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Pedro Vera
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Lives in Reston, VA, USA
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Sigh.

A tantrum is not the same as a meltdown. A tantrum is when the kid knows exactly what he/she is doing. In a real meltdown the kid doesn't even know why he is throwing the fit. Just ask any parent of a child in the Autism spectrum.

In our personal experience, which I must stress out a million times it is personal, your mileage may vary, ask a neurologist, etc. PJ's tantrums were obvious, you could see the wheels spinning as he was deciding to go nuclear in order to get something. With a meltdown it is different, there's usually an external trigger that is almost like flipping a switch and bang! he's in a meltdown. And it isn't intentional.

In our case, if it is a meltdown we have two choices: we can be spineless and let the kid yell at us until we are so tired of it that we do whatever he wants.

Nope, we don't do that here.

The other choice, which for us is the only choice, is we stand our ground.

With a meltdown it is different, the only thing you can do is learn to identify the triggers and try to be proactive. With meltdowns, again, in OUR personal experience, it is possible to derail them. It usually involves trying to distract him by whatever means necessary, all you need is a split second to derail it. For example, writing something down and handing it to him would make him stop for a split second to read the note and that by itself acted as a speed bump. Many times by the time he finished reading the note PJ was already at a lower level than even a tantrum.

On a side note, if you are the kind of person that stares/points/gives snarkiness/attitude/etc at/to parents while they are struggling with trying to comfort/control/discipline a kid that is on the floor of the store kicking and screaming, STFU and move on. Unless you are witnessing actual child abuse, just STFU and move on with your life. 
Most parents have experienced at least one child meltdown in their parenting lives, but most don't quite know how to deal with them.
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Dear +Google+ team: how come I can't narrow down a g+ search for MY posts unless I go to the previous version of g+? Am I missing something obvious?
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I call bullshit.

Anyone named James A. Kirk would have immediately changed his middle name to Tiberius the second he knew he was going to shoot for a commission in the U.S. Navy.

Or at least James Turd Ferguson Kirk. Then he could be Captain James T.F. Kirk. That's how legends are created. 
Capt. James Kirk just got the keys to the baddest ship in the fleet -- U.S. Navy's fleet, not Starfleet.
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I don't think you fellas understand this power dynamic.

I am the one that clicks. You should be asking, not telling me what to do. You tell me what to do when you have something that I want. You ask me what to do when I have something that you want.

You have a piece of news I can get from another 100 websites.

I have a click that makes you money.

All you had to do was add a disclaimer on top, something like this:

"Hey, we noticed that you use ad blockers. Ads allow us to give you free content, please consider turning it off."

Every time I see it worded that way, I kill the ad blocker for the whole domain.

Every time I get an interstitial like the one in the screen grab I use Chrome to delete the div so I can read the article, which is what I just did. 
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Plain vanilla adBlock.
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#mrw I realize that +PJ Vera sings in the style of William Shatner.

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When you close the last trouble ticket at 4:42 PM on a Friday, knowing the customer bailed at 4:30 PM. 
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Well hell, they fixed the Washington team!

#gameofthrones


They’re two of the most popular and talked about things on television, they both have plenty of violence and, in the end, pretty much everyone ends up worse for wear.
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If you don't feel comfortable experiencing Cassandra's Complex every goddamn day for the rest of your working life, you should not be a software developer.

If you do love programming so much, but can't stand the idea of people not listening to one fucking word you tell them whenever you warn them about something being Cassandra for the next 30+ years, there's a way out: get a job doing something not related to programming, then on your free time contribute to a FOSS project. If you don't like the way the project is run, take your ball and play elsewhere, there's plenty to pick. 
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yea yea yea, whatever.
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Riiiight.

I don't believe it for a goddamn second. 
Washington, D.C., topped the list for the third year in a row.
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"Battle not with shitty API docs, lest ye become a shitty API peddler, and if you gaze into the framework, the framework gazes also into you."

#todayilearned that Friedrich Nietzsche was a web programmer. 
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"I was an international spy, of course I know how to play baccarat."

Well hell, I got that joke. That means reading Ian Fleming's "Casino Royale" wasn't a complete goddamn waste of my time.

And yes, this was on "Person of Interest."
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Education
  • Excelsior College
    Science, 1995
  • University of Puerto Rico
    Mechanical Engineering, 1992
  • United States Army Signal Center
    SATCOM/SATCON, 1994
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Introduction
Pedro is a workaholic lead web applications developer stuck somewhere around the DC beltway. 

In his paid time he writes code, irritates his customers and coworkers and drinks too much coffee. 

In his free time he watches too much TV, plays video games, reads, writes, takes pictures, irritates his family, cats and friends and drinks too much coffee.
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Lead Web Developer
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software development, web applications development, programming, scripting, relational databases, telecommunications, process management, technical management, photography
Employment
  • NetLink Resource Group
    Lead Web Applications Developer, 2006 - present
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Reston, VA, USA
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Landstuhl, Rheinland-Pfalz, Deutschland - Augusta, Georgia, USA - Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, USA
I am a repeat customer, this is my second vehicle purchase at this dealership plus they serviced my previous car for over four years. I am absolutely pleased with every single experience I have had with this dealership. As always, it was a no-pressure deal, both Rickie Piland (my salesman) and Danny Islam (my finance manager) made it absolutely clear that they were there to make us happy.
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reviewed 10 months ago
Five stars if you go in the middle of the week. No traffic, very short lines. If you go closer to the end of the season, or worse, on the last weekend of the season, prepare for major gridlock and lines. We have been coming to this park for a few years and it's always a load of fun. That is, except for when we procrastinated and waited until the last weekend a year or two ago. Lesson learned.
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Public - 5 years ago
reviewed 5 years ago
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Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Excellent
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Great food, very affordable, fast service and a staff that is incredibly accommodating to families with small children and children with special needs. I have been bringing my (now 12) son that has autism and everyone makes him feel like he OWNS the restaurant. I don't know how it is during weekdays, but weekends there are no issues whatsoever with parking or waiting for a table. Make sure you bring your appetite because the portions are big, especially if you ask for any kind of pasta that comes served on top of a pizza crust. The most popular children's dish seems to be the "make your own" pizza, they'll bring the materials to the table and even a chef's hat.
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