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Happy birthday +Paul Irish​. Hope it's memorable... In a good way ;)
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Just occurred to me that the latest [Your favorite apocalypse/disaster/epidemic/pandemic] has passed and we're all okay.

Sure was a close one though :)



Seriously though; haven't seen Ebola spread like mad and that got me thinking. This has likely been the same state of humanity as long as we've known fear of nature or "God".
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I don't even remember how I ended up on his mailing list, but there's some good, solid advice in it.

Great point from John Somez - http://simpleprogrammer.com/

I had another subject line for this email picked out, but my wife insisted I call it "poop and swoop."

In fact, I wasn't even going to tell THIS particular story about seagulls, I was just going to jump right into my analogy, but once again she insisted... so, here it is:

I'm in Ireland right now and a few days ago we decided to go to a nearby town and get some good old Irish fish and chips.

So, we get our fish and chips, and my wife, my 4-year-old daughter and myself are sitting on this wall, trying to eat our food while this annoying bunch of seagulls is flocking around us.

Now, the seagulls are smart enough to look at my wife and I and know that we aren't giving them anything, but my 4-year-old daughter, on the other hand, looks like a pretty easy target.

All the sea gulls start gathering around her, waiting for an opportunity to steal her dinner. They are pretty adamant and persistent, but I warned her, so whenever they come near, she starts chasing them and of course they run away and then come right back.

That is until one of them got smart...

Here I am sitting down, minding my own business when I feel a large thud on my leg. At first I thought that someone must have spilled a bucket of paint from an airplane, but then I realized what it was...

A HUGE, I mean HUGE, drop of seagull poop.

Chaos ensues as I freak the hell out and my wife is trying to find me a napkin to clean it up.

That's when those crafty seagulls struck.

My daughter walked a few steps away from her food to see what was going on and BAMMO, a hungry, good-for-nothing seagull swoops down and gulps up her fish in a single gulp.

Yes sir. This technique is now officially known as the POOP and SWOOP.

We got poop and swooped.

Now, just before this all happened, I was deep in philosophical thought about... seagulls.

In particular, I was thinking about how all these lazy seagulls were standing around trying to grab our food when, just next to us, there was an entire ocean full of fish.

I mean think about it.

These seagulls had made themselves dependent on getting handouts. They had decided to live a life of begging for food, hoping that someone will turn their backs for a second or leave a few scraps, so they can fight with each other to try and get their next meal, instead of learning how to fish and catch their own food from the ocean.

At first this position might seem advantageous. A seagull that is grabbing food from humans eating in the area doesn't have to do much work. They just have to wait around for the right opportunity.

But, when you think about it, it's also very limiting.

Those seagulls are now dependent on someone or something else giving them food or giving them the opportunity to get food. They are no longer self-sufficient.

Sure, they can catch a pretty tasty meal with little effort, most of the time, but they are constantly looking for that next meal and often having to fight other seagulls to steal it from someone who will likely chase them off and punt them across the field if given the chance.

Contrast this with other seagulls or other birds who have learned to get their food by fishing in the ocean.

Sure, the meal doesn't some as easily, but once a bird becomes good at fishing, that bird can get a meal anytime it wants. The ocean is full of fish. A bird that can get its own fish and doesn't depend on a human to steal a meal from, might have to work a little harder, but also has a much greater abundance.

I think humans can be the same way as these seagulls.

I think it's easy for us to fall into the trap of waiting for handouts or waiting for whatever scraps we can get from whoever is willing to give it to us, rather than learning to fish and get our own food.

It's really easy to get into a mindset of scarcity, rather than one of abundance.

It's easy to see the world as a place where you have to compete with a bunch of other seagulls for whatever scraps of fish or chips you can get instead of realizing that there is a whole ocean out there that is absolutely full of fish, which can be easily had, once you learn how to catch them.

This thinking can permeate many areas of our life, from finances, to our career and job situation, and even to relationships.

How many of us have tried to enter into relationships with someone where we are hoping to get whatever scraps we can get instead of realizing there is a whole ocean full of fish?

How many of us have accepted a job or paycheck, again just taking what we can get, not realizing that we could actually go out and create our own value—find our own fish?

Far too often I see this mentality of thinking in terms of scarcity instead of abundance.

The truth is there is a huge ocean full of fish.

The truth is, any of us can learn to fish it and to have access to as many fish as we are willing to catch.

Yet, so many of us live from a viewpoint of scarcity.

We are like the seagull that has to resort to a poop-and-swoop technique to get our food.

Man, I hate seagulls!


Anyway, I wasn't actually planning on doing this, but since a coupon code of POOPANDSWOOP is just too good to pass up on, I'm going to give you a chance to get my How to Market Yourself as a Software Developer package for $100 off.

-> Just click here and use the code: POOPANDSWOOP and you'll get $100 off How to Market Yourself as a Software Developer (http://t.dripemail2.net/c/eyJhY2NvdW50X2lkIjoiOTUyNDk2NiIsImRlbGl2ZXJ5X2lkIjoiNDIxODU2MzQiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwOi8vZGV2Y2FyZWVyYm9vc3QuY29tP19fcz1vYzNwdGdycXV3eGNib21uN3dza1x1MDAyNnV0bV9jYW1wYWlnbj1wb29wLWFuZC1zd29vcFx1MDAyNnV0bV9tZWRpdW09ZW1haWxcdTAwMjZ1dG1fc291cmNlPXBvb3AtYW5kLXN3b29wIn0?utm_source=rainabba)

If you are tired of being a seagull and letting other people and companies determine how many fish you can eat and when, I want to teach you how to catch your own fish.

There is a huge ocean out there full for fish available to you, if you learn how to build your own personal brand and market yourself.

This coupon and sales price will only be good until the end of the week. 
So, if you are ready to make a solid investment in your career, I'd encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.
This program is designed to teach software developers what they need to know to boost their careers by learning to market themselves. Programmers and software engineers need to learn how to market their skills to achieve the greatest results and make the most money.
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It's beginning to look a lot like monsoon!
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I've never seen a children's movie make even a few parents cry. I've definietely never seen a movie where easily half the parents (myself included) were AT LEAST tearing up if not crying AND the kids loving it at the same time.

This movie was hands-down the most impactful and empathy-invoking story-telling I've experienced since seeing Roots in elementary school.

We will be buying this and I will watch it over and over until to make some of the lessons habit in the ways I look at and interact with my children. It's far from a "How to raise kids" book, but I don't think it's a stretch to say that the lessons here are fundamental and likely beneficial to every parent regardless of their personality or their childs.
 
I went to see “Inside Out” on Father’s Day with my boys and their father and my mom. I can usually tell if I am going to like a movie by how the preview makes me feel. When I saw the preview for th...
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As if Walmart wasn't tempting enough, now they're doing order-online for pickup and delivery. I don't shop there often, but when i do it's for all my guilty junk pleasures so it's better that I don't go, browse, find a bunch more things to buy that I don't need or spend hours wandering around, looking at things I MIGHT want (a bad habit I have thanks to growing up poor). That makes this service very tempting. Not unlike how Amazon Prime appeals to me for non-grocery stuff.

That said, if you're tempted, they've got a $10 referral bonus system:

http://refer.walmart.com/v2/share/6171403588412705772
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I totally want to be friends with this woman. She makes so much sense.  Also, if you are a person who decides to comment on this without watching the video, and you make assumptions based purely on the post title, and decide to go off on a pro-b...
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What's the closest thing I can get to CS gas which will clear my sinuses the same way?

THAT is the sinus treatment I need right now!
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I've never dealt with CS. But, being in the same room with a spray of mace got things running...
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+Google for Work Support was just kind enough to tell me that Admin Reports API data is only available IF the domain is upgraded to Unlimited and even then, the only data available is that AFTER upgrade to unlimited.

The fact that Unlimited is needed is only briefly mentioned in the last sentence of the 3rd paragraph of their API docs, or at least that's where I eventually found it last week. Not sure where it is now but it's definitely not on the main API page or the prerequisites (  https://developers.google.com/admin-sdk/reports/v1/get-start/getting-started ).

The face that data from before the upgrade won't be available isn't mentioned anywhere.

The data I need from Google Drive activity is clearly available as it can be seen in the Drive Activity panel, but they won't make any effort to help me get to it. So after spending some very frustration 14 hours to decrypt their docs, understand JWT auth, enable everything for the domain properly THEN find the data I need isn't available, I now find out the entire exercise was a complete waste of time.

Since I can't get this chunk of JSON I need (which this API is built to provide), I will now have to pay for significant man hours to have someone take an error-prone approach to doing what would have taken me a couple hours to do with that JSON.

Poor (and outdated) documentation, missing information, and unavailable data from the company that "Wants to organized the worlds data". Another PERFECT example of why the only Apps my business rely on are Gmail and +Google Drive and the latter has been a sever pain (slow, broken search, unstable sync) to the extent that I'm considering a custom solution using S3 at this point.

Gmail's great though :/

#fail  
The Reports API gives administrators insight into activity and usage for their Google Apps domains.
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Man of many trades, master of very few. Father of 3, husband, entrepreneur, CTOx2, student, lover, US Marine, and more.
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I've been involved in I.T. at least part-time since 1993 and full-time at an enterprise level since 1999 (USMC warehouse management systems). Currently I'm involved in virtually every aspect of maintaining a production network and related system critically responsible for $1m+ of business revenue (to include software/DB architecture and development). If my current venture doesn't pan out, I hope to find a future with Google, perhaps as a Developer Advocate where my vast knowledge-base could be well utilized and I would be exposed to fresh ideas (I love learning and sharing). I'm a true but tolerable INTJ (see Jung - Myers-Briggs or Keirsey Temperament). As is the case with most INTJ's, I don't respond well to people being mentally lazy, but I'm not antagonistic to the extent that INTJ's are stereotyped to be.
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Looks bad from the outside. Lobby is nice though. Things start smelling and looking bad past the front desk. Room smells old and musty. Wallpaper is peeling. Air conditioner is broken so it's clammy at 1am. Shower is missing hardware. Drain doesn't flow so by the time i had warm water, the tub was half full. I haven't seen roaches so 1-star is a bit rough, but 2-star feels a bit generous so I'm going with 1.
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I've called on them twice. Both times the result is what I expected (or better) and I haven't felt that they tried to sell me anything beyond the specific issue I called for. This last time I found out that one of my units just wasn't up to the job I was using it for and they showed me a trick to help it cope rather than trying to sell me a solution. I have a good friend that does commercial HVAC but lives too far to help directly and everything these guys have said or done was confirmed good by him also. I will call again if the need comes up.
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The environment was nice. The massage was very good and the prices are very reasonable. Will go back to see Jonathan again for sure (already have an appointment).
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It's a shame these guys are borderline thieves because the pizza is pretty good. I called to order the following based on a menu left in my room at the Country Inn Silicon Valley: $15.99 - "Super Pepperoni - Loaded with our thick slices of Pepperoni" $ 1.89 - 24oz soda $ 4.99 - Chocolate Moosecake $22.87 - Total (plus I'd expect some tax and maybe delivery fee) What I paid: $15.99 - Same Pizza $ 2.00 - "Deluxe fee" On the phone he said "all pizzas are deluxe now" $ 1.90 - "Spicy pizza fee" He asked if I wanted it spicy and I said yes. I assumed something simple like a "spice". It was jalapenos. $ 1.89 - Soda $ 4.99 - Cake $ 0.99 - "Cont.CH." Huh?? $27.85 - Subtotal for my $22.87 order $ 4.18 - 15% Delivery fee $32.03 - Subtotal #2 $ 2.80 - Tax $34.84 - TOTAL for my $22.87 order The saving grace was that the pizza was pretty good, but I'm not rating food quality, I'm rating a restaurant where price, service, and food quality all matter and they only got 1 of the 3 right in my opinion. If they hadn't played the robbery games, I would have given them a 4 and seriously considered a 5.
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Nice, clean site
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5.5 Stars. Great value, especially for the area, wonderful atmosphere, Incredible food and good service. Really enjoyed it.
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