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Geoffrey Teale
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Husband, father, programmer, photographer, lapsed musician.
Husband, father, programmer, photographer, lapsed musician.

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A very good comparison of products for automated OpenStack deployments

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Right enough.  Intelligence, and capability isn't only expressed in ways that are neatly categorised or assessed.
While driving back from dropping Jack off at school today I was listening to Armstrong and Getty on the radio. In it they were talking about grades at school and said "these kids who come out of high school with Cs, what the hell are they going to do with their lives?".

This annoyed me. Let me tell you why.

When I completed my general education at school my average grades were Cs. I then went on to do A-Levels (the qualifications before University). My grades were two Ds, an E, and an N (which is pretty much about as bad as spelling your name wrong on the exam paper).

Without tooting my own horn I feel I have gone on to carve out a successful career and overall life...not the limited career options A&G may have predicted.

Here's the deal, people: grades don't matter. What matters is finding something that inspires kids to learn, be creative, and unlock their potential.

The reason I got shitty grades is because I just wasn't into school. I found it boring, irrelevant to the world around me, and it didn't capture my enthusiasm. This was no fault of my parents or my upbringing; school just wasn't something that grabbed me.

What changed it for me was discovering Open Source. It opened up a fascinating world where I could make a difference if I worked hard. I had access to knowledge, tools, like-minded people, and a drive to create a better world. I developed a thirst to learn more so I could help play a role in a revolution I felt a part of.

From that moment onwards I read countless books, researched this cryptic set of tools and cultures that was new to me. Step by step I learned more, participated, and contributed to a wider effort. This passion led me, bit by bit, to the career and life I have today.

So, Armstrong and Getty, you are full of bollocks. We should never write off kids who get grades that aren't As and Bs. Sometimes kids just need time to figure out their passion in life, get connected to it, and then start developing their own drive to succeed.

Oh, and you...my friends...may now begin my life-long ribbing for my crappy grades in 1...2...3...

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"Cynic" is pejorative, "sceptic" is not. A sceptic is wary of Greeks bearing gifts.  A cynic thinks all gifts are trojan horses. #scepticism

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... also it attracts the unicorns that live in the sewers to climb out of your toilet bowl and leaving it smelling unicorn fresh!

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Talisker and Matjes take their bodyguard duties seriously.  Nobody is getting to this baby.
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We didn't have the full eclipse here in Hannover, and I'm not really equipped for solar photography, but hey.. I gave it a go.
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Solar eclipse March 2015
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+Fernando Correa Neto  - as I had the flash on the tripod, I took a quick selfie to scare you with.
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+Fernando Correa Neto as promised, new digital rig photos.
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2015-03-14
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