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Matt Williamson
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Photos from our trip to Hawaii
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Seattle preps for the Super Bowl.  Space Needle and PEMCO Insurance fly 12th Man Flags.
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nice view ...  can't wait to come see it in person!
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Yes but at least you'll be nominated for an award!  (the darwin that is :-)
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God, I'm old.
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With more interesting specifics, and a not-so-subtle reminder of our eventual demise due to the heat (or lack thereof) death of the universe.  Hurray!

http://www.waitbutwhy.com/2013/08/putting-time-in-perspective.html
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Overdue photos from Seattle's first Pride parade after legalizing gay marriage.
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nice but am disappointed with the lack of the panoramic :-)
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New years resolutions get a lot of crap. They’re a joke and they never work. People fail 92% of the time. They’re cliche. Why bother?

Well, for one, 45% of Americans make them. And while only 8% succeed, those 8% are more successful than those who do not, unsurprisingly. Those who make explicit resolutions are 10 times more likely to succeed, supposedly. And that’s a bold, bold claim.

So you want to lose weight, or be happier? Make a goal. Say it out loud.  Right now. Bam!! 10x higher chance.

Now let’s get that even higher.

Step 1: Peer pressure

The easiest way to boost your chances of success is to tell someone else, or the world. Make them/us keep you honest. Seriously, put your resolution in the comments below or send a message to me and I’ll keep you on the horse. If you’re not willing to do this, then you’re not serious and you’re bound to fail. Do you want it or not?

Step 2: Practical

Pick ONE thing. The most successfully new years resolutions are small, practical, and measurable. They say you should create a plan and track it. Realize you might slip, but that’s okay, get back on. And tie it to existing behavior.

So something like “Every time I touch I plate, I will remind myself to only fill it 3/4 full, and I’ll mark a check on a calendar on my wall.”

That’s a winner. It also sounds entirely lame. But that’s okay, because now you’re more than 10x more likely to succeed than 5 minutes ago. You’re welcome.

Step 3: Gradual

Cold turkey sucks. Instead of making your new years resolution immediately 100%, try making a macro goal of getting there by the END of 2014. Slowly ramp up month over month. Instead of dropping smoking entirely, drop one stick a day per month. Instead of 30 minutes of exercise a day starting today, try starting with 10 minutes once per week.  Make success easy. If you’re exercising 10 minutes per week more, you’re already doing better than you were last week. Success!

Addendum: Losing Weight and Getting Fit

If, like 38% of Americans, your new years resolution is weight related, you’re probably wondering where to start. The simple fact is that weight loss requires two things: diet AND exercise. You need both.

To boil it down and over simplify, modern dieting trends (paleo, slow carb, veg) focus on:

1) high protein, low carbs - eat meat, veggies, eggs, greek yogurt, nuts, legumes, and beans
2) smaller portions
3) drink lots of water (let’s admit it, we’re all bad at this)
4) consider giving yourself a cheat day once a week.  Eat anything and everything you want; go wild.

For exercise, start small. Strongly consider weight lifting. Even the lady folk out there. It’s good for you and great for fat loss. Invest in a gym membership. It’s a bit expensive, but also a good motivator.  Possibly cheaper in the long run, considering we don't have free healthcare yet.

Addendum: Be happy

Losing weight and making more money, two of the most popular resolutions, might not be your best choice. They might extend your time on this rock, and they might get you laid more, but happier, not exactly.

If you want scientifically proven ways to make you happier, here’s your starter list (unsorted). I trust you can Google up some specific techniques:
  * get more sleep
  * exercise (okay fine, also good for losing weight)
  * meditation
  * cultivate and express gratitude
  * help others and volunteer
  * smile more (fake it ‘til you make it)
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Photos from a roadtrip to Sequim this weekend with +Matthew Riley, +Melitta Riley, and +Fai S.  We hiked the Dungeness Spit and some of the little trails on Hurricane Ridge.

This is my first set of photos playing with my new NEX-7.  I'm not entirely sure whether I like it better or worse than my SLR yet, but I must say that the photos, straight off the camera, are very very good.  Much easier to use for just about everything, especially taking panoramas.  +Nathan Davis 
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Deliciously dark and insightful, a post from a medical professional on the nature of dying. And now I need to read all of his other posts... Thanks +Guy Srinivasan 
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I... what... wow.

Everyone should take a CPR class, but if you're really that lazy, this is okay too. And if disco isn't your thing, "Another One Bites the Dust" works too.
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Software Engineer
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  • Google
    Software Engineer, 2008 - present
  • Center for Talented Youth
    Senior Resident Assistant, 2008 - 2011
  • U.S. Army Solider and Biological Chemical Command
    Intern, 2004 - 2006
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Googler, mentor, martial artist, meditator, and explorer of the mind
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  • Carnegie Mellon University
    Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, Psychology, 2004 - 2008
  • C. Milton Wright High School
    2000 - 2004
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As a Seattle-based coffee lover, I always look forward to visiting Mountain View so I can swing by this amazingly delicious shop which rivals the many I know and love at home. Get a pour over.
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Greatest selection of beers and ciders I've seen at a neighborhood market. Bigger than it looks. Bagels and cream cheese until 2; sandwiches until 6.
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Took forever to be seated after being told multiple times we'd be seated soon. "5 minutes" became 15. Appetizers came out late, entries out exceptionally late. All staff members seem completely depressed. On bright side, the food was pretty good and there was an amazing bottled beer selection.
Food: Very goodDecor: Very goodService: Poor to fair
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I'm currently in love with Bai Tong's food, especially for take-out. Order any of their dishes at a 4 star or higher and dig into pure heaven.
Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Very good
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Crappy drinks
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