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Katherine Cox-Buday
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Nothing like a cup of piping hot coffee, a bash prompt, and the ISO for +Ubuntu 14.04 Server. Today's gonna be fuuuuun!
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Doh... I totally meant 14.04. Edit incoming!
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I learned that his on-the-spot composition was not so on-the-spot, but it was still plenty fun :)
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Just now getting around to watching "Star Trek: Enterprise", the last of the Star Trek series. So far its just OK. But the theme song... The rest of the series' opening credits were iconic. What the hell is this?
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I think I've heard enough good things about it that I'll try and watch in its entirety, but oy... the theme song along with some pretty stiff acting in the first 3 episodes puts a bad taste in my mouth. Thanks for the opinions, all :)
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Synopsis: models aren't reality, and since empirical analysis is essentially free in the software world, prefer that since it is reality.

Really interesting talk. Information dense.
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Wow.
 
Work with a purpose:

"Day 1: I was tasked with logging into the machine and ensuring my email worked. [...]
"Days 4 through 10: my boss had absolutely nothing for me to do so I read various news sites. I checked in with him once every morning just to make sure.
Day 23: I am now confident I could work for msnbc or foxnews.
Day 30: I decide to start a new company and begin designing the software for it. My boss, whom I still check in with daily, still has nothing for me and seems completely unconcerned about it.

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"Day 85: The team I'm on (20 people) has delivered their "product". Apparently they had taken 6 months to add a single web page to a customer facing app that collected some billing information. The tables were designed by another team. The actual billing system was also maintained by several other teams. This team's sole responsibility boiled down to about 200 lines of HTML, 1 style sheet and 400 lines of C# code. A pizza party is thrown by management as this represents the first time that team has delivered something on time. Ever. I try not to puke.

"In the meantime I've designed a new software system I'm planning to sell and have written about 10k lines of code for it. (side note: I did this on my own laptop that I brought in, not their machines).

"Day 90: about 100 developers are let go due to the mortgage crisis. I fully expected to be walked out. Somehow I wasn't, instead they gave me a "performance" raise of 20%. I was barely able to stifle the laughter until I was out of earshot.

"Day 95: My boss' boss says I've done such a wonderful job that they are promoting me to a new team, "that QA testing service was pure gold!" he says... This means I move my desk about 10 cubes to the left and 20 back. After moving my effects I ask my new manager what he has for me. He says, and this is a direct quote, "Probably nothing for awhile. We pushed our stuff into testing yesterday and likely won't hear anything back for 2 months. So do whatever you want."

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"Day 165: I stopped bothering to ask my boss if he has anything; I figured he would let me know. I've completed my application and actually made a few sales. They are large enough to replace my considerable salary, so I give my two weeks notice. Boss says don't worry about coming back in as it's doubtful anyone would notice so they would still pay me the two weeks. I wonder, aloud, how long the direct deposit of my checks would go on if I simply stopped showing up. He looked at me and pondered for a moment before saying, "That's actually a really good question.. Probably awhile.""
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+Nic Ferrier, you're speaking my language. Consider this a petition to post more here on G+. Developers, check his website out (http://nic.ferrier.me.uk/), it's a series of great reads.
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Duplicating an interface by putting the content into another program doesn't sound all that interesting. Transforming the message stream into another type of stream sounds so much more interesting. A translator for G+ for GNUS maybe?
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The last few weeks have been a revelation to me. Apparently no one else makes air-quotes with their fingers pointed at each other; rather, everyone points their finger tips out away from them. I thought pointing them at each other made more sense since on paper the quotes curl inward. Who knew!   /snark
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But you're supposed to be like you're cutting them in the air.
Just like they said on either Big Bang Theory or How I Met Your Mother. 
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A wonderful talk addressing those dark corners of the business world that no one really seems to talk about: uncertainty in leadership, how to handle that uncertainty, how you can utilize this often confusing aspect of civilization to grow as a human, and the borg. Yes, the borg.
The Dharma of Uncertainty in Business by Buddhist GeeksPodcast: Download Episode Description: Jerry Colonna was a venture capitalist in New York City and played a prominent part in the early development of Silicon Alley–he is known by some as the “Yoda of Silicon Alley.” He is currently a life and business coach and serves as …
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I need to see this, +Lori Cox-Buday.
 
I'll have what she's having.

Scarlett Johansson in "Lucy": Here comes the trailer!

http://youtu.be/MVt32qoyhi0
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It's always fun to discover a new techie haunt in your city. There's still some things that you need to take care of in person instead of on Amazon.
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Writer, Software Engineer
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Writing, Rational Thought, Problem Solving, Capacity to Learn, Go, C#, Java, JavaScript, C, C++, HTML, CSS, Lisp, LaTeX, Emacs
Employment
  • Reinsurance Group of America
    Senior Systems Analyst, 2005 - present
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Female
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Friends, Networking
Birthday
February 21
Story
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Consummate introvert. Writer, derby girl, gamer, and total computer nerd.
Introduction
When people ask me what it is I enjoy doing, I usually rattle off a list of things that tickle my intellect. I'd much rather be programming, or reading, or writing, or playing games than sitting in a bar. An intimate dinner with friends is preferable to a club.

Professionally, I enjoy several aspects of my occupation including: system architecture, programming, and interacting with my friends in the business. I love studying programming languages, and computer science in general.
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I've written two books.
Education
  • University of Missouri St. Louis
    BS Computer Science, 2000 - 2005
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BG 316: The Dharma of Uncertainty in Business - Buddhist Geeks
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Kitchen Soap - On Being A Senior Engineer
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Unprofessionalism - Allen Pike
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How to fix the CA0053 error in Code Analysis in Visual Studio 2012
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Morning Coffee From Around The World
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Our entire globe starts its day the same beautiful way.

Guess programming language by „Hello, world!“ snippet
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21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity
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1. This picture of Chicago Christians who showed up at a gay pride parade to apologize for homophobia in the Church. (Michelle Gantner / Mal

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The Paris Time Capsule Apartment
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A Parisian apartment left untouched for over 70 years was discovered in the quartier of Pigalle a few summers ago and I’ve been meaning to s

WIRED
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This will be a review of the ski portion of Devil's head. We went to Devil's Head for a weekend trip after Christmas, but before New Years. I've been there several times before. Skiing: The slopes are some of the better ones I've tried in the mid-west. They're not going to rival ski resorts with access to mountains, but it's pretty good for the midwest. The runs were well groomed, the chair-lifts were well operated, and the equipment is decent. All in all a good time. Lodging: My expectations here were low since I feel ski resorts are notorious for focusing on the skiing and not the lodging. It's nice for what it is even though I felt like I was staying in a college dorm. The rooms are plain, but tidy and pretty clean. My only real complaint would be the half-inch gap below the door which lets all kinds of noise in. Restaurants: Here's where my real complaint is. The restaurants here are AWFUL. Just awful. There are several different restaurants on the grounds to fit different needs. We tried the Cliffhaus Cafe, Dante's Restaurant, and Cornucopia. The Cliffhaus Cafe is about what you would expect from a cafeteria style restaurant full of hungry families. The food was pretty bad though and was consistently old or cold (if it should have been hot). Oh well, it's just cafeteria food. Dante's restaurant is a sit-down restaurant; think Applebees without decorations. We went here for dinner the first night and waiting 2 hours for even our appetizers to come. They were very understaffed for a busy Friday night, and since the kitchen is partially open I was able to see 2, maybe 3 highschool boys milling around casually preparing food -- which, speaking of -- is like food from a stadium. Overcooked, fried, unseasoned. Blah. Our big dinner was at Cornucopia the next night. It's a nice looking place with an upscale menu (and prices). We were all tired and looking for a nice home-cooked meal. Let me first state that our waitress was great. She was professional, and obviously experienced. What she brought us back from the kitchen was prepared by a group of people who obviously weren't. I ordered the Filet Minion, medium well, with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus. The steak came out medium rare and on my sister's plate. Her sirloin was on mine. I sent mine back to be cooked some more, but all they did was char the outside to a crisp and leave the inside rare. It was obvious to me they had no idea how to cook a steak. Two other steaks at the table were raw as well. My wife ordered broccoli as a side and instead got baby carrots. Raw baby carrots. After expressing our concerns to the waitress a little, she let on that these people were hired seasonally and that the bartender had never bartended, and the cooks had never cooked. Mystery solved. I will say that they comped our bill entirely which was an extraordinary gesture considering we had worked our way through some soups, salads, and beers which were perfectly acceptable. All in all, Devil's head is a pretty good place to ski, but I would pass on staying/eating at the lodge if you can help it.
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I always love going to MoKaBe's! Great coffee, surprisingly good food, and you can't beat the people! A must in St. Louis.
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