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So... When a recruiter sends you a cold-call email asking for X years experience on a given piece of software and the software has been on the market for < X years, are they indicating that they're only looking to hire the software's developers??
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No. Either the recruiter, or more likely the hiring manager, has no clue. In either case, tread cautiously. Or just pants them.
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So, yes, I had to kill ghosts in my neighborhood...
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If everyone's using a shared-calendar - particularly a Google-hosted one - to contain thing like PTO reservations, there's not generally a reason to also email out calendar notices. Even OutLook 2010 is able to do read-only views of internet-hosted calendars.
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Yup... Still a fan of Spanish reds.
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Spain has a fantastically high quality to price ratio. Priorat, Ribera del Duero, Cava, and Rioja Riservas are regular residents of the wine stock here. 
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It's annoying to discover that your nonstick pan is no longer nonstick. It's doubly so when the timing of that discovery is after you've put your eggs in the pan to fry.
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A really well seasoned, smooth cast iron pan beats Teflon for durability any day, and is nearly as non-stick. 
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Really concerned that the budget for this one picture exceeds the entirety of the preceding franchise ...but I'm trying to stay optimistic.

#whatalovelyday
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Part of what made Mad Max such a classic is how much story they were able to tell with a limited budget.  They couldn't just throw blank checks at a CGI render farm until a movie got made.  
I'm with you on this; I hope they didn't spoil all the best dialog with the trailer.  
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My glasses are schmutzed-up, but I've just had chicken for lunch. If I try to clean them at this particular moment, I'll just make the smudging worse
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Fuck me...
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I realize we don't have terribly many "caught on camera" car-chases or other police-takedowns, around here, but the local news is doing way too much "selling the drama" on this prisoner-escape.
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In the "you learn something new" department: hadn't realized that PIT maneuver was first credited to my local PD (Fairfax County Police Department) after development and refinement at the Summit Point racing facility (where BMW hosts their defensive driving events and some companies host their 'evasive driving for diplomats' courses).
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Local news is useless...

After a the lockdown of a local hospital due to an armed prisoner's escape, the news channel went to helicopter coverage of a police chase. They showed the car getting pitted. They showed the cops swarm the vehicle. They showed the cops smash the windows in on the car. They showed the cops dragging an inert body out of the vehicle's front seat. And they're all like, "hooray: the guy's in custody". How do they not notice the dude isn't fucking moving, at all. I mean, not even a little sign of motion from the prone form on the ground.
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Fahrenheit 451 televised chase scene!
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Though, given where we source our eggs from, any dozen-pack typically has at least a half dozen colors of eggs in it.
 
Learn how to dye eggs with common pantry items like candy, gelatin mix and berries: http://www.foodtv.com/2pn2c.
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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 - a year ago
reviewed a year 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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reviewed 3 years ago
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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
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago