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Attended Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA
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Got my 3DR Solo today. Should have followed directions and took it to a large open field. Instead, decided to do a test flight in my backyard.

Backyard is big, but drone decided to fly into the ground against the deck and one of the silver propellers broke (snapped apart at the metal screw mount). Replacement packs are $15 for 2 (one black and one silver), so I can see it adding up if I break more propellers in the future.

These prop guards could help reduce future propeller replacements.

Anyone out there have these or something like it for another brand of drone?
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+christopher bell - rizzo Yes, by default the beginner mode is enabled until I complete all of the Flight School exercises. Then it will allow me to enable the advanced mode.

It came with 2 extra blades, which is nice. The blades are pretty tough, but when it got stuck against the deck until I shut it down, the one just broke in half.
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An underwater drone. Looks cool.
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AHHHH!!! I can't see this without cringing. I hate to see a LEGO creation like this get destroyed.
Children might be small in stature, but let's be honest, they can be rather destructive when left to their own devices. Such is the case with a young Chinese boy, who single-handedly pushed over a giant fox figurine of Nick from Zootopia on Sunday at the LEGO Expo in Ningbo, China. It so happened
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OMG, put him up for adoption. LOL
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I looked up this camera recently, even though I just got a new GoPro HERO4 Silver last week.

I've not used this Sony Action Cam in the real world, but have seen it and explored it's functions on a trade show floor a couple of times this year. It's pretty cool size wise and has some great functions like being splash proof, waterproof (a clear case is concluded) and compatible with the new LiveView Remote which straps to your wrist while you film. No smartphone app required, even though there is the option to use one.

Perhaps this camera has a future with me, but for now, let's see how the GoPro HERO4 does to get me back to filming.
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I applaud these students and the ability to be bold and unafraid to request that Cruz Control shouldn't visit their school.

And an equally proud applaud to the admin of the Bronx Lighthouse College Preparatory Academy for listening to the students request.

If a candidate like Cruz campaigns against your best interests and self worth, then he shouldn't be visiting your school.
Ted Cruz came to New York Wednesday talking about education, but he’s the one who got schooled.
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It's a complete disaster. Trump will win NYS in a landslide, and it will stem his losses. The GOP is dreaming if it thinks Cruz can win any state that doesn't have a large evangelical vote.
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http://www.towerrecordsmovie.com

Has anyone seen this documentary "All Things Must Pass" which covers the history of Tower Records. With Colin Hanks directing, and a good amount of interviews, it looks good. Rental is only on-demand (Vimeo included for $4.99). Digital purchase or DVD/Blu-ray.
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New Metallica. I like it. A lot.
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WoW - talk about going way back...
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Yes, this is a Utah candidate. We are all not Mormons and Republicans here.

Let's see if she can give Tea Party freak Mike Lee a good run.
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I am bummed to learn that this summer's concert with Tears For Fears at Red Butte Gardens here in Salt Lake City has been cancelled. The band posted on their web site that their entire summer tour was postponed due to family illness. This is their official statement:
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"Tears for Fears’ Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith regrettably announce today that they have to postpone their summer run of dates in the US to include theatres and festivals, due to family illness.

The band says in a joint statement: “It’s with great disappointment that we have to postpone our US summer dates due to unforeseen and unhappy circumstances. We thank our fans for their understanding and hope to get back on the road soon.”
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While I understand the importance of attending to family matters, it's still disappointing to have a show you were looking forward to, being cancelled.
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:-(

I love Tears For Fears.
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Now this is a cool accessory for the iPad Pro. Charges it as well as provides a stand.

I use a cheap little plastic stand now would works, but this might just replace it here pretty soon.
Logitech on Tuesday announced their new Logi BASE Charging Stand with Smart Connector for the iPad Pro.
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Loved Pretty In Pink. Just thought about this movie today and want to watch it again.
Top image: Paramount PicturesThirty years ago this weekend, one of the most iconic coming-of-age films hit theaters. By this point, John Hughes had written and/or directed some of the '80s most memorable films, including National Lampoon's Vacation, Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club. But 1986 was an even bigger year for the screenwriter, who added Pretty in Pink and Ferris Bueller's Day Off to his resume.To celebrate Pretty in Pink's 30th an...
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For those of you that watched the Oscars last night, you might have caught what was one of my favorite parts of the show. Jacob Tremblay.

This little dude was so cool to watch, especially his reaction when the Star Wars droids came on the main stage.

His comments to Chris Rock about liking Madagascar were genuine and his admiration for Brie Larson when she won the Best Actress Oscar were pretty cool.

For those of us that did watch, this link will show the highlights.
‘Room’ actor Jacob Tremblay stole the spotlight with his cuteness at the 2016 Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28, posing with the ‘Star Wars’ droids, high-fiving Brie Larson and using a step stool to present an award — see the adorable pictures
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Writer/Filmmaker
Employment
  • Penguin Bytes Productions
    Media Director, 2008 - present
  • Data2Logistics
    Email Admin, 2003 - 2014
  • Cimarron Software
    Systems Admin, 2000 - 2001
  • Teltrust
    Network Admin, 1996 - 2000
  • Perfection Applied
    IT Consultant, 1994 - 1996
  • Word Perfect
    Macintosh IT, 1988 - 1994
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Salt Lake City, UT
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Garden Grove, CA - Anaheim, CA - Spokane, WA - Bonners Ferry, ID - Orem, UT
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Writer | Video maker | Scooter rider | Music lover | LEGO fan
Introduction
Writer/Author
- I have been writing for over 20 years and have been published in various tech magazines, technical journals and fiction publications

Filmmaker
- I have created many short videos of me riding my scooter, playing in the snow and several other short films. Currently working on a short film, several screenplays and many other video projects

Music and Movies
- I am a music fan.  Music wise, I like to know the details of the band, the members, dates, song titles, etc.  I may not know it all, but I know enough to engage in conversation
- As for movies, I have my favorite directors and movies that I regularly watch and am passionate about the entire movie making process

Tech
- My day job and most of the years of experience that pays the bills is in Exchange Server administration and VMware ESXi host and VM management.

Blogging
- Since 2002, I have maintained a blog presence.  I now have three blogs I regularly post to:

Creative
- I am working on many movies, short films, writing and blogging projects at this time, working to make either one of them or all of them a viable source of creative output in my push to leave the IT industry for something more challenging and enjoyable.

Personal
- I am currently married and have been since 2008
- I was married previously with a daughter (age 22) from that first marriage
- I love most things retro and am fascinated by old cereal boxes and soda containers
- One of my nicknames is Chilly Willy, a nod towards my love of the penguin.

Political
- I am a bleeding liberal with an open mind on most positions and subjects.
- I support a women's right to choose for her reproductive decisions
- I am for the legalization of recreational drugs that used to be legal before 1914 (look up the Harrison Act)
- I am for making same-sex marriage legal nationwide
- I care about the environment and do what I can, within reason and means, to help reduce my carbon footprint

Belief
- I am a non-believer and do not want to be a part of any organized religion. I spent many years in an organized religion and questioned it for most of my teenage and adult years before I left for a freer life.
- My thoughts are that people can believe in whatever they want, so long as they do not try to force those beliefs on others.
- I live my life based on the idea and fact that there is no God and no afterlife. We should only be concerned about and live our lives based on what happens in the here and now, not after we die and what cloud we might inhabit.

Sports
- I like golf and enjoy playing it, even though I'm no where near as good as I could be for as many years as I've been playing (over 15)
- I am a big NFL fan with the Oakland Raiders being my team.  I also give allegiance to the San Fran 49ers when the Raiders aren't doing so well.
Bragging rights
Have a 22 year old daughter who loved music as much as I do
Education
  • Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA
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