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Ah Plurk, how I have forsaken thee.  Technically, I actually liked plurk, at the time of its inception a lot better than Twitter.  Nowadays it's unfortunately one of "those" networks that exist, nothing I use, but is still apparently popular for niche markets (hello ello).

I'm still not quite fond of Twitter.  Its conversation capabilities are completely atrocious and so its stream management.  For now, I'm still sticking to Google+ as my primary network.  Hopefully it wont go broke...
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I'm normally a bit meh with top 10 lists, but this was worth a read.
I have learned a few things in my life. Some of them I learned from working, some of them I learned from not working. No…
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Now make them flexible enough to roll up.  Soft screens from any of Baxter's books?
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+Martin Antinucci , check this out!
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Decisions are hard, especially when you're left with a bunch with multiple facet to have to consider.

While I do like some of the thoughts that went into his apartment and housing decisions, I can certainly see how our tastes and decision priorities can be completely different.

Hence a good app that makes it universally applicable to anyone is a good thing :).
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One more thing on my todo list.
Jason Mayes originally shared to General Geekiness / Fun:
 
Mankind has always wanted to fly, but these jetpacks take things to a whole new level. How awesome is this? Really beautifully made video - worth a watch. Now choose something epic to do in the near future and make it your goal to do it. What will you choose? 
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I dont watch Mad Men, but I thought that if this comes to fruition, it'll be an excellent ending.
Clues to the ending of ‘Mad Men’ have been embedded within the show since its very beginning
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Reading up a little on some JDK8 features, especially lambdas and the :: operator.  Lots to try to catch up on and get back into the swing of things.

All this while upgrading ubuntu.  Just upgraded from 14.04 -> 14.10.  Currently pushing from 14.10 -> 15.04.

#tech  
Presentation on the new features introduced in JDK 8, presented on the 26.02.2013 in Sofia University in front of students and members of the Bulgarian java user group.
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Mumble grumble... need to update ubuntu to 14.10 or above for kosher installation of openjdk v8.  Else compile from source or a third party ppa.

May as well take the plunge to 14.10 then 15.04.  Let see how well the upgrade process works.  If everything pans out, I'll be back.

If not, you probably wont hear from me for a few days while I fix a broken OS.

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have some faith!
Debian (and by inheritance, ubuntu) have one of the strongest package management systems available.
Unless you tinkered way too much with the packages and installed a lot of stuff manually, everything should be painless.
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Sure,@medium works better in the app, but does that mean it cant work as well in the mobile web version?  Unless you're doing some CPU / GPU intensive gaming with a lot of native specific hooks that you need, and even then, I'm not sure it's entirely necessary.

I wonder what Medium is doing that is absolutely necessary as an app as opposed to a mobile version unless it's simply being done for user retention and the UX of getting to Medium content easier.  Which is fine too, but I guess no one will ever admit to that.

"You should get our app because it works so much better" nowadays, for me, becomes code word for "We want to tie you into our ecosystem, get our app so we can" rather than anything truly beneficial for the end user.
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This is some really fascinating technology only possible via the ubiquity of digital cameras into the hands of millions of people.  It'll be really interesting to be able to eventually pick any popular place and see a timelapse of it.

At the moment, the only one I can think of where you can readily do this is via Google Street map's history feature.  But even that feels far less consistent than these.
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A group of researchers has built a way to mine the giant corpora of pictures people have posted publicly (on sites like Picasa and Flickr) and build time-lapse images of landmarks. This involves huge technical challenges of identifying landmarks, building 3D models of them, stabilizing the images, and normalizing the motion and lighting -- and so far, they've managed to find over 20,000 such images, showing everything from changing seasons, to building construction, to moving glaciers.

They've made a video showing off their favorites: https://youtu.be/wptzVm0tngc. You can read the paper at http://grail.cs.washington.edu/projects/timelapse/ , and hopefully they'll soon have a way to see all their results.

h/t +Nate Koechley 
There are a zillion digital photos in the public domain and scientists have just figured out something very cool to do with them. A team from Google and
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So mean...
 
WASHINGTON—In what is being described as the most ambitious mission ever undertaken in the space agency’s history, NASA officials announced at a press conference Tuesday their bold new plan to still exist by 2045.
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"I've been doing this YouTube thing part time."

I'm amazed at what +Marques Brownlee can do on his spare time.  I really look forward to what he can do as a full time producer.
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New MKBHD Video is live - everything you have seen up to this point has been part-time. Today that changes.

Five (More) Facts About Me! (Graduation!)

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    Computer Science, 1993 - 1997
    The internet was way young back then wasn't it?
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services enabler + software engineer + community advocate + hackday enthusiast
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I like to create things.  But I actually like to create things that enable others to be able to get things done.  Whether that means building a site, a set of tools, or running an event, it's something I love doing.  Being able to actually make an impact by leveraging whatever skills I have is something I find both fun and rewarding.

If you want to check out (literally) some projects I'm tinkering with, goto my github account.

If you want to know about my activity with HackDays, check this blog post.

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And if you want to know a bit more about my Google+ usage, check out these posts: 
Feel free to drop by and say hi.  I'm always up for some interesting conversation.

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if it's not going to kill me, I probably wont mind trying it...
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services enabler + software engineer + abuser of systems + hackday enthusiast
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java, javascript, frontend, backend, rest services, api design, web development... oh, and skiing.
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    services engineer, 1997 - 2012
    Created lots of tools and toys for the internal population. Initiated and ran the internal HackDay initiative.
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When your house is burning down, you should brush your teeth - The Oatmeal
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Note from the author: Today, January 8th 2013, marks the 20th anniversary of my house burning down, so I decided to write a comic about it.