Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-12-13 02:44:07
Ingress do you need an invite? spare invitation gone

Right now I only have access to a few iOS devices and nothing mobile running Android, so can't use this myself. If anyone still needs an Ingress Invite, please post here and let me know.
 
Edited - Sorry folks, I had originally posted this earlier today to my (limited) circles of friends, and had no takers in about 12 hours. I decided to open it up to the public so the code would at least be used. It's a bit late now, but I only just saw a message from a friend I have known for years saying they were interested in getting it too.

I feel like a tease, but after considering things, I've decided to forward the code to my friend instead of drawing names of public plussers from a hat in the morning. I hope you understand. 

- Robin
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-12-13 02:44:07
    Ingress do you need an invite? spare invitation gone

    Right now I only have access to a few iOS devices and nothing mobile running Android, so can't use this myself. If anyone still needs an Ingress Invite, please post here and let me know.
     
    Edited - Sorry folks, I had originally posted this earlier today to my (limited) circles of friends, and had no takers in about 12 hours. I decided to open it up to the public so the code would at least be used. It's a bit late now, but I only just saw a message from a friend I have known for years saying they were interested in getting it too.

    I feel like a tease, but after considering things, I've decided to forward the code to my friend instead of drawing names of public plussers from a hat in the morning. I hope you understand. 

    - Robin
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2011-08-05 16:46:21
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    LOL - I loved this cartoon. (And yes, while it is technically not completely accurate, it does get it right on some level)

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    Brilliantly said. (See http://xkcd.com/ if you're not familiar with xkcd.)
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2011-07-16 15:17:48
    The secret to being furiously happy...

    Warning - contains some strong language, so if you are at work or are offended easily by swear words you might want to give this video a pass. The essential message is a good one though, and I found it, while couched in comedy, very worth listening to.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2011-08-05 16:46:21
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    LOL - I loved this cartoon. (And yes, while it is technically not completely accurate, it does get it right on some level)

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    Brilliantly said. (See http://xkcd.com/ if you're not familiar with xkcd.)
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2011-07-16 15:17:48
    The secret to being furiously happy...

    Warning - contains some strong language, so if you are at work or are offended easily by swear words you might want to give this video a pass. The essential message is a good one though, and I found it, while couched in comedy, very worth listening to.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2014-01-31 10:56:52
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    HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR  新年快乐
    It's the year of the horse in 2014

    #chinesenewyear     #chinesenewyear2014   #horse  
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2013-11-10 06:58:40
    Another Email Scam PSA:

    There is another round of fairly convincing Phishing scams via email that are attempting to steal your login info. When you get the email, it appears as if someone you know has shared a document with you via Google Drive (it's not a 100% realistic looking message, if you are familiar with these, but close enough to fool many people)

    When you click on the included link you are directed to a page that looks like one in the attached picture. Note the tell-tale domain that does not end in .google.com/ and the inclusion of the various other email type logos at the bottom.

    If you log in to try to check out the doc that was shared with you, the bad guys then have your login info and can repeat the process of sending the scam out to the folks on your contact list.

    Don't get fooled folks - just delete it if you get one of these and let the person you got it from know that they need to reset their password and possibly scan their drive for malware too.

    There are lots of articles about this sort of stuff popping up from time to time. My two personal recommendations are to 1) know to never enter your login info on a page that is not at a valid (trusted) domain - see the picture as an example of a faked one, and 2) if you use an email account that supports it, such as Google for your personal email, and have a cell phone, enabling 2 step authentication can help prevent this sort of thing from working. The scammer would need both your login info AND your cell phone in order to get in to your account.

    Note - if you work with me, and have typed your info into one of these pages, please call the service desk and have your password reset as soon as you can. 

    Also, it is always a good idea if you use GMail, to sign in and check the recent activity page from time to time too. This shows where you have been logged in from recently, and if you notice any suspicious activity, change your passwords as soon as you can.

    https://security.google.com/settings/security/activity?pli=1
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2013-07-01 13:53:55
    Introverts Explained

    For the people who wonder why I spend all day on the phone, and am very involved and personable, but then turn the phones off and mostly keep to myself when my shift is done... it's just my way of recharging / de-stressing.

    Note that you may get the impression that the writer makes introversion sound like a rare thing, misunderstood by the entire world, and persecuted etc. It's all a matter of degrees - not all introverts may be affected to that degree.

    I have personally found that 1) it is actually very common in my own circles and 2) most people have adapted and know that they need the down time to recharge.   It is still something good to know, if you were not aware yourself about how some people are affected by this.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-11-14 14:43:50
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    This looks really good... from +Shinae Choi Robinson, re-shared by +Liz Eberhardt 

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    SPICY SALMON POKE WITH CRUNCHY CUCUMBER
    Serves 2 over steamed rice or sushi rice as a meal
    Serves 3 to 4 as an appetizer with tortilla chips or fried wonton wrappers

    Pin it: http://pinterest.com/pin/499969996101976275/

    - 3/4 pound fresh raw salmon, cut into 1/2" cubes
    - 1 medium Persian cucumber, cut into 1/2" cubes
    - 1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced (you can use white or yellow too)
    - 1 to 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh chilies (optional - I used jalapenos but serranos would also be good)
    - 5 sprigs cilantro including stems, chopped
    - 1/2 Tablespoon soy sauce to start
    - 1/2 Tablespoon chili garlic paste to start (you can also use sriracha or sambal oelek)
    - 1/2 Tablespoon toasted sesame oil
    - 1/2 Tablespoon fresh lemon or lime juice to start
    - 1/2 teaspoon sugar

    Put all ingredients into a large bowl, toss to season thoroughly and evenly, and enjoy!

    You can also make little appetizer tacos with this stuff by putting about 3 Tablespoons of it into a small charred corn tortilla with a little shredded fresh cabbage, a drizzle of sour cream thinned down with a little lime juice or Mexican sour crema, a squeeze of lime juice, and a lashing of sriracha. YUMS! :)

    *Note: You can buy sushi fish at places like 99 Ranch, H-Mart, Marukai, Mitsuwa, and online at Catalina Offshore Products, among other places. If you're buying it at the market, be sure to ask them for a bag of ice on which to take it home, and transport it in a cooler to keep it nice and cold.

    #SFPRawThings  
    #SFPRecipes  
    #SFPSushi  
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-07-01 17:44:19
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    Via +Nancy Blake - here was the picture I had mentioned earlier.

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    Holy crap!
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-03-30 15:16:06
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    Please take the time to read this

    Speaking as someone who nearly drowned as a kid and has had a huge fear of submersion ever since (I know - strange for someone who grew up on an island, right?), this is something more people need to know.

    Via +Steve Hall

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    I saved 3 people from drowning before I was 16, two of whom were within arm's length of a wall. One of them, the mother was watching and didn't know. This is absolutely critical knowledge.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2014-01-31 10:56:52
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    HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR  新年快乐
    It's the year of the horse in 2014

    #chinesenewyear     #chinesenewyear2014   #horse  
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2013-11-10 06:58:40
    Another Email Scam PSA:

    There is another round of fairly convincing Phishing scams via email that are attempting to steal your login info. When you get the email, it appears as if someone you know has shared a document with you via Google Drive (it's not a 100% realistic looking message, if you are familiar with these, but close enough to fool many people)

    When you click on the included link you are directed to a page that looks like one in the attached picture. Note the tell-tale domain that does not end in .google.com/ and the inclusion of the various other email type logos at the bottom.

    If you log in to try to check out the doc that was shared with you, the bad guys then have your login info and can repeat the process of sending the scam out to the folks on your contact list.

    Don't get fooled folks - just delete it if you get one of these and let the person you got it from know that they need to reset their password and possibly scan their drive for malware too.

    There are lots of articles about this sort of stuff popping up from time to time. My two personal recommendations are to 1) know to never enter your login info on a page that is not at a valid (trusted) domain - see the picture as an example of a faked one, and 2) if you use an email account that supports it, such as Google for your personal email, and have a cell phone, enabling 2 step authentication can help prevent this sort of thing from working. The scammer would need both your login info AND your cell phone in order to get in to your account.

    Note - if you work with me, and have typed your info into one of these pages, please call the service desk and have your password reset as soon as you can. 

    Also, it is always a good idea if you use GMail, to sign in and check the recent activity page from time to time too. This shows where you have been logged in from recently, and if you notice any suspicious activity, change your passwords as soon as you can.

    https://security.google.com/settings/security/activity?pli=1
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2013-07-01 13:53:55
    Introverts Explained

    For the people who wonder why I spend all day on the phone, and am very involved and personable, but then turn the phones off and mostly keep to myself when my shift is done... it's just my way of recharging / de-stressing.

    Note that you may get the impression that the writer makes introversion sound like a rare thing, misunderstood by the entire world, and persecuted etc. It's all a matter of degrees - not all introverts may be affected to that degree.

    I have personally found that 1) it is actually very common in my own circles and 2) most people have adapted and know that they need the down time to recharge.   It is still something good to know, if you were not aware yourself about how some people are affected by this.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-11-14 14:43:50
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    This looks really good... from +Shinae Choi Robinson, re-shared by +Liz Eberhardt 

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    SPICY SALMON POKE WITH CRUNCHY CUCUMBER
    Serves 2 over steamed rice or sushi rice as a meal
    Serves 3 to 4 as an appetizer with tortilla chips or fried wonton wrappers

    Pin it: http://pinterest.com/pin/499969996101976275/

    - 3/4 pound fresh raw salmon, cut into 1/2" cubes
    - 1 medium Persian cucumber, cut into 1/2" cubes
    - 1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced (you can use white or yellow too)
    - 1 to 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh chilies (optional - I used jalapenos but serranos would also be good)
    - 5 sprigs cilantro including stems, chopped
    - 1/2 Tablespoon soy sauce to start
    - 1/2 Tablespoon chili garlic paste to start (you can also use sriracha or sambal oelek)
    - 1/2 Tablespoon toasted sesame oil
    - 1/2 Tablespoon fresh lemon or lime juice to start
    - 1/2 teaspoon sugar

    Put all ingredients into a large bowl, toss to season thoroughly and evenly, and enjoy!

    You can also make little appetizer tacos with this stuff by putting about 3 Tablespoons of it into a small charred corn tortilla with a little shredded fresh cabbage, a drizzle of sour cream thinned down with a little lime juice or Mexican sour crema, a squeeze of lime juice, and a lashing of sriracha. YUMS! :)

    *Note: You can buy sushi fish at places like 99 Ranch, H-Mart, Marukai, Mitsuwa, and online at Catalina Offshore Products, among other places. If you're buying it at the market, be sure to ask them for a bag of ice on which to take it home, and transport it in a cooler to keep it nice and cold.

    #SFPRawThings  
    #SFPRecipes  
    #SFPSushi  
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-07-01 17:44:19
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    Via +Nancy Blake - here was the picture I had mentioned earlier.

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    Holy crap!
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-03-30 15:16:06
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    Please take the time to read this

    Speaking as someone who nearly drowned as a kid and has had a huge fear of submersion ever since (I know - strange for someone who grew up on an island, right?), this is something more people need to know.

    Via +Steve Hall

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    *PLEASE READ THIS.*

    I saved 3 people from drowning before I was 16, two of whom were within arm's length of a wall. One of them, the mother was watching and didn't know. This is absolutely critical knowledge.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2014-01-11 23:27:33
    Steampunk Montblanc Pens
    There are a lot of friends of mine that would love one of these as a gift. Beautifully done...
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2013-02-22 20:58:52
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    I found this interesting and for the most part, I can certainly relate to what he describes. Definitely good to think about this, whether or not you personally agree with his idea of support and structure etc.

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    Kids Need Structure a great TED talk by General Colin Powell
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-12-28 22:05:57
    I need to check this out soon!
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-12-13 17:41:07
    Christmas musings...

    When people talk about the War on Christmas and how offended they get at things that people do that negatively reflect on their own beliefs, I have a hard time understanding why. I really never saw what anyone was stressing over. I'm not Christian myself, but I am equally happy to be wished a Merry Christmas, or any other holiday greeting that you choose. Hanukkah Blessings, Happy Yule? That works for me too... it is a good wish. Maybe growing up in Trinidad, where everyone celebrated with everyone else - no matter their own persuasion, had something to do with it.

    I can see how, in our era of wanting everyone to be politically correct and to not offend anyone, businesses might want their employees to use the "safer" phrase of Happy Holidays, when dealing with customers, but you have to admit that it is, overall, pretty harmless, and what has been dubbed this "War on Christmas" is more like people's simple disagreements on holiday philosophy and celebrations... and everyone is still entitled to their own opinions.

    I just would rather that people be more inclusive and positive with one another, instead of dwelling on the negative feelings.

    Anyway, speaking for myself, have a wonderful and blessed time this season my friends, in whatever way you celebrate it!

    Remember too "There are many ways in the universe. You travel yours - and should you need it, my sword will protect you as I travel mine."
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-11-26 16:13:46
    Data Disasters can happen to anyone...

    Just a quick PSA that I was reminded of because of what I do for a living. Have you backed up your important files recently? It doesn't matter what platform you use - if you were to have a hard drive crash or your laptop or smartphone stolen today, would you be able to get back all your valuable data? What about if your email account was hijacked? Do you have important data tucked away somewhere else that you can securely access it if needed?

    Don't wait until it is too late to implement a data disaster plan please folks!

    Feel free to ask if you have any questions about this. I'm always willing to help out if I have the spare time.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-08-26 18:23:34
    Final Fantasy Distant Worlds - Eyes On Me
    At the Ohio Theater, 8/25/2012

    Here is the first of two videos I uploaded from the Distant Worlds concert. The lighting was not the best for iPhone recording, but the audio came out better than I expected. This is Susan Calloway performing "Eyes on me", from Final Fantasy VIII, at the Distant Worlds concert in the Ohio Theater on 8/25/2012. Enjoy!
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-08-05 17:50:15
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    Found via +Steve Hall - a great story for any of us online.

    - Nothing is withheld from us which we have conceived to do.

    - Do things that have never been done.


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    Pretty good story. H/t to +Linda Lawrey 
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-08-02 19:48:32
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    Mac OS X (Lion or Mountain Lion) WiFi utility

    I just found this via +Steve Hall - a neat WiFi utility that you may not have known was available on your Mac.

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    Very, very interesting.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-06-28 14:10:33
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    I found this via +Bearman Cartoons - amused the heck out of me. Enjoy!

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    Hello Thursday. You aren't pretty like Friday is but I found this for you anyway. I would like to make a movie where I travel back in time and stop Lucas from making the prequels. I would call this movie "Hot Night in Ninjatown"
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-04-13 17:33:35
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    Make it easier to read comments / replies in G+ on Chrome

    Thanks to +Christina Lihani & +Beverly Rivera for pointing out this great extension, and to +Tzafrir Rehan for creating it!

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    Remember my whole Mr. Magoo post yesterday? Yeah. This totally fixes the grey on grey text that you see in in the comment's section of posts. It even works with the red notification box as well. Holy friggin batman of no more impending bifocals thank you to +Tzafrir Rehan for creating this extension.

    I was blind, and now I see.

    Tagged: #newgoogleplus #feedback
    I urge you to reshare this post and or mention it to others for those struggling with Chrome.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-04-07 05:29:47
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    Via +Daria Musk :)

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    GROWING UP
    When I saw this beautiful rendering of my beloved Calvin and Hobbes - a comic created by Bill Watterson - all grown up my heart melted! Calvin taught me big words, made me laugh, stirred up mischief and late-nights pondering the mysteries of the universe in a little me who used to flip through the giant books...

    THE FIERCE JOY OF CHILDHOOD DREAMS
    It seems like growing up is way cooler than we ever thought it could be... Our childhood fantasies like cars that drive themselves and singing concerts for people all around the world without stepping out the front door... They're possible and real. It's crazy if you stop and think about it, so don't. Just go for it, get grass stains on your knees and refuse to go to bed on time. ;)

    GROWING OUT
    Let's dream bigger than ever this weekend. We're not even growing up, we're growing out! Outward into this interconnected world. I can't wait to bust open more doors with you, crash more parties, make more dreams real...

    XO,
    D

    CALVIN ON GROWING UP
    Calvin “When a kid grows up, he has to be something. He can’t just stay the way he is. But a tiger grows up and stays a tiger why is that?”
    Hobbs “No room for improvement.
    Calvin “Of all the luck, my parents had to be humans.”
    Hobbs “Don’t take it too hard. Humans provide some very important protein.”

    Photo found via +Paul Roustan & +Zaine Ridling! Thanks guys!
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-03-26 14:32:33
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    Being Hindu myself, this picture and +Chris Chabot's post was especially nice to see. It's been years since I had the chance to attend a "Holi" celebration like this, and I am just glad to be able to see others enjoying it. :)

    You can learn more about the festival here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holi

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    4615 photos in one day

    So copying and reviewing the photos I took yesterday is going to take a little while - I got home a few hours ago and after tallying up all my different memory cards it turns out I took 4615 photos yesterday.

    So my computer's working it's way through them as I speak and once that's done in a couple of hours I can start looking at which images to post - it'll be a bit of a process.

    But I think it is very telling about just how much fun this festival was, amazing good vibes, stunning colors every where and tens of thousands of people who love to have their photo taken - I wish I could've shot twice as much!

    So here's another quick preview of the colorawesomerama that the #festivalofcolor was at the #jarviewalk
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-03-16 05:09:24
    Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog

    I still get some of the songs stuck in my head and am not ashamed to admit I tend to sing along (loudly) to NPH when I have the CD playing in the car. If you have not yet seen the show, check it out. As a sample track, look up "I Cannot Believe My Eyes" & Dr. Horrible on YouTube.

    Hopefully the sequel will be able to be done soon.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-03-09 16:38:13
    I just found this and it made me laugh. Makes you think, do we consider ourselves too entitled and take technology for granted?
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2011-11-02 20:35:11
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2011-11-02 16:12:09
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    This about sums up my own philosophy on life...

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    Human beings are not intrinsically selfish, which isolates us from others. We are essentially social animals who depend on others to meet our needs. We achieve happiness, prosperity and progress through social interaction. Therefore, having a kind and helpful attitude contributes to our own and others' happiness.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2011-08-08 15:19:02
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    Interesting piece. To do this right, education does need to have the proper funding though... here is hoping that we can see this come to fruition.

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    Simply put, we can’t keep preparing students for a world that doesn’t exist. We can’t keep ignoring the formidable cognitive skills they’re developing on their own. And above all, we must stop disparaging digital prowess just because some of us over 40 don’t happen to possess it. An institutional grudge match with the young can sabotage an entire culture.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2011-07-22 14:32:03
    Game of Thrones Panel, San Diego Comic Con 2011

    For anyone else, who is wishing they could be there for things like this, here is a a video of the GoT panel from yesterday.

    Enjoy!
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2011-07-20 16:22:40
    Cosplay Fever: Raise Your Glass (Music Video)

    This made me smile. It's been a few years since I was at Dragon Con in Atlanta, but I do miss the conventions. Hopefully once we are moved back to the US my wife and I will be attending things like this more.

    For the folks who are able to attend the San Diego Comic Con this year - have fun! (I'm jealous!)
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2011-07-12 14:48:23
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    I found this via +Steve Hall - and I have to say it is an interesting take on things. I have to agree... Google+ is not what a lot of people were expecting. Me included.

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    Google+ Tip for the day: Stop treating Google+ like Facebook.

    When I got my Google+ invitation, I was already itching to shed my Facebook profile. I still feel that way, but I’m starting to realize something really surprising (at least for me): I don’t think Google is my Facebook stand-in. I think Google is far more than a measly “social network,” and that’s why some of my Facebook friends who are migrating over right now seem to be, as they say on the Internet, “doing it wrong.”

    I've been a devoted Googlephile for many years, so if Google wanted me to use G+ instead of Facebook, it was gonna happen -- unless they really goofed it up, of course (I'm still not entirely over my breakup with Wave, Google -- but at least I've stopped leaving those creepy voicemails, right?). The push and pull factors were there. They were obvious: Facebook is for “moms” and spam robots -- Google was going to be my new social network.

    But something didn't feel quite right about treating my Google+ profile like my Facebook profile, nor treating my Circles like the Facebook social groups I wished I'd always had. There was content everywhere, written by people I’d heard of -- and many I hadn’t. Something about this space was very different than anything Facebook has ever allowed me to experience. It felt like something else, something... bigger, maybe more important. Something collaborative, perhaps. How very Google!

    My friends, however, don’t seem to be having the same Google+ experience I am. My tendency so far has been to add as many people with as many interesting views as possible to my Circles, and then to read voraciously and respond all over the place. Meanwhile, my real-life friends are complaining that there’s not enough content to appease them, and I’m the only one dominating their Streams. Why is this happening for them? I think it comes from a fundamental set of expectations about moving from Facebook to Google+. People are treating their Google+ accounts just like Facebook accounts. And I think that’s a doomed approach.

    Here is how I think Google+ can be most fully enjoyed and utilized, at this early stage:

    Think about what you use Facebook for. If it’s for keeping up with old friends and for keeping up with current, local friends, great. You can use Google+ for that, and it’s definitely got a leg up on Facebook for filtering content.

    Interact with content created by users you don’t know personally. If you don’t follow people you don’t already know, you’re going to get bored, and not just because your friends aren’t all here yet. You’ll get bored even after they’ve all arrived. Why do you think Facebook started implementing games and applications? Well, to make money, obviously, but what was the draw for the userbase? I’m willing to bet Facebook figured out that simply reading your friends’ thoughts all day long gets old, and let’s be honest: very few of us have enough friends with enough interesting posts to keep us engaged.

    If you like the social games on Facebook, well...you’re not really my target audience. Sorry. For the rest of you -- if you don’t like how Facebook allowed third party junk to start bombarding you with game requests and access to your information, embrace its absence here so far!

    I realize that at some point, developers may come up with cool ways to implement games on Google+, but I expect that Google will have learned from the clunky, disorganized, and downright invasive way developers approached this in Facebook. And the best way to keep Google+ rich in content and devoid of lame, invasive apps is to let go of your old ideas about what it means to be on a social network.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2011-07-09 16:45:19
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    Here is a very useful collection of info for those of us getting the hang of this new system.

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    By the way, I'm sure many of you are aware of this, but for those who aren't, there is a collaborative Google Doc available for you to read that has all kinds of cool tips, tricks, and techniques for Google+. Check it out here:
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2014-01-11 23:27:33
    Steampunk Montblanc Pens
    There are a lot of friends of mine that would love one of these as a gift. Beautifully done...
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2013-02-22 20:58:52
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    I found this interesting and for the most part, I can certainly relate to what he describes. Definitely good to think about this, whether or not you personally agree with his idea of support and structure etc.

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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-12-28 22:05:57
    I need to check this out soon!
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-12-13 17:41:07
    Christmas musings...

    When people talk about the War on Christmas and how offended they get at things that people do that negatively reflect on their own beliefs, I have a hard time understanding why. I really never saw what anyone was stressing over. I'm not Christian myself, but I am equally happy to be wished a Merry Christmas, or any other holiday greeting that you choose. Hanukkah Blessings, Happy Yule? That works for me too... it is a good wish. Maybe growing up in Trinidad, where everyone celebrated with everyone else - no matter their own persuasion, had something to do with it.

    I can see how, in our era of wanting everyone to be politically correct and to not offend anyone, businesses might want their employees to use the "safer" phrase of Happy Holidays, when dealing with customers, but you have to admit that it is, overall, pretty harmless, and what has been dubbed this "War on Christmas" is more like people's simple disagreements on holiday philosophy and celebrations... and everyone is still entitled to their own opinions.

    I just would rather that people be more inclusive and positive with one another, instead of dwelling on the negative feelings.

    Anyway, speaking for myself, have a wonderful and blessed time this season my friends, in whatever way you celebrate it!

    Remember too "There are many ways in the universe. You travel yours - and should you need it, my sword will protect you as I travel mine."
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-11-26 16:13:46
    Data Disasters can happen to anyone...

    Just a quick PSA that I was reminded of because of what I do for a living. Have you backed up your important files recently? It doesn't matter what platform you use - if you were to have a hard drive crash or your laptop or smartphone stolen today, would you be able to get back all your valuable data? What about if your email account was hijacked? Do you have important data tucked away somewhere else that you can securely access it if needed?

    Don't wait until it is too late to implement a data disaster plan please folks!

    Feel free to ask if you have any questions about this. I'm always willing to help out if I have the spare time.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-08-26 18:23:34
    Final Fantasy Distant Worlds - Eyes On Me
    At the Ohio Theater, 8/25/2012

    Here is the first of two videos I uploaded from the Distant Worlds concert. The lighting was not the best for iPhone recording, but the audio came out better than I expected. This is Susan Calloway performing "Eyes on me", from Final Fantasy VIII, at the Distant Worlds concert in the Ohio Theater on 8/25/2012. Enjoy!
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-08-05 17:50:15
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    Found via +Steve Hall - a great story for any of us online.

    - Nothing is withheld from us which we have conceived to do.

    - Do things that have never been done.


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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-08-02 19:48:32
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    Mac OS X (Lion or Mountain Lion) WiFi utility

    I just found this via +Steve Hall - a neat WiFi utility that you may not have known was available on your Mac.

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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-06-28 14:10:33
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    I found this via +Bearman Cartoons - amused the heck out of me. Enjoy!

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    Hello Thursday. You aren't pretty like Friday is but I found this for you anyway. I would like to make a movie where I travel back in time and stop Lucas from making the prequels. I would call this movie "Hot Night in Ninjatown"
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-04-13 17:33:35
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    Make it easier to read comments / replies in G+ on Chrome

    Thanks to +Christina Lihani & +Beverly Rivera for pointing out this great extension, and to +Tzafrir Rehan for creating it!

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    Remember my whole Mr. Magoo post yesterday? Yeah. This totally fixes the grey on grey text that you see in in the comment's section of posts. It even works with the red notification box as well. Holy friggin batman of no more impending bifocals thank you to +Tzafrir Rehan for creating this extension.

    I was blind, and now I see.

    Tagged: #newgoogleplus #feedback
    I urge you to reshare this post and or mention it to others for those struggling with Chrome.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-04-07 05:29:47
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    Via +Daria Musk :)

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    GROWING UP
    When I saw this beautiful rendering of my beloved Calvin and Hobbes - a comic created by Bill Watterson - all grown up my heart melted! Calvin taught me big words, made me laugh, stirred up mischief and late-nights pondering the mysteries of the universe in a little me who used to flip through the giant books...

    THE FIERCE JOY OF CHILDHOOD DREAMS
    It seems like growing up is way cooler than we ever thought it could be... Our childhood fantasies like cars that drive themselves and singing concerts for people all around the world without stepping out the front door... They're possible and real. It's crazy if you stop and think about it, so don't. Just go for it, get grass stains on your knees and refuse to go to bed on time. ;)

    GROWING OUT
    Let's dream bigger than ever this weekend. We're not even growing up, we're growing out! Outward into this interconnected world. I can't wait to bust open more doors with you, crash more parties, make more dreams real...

    XO,
    D

    CALVIN ON GROWING UP
    Calvin “When a kid grows up, he has to be something. He can’t just stay the way he is. But a tiger grows up and stays a tiger why is that?”
    Hobbs “No room for improvement.
    Calvin “Of all the luck, my parents had to be humans.”
    Hobbs “Don’t take it too hard. Humans provide some very important protein.”

    Photo found via +Paul Roustan & +Zaine Ridling! Thanks guys!
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-03-26 14:32:33
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    Being Hindu myself, this picture and +Chris Chabot's post was especially nice to see. It's been years since I had the chance to attend a "Holi" celebration like this, and I am just glad to be able to see others enjoying it. :)

    You can learn more about the festival here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holi

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    4615 photos in one day

    So copying and reviewing the photos I took yesterday is going to take a little while - I got home a few hours ago and after tallying up all my different memory cards it turns out I took 4615 photos yesterday.

    So my computer's working it's way through them as I speak and once that's done in a couple of hours I can start looking at which images to post - it'll be a bit of a process.

    But I think it is very telling about just how much fun this festival was, amazing good vibes, stunning colors every where and tens of thousands of people who love to have their photo taken - I wish I could've shot twice as much!

    So here's another quick preview of the colorawesomerama that the #festivalofcolor was at the #jarviewalk
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-03-16 05:09:24
    Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog

    I still get some of the songs stuck in my head and am not ashamed to admit I tend to sing along (loudly) to NPH when I have the CD playing in the car. If you have not yet seen the show, check it out. As a sample track, look up "I Cannot Believe My Eyes" & Dr. Horrible on YouTube.

    Hopefully the sequel will be able to be done soon.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-03-09 16:38:13
    I just found this and it made me laugh. Makes you think, do we consider ourselves too entitled and take technology for granted?
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2011-11-02 20:35:11
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2011-11-02 16:12:09
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    This about sums up my own philosophy on life...

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    Human beings are not intrinsically selfish, which isolates us from others. We are essentially social animals who depend on others to meet our needs. We achieve happiness, prosperity and progress through social interaction. Therefore, having a kind and helpful attitude contributes to our own and others' happiness.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2011-08-08 15:19:02
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    Interesting piece. To do this right, education does need to have the proper funding though... here is hoping that we can see this come to fruition.

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    Simply put, we can’t keep preparing students for a world that doesn’t exist. We can’t keep ignoring the formidable cognitive skills they’re developing on their own. And above all, we must stop disparaging digital prowess just because some of us over 40 don’t happen to possess it. An institutional grudge match with the young can sabotage an entire culture.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2011-07-22 14:32:03
    Game of Thrones Panel, San Diego Comic Con 2011

    For anyone else, who is wishing they could be there for things like this, here is a a video of the GoT panel from yesterday.

    Enjoy!
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2011-07-20 16:22:40
    Cosplay Fever: Raise Your Glass (Music Video)

    This made me smile. It's been a few years since I was at Dragon Con in Atlanta, but I do miss the conventions. Hopefully once we are moved back to the US my wife and I will be attending things like this more.

    For the folks who are able to attend the San Diego Comic Con this year - have fun! (I'm jealous!)
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2011-07-12 14:48:23
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    I found this via +Steve Hall - and I have to say it is an interesting take on things. I have to agree... Google+ is not what a lot of people were expecting. Me included.

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    Google+ Tip for the day: Stop treating Google+ like Facebook.

    When I got my Google+ invitation, I was already itching to shed my Facebook profile. I still feel that way, but I’m starting to realize something really surprising (at least for me): I don’t think Google is my Facebook stand-in. I think Google is far more than a measly “social network,” and that’s why some of my Facebook friends who are migrating over right now seem to be, as they say on the Internet, “doing it wrong.”

    I've been a devoted Googlephile for many years, so if Google wanted me to use G+ instead of Facebook, it was gonna happen -- unless they really goofed it up, of course (I'm still not entirely over my breakup with Wave, Google -- but at least I've stopped leaving those creepy voicemails, right?). The push and pull factors were there. They were obvious: Facebook is for “moms” and spam robots -- Google was going to be my new social network.

    But something didn't feel quite right about treating my Google+ profile like my Facebook profile, nor treating my Circles like the Facebook social groups I wished I'd always had. There was content everywhere, written by people I’d heard of -- and many I hadn’t. Something about this space was very different than anything Facebook has ever allowed me to experience. It felt like something else, something... bigger, maybe more important. Something collaborative, perhaps. How very Google!

    My friends, however, don’t seem to be having the same Google+ experience I am. My tendency so far has been to add as many people with as many interesting views as possible to my Circles, and then to read voraciously and respond all over the place. Meanwhile, my real-life friends are complaining that there’s not enough content to appease them, and I’m the only one dominating their Streams. Why is this happening for them? I think it comes from a fundamental set of expectations about moving from Facebook to Google+. People are treating their Google+ accounts just like Facebook accounts. And I think that’s a doomed approach.

    Here is how I think Google+ can be most fully enjoyed and utilized, at this early stage:

    Think about what you use Facebook for. If it’s for keeping up with old friends and for keeping up with current, local friends, great. You can use Google+ for that, and it’s definitely got a leg up on Facebook for filtering content.

    Interact with content created by users you don’t know personally. If you don’t follow people you don’t already know, you’re going to get bored, and not just because your friends aren’t all here yet. You’ll get bored even after they’ve all arrived. Why do you think Facebook started implementing games and applications? Well, to make money, obviously, but what was the draw for the userbase? I’m willing to bet Facebook figured out that simply reading your friends’ thoughts all day long gets old, and let’s be honest: very few of us have enough friends with enough interesting posts to keep us engaged.

    If you like the social games on Facebook, well...you’re not really my target audience. Sorry. For the rest of you -- if you don’t like how Facebook allowed third party junk to start bombarding you with game requests and access to your information, embrace its absence here so far!

    I realize that at some point, developers may come up with cool ways to implement games on Google+, but I expect that Google will have learned from the clunky, disorganized, and downright invasive way developers approached this in Facebook. And the best way to keep Google+ rich in content and devoid of lame, invasive apps is to let go of your old ideas about what it means to be on a social network.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2011-07-09 16:45:19
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    Here is a very useful collection of info for those of us getting the hang of this new system.

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    By the way, I'm sure many of you are aware of this, but for those who aren't, there is a collaborative Google Doc available for you to read that has all kinds of cool tips, tricks, and techniques for Google+. Check it out here:
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2014-06-07 21:06:26
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    +John Williford have you seen this series of recent Pearls Before Swine strips yet? Today's ties it all together wonderfully!

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    This made me incredibly happy...
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2014-04-30 02:53:09
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    Hey John, had you seen this pic yet? :)

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    Via +Scott Hall:  "Disney princesses playing D&D. Of course, Belle is checking the rulebook."
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2013-11-12 17:21:41
    An Opinion: Shouldn't we treat others as we would like to be treated?

    I love what this linked article talks about. It gives us all something to think about; how well do  we treat others? Do we take the time to think of what another person is going through before we get irritated at them and do or say something insensitive? Would we be willing to reach out a comforting hand, or give a stranger a shoulder lean on when needed?

    I've lived in many places over the years; from the Caribbean to Florida, to the Canadian Maritimes and now, most recently, Ohio. In all of them I found samples of people with widely different attitudes. Some would not take the time of day to reply to your wishing them a good morning, and others would be so friendly and kind that you felt that you'd known them your entire life. 

    Prince Edward Island had more  than its share of the latter ( and yes folks, Canadians in general really are that nice in my experience! ) - and Ohio does have its fair share too.

    What I have found though, in my own experience, is that in a lot of cases, you really do get back what you give to the universe. Don't let others being boorish stop you from doing your own part to make this a better world. It doesn't have to be the big things, start by just getting to know your neighbors, or putting a quarter into a parking meter for a stranger. 

    Just be kind... and strive to be happy!
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2013-09-04 12:33:16
    "YouTube Center" browser extension

    Here is something that some of you might find useful. This Chrome / Firefox / Safari extension will not only let you switch back to the old form of YouTube buffering (where you can let the whole video buffer at once), but also gives some handy additional tweaks to default player settings and even allows you to download video if you so choose.

    Note that for Chrome on Windows you need to install the extension while in Developer mode. I have not tested it with Firefox yet myself and still need to test it out on Chrome on the Mac side too.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2013-08-03 08:47:47
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    Been there too. :)

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    This happens a lot.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2013-08-03 08:30:01
    In Geek Culture, Women should have nothing to Prove

    Please forgive me this soap-box moment, but this is something I feel strongly that needs to be said. I love this video, and the message it drives home. 

    For those people that feel that women can't be equal to guys when it comes to "Geek Cred", just deal with it and DBAD! My video-game playing, sci-fi loving, beautiful and brainy, Scientist wife was into this stuff even before we met. She and so many of my other female friends, coworkers and relatives prove that you should re-think some things.

    The bottom line is that we are all  united in being Geeks and in our love of discovery and wonder. There should  be no difference in the way we are treated, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or any  other such label. We are all united by being human beings with similar interests, once you get past the labels and your possible pre-conceptions.

    For more related opinions, also check out "Nerds and Male Privilege" too: http://www.doctornerdlove.com/2011/11/nerds-and-male-privilege

    "Changing this prevailing attitude starts with the individual."
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2013-07-31 12:55:16
    Four Ways to fix an unresponsive iPhone home button

    This is a potentially useful note for people who own the iPhone 4 or 4S that are acting up. Two are simple software resets, and the others are very low-tech tips that anyone should be able to safely try at home.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2013-07-12 12:42:16
    Good morning Plussers... here is some new music for you to check out. Love the sound.

    http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/av/2013/07/video-premiere-jessica-hernandez-the-deltas---dead.html
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2013-07-04 16:20:33
    From Zoe Keating - "I fired up Youtube and watched Jimmy Hendrix, Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, Nirvana (theirs was my favorite actually…a staggering Kurt Cobain plays the anthem while the rest of the band trashes all their gear). Watching the endless variations I came to the realization that the most patriotic way to play the Star Spangled Banner is to make up your own damn version. Only in America can you remake the national anthem to fit YOU. "
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2013-07-04 13:03:52
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    And here is part 1 of that trip down memory lane that I just re-posted. Thanks to  +Robertson Adams for the original post!

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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2013-07-04 12:19:03
    R.I.P. Douglas Engelbart.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2013-05-11 19:36:11
    Sunrise at work in Miami

    I'll probably upload a bunch of more shots after we have moved out of the old building... but I will miss this view. The new building inland has it's own charm, but the sun coming up over the water never gets old.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2013-04-24 09:44:56
    Added photos to THE SILENCE.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2013-04-11 01:05:45
    A nice new piece by the Piano Guys. I plan on picking up this album too...
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2013-03-11 04:44:33
    Tolkien fans might like this...

    Warning, put down your drink before viewing. When my wife shared this with me I nearly snorted diet coke out my nose. :)
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2013-03-04 15:06:10
    Miami Herald - Annual Employee Video

    For any of my old co-workers who had not yet seen this, Natalie shared this link via internal email and on the Alumni Facebook page too. Enjoy!
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2013-02-01 15:09:04
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    Just helping get the word out too. Tim had an incredible career of photos!

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    Retired Miami Herald photographer Tim Chapman is looking to give away a treasure trove (free to a good home!) I'm sure someone here will have a good suggestion or two.

    http://wlrn.org/post/jonestown-cocaine-cowboys-mariel-boat-lift-one-kind-photo-collection-needs-home
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2013-01-17 13:16:59
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    Given that I work in the news industry too (and have friends at CNET), this story was particularly painful to see. Editorial independence, journalistic integrity and credibility are of the utmost importance for people who make this their career. I may be one of those people who view the world through rose-tinted glasses, but it still always comes as a big let down to see the reports of stuff like this.

    I'm still mentally digesting things here... and hoping the best for the journalists there who have been put into a bad situation by all of this.

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    How a bad decision at CBS has thrown the credibility of two major news organizations into chaos - http://onemansblog.com/cbs-cnet
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2013-01-15 07:13:08
    A friend of mine is one of the concept artists on this project. If you're into Action-RPG video games, please check this out and help spread the word!
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-12-28 21:39:14
    Practicing what I preach...

    Before the end of 2012, I hope to be done with backing up all the data on the various electronic devices, from phones to tablets to the PCs and Macs, around here. The most critical of these backups will then be swapped out with the copies I  have stored away from the home.

    Don't forget to back up your important data and photos etc folks!

    ~ Robin
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-11-27 16:51:57
    Holiday mail for our armed forces...

    A couple friends of mine reminded me about this today. There are a few bits of misinformation that circulate every year about this, like the one to send cards to "A Recovering American Soldier, c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center". It's good to verify before you send, but here is some info you can trust:http://www.snopes.com/politics/christmas/soldiercards.asp

    Here is what you can do:

    "There are several ways to be part of the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. In addition to sending cards on your own, you may want to start making plans to host card signing parties or card making parties. Here are a few guidelines to help you on your way:

    Card Guidelines:

    Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials by Pitney Bowes and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country.

    Please observe the following guidelines to ensure a quick reviewing process:

    - Ensure that all cards are signed.

    - Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals can not be delivered through this program.

    - Only cards are being accepted. Do not send or include letters.

    - Do not include email or home addresses on the cards: the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.

    - Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos: these items will be removed during the reviewing process.

    - Please refrain from choosing cards with glitter or using loose glitter as it can aggravate health issues of ill and injured warriors.

    - If you are mailing a large quantity of cards, please bundle them and place them in large mailing envelopes or flat rate postal shipping boxes.

    - Each card does not need its own envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution.

    All holiday greetings should be addressed and sent to:

    Holiday Mail for Heroes
    P.O. Box 5456
    Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

    The deadline for having cards to the P.O. Box is Friday, December 7th. Holiday cards received after this date cannot be guaranteed delivery."
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-11-27 05:23:32
    Mumford & Sons - The Cave

    I always loved this album and am just sharing this song before I head to bed. Good night plussers! :)
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-11-26 01:02:03
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    Your brain on video games:

    This is worth checking out. I'd heard of a lot of this research before, but what really impressed me was the long lasting effects of the "training" with video games.

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    (Sat03) The impact of video games on your brain. Guess what, it's positive.

    (Shared using #DoShare)
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-11-22 19:10:59
    Movember - Changing the face of men's health

    Here is my #movember  week three picture. The trucker / horseshoe is filling out fairly well.

    Again, if you can, please donate to the fight against prostate cancer at my page here: http://mobro.co/robin-r or at least consider sharing this, to spread the word.

    If you were not aware of how #movember  got started, here is a link to a Ted Talk by one of the co-founders of the movement. You might find this both amusing and enlightening http://tinyurl.com/movember-ted
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-11-21 16:59:30
    Grandpa's Diary

    On Veteran's day, my father in law emailed us a copy of the transcript he had been making of his father's diary from World War II. My wife and I started dating over a decade after her Grandpa had passed, but reading it gives his perspective, and makes me wish more that I had known him.

    Here is an article about it, with some excerpts, from the local paper if you are interested.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-11-17 14:33:28
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    I just love this picture.

    Enjoy!

    Via +Linda Huscher, original post by +Cavalier Zee

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    ~ Face To Face ~

    A magical meeting with a rapid falcon, taken from a camouflage in Hungary.

    By Kai Jensen
    Via: http://1x.com/photo/42755
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-11-16 21:18:37
    I'm writing replies to email at work and listening to this and other songs in the background. I love this song - and the sound of this group in general. Something about some of Nate's vocals occasionally brings back good memories of Queen and other old favorites. The music video is off-kilter enough to amuse me too, which never hurts. :)

    Enjoy!
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-11-15 21:17:58
    Chalk this one up to +Shinae Choi Robinson making me crave Stir Fry after reading about her recent cooking. This was my vegetarian lunch today. Next time I'll add shrimp or chicken.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-11-15 14:02:21
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    It's a couple days after my own Diwali celebrations here, but this picture was too nice not to re-share.

    May we all enjoy the blessings of better health, happiness & prosperity in the coming year...

    Found via +Shinae Choi Robinson, original post by +Prabhat Parimal

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    Ghee (Clarified butter) Lamp
    Happy Diwali

    Ghee is considered very sacred in the Hindu religion as it helps sustain fire - one of the five classical elements (four others are: Air, Water, Earth, and Quinta)  . It is used in many religious rituals and also in the funeral pyre.
      Today is Diwali, popularly known as the 'Festival of lights'. Nowadays people use artificial lights and even candles to decorate their houses, as Ghee is expensive and also it is  tedious and time consuming to light clay lamps.

    +Breakfast Club +Gemma Costa +Andrea Martinez ... +PhotographingIndia      
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-11-14 14:55:10
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    This made me smile - I just saw this short re-shared by +Christina Lihani, originally posted by +Manuel Strehl. Enjoy! :)

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    If you love short movies and cute animals and black humor, this video is for you.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-11-08 22:51:09
    Movember - "Trucker" me

    http://MoBro.co/robin-r - if you can afford to, please chip in towards the #Movember  fight against prostate cancer at my donation page. If you can't afford to, please at least consider spreading the word. Thanks!

    This is my latest pic after one week - the Mo is coming along nicely!
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-10-31 19:53:33
    Henri 4 - L'Haunting

    And another. :)
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-10-31 19:52:43
    Henri - Le Vet

    These were found via Green Eyes... "Le Vet" in the family.

    Enjoy!
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-10-26 14:42:46
    WARNING: contains some of my thoughts about the upcoming elections
    (Read at your own risk)

    I am a person who avoids confrontation and argument. I've "liked" status messages, +1'd posts, and commented on other threads, but so far I have mostly avoided political posting myself because of this personality trait. Most of my friends will know my own leanings, and even though I can not yet vote in the upcoming US elections, how things go will affect me as a resident of this country. It is very important to me too.

    I have friends and loved ones on both sides of things - some who are staunch Republicans, and some who are equally dedicated Democrats. I have met politicians, who don't necessarily agree with my own views, but for whom I still have great respect. I have seen others do and say things that make me very wary of trusting them. With that said, I just want to urge all of you to please try to keep some things in mind for the sake of the quiet ones like me.

    1) Whatever your political leanings, PLEASE VOTE. If you avoid participating, the process will not truly reflect what the people want to see happen. Every vote cast is one that CAN make a difference. This is especially true where I live now in Ohio.

    2) Political opinions posted online can potentially lead to heated arguments. PLEASE TREAT EACH OTHER WITH THE RESPECT YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED WITH YOURSELF.

    3) And finally, I can't stress this enough... PLEASE VERIFY THINGS BEFORE SPREADING MISINFORMATION about the latest conspiracy theory or even the sound bites that come off as so unflattering from politicians on either side.

    Things taken out of context, or inelegantly stated, can seem more damning than they should. We have resources like http://www.politifact.com/ and the links to other sites from their page that we can turn to. Don't be part of the misinformation machine. It makes me cringe every time I hear someone else make a joke about "binders of women" or say that Obama never provided adequate proof of his US birth... we should be better than that by now folks.

    Leave a comment if you care to, or +1 this post, but please keep things constructive.

    And one more quote from an Air Force buddy of mine when I posted this elsewhere: "Amen. While freedom to express personal thoughts on political parties, policies, and elected officials is a right bought with blood in this country, too many people also believe it is their right to denigrate those who think differently. Respect your fellow Americans as they exercise their rights as well."

    'nuff said.

    #election2012   #respect   #vote2012   
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-10-16 01:33:36
    Always loved this song...
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-10-12 12:35:01
    There are some great authors on this list. You can support some worthwhile charities and get some good e-books too!
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