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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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Snowboarding and skiing the streets of New York City with Casey and Dean Neistat.

New York, New York!
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Any fellow Atlantans planning on going to the WWE Survivor Series at Phillips tomorrow night? Yikes.

"Anonymous also said the Islamic State group is planning an assault at the WWE Survivor Seriesevent scheduled to take place in the Philips Arena in Atlanta Sunday at 7.30 p.m., as well as attacks at multiple events in Paris."
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It's ostensibly from the group Anonymous though apparently they've denied it's from them. 
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Finally after two weeks of weather soup in Atlanta, we get a beautiful morning and day (so far).
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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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Gotta hand it to the FBI. Take their proposal of a completely custom system build that would circumvent various protections that are designed to keep people away from your information, and consider it on purely technical matters. It's simple to explain to technical people, and it's simple to explain to people that are not that well-versed in technology.

But consider this. There is no such thing as a safe-guarded backdoor. Do you really believe that once one government agency gets their hands on such a system build, it will only be used to help the "good guys"? If you are, I'd love to live in the fantasy world you're inhabiting.

In the real world that the rest of us live in, this will be nothing short of a disaster. This custom build will get shared between various government agencies and branches, with an absolute guarantee of two things happening. First, it will get to an agency that is solely overseen by secret courts that rubberstamp pretty much every request. Second, it will get into the hands of general public, sooner rather than later - through social-engineered hacking or another Snowden-like act of political activism.

And then there's another absolute guarantee. Let's for a minute say that if you're a law-abiding US citizen, then the US government is good guys. Then there are other governments who are our allies, which makes them good guys by proxy, and there are other governments which are our enemies which makes them bad guys.

What is going to stop other governments from demanding access to the same special system build? How many countries can a multi-national corporation withdraw their business from before it has no more places to do business in? How do you as a supporter of lawful information "extraction" decide on which laws you agree with and which step over "the line" that separates the good guys from the bad guys?

There's not a single line in Tim Cook's letter that is a gratuitous exaggeration of the dangers that lie ahead. I've spent the first twenty years of my life living in the communist USSR, where it was pretty safe to assume that the state had the capabilities and the means to do mass surveillance of anybody and everybody.

How does the self-aggrandizing beacon of democracy turn into the omnipresent surveillance state? Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly (in the mighty words of Ernest Hemingway). Just don't tell your kids that you didn't see it coming. 
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If you're like me and feeling the Star Wars and Christmas spirit, you might want to go ahead and watch this.

I'm only now getting to rewatch some of the originals* and (if I can manage to plan more than 24 hours in advance since all the good seats at Phipps are taken), I might get to see the new one in the next 10 days.

*wanted to watch (finally) Machete order, but 11+ hours of Star Wars with kids and Christmas obligations ... Who was I kidding?
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If you happen to be in Atlanta -- and near where Johnson Ferry hits Peachtree Industrial -- you need to detour by this house. Creepy Halloween Vistas from every angle.

Tonight there will be a free party and apparently things will be moving and alive. Might have to loop by for a special stop after the kids trick or treat.

Met Steve who was busy putting finishing touches -- I remember seeing earlier iterations on this whole thing 11 years ago. Labor of love. Seriously impressive!

Happy Halloween!
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This is fricking cool
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Saw this hawk hanging out on our fence in the backyard.

Ran to get the camera and happened to have binoculars from trying to better look at Venus this morning (see earlier post). Snapped one decent close-up photo.

He was hunting something. He flew off but when we went out on the deck a chipmunk took off out from under the slide. Lucky varmint!

Oh and the girls were thrilled to see this bird. Just check out those talons!
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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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Stayed two nights. Got a wolf den for our young family of 5. Good experience all around. Wish our 4 year old who can swim could go on more slides with her big sister but all in all still lots of fun.
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Like having a balcony and enjoyed the espresso coffee in the room.
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Deviled eggs W/pimento cheese-tasty!! As for the entree, I had the smoked half chicken and it was ridiculously moist and tasty. Probably the best I've had in Atlanta. Green beans and collards were also on point. Will be back for sure. Also as a family of five, liked the low key but nice setup as a sort of a hybrid restaurant with fast delicious food and table service.
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Godfathers messy but delicious. Long live. Worth the wait and experience.
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Nice live music and quick eats on the patio. Kid friendly. Eclairs are the bomb.
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