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Cassidy James Blaede
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User Experience. Open Source. Geek.
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I'm Cassidy James, an open source collaborator, UX designer, tinkerer, tech support guy, and all-around geek.

I'm currently the community manager, the lead writer, a UX designer, and a council member of elementary.

Things I'm a fan of:
  • elementary OS
  • Android
  • Google
  • Open Source
  • Design
  • Typography
  • LEGO
  • Star Wars
  • PlayStation
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elementary Council Member, married to a beautiful woman!
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UX Designer, Front-End Web Developer
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UX design, documentation, writing, tech support, being a friendly person, HTML5, CSS3, FTP, distributed development (bzr, git, svn), bug reporting/triaging, social media, UI sketching
Employment
  • System76
    UI/UX Programming Sorcerer, 2014 - present
    Front-end web development of the System76 website. User experience and interaction design. User testing. Distributed development/version control (git, bzr). Issue tracking and triaging.
  • elementary LLC.
    Owner, UX Designer
    User experience design, bug triaging, user testing, bitesize bug fixing in Vala, social media, developer communications, online chat- and email-based user support, high-level decision making, bookkeeping, corporate communications, press releases, developer documentation, end-user documentation
  • Visual Logic Group
    User Experience Intern, 2013 - 2014
    Icon design, front-end web development, print design, whiteboarding, user testing.
  • Blaedesign
    Consultant, 2005 - 2014
    • Soldering and preparing audio connections. • Researching, selecting, installing, and configuring PC A/V hardware and software. • Training clients on PC A/V hardware and software. • Assisting in the installation of audio and video presentation equipment.
  • University of Northern Iowa ITS Network Services
    Network Engineer Assistant, 2012 - 2013
    • Upgrade switch firmware & configuration. • Utilize Cacti Monitoring Service. • Perform Wireless Site Surveys. • Configure Enterasys Switches. • Provision and configure wireless APs. • Handle RMA procedures. • Utilize NetSight Console for network management. • Utilize RingMaster for AP management. • Create and manage wireless heatmaps with Ekahau. • Track tasks and progress in a ticketing system.
  • Waukee YMCA
    Day Camp Counselor, 2012 - 2012
    • Assist in preparation and delivery of positive activities. • Assist in the development of an activity schedule. • Perform routine checks on equipment and program area to ensure safety. • Demonstrate and enforce the policies and procedures for the day camp site. • Know all emergency procedures and be able to demonstrate them. • Educate participants on emergency procedures and policies. • Encourage participation in all activities. • Establish positive relationships with program participants and families.
  • LCS
    Technical Support Analyst, 2011 - 2012
    • Provide support to internal staff and external clients via help desk. • Assist staff/clients with password resets. • Assist staff/clients with software installation, configuration, etc. • Write and maintain documentation through Sharepoint. • Communicate technical concepts to facilitate understanding. • Rapidly learn and master varied systems and programs. • Track tasks and progress in a ticketing system.
  • Webspec Design, LLC.
    Web Developer, 2008 - 2011
    • Slice web designs into dynamic HTML/CSS/JavaScript/PHP. • Utilize PHP for low- to medium-complexity backend systems. • Create and work with MySQL databases. • Be familiar with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. • Utilize JavaScript and jQuery for enhancing web sites. • Know and love HTML5 and CSS3 for cutting-edge web development. • Use FTP and Linux servers. • Communicate with and train clients in person and over-the-phone. • Write easy-to-understand documentation for clients.

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Inkscape Hackfest -- help make Inkscape better

This April, developers of Inkscape are meeting up to hold a hackfest, where they will spend 3 solid days planning for the future of Inkscape, fixing bugs, and adding new features to Inkscape. How can you help? Donate to help cover the cost of getting the…
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 #AI
 
Extremely interesting. By 600 sessions of Breakout, the AI had discovered and exploited the best method of beating the game with a high score: tunneling along the side and allowing the ball to ricochet off the back wall.
 
Welp. Skynet.
Google's DeepMind AI can beat 49 Atari video games. That may not sound like much, but it taught itself to play -- a significant step for machine learning. Google acquired DeepMind Technologies...
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That's not really interesting by itself. Actually, as for AI, that's pretty darn boring. All that had to happen was for the ball to randomly ricochet into the tunnel and for the fitness function in the AI to go fucking mental.

What's more interesting is the fact, that if I'm correct, the AI is learning to play completely by itself, e.g. the fitness function wasn't written by a human!
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I simultaneously had a blast and learned a ton at SCALE 13x. Look forward to a debrief on the +elementary blog some time soon. :)
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Was nice to have the chance for a brief argument in person :)
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Tonight!
 
The Bad Voltage crew is descending upon +Southern California Linux Expo (thanks to our sponsors, +System76 and +Acelio).

Be afraid. #SCALE13x 
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Hells.  Yes.
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Hey, it looks like Pebble might stay relevant. By supporting the same APIs Google is pushing developers to implement for Android Wear, Pebble benefits and can always trump Wear devices with that awesome week-long battery.
 
Pebble users on Android are in for quite the treat today, as the Pebble app has been updated to version 2.3 with support for interacting with Android Wear notifications, setting defined replies, and the ability to reply from your Pebble through Android SMS apps. #android
Pebble users on Android are in for quite the treat today, as the Pebble app has been updated to version 2.3 with support for interacting with Android Wear notifications, setting defined replies, and the ability to reply from your Pebble through Android SMS apps. Here's the full breakdown of what's new and improved in version 2.3 of the Pebble Android app: Android Wear...
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Love this.
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Nice! We earned all 31 +Nest​ Leafs in January; that's more than 80% of all Nesters!
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I love how Nest makes you want to be competitive in a way, I set my thermostat 2 degrees lower than normal this month, just to get more leafs:) 
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Dang. Smart dude.
 
That was pretty good prediction in 1926. Tesla saw it coming.

"When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole.  We shall be able to communicate with one another instantly, irrespective of distance.  Not only this, but through television and telephony we shall see and hear one another as perfectly as though we were face to face, despite intervening distances of thousands of miles; and the instruments through which we shall be able to do his will be amazingly simple compared with our present telephone.  A man will be able to carry one in his vest pocket."

More great predictions by Telsa:
http://www.tfcbooks.com/tesla/1926-01-30.htm
WHEN WOMAN IS BOSS, an interview with Nikola Tesla by John B. Kennedy.
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Yay, 95% of all men are useless!
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Props to @xxXDennoXxx for this 100% accurate lego MKBHD. So dope.
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In LA for SCALE! Come by the +elementary​ booth this weekend if you're in town. :)
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A couple of new products coming from +System76 in a month or so. Those of you saying, "I wish they had cheaper products!" will be happy. ;)

Also, I've been using one for a few weeks and love it. I'll be buying one for myself as soon as it's released.
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That's correct. Since pure magnesium is somewhat dangerous due to flammability concerns.
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So true. The USPS is a mess.
 
I wanted to figure out how much postage it would take for me to mail an envelope containing Round & Holy. So I went to the US Postal Service site to find out.

Among the overwhelming and conflicting information I found there was this excellent quote.

It occurred to me that the dwindling use of the postal system in this country might not be due to online communication, but rather that nobody could wade through the recursive documentation enough to figure out how to send a letter.
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I work for the USPS, it can be confusing if you don't use the Postal service often. They are simplifying a lot of services to make it easier for everybody. The USPS was actually up 60% this year compared to last. It is always easier to just ask a retail clerk, they will steer you in the right direction.
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elementary.io is a sexy domain name.
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Thanks a lot +Cassidy James Blaede​ for clarification
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