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Nik Markwell (ducky)
Worked at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Attended Stafford Senior High School
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Sicuro v0.20.0 released

All in all, a fairly uneventful release. Mostly just general code cleanup, and a fix for a bug which was introduced with a rubygems update (https://github.com/duckinator/sicuro/issues/29).
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So, this just happened.
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Hello, Pittsburgh!

So I've been in Pittsburgh for most of a day now (got here at 4am, it's now 10:10pm). It's been pretty fun. Went to a Pittsburgh Ruby meetup earlier, and met some awesome people.

The picture below is the view outside the window when I woke up at 8am (I have no clue why I woke up after only 4 hours of sleep).

It's also on deviantArt (http://fav.me/d63tljl) and flickr (http://flic.kr/p/efZH2W).

Super excited to finally be up here!
 
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"I often wake up because such horrid thoughts as "fuck you, faggot" get into my dreams — and that's referring to myself."

The quote above is from a blog post I wrote about a month ago. It is about how I used to be homophobic, due to being afraid of things I didn't know anything about, and slowly became more open minded as I learned more about the people around me. I actually identify as pansexual now, which is what has lead to that quote above.

I still have trouble articulating all of the details, but I made an attempt at explaining my views on things from the view of both a fear-based homophobic person and an LGBT person, since I'm in the odd situation of having been in both of those groups.

I can gladly say the quote at the top of this post hasn't applied in at least 3 weeks.

http://duckinator.net/blog/sexuality/
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So why haven't I heard of all of this insane #space -related stuff elsewhere?
 
+SpaceX's latest launch almost failed. Here's how they just barely saved it.

Via +Boing Boing. 
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This is fantastic.
 
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Yeah, it's a commercial, but still..
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Executing JavaScript in a still-hidden popup in Google Chrome

Apparently popups will execute JavaScript even before they are shown.

This page will execute code you specify in the popup and then get the results -- without you ever having to allow the popup.

I believe it runs it in a fully separate process, as well.

This works in Chrome/Chromium only, as far as I know.

Direct link: http://duckinator.net/popup-web-worker/
Reddit: http://redd.it/1cvxph

#javascript #chrome #chromium  
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Hey all,

I'm finally getting on G+ again now that things are finally settling down a little here. I came out as pansexual back in December, to everyone but my family (for reasons I won't go into in this post, but may discuss later).

If you're into programming, web development, or photography, you may know me better as "duckinator." A lot of my programming and web dev stuff is open source. If you're interested in any of that, there's links to my various profiles in the footer of my website, http://duckinator.net.

The picture is of my primary camera: a Pentax Spotmatic with a 50mm SMC Takumar. I've got two of those setups, but one has a damaged light meter. The picture was taken with my little Kodak EasyShare Z915 point-and-shoot.

- Nick
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Good news: Curiosity rover confirms Mars was once suitable for life! http://mashable.com/2013/03/12/nasa-mars-suitable-for-life/
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  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
    Technology Development Center Associate Software Engineer, 2013 - 2014
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
    Technology Development Center Intern, 2013 - 2013
  • Official.fm Labs
    Systems Administrator, 2011 - 2013
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Pittsburgh, PA, USA
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Stafford, VA, USA - Kensale, VA, USA - Tolland, CT, USA - Stafford, VA, USA
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Programming polyglot, photographer, musician, operating system factory. The Internet called me a living Ruby interpreter. Combining my projects may yield Skynet.
Introduction
I solve problems that bother me. I like to meet new people and learn new things while solving them.

I am a programming polyglot.

I enjoy working on such varied projects as static websites, CPU designs, operating system kernels, IRC bots, compilers, and designing and building my own film camera.

I wish to teach people that their computer is not a black box. I wish to teach them it is a tool, not an enemy, and that it does not own them -- quite the contrary, in fact.

I believe "hacking" is research by disassembly, and "cracking" is doing so with malicious intent.

I believe if you own something, you should be able to take it apart. It is yours, and no longer belongs to those who made it.

I prefer open source software, but am not so foolish as to assume it is inherently better.

I believe programming is art.

Our opinions can differ, but I expect you to respect mine as I respect yours.

I like to scramble the idea of "high level" and "low level" programming. The prime example of this being my ongoing attempt to create an IRC bot in x86 assembly.
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  • Stafford Senior High School
    2006 - 2010
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duck, duckinator, duckyy
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