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Jon Porobil (Jon Eric)
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I've Rickrolled people so many times before. I can't believe I've never thought of it this way. I'm sorry to all the people I've Rickrolled in the past. Especially +Benjamin Wright-Heuman.
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We've historically been really good at rationalizing awful behavior, saying things like "But it's to keep us safe," or "But it's better for the economy."

Lately, I think the curtains have been falling down and more and more people are seeing that "Good for the economy" really just means that it helps keep afloat large business that in turn siphon resources from communities in need, and that the "us" in "keep us safe" actually only refers to moneyed whites, and that "safe" in those contexts doesn't even always mean "safe." The increased amount of attention on these issues is definitely a good thing, though I think Baldwin's description of it as "innocence" is apt. These are things we were just plain happier not knowing. But now that more and more people know these things, what are we to do about it?
 
"It is the innocence which constitutes the crime:" thus ends James Baldwin's powerful indictment of the American public. The charge he lays at our feet is of a collective refusal to be aware of what we are doing, and what we have done. And can we disagree with this? I've heard excuses before of "we didn't know what was happening," "it's just what had always been done," "we were only doing our duty;" I'm sure you have, too. Have you ever, once, known them to be true? 

In 1962, a Gallup poll showed that 85% of whites said that "black children had just as good a chance as white children to get a good education in their communities." In 1969, another Gallup poll showed 44% of whites saying that "blacks had a better chance than they did to get a good paying job." Look at those dates for a moment, and think about the world then. In retrospect, those statements look like complete madness. Were they any less nonsensical at the time? No: they were completely obvious back then, too. But there was a strong urge not to look.

This article is an excellent, and serious, discussion of the things we have been unwilling to look at.

Coming on the heels of Memorial Day, I find this particularly important. America has achieved many great things, but it has a deeply ingrained habit of ignoring the many terrible things it has also achieved. The country (like all countries) is very good at establishing an "official narrative" of what happened and why, a narrative we all learned in school, one which suggests that mistakes were made but everything is fine now.

The reason we can't ever let ourselves accept this is that when we ignore past actions, we blame the wrong people. When we ignore present actions, we cannot fix them.

Many people like to wave around the phrase "my country, right or wrong!" as a meaningless patriotic slogan. Remember the full quote: "My country, right or wrong: if right, to be kept right; if wrong, to be set right." It's not an admonishment to ignore any flaws; it's a reminder of our shared responsibility to our country, to understand what is right and wrong with it, so that we can preserve the former and repair the latter.

This article is an excellent introduction to some of the things which are and have been, undeniably, wrong. We don't need to make excuses for it; we just need to recognize it, understand it, and fix it.

h/t +Jürgen Hubert.
Pundits and politicians are all too eager to condemn violent protest. How quickly they forget our nation's history
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I think "safe" is supposed to mean one of those contraptions you put your money into to keep others from accessing your horde. 
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(Following up from previous post...)

So I went to the doctor today. Because this cough is so persistent, dry, and unproductive, and because it hasn't been responding to allergy medication, I was worried that it would be diagnosed as asthma. Indeed, that was one of my doctor's first suggestions. She ordered a spirometry test for me. That's when they bring in a laptop computer with a USB-attached gizmo that looks like a gun, but instead of a barrel it has a teeny-tiny wind tunnel, and they ask you to blow into one end as hard as you can.

So I blew with all my might. Unfortunately, exhaling too deeply is what triggers my cough, so each attempt at exhaling ended with me coughing my lungs out and the computer saying "Hesitation detected; blow for longer." Gee, thanks, computer.

They took the machine away and I waited for about ten minutes. The doctor came back and said that the spirometry results did not indicate asthma, and then, with an air of resignation, she said "Well, I guess it's a bronchial infection. I'll get you some antibiotics." She certainly didn't seem convinced of this conclusion.

She warned me that even after I've taken the entire course of antibiotics, it may take another week after that for any inflammation to clear up, so I should wait at least two weeks before calling back if the cough is still hanging around. And if I'm still coughing then? Then it's time for chest X-Rays! Yaaaaay.

(image source: http://firstwefeast.com/laugh/blowing-cornstarch-onto-a-flame-will-turn-you-into-a-fire-breathing-dragon/ - Source unrelated to post)
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Gosh I hope not. :-)
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Rick and Morty nailing it with the guest couch gag...

Paging +Harrison Porobil.
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Oh my god, that's too perfect.
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I'm feeling this one rather acutely at the moment. Politicians bray about how "anti-business" these measures are, and how they'll kill jobs, but there are nearly 200 other countries out there that offer paid leave for new parents (in measures that many Americans find ridiculous), and they're not exactly economic wastelands. But somehow, to suggest the United States join those ranks is borderline treasonous. It baffles me, absolutely boggles my mind.

Paging +Vita Haake Porobil.
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Mmmkay, that's enough abuse. I'm about to go to sleep and I really don't want this to get out of hand when I'm not awake to moderate. I'll be deleting abusive comments and closing the discussion.

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To those in favor of expanding parental leave in the U.S. - I'm sorry you had to put up with the haters.

To those against - I'm sorry to remove from you this convenient method of telling total strangers on the Internet that you'll go out of your way to be inconsiderate to them. But for the record, some of you were quite reasonable debaters, even if you failed to convince me.

Also, nobody ever bothered to answer my questions about the companies that go above and beyond with their parental leave benefits in the States. I think that's quite revealing in and of itself.

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Two days ago, I took a screenshot from a thread on reddit and posted that screenshot to Google+. It's been shared seven times now. I thought maybe that was a record for me, so I went to  allmyplus.com to check.

It's actually in third place, behind the Busted! Austin mugshot of Rick Perry and the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter campaign. But still! It seems silly to me that the key to success on one social network is to literally paste in content from another social network.

Ah well, it's just numbers.
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That explains the small plus-bomb... Heh.

I wonder if the name change had something to do with it?
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For all the musicians in my circles.

I'm more of a keyboardist/pianist, but I'm somewhat proficient in guitar as well (dabbling a bit more in electric guitar and amp modeling on some recent projects). I have plugins that do some of these things, but this looks like a cool all-in-one solution that I'm looking forward to trying when I get home from work today.
 
WHAAAAAH!?!?!?!?

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I'm more than twenty minutes early for work. This can only mean one thing: The school year is over. I'm looking forward to getting a little more sleep for the next couple of months. 
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omg yes, i'm so ready to NOT wake up two hours early for the bus!
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I absolutely adore +David Wong. This is one of the most eloquent pieces about privilege I've ever seen. _You didn't ask to be born half-way up a mountain, but you were, and I need you to look down and realize that mountain is really a pile of bones._

(hat tip to +DeAno Jackson)
What I am finding as time goes on is that we are all secretly Billy Joel.
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I've had a persistent cough that's been bugging me since the first week of March. Nearing the ten week mark, I finally got tired of waiting for it to get better on its own, and decided I would contact my doctor for an appointment. One small problem... I couldn't remember who my doctor was.

I hated my old primary care physician at the clinic near where I used to live. He never spent more than two minutes with me at a time and never answered any of my questions. So when I got a new job in early 2014 and moved six weeks after that, I took it as an opportunity to find a new doctor. I'd had a checkup last fall, and I remember liking the clinic and the doctor who examined me, but I couldn't remember the name of either.

So earlier this week, I went to my company's Intranet page trying to find them again. It took me a little more than an hour, because I first had to find the health insurance site, then I had to remember my login name and password, then I had to deal with incompatibilities between the site and my browser... Anyway, I did eventually find the doctor's name and phone number. I started to input the number into my phone...

...and found that it was already in my contacts list. Under the name "Dr Office."
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I lost a Mother with alzheimer's +Jon Porobil, indeed those "senior moments" start to string together. Savour every moment and remember our kids are watching how we deal with our elderly parents, learning how they will be taking care of us one day.
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This has been me all day. (Comment if you get it.)
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Grooooooooan.
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Mark Ruffalo did an Ask Me Anything on reddit. I was really only interested in one question, and of course someone else asked it. The Hulk delivered.
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+Jayne Hancock thanks
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Technical Support Analyst for Farm Credit Bank of Texas
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Hardware and software troubleshooting, Linux, soft skills
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  • Farm Credit Bank of Texas
    Technical Support Analyst, 2014 - present
  • PowerIT
    Support & Training Manager, 2013 - 2013
  • Dell
    Enterprise Technical Support Analyst, 2011 - 2013
  • Harte-Hanks
    Enterprise technical Support Representative, 2009 - 2011
  • IndyMac Bank
    Collections/Customer Support Rep, 2008 - 2009
  • Grassroots Campaigns, Inc.
    Canvasser, 2008 - 2008
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Austin, TX
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Gambier, OH - New Orleans, LA - Metairie, LA - Cleveland, OH - El Paraíso, Honduras
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Computer nerd by day, music nerd by night
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Computer technician. Cruciverbalist. Minesweeper addict. Home recording artist. Keyboardist and solo artist.

When I consume, I try to do so thoughtfully. When I promote, I try to do so politely. When I disagree, I try to do so reasonably. I'm here for the discussions, for the sharing, and to see what's on everyone else's mind.

Twice I ran a Google+ based project between 2011 and 2013, called The iPod Experiment (#ipodexperiment). I formatted my mp3 player and filled it up with unfamiliar music, most of it suggested by other people right here on Google+. Other than that, I just try to start discussions by sharing things that I think are entertaining or important. I'll post about new music when I have it, too. Hope you enjoy.

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Si, soy un gringo. No puedo escribir bien en Espanol, pero puedo intender y leer. Y mas importante, me gusta apprender nuevas perspectivas. Lo siento no escribo nada en Espanol, y no espero tu Circlar me si no quierres. (Puedo decir Circlar para "to circle"? No se. Soy un gringo.)
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Gainfully employed despite having a B.A. in English.
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    English/Anthropology, 2004 - 2008
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Hands-down, the best wireless store I've ever shopped at, and the best service from a carrier I've ever gotten. They helped me figure out which plan would work best for me, then they helped me switch over from AT&T. Later on, they helped us switch the primary contact on our account. Later still, I needed some repair work on a phone I'd bought at this location. The rep there referred me to a local repair shop, and when that store refused to take the job, the T-Mobile rep rushed out a warranty replacement and comped the cost. That's customer-centric problem solving!
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The agent at my T-Mobile store referred me to All Wireless Repair when I needed a repair that the warranty didn't cover. The guy behind the counter spent all of thirty seconds looking at my phone before he straight-up refused to service my device. The repair was not extensive (there was something stuck in the headphone jack; otherwise it was fine), and he told me that the low cost of the repair would not be worth the risk of damage to the phone. So I asked what the cost to repair would be if the headphone jack were permanently damaged anyway. He replied that they simply would not even attempt to fix my phone. "We're at the top of the food chain for Austin phone repair, and when you're at the top, you have to worry about your reputation," he told me. But I don't think you get to stay on top by refusing service for a job you don't like. Especially when your business has the word "All" in its name. By the way, I told the guy at my T-Mobile store what happened. His reaction? "Well, I guess we're not sending any business to them anymore."
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Most people I talk to about barbecue in the Austin/RR area have never heard of Johnny T's until I tell them about it. That's a real shame, too, because in my opinion, it's the best barbecue in the area. Any time I have relatives in from out of town, we stop by. The regular and spicy barbecue sauce are both great, but make a special point to ask for the Carolina Mustard. I usually get the ribs, and I always leave stuffed and satisfied. Bonus: they also just opened a location in the North Austin Trailer Yard, off 183 and Anderson. The food is exactly the same at the trailer. Delicious.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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The three-egg omelets at Omelettry are delicious and filling. I always have a devil of a time trying to decide what to eat and I never leave hungry. The only thing that keeps me from going more often is that there's always a wait, and they take cash only.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Good
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Pretty good barbecue. I like the brisket sandwich here, and the loaded baked potato when they have it. Not my favorite barbecue in town, but I stop by for lunch every once in a while and usually enjoy the food.
Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
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Every Saturday morning, my wife and I head on down to the nearest Torchy's for some breakfast tacos. It's a tradition with us, and when schedule conflicts interrupt the plan, we do miss it. We're in love with the Diablo Sauce, and seldom show up without at least one of us ordering a Fried Avocado taco. I'm fairly certain that I've eaten more often at Torchy's than at any other restaurant in all of Austin, by a wide margin. They're that good.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Very Good
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reviewed 2 years ago
This is sort of a homestyle/country style breakfast place. Nothing fancy. They have scambles and bowls and benedicts and all the rest of the stuff you see on a sit-down breakfast place menu. It's all pretty good, but nothing really stands out, and it's a bit overpriced. Nothing about this place is outright bad, but I have had better dining experiences in town for less money.
Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
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