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Google Chicago has:

- Two types of Kombucha on tap
- a "Teabot," which is like a Coca-cola freestyle machine for brewing loose leaf teas.
- a pretty sweet view (though my photo is not so sweet)
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Don't trip lol I'll have the email changed. It's not a scam, just a mistake
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Just pre-ordered this super cool little Wall-E-ish robot toy. Looks awesomely fun. Probably earliest Christmas shopping of all time. Er ... my daughters ... or me ... thing looks awesome! Cozmo by Anki:

(Pre-orders are on sale, charged on shipping; here is a referral link if you're interested!)
https://anki.com/en-us/cozmo?ct-referral-code=JH2UdwVN
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Ha!!! Yeah- I will enjoy vicariously!! 
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A fascinating, if not disturbing "hyper-reality" look at what mixed reality could look at -- be prepared for a visual affront. 
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Can't wait to get my kids on this! (see 1:25 or so for that).
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Know anyone who works for Google??!!
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Posted one of these (the least edited) to Instagram -- http://instagram.com/justinnowings -- using one of the others as a Nexus 6p wallpaper.

Great camera on the 6P.

As for this Robin, poor guy must have been injured. Barely flinched as I shot these on the way into my building this morning. The bird had been standing there on the sidewalk for at least a little while but was gone later. 
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Really awesome photo! Poor bird though. 
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This 8bit covers much more than just the buzzpostification of politics -- it speaks to our time of entertainment/distraction abundance, which fuels an arms race for ever better distractions, and all the more stylized, curated projections of our lives.

It is worth the 5 minute watch. 
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Go Atlanta! "The quality of life and lower costs have contributed to metro Atlanta growing by more than 1.1 million people since 2000--a 26 percent increase." Here are other accolades for ATL:

- #1 for the city with the lowest cost of doing business
- Temperate weather (Atlanta averages 217 sunny days a year)
- award-winning restaurants (Travel & Leisure in 2015 named Atlanta #4 of America's Best Cities for Foodies)
- Atlanta also has the highest percentage of overall urban tree canopy (47.9%) in the nation
- 80 percent of the entire U.S. population lives within a direct 2-hour flight from Atlanta
- Atlanta is the #2 city for Millennials and currently houses 1.4 million Millennials.
- Since 2011, more than 467,000 private-sector jobs have been added in Atlanta, keeping the unemployment rate at just 5.5 percent
The business-boosting aspects of Atlanta could make it the best city for any company to call home.
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Via Reddit, I wish we had something like this for every election ... really nails the "lesser of two evils" mental gymnastics people go through every 4 years.

PS And I don't think anyone would "fit" as Batman
PPS Recently rewatched the entire Dark Knight trilogy and it holds up and is better watched as a complete trilogy.
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+Ty Foreman not that I saw -- not really Reddit's style!
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Here comes a few months of calling out Republicans I know on their shifting, justified support of Trump (calling a spade a spade).
 
As of today, the second seal has been broken and a rider on a red horse has come forth Donald Trump is essentially the guaranteed Republican nominee for president. Let me give some predictions of what's going to happen next:

(1) People will start to argue harder and harder that Trump isn't really that bad, and he doesn't actually mean all the things that he says. Even while you'll never hear this from his campaign, it'll be a major theme among commentators, especially those tied to the Republican establishment. 

The main thing driving this will be cognitive dissonance: if you believed that the American public had just nominated a not-particularly-crypto-Nazi, then you would have to conclude that the people around you are either evil or fools, and that's not something nice to think about. But if he's not really that bad, then it's OK. The second thing driving this will be the underlying urge of many disaffected (white, working or middle class) people to support him and the things he actually says; if you've got a narrative where it's not really that bad, it's fine to vote for this, then you can feel more comfortable considering it. And the third thing (affecting mostly professional politicians and media heads) will be simple professional party loyalty; the cost of defection away from a nominated candidate, in terms of career and so on, is just too high.

(2) You will hear a strong campaign from the Republican establishment (not Trump) that Clinton is the Devil and must be beaten. They won't be able to put together a clear story of why; to be honest, almost nobody ever has been able to. It's become so reflexive to see her this way that people have forgotten where it started. (That's not to say that Clinton isn't deeply flawed, but none of those flaws have anything to do with the weird conspiracy theories that will be circulating) 

This is mostly a way for the people in the establishment, the ones with the most dissonance to deal with, to focus themselves on saying "not Clinton" so they don't have to spend too much time saying "yes Trump."

It's going to be an incredibly nasty campaign, but that shouldn't surprise anyone.

(Yes, Clinton is going to be the Democratic nominee. I know Sanderistas can come up with arguments until the cows come home about how it's still perfectly statistically possible for him to win 64% of the remaining pledged delegates or somehow convince all the superdelegates to join him but... no. There is no way that actually works. Sanders gets to shift the party platform but he has no serious chance of being the nominee)


And if, God forbid, Trump were to be elected? I suspect that we would find that he is quite an honest man after all, at least insofar as he has no incentive to lie. I suspect that his promises about immigrants will quickly become a priority for him, with a certain amount of reality gating. Things we'd actually see:

(1) Punitive taxes and/or seizure of remittances abroad. This would cause massive economic disruptions all over the world (about $125B per year, most of it going to poor communities) and would probably ultimately be moderated in some way, but not before causing tremendous pain and chaos.

(2) Laws demanding strong proof of citizenship to work, and enforcing severe penalties against employers who violate them. These would cause a different kind of chaos, because a good quarter of citizens don't actually have such strong proof. Presumably offices would be set up to help people get that, and deployment of the law would be staged -- but that assistance would be sharply canted towards white communities. The intent, and effect, of the law would be to cause mass unemployment among Latino and Black communities. This would, indeed, cause many to flee the country, but even more to be dropped into extremely dire straits. I have no idea how this would play out.

(3) Laws enforcing Draconian penalties against anyone who helps people without knowing their immigration status. This would run into actual trouble for Trump once it started to affect better-organized churches; the Vatican may actually end up being a major counterforce, and this might have long-term consequences.

(4) Laws restricting employment of legal immigrants in various ways. Not in service industries, but in places where a demonstration of nativism will be politically useful. This will often be used as a negotiating tactic against businesses.

(5) Actual wall-building might start in a symbolic fashion, but the absurd logistics of it would prevent anything other than a flashy display.

Of course, none of this even starts to deal with his plans to institute trade wars with both China and Mexico (two of our three largest trading partners), or the effects that would happen when the leaders of politically savvy rival countries (e.g., China) realize that he can easily be goaded into foolish moves. Or what might happen if someone else (e.g., Kim Jong Un) tried to rattle sabers; I doubt that he has any deep understanding of just why the US hasn't tried to blow up North Korea in the past. (Answer: we could do it, but in the process South Korea would be turned into rubble, and Japan would probably lose a city or two. And it might escalate into a full regional war.)

So even though I anticipate several months of people telling me how he really isn't that bad, and of the curious experience of seeing a politician's supporters get exasperated and angry ("you're not repeating that old lie again!") when I suggest that their candidate might be honest, I don't think that just because he's the nominee, he's suddenly going to change his white sheets stripes.
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So spot on!
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This is incredible.

The implications of technology like this could change the need for office space and solve the awful experience that is video conferencing.

And living memories to play back later (see the end)? Wow.
 
Excellent short video of Microsoft's new telepresence using its Hololens. The set up is still expensive, but the effect is real. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d59O6cfaM0
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Mind. BLOWN.
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First they laughed and said there was no way he could last long in the party race
Then they laughed and said there was no way he could be a serious contender in any state
Then they laughed and said there was no way he would win in any state
Then they laughed and said there was no way he would be the party nominee
Then they laughed and said there was no way he would be elected president
Then they laughed and said there was no way he won't be impeached
Then they laughed and said there was no way he would win the second term
Then they laughed and said there was no way he'd manage to abolish the 22nd amendment
Then one by one they stopped laughing and started erecting statues and obelisks in his liking at every city square
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Atlantan, Entrepreneur, Googler, Father, Husband, Meatza and Toe Shoes Enthusiast.
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< Life > 

I call Augusta, Georgia, my hometown though I'm an Atlantan.  Been married to Sonal Amin Owings since 2005.  I've known Sonal since around 1996.  We got a daughter in August 2009 named Aviana.  We upped the ante in 2011 with another daughter in December named Raya.  Raya and Avi continue to change everything and generally do the opposite of what we want them to do.

We also have a siamese cat named Zeke.  Zeke is (in)famous on youtube and is a bit neurotic.  He's super friendly though (mellowed out in his old age).

I'm most interested in finding joy in everyday life through friends, family, hobbies, getting physical, work, and making observations about the complex workings of the world. Sometimes I even get to do these things while enjoying a cigar, piping hot mug of coffee, or bourbon on the rocks.

< Work >

I graduated from the University of Georgia with a BBA in Accounting and Masters of Accountancy in 2003.  Thereafter, I worked for Ernst & Young in the Boston and Atlanta offices until 2004.  

Audit was not my cup of tea.  I left E&Y to take a job in corporate accounting at Georgia Gulf Corporation (GGC) in Atlanta.  At GGC I saw  the full gamut of corporate accounting and finance, an experience that culminated in a $1.5 billion acquisition of a Canadian-based building products company.  It was a bad deal in the end for GGC (It's a long, boring story. The gist: no one listened to reason).

In Spring 2007 I left GGC and joined up with Aaron Krowne to found Implode-Explode Heavy Industries (IEHI), the parent company behind the Implode-O-Meter franchise.  IEHI's success rode on the coattails of Aaron's brainchild, the Mortgage Lender Implode-O-Meter

The 'meter was ground zero for the credit collapse as it chronicled the demise of mortgage lenders in real-time, frequently breaking news days in advance of mainstream press.  It was (and still is, perhaps) the Drudge Report for mortgage professionals and boomed amidst the cacophonous housing bust.  It was a wild ride for about three years.  Aaron continues to fight the good fight with the 'meter to this day but I have since moved on.

Around 2009 I started building out "Birthday Shoes," the popular minimalist footwear fan community site for toe shoes (a.k.a. Vibram Five Fingers) that gets nearly a quarter-million visits a month and has made me the Al Bundy of barefoot shoes (er... "God's shoes" as it were!).  I have way too many pairs of shoes these days.  It is ridiculous and drives Sonal crazy.

Where am I now?  In Spring 2010 I went to Google Atlanta to work as an Account Planner on the sales side (I mostly do client research).  Life at Google is pretty much as glamorous as it's made out to be.  Don't be jealous!
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My cat had 2 seconds of fame on VH1's best week ever. My site about toe shoes has had over 2mm visitors since inception.
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Incredibly tasty BBQ. Smoke Salad with Chicken Confit was on point for lunch. Beef n Cheddah sandwich off the chain. Kids loved the pulled pork (so did I) and Mac N cheese was great.
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A beautiful mall with all the most luxurious brands. Plus Legoland and the best AMC (reclining chairs!) and movie theater inside the perimeter. Window shop before a movie or catch up on all the new haute trends.
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This is our go-to theater in Atlanta. With reclining leather seats, reserve ahead on any new movie because seats will disappear -- especially for blockbusters and early-in-the-day animated movies. AMC Stubs is worth it paired with Fandango to get fees waived and earn rewards (pays for itself). The theater is set inside the beautiful, luxurious Phipps Mall (which is always nice to walk through even if it's completely beyond me to shop here). AMC Phipps sits at the very top of the mall, in the center, so if you park underneath the mall in the middle you will be near the escalators that will take you all the way up.
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57th is a thematic restaurant that harkens back to the 40s and 50s and fighter pilots. It is a big restaurant with many areas including a huge patio area that backs up to the PDK runways. The food is good standard fare for dinner or even brunch. That said, go on a Friday or Saturday night and experience the most eclectic group of fun loving dancers breaking it down on the dance floor to great DJ-driven music (pulling from everything from pop hits to classic pop). It is a sight to behold and super fun to take part in. Every race, age, and class is on that dance floor. It's incredible. Check it out!
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