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Sean Rees
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Attended California Polytechnic State University
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Software engineer, hacker, secret agent, robot herder
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  • Google
    Staff Software Engineer / Site Reliability Engineer, 2010 - present
  • Rally Software
    Software Engineer, 2009 - 2010
  • Pelco by Schneider Electric
    Software Engineer, 2006 - 2009
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SRE in Google, coffee and whisk/e?/y aficionado, chief of staff to two cats, and a lapsed student pilot.
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  • California Polytechnic State University
    Computer Science, 2001 - 2006
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It's a bit colder than I was expecting today...
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+Brian Brazil It isn't? I thought that specific heat capacity is constant. If so, then temperature is a linear function of heat, and therefore of energy, which is conserved. But IANAP. Hey +Andrew Stribblehill, please settle this for us.
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Travel Pro-tip

This is primarily useful if you must check a bag.

In your carry-on, bring the following items, always:
* Toothbrush & toothpaste
* Minimum toiletries (deo, razor, comb, etc) except soap (it'll probably be complimentary in your hotel)
* Minimum change of clothes (for me: socks, shirt, underwear)

This set takes up a small amount of space and is incredibly useful for a number of common travel situations:
* Lost luggage (to wait out delivery or to go buy new stuff)
* Unexpected overnight stay / irrop (e.g; diversion, canceled flight, etc)
* A shower during a layover (e.g; from long-haul to short-haul)

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+Sean Rees yeah, I've found it particularly good after an overnight flight into Auckland which usually lands a couple of hours before the first early morning hop down to Wellington .
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The song at the end is truly a thing to brhear.
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This brputs "Brangelina" brin a completely brnew brlight.
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I wish the #Eurovision audience could have voted for the interval act.
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This thread needs more Dustin the Turkey.
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Summer returned today.
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i thought you already had your week of summer. are you allowed two of them?
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It looks like #GE16 kicks off, in earnest, tomorrow. Expect to see loads of campaign posters in and around Ireland.

For those perhaps a little less familiar with Ireland, tomorrow An Taoiseach (the prime minister) will ask The President to dissolve Dáil Éireann (the lower house of the Oireachtas/Parliament). By law, this means that an election must be held within 30 days. The executive of the Irish Government is just called "the government" and those folks will remain in place until a new government is formed from members of the new, 32nd Dáil.

If you believe polling, the new government will probably look a lot like the old government.

I'll be watching this election with some interest. Sadly, I won't be able to vote in it (my naturalisation process, while nearly complete, isn't fully complete and won't be in time :-().

#ge16

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You pay taxes, your vote should count.
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Anyone I know in Dublin have a copy of The West Wing Season 1 on DVD that I could borrow?

Update: sorted. Got my disc to play.
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I wonder now how many of our outages just need some boiling water.
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I built a thing

Time off can be really useful, it turns out. :-)

This is a Raspberry Pi and 7" touchscreen. The UI is a Chromium browser in kiosk mode, with a custom webapp (mostly JS) that I wrote. It interacts with the Irish Rail and Dublin Bus web APIs, as well as they very cool Philips Hue API.

A few notes:
-- Irish Rail's API does not set Access-Control-Allow-Origin: * like Dublin Bus's, which means CORS (Cross Origin Resource Sharing) protections mean a browser won't allow you to make remote calls. This is worked around with a local Privoxy instance that forcibly adds the header to Irish Rail's responses (alternatively: -- disable-web-security works to Chromium but has the downside of an annoying butter bar that needs to be dismissed).

- Both Dublin Bus and Irish Rail's APIs provide due dates -*-and-*- minutes until the next service. That actually is really nice since it saves me from having to calculate the minutes!

- Raspbian doesn't come with a prebuilt package for Chromium. I grabbed it from Ubuntu instead after trying to build it failed.

- Security and identity are haphazardly implemented across the REST APIs that I've worked with so far. I've worked with 5 so far this holiday, 3 of them need authentication, and all 3 do it differently. It makes me really appreciate some of the core infrastructure we have in work :-)

My plan is to leave this here for a little while to see how it works for me and then hopefully rejigger the UI a bit. I'd like to add more control for the lighting controls and perhaps make the UI more LCARS like.
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+Simon L. B. Nielsen I'll keep an eye out for that, thanks! :-)

Over the last few days, I've refined the Lights UI and added Weather. The Weather Underground API does authentication in yet another different way. Sigh.
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Happy Independence Day! (for my American audience :-)) #cookies
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Lol happy #id4
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I can travel again!
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I'm 1 for 2 at getting through the automated gates at Heathrow with it.
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A few photos from San Jose's Japantown. It's pretty quiet on Sunday but here I found:
- A solid bento lunch
- A manju shop
- A market with prepackaged bento and Pocari sweat (a favourite of mine from last year's Japan trip)
- An Ethiopian Orthodox church

I'm curious what this place is like when more things are open. Well worth the trip though.
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There's a Nijiya supermarket and Kinokuniya bookstore in SJ too. Good alternative to SFO's Japantown. 
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"Vote for me and I'll buy ye a pint." #ACritiqueOfPopulism
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Politics are Politics!
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Had the Okonomiyaki and Teppanyaki set (set A). Made right in front of us. Amazingly good and fresh. The menu is in Japanese only but the staff were super-friendly and helped us understand. Highly recommended.
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Do not order online with Revolution Wines. I ordered 2 bottles for Father's Day. I ordered 4 or so business days in advance, which in my view, should be enough lead time to get a few bottles of In Stock wine to my parents' place (only 20 miles away or so) via any courier. Ultimately, the wine never arrived. After inquiring with the winery via email (there is no "online order" section on their phone tree), I received an excuse: they had to go to their library collection to get one of the bottles, which added a few days. Yet, the bottle was labeled In Stock on the website. They indicated it was a fair trade: they shipped late so they didn't charge shipping. This is a bogus argument since the website didn't charge shipping in the first place. Later on, they backtracked and said the order did indeed ship and provided a tracking number -- for a package headed to Washington, DC (real destination: California). Finally, they just gave up and refunded the purchase. Nowhere in my communications with Revolution Wines did they express regret for missing Father's Day or offer to make it right. I ended up going elsewhere (a lovely whisky shop) to get Dad a belated Father's Day gift. To sum up: the customer service from the winery was poor. The website doesn't accurately reflect stock nor does it charge shipping like it should. You can't call them to check status and have to rely on email. To top it off, it seems like they're quite disorganized in the back office. Do not order online from them until they get their stuff together.
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Had the Moules Frites in the red curry sauce -- absolutely wonderful. Service was excellent and the atmosphere is hard to beat. Highly recommended!
Atmosphere: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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Stephen (Steve) is a remarkably calm, easy-going, but most importantly, insightful instructor. After failing the test twice in Rathgar, I went to Steve who looked over my prior test reports and tailored his instruction to my specific trouble areas: observation and reversing around a corner. With his help, I went back to Rathgar this morning ready for the test and walked out with a Certificate of Competency. Thanks a million, Steve!
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