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Twitter's problem is that most people don't like shouting into a void. It's stalling because of lack of positive reinforcement for using.

Plus suffers similarly.

Facebook succeeds because there's meaningful feedback ...even if you don't want to know certain things about friends/family/etc.
 
In its desperation to get more users, Twitter is throwing everything against the wall to see what sticks.
Though it's popular with an in crowd of entertainers, politicos and hipsters, the microblogging service is having a hard time getting regular people to join. That's a problem, a big problem.
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It's basically become a replacement for RSS and a place for things otherwise too short/superficial to even bother with Facebook over. It doesn't NEED much interaction to me.
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Just filled up the Mini with 93-octane that was $1.97/gallon. Some parts of the country have gas prices that are rivaling what I paid when I first got my license (in 1986)
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+Harley Bussing That's why I bought a used Volt. "You'll be back! >shaking fist<"
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What would be a really interesting outcome for the Democratic party would be if, somehow, Sanders managed to achieve a win by way of standard delegates, but lose based on super-delegates. Clinton would get the DNC nomination in much the same way that Dubya won the Presidency through the Electoral College but lost in the popular election. It would be interesting to see the kinds of gymnastics the DNC would undertake to justify Clinton's nomination in such a scenario.
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Thus "really interesting"
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Insurance fun:

Doctor's billing specialist calls me to inform me that the insurer paid the prior claim but amended the treatment plan approval to only cover up to Xml per treatment-session (where "X" is approximately 80% the dosage I've been on for the past couple years)

Naturally, I ask the billing specialist, "are there any limits to the treatment-frequency or treatments-per-year?"

She says, "hadn't thought about that, but don't recall seeing such enumerated. Let me look back at the detail-section". She digs back through and informs me "they're only enumerating a limitation on dosage, not frequency or treatments-per-year."

I reply, "cool. Sounds like we should go with the revised dosage-limit at the current frequency and adjust frequency if symptoms demand it. Is that workable?"

She says that it sounds like a good plan and wishes me a good day.

In many cases, it's the letter of the ruling, not the spirit, that's important.
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They're getting paid in experience/exposure!

(and, no, didn't fact-check: it's a meme).
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I checked before sharing. ;) Memes make me itch. 
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Best city if you're not a Canadian garbage-pile being passed of as a hitchhiking robot, you mean?
Lonely Planet releases its picks for the 10 best spots to visit in the United States in 2016.
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A situation where you get a smaller bonus than you thought you'd get is nowhere near the same as what you currently have being reduced.

Never bank on a bonus until it's in your pocket.
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Sunday's matchup should be fun with Tanner Glass threatening retribution. I'd invite Glass to read the below, but he strikes me as sub-literate. Will be interesting to see if the NHL decides that any actions instigated after a threat warrants supplemental discipline.
In Wednesday's edition of C'Mon Ref, TSN Hockey analyst and former NHL referee Kerry Fraser looks at an incident from Saturday’s game between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers.
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Whenever I ask a technical question and someone (essentially) replies back "we've got experts working on that", I'm reminded of this clip.
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I think my biggest fear is that the monied-interests will try to resist the inevitability of change ...right up to the point where change will happen in the form of a conflagration.
Everything that was supposed to be silenced is suddenly being said.
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Apparently, my "smart" lightbulbs now integrate with Alexa (Amazon Echo). Really need to be able to change the Echo's command prompt-word to AZIZ.
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Multi-pass is also a common term for SCA site tokens. Esp for events with multiple checkpoints (Pennsic, I'm looking at you!) 
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Just because a given task looks easy doesn't automatically mean it is easy.

This is especially true when expertise is involved. Experts can make difficult things look easy (and, to similarly qualified experts, are contextually-easy).

Always amusing when someone unfamiliar with a "system" makes the decision that something is easy. "Why are we paying you so much? This is 'easy'. We'll save ourselves money by hiring in newer, cheaper people to do the work" ...which is inevitably followed by, "why's everything on fire?"
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Systems Architecture/Engineering
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Linux, storage, clustering, disaster recovery, data protection, virtualization, automation
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  • Plus-3 IT
    Sr. Principal Consultant, 2015 - present
  • WINS Networks
    Storage Architect, 2009 - 2015
  • Wells Landers
    Sr. Principal Consultant, 2004 - 2009
  • Digex
    Sr. Operations Engineer, 1999 - 2004
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I'm cranky: deal with it.
Introduction
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."

Who I Circle
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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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Currently
Alexandria, VA
Previously
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 - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 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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Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 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 - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago