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Cambodia,the relaxed adventure – Part 1: the Temples

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Last weekend i took a trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia. As usual,  having done littel to no research beforehand my expectations were intentionally blank. I knew Angkor Wat was there, obviously, and had heard of a few other temples. Beyond that, I had no set agenda. i had a conversation last week regarding the use of motorcycles in other countries vs. U.S. i was trying to get...
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Know Your Audience – Dog Gone It!

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Everyone loves dogs! Or do they? Dedicated to Dexter We shared our home and family for over 16 years. You brought love, joy and discipline to our lives. While reminding us to be loyal, forgive quickly and enjoy every moment that we are alive. Bless you, Dexter. You are missed. On my recent trip to the United Arab Emirates, I had the honour of speaking...
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In between and rambling

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nice little earth village  "The wisest person is the one who has travelled to the farthest point in the village" -someone on CSi can't tell if i'm getting wiser or just further loosening my grip on the "real" world. perhaps they both are the same.  it's odd how people try so hard to carry around invisible objects all day to create and hold up this mirage....
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The Little Engine That Couldn’t (Coding By Train: Leg 3 Chicago to Denver)

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Our train arrived in Chicago an hour late (a pattern that I’d soon learn is quite common). I can;t say anything about the city itself, as I never left the train station. From the ride into the Windy City, I was only able to make a single assessment: the place looks massive. Without a decent public transit system, I couldn’t imagine trying to make my way...
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Growing Pains

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This one will be a bit dense, so tourists may want to bypass with no offense taken. I tried to think of photos to represent this post, but failed so you get  graph instead.  i often divide my thoughts into 3 categories that help me comprehend life in general: mind, body, soul. i’m in the midst of a growth spurt so i figured i would...
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Coding By Train: Leg 2 (Washington, DC to Chicago)

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After a snack in Union Station, I  boarded the train for Chicago. There was an option to make reservations for dinner in the dining car. Seating was limited and community seating is used, providing an opportunity for you to meet new people. I opted to skip dinner in lieu of hanging out in the observation section with few beers (shocker!). This time the only decent...
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Coding by Train: Leg 1 (Wilson, NC to Washington, DC)

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For the next week and a half, I am experiencing a new form of travel. Rail. Rather than take my normal flight from RDU to DEN for one of our company meetings, I’ve decided to take the scenic route via an Amtrak train. The first leg of the trip is the Palmetto line from Wilson, NC to Washington, DC. Cost The cost of a ticket from Wilson, NC...
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As We Begin Again

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With this post, I am hoping for a return to more frequent and relevant posting to my blog. It is my opportunity to begin again. The year has been quite busy (too many projects undertaken) but I’ve not taken time to reflect on the things that I have experienced, which is the whole point of this blog. In the interest of brevity, I’ll just summarize: On the development...
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5 Things I love about October

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… and how they inspire brand excellence. 1. Canadian Thanksgiving I hope my Canadian cousins had a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to get together with my family and friends to share in tradition. Even though I always eat too much! I want to take this time to thank YOU for following me over the years as I build my business....
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The Taj Mahal

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i should have taken 5 more seconds to center up this photo...sorry taj i was going to do a joint post with agra fort and delhi, but i have decided the Taj Mahal deserves a post of its own. to be honest, i went to see it over a quick weekend trip and i expected it to be a checkmark on my india list and...
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A Mother’s (Invisible) Labor: Why We Value Dads More

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It’s not hard to predict which parent’s personhood those offspring will conclude is more valuable.Children are gender detectives, distinguishing between the sexes from as early as 18 months and using that information to guide their behavior, for example by choosing strongly stereotyped toys.And family research shows that men’s attitudes about marital roles, not women’s, are ultimately internalized by both their daughters and their sons. This...
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A Nomad’s Guide to Buenos Aires

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"I am completely enamored with the city of Buenos Aires. Is there a word for loving something, finding it beautiful and completely unique, just for being what it is?" - Joy Jones Oh, Buenos Aires. You ignited the wild child within me to resurface after a few months of working night shift in Asia and feeling a bit down. Something lifted from my heavy shoulders...
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8 Years 3 Weeks 6 Days – 04 – just data with a soul

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Many events to reflect on this week, and ready or not the world keeps turning and there’s more to come. Let’s go. Mentioned in today’s episode: Boxi Trixi’s Instagram Sonrisas Argentina Polo Day Six Word Stories http://square-enix.tumblr.com/post/75741462752/humans-are-kinda-cute-we-pass-stories-down And if you’re not familiar with Klaus, Sunny, and Violet, A Series of Unfortunate Events was one of my favorite series growing up. Here’s the wiki page.
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I might go that route eventually, but I’m not there yet.

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I might go that route eventually, but I’m not there yet. I hired a developmental editor who helped me go from 30000 words to 70000, which means that even though the manuscript exists, it’s still a polished draft with work to do. Having been through this process before, I want to give the book that care again. It transforms into something totally different when six...
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As We Begin Again

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With this post, I am hoping for a return to more frequent and relevant posting to my blog. It is my opportunity to begin again. The year has been quite busy (too many projects undertaken) but I’ve not taken time to reflect on the things that I have experienced, which is the whole point of this blog. In the interest of brevity, I’ll just summarize: On the development...
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I can’t believe Dad beat me at Disney World (in a game!)

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He was an upper-middle-class, 20-something American Jew, like me, we were at an awesome hostel in Hanoi, and he just had to let me know…Continue reading on Nomad Gonads »
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Traveling to KL

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In late August, I boarded a flight to Malaysia after a crazy couple of weeks of selling my furniture, moving out of my apartment, and enjoying lots of goodbye cocktails with friends and family.  My mom and brother waving American flags as I departed like I was some kind of GD dignitary which just makes my heart happy.  A blog post at a later date...
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Chef Provisioning on the Rackspace Public Cloud

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Many companies use configuration management tools to manage their cloud servers and other cloud infrastructure. But some configuration management tools are now also enabling users… The post Chef Provisioning on the Rackspace Public Cloud appeared first on Dreaming in DevOps.
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Reschensee

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In 1939, the local power company drew up plans for a dam that would give the towns of Graun and Reschen seasonal electricity. Located high in the Alps near the Italian-Swiss border, these locales would also connect two natural lakes, unifying them with an artificial one. To accomplish this, the plans outlined submerging the villages located in the valley betwixt. Much to the chagrin of...
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