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Got nine days to kill? Hop a train in John o’ Groats and step off in Vladivostok with #GoogleMaps Transit directions. goo.gl/wqmVDk
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The Poles were the last missing link :-)
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This is what happens when transit nerds get riled up on the internet...
by BRIAN FERRIS and CAITLIN BONNAR When I have friends visiting for the holidays, I like to take them on a “Best of Seattle” transit tour.  We could ride the route 98 to Lake Union Park or maybe ca...
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In other Seattle transit news..."Seattle dog's rush hour ride: on the bus, by herself, weekly"
http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Seattle-dogs-rush-hour-ride-on-the-bus-by-herself-weekly-288345081.html?tab=video&c=y
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I've been recently approached by by a few different friends on separate occasions with the same request: "We have an idea for an app and we'd like to hire a developer.  Where do we get started?"

I'm embarrassed to admit that, though I'm a highly-paid software engineer, I don't actually know where to start.  Usually, if I need an app written, I just do it myself (120%-time for the win).  Even worse, I'm at Google, which is about as far as you can get from a small developer shop.

So, what do normal people do when they need an app written?  Anyone have any experience / advice here?
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Link didn't work for me. I think either recruiting local students or partnering with a university (senior design, etc) is a great way to go. Once you have big money, call up a Pivotal Labs.

The problem I find is that most app ideas these days are not the disconnected variety. They have a hosted component. Appcelerators and cloud hosted mBaas can probably cover most typical use cases (data sync, push), but once you start talking bigger projects you really need someone who understands that domain. They aren't easy to find.
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As seen from the 40th floor of Seattle Municipal Tower.
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Just a chunk of the new 520 floating bridge floating by...
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Great photos
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I've been shopping at U-Village off-and-on for almost 10 years at this point and what's always impressed me most is their cesspool.

If you always drive to U-Village, you might not be familiar with the cesspool, but for those of us who walk or bus, the murky pool of filth in the darkness underneath the 45th St viaduct is a well-known sight.  Specifically, for those lucky enough to ride the 65 or 75, or to walk down the viaduct from campus, this is the primary access path to the shopping center.

What's incredible about this path is that not only has it not gotten any better in the past decade, it's actually gotten worse.  Specifically, when the new parking garage was constructed in 2012, it actually made the pedestrian path into the mall even longer and even more "maybe I wouldn't feel comfortable walking here after dark" sketchy.

Look, I get it.  Car-less pedestrians are probably not the U-Village's target demographic.  The 45th St viaduct certainly presents some challenges for any pedestrian approach.  But when I think of all the places I might get mugged / swallowed by some radioactive sludge monster, this definitely tops my list.
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+David Hiller I'm a little skeptical that U-Village couldn't lobby to get something done, even if it's city property.
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In honor of the 10th anniversary of Pork 'n Pie Pigtacular today, I made a couple of desserts, including maple-bacon donut bites, chocolate cream pie, and peach-blackberry pie.  Nothing good enough to take home best-in-show but I came home with empty plates either way ; )
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OMG
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I knew I came home too soon.
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canciones
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Happy New Year!
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That's my jam!

As we've established before (https://plus.google.com/+BrianFerris/posts/bz4UvDbvQZ1), we have a noted jar addiction.
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It's pumpkin butter now :)
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Sometimes comics are a little too close to home...
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British Airways!
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I work for Google in Seattle, doing cool things in a cool city.  I'm a bit of a transit nerd and I like helping people get from point A to point B.

Interested in transit issues?  Be sure to follow my transit-specific page.
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    Computer Science, 2004 - 2011
  • North Carolina State University
    Computer Science, 1999 - 2004
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