can look consumers in the eyes. I want to bring everyone's attention to it and get people talking. Share this post with your circles if it boils your blood too.

Let me show you what I'm talking about.

VPAID (Video Player-Ad Interface Definition) http://iab.net/vpaid.

VPAID is basically pure evil. It's a video ad, but its implementation that I'm seeing across all networks that use it (that includes Google and others) is atrocious. It's shocking. It's rude. It's plain disrespectful.

A single ad that shows a single video at a time will generate thousands of HTTP requests and many megabytes of traffic. And in the case I show here, the ad isn't even animated, or showing video! I mean... what in the actual fuck? Usually, though, in the dozens of cases I've examined before, you'd be watching a video in a player, like this http://i.imgur.com/9J9oxz2.png.

I'll let this animated GIF I just took of a single ad with nothing else on the page do the talking. The ad is on the left, the Chrome Dev tools showing the Network tab are on the right.

By the time I finished writing this message, this single ad generated 9002 requests and caused 39MB of data transfer. I left it on for 30 min, and the requests never stopped coming http://i.imgur.com/EvXwupV.png.

It's possible to disable VPAID in AdSense settings (https://www.google.com/adsense/app#main/allowAndBlockAds, then click Ad serving), which I've just done, but many other advertising networks won't let you do this. As a side note, it's also unclear if blocking VPAID in AdSense will also block it in AdX and DFP.

Video ads pound the CPU and are horrible for browser performance. The tab with the ad itself, Flash, and Chrome Dev Tools all eat up CPU cycles until I delete the offender off the page: https://gfycat.com/LeanTimelyFeline.

It's no wonder people are opening tickets like this one: https://github.com/archon810/androidpolice/issues/67. If only advertisers actually cared about speed and ad delivery optimization, consumers wouldn't be revolting by installing ad blockers in droves like they are now. I'm not even talking about malicious redirects and popups - that's a whole other ball game.

Fuck you, VPAID. Seriously, fuck you and whoever created you.
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Seriously +The Weather Channel, #Yolo"? Just stop. If you want winter storm naming to become a standard, then don't do stupid things like this, or for the marketing/publicity reasons. Create a standard that more than just your own meteorologists contribute to and help shape, and for the love of God don't leave it up to high school students to come up with the names. And when you do come up with the names, do more than "make sure they're short, pronounceable and *work well as a hashtag*, since social media is the "driving force behind the naming.""
The Weather Channel announced the list of winter storm names for the 2015-2016 season on Tuesday morning.
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I had no idea the Play Store recommended apps based on location ("Popular in your area"), that's pretty awesome... Except my area is VA, not MD, not sure if that's Virginians downloading the wrong app, or the "area" is larger than I assume it is.
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The abrupt end of this week's +All About Android

I realize I ended this week's episode with a rather sudden shift in tone and subject matter, and I mentioned not wanting to go into further detail as to why.

Truth be told, I'm still coming to terms with the experience, and every day, its getting easier to understand what happened, but what I realize is that there are only positive things that can come from sharing the story, especially because it has a happy ending. THANKFULLY.

 I didn't want to get into details during the show cause I didn't want to dilute the message, or misconstrue my reason for doing so.

But honestly, it weighs heavily on my heart, and I think writing about it might actually help me to move beyond it, and might actually encourage others to take action of their own if ever they are in a similar position.

Last weekend, I was at a pool party with lots of friends and families. Towards the end of the evening as it was getting dark, I decided to throw on some goggles and dive into the pool to see if I could swim from one side to the other while holding my breath. When I started underwater, I notice a dark form on the floor of the other side of the pool. Unsure what it was, but fearing it might be a person or child, I suddenly found myself swimming as fast as I could to investigate and sure enough it was the body of a little boy, my friends son.

Holding my breath underwater was never easier at that moment, I still hadn't come up for air. Adrenaline is a crazy thing. The boy was lying on the pool floor, face down, absolutely still and completely colorless. It was as if he was lying on your living room floor, but at the bottom of 4.5 feet of water. He had drowned. My reaction was to swim to him as quickly as possible and lift him out of the pool, which I did. This is a scene that has replayed in my mind countless times since then. It's kept me up at night and its brought me to tears.

My memory is somewhat splotchy but I remember coming up with his body and screaming "Help! Help! I need help!" over and over as loud as I could scream, at which time THANKFULLY his parents were there quickly, running over and pulling him from my arms.

I then recall his mom on top of him at the side of the pool doing chest compressions and counting up to 30, then pausing as his dad breathed into his son's mouth 2-3 times. At which time his mom began swiftly compressing his chest counting loudly to 30 as she did it, basically repeating the process. I learned about CPR prior to having our first child so the process wasn't foreign to me, but watching two people who REALLY knew what they were doing (he is in fitness, she is a nurse) was really powerful. Knowing that it was his parents made it even more so.

This went on for around 2-3 minutes, though my sense of time is warped. All I know is at some point, I eventually saw the boy twitch a few times ("he's moving! holy shit he's moving..."), move his arm, and finally vomit all over the pool while still lying on his back.

CPR continued until it was obvious that he was lucid and by this time, the ambulance had arrived. He was whisked away to the ER with his parents. My wife and I kept their 2 year old daughter with us to take care of her while they went to the hospital with their son.

Something to know about drowning is that simply reviving a person who has drowned does not in fact mean they are out of harms way. Secondary drowning is something that happens when water enters the lungs, like happens when someone is drowning, and restricted breathing as a result of that trapped water can take place anywhere between 1-24 hours after the incident. Risk is low (1-2%) but significant. He had considerable water in his lungs and pumping his lungs of water still resulted in about 10% of the water still in there that they couldn't pump out. He was monitored in the hospital for 48 hours to be safe.

He was also given a multitude of brain scans and tests and all tests came back positive. No brain damage, something that begins to set in after around 4-6 minutes of no oxygen to the brain.

We don't know how long he was in the water. Based on his skin color (grayish to blue) when I found him, and based on the tests and oxygen saturation in his body, the hospital expects he was likely in the pool for around 2-4 minutes. Meaning had I not gone into the pool when I did (a freaky, random decision on my part cause I NEVER swim laps thanks to a shoulder surgery years ago, and I also NEVER wear goggles cause I don't actually own any), he would likely be brain damaged at the very least, or worse yet, dead. We literally got to him, and revived him at the last possible moment.

We were lucky. So fucking lucky.This boy has been given a second chance at life. His parents were given a second chance at having a son.

CPR LITERALLY BROUGHT HIM BACK TO LIFE FROM DEATH.

Because of quick action on our parts, he is alive. On Monday while at work, I got a text message. I checked it and it was a photo of him in his hospital smock, smiling and playing. It hit me hard. That being two days after the incident. If anything had happened differently, I could instead be getting a text message with details of his funeral. Instead, I got a picture of him being a four year old kid, happy and healthy, and ALIVE.

This is why I didn't tell the story on the show. Please don't mistake this post for being a story about me and how I helped. This is not my story. This is about how knowing what to do in an emergency actually saves lives, and that's important stuff. If YOU know CPR, something that takes little time to learn.... YOU could be the one to bring someone back to life from death.

Can you even understand how powerful that is? You are literally a super hero. Magical powers. All that shit. Knowing this is the difference between life and death.

(deep breath) OK I feel better.

Become CPR certified, please: http://www.redcross.org/ux/take-a-class
Why Train with the Red Cross? Training people how to respond to and prepare for emergencies is a core mission of the American Red Cross. We offer a range of health and safety classes that teach you new skills, keep you knowledgeable, confident and ready to respond in almost any emergency ...
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Google made some cool animations from sets of pics from the OBX vacation... And the camera on this Nexus 6 is awesome with HDR!
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Well, thanks for the recommendations Google lol
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So not cool, Ravens players are dropping left and right. Hopefully he'll fully recover, it'll be interesting if he wants to continue on his retirement track now that he won't play the rest of this season.
 
Thanks for inspiring us this season, Steve. Here's to a speedy recovery. 
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And I thought I was crazy for swimming with sharks...
 
See, I told you!
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