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Kinda makes me wonder how many desk-people at access-controlled buildings have had employees/residents flash their badges and say "Multipass!"
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I never quite understand when people look at me funny and ask me who the hell Leeloo Dallas is.
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Not a good thing to have if you've got lowish cieling-fans.
 
Colin Furze is back with yet another crazy invention: The high-voltage ejector bed! Just the perfect thing for those mornings where you have trouble waking up! [Colin Furze]
Colin Furze is back with yet another crazy invention: The high-voltage ejector bed! Just the perfect thing for those mornings where you have trouble waking
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Or thin walls between you and next door!
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Sometimes, you don't discover where a squash has hidden itself till it's gotten much larger than you'd normally want it to.

Oh well: after hulling-out the seeds, it's big enough to turn into something stuffed.

Also: that's what's left after making two loaves of zucchini-bread and two dog breakfasts from the skinnier section. The "skinnier" section was, by itself, a skosh bigger than what you'd normally buy at the market.
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Impressive!
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Glad they gave a nod to Fury Road. I mean, part of what made it such a great thrill-ride was it was so stripped down to the essentials.

Baroqueness isn't necessarily an awful thing. However, it has to be both very well-executed and it needs to be distinct from its peers.

If you're part of a herd, you ain't making art, you're making product.
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Very little of what we buy is likely to end up on a branded-button.
Amazon Dash buttons -- the branded little doodads that automatically order and ship specific items directly to your house with virtually no effort on your part -- are finally available ...
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If they were smart, they'd make them for condoms and lube.
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Certainly solves the getting through downtown areas thronged with pedestrians problem.
 
The next time you hail an Uber, could grannie be the one to show up?
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I hope they have plenty of bubblegum waiting for him.
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Click on the submit button for a +Fandango sweepstakes web-form. As soon as I get:

Access Denied

You don't have permission to access "http://www.fandango.com/sweepstakes/crimsonpeak?" on this server.

So, am I entered in the sweepstakes or what?
I just entered for a chance to win a weekend of horror from @Fandango! You can too:
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Why I'll never be a true geek/nerd/whatever: given the choice of any incarnation of Star Wars or Star Trek or O Brother, I'd probably take O Brother to watch again.
You seek a great fortune, you three who are now in chains. You will find a fortune, though it will not be the one you seek. But first, first you must travel a long and difficult road, a road fraught with peril.
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"Do not seek the treasure!"
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Nice to see that the squirrel population at +Penn State University is still just as "not afraid" as when I was going there 20+ years ago.
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POING!!
 
Wait for it...

Like a gazelle on the Serengeti..
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Personally, it drives me a bit batshit when I see someone use "Jone's" as the possessive for "Jones". My last name is "Jones", not "Jone". If there's several members of my family present, we're the "Joneses", not the "Jones". Stop fucking it up.

While we're at it, how bout we stop using apostrophes when pluralizing things.
Sometimes the rules make no effing sense. Here are few that drive me crazy.
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My friend with the last name Hess, put "The Hess Family" rather than "The Hesses" or "The Hesses' " on their front doormat. :)
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So, it says, "put a little about yourself here so people know they've found the correct Thomas." Well, if you've found this page, and you know who I am, you know I'm not right - so I can't be the "correct Thomas" And, if you know me, even if you didn't know this was my page, the tone of this intro would probably tell you if I'm the "correct Thomas."

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As to circling-back: I'm not what you'd (ever) refer to as a "friend collector". I don't put a lot of people in my circles. In general, the people I have in my circles are either people I already knew from other contexts or people who commented frequently enough on my posts that it made me curious "who is this and what types of things do they post to their streams". So, if you're looking for me to circle you back, the best avenue to that is frequent-ish commentary and interesting public posts. 

Paraphrased from my FaceBook "About Me" section:
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I write a *lot*. Much of what I write, I also write elsewhere. If you're curious, I post heavily at Tumbler, Blogger, Twitter and a few others. I can be found on most services as either ferricoxide or thjones2. The former is primarily personal writings and the latter is primarily work-related (read: technical) writings. If you're looking to "follow", "friend" or whatever a given site calls it, if they do searches by email address, you won't find me. My registered email address will typically be SITENAME@xanthia.com.


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Alexandria, VA - Falls Church, VA - Fairfax, VA - Arlington, VA - State College, PA - Carlisle, PA - Munich, Germany
On Sundays, my wife occasionally gets the wild hare to try out the various local eating establishment's brunch offerings. Thus far, each experience has been less than adequate (I've yet to find a local brunch offering that matches what was considered "minimal acceptable offering" at the various hotels I've stayed at in Europe). Indigo Landing's offering proved no different. Its primary differentiator from the other Alexandria-based disappointments was its pricing. At $35/person, it is *extremely* overpriced for what you get. I am, by far, not someone who's generally put off by pricing. However, if you're going to charge premium prices I expect to be given a premium experience. It's not the money spent but the value I receive for that money spent that can cause me issues. * For $35/person, even for a buffet, I don't expect that my drink glass will be left to go empty and for the "server" to only show up at the end to give me my check. If you're not going to include juice, coffee or even water in your buffet tables, make damned sure that your wait staff is on-point for keeping drinks topped up * For $35/person, I don't expect to be sat at a table whose stability rivals that of a meth-addict who's well overdue for her next fix. * For $35/person, I expect there to be things like smoked salmon and a nice selection of fresh fruit available. * For $35/person, I expect that if you have seasonal berries available, that those berries actually have something resembling innate flavor. In mid-May, strawberries are very much in season and quite flavorful. If your strawberries struggle to attain the flavor and texture characteristics of styrofoam, you're doing something very, very wrong in your food-sourcing. * For $35/person, your buffet really needs to have more than nine core items to choose from. While I like french toast, it's really better when it's made from something other than Wonder Bread. And, if you've offered french toast and you have a belgian waffle setup, there's really no excuse not to have pancakes available, as well. * For $35/person, if you're going to make steamed shrimp available, you really need to ensure that the shrimp are steamed correctly: the shells should come off easily and not cause the meat to rip to pulp just in liberating the meat from the shell. * If you're going to host your brunch in an echo chamber, *PLEASE* don't have someone caterwauling over loud-speakers. I enjoy conversing at a civil level with my table-mates - not having to should just to be heard by the person next to me. I can only assume that this place is designed to draw in the folks that are on their way to national airport or are otherwise have a low-likelihood of being repeat customers. I know that, for something that manages to make Shoney's look like a high-calibre offering, I sure as heck won't be going back.
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Food: Poor - FairDecor: Poor - FairService: Poor - Fair
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
This store has a chronic inability to keep critical medications in stock, provide adequate notification of the status of orders and keep track of whether you have refills available for use. There was even an incident, several years ago, where the script I refilled had the wrong pills in it when I got home. To say that this place suffers from gross mismanagement - to the point of endangering the well-being of their customers, is to make an understatement. Google really needs a review category below "poor-fair". "Awful" might begin to touch the quality of this store.
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Quality: Poor - FairAppeal: Poor - FairService: Poor - Fair
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
These guys are like good used car salesmen. Their schmoozing skills are good enough to make you think you've had a better experience than you have, except that, you eventually figure out that the experience you've had wasn't all that good. When I'd gotten my current car, it was as a replacement for one that had been stolen from in front of my house. Hurley's was the only place in the area that was listed as selling a GPS-enabled anti-theft and tracking system that I was interested in. Because they were the sole provider, I went to them for service. The alarm unit they installed was problematic - very temperature sensitive. I'd had the unit installed in early winter and didn't encounter the temperature problem until the late spring. Basically, any time the temperature hovered around 72 degrees, the alarm would start to go off for no reason. I brought it in several times for them to address the issue. Ultimately, they replaced the entire system to address the problem. Happy that they'd been solicitous about fixing the issues with the faulty alarm system and, frankly, being snowed by their schmoozing skills, I went back and had an aux-port module added to my stock stereo. A few months later, the unit faulted (seemed like it had loosened from the jarring driving conditions in the DC metro area). I brought it back and they re-seated the module. Things were fine for a few more months, but eventually it unseated again. I brought it back, one more time, and again they re-secured it. However, several months later, the unit had, again, unseated itself. I was tired of the problem and getting no resolution, so I stopped coming back (and resolved never to come back). Recently, I went to Sonic Sound in VA for audio work on both of my current vehicles. It was a much better experience (so far). Overall, three stars is probably an overly generous rating for my experience with Hurleys, but, sadly, as crap as my experience was with Hurley's, it was still a lot better than what several people I've talked to have gotten from other shops in the DC area. So, because it wasn't nightmarish - just very annoying - I'm giving them three stars. If I could give two and a half, I would.
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It's your typical 7Eleven. We go here because it's one of two that are within walking distance of the house *and* this one carrys Mountain Dew throwback. Store is decently clean and staff is friendly - if a little slow. We usually stop in to pick up snacks on the way to other places (work, a night of clubbing, etc.).
Quality: Very GoodAppeal: Very GoodService: Good
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