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I'm probably calling down the Wrath of the Internet with this post, but I figure there may as well be one contrary review of Mad Max: Fury Road.

With all the hype and hysteria around Mad Max, it was a no brainer to check it out last night. For a 3d movie, I'm amazed at how one-dimensional it was.

I'm trying to understand why it's getting such rave reviews, but I'm completely at a loss. To be fair, the props, sets and effects were brilliant - but the story itself is longer in tooth than Immortan Joe's respirator. Not only has the story been played out a zillion times already, Mad Max did only a superficial wipe with the tired old plot brush, instead avoiding any character development seemingly by design.

Although the chase and battle scenes were fantastically visceral and imaginative, the story relied completely on deus ex machina (quite literally, in the war rigs).

I knew we were in for a post-apocalyptic bit of ultra-violence, but I had hoped there would have been a hint of a story to go with it.

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You can also check this out for an additional view point.

http://nerdist.com/mad-max-fan-theory-will-make-you-want-to-see-fury-road-again/
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Seeing a lot of rage-froth this morning, so I'm just going to share this in the hopes that everyone can agree that this is a pretty incredible story.
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Our view from yesterday's picnic. It's tough to live in this desolate wasteland, but somehow we find a way. ;)
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Struggle on as best you can....
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What a great idea! Tiny, mobile houses for homeless people...

I wonder if this sort of thing would work in the Vancouver area, with all the rain we get in the winter (also with the homeless hate that seems so prevalent here)...

Hmm.
One of the most basic fundamental necessities in life is shelter. With well over a half a million women, children, veterans and families homeless in this grand ol' US of A and with numbers growing daily it's becoming much more difficult to stereotype the homeless as just drug addict bums who "cho...
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Several cities are realizing that getting homeless people in homes is more effective (labor-wise, cost-wise, etc) at treating homelessness and the associated illnesses (addictions, mental illness, diabetes, etc). Creating free housing and providing strong social support helps these people stay healthier, connects them with necessary resources, reduces crime, and makes neighborhoods "nicer" in the no-homeless-sleeping-in-my-doorway sense. 
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I realize I may have as much luck trying to find the Easter Bunny, but hey - worth a shot, right? Calling all web devs! 
 
Quick (panicked) series of questions for you techy-types out there: 

How many of you are WordPress developers by trade?

Of that number, how many of you have a ton of experience writing to REST APIs?

Of that number, how many of you are looking to take on an mission-critical integration project to be delivered by May 15th?

And, since I love looking for purple unicorns, do any of you have experience developing custom interfaces in WordPress, connecting to the  +Bullhorn system using their REST API?c

Anybody left? Anybody?

Bueller?
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+skooter Martin depends on how many hours are required, what the seniority of the developer is, and how confident we are that the developer is capable of getting the job done to spec, and within the timelines we have to work.
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Awwww. No idea how I ended up on this article, but whatever. It's a good one.

Sneaking it in before Autism Awareness Month wraps up on Thursday!

#autismawarenessmonth  
Due to his autism, Joey Granados never hugged his mom, Amanda -- until a shelter dog named Roxy "opened up my heart," Joey, now 14, said.
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Happy Mother's Day to all of you moms that put up with got to experience the magic of having kids. :)
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Love that pic#
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Holy crap! After a forty-odd year run in power, the PC party (read: Canada's GOP) have been obliterated in the Alberta provincial elections (read: Canada's Texas). And by the NDP, no less! I never would have dreamed it possible.

It is the dawning of a new age, and I'm delighted to be alive to see it. 

#ABpoli #OhCanada #OrangeCrush
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Hopefully, the Wild Rose party as opposition would keep the NDP in check. Assuming they jettison this whole stupid alliance, with the progressive crony party.

Albertans are very headstrong and like being the Have province. 
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In the wake of all the actual tragedies occurring around the world right now, I feel bad about feeling so bad about this - but Grooveshark has been a constant companion of mine since the beginning.

Grooveshark cut out for me mid-song yesterday afternoon, but I didn't think anything of it - it happens, right? This morning I went online and am crushed to learn that it's permanent. They've been shut down. 

This is a dark day for lovers of music. RIP Grooveshark. You are already missed.
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If you opt to check it out, and you want to get a taste of my jam, I'm stevesak. Evidently, there's a social component, of sorts. That said, my music tastes differ a lot from most people I know. 
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I've seen gazillions of resumes. Most are decent, some are very good, and some are really bad. I've never seen one stand out like this one....I hope Snapchat snaps him up!
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I'd love a creative resume to be honest. Shoot, I'd even settle for one without typos.

I personally don't have a creative resume and rely mainly on networking. If that fails, I might just doing something creative. That was really brilliant. Thanks for sharing it :)
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Quick (panicked) series of questions for you techy-types out there: 

How many of you are WordPress developers by trade?

Of that number, how many of you have a ton of experience writing to REST APIs?

Of that number, how many of you are looking to take on an mission-critical integration project to be delivered by May 15th?

And, since I love looking for purple unicorns, do any of you have experience developing custom interfaces in WordPress, connecting to the  +Bullhorn system using their REST API?c

Anybody left? Anybody?

Bueller?
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This seems like the perfect post to share here. Anybody here overcome convictions prior to getting into the IT game?
Chris Jenkins originally shared to Humans are awesome.:
 
In 1994, I caught 14 charges. Four of them were felonies.

This isn't a secret, so I don't try to make it one. Anyone with sufficient motivation can run a background check on me and see that in my late teens to early twenties, I took the hard way figuring out what the world is all about. 

Technology saved me.

In my single longest stretch of incarceration (72 days, if I recall correctly), I figured out that this was not a lifestyle that suited me. But, being from a family that didn't particularly have a lot to offer in the way of resources, I bounced aimlessly around between low paying jobs fighting the temptation to re-offend. When you're $500 short on the rent and know you can make that quick flipping some weight, you're faced with some hard decisions. 

Around 24 I lucked into some MCSE training, and it set me on a path that lead me to here: a happily married father of two upper middle class professional nerd, enjoying a lifestyle I never dreamed I would have, and quite frankly, often feel I don't deserve. 

My end game has always been to give back, and when I hit 50, I've promised to myself I will leave private industry for public service. I want to found a 501c3 dedicated to helping disadvantaged kids understand what opportunities are out there, and specifically in technology. If I had better understood when I was 17 what I was capable of, I wouldn't have taken the road that I did. 

That's long term; this is short term: I'm writing a book about how technology can be a channel for current and ex-cons to get their lives on track, reduce recividism, and take them from the place they came from to the place I am. In my research, I've seen quite a few examples of that. People who have done far more time than me have gone on to accomplish far greater things than me. Frederick Hutson is one such example:

http://money.cnn.com/2014/09/17/smallbusiness/pigeonly-prison-startup/

I'm looking for ex-cons in tech who are willing to share their story as an inspiration to others to include in the book. I'd like to send you an email questionnaire, and then if possible, follow up with a 30 minute or so Hangout session. 

If you (or someone you know) is a good example of this, will you leave a comment, or tag them in? And if you think you may have some folks in your circles who qualify, will you share? Please direct them to comment here so I see it. 

Also, +Yonatan Zunger, if you know of any Googlers who fit the bill, that would be amazing. Working at your company is often thought of as one of the pinnacles of achievement, so an ex-con Googler would really inspire. 

Thanks, everyone.
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I earned two associate degrees by the time i was 21. One in electronics engineering technology and another in network engineering technology and ran the MCSE track. Held a few jobs, took a pharmacy tech course, did that for a while.

Wound up running a pharma company's automation division in my area. Started a chemical supply company after that division was divested and broke the law on one of the items i imported.

Received a 4 year federal sentence. I'm now studying genetics & genetic engineering with hopes of getting into the field professionally in spite of my conviction.
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I'm not a puritan, and I appreciate well-placed salty language, and my jimmies remain unrustled at the sight of nudity. I love a good debate, and I appreciate contrasting opinions, and am a strong proponent of free speech, 

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I have no time for disrespectful or rude people. If you get heated, I get it - I do too - but if you can't avoid mud-slinging or name-calling, I'm out. I'm here to share interests and conversation - the second a debate devolves into personal attacks is the second I pull the chute.

And that's it - pretty easy, right? Right. Looking forward to talking with you!
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