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We saw The Deer in concert again tonight, this time at The Iron Cactus for their Soul of the Musician series.

This marks the sixth time we've seen them since I found out about them back in February of 2014. They're in favorite local band right now, and it's great every time we get a chance to see them.
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I'm pretty good with Excel, but sometimes it makes me feel like a subverbal child. I'm working with a spreadsheet that tallies a bunch of values and displays the total in a separate column marked "TOTAL." Then, I'm using the "MAX" formula to apply conditional formatting to highlight the highest number in the TOTAL column. For some reason, it's highlighting multiple values in that column, instead of just the greatest number. Does anyone know why it might be doing that?

At first I thought maybe it was just because I was using Google Docs, but then I imported the formatting and all the data into MS Excel 2013, and it behaved the same way! What gives?
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Ok, so your office is way more security conscious than mine. :-)
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"Since embarking on the ‘Sweetest Comeback in the History of Ever’ nearly two years ago, Hostess has employed a strategy aimed at contemporizing the brand,” a Hostess spokeswoman told Business Insider. “The bolder approach has been particularly visible in the brand’s social media platforms. The ‘Touchdown’ line was intentional; it’s fun and aimed at young audiences who are in on the running joke — which, of course, is the goalllll."

So basically, Hostess have come back from the dead as Internet trolls?
The arrival of spring means one thing for many sports fans across the country: Baseball is back, and with it, warm days and cool beers at the stadium. So how could Hostess possibly think there are ...
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I ate an entire box of mini-chocodiles within a week.  I'm ok with some sports trolling.
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I'm a little sad, though not terribly surprised, that this didn't get anyone yesterday. 
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Yes, I agree that it's the curve in the photo causing the issue. I assure you, it works in real life. Or at least, it worked. I finally gave up and took it down today.
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One more thing to mention on this day. One of my favorite April Fools Day gimmicks of all time: in 1997, for one day only, Alex Trebek hosted Wheel of Fortune and Pat Sajak hosted Jeopardy!  Hijinks ensued!
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The counterpart introduction clip is a bit blander, but can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDTsSirMnV4
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Wildflowers out in full effect in central Texas today!
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Public group listening to the Nur Ein X, Round 0 songs!
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Hey, is it just me, or does the guy in this Clash of Clans ad look like +Ben Zaitz​?
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Ha! I can see the resembles. 
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Finally! In your faces, +Tejas Richard​, +David Morcos​, et al! 
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See, I had not seen any rankings or laurels till this post...
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Something cute for April Fools this morning. The Elvis radio station on Sirius XM played nothing but Elvis stage banter. Whenever he was about to start a song, they just skipped to the end or played another bit of banter from another concert. It was pretty amusing, too. The myth of Elvis sometimes overlooks how funny the man was. His laugh was contagious.
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Today I learned that different jewelry manufacturers use different "blends" in rings that are all branded as "tough and durable" tungsten carbide. Evidently, some blends can make a ring so hard that it becomes brittle, and when dropped on to a hard surface such as ceramic tile, from a relatively low height, it can shatter.

I haven't even been married two weeks, so this pretty much sucks. Legally speaking, the company we bought the ring from didn't exactly lie about the makeup of the ring, but they skimped on the blending and binding process in a way they knew they could get away with.

Just a warning, I guess. Do your homework. If they offer a warranty, it might be a good investment, and if they don't, that might be a bad sign.
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+Chris Lambertus, thanks for the advice. That seems a lot more likely to work than what I've done so far. After the Super Glue, I tried Gorilla Glue, which seemed to hold up decently well, until I dropped it again.

And yeah, the ring photo turned out well, for a cell phone picture. I have a "divorce album" in the pipeline, though I decided to table it for now, because I don't feel like revisiting that dark mood at the moment... Still, you're right, it would be a great cover for that album.
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Nur Ein X

If you write and record music, you might be interested in Nur Ein.

Now in its tenth year, Nur Ein is an eight-round elimination challenge in which competitors are assigned a title and a non-optional challenge, and a panel of judges rank the songs to eliminate the bottom 3-4 each round until there is NUR EIN ("only one") standing!

You do not need to have a history with the Song Fight community to participate, though the majority of the discussion will be on the Song Fight boards, so you may want to create an account if you intend to participate.

For more information, see the board: http://songfight.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=9637

Or you can contact me with any questions.
 
Spring is here and that means it's time for another edition of the Nur Ein! 

Nur Ein X!

Here's how it all works:

The Nur Ein is a 8 round song competition. In each round, the participants are given a song title and a mandatory challenge and are given 5 days in which to finish that song. Then this year's group of Nur Ein Judges (TBA) will listen to the songs and rate them from best to worst. Each round whittles down the field until we are left with only 1 competitor. Creativity x Skill x Time Management = Nur Ein!

A quick note: You may have noticed that I'm not Niveous. He usually runs this, but for personal reasons (discussed in part in the Nur Ein IX Final Round thread) he's decided not to be on the judging panel this year. He has left the competition in my hands, and I will try as best I can not to let you guys down.

This year's Nur Ein will start on Monday, April 13th with Round Zero. Round Zero is open to all who wish to take on the Nur Ein. The participants will have until Monday April 20th at 12:01AM (Eastern Daylight Time) to create a song from the title and complete the challenge. When a competitor completes a song, it is to be e-mailed to the judges. The songs will then be posted at the Nur Ein website (http://sfbase.net/wiki/Nur_Ein) and the next title and challenge will be announced at the same time. On the 20th & 21st, the Judges will make their decisions and then the judges will cut down the field to 25 with an announcement at some point on the evening of the 21st.

Here's the schedule:
(Obviously, this is subject to change if something catastrophic happens, or if we don't get 25 bands in Round 0)

Round 0: 
April 13-19
Judging April 20-21
<X> bands, <X-25> eliminations

Round 1:
April 20-26
Judging April 27-28
25 bands, 5 eliminations 
Judges favorite gets immunity

Round 2: 
April 27-May 3
Judging May 4-5
20 bands, 4 eliminations 
Judges favorite gets immunity

Round 3: 
May 4-10 (the guest round!)
Judging May 11-12
16 bands, 4 eliminations
Judges favorite gets immunity

Round 4: 
May 11-17
Judging May 18-19
12 bands, 4 eliminations

Round 5: 
May 18-24
Judging May 25-26
8 bands, 3 eliminations

Round 6: 
May 25-31
Judging June 1-2
5 bands, 3 eliminations 

Final Round:
June 1-7
Voting June 8-9
2 bands, 1 elimination

The final round is a battle between the two remaining competitors with the votes of the eliminated competitors and the Nur Ein Jury will choosing the winner (one vote per "act," whether you're a band or a solo competitor; if you're a duo, trio, quartet, quintet, or more, you'll need to discuss internally how to allocate that one vote). 

The game is on. Nur Ein!!!!!!!!!!
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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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Public - a year ago
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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
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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
Public - 2 years ago
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
Public - 2 years ago
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