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Brian Quinlan
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Attended Simon Fraser University
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I bought a minivan (and lots of stain repellant). Supposedly it seats 8 but I bet that you can fit at least 5 kids in the trunk.
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They always could ride in the trunk...oh, rules...right.
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My $84 Walmart bike broke the first time that I rode it to work. Thanks for the rescue +Sofya Ignatova!

But the bike lock I got (and whose instructions I had to read on the side of the road) had the default combination "SHED", which more than makes up for it. Get it? Bike + shed? Awesome.
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+Brian Quinlan Unfortunately, department stores like Walmart worldwide are notorious for buying the cheapest bikes possible, then handing them to people with 0 training to assemble. I'm frankly astonished they haven't been sued into the ground, especially in the US.
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" Baby stingrays look like raviolis  [sic] stuffed with tiny damned souls "

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This is why we wash our dishes before we use them...
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... because if they fight back and claw at you, you realize it's not in fact a dish, but a cat?
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I hacked together a quick demo of N-grams and Markov chains this weekend. You play the you-say-a-word-I-say-a-word game with the computer that has been trained with the King James Bible:
http://markov-oneword.appspot.com/

The code lives here:
https://github.com/brianquinlan/markov-oneword
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My favorite so far: "And he searched, and began to speak to the people this parable; A certain man had a fig tree."
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I was there for the Point Lobos part because +Ziv Horesh was nice enough to give me a ride home.
 
Pictures from a weekend on Route 1 and Carmel.
I checked few of the state parks - from Limeklin, Julia Pfeiffer Burns, to Point Lobos.
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+Brian Quinlan​ it was nice dragging you on the hike, and I was driving that way anyway :-) 
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I'm posting this for archival purposes. This is a lullaby that I used to sing Alex (aka Mr. Piggy or, on formal occasions, Sir Oinks A Lot of the Stye") that he no longer cares about. Sung to the tune of "We Will Rock You":

Alex you're a boy make a big noise
Cryin' in your crib gonna be a big man some day
You got milk on your face
Your piggy face
Kickin' your legs all over the place
Singin'

We will we will burp you <huh> burp you <huh>
Singin' we will we will burp you

Buddy you're a small boy loud boy
Cryin' in your crib gonna take on the world some day
You got milk on your face
Your piggy face
Wavin' your arms all over the place
Singin'

We will we will burp you <huh> burp you <huh>
Singin' we will we will burp you

Buddy you're a small boy strong boy
Pleadin' with your eyes gonna give up your soother some day
You got milk on your face
Your piggy face
Somebody better put that soother in place
Singin'

We will we will burp you <huh> burp you <huh>
Singin' we will we will burp you
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The only good Wondermark
 
Wonderful.
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Indeed, their specialty is pointlessly strange non-sequitur 
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Mountain View: just drive.
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I just discovered an add for the exact Chromecast feature that I work on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dl3KCiV5MQ
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Thanks +Brian Quinlan I thought I was going to be able to see the images for all active TVs in the same WiFi.. not a big deal though. I just wanted to know what a particular image was, but it wasn't on the active chromecast, so I couldn't. Love chromecast anyway, I use it every single day, music, videos, everything. Thanks again.
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This is the second piece of software that I publicly released. I can't even remember what programming language it was written it - probably C but it could have been Pascal:
http://www.sweetapp.com/keyboardcombiner/
Keyboard Combiner. Version 1.0.0. Contents. Overview; System Requirements; Download; Installation; Getting Started; Compatibility; Known Issues; Contacting Us. Overview. Keyboard Combiner fixes a problem with the MacOS' handling of input from Apple Desktop Bus (ADB) and Universal Serial Bus ...
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Software Engineering (aka programming)
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  • Google
    Software Engineer, 2007 - present
  • Scionics Computer Innovation
    Software Engineer, 2004 - 2007
  • ActiveState
    Software Engineer, 2001 - 2002
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Mountain View, USA
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Sydney, Australia - Dublin, Ireland - Dresden, Germany - Boston, USA - Edmonton, Canada - Vancouver, Canada - Harrow, Canada
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You may know me from Vancouver, Dresden, Dublin, Sydney or San Francisco, probably doing something related to computers or SCUBA.
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I'm from Vancouver but move around a lot (even though Vancouver is awesome - if you go, make sure that you go to the potholes).

I spent 17 years being educated but I didn't really like it. It did get me a job as a Software Engineer at Google (and you should work here too!).

I do a bunch of stuff related to the Python programming language. I'm attention seeking, which is why I'm a vegetarian and like speaking at conferences.
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PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor, Python Core Developer
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  • Simon Fraser University
    Computing Science, 1992 - 1997
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Our son attended Knowledge Preschool for a year and a half and we were very pleased with the experience. Our son is very shy and the small class size and Rosemarie's loving attitude helped him to adapt quickly. Rosemarie keeps the children interested with a combination of age-appropriate academics (e.g. learning the numbers and the alphabet for our 3-year-old), play, outside instruction (i.e. a music instructor and a dance instructor come to give lessons once a week) and presentations (e.g. once a year a firetruck comes and the children are briefed on fire safety after being allowed to look inside of it). Our son learned more than we expected at Knowledge Preschool and I think that is due to the small number of children and large staff size (i.e. Rosemarie and 2 assistants). The children are fed snacks but parents provide a packed lunch. Bedding for nap time is also provided but parents take it home to wash over the weekend. Rosemarie is very flexible and we were able to keep our son's spot even as we moved from 3 to 5 to 2 days a week. In summary, we were very very happy to have chosen Knowledge Preschool and would strongly recommend it!
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