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Halfdan Reschat
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What Google+ Means to Me
Re: plus.google.com/+SeanCowen/posts/Ebrin6RFBpN

When I joined Google+ in the invite-only days, I had grown tired of all the other social networking sites I had been using. I joined with hopes of Google+ offering what I felt lacking from Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr - relevant and interesting engagement and conversation. I had no idea of the degree of engagement I would eventually encounter online, and even offline, because of Google+.

The early days on Google+ weren't exactly lively - but within not too long I began encountering some of the same people in comment threads discussing various topics that interested me. This is where my perception of the potential of Google+ began to change from Google+ being a place with interesting people to discuss interesting topics with to Google+ also being a place to make new friends. I had made what I consider to be my first two Google+ friends - +Dirk Reul and +Sarah Rios - and my real Google+ experience had begun.

Time went on with numbers increasing and, more importantly, engagement increasing. I could always find someone to talk to about the newest episode of a TV series, the latest tech news, or simply have some good fun with. Google+ had long ago become my home online and I had made many new friends here. Then on one fateful December evening in 2013 I was trying to figure out my plan’s for New Year’s Eve as I no longer was able to continue my 6 year tradition of hosting an elaborant New Year’s Eve party. An idea struck me and I dropped +Scott Cramer a message to hear if we could get something working with me joining him and +Keith Cramer for New Year's. +Scott Cramer informed +Keith Cramer about my idea and we got the ball rolling. After less than a week I had bought my plane ticket and the plan was a go. I now had something I was looking forward to far more than Christmas - my first visit to the US and my first meetup with anyone from Google+.

On December 28th I arrived in the US and experienced first Chicago, Illinois with +Keith Cramer and his family and then Fort Wayne, Indiana where I welcomed 2014 with a whole bunch of amazing people, many of whom I had come to know through Google+; even +Dirk Reul dropped by wish us a happy New Year on video hangout from Germany. This was all a truly remarkable experience for me. (Summaztion post: goo.gl/qis9qR)

After I arrived back in Denmark, and the high from the experience had begun to fade, it didn't take long for me to begin to plan taking +Lori Cramer up on her invitation for me to come back in the summer and to see her family lake cottage. I started the planning, this time wanting to spend more that just a couple of days in the US. The plans began to come together and almost exactly 7 months after leaving the US, I was back. This time around the trip was quite unstructured and laidback. I had only ordered a plane ticket from Copenhagen to Chicago and another from Austin, Texas to Copenhagen two weeks later; everything else we would figure out on the go - with me staying with the Cramers in Fort Wayne and +Kyla Myers  and +Capin Chip in Austin. During these two weeks I got to meet up with a bunch of other people who I’d come to know through Google+ - and also met even more new great people. It was a relaxing and still eventful two weeks - and exactly what I needed. Another great experience that only came to be because of Google+. (Summaztion post: goo.gl/tg5MKi)

To me, Google+ is not just a social networking platform - it is a place where I met a lot of people who I hold dear - it is a place where I am going to meet even more amazing people - and it is a place where interesting conversation take place, where great content is shared, and where elaborate shenanigans get started. Google+ is my home online, no doubt about it.

Thank you (in no particular order and forgetting quite a few):
+Dirk Reul, +Sarah Rios, +Scott Cramer, +Keith Cramer, +Lori Cramer, +Kyla Myers, +Capin Chip, +Sean Cowen, +Blaine Hall, +Lise Bjerregaard Nielsen, +Kent Oldhøj, +Sandy B, +Kristi Fahlsing, +Jo Lane, +Mar Mai, +Mary C., +Christy Pemberton, +Tawnya Holloway, +Marcus Holloway, +Lily Guevara, +Daniel Koeker, +Brittany Samples, +Charles Samples, +Maddie Cramer, +Charlie Cramer, +Charlie Hoover, +Christie Stephens, +Jayme Hancock, +Tiffao 티파니, +Mike Elgan, +Yonatan Zunger, +Thomas Stephens, +Andrea Rocha, +Glenn Meisner, +Deb Meisner, +Jessica Stamets, +Luke Stamets, +Kimberly Chapman, +Mz Maau, +Chris Mallory, +Mellie B, +Melanie Bendis, +Sherilynn Macale, +Michelle C, +Terry McNeil, +Kay Shaw, +Farran Lee, +Kari Tedrick, +Henni Tenhunen, +Michael Bennett, +Lex Larson, +Amanda Rachelle Warren, +Bliss Morgan, +Mark Traphagen, +Yoon-Mi Kim, +angelique b, +Annie Yim, +Lerato Majikfaerie, +Damian Sanchez, +Andrew Clifton-Brown, +Lina Witzner, +DeAno Jackson, +Carter Gibson, +李麟, +Meirav M., +Eduardo Carrillo, and so many more - yes, even +Fluffy McSharkah Khan and +Bruce Shark.
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Well said, +Anthony Wallace Wallace​. Well said.
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Leaves vs. Pines
On my bike ride today I noticed a place where the left side of the road had trees without leaves while the left side had trees with pines, still hanging on. Or rather, I felt like taking a photo and it was first now, looking at the photo, that I noticed the contrast between the left and right sides.
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Huh. I wonder what caused the divide?
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Sun Rising from the Water
We started our walk as the sun was rising and it was floating nicely just above the horizon when we got to the ocean.
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Muddy Christmas Day
This year's Christmas Day is a muddy and slightly rainy one, here in the dark Jutland.

Merry Christmas, merry Yule, and happy holidays to all of you.
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Merry Christmas, +Halfdan Reschat​!

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Løkkegyden
Today on a walk with my mother, my little sister, and my little sister's boyfriend, we went down an interesting path where the threes had rocks lying in/on their branches. At the end of this path there were a sign - "Løkkegyden" - which directly translates to "loop alley" but in Danish also sounds exactly like "happiness alley".
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You have the most interesting walks!
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I went back tonight put I won't have time to go over the video footage until tomorrow, so here is a video from my last visit to the alien lab.

Edit: New video: plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/bCrEtsfgs5n
 
Alien Lab - Video
During my visit to the local Alien Lab yesterday I recorded a video, starting in the underground anechoic chamber (h/t to +Michael Verona) and walking through parts of the building. Since the rain yesterday was barely able to be heard, I instead decided to add a separate rain track and a song to the video.

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I love this place even though I've never been there.
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Copenhagen Dawn
I just noticed that I did not actually share this photo a week ago when I took it on an early Friday morning at the office. Well here you have it.
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That is lovely!!
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Precious Cargo Ramblings
For the first time ever I have a movie on my "I need to watch this movie" list with a "ramblings" note. So now when I finally have a chance to watch this movie, I feel like I need to do so while writing down my stream of consciousness. Oh, the movie is Precious Cargo (2016) - and I have absolutely no idea what kind of movie this is or why I added it to my list.

Here we go...

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Kind of a good beat during the production company sequence. Not a bad start.

Uh! I know that bearded face. So that's why I added it to the list?

So many guns - this early. And the first comment is "you're late". :-P

What?

Hehe! This is downright stupid. I like it!

I actually just stopped the movie and googled the main actor because he didn't look like I remembered him. Turns out a slightly bigger beard (and 1-2 years to his age) made him look a lot more sophisticated. I liked that older look better - now he almost look like a child in comparison. Either way - on with the movie.

Oh! And there is another reason I added this movie to my list - Badass Sniper Girl.

This movie has a TV series like intro. Why?

Several other familiar faces. I didn't know Die Hard and... eh... That Other Woman... were in this movie.

Die Hard is not a friendly man. Let me guess - he is the bad guy?

Loaning your sniper's dog in order to impress a kindhearted woman. Oh, how romantic?

That Other Woman (pregnant) walks in on Mike Lawson having sex with Kindhearted Woman - and says: "Use a condom" - and walks out.

Wait, it is the middle of the day? I thought this was a date night.

I'm renaming "That Other Woman" to "Hungry Pregnant Woman" because - damn - that woman keep stuffing chocolate cake into her face despite armed forces shooting at her.

I wonder what the "precious cargo" is that the title "Precious Cargo" refers to.

They keep bickering... while being in a boat chase... while getting shot at. Sigh.

Mike Lawson is more worried that Badass Sniper Girl's dog is okay than whether his date or the woman carrying his child are.

WOW! Regular Girl just used a gun to get a bad guy off his jet-ski - by throwing the gun. I guess, whatever works.

Side note: Either the script is really bad or the actors are. I guess the former, since I've seen most of these people do well in other stuff.

I'm still confused as to whether Mike Lawson (the main guy) is bulletproof or not. He somewhat acts like he's not.

Sending off Kindhearted Woman to a hotel while Mike Lawson and A PREGNANT WOMAN fight off the heavily armed bad guys. Yes, sure.

Heh. I kind of sense that Kindhearted Woman likes the dog more than she like her date. I kind of get that, since the dog didn't cause her to get shot at my gangsters.

Kind of friendly bodyguard is giving the hired sex objects a finance lesson? WTF?

Kind of friendly bodyguard is using extremely aggressive and threatening language while smiling and seeming friendly. I'm confused.

I'm confused by the acting of these people. IT IS TERRIBLE!!! And I know they can act - in all other shit but this.

Even Die Hard is bad at acting in this. I guess it is for sure - it is the fault of the writer(s) and director(s).

Shit. This is a bad script.

Ah! I know see why I added this to my list with a "ramblings" note. Amazing actors, ridiculous plot, and a crappy (CRAPPY!) script. Perfect to ramble at.

Badass Sniper Girl is back - playing golf (or rather attempting to).

I have a feeling about why Badass Sniper Girl is a kind of cool character compared to all the others. The crappy writer(s) wrote a male character intending to be played by a guy - and someone, along the way, cast a girl to play the role instead (without the approval of the writer). Still crappy writing - just slightly more badass than usual.

Script still bad - but at least in this scene there is some mediocre country music. Heck, you take what you can get with this movie.

Random girl walks into a bar with a pee-soaked sheet - and delivers the most believable performance of the movie so far. I don't even care anymore - I just appreciate this one acceptable scene.

Now I even more see why I was confused by Mike Lawson's look. Now, without clothes, I can see he is thinner than what I'm used to seeing him as. I know that sounded weird - but, to be fair, he looks too skinny in this movie.

I keep forgetting that in the first scene of this movie, Mike Lawson got shot in the head, point blank, and nothing happened. I'm still confused about that.

This is like the Avengers recruitment sequence - except extremely pathetic and with terrible, low-life pieces of scum instead of kind-of superheroes.

Hungry Pregnant Woman's role in their big operation (what operation?) is "staying in the bar because she is fat and pregnant". She is not happy about her role. Let me guess: She doesn't stay put?

Did Hungry Pregnant Woman just give Badass Sniper Girl the elevator look?

I almost thought this movie was doing the whole "lesbian sex scene for no reason" for a few seconds there. Though, since I suspect that Badass Sniper Girl was written as a guy, that probably explains why nothing happened.

Okay, wait. Why would that guy put small rocks into the front end of his shotgun and then put a condom on it afterwards?

Ooh... Badass Sniper Girl looking badass as fuck!

Big plan is in play. What the plan is about, I still have no fucking clue.

Ridiculous chase scene with almost all the typical cliches. Sigh.

Who the fuck transport diamonds like that?

Shit. That's kind of a surprise. Expecting something despicably gruesome and getting... eh.. whatever that was instead.

Badass Sniper Girl to the rescue.

Hmm... I watched The Accountant right before this movie (which was way, way, way, way better) - but, still, Badass Sniper Girl in this one kind of reminds me a tiny bit of main guy in The Accountant. Calm, collected, and a badass with a sniper. Admirable attributes.

Oh, no. Badass Sniper Girl is hurt. :-(

Wait, is "the bigger plan" also all about money? For the fuck sake... WHO CARES!!!

These people are ridiculous.

Okay, Badass Sniper Girl's name is "Logan" - and she is hurt and need to regenerate. Come on, Wolverine!

That's the best reaction a girl in a coma has ever had to the suggestion that some guy should kiss her while she isn't awake - with some guy saying "She is sleeping. What is she going to do?". She turns her head, opens her eyes, and says: "She'll break your fucking face, that's what she'll do." <standing ovation from me>

If I got a cellphone in a bag, with a note on it saying "hit redial" - I would have no idea what to do. Because I have no idea, how to "hit redial" on a phone.

I don't get a single thing about what is going on right now. They are trying to create some redemption story arc that ties the whole story together - but I truly don't understand it. What the hell are they rambling about?

Wait, wait, wait. The drunk, jealous girlfriend of the alcoholic driver is now on their super secret "elite" squad?

I now see what they are doing - this is like Ocean's Eleven, only way, way worse.

For fuck shake! They replaced Badass Sniper Girl with Drunk Jealous Girlfriend. And they expect me to believe that she, all of a sudden, is just an excellent marksman?

I kind of both hate and like that their plan counts on an army of mercenaries don't shooting at a guy in a speedo (and nothing else) hanging out the door of an ice cream truck.

Okay, I wasn't seeing wrong at the beginning of the movie. Mike Lawson just got shot the hell down once again... and I'm expecting him to get up in a second. Though at some point, they kind of need to explain this - as it seems a lot of the characters just kind of goes along with him being bulletproof.

What? Now the guy who shot Mike Lawson seems to know that he couldn't hurt Mike Lawson? I'm confused.

I understand nothing about what is going on right now.

They actually have it as a part of this shootout scene that whenever someone calls 911, they reach one of the bad guys in the shootout - who suddenly gets all calm and responds "we have people on the way" or some shit like that. WHY?

YAY! Badass Sniper Girl is back!

As we are nearing the end, the script is still terrible.

Best line in the movie - quoting another movie. Figures.

Mike Lawson bought a dog, instead of loaning one, in order to impress the regular girl again. Sigh.

Regular Girl is way too forgiving for Mike Lawson almost getting her killed.

Fuck! This incredibly bad writing again. Can't this movie keep an "okay" streak going?

Playing golf with a cellphone that is spewing out horrible bad clique lines. I guess that is an okay finish. Not great - just okay.

The end credits even have horizontal selfie videos... and bloopers. I kind of feel like event the editors knew this movie was shit.

Yes, this shit of a movie is over. Damn, it was terrible.

Wait, did they ever explain how the main character didn't get a scratch from the many, many times he got shot (even three times point blank - at least of which were directly to the head)? No? Terrible movie!

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(List of all my ramblings and reviews at reviews.reschat.com)
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600 Different Beers
At a Christmas lunch today I added another two beers to my list of different beers I've tried - making it reach 601 beers.
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Oh my. Think of how many you're drank overall! ;-)
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A Familiar Shot
I have over the last several years shared a photo of this spot 2 or 3 times. Today, on our walk, I thought I'd take another photo of the same place.
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+Halfdan Reschat Thank you!

It looks very like a section of an abandoned canal along the St. Lawrence Seaway, just south of us, the Galop Canal.
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Winter Forest
A photo of the trees by my mother's yard.
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Looking depressed
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I revisited that Alien Lab this evening; here's the raw footage.
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+Michael Verona, to be fair, I was honestly waiting for the exact same thing every single second I was there.
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Intellectual badass, film enthusiast, telecommunications engineer
Introduction
Hello there.

I'm Halfdan. I joined Google+ back in the early days and it has since been my home online. I used to share a lot of content I found around the internet, but nowadays I instead tend to almost exclusively share original content from my own life. You can take a look at my collections to see the types of content I like to share.

I regularly post my reviews of movies and series, which you can find all of at reviews.reschat.com - where you also can find my movie ramblings. I take part in many different types of Google+ shenanigans, which New Year's 2014 culminated in me traveling from Denmark to the US to meet up with a bunch of my Google+ friends, something that I did again in July 2014 with me visiting both Indiana and Texas, and then again for New Year's 2015 where I visited friends in Las Vegas, and then again June 2015 where I visited both Kansas City and Indiana (no master post for that one - photos are in my travel collection).

Professionally I work as a Senior IT Architect for the Danish consulting firm Netcompany A/S where I work on technical architecture, software development, and much, much more.

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Without me Scott Cramer would very likely never have taken part in a public video hangout dressed as Slave Leia for the whole world to be traumatized by: http://j.mp/scottcramer
Education
  • Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
    Telecommunication Master of Science in Engineering, 2010 - 2012
  • Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
    Information and Communication Technology Bachelor of Science in Engineering, 2007 - 2010
  • Haderslev Katedralskole
    Advanced level courses: Mathematics, Physics, and Physical Education, 2004 - 2007
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July 4, 1988
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Consulting senior IT architect, software developer, and DevOps professional.
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  • Netcompany
    Managing Architect, 2017 - present
  • Netcompany
    Senior Architect, 2015 - 2016
  • Netcompany
    Consultant, 2012 - 2014
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Taastrup, Denmark
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Kongens Lyngby, Denmark - Sdr. Vilstrup, Haderslev, Denmark
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