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Thomas Lechner
Works at Mitek Industries, Inc.
Attended Northwestern University
Lives in St. Louis, MO
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Vi Hart makes awesome videos in general.  So if you are unfamiliar with her work, you should get acquainted. In this video she talks about the problems the FCC has had with trying to preserve Net Neutrality, and provides some information about how you can make a difference.
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Thought this was a very insightful analysis of starting a trend; very applicable to an online presence or making an impact in one's non-virtual social circles.
 
Are you the first one? Or are you the one still sitting there when everyone else decides to join in?   #leadershipstartsnow   #leadbyexample  

+Barb Jasper +Lany Sullivan +Shannon Lemos  +Kimberly Ortley +I Heart White Teeth .Com +Tara LaMontia +Katie Jensen +Body Wrap Mama 
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Saw this at a workshop. It's great. 
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Yes!  Everyone should be aware of this!  This is also why it is difficult for developers to multi-task.
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They should really have left this scene in!
 
This guy...
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Snuffed ...
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Very interesting spin on the complexity of life ... many interesting implications could be drawn from it, but there's still a heck of a lot of unknowns ...
 
Is Life on Earth Older than Earth Itself?

If you look at the genetic complexity of life on Earth and how it has grown over time, you can extrapolate backwards and try to see when life began. The hitch? It shows life as pre-dating the Earth itself. Whoa.

Definitely the coolest thing I've read about the origin of life in a long time.

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/513781/moores-law-and-the-origin-of-life/
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Sadly, this is completely true!
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Wanna see more fees for app developers, blocked content, or websites that don’t pay up load super slowly while corporate sites become blazing fast?

Didn't think so.  Take two seconds and sign a petition to tell the FCC to restore net neutrality.
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Obviousman strikes again ...
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Carpe diem!  It means ... "Grab the Frisbee!"
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Raising awareness about CISPA.  Down with Big Brother!
 
http://CISPAisback.org to learn more & take action
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This is absolutely awesome!
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  • Mitek Industries, Inc.
    Software Engineer II, 2010 - present
  • Goldman Sachs
    Computer Programmer, 2007 - 2010
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    Computer Engineering (Bachelors), 1998 - 2002
  • Northwestern University
    Computer Science (Masters), 2002 - 2007
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This place has a strange business model. I arrived on a Saturday, at around 9:45 am. I understood there might be a little bit of a wait but I was prepared for that. When I arrived, the one man on duty politely gave me an overview of what to expect. He said I would probably want to come back another day because of the wait. How long was the wait? About maybe an hour. He was right, I didn't want to wait an hour sitting there. But they also wouldn't make an appointment for an hour later, so I could go off and do something else in the meantime. He explained that it normally wasn't this busy, but since it was the last weekend in September, they were swamped. Since mine didn't expire until November, he thought it wouldn't make much difference to me anyway. I took everything in. There was one man on duty. Only one of the car stalls had a car in it. There were three cars ahead of me. This is what it means to be swamped for them I guess. Strange, though, you would think that they might take notice that the last weekend of a month is probably going to be heavier with business. Instead of going back home, I called around and found a garage that was open and willing to take me immediately. Sorry, Speedemissions. I was willing to give you a chance, but I found someone else to give my business too. It's a shame you weren't interested in my business. No hard feelings.
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Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
I had a very good experience here. I went shopping late on a Saturday afternoon for a mattress, and really I wasn't too excited about the prospect originally (I saw it as a hassle). I just wanted to get a sense of what was out there, what would work for me (I have a bad lower back), and what I could afford. The staff was very friendly and courteous. They helped me consider mattresses that were in my price-range, and were knowledgeable about the questions I had. They were very patient with me, and wanted to make sure I was comfortable asking them anything. The store was very clean, neat, and spacious, with a good selection and variety of mattresses. There were some floor items that were being phased out, offered at about half price; one turned out to be a very attractive alternative to what I had originally been considering - so good in fact that I ended up making the purchase then and there. I left with the sense that Todd (the store manager) was genuinely interested in my satisfaction. I have learned through experience that it is better to try a mattress first rather than just purchasing something based on reviews online. I would recommend this store to others, even if it were only for the purpose to get a feel for what you are considering to buy.
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Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
It's places like this that make me hate buffets. The food is poor in quality and presentation. You can eat as much as you want ... if it doesn't kill your appetite first. There is a huge selection of fried and stir-fried foods. But even with this giant selection and variety, you get the sense that it's all the same. I gave everything a shot, and could not find any redeeming qualities. I ate what I could, and left hungry. The place comes across rather trashy. The tables are sticky. Some of the dishes are not well cleaned. Grungy atmosphere. The sushi tasted fishy in the wrong way. I tried a dumpling that tasted a bit off (freezer burn maybe, or was it just made with paper?). The Mongolian stir fry had poor quality ingredients (wilted/blighted vegetables, squid frozen into a block so you couldn't scoop any out) and it took a while to flag someone down to get the stuff cooked. The soft-serve ice cream smelled rancid (one of my friends said it tasted like beer [he doesn't even like beer] ... which is very wrong for "vanilla" ice cream). Unless you like gorging yourself with re-heated, dried out, off-tasting, greasy food, this is not the place for you. I would not be surprised if a health inspector shut the place down.
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Food: Poor to fairDecor: Poor to fairService: Poor to fair
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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I enjoy going here from time to time. Having lived in Chicago and New York, I have yet to find a place in St. Louis that competes with what I'm used to. But with that said, this place is quite decent for St. Louis. I've only gotten the large pizza here. I usually split it with another person. Normally I don't eat half a pizza, but the crust on this stuff is a lot lighter than your typical pizza (not cracker crust mind you, just lighter ... hard to describe - different from both Chicago thin and NY style). Slightly on the pricey side for me when it comes to pizza, but tolerable. If we are comparing to Papa Johns, or Domino's, or Pizza Hut, I would choose this place hands down. I haven't tried this pizza cold though, so I'm not sure how it would compare eaten cold.
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Food: Very goodDecor: Very goodService: Very good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago