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Marc Lefkowitz
Attended University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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So Snowden said quite publicly that he won't flee HK to hide from justice... but he just did?  Um... ok.  He must have really thought this through.  I'm now assuming he also crapped his pants when the US asked for extradition.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/12/edward-snowden-us-extradition-fight

Disclaimer: I'm not really sure where I stand on this issue, but I do want to make 2 points: 

1) When news broke that we were hacking China/HK - I'm curious why anyone thought this was even a tad peculiar?  China's been hacking us for years...anyone who thought we weren't doing the same is naive.  I would venture to bet we're spying on ~99% of the world's countries 

2) The problem that I have with this snooping is the storing of my data to look at in the future - but if the US is scanning emails to look for surreptitious/illegal terrorist activity - I don't really care.
NSA whistleblower says he is not in Hong Kong to 'hide from justice' and alleges US hacked hundreds of targets in China
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I would imagine that much of the forward planning and deep thinking he might have done would be thrown out the window as his options started to narrow rapidly. I thought this NY Times piece gave good insight into some of these factors: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/25/world/asia/snowden-departure-from-hong-kong.html?_r=1&
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My most recent timelapse video, "Rapture."

I am working on a new video that will hopefully be ready in Novemember :)

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This was pretty cool Actually took my hands off the keyboard for a few moments.
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OK - so there's already a housing bubble...which for some reason people don't see in China, even though there are newly built ghost cities.  Now there's a credit bubble.  Which I'm sure people will ignore.  But don't worry...things are rosy there.  I hope China didn't f' up it's big chance!

http://www.businessinsider.com/chinas-credit-bubble-charts-2013-6
China can't grow its way out of its excesses.
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I think I'm going to call my dad now.
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  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Computer Science, 1996 - 2000
  • University of California, Haas School of Business, Berkeley
    MBA, 2005 - 2007
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Great hair salon, English spoken here. Super friendly staff.
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
I recently and excitedly visited Varanasi - a place I've wanted to go for a long time. Upon arriving - the excitement continued, until we spent a few minutes in our guest house. I understand the power goes out in Varanasi quite frequently. And maybe this was just a whacky coincidence. But everyday around the same time - the time the hotel closed, the power would be cut. And every morning when the owner arrived, the power would go on. Even if this is just how Varanasi worked - the outrageous part of this was that the hotel had a generator - which powered a single light in the room and the fan. No outlets. So there was no way to charge electronic devices. Like a camera. Which I assume most people use when on vacation? But what was even more infuriating was that the generator powered the computers in the internet room downstairs - so they could make money, but guests couldn't use any outlets. How the internet worked when the town power was out was beyond me. But again - for sake of argument, let's just say that's how it worked. Why would you power the computers but not have any way for the guests to charge their devices at night? When told there was an emergency outlet downstairs where I could charge my camera - it, of course, did not work. The manager argued with us intensely. Yelling at us about not understanding India - even though we've lived in India. "You do not understand India. You cannot. You can live here 10 years and not understand it". I'm sorry - but that's not how you treat guests in a 1 star or a 5 star hotel. We just wanted a way to capture our adventure to India. That's not so much to ask. And for some politeness. The rooms were not made up each day. The beds left as is with the sheets crumpled and the blankets strewn about. Nobody probably entered the rooms. Except they did shut off the power to the rooms on switches outside of the room - so even when we left things charging during the day - the staff turned the power off to the room. There was no wifi which the manager stated was a legal issue even though the Rashmi guest house had wifi - which he then backtracked and made some claims about government something or other. There were also signs posted all about the hotel about ripoffs and scams - but I always had the feeling they were scamming us as well. The price for the place is outrageous for what you get. I recommend staying at the Rashmi I believe - where the Dolphin restaurant is. We ate there every night. Had free wifi. And felt much more comfortable. I would never ever stay here again. The only redeeming thing about the guest house was the location, which was near the Burning Ghat. Oh. And there's no hot water.
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Quality: Poor - FairFacilities: Poor - FairService: Poor - Fair
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
The French fries here are amazing. And they make a great club sandwich. But its so quiet on new years eve. Nice atmosphere... Great date place...
Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Just a short hop and a skip away from work. A nice beer club for happy hour or just relaxing. Quite a few different styles of bar food - pizzas included. And they're good for bar pizza! Fun to come with work friends to relax after a long day.
Food: GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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I was recently on vacation in Goa and happened to be staying right across the street from the Stone House restaurant. The food was delicious - incredibly Indian. Tasty, flavorful, and everything you'd expect. We ate here 3 times. But it's not just the food that makes this place so great. It's the owner, Chris. We started chatting one day, asking questions as we had just arrived to Goa. Chris shared all of his knowledge, stories, and experiences with us over a few beers. He also took us on a tour of Goa, not expecting a thing in return. He's a truly truly kindhearted, generous, and honest man. One of the few I've encountered in recent memory. I would go back for both the food and his company. If you go, ask for Chris and tell him the two brothers from the US send their regards!
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Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
A Palo Alto staple and a place where many work functions have happened. New Orleans (NOLA) style food and atmosphere. Fun happy hour place and continues throughout the night. The food for events is great too.
Atmosphere: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
I have to be honest. I didn't know who Ghibli was when my friends invited me here. But I recognized the work instantly! What a great museum for kids and adults alike! Great exhibits and showcases of his work and just animation in general. You'll need to get tickets in advance. But you must check this place out if you're around!
Appeal: ExcellentFacilities: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago