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Donald Trump is going to make Mexico pay for a wall on the US' southern border, and Stephen Harper is going to make the United States pay for a wall on Canada's southern border. Balance is good!

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Social Security is eighty years old tomorrow.
Social Security turns 80 years old on Aug. 14, 2015. That anniversary is a good time to note the program's accomplishments and take a hard look at its future. Social Security is the largest federal government program, with expenditures in 2014 totalling $859 billion.
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I just installed MATE 1.10.2 GTK3 (mate-gtk3 and mate-extra-gtk3). It looks like my weekend is set.

Be warned, it's EXPERIMENTAL.
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After using it all weekend I haven't hit any snags. It took about a day to tweak it to my preferences (looks suspiciously like Gnome3). I was going to install Ubuntu MATE 15.10 this morning to check out some of the tweaks +Martin Wimpress has been doing but I guess I can wait for a little longer.
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Tree! He understood me, mentored me and protected me when I was working at the 9th Circle as I went through some life changing issues.
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Wow! What a look back into History! Thanks for sharing this!
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Conservative heads explode across the nation!!!

What a week.
#scotus  
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My last bartending gig was at the St. Marks Bar, famous for the Stone's 'Waiting On A Friend" video and infamous as an East Village dive bar. I started working there the year after the video was released and the bridge and tunnel crowd had discovered the bar. My experiences during that period were enough to drive me back to the real world (well the coding world anyway).
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My niece and nephew Ashley and Adam in 1983.

Despite their early 'stardom' they turned out pretty cool!
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Rothbard Ale + Larder, European Beer Bar, To Open In Westport (By Walrus + Carpenter Team)

"Spatzle, Mussels, Rabbit Goulash, Steak Frites (Fleisher’s), housemade Jagershnitzel and Raclette, (a Swiss cheese, melted table side and draped over potatoes, bacon and onions)."

Blatant plug for my nephew's new restaurant. Congratulations Adam Roytman, partners and team.

#westport   #connecticut   #food     #beer  
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Where has +The Rachel Maddow Show gone? The last post in my stream was July 16; was it something I said? ;-}
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Later today, July 27, German scientists will present new experimental results on the controversial, "impossible" EM Drive, at the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics' Propulsion and Energy Forum in Orlando. The presentation is titled "Direct Thrust Measurements of an EmDrive and Evaluation of Possible Side-Effects." Presenter Martin Tajmar is a professor and chair for Space Systems at the Dresden University of Technology, interest...
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Nope.
White proposes that the EM Drive’s thrust is due to virtual particles in the quantum vacuum that behave like propellant ions in magneto-hydrodynamical propulsion systems, extracting "fuel" from the very fabric of space-time and eliminating the need to carry propellant.
I know blather when I read it, and that's blather in Spades.
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I found Kim Stanley Robinson's latest book, "Aurora", enjoyable, enlightening and, in contrast to the Mars Trilogy, quite approachable (I'm struggling through my third attempt at the trilogy). KSR offers a different perspective on intergalactic migration this time around and it raises some interesting questions. One such question; who's going to pay for it? Unless we are fleeing some cataclysm, or we develop FTL tech, there's no ROI for intergalactic colonization. 

The book is constructed as a teenage girl's 'coming of age' in a unique, confined and controlled environment. I bought the signed edition from B&N with the intent of giving it to my twelve year old granddaughter (named Aurora) but it does lightly allude to some early sexual experimentation so grandpa will send the book to the parents and let them work it out.

Note to +Orbit Books, the musical soundtrack on this video is too loud and distracting and detracts from the authors dialogue!
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Coat-check, waiter, bartender and all around lost boy!  (1979 - 198?)

When life got too complicated for me to handle I found friendship, safety and comfort in the NYC bar scene, both behind and in front of the bar. I lost a lot of friends to AIDS in that period but also found the woman I'm with today.
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Occupation
Programmer (retired)
Skills
ADHD
Employment
  • home
    PopTat, 2011 - present
  • Accenture
    Systems Specialist, 2007 - 2011
  • HP Technologies at Steel Warehouse
    Consultant, 2005 - 2007
  • John Hancock Financial Services
    Systems Analyst, 2001 - 2005
  • Airlines Reporting Corp,.
    Programmer, 1996 - 2000
  • BonTon/Hess's Departments Stores
    Programmer, 1987 - 1995
  • Lincoln Federal Savings
    Programmer, 1985 - 1987
  • hiatus
    Waiter/Bartender/theater wannabe, 1979 - 1984
    You start out as an aspiring actor working in bars to support yourself and in a few years you are managing a bar and wondering what happened. But oh, what a time it was!
  • Bank Leumi of NY
    Programmer, 1977 - 1978
  • Computer Audit Systems
    Programmer/Instructor/Consultant, 1976 - 1977
  • NCR Corporation; NYC Regional Data Center
    Operations Supervisor, 1974 - 1976
  • J.A.Sexauer Mfg. Co.
    Console Operator, 1973 - 1974
  • Longines Symphonette Society
    Systems Scheduler, 1970 - 1973
  • US Trust Co of NY
    Evaluations Clerk, 1969 - 1969
  • NYSE
    Settlement Clerk, 1969 - 1969
  • US Army
    11F20, 17K20, 1966 - 1968
  • Shapiro, Bernstein & Co
    office boy, gofer, 1964 - 1965
    I wish I'd pursued music! Lost opportunity!
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Tampa FL
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Whitehall, PA - Newark, NJ - New York, NY - Larchmont, NY - New Rochelle, NY - Jackson Heights, NY - St. Louis, MO - Torrington, WY - Santa Fe, NM - Upland, CA
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Introduction
A typical socially inept programmer; I retired in 2011 after 42 years in IT. Although my job title and responsibilities changed over the years I always found a way back to code.

I've been a Linux user since 1995 (I think Yggdrasil was my first). My first UNIX was SCO Unix. I've been known to install five different distros over a weekend; my current distro is Arch. Since retirement I haven't used Windows at all; I've got a Chromebook, an I7 laptop, a Nexus 7 and an Android phone.

My first mainframe programming language was NCR's Neat/3. I learned 4004 assembler from a mimeographed Intel op-code document. It wasn't too formal back then!

I'm a heads down coder and a good debugger. I'm scared to death of anyone who feels the need to put PMP in their sig.

Politics
I am a sometime Libertarian Democrat [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libertarian_Democrat] but not delusional enough to believe that any group has a real handle on all the issues of the day.
Bragging rights
beautiful granddaughter, an investment banker son with a PHD in Theoretical Physics (don't know where those genes came from)
Education
  • Franconia College
    Theater and Fine Arts
  • Pace University
    UNIX, C, C++ Development
  • New Rochelle High School
  • Rhodes Prep
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Obama's Trauma Team
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How an unlikely group of high-tech wizards revived Obama's troubled HealthCare.gov website

Google+
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FEATURES:- Enjoy magazine style layout in the tablet version - Automatically share photos to an Event with Party Mode - Turn on Auto Backup

The demise of Google Reader: Stability as a service - O'Reilly Radar
radar.oreilly.com

Om Malik's brief post on the demise of Google Reader raises a good point: If we can't trust Google to keep successful applications around, w

The seven billionth baby
www.virgin.com

What should we be doing to make the world more sustainable?

How useful is Mojito for web developers?
www.itworld.com

Just when I though I had put Yahoo out of my mind, and it had joined 4 Non Blonds as something I would never think of again.....doh! Now I h

Webcast: Introducing Google App Engine
www.oreillynet.com

Duration: Approximately 60 minutes. Cost: Free Google App Engine is a scalable platform for developing and hosting applications for the we

Khan Academy
www.khanacademy.org

Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything for free.

Radar is now on Google+ (officially this time) - O'Reilly Radar
radar.oreilly.com

We've got big ideas for Radar's new Google+ page. For starters, we see it as a two-way channel, an experimentation hub, and a place to surfa

In addition to all that's been said about the pancakes and omelletes; the coffee is really good. I usually buy a bag to go (it's their own blend and they sell bulk).
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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