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Francis UPTON IV
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We need to consider what's good for society as a whole, always keep that in mind. Part of what we need to do is have a job for everyone who wants one. In addition to keeping up our infrastructure, it makes sense to make investments in arts, music, history, education, experimentation. These investments will pay huge dividends, so it makes sense to make them collectively (i.e. through taxes). There should be no such thing as getting a degree in something worthless. If your passion is ancient literature, and you are willing to work hard at it, then society should provide for you. The capitalist model completely fails at this and it's to our detriment.
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Amen to that!
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OK Francis, I can't figure out how to post on your wall. As you can see I am thinking Facebook.
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This extension: http://huyz.us/google-plus-me/ is really essentially for G+ especially if you follow people like +Guy Kawasaki who post a lot of stuff. It actually makes it usable. But you will also have to make sure you remove this extension: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/mnhiknfpdlpmmgmecadnffgmgpgaldlo as they are not compatible and the former is encompasses the same functionality.
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Yeah, it's mostly stuff that leads to his alltop company. I'm gonna get free now.
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This may seem obvious and trivial, but I have discovered that the best way for me to solve work problems is to write about them (as opposed to try and think them through in my head -- my conscious mind lacks the capacity for that). This partly dawned on me years ago when I was writing resolutions in bug reports that I was done with I would see new things that needed to be taken care of.

Well I used to do all of my writing long hand in an engineering notebook and just yesterday I decided to move to writing using the computer (my handwriting has atrophied from lack of use). So now I just write my thoughts in comments on in my bug reports. Not only is this effective in helping to see new things about solving my problems, it provides a very complete record of the decisions that went into resolving an issue.
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I have also used mind mapping to great effect at work. Solutions present themselves...
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The real problem with our country is we don't have a good singable national anthem. This is how it's done: http://youtu.be/1BItSoe-FyQ
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If you like the Soviet National Anthem (and you should), then this is an interesting version: Soviet national anthem, Igor Ugolnikov version!
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Just back from watching a performance of Pirates of Penzance with my amazingly talented son, +Francis Upton V. In this today's final show he played the role of Samuel for which he was the understudy. He and the cast did a fantastic job. I'm so fortunate.
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a modern Major General of course (but I'm really not that smart). I think I'm really the model of a modern computer programmer. Though they don't even call them that any more.
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This is how I feel about end times. HST had the right idea.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/10/opinion/sunday/10als.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all#
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thanks for posting this
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Senior Architect at Talend, SA
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    Senior Architect, 2013 - present
  • Oakland Software
    2002 - 2013
  • HP, DEC, Forte Software, Vitria
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