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James Hawkins
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Pretty exciting how fast SpaceX is developing their reusable rocket.  I remember the grasshopper test flight: it was 60 feet shorter than this rocket.  This rocket (Falcon 9 Reusable) looks like it should be unwieldy, but the rocket accurately touched down right next to the initial launch position.
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Possibly the best way to experience the river part of our Grand Canyon Streetview imagery... =) Thanks to Hyperlapse!
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Nice a warm here in CO right now too. Been in the 60s here in Denver all week.
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I think the evaluation of the tradeoff between thorough reviews and high velocity is based on a false premise.  In the long run, thorough code reviews actually enable higher velocity development.  It's worth the time it takes to get everyone on the same page.
 
Here's what a code review is like: someone sends you a puzzle. When you can't solve it immediately, you feel lazy or stupid when you tell them, "hey, thanks for going out of your way and solving that tricky problem for us. But you're not done yet. I want you to make this puzzle simpler, because I don't want to deal with it." You feel like you should either buckle down and solve the puzzle, or pretend that you solved it, because who will know you hadn't? The new code seems to work and there are far worse puzzles already in the project, so what's the big deal? It's hardly fair, right? Why stand in the way of progress? Why be the bad guy?

And yet pushing back is the right thing to do, because if you don't push back, everyone after you who wants to understand the code will have to solve that same puzzle again.
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+Jonathan Ray My only concern with pair programming is group think.  If the more-active engineer is convincing enough, he can persuade the other engineer of potentially bad designs/choices.

I've found that doing a quick design overview (high-level) with the reviewer before diving into a complex CL cuts out backtracking, which to me is the biggest time sink.  +Steve McKay showed me the light on this one.
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I've been an avid Hoffman fan since Twister (It's Barn Burner! It's Barn Burner!), and I'm sad because there really is no one who can fill his role in the dramatic arts, both cinema and theater.  I wasn't aware that he portrayed Willy Loman in the play The Death of a Salesman; what I would have paid to see that.
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I've read numerous articles on Net Neutrality over the years, and I still can never remember if I want the net to be neutral or not, i.e., I can't recall which side the telecoms are pushing (because I'm definitely against whatever they're for...I think).
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Coders and non-coders alike should take a swing at this game.  Let me know if you make it through all the levels!
 
This looks outstanding. I just need to get some sleep first. http://alexnisnevich.github.io/untrusted/
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So long, Moviefone.  I was fond of you until like 1999.
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Santa tried to play me like a fool, but I've been a good boy this year, so he followed through on this wish.

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+Danielle Hair: All the things!  But seriously, I tinker with woodworking on the weekends, mostly doing projects from my woodworking magazines.
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Just now, as I was reading through one of my woodworking magazines, I stumbled across a word I didn't know and had to stop myself from physically long-pressing the word on the paper for a definition.

+Jeremy Klein how kickass would it be to have a Glass app that recognizes which word you're pointing at and defines it?
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The Biscuit app can be tweaked for Glass I guess http://getbiscuit.com
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  • University of North Texas
    Computer Science, 2005 - 2008
  • Carnegie Mellon University
    Computer Science, 2004 - 2004
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    Software Engineer, 2008 - present
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