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Attended Queens College, City University of New York
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The movies are becoming reality!
 
"Kuratas is 4 metres high and capable of firing 100 rounds a second – or even working as a cleaner or firefighter"
Kuratas is 4 metres high and capable of firing 100 rounds a second – or even working as a cleaner or firefighter
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So excited.
 
Today marks our (soft) launch! Add us to your circles and visist http://justsherpas.com/
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This is wild.
 

Smoking Zones in Japan...
Amazing and awesome idea..
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I couldn't be more excited.
 
Founder +Fred Magovern will be taking #Gamification & Social Network Analysis at +Coursera. Sign up to join too - it's free.
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This is fascinating to me.
 
Do you wonder what happens behind the scenes of Google search? There are many factors that are considered when we make changes to the search system. 

This video footage comes from the engineers' internal weekly search meeting: "Quality Launch Review." We hold the meeting almost every Thursday to discuss possible algorithmic improvements and make decisions about what to launch. This video is from the meeting that happened on December 1st, 2011, and includes the entire uncut discussion of a real algorithmic improvement to our spell correction system. The language can be technical, so we've included annotations to provide some context for the discussion (and have a little fun!).

#searchtips   #powersearching  
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This makes putting a man in outer space seem like child's play.
 
Wins. every. time.
Researchers at the University of Tokyo have created a robot hand that has a 100% winning rate playing rock-paper-scissors. Using a high-speed camera, the robot recognises within one millisecond which ...
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Really excited for our upcoming launch!
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Please sign this if you love #Community. #sixseasonsandamovie!
We demand that NBC reverse its crazy decision to cancel Community. The show is the best one on TV and NBC should renew it for #sixseasonsandamovie immediately! Click 'like' on Facebook to spread the w...
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If Google+ catches on, this feature will be so helpful. I'm not a huge fan of Yelp.
 
Learn more about the new Google+ Local

Find the pitch perfect place, whether you’re looking for a quick bite or hoping to impress a special someone with Google+ Local as your guide. Places you'll love, from people you trust.

We followed +Eve 6 on their national tour to find out what local foodie spots they discovered with the help of Google+ Local.
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Yelp has recently been growing on me.
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Create start-ups & lots of other things.
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  • Props
    Partner, 2012 - present
    We bill ourselves as a web design/development & content marketing firm, but we wind up doing all sorts of interesting things beyond that description. We prefer to work with clients who are open-minded to, or who already are, aspiring beyond profit. Working for a higher purpose is not only more rewarding, it's good business. It is only on this basis that a community can take shape around a product or service, and without a customer base inspired to help build your business, you won't get very far today. We develop the vision that will serve as the foundation for this, and bring it to life through every aspect of what you do, both on- and off-line. Through our extremely rare union of key disciplines, we offer a seamless one-stop shop: brand identity development, content marketing, web design/development, SEO, and social media management.
  • NY Chess & Games / Chess Wizards
    Chess Instructor, 2012 - present
    After a decade-long hiatus, I returned to chess in September 2012. Tournament play was not enough to satisfy my love of the game, so I decided to start teaching as well. Since then I've taught at nine different schools across the tri-state area and have given private lessons. My students have ranged from five year-olds to high schoolers. Getting to work with kids again has been a wonderful complement to the work I do at Props. As of the May USCF rating release, I have gained over 250 points to become a Class B player. At a minimum I anticipate achieving the Expert title as I am already playing at the level of a strong Class A player.
  • Just Sherpas
    Founder, 2011 - 2013
  • The Knight News
    Consultant (formerly Business Manager & News Reporter), 2011 - 2011
  • Myntology
    2011 - 2011
  • Lilybug Scooters
    COO, 2007 - 2011
  • Vector Marketing
    Field Sales Leader, 2006 - 2006
  • Answering the Needs of Citizens with Handicaps Through Organized Recreation (ANCHOR) Program
    Group Aide, 2002 - 2004
  • Goddard Riverside Headstart Facility
    Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten Teacher’s Assistant, 2003 - 2004
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Woodhaven, NY
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Garden City, NY - Hamilton, NY - North Babylon, NY - Flushing, NY - Kew Gardens Hills, NY - Massapequa Park, NY
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Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. - Jung
Introduction
I'm looking to cultivate & maintain a sense of lasting happiness. I've worked hard to become my own boss and make an honest living. I'm on my way to becoming a serial entrepreneur.
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I'm one of the best chess players at Abe Wolfson Triangle.
Education
  • Queens College, City University of New York
    Psychology, 2008 - 2011
  • Regis High School
    2000 - 2004
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This place was whack: my omelette wasn't very good, they just slapped a giant wad of butter on my toast, the milk for my coffee was not very fresh, the booths are super tight and the service was shit. Plus the waitresses had really weird retro uniforms. The whole place was gray & pink. Felt like I was in a David Lynch film. My friend says she had a terrible muffin that was also super-burnt.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Service: The waiter & waitress were really nice, the latter in an especially sincere way. The wait time was reasonable. The only issue was they forgot to pick up the bill, which I had to bring up - you pay at the table instead of the cashier, which I like. Food: The food was excellent - I got a spinach, bacon, onion, tomato omelette with a side of kilbasa sausage. The toast was what you would expect anywhere, and the coffee was above average. Their menu was also much more manageable than your typical diner - it was refreshing to not have to choose from among as many things. Competition: I can't even believe the nearby Glendale Diner is in business - no one in their right mind would go there if they knew about this place. It also vastly outshines the two other diners where I live: Avenue Diner & New Pop's (both on Jamaica Ave in Woodhaven). I wouldn't say it crushes the Georgia Peach Diner but it's definitely much better.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I have been to several Indian restaurants recently, and this is my second time at Mehak. I preferred the food on my first visit. I'm not sure if this is because it was worse this time or because my taste for Indian food has grown more refined. I suspect it's a little of both. My girlfriend - who is more experienced with Indian food than I am - has disliked the food both visits. My girlfriend enjoyed the aloo tikkis - I thought were only ok. We both disliked the malai kofta - the veggie balls were dry and somehow off, and the sauce was definite worse than the last time we were there. The nan bread was only ok. Up to this point, we would consider returning if we were craving Indian food, found ourselves nearby, and were unwilling to travel to Forest Hills (the next closest Indian food we know of). The owner ensured that even this would not be enough to get us to return. After we finished about half of the malai kofta and the nan bread, I was starting to feel sick and both my girlfriend and I were full. We asked to have it wrapped, to which the owner responded with a conspicuously dirty look. I have no idea why he reacted this way. At this point I had every intention to support him as little as possible so I took out my credit card to pay with. Again, with palpable rudeness, he informed me their was a credit card minimum of $20 - my check was $18 and change. It is required by law to clearly display credit card minimums, and I didn't see one - if I had the presence of mind, I would have insisted on paying with my card. I was also considering not leaving a tip - I almost never tip less than 20%. I can't remember a single instance where I left nothing at all. Instead I left $20 cash and walked out. Needless to say I will not be returning. I got bad vibes from this man our first visit as well, although nothing directed at us at the time. This follow-up confirmed my intuition. As we exited, we heard dishes slam, but I cannot confirm this was connected to his feelings toward us. I advise against supporting this business. 1) The food - at least if what we've ordered is representative - is not very good. It could even be considered bad. 2) The owner seems to be nasty based on his actions toward us and from observing him our first visit. I have no problem tolerating assholes if they are culinary geniuses. He's mediocre, much less a genius. Nothing to redeem. (I selected "no" for waiter service in the survey questions because the owner doesn't employ any - he does the waiting.) UPDATE: I received the following message from the owner: "You have no manners how to talk to people elder then you. And you have no respect for anyone. Maybe for your father. You ordered one dish and made such a fuss. and this is not the first time i know you really good. You never leave anything and made this story cause your cheap. You don't know dinning manners. You don't have no idea how to handle a restaurant. And you are a big time liar. I asked you if you were okay and you said your okay. What happened you couldn't say it in my face but online. You have no guts. Think twice before you say review about a restaurants ordered only one dish when you go to a restaurant order properly." The one useful takeaway for me is that now I know why he was upset - because I ordered only one main dish. I should mention though that it was completely empty (on a weekend night) so I wasn't taking a table from someone, so I still don't fully understand. I'll let you decide what to make of the rest of it.
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Food: Poor - FairDecor: Poor - FairService: Poor - Fair
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
The owner does come across as very nice, but she also will try to take every dollar from you she can - fairness is not very operative. Service can sometimes be slow, and delivery ($10 minimum) can take forever. As a result of two bad experiences, I make it a point not to support this business, a step I don't take lightly. Sometimes when I give a negative review (e.g. Spolem Cafe in Ridgewood) I can understand how other people might feel very differently. In this case, however, do not trust any rave reviews. The spare ribs seem to be very low-quality. I enjoy the fried calamari although it's nothing special. The sweet chili sauce is excellent - be sure to ask for extra, and if you're getting takeout make sure it's in there. Their Thai iced tea is also low quality. They only take cash, which is a drag, although there's an ATM at Jimmy's across the street. Some terrible TV program is usually playing which is the kind of thing I'm trying to avoid, not be subject to during dinner. UPDATE: New Pop's was closed, so I went against my better judgment & dined at Thai Kitchen again. I ordered the chicken pad thai & a thai iced tea. I felt sick afterward - I think it was the iced tea. "Inauthentic" would be a charitable description. The pad thai tasted really good after a night in the refrigerator, however. When I was given the bill, she asked me what my tip would be, which struck me as inappropriate and strange. I asked for $3 back - she gave me $2. I went over to where she was sitting with her husband and sister and asked for the third dollar. I can't say for sure, but it seemed as if it were purposeful, which does fit with her past behavior.
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Food: Poor - FairDecor: Poor - FairService: Poor - Fair
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Background: I needed to get a Metra SB-20 cable on short notice for a Best Buy installation, so the technician gave me the name of two nearby businesses. I called ahead to make sure each had the part and find out the cost. Steven's House of Deals was selling it for a $1 less, so I went there. I bought the part for $21.75. Red Flag #1: They wrote out a paper receipt - it struck me as unusual. No concrete complaints yet though. Red Flag #2: Later on when looking at the receipt, I realized I was charged $1.75 tax on a $20 item. (Remember, they wrote it out on the receipt.) Maybe 17.5% is somehow legitimate on this type of item, but I'm skeptical. DID NOT TELL ME ABOUT THEIR NO REFUNDS POLICY: In the end, I didn't need the cable and tried to return it. I looked over the receipt again as I was entering the store, and saw that it read in small print that sales were considered final - refunds were not offered. There were two people working there when I bought it who were both perfectly situated to inform me of the policy - I'm pretty sure one of them was even the owner. They didn't do it before the sale, and they didn't do it after the sale. I didn't see any sign indicating their policy either time, and if it's there it's not displayed prominently at all. A different employee told me upon trying to return it: "it's been two weeks, there's nothing we can do." In fairness, it was no longer in the original packaging, but it was clear that had no bearing on his reply. CHANCE FOR OWNER TO MAKE IT RIGHT & Overall Impression: If the owner reaches out & gives me a refund, and explains the tax, I will update this review to reflect that & change it to 4 stars. He/she would be deserving of such a rating if they went to those lengths. Presently my overall impression is that they don't care about building relationships & repeat business. It seems like an unprofessional outfit, and I strongly recommend against doing business there.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
The pizzeria itself is very unusual in the best of ways. It has real physical character, making it a much more enjoyable to eat there than your typical pizza joint. The service is mixed. Most of the staff is very nice (there is one bad apple) but they are often swamped. Don't get impatient, or they will go "soup nazi" on you. I've seen it happen - it takes a while for them to forget. It's slightly more expensive than usual, but the pizza is well worth it. You are getting what you pay for. They have a uniquely sweet sauce, and their pesto pies are excellent. The only other variations I've seen are pepperoni & extra sauce. The only dessert they have are cannolis, which are pretty decent. They have an enormous selection of exotic beers, but I don't drink these days so I can't offer anything beyond that. They're open super late which is a huge plus. And they have a discount on Wednesdays. If you want a pie, be aware that the slices will be smaller than when you buy them individually, and it takes a while - order ahead, and show up in 20-25 minutes. They also have a full restaurant in the back. Decor is kitschy, the food is only decent. Except for their calamari which is very good, or at least the sauce is. Come here for the pizza or don't come at all, although I haven't tried everything. Update: I've also seen sausage slices & olive slices since this review.
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Food: Very GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Eddie's Sweet Shop is the best ice cream place in a large radius. The closest competitors that I'm aware of would be Max & Mina's in Kew Gardens Hills, and the Witch's Brew in West Hempstead (not including Manhattan). I'm fairly certain it was founded in the late 1920's, and it feels that way. It's a beautiful, engaging piece of living history, the sort of thing that is all too rare. The old style metal dishes & bowls are a great touch that I even prefer eating out of (compared to the usual sytrofoam or paper cups). The staff of young kids is generally very responsive. You can sit at a table or at the bar. The ice cream is really excellent, and there are a lot of classic choices. The only thing that's glaringly missing for me is melted peanut butter as a topping. I think they would also benefit by trying to bring some more exotic, modern offerings into the mix.
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Food: Very GoodDecor: ExcellentService: Very Good
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