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Ron Lusk
Works at BNP Paribas Financial Services
Lives in Philadelphia, PA
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I always expected the future would bring personal helicopters and jetpacks. This, I wasn't expecting.
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Compassionate review of public grief
 
"Sandberg’s public grief strikes me as the best kind of vulnerability." Via @thinkchristian http://ow.ly/Of5Ln #grief #griefundone
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Beer.
Hospitality.
The Church.

Beautiful together.
 
Men named "dude," craftsmanship, and #Christianhospitality. A fun-to-read intro to a new series from @GraceAtTheFray http://ow.ly/Njq7H
The world over, Serge staff are this very minute opening their homes and lives to the people they serve, reminding the world that God is a yearning host who wants to fill his table (Luke 14:15-24) and we, with all of the Church, are sent to gather his guests to come to the table. If the monks have taught us anything, we can guess that fine beer will be there.
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Butterfly at Peace Valley Park, landing near me while I held a friend's Hobie Cat before a sail. +Mark Andrake 
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Long Pond, Belgrade Lakes, several years ago
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I'm building a small web app at the moment, and so I've taken the opportunity to give Polymer 1.0 a proper test drive. The question I was asking myself: can I get all these goodies without making users pay a huge performance cost?
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Exciting new spinoff (or startup) from Google, but aimed at improving life for all city-dwellers.
 
Many of you are reading this post while living in a city. And you can probably think of a ton of ways you’d like your city to be better—more affordable housing, better public transport, less pollution, more parks and green spaces, safer biking paths, a shorter commute... the list goes on!

Many cities around the world have already made a lot of progress in some of these areas—for instance, developing dashboards to measure and visualize traffic patterns, and building tools that let residents instantly evaluate and provide feedback on city services. But a lot of urban challenges are interrelated—for example, availability of transportation affects where people choose to live, which affects housing prices, which affects quality of life. So it helps to start from first principles and get a big-picture view of the many factors that affect city life. Then, you can develop the technologies and partnerships you need to make a difference.

So I’m very excited about +Sidewalk Labs​, a new company we’ve announced today. (The press release is at www.sidewalkinc.com if you want to read more).  Sidewalk will focus on improving city life for everyone by developing and incubating urban technologies to address issues like cost of living, efficient transportation and energy usage. The company will be led by Dan Doctoroff, former CEO of Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor of Economic Development and Rebuilding for the City of New York. Every time I talk with Dan I feel an amazing sense of opportunity because of all the ways technology can help transform cities to be more livable, flexible and vibrant.  I want to thank +Adrian who helped to bring Dan on board.

While this is a relatively modest investment and very different from Google's core business, it’s an area where I hope we can really improve people’s lives, similar to Google[x] and Calico. Making long-term, 10X bets like this is hard for most companies to do, but Sergey and I have always believed that it’s important. And as more and more people around the world live, work and settle in cities, the opportunities for improving our urban environments are endless. Now it’s time to hit the streets and get to work!
We're on the brink of a historic period for cities around the world. By 2050, the population in cities will double, intensifying existing socioeconomic, public health and environmental problems. At the same time, innovations in technology can be used to design communities that are more efficient ...
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Beautiful day to spread their wings to the air at the lake
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For 15 years, my most productive programming was done—not in Emacs—but in DEC's Language-Sensitive Editor. It was productive because once the syntax of a language was defined, all the "what are the options here" questions were done. Other editors and Integrated Development Environments were never (or rarely) as [easily] extensible.
For LSE, I wrote…well, probably a dozen—no, many more than a dozen, as they begin to flood my memory—language templates that I used heavily. Some were made into products: the Java, C++, and Perl templates I wrote apparently were taken over by DEC and then COMPAQ. (The link shows the Perl template, with my name still in the header comments: the other language templates I wrote must have been sanitized.)
Now, after 15 years without LSE, but with Emacs, I have found ELSE: an LSE mode for Emacs, using [almost] the original definition language. Of course my first meta-task has been writing a template for LSE (or ELSE) itself, then using that to create on for MS SQL.
It is my creation and use of tools that has kept me from the scrap heap of time, and irritated countless managers until their benefits became clear. I'm grateful to have one back, just when I was needing it again.
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Maine, I think in 2014
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Maine, presumably
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I love Maine!
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Ron's Collections
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15 communities
Work
Occupation
Programmer, software developer
Skills
Innovation, solving tough problems, thinking way outside the box
Employment
  • BNP Paribas Financial Services
    Senior Software Developer, 2013 - present
    Maintaining, enhancing, and developing business-critical software and solutions.
  • ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, Inc.
    Programmer, 2000 - 2013
    Developing and maintaining custom software and integration solutions. Helping to manage and configure technical infrastructure.
  • Digital Equipment Corporation
    Principal Software Specialist, 1985 - 1997
    Solving the "It can't be done" problems facing enterprise software developers.
  • DEC
    Principal Software Engineer, 1978 - 1985
  • Compaq
    Principal Software Specialist, 1997 - 2000
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"I don't know how, but you've managed to be both a poet and an engineer." (So said a professor friend of mine.) It's all about language, expression, and experience.
Introduction
Dog walker, friend, a voice made for radio

I will not walk with your progressive apes,
erect and sapient: before them gapes
the dark abyss to which their progress tends—
if by God's mercy progress ever ends
and does not ceaselessly revolve the same
unfruitful course by changing of a name.
I will not tread your dusty path and flat,
denoting this and that by "this" and "that";
your world immutable wherein no part
the little Maker has with maker's art.
I bow not yet before the iron crown,
nor cast my own small golden scepter down.
    From Tolkien's "Mythopoeia"

Interests
  • Technology
  • Counseling
  • Music
  • Poetry (especially if you've memorized some)
  • Creative thinking
  • Dramatic outbursts
  • Dogs (we have two) and dog training
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Trainer of good dogs, PCA elder, programming language enthusiast, chanter of poems
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Currently
Philadelphia, PA
Previously
Philadelphia, PA - Tarzana, CA - Cambridge, MA - Watertown, MA - Waltham, MA - Arlington, VA
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Google's Chromebit Turns Any TV Into a Chrome PC for Under $100
gizmodo.com

Google just introduced a whole new kind of Chrome OS computer—a dongle that plugs into any HDMI-equipped display. It’s called a Chromebit, a

Love and Gravity
www.nytimes.com

Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” illustrates how modern science has changed the way we look at love, philosophy and religion.

John Tukey - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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John Wilder Tukey ForMemRS (/ˈtuːki/; June 16, 1915 – July 26, 2000) was an American mathematician best known for development of the FFT alg

Memristor FAQ
www.hpl.hp.com

Memristor frequently-asked questions answered by HP Senior Fellow Stan Williams.

Sign in - Google Accounts
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» New Life Church’s 40th Anniversary Celebration – Closing Remarks from ...
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In 1986 on a Sunday morning, Charles and Janet Morris walked into the gym. They had just moved to the area and were looking for a church. Ch

To Parents Who Have Lost a Child
www.ccef.org

Losing a child is the most difficult and painful experience I can personally imagine. What do you say to someone who has lost a child? What

How Clutter Affects Your Brain (and What You Can Do About It)
lifehacker.com

A few years ago, I worked at a web design agency as a product manager. The part of the job I loved the most was working on product with our

The Alhambra: Panoramic View
granadateam2014.blogspot.com

Here are two photos of the Alhambra, originally built in 889 as a small fortress and then converted into a palace in 1333. Needless to say,

Day Four of Camp
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All day, we have been talking about how quickly the week has gone by. We only have one more day of camp, which feels pretty surreal. Yesterd

Camp Over
granadateam2014.blogspot.com

From last night: We finished the last day of English Camp today. It is amazing how the kids can steal your heart. They really are no differe

Semilla de mostaza - Mustard Seed
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Post by Drew Kyle -Teen Camp Sports leader Today was the FINAL day of camp and to sum up the week with one word, it was FUN! We started the

Recapping the Adventure so Far - My Merck blog
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Well as promised, dear readers, here is the first blog I sent into Merck as required by the Richard T Clark fellowship program - for your re

Fitbit
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The free Fitbit app is designed to work with Fitbit activity trackers and smart scales.GET ACTIVE. EAT BETTER. MANAGE WEIGHT. SLEEP BETTER.-

Create contact nicknames - Search Help
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This feature is available in English only. Use Google Now to create nicknames for the contacts on your device. You can do this by stating a

One person, one blog
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First, a word about integrity. I've decided to write this blog with an unusual (for me) amount of transparency about my motivations and beli

One person, one blog
kuhlnepal.blogspot.com

First, a word about integrity. I've decided to write this blog with an unusual (for me) amount of transparency about my motivations and beli

TOM BIHN
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We design and make travel and laptop bags in our Seattle factory.

Google Search
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Google Search app for Android: The fastest, easiest way to find what you need on the web and on your device.* Quickly search the web and you

Excellent service, but a $18 voucher paid for one sandwich, a $4.50 liter of water, and potato chips
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
Always a favorite stop for us
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
*We keep coming back, year after year.* Visiting the _New Balance Factory Store_ is part of our regular protocol when we come to Maine. The prices are good, the shoes are great, and it supports one of the last manufacturers in the state. We'll be back!
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Great choice of sandwiches, and a patio to sit on with our dogs!
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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Home away from home: I wish I had a coffee house like this—I'm sorry, I can't call it a "coffee shop" because that makes me think of places with more tables and waitresses—a coffee house like this near home. (I guess I do have one, but it lacks one thing: being here in Maine on vacation. Mine always has a business feel, only because I'm the one with something to do later.) The pastries are huge and delicious, the coffee very good, the service and people beyond compare. I had one of their breakfast sandwiches, the Blonde Bomber, and a lunch sandwich, the Greek Bean, and wish I were here longer to try more: both were excellent.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
*The reviews were excellent, and they were right* We wanted a place to meet with old friends, and picked Vittles. I ordered the _Black and Jack Wrap_ (blackened chicken with vegetables and cheese) and, on the strength of the rave reviews, upgraded the chips (which are made here in the kitchen, and are said to be excellent) to the _Frizzled Onions_. Meals take time here: everything is fresh (the owner believes the kitchen doesn't have a can opener!), and is made fresh when ordered. My plate arrived, onions heaped on a substantial wrap, a cup of pickled vegetables peeking out from one end of the mound. The onions are not heavy battered onion rings, but are dredged lightly in flour, and then fried: light, crisp, tasty, but not filling and heavy.The wrap was a well-balanced mix of meat and veggies, although I have to say I didn't taste much "blackened" on the chicken: that might be because it was so well balanced. Even the home-made pickles were delightful, and I was sorry I put them off until late in my wrap. My wife ordered a Caesar salad with chicken, and was delighted thereby. My friend Bob ordered the _Classic Vittles Salad_, and was more than satisfied, not only with the quantity, but the taste and freshness. Angela had (I think) a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, again with the _Frizzled Onions_. Bob and Angela both hope to return to Vittles frequently. I spoke with the owner after we ate, when he revealed that they didn't own a can opener, as far as he knew. He arranged for us to have a complimentary order of their hand-made ice cream. My wife said, "Oh, chocolate!" and he replied, "Try it and see!" It wasn't. It was rich, creamy, tasty, want-more-of-it, but we couldn't place it. "Bailey's Irish Cream," he told us. "We dropped a pie one night and needed a replacement dessert, so I made this up on the spot." They've had it ever since, with variations. We hope to return, although we won't make the 600-mile trip just for this restaurant. If it were 50 miles, though, we very well might do that.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
First-rate work by a workman who cares for his work and his customers. Other contractors have been impressed when they see the quality of the rewiring Alan did for our Victorian house.
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reviewed a year ago