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Zig Zichterman
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Only a few hours left to get these awesome John Barrowman shirts.

I was kind of a +John Barrowman MBE​ fan because of his work on Arrow. Then I saw one of his live panels. Now I'm a huge fan. One of the funniest, most energetic, entertainers I've ever seen. Also one of the most generous with his fans.

Cool story time: as I sit in a convention between sessions, I glance up and see someone wearing this very shirt. That's pretty cool; first time I've seen one in the wild. Just as I'm about to say "Hey, nice shirt! I love John Barrowman, too!" I look up and realize that it is John Barrowman, rushing to his next con event. 
Get this John Barrowman "NOH8" Merchandise. Back for 72 hours! New colors and items! Portion of proceeds go to the NOH8 Campaign, advocating equal rights for all! Female tee, tanks, bas...
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Cap'n Jack!
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Yet one more reason why I love working at Perforce: folks like +Yohannon Hadden in support. 

+Yohannon Hadden was actually the first person I ever spoke to when I visited the Perforce office way back during my job interview. He saw a befuddled Zig searching around for a main entrance, introduced himself, then walked me all the way through the building to the front reception desk. Perforce folks sure are helpful.

Now, almost a decade later, we're both still here, happily helping folks keep track of their work.
 
Frequent readers know that, despite all common sense, I've been doing technical support for nearly a decade. At one company. Both of which make me about as common as the rainbow-pooting unicorn.

The over-riding reason I've been successful and happy: My company, Perforce Software, rocks hard. All corporations should be run like Perforce, with the same open minded attitude (not to mention a finer appreciation of extremely experienced employee candidates) and relaxed atmosphere.

So when I say "Hey, all tech support people looking for a great place to be... check it out!" you KNOW I'm trying to do y'all a favor. You can apply directly, or you can send me your resume/cover letter (Full disclosure: Yes, I get a referral bonus for successful hires).
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Paint the town red!

Inspired by the CW’s new series, we’ve been rewatching the original 1990s version. Today was the final episode of The Flash: “The Trial of the Trickster.” 

Gosh that was so much fun. Mark Hamill’s insane laughter is a preview of his perfect portrayal of Mister J.

But while laughing along with The Trickster, don’t miss John Wesley Shipp’s Goofy Bad-Guy Flash. Super speed and impish glee. So much delightful delinquence. 

Thanks for the fun times, 1990s Flash.
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There is a startling correlation between how much Rollins I listen to and how many features I write in a day.

Anger brings focus. Anger gives purpose. Anger produces code.

I'll listen again and again
and I'll keep coding.
I promise.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCLizTg9nWo
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Today’s Orion launch was definitely worth getting up at 3:30am this morning.

Following along the mission profile on the bottom half of 
  http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/12/eft-1-orion-historic-launch-atop-delta-iv-h/

Next engine burn in a bit under an hour. NASA TV’s doing a good job of filling the time with information about the program. 

Huh. NASA has an Orion blog, updating during the flight: http://blogs.nasa.gov/orion/ . They’ve already uploaded liftoff video to YouTube. 
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PS: Additional sources on launch days for mission and video: http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/  @SpaceflightNow
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Why I love working at Perforce

Walk in this morning, and all the old spooky black Halloween tree decorations have been painted bright holiday colors and given a pair of ridiculous googly eyes:

This could have been a dreary first Monday back to work after a long weekend. Instead, the week started with a laugh.

Kudos to the Perforce Facilities crew who came in over Thanksgiving weekend to paint and redecorate.
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Needs more googly eyes!
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Smoke alarms are a wonderful example of False Positives.

Just about everyone has direct experience with a smoke alarm going off in the middle of the night, waking you from sleep because the batteries are colder at night.

Few people have experience of smoke alarm in the middle of the night, waking them in time to escape a burning home.

The rate of actual home fires is low enough that just about any rate of false positive is going to teach the populace that smoke alarms are nigh worthless. And smoke alarms have a rather high false positive rate: about once every 150 days, by my count.

Smoke alarms: Interrupting my sleep with low battery alarms for 30 years. Saving me from fire for 0 years.
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20 years ago, our home in Oakland had glass break sensors that would trigger if you dropped your keys. Not annoying at all! Wowza that interior siren was loud! And we had an outside bell box, too. So the whole neighborhood could enjoy the cacophony.
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One more reason I love working at Perforce.

Perforce sponsors cool things that make the world a place I want to live in. Half the company gathered in the conference room to watch the STS-133 launch coverage. Plenty of space geeks at Perforce.

Tune in to tmro.tv Saturdays for the weekly live shows. Lots of space news, guest interviews, and smart folks in the IRC channel asking and answering questions.
“Would also like to give @perforce one more shoutout for sponsoring TMRO (Spacevidcast) during Shuttle era. Wouldn't be here without them.”
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So many Yule Log broadcasts from which to choose... "Oh look, Hallmark's has a cat!"

(this time with Google auto-awesome animated cat goodness)
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“Git Fusion 2015.1, now with less severed heads”

—a post to our internal Git Fusion developer list
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We lowered the count, but had to increase the severity. Conservation of less.
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“Pandora thinks you would enjoy this station: Electronic Holidays Radio”

Wow, they’ve got me pegged. I’ve been enjoying its Xmas Electro Swing all morning. Always nice to discover some new music.

Recommended, if you’re into that sort of thing:

http://www.pandora.com/?sc=sh2394279014358745804
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Ugh. 4:05am launch times. Seriously considering not setting my alarm clock for tomorrow morning’s EFT-1 Orion launch. As much as I really want to watch the big heat shield test tomorrow, I also want to not be a non-functional zombie at work tomorrow.

Yet, there’s just something so awesome about sending a capsule out almost 6,000km, 13 times further out than the International Space Station, then smashing it back into the atmosphere at 32,000 km/h. If it works, awesome. If not, then some rocket scientists learned something important. 

Either way, it’s one step closer to Mars.

Guess I’m setting an alarm.
 
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I’m a software engineer at Perforce that uses Git. I wrote P4Sandbox. Now I write Git Fusion.

My G+ activity clusters around programming, space exploration, and ponies.
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