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Martin Graney
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Attended University of Northumbria at Newcastle
Lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Damn straight. Talent comes from blood, sweat, and tears. And success comes from sprinkling opportunity on top.
 
"Success is not an accident..." +Kim Roach +Sami Salek 

#quotes   #motivation   #inspiration  
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Oh, so evolution has never been observed and is just a theory, right?
Nope. Observed over 57 years in a particular species of fly. #evolution   #darkfly  
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Last year a deli opened in my neighbourhood in the old VCR store, and I thought nothing of it. After all, it was bound to fail in my chronically old fashioned, white Dutch, stadsdeel.
But it is still going.
And now we also have a gym, a breakfast bar, and soon to open, an artisan bakery. But it was the American gay couple I overheard in my local Albert Heijn, "So glad we moved out of the centrum. This is soooo much better.", that finally confirmed my rising alarm. 
My neighbourhood has become hipster!
I actually liked the old, slow, boring, narrow-minded, stampot, way of life here in my neighbourhood. It was my sancta sanctorum, away from the pretentiousness of the cosmopolitan and hipster friendly Jordaan or the Pijp. And also far enough away from the madding crowds of tourists for me to feel like I was genuinely an expat. [But still close enough for me to easily hang with my centrum-dwelling expat friends]
The dream is finally over.
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Are you calling me a "hipster"? That is very prejudicial of you to put everyone living in a particular area of the city in one group. You are always on about equality and open mindness and here you go pidgeon holing everyone.
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I definitely do!
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Having a pint in a proper pint glass in #manchester  
The calm before the #xmas  storm
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This is an utter disgrace.
Only 2 weeks after the Oostport shopping area in my neighbourhood opened it has been covered in stencil graffiti.
And who has done this? Christians.
The Oostport is meant to be inclusivist, catering to people of all faiths, colours and creeds. After all my neighbourhood is populated by a lot of different ethnicities, faiths, and creeds, from all around the world. But no. Christians cannot abide that fact and have to shove their faith down everyone elses gullet. 
And this is not one or two stencils. But a plethora of stencils located all over the Oostport.  Two of them are even stencilled on the stylised compass in the centre that symbolises global community
And Christians have the palpable audacity to call us atheists arrogant...
#hubris   #christian   #graffiti  
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Saw a family on the way to work. One of the parents was a little hesitant.
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""Guns don't kill people. Facebook users with easy access to guns kill people."
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An interesting piece of sticker graffiti on the bus this morning.
I wonder what they are trying to say?
Perhaps, "If we do not act fast and convert over to nuclear energy then all the trees will be defoliated by acid rain because of the coal powered stations!"
Or, then again, maybe not.
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Funny quote from a great TV show, sadly it is completely wrong.
If Moss was genuinely preternaturaly smart he would know that this particular piece of grammatical perscriptivism is a consequence of the British class system, and a relatively recent one at that. When educators tried to codify grammatical rules they chose their own middle-class, southern-English, dialect as the 'standard'. Double negatives had fallen out of fashion in their dialect, even though they were used extensively elsewhere, and so they were proscribed.
People who continue to propagate this artifact of the British class system don't know nothin'.
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To understand how people outside the southern middle-class educational establishment felt about grammatical prescriptivism all you have to do is read what 1984 says about Newspeak.
Eric Blair may well have been the intellectual son of a colonialist, but he spent an awful lot of his time amongst the downtrodden northern workforce.
This no doubt shaped his concerns about how politics and language can influence each other  to adversely affect the position of the common man.
One of his seemingly prescriptivist "rules for writing" states "Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent" and his distaste for the overuse for negatives is rooted firmly in its use by political elites to confuse, and control, others, rather than the use of double negatives by the common man to add extra negative emphasis to a statement.
Never trust the view that double negatives are double plus ungood.
And always abide by Orwell's sixth rule.
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Application Developer, Software Developer, Systems Integrator, Web, Hacking, etc.
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  • Technologist
    1994 - present
  • POSSIBLE
    Technical Architect, 2011 - present
  • Blast Radius
    Application Developer
  • RIOT/180amsterdam
    Tech Lead
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UK - Spain - USA
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Oh my god just look at me, grandpa been hackin' since '83.
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  • University of Northumbria at Newcastle
    Electrical Engineering, 1990 - 1994
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