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- CONCENTRIX CORPDeveloper, 2015 - 2016
- IBMSenior Application Architect, 2011
- Plusheadlines.comSocial Media Writer, 2011 - 2011
- NaviSysWeb Developer, 2004 - 2006
- GenelcoApplication Architect, 1997 - 2004
- Wave TechnologiesDeveloper of Internet Technologies, 1996 - 1997
If you're just looking to add me without ALL the details of my life and just wanna know what Circles to put me in... I'm Paul Spoerry and I'd fit into any of these (or whatever you may have that aligns with these):
- New To Google+ Team
- Geek/Tech Enthusiast
- Meditation/Meditator (I meditate daily)
- Martial Arts (TKD/KungFu//MMA)
- Electronic music lover (Techno/House/DnB/Progressive/etc)
- Social Networking
- Funny Status Updates/Humor
- I sorta go nuts on #Caturday, #StarWarsTuesday, #ZenSunday
My name is Paul Spoerry (http://www.PaulSpoerry.com) and I was fortunate enough to have a father who recognized that a computer would be a “good investment for his children’s future”. To his dismay the investment he spent a good deal of the family savings on wouldn't work when he brought it home. I begged him to let me play with it, but he always brushed me off (would you let a little kid play with a $5,000+ piece of hardware you’re struggling to make work?). After having several people out to diagnose the machine, each unable to fix it, he finally turned to me and said “well, you can’t break it any more than it already is” and walked out of the room frustrated. When he returned a few hours later the room was littered with components… I had his “investment” in pieces. I’m surprised I survived that day because I saw his face turn several shades of red in rapid succession. He walked out of the room… I’m not sure if it was because he was going to cry, or because he feared he might kill me after seeing what I’d just done. Several hours later he returned again, presumably to dole out my punishment. When he walked in the room this time it was no longer in disarray. The box was put back together, the OS was booted, and I sat there with the soft glow of the monitor highlighting a giant smile on my face. All he said as he walked out was “that’s yours now”.
That moment solidified my passion for technology. I've had very little “formal” training. I grew up hiding my inner geek, secretly tinkering with beige boxes that no one around me understood. I’d go to school, wrap up soccer or Tae Kwon Do practice, and then spend my nights dialing out (ok yes, sometimes wardialing) to BBS’s – seeking out other geeks and as much information as I could get my hands on. Sadly, my passion was discouraged at every turn by the education system… from Junior High all the way through college I was told my math skills weren't strong enough to work in computers. I eventually pursued a degree in Philosophy; but dropped out when I realized that would require a boatload more school (which I already didn't really care for) and all I’d be able to do with it was teach Philosophy.
As luck would have it I was really good at telemarketing (worst.job.ever…. you’re rejected for hours on end, it’s seriously a psychologically difficult job, but the money was good). This was fortunate because while on one of the thousands of calls made, I managed to social engineer my way into an interview at a technology training company. The rest is history because that call turned my passion into my career.
I now have a utility belt full of programming languages (like Batman but for coding). I'm into Local SEO, Lead Generation, Affiliate Sales, Email Marketing and promotions. I have a database of all my knowledge on databases; it has indexes on key elements and filegroups separated across different RAID arrays – performance baby. I'm a keywording SEO junkie fascinated by the new influence of Social Media / Social Networking / Engager. I practice code fu. Oh, I've also done actual Kung Fu - Citong Shaolin Kung Fu. I’ve done martial arts for a large majority of my life. I studied Tae Kwon Do for 15 years; earning a black belt and eventually worked hard enough to earn a gold medal in the Junior Olympics. I meditate daily and find mindfulness meditation has brought a quality of presence to my life that is amazing.
I’m the proud father of a fantastic little boy. He’s incredibly smart, both intellectually (he’s in the gifted program at his school) and emotionally. When he’s with me we wrestle, play Xbox, and go for adventures with NERF guns in the woods behind our house. I’m his father, but he’s perhaps the greatest teacher I've ever had. I have a fantastic woman in my life; she’s full of more energy than I could possibly explain (no seriously, the woman can talk like you wouldn't believe). She’s deep, compassionate, and full of life. The three of us do Parkour together (free running) every week. It's an amazing, challenging, and rewarding thing to put your body in motion and challenge yourself to tackle new things or refine existing things every week.
I’m an Android enthusiast… that means that I break my phone often tweaking and overclocking it (note to self: remember to NAND backup first!). My youth was spent spending time doing martial arts or sitting with my mom while my sister did dance lessons. While I never took lessons, I love to dance; it’s when I feel most free. The rapidly shifting landscape of social media is my latest fascination born from IT.
I'm active on EmpireAvenue and enjoy the community, engagement, and the fun of the social stock market.
I code. I run. I love. I meditate. I dance.
I've been known to remodel airports on my lunch breaks, making them more efficient in the area of heat retention. I manage my time efficiently, I write award-winning opera, and translate ethnic slurs for North Korean refugees.
Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, I once single-handedly defended a small village in the Amazon Basin from a horde of ferocious army ants. When I'm bored, I build large suspension bridges in my yard. Thanks to my ginger playmate I know the exact location of every food item in the grocery store (yes, including real butter). With this knowledge I plot my shopping list on my smartphone for maximum efficiency. I've performed several covert ops for the CIA, the details of which I cannot share or I'd be forced to kill you. While on vacation in Belize, I successfully negotiated with a group of terrorists who had seized a small bakery.
I pay all my bills as they arrive and always on-time. I have a gold medal in full-contact origami. In college I discovered the meaning of life. Sadly, I forgot to write it down. I breed prizewinning shrimp and enjoy books... they are like the Internet but made of trees. I ponder who is smarter, Jesus or Buddha, in terms of not letting himself get crucified. No, this last part is not all original but has been modified to fit me and is hilarious.
I currently work for Concentrix developing web enabled insurance applications (formerly with IBM). I blog at PaulSpoerry.com, tweet @PaulSpoerry, and develop for The LittleBigFund.org. I do side gigs via http://Enhanc3.com.
I believe in and am passionate about DonorsChoose and helping our kid in the education system. Please visit my Giving page for awesome projects to donate toward! http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/viewChallenge.html?id=254186&max=25
- Washington University in St. Louis
- Fox High School
Richard Dawkins read some of his hate mail from loving Christians and it was glorious.
Now, he’s done it again. It involves him reading a lot of nasty slurs, learning about his own sexual predilections, and trying to figure out how to properly pronounce “bee-yotch.”
According to District of Columbia Deputy Mayor Donahue attendance estimates have been raised from 200,000 to 500,000 people marching.
Hundreds of sister marches are taking place, not only in the United States, but around the world. https://goo.gl/S9XVev
Yes that Bane... ok admittedly, the only one I know... but yeah, the D.C. comics villain. Timothy Burke for Deadspin noticed the striking resemblance and mashed together this quick video to show the shared line.
Obviously, he'll still be considering Monday to be "Day One" for when he'll actually do shit. It took less than two hours... after the transition of power this morning, the Obama White House website was archived (as was his Twitter account), and replaced with a newly-created version for Donald Trump. Trump’s version, unfortunately, doesn’t contain the LGBT page, or any mentions of climate change.
Via his attorney, "Mr. Assange welcomes the announcement that Ms. Manning's sentence will be reduced and she will be released in May, but this is well short of what he sought.”
So his loophole/excuse is that they are doing it but just not as fast as he wanted? It's really sad. We NEED things like Wikileaks (or at least how it was) in the world but he continues to cause credibility problems.
Well that didn't take long. A WhiteHouse.gov petition asking Donald Trump to release his tax returns has passed the 100,000 signature threshold, meaning a White House response is in order.
The petition’s key demand is to “Immediately release Donald Trump’s full tax returns, with all information needed to verify emoluments clause compliance.”
Whitehouse.gov got a new splash of paint today... but checkout what the second most visited page on whitehouse.gov is right now? It's a petition calling for the release of Trump's tax returns. lol
"The Texas Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a Houston case that top conservatives hope will provide an opening to challenge the landmark 2015 ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide."
Why are conservatives so preoccupied/concerned with who other people have sex with... to the point that they want to deny them rights?
Ladies (and dudes with them or Marching in support of them)... I think you have your March theme song, compliments of Fiona Apple.
I'm totally proud of my son who just overheard this coming from my speakers. He laughed and then stated plainly, "Yeah man... that's just so... perfect."
Just further evidence that U.S. voters consume very different sources of news, with conservatives united in their consumption of Fox News.
"When voters were asked to write in their “main source” for election news, four-in-ten Trump voters named Fox News. The next most-common main source among Trump voters, CNN, was named by only 8% of his voters.
Clinton voters, however, did not coalesce around any one source. CNN was named more than any other, but at 18% had nowhere near the dominance that Fox News had among Trump voters. Instead, the choices of Clinton voters were more spread out. MSNBC, Facebook, local television news, NPR, ABC, The New York Times and CBS were all named by between 5% and 9% of her voters."