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Michael P. Reilly
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Attended University of Southern Maine
Lives in Townsend, MA
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My son relaxing with a statue in Boston, MA
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Such humbling wisdom.  What good is war and hatred when the goal is to survive on this little dust mote.
 
"From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it's different. Consider again that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity – in all this vastness – there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known, so far, to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment, the Earth is where we make our stand. It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.

- Carl Edward Sagan
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I've seen a lot of post going around in recent weeks raising the point that "Democrats" wanted slavery and "Republicans" were in favor of abolishment.  It may be true that the ones who wanted slavery and the separationists were called Democrats 150 years ago.  However, now, the people who praise the the Confederates and still call for separationism are not the Democrats we have now, but are indeed the Republicans.  Do you think people switched parties over 150 years or did the names change?  Historians have shown that the polices over the parties have reversed between the 1860s and 1930s.  So yes, Democrats wanted slavery and separation - 150 years ago - not today.  Even in the 1970s, both parties had liberal and conservative wings and a lot of bipartisanship.  That changed in the 1980s and 1990s.  The parties of today are nothing like the past and should not be compared to them.

In the 90s, I was an avid viewer of Fox News and a proud conservative.  I started seeing how they were increasingly biased so I stopped watching.  Similarly, as I grew older and Republican politicians increasingly starting saying and doing pretty stupid things, I moved more moderate and independent.

Times change, people change - what was isn't anymore.  Stop trying to claim the high-ground because of what your party did years ago.
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And why isn't this more widespread? 
 
This machine, which converts plastic to oil, hit YouTube in 2012. Why are we still throwing away our plastics? Why hasn't this become a fixture in every household? I wonder what the energy requirements are?

I'll admit that I have very little use for oil as it's produced by this machine, but it's valuable to someone who can convert it into something that the average consumer uses (i.e. gasoline). If every household was converting their shopping bags and yogurt containers into oil, what would the overall impact be on oil production? I suppose this is still much more expensive to produce than extraction of oil from bitumen, but it feels like that the combined costs of extraction, processing, transportation, and the immeasurable environmental impact of shipment failures would weigh out the electricity costs to turn waste materials into oil (if that sounds like an uneducated guess, that's because it is). I'd be interested in learning more, however.
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This contemptible character, like the current Speaker, just cannot keep his promise of getting the government working.  There is zero correlation between confirmation hearings - he's not stopping the confirmation vote, he's holding up hearings, leading up to any vote, for senators to ask her probing questions - and an earmarked bill on gender/immigration rights.  Why? Because they want women forced here to be raped (as sex slaves) to have access to medical care but not access to an abortion (for a rape). This was a Republican human-trafficking bill, not just an immigration bill, that had Democratic support until something else was slipped in to the bill.  There is no relationship between a bill being decided by Congress and concurrent confirmation hearings.  Yes, they may not like candidate Lynch's answers and not confirm her (I don't know anything about her and don't care on this point).  But this just shows how petty they are being and what liars both of these jokers are to their constituents and the American public.  They have held Holder's position hostage for six months - the average person would have given his two weeks notice for this kind of treatment.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Sunday that the Senate would delay the confirmation of Loretta Lynch to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder until it resolved a bill that Democrats object to because it contains anti-abortion langu...
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Given our elected government... this is SO appropriate.
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#RIPLeonardNimoy  Thank you for all you have shown me about what being a friend means, the value of the id and the ego.  Boston is saddened by your loss.
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I bought a Toshiba CB2 last month.  I signed in with my primary account, and was able to sign in with my personal "work" Google account, and switch between them easily, etc. - I rarely need to log into that account from my CB since my work machine is normally logged in to it.

Earlier this week, I powerwashed my chromebook for the first time.  Now, the work account seems to be the primary and from my main account, the "user card" doesn't allow me sign in to the other account.  If I sign into my work account, it allows me to switch to my main account.  I've powerwashed it three times, and each time, just after it comes up, I log into my main account and still not able to switch.

The flags are getting reset after the powerwash.  I haven't put it into developer mode, on the stable channel, no couton. 

Has anyone come across this problem?  I really don't want to have to log into my work account every time when I won't be using that account very often from this device.
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I'm not sure if it is a solution, but I finally got it to work: sIgn into the secondary account, which does have the "sign in another account" option from the user card.  From there try to sign in to the primary account, approve the "trust" dialog, but get told that only the Owner can sign in to other users.  Sign out of the secondary account and sign into the primary account; the user card should now work.
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I love the Experimental Hosted Apps option.  But I've noticed that some apps that I've set up for that, don't allow text field entry on some (or all) fields.  Has anyone else noticed that input fields work fine from a browser tab, but not from a hosted app?
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    Computer Science, 1986 - 1991
  • wells high school
    1982 - 1986
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I grew up in a tourist beach town in Maine.  Summers were crazy - nearly 10X more people than during the off-summer months.  I was a computer geek, as a small kid, I used to make pretend mainframes out of cardboard boxes.  My first computer was an Atari in high school that I bought myself (no allowance and few jobs).

College was typical for a computer geek.  Started chatting online in the spring of 1987 using BITNET's Relay network.  Started on the university IBM mainframe, but quickly moved to the UNIX systems.  Became the system administrator for the Computer Science and Math departments.  In 1991, at the height of the recession, I was very lucky to get a job in Massachusetts.

I worked into my chosen career of software configuration management and release engineering.

In 2001, I developed migraines - actually, it was one long migraine that lasted four years.  I was not able to work or even read a page in a book.  But I was chatting on IRC and Yahoo and my beautiful wife found me on Yahoo.  The catch?  She lived in Islamic Republic of Iran.  After eleven months of chatting at least 4 hours each day, we both traveled to Bangkok, Thailand and married within a week.  With my migraines and no lawyer to help, I managed the immigration process and it took 51 weeks for me to bring her to live with me. It was an especially tense wait for her.

When she arrived, we had to deal with whole new challenges.  Neither of us could drive or work in the beginning.  She is a type I diabetic and had to adjust to the new climate and food - crazy time.

After four years, with a new set of medication and diet, my migraines were finally starting to come under control.  I started working again.  Shortly after that, my wife became pregnant - we found out with twins.

Now I work from home, with our very active five year old identical twin sons while my wife goes back to college for a brand new career.

We're building a new home in Central Massachusetts.  We sold my small, old house of 13 years - bought before I was married with children - and now living in a much smaller apartment until the new house is ready in Summer 2012.
Bragging rights
identical twin sons; been to other side of the world and back to get my wife; drown at age 6 was clinically dead, my sister saved me :)
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Software Configuration Manager
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SCM, RelEng, UNIX, Linux, Python, C, Bourne/Bash, Subversion, CVS, Mercurial, Git, Ant, Ivy, Jenkins, Make
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  • BT Conferencing
    Software Configuration Manager, 2008 - present
  • Techtarget
    Release Engineer, 2005 - 2008
  • Sitara Networks
    Software Configuration Manager, 1999 - 2001
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Salem, MA - Wells, ME - Portland, ME - Chantilly, VA - Centreville, VA - Gorham, ME
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