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Hi all.  Excited to see a diving community on G+.  I moved to Northern California earlier this year from New Jersey.  I've been diving for about 9 years now.  While I miss the wrecks of the east coast, Monterey Bay is beautiful and I'm getting a lot more reliable chances to practice the photography.

My wife and I try to get to Monterey at least each month.  I'm interested in meeting some "light technical" (TDI AN/DP, 150' max, 1 deco gas, etc) divers in the area to get some use out of my doubles.

My wife and I also take 1-2 tropical trips a year and are looking forward to our first trip to Hawaii in March.
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ooo i see a nudibranch I think! I love those things.
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We've talked a lot about finding a good work/life balance, and a lot of us find it pretty difficult. Developer/designer Pam Selle disagrees, saying that as long as you remember a few key things, it should be pretty easy to stop working at the end of the day and get back to your life. More »
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The keepers from this months trip to Cozumel.
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It's official, we'll be moving to San Francisco! We're very excited about the move. I'll be working near Market & 3rd and it's not clear yet where my wife will be working (hopefully the city, but could be nearly anywhere in the bay area). What neighborhoods should we consider?

We will have one car but hope to use it mostly for weekend excursions, so convenient public transit is important. The ability to walk to a good grocery store and farmers market is high on the list. We'd prefer a balcony/deck/shared yard and some secured storage for dive gear/bike/etc. While we'd like it to be fairly quiet, we're moving from a busy street and a noisy building in Hoboken, NJ so that definition is definitely relative. We have about 850 square feet now in a non-ideal layout; a 2nd bedroom or room for an air mattress is ideal but not necessarily a show-stopper. We haven't set a budget yet, but the less absurd the better.

I'll almost certainly do a short term rental somewhere in or near SOMA until my wife joins me and we may end up renting an in-laws place in the Mission (though parking and "space" does concern me there). We have a 'relocation tour' coming up when we get there for vacation next week, where should we make sure to consider?
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Although it's a pity to looseyou this does sound like a great plan - I spent some time in SF last year and absolutely loved it. Good luck!
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Sad news, I still have my copy of "The C Programming Language" from college. As someone on Hacker News said:


"If you have used technology of any sort over the last few decades there's a pretty decent chance that you've used technology that Steve Jobs had a significant impact on. But the chances are 100.00% that you've used technology Dennis Ritchie has had a deeply profound impact on."
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I just heard that, after a long illness, Dennis Ritchie (dmr) died at home this weekend. I have no more information.

I trust there are people here who will appreciate the reach of his contributions and mourn his passing appropriately.

He was a quiet and mostly private man, but he was also my friend, colleague, and collaborator, and the world has lost a truly great mind.
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I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Man, I love The Onion.
CUPERTINO, CA—Steve Jobs, the visionary co-founder of Apple Computers and the only American in the country who had any clue what the fuck he was doing, died Wednesday at the age of 56.
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What a sad day.

My first real computer was an Apple IIe. My dad bringing that computer home is undoubtably the reason I do what I do. I still remember writing trivia programs in BASIC, playing risk on +Bob McCool's Mac Classic, our upgrade to an SE30, and then a too-long gap where I used various Linux and Windows PCs. Now I write only slightly more complicated programs on an unbelievable new macbook pro at work, and use devices either made by (Ipad, ipod) or inspired by (android) Apple on a daily basis.

Steve's story, and the companies that he built (and rebuilt) is an inspiration to anyone the tiniest bit entrepreneurial; legions of geeks like myself owe him our careers.

I hope his passion and his ideas will continue to shape technology for years to come.
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My first computer was an Apple II. None of this fancy Applesoft Basic.....strictly the Integer variety. Although I did get an add-on card that let me run Applesoft later. Parents still have it in fact.
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(phone) pics from my comically beautiful ride from San Francisco to Tiburon.  What an amazing ride so close to the city.
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Shots from a long weekend in Monterey & Santa Cruz counties.
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I'm a puppet lover, but I've always wished it was written in python. Python is so much more elegant as a sysadmin scripting language; Ruby makes me have to remember how to be a programmer. It's still better then Perl, which always just made me angry.
How Ruby is beating Python in the battle for the Soul of System Administration. Roughly three years ago I purchased the book "Python for Unix and Linux System Administration" and it convince...
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+Jay Jennings I probably just haven't given it a fair shake. Working my way through learn ruby the hard way and making myself use it for a couple internal apps. Python is still the only language that really "clicks" for me though.
+Samara Landers We're always talking about different puppets.
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Linux wrangler & web operations guy by weekday, avid scuba diver by weekend.  Relentlessly self improving boulangerie owner.