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David Sloan
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Attended University of Rochester
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Hah! This is awesome.
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From the candle-making supply website's order form:
"The total weight of your current order is 16 lbs. If you add 184 lbs. more to your cart, you become eligible for a shipping discount."
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so what did you engineer for google?
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Sergey Brin originally shared:
 
From the earliest days of Google, whenever Larry and I sought inspiration for vision and leadership, we needed to look no farther than Cupertino. Steve, your passion for excellence is felt by anyone who has ever touched an Apple product (including the macbook I am writing this on right now). And I have witnessed it in person the few times we have met.

On behalf of all of us at Google and more broadly in technology, you will be missed very much. My condolences to family, friends, and colleagues at Apple.
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At a Drive-by Truckers concert with my brother and some of his college friends.

I'm going to be deaf tomorrow. 
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gotta get your ears ringing on occasion :)
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I want one!
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What does "Turing complete" mean? There's an idea called "Turing completeness", which is used to indicate that a system has a particular degree of complexity. Any Turing-complete system is theoretical...
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The symbols are represented by the tokens (3-symbol) but the tape itself is represented by the cards if I'm reading it right.

That said, he never assumed a finite number of cards or tokens so in that sense it seems to be a complete (2,3) machine.
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+Gianmario Scotti asks me how long I've been thinking of quitting CoW. I was going to reply inline, but this seems like a more appropriate venue.


It's not so much been "thinking of quitting" as "trying to justify continuing to play", and I finally realized I can't.

In the end, CoW is simply not a fun or healthy use of my time. It makes tiny demands on my time, but sprinkles them at small intervals throughout the day. It encourages me to warp my sleep schedule, it distracts me from things I'd rather be doing, and it constantly cries for me to feed it dollars. Playing it "optimally" further requires me to amass large numbers of "friends" that I don't know (though some are worth knowing :)), beg them to spend even more of their time helping me, then spend even more of my time helping back. It's clear that the game is optimized for these evils, not for usability or fun.

Meanwhile, I feel like I've pretty thoroughly beaten the game on the metrics I cared about. I spent some time at the top of the military leaderboard, but I've been passed by two people who've obviously sunk serious cash into the game (though some allege they've cheated somehow), and one person who is simply away from his city for 6+ hours at a time less often than I am. In the end, uptime and dollars dominate, and I don't think it's healthy to attempt to compete on either of those metrics.

So, I hereby retire as a level 19 twink with a 1337:0 record. :)
(Note: this post is also public in hopes that when I delete my "CoW Spam" circle, you'll still be able to see it, or at least I'll be able to link to it in response to CoW-related posts that show up in my notifications in the future.)
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I play Edgeworld, and have for a couple of years, but I try to limit my time, plus, it is a continuation, because you can continue to upgrade and defend your base, etc. However there are many people who use their PayPal account on a regular basis, and you can tell
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From the Seattle Art Museum's Nick Cave exhibit: a bear made out of sweaters.
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Yeah, this was the only photo I could take before they noticed I was taking photos. :P
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  • University of Rochester
    Computer Science, 2002 - 2006
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Durandal
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  • Google
    Software Engineer, 2006 - present
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Rochester, NY - Birmingham, AL - Seattle, WA - Boston, MA
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