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Bryon Elliott
Works at Aercoustics Engineering, Ltd.
Attended Georgia Institute of Technology
Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Last night's fireworks were just simply amazing.  And while it's not the same as actually being there (because there's nothing like feeling the bass from the explosions), someone kindly captured all 25 minutes of it and posted it to YouTube.

Take a peek!  It's awesome!
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Cool! We've had the chance to experience it twice. Unfortunately SF is just too foggy in the summer for this to work.
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Oh my, YES! Those interruption are why one of my projects lasted (partly) for six years.
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So, I didn't waste any time.  Now that I have my Canadian passport, I applied for my Nexus pass yesterday evening.  :-)
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I got my Canadian passport this morning.  I'm starting to feel like a real Canadian.  :-)
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July 3, 2015: My Canadian Citizenship Ceremony, a film by Clark Nikolai.
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Balls of amaze!
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Jim wanted our first night to be spent in a B&B, so he did some research on www.olympicpeninsula.org and picked a promising one in Westport.  It's called the Westport Bayside B&B (www.westportbayside.com), and I cannot say enough good things about it.

It's a beautiful home with a beautiful garden (complete with a swing!) and a back yard that looks out over South Bay.  The inside is immaculately kempt, with five comfortable rooms and some common areas.  Tracy and Rich are friendly, outgoing, helpful, and clearly truly care about their guests and their guests' experiences.

In our case, they were pleasant and understanding when I called up to explain that I'd manage to click on the wrong date when I made our booking via their web site.  When we got there, Tracy showed us around, explained the history of the B&B, recommended a fantastic place for dinner, gave directions to a great spot on the beach, and then offered to upgrade us to a bigger room for free since only one other room was occupied that night.

Once back from the beach and dinner, we relaxed on the back porch enjoying complimentary wine and Jelly Bellies, the view of South Bay, and our favourite silly cell phone games.  The bath was hot.  The room was cozy.  The bed was soft and comfortable.  We snuggled down for the night and eased into a blissful sleep.

We slept in the next morning.  Only the smell of fresh coffee could finally coax me out of that wonderful bed.  We then watched the sun rise over South Bay until it was time to go in for breakfast.

OMG, that breakfast!  Fresh berries and homemade granola over yogurt, maple bacon, goat cheese omelette topped with cilantro, fried potatoes and onions, coffee, orange juice, and water.  It's one of the best meals I've ever had, and by itself would be worth a future visit.

This is the kind of place that gives B&Bs a good name.  I'm already looking forward to going back.
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Awesome. But you should come and stay with us.
The chef here is pretty great! Lol
Glad your enjoying some nice down time.
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This past Thursday morning, Jim and I drove out on a driving tour of Washington state's Olympic Peninsula.  We crossed into the States at the Peace Arch, drove to the Coupeville - Port townsend Ferry, the pretty much followed route 101 along the seaside, then ended the first day at Westport.

That morning as we were approaching Deception Pass Bridge between Fidalgo Island and Whidbey Island, we stopped along the side of the road and took a picture of the glorious morning that accompanied us.
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A trip down memory lane.  I lived in Oak Harbor from July 4, '77 to July 4, '80. 
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Listening to Gaffer play harp outside the Vancouver Art Gallery! 
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OH YEAH!! :-)
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A friend of mine happens to be a film maker, and he happened to be at my Citizenship Ceremony.  As a result: https://youtu.be/NGuVYa7Aajc/
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As I've mentioned, I hold hands with Mike and/or Jim as we walk around Vancouver, and it's not uncommon for a passer-by to give some kind of feedback to it.  Usually this is a smile or a thumbs-up, but last week was particularly noteworthy.

Jim and I were walking towards my apartment, and a woman we were approaching was quite obviously staring at our clasped hands with a mildly confused look on her face.  As it turns out, she was not shy.  "Why are you guys holding hands?"  I looked her in the eye, got a big, sappy smile on my face, and said, "Because we're lovers."  She calmly said, "Oh," smiled contentedly, and continued along her way.

Just a few days later, Jim and I were on our way to a political event.  As we wove our way through a crowded street corner, I noticed someone watching us with an enthusiastic smile on his face.  He gave us a double thumbs-up, and rather loudly said, "You guys are awesome!"

I become a dual citizen on July 3rd.  I realize that Canada isn't perfect, but I am so proud to call this country my home.
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That's awesome! & congrats (and welcome) on joining our fine citizenry! :-) 
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Neat!  Blizzard sent me a free figurine for having been a World of Warcraft player for the first decade of the game!  (I was part of the original beta!)  Neat!
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Wow, that's awesome.  I've played on and off since '06, but they ain't sent me a figurine.  I got in just before the BC expansion, played until March 13, 08, and then started up again fairly recently. 
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For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to visit Seattle, or possibly even live there.  This past weekend, Jim and I finally got a chance to to the former.

My main goal was to just see it: a temperate, sea-side, friendly city brimming with designer coffee.  It certainly is pretty.  A pleasant vantage from atop the Space Needle allowed me to take it all in from a bird's eye perspective.  In fact, it is beautiful.

My main goal while there was to go on the Chocolate Indulgence Tour (http://www.savorseattletours.com/tours/chocolate/), led by the lovely and enthusiastic Kylie.  She led us through six chocolate-offering boutiques, each proffering 2 to 4 samples, and narrated a thumbnail of the four thousand year history of human interaction with the cacao bean.  It was deliciously entertaining, and I wouldn't hesitate to enjoy it again and again and again.

While there, we indulged in a few further experiences, such as staying at The Mediterranean Inn Hotel, riding the short-yet-useful monorail, meandering around City Center and its remarkable water fountain, squeezing through the crowds in Pike Place Market (where I witnessed fish mongers literally throw fish to each other for the "catch of the day"), window shopping in Pioneer Square (wherein Jim bought me my first kilt and we saw some absolutely stunning glassware), and ate both dinner and breakfast at the wonderful Mecca Cafe.

Fortunately, the Seattle traffic was horrific.  The urban roads are ill-planned spaghetti, whereupon road closures and inscrutable detours add confusing, interminable minutes to any vehicular excursion.  We often saw (or were stuck on) streets full of cars which were just simply not moving.  It took us over an hour to get from the city's southern boundary to downtown (even though it was a short distance, most of which via interstate), over half an hour to drive a few blocks from Pioneer Square to our hotel, and over two hours the next afternoon to travel from our hotel to the city's northern boundary.  Seattle does, of course, have public transit, but I've spoken to several folks who use it, and I have yet to hear even one positive remark about it.  This is not a city wherein one should ever want to get to anywhere, no matter how seemingly nearby.

Almost as thrilling were the people.  I commonly walk around Vancouver holding hands with Mike or Jim (or Mike and Jim), and passers-by smile at us, give us a thumbs-up, or sometimes even offer assurances that they themselves are pro-gay.  In Seattle, not a single person who noticed the hand-holding even cracked a smile, much less showed any sign of acceptance.  Some folks took it upon themselves to make rather horrible faces at us, and one woman across the street delighted herself by shouting "faggots" at us.  Similarly, we where flipped off multiple times while driving on the highway.  Since I'm pretty sure I was driving much like everyone else, I can only assume they were reacting to our Canadian license plate or the rainbow bear sticker on my car.

Simultaneously, we got to contrast Seattle pedestrians to those of Vancouver and Toronto.  In the Canadian cities, folks seem to be aware that there are others co-occupying the sidewalks, and generally tend to let others travel along their chosen routes.  This is even true in crowded places such as Kensington Market and the Granville Island Farmers Market.  In sharp contrast, Seattle crowds almost seemed to be actively trying to all obstruct each other.  It was difficult to walk a straight-ish line along a Seattle sidewalk, and nearly impossible to even move in Pike Place Market.

I admit confusion as to my former urge to experience Seattle.  I am overjoyed to report that I have been cured of it.  In fact, all desire to cross the border into the U.S. has been thoroughly squashed.  I'm perfectly happy remaining here in the land of acceptance and manners.
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I experienced a different Seattle, pre cruise up the inside passage. I arrived at SeaTac and boarded a bus run by an association of hotels to provide ground transfer to the various participating hotels.

I stayed at Hotel Alexis in the room next to the room John & Yoko had stayed. Everything about this boutique hotel is excellent. The Library is multipurpose. In the morning very well made breakfast is offered. Throughout the day it's an actual lib
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  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    Information and Computer Science, 1987 - 1993
    Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1993. Graduated with High Honors. Member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.
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Software Engineer, specializing in server-side Python application development in a Linux environment.
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Software Engineering, Python, Ubuntu, Databases, SQL, Software Development, Application Development, OOP/OOD/OOA, Unix, Linux, Mercurial, Microsoft Windows, Subversion, PyWin32, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SCons, OAuth, Buildbot, Database Design, RSS, HTML, Web Development, Web Applications, JavaScript, CSS, Apache, REST, LAMP, XHTML, ReportLab, PostgreSQL, OS X, Selenium, reStructuredText, Python Imaging Library, Python Excel, PostGIS, Nginx, jQuery, Google Maps API, Django, Debian, Amazon S3, AJAX, PL/SQL, Oracle, wxPython, Visual Basic .NET, Sybase SQL Server, Microsoft SQL Server, XPath, XML, DTD, Transact-SQL, InstallShield, Kiln, JIRA, Collaborator, Sphinx, GitHub, git, mod_Python, CVS, XSLT, DOS, Visual Studio, C++, VMware Player, VirtualBox, VMware Fusion, MFC, Java, Visual Basic, DocBook, Tomcat, JSP, Visual C++, C, Standard Template Library, Watcom SQL, VM/SQL, VM/SP, REXX, MVS, BookMaster, FogBugz, Windows Management Instruction
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  • Aercoustics Engineering, Ltd.
    Consulting Software Engineer, 2013 - present
    Area of Focus: Develop and maintain the data fetching and processing daemons. * Design, implement and maintain the server-side Linux daemons that automatically retrieve and store data from environmental measurement instruments via TCP datagrams, FTP and e-mail. Implemented as pure Python. * Maintain internal documentation on the use of our collection of daemons.
  • Adcentricity, Ltd.
    Senior Software Engineer, 2008 - 2013
    Area of Focus: Responsible for developing, maintaining, and administering AdVenue, an in-house LAMP web application used by our entire company. * Designed, implemented, and maintained AdVenue, a Python / Django workflow web application which incorporated Google Maps API, PostGIS, Amazon S3, and AJAX technologies, and used ReportLab, Python Imaging Library and Python Excel to generate materials. AdVenue, aggregated dozens of digital advertising networks and cross-referenced their venue locations with demographics and Nielsen data. It then cherry-picked venues for our clients (usually advertising agencies) across North America that best fit their budget and demographic target. In addition, it produced the documents, contracts, and other materials needed to deploy the advertising campaigns. * Designed and implemented the AdVenue REST API, through which our clients could access their pertinent data. The endpoints used HTTP Digest Authentication for security. * Developed and maintained a Python utility to import and cleanse venue data from our advertising network partners' spreadsheets into our system, which made heavy used of Python Excel. * Designed, implemented, enhanced and tweaked PostgreSQL database schemas, writing upgrade scripts as needed. * Wrote custom Python scripts as needed to mine data for ad-hoc reports in multiple formats (PDF, Excel, csv, et cetera). * Maintained developers' reStructuredText / Sphinx documentation to keep it current. * Administered the production Debian server, on which ran Apache, PostgreSQL, and Nginx. * Provided AdVenue technical support to our staff. * Helped train junior team members.
  • CGI, Inc.
    Senior Consultant, 2006 - 2007
    Area of Focus: In-house software development and third-party software evaluation. * Created and maintained a wide variety of in-house software as needed by our department. Applications were written in Python, PL/SQL, Visual C++, Visual Basic .NET, and Visual Basic, and used MFC, PyWin32, and wxPython. * Resumed my MapMaker duties. (See INSpire entry for details.) * Wrote several automating and supporting Python utility scripts. * Wrote and optimized Oracle DML, DDL, and triggers. Created indexes as needed to enhance performance. * Evaluated third-party applications for use in our business, including Birt, Siebel, and Oracle Business Objects. * Set up and administered a MediaWiki site for our department. Resolved user questions, and provided instruction and examples.
  • Signpost Networks, LLC.
    Software Engineer, 2004 - 2005
    Area of Focus: Responsible for developing and maintaining LAMP web applications and their supporting back-end libraries. * Created and maintained web applications for our clients to post train information, news, weather, sports, and operational alerts to their network of rail and metro station LED and LCD displays and to send messages and newsletters (named TransitTalk) to their subscribed passengers via RSS, e-mail, or SMS. Subscribed passengers could log in to set preferences and routes, and retrieve pertinent announcements. Sites were dynamically generated via Apache, mod_python, Python, and PL/SQL against a PostgreSQL database and used CSS, JavaScript, RSS, and ReportLab. * Wrote several automating and supporting Python utility scripts. * Designed, implemented, modified, and enhanced database schemas. * Wrote DocBook technical and user documentation.
  • Loyaltyworks, Inc.
    Software Engineer, 2002 - 2004
    Area of Focus: Responsible for the back-end technology behind our clients' loyalty and incentive program LAMP web sites. * Designed and implemented server-side libraries used by the web sites. Libraries were originally written in Java, and then later converted to Python. Originally used Sybase for persistent data, then later converted to Oracle. * Created, enhanced, and maintained public web sites for clients' customers to log in and redeem "points" for merchandise. Sites were originally implemented in SilverStream, then later converted to Java Server Pages (JPS), and then later, to mod_Python. * Developed migration plan to convert from SilverStream to Java and Python, and from Sybase to Oracle. * Wrote several automating and supporting utility scripts. * Wrote and optimized DML, DDL, stored procedures, and triggers in both Sybase and Oracle. Created indexes as needed to enhance performance.
  • INSpire Insurance Solutions, Inc.
    Software Engineer, 2000 - 2002
    Area of Focus: Responsible for MapMaker, the graphical user interface component of the TransFluent Software Suite, which translated between data formats commonly used in the insurance industry, including standards defined by ACORD. * Enhanced and maintained MapMaker, a Visual C++ / MFC client-side application which ran on all flavours of Windows. * Supported our MapMaker users with their questions and technical issues. * Worked on various prototypes which used ACORD's new XML formats. Designed XML structures (with associated DTDs) and used XSLT and XPath. * Maintained TransFluent's command-line C utilities.
  • Southern Bell
    Senior Software Engineer, 1996 - 2000
    Area of Focus: Lead developer for SAMS, Contract Wizard, Integrated Pricing Process (IPP), and all installation programs. * Enhanced and maintained SAMS, a PowerBuilder/Sybase/T-SQL client-side application which tracked contract lifecycles from the proposal stage through completion of implementation. * Designed, implemented and maintained Contract Wizard, a PowerBuilder/PFC/Oracle/PL-SQL client-side application. * Designed, implemented and enhanced database schemas for all applications. * Wrote the installation programs for all of our applications. * Evaluated various workflow tools, including InConcert, and development tools for use in our department. * Supported users with their questions and technical issues. * Wrote utility scripts as needed in Visual C++. * Wrote specification documents as necessary.
  • G.E. Capital
    Software Engineer, 1996 - 1996
    Area of Focus: Development of TAVS. * Designed, implemented and maintained the Total Audio Visual System Order Entry System (TAVS), a PowerBuilder/Oracle/PL-SQL client-side application which was used to enter, fulfill, and bill for rental of equipment stored in our company's warehouses. * Wrote and optimized DML, DDL, stored procedures, triggers and indexes.
  • OSoft Development Corporation
    Software Engineer, 1994 - 1996
    Area of Focus: Miscellaneous internal development tasks while between contracts. * Sent out as a consulting software engineer to UPS and Atlanta Gas Light Company. (See their entries in this list.) * Designed and implemented company internal web site. * Maintained internal command-line utilities written in C and C++.
  • IBM
    Co-op, 1987 - 1993
    Worked as an intern six months of each year with IBM maintaining various in-house applications, wroting utilities and automation scripts, designing database schemas, and supporting users with technical issues.
  • American Red Cross
    Volunteer, 1985 - 1987
    Volunteered over 500 hours throughout high school for the Ft. Jackson, South Carolina branch of the American Red Cross setting up and operating their office computer.
  • FinancialCAD Corporation
    Software Engineer, 2013 - 2014
    Area of Focus: Develop and maintain the build system. * Enhanced and maintained the SCons/Buildbot build system, added and updated third-party products used by and distributed with our products, and increased the reliability and efficiency of the overall system. The build system compiles C, C++, Java, and Python source code into the Red Hat and Windows installation programs. * Wrote custom multi-threaded Python scripts as needed to monitor and maintain our twenty-two build computers. Scripts used Windows Management Instruction (WMI), ssh, psutil, and PyWin32 to interact with the build computers. * Administered the build computers as needed. * Assisted developers with the usage of the build system and third-party products.
  • Atlanta Gas Light
    Software Engineer, 1995 - 1996
    Area of Focus: Development of the Energy-Wise Information System (EWIS), a client-side PowerBuilder/Oracle/PL-SQL application which was used by the customer service department. * Designed, implemented and maintained the "Appliance Program" section of EWIS, which supported all of AGLC's Energy-Wise Incentive initiatives. It collected customer information and generated reports providing summary and detailed information about program participation. * Designed, implemented and enhanced Oracle database schemas. * Worked directly with the customer service representatives to collect requirements and feedback, and to thoroughly beta test new enhancements. * Supported users with their questions and technical issues.
  • United Parcel Service
    Software Engineer, 1994 - 1995
    Area of Focus: Development of the International Incentive Administration System (IIAS), a client-side PowerBuilder/DB2 application which gathered statistics about customers and, based on their details, provided recommended pricing discounts based on complex company guidelines. * Designed, implemented and maintained the "materials" section of IIAS, which provided a set of printed documents and reports that aided company representatives when interacting with customers or automated company rules associated with the company-customer relationship. It used OSoft's SpinList and Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, WordBASIC, Visual Basic, OLE and DDE. * Designed and implemented the U.S. and German IIAS PowerBuilder/Watcom prototypes. * Met regularly with an international team of representatives to track progress, demonstrate new features, and keep updated on requirements. * Supported users with their questions and technical issues. * Designed, implemented and enhanced DB2 and Watcom database schemas.
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Columbia, South Carolina - Atlanta, Georgia - Nashville, Tennessee - Stouffville, Ontario - Fort Jackson, South Carolina - Lexington, Kentucky - Smyrna, Georgia - Decatur, Georgia - Clarkston, Georgia - Sutton West, ON