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” 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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  • 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” Ramkissoon2014-01-11 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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  • 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” 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” Ramkissoon2012-11-16 03:16:47
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    I so would love to get one of these too! :)

    Found via +Chanchal Bhatia 

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    Shut up and take my money!!!!!
    #food   #foodporn   #foodfriday  
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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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  • 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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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-10-03 12:07:26
    "Coexist" - Nicely done with OS logos.
    Found via Shirt.Woot!

    I'm sharing this because I figure there are lots of other people here who are as platform-agnostic as I am (i.e. not wedded to one OS platform, but glad to use any of them as I need). Hopefully this will be amusing for them too!

    There’s often lots of fumin’, and battle lines get drawn
    It’s because we’re only human, but what’s really going on?
    Well, Apple looks quite nice but everything inside is quirky.
    And plus the users tend to be defensive and quite jerky.
    Ubuntu has a lot to give and usually runs fine,
    But they’ve never even met someone in graphical design.
    And Debian, sweet Debian, it really does a lot!
    As long as you already think like the designers thought,
    But skyOS? Let’s face it, that’s here just to be a letter.
    And chromeOS? You really think that Google should be bigger?
    Solaris has some street cred, but requires education,
    So no one’s really going to bother besides some big corporation.
    And finally, good ol’ Windows, about which we would write,
    But our system found new updates and rebooted in the night.
    Let’s face it, every OS just meets someone else’s needs.
    And no one cares for you and me, they just want to succeed.
    And we’re not gonna write one, so we’re stuck inside their haze.
    It’s sad we can’t accept it, they just suck in different ways.

    (The above was taken from the Woot! blog here: http://shirt.woot.com/blog/post/coexist)

    Enjoy!
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-09-26 21:08:38
    A collage of pictures of the "younger me" that I had originally shared earlier this year as a part of a Photo-a-day project. +Melissa Bryan, the 1988 one is me from the end of High School. :)
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-09-11 19:21:34
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    Kevin Spacey on Inside the Actor's Studio

    This was fun... I had never known he was this good at impersonations!

    h/t to +Richard Englund for the original post.

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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-08-26 19:31:56
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-08-26 19:06:29
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    I just love this photo, and had to share.

    Found via +Jeffrey J Davis

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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-08-25 23:30:54
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    R.I.P. Neil Armstrong

    Wil put it so eloquently...
    "Rest in peace, Neil. Because of your bravery and your courage, an entire species will forever look into the night sky and see not a mystery, but a destination."

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    He was not much taller than me, but he was a giant of a man.

    I don't remember what I said to him, or what he said to me, because all I could think the entire time was "This man has walked on the fucking moon."

    Rest in peace, Neil. Because of your bravery and your courage, an entire species will forever look into the night sky and see not a mystery, but a destination.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-08-13 21:46:16
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    This was awesome...

    I know both side of the argument, that people want to protect their creations and intellectual property, and that others are overjoyed to see new things born from the spark they first generated. I don't want to debate that.

    I'm just glad that Gotye chose this way of looking at things...

    Enjoy!

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    While most "artists" are bitching, whining, and complaining about other people using their material, or remaking it, etc., and while the whole copyright scene is taking over the internet, here is one example of a musician doing the internet right. 

    Gotye, the man who made the song, "Somebody that I used to know" that's been blowing up airwaves for months, took notice of all of the youtube clips of people redoing or attempting to remix his now hit song. Instead of being a douche about it, he simply showed his appreciation by taking all of their versions, and remixing it back into one. 

    And it's amazing! 

    Good Guy Gotye! 

    Bravo!
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-07-17 19:38:43
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    I saw this comiic via +Melissa Bryan and had to re-share it. It's too true!

    Even after all these years, I still have nights where Green-Eyes falls asleep in front of the PC while we both are gaming. We have our machines set up side by side.

    It's amusing that while I tend to wake her and get her to bed... she tends to just let me sleep there. I blame this on her not being able to wake me easily. Maybe she needs to make some comment about the loot pool next time... :)

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    I'd like to say I'm not this bad when I get into a game... but I'd be lying... Oops!

    http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20120528
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-07-16 04:52:40
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    Found via +John Camacho - a good tool to check if your email is one that has been known to have been compromised recently.

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    Has your email (or that of someone you know) been hacked recently?
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-07-11 19:39:01
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    While I would have loved to make it to Comic-Con myself, this should be a good alternate way to experience some of the things I would have wanted to see there.

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    Firefly TV Special coming in November!

    To celebrate the cult-favorite sci-fi drama’s 10th anniversary, Science Channel is shooting a new one-hour special chronicling the Firefly cast reunion at Comic-Con this week.

    Exciting!
    Browncoats Unite will air on Science, along with an all-day marathon of Firefly episodes, on Sunday, Nov. 11.

    http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/07/11/firefly-reunion-tv-special/
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-07-11 12:51:00
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    I just found this via +Penny P - given the last picture I shared, this was also amusing. :)

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    #twt
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-07-11 12:44:50
    This made me LOL.

    Green Eyes spotted this licence plate while out for our walk yesterday. All we managed was this crappy picture, but it still makes me grin uncontrollably. 
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-07-10 16:01:41
    Ghost friends

    Putting aside the sympathetic horror that reading about his bad book review made me feel, I thought this was a good read. I find the story he relates amusing - especially given that I have had gaming handles for MMO's, have occasionally role-played those characters or written short stories about them with friends. Even people who first knew me by my AOL screen name still sometime refer to me as Ari.

    It does make me think more about all the 'Ghost Friends' I have made over the years while gaming and online - and how many of them have turned into real friends that I have met offline too. They are fun memories!
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-07-08 13:44:44
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    I replied on +Kimberly Hurlbut's share of this post, and I know I tend to mostly be quiet here myself - reposting things I find interesting and replying to questions more than using the platform for a soap-box. This is something that I really feel strongly about though, so please take the time to read the re-shared post and to think about anything you can do too.

    To paraphrase Terry Goodkind from Wizard's First Rule, simply put "People are idiots" - way more than we would like to admit. It's been my observation that this applies more so to those posting online, thought maybe that is just because being online 1) widens the pool from which the sample is taken, and 2) makes them less inhibited because of their relative anonymity.

    Would the people who treat women like this online behave this way in person, in their everyday life? Or just when inebriated?

    As a guy who has played MMORPGs online with a female toon (the short explanation: my wife and I both play and tend to have matching toons), I have been on the receiving end of the idiotic way guys can tend to treat women online. It's more than just irritating at times. With no other recourse in many situations, there are just a lot of people who end up being blocked or /blacklisted in the games. This gets worse when it comes to other social media like G+ and so on, since the possibility of real-world stalking, for example, gets higher.

    Unfortunately, I don't have a solution. I just know that it exists from first hand experience, and know that it is something I don't like in the least. Not all guys online are like that. Some of us are willing to speak out against it... but the idiots seem to be everywhere!

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    I'm officially irritated by choice which irritates me even more. Here's what I'm thinking right now and I'm not bothering with notifications, being gender politically correct, posting limited or changing my profile pic to a fucking cat. If you see it you see it.

    1. A woman's open and healthy attitude toward sex does not constitute an invitation for sexual harassment from any Tom, Dick or Sanjeev.
    2. A woman's profile pictures are not meant to be shared.
    3. If a woman does not respond to your messages, maybe, just fucking maybe, she's either (A) busy (B) did not get the notification or (C) she's ignoring the idiotic stream of 'hi' and 'sexy time' messages in favor of messages that actually warrant a response.
    4. Saying the woman shouldn't post publicly or post her photos or should create an alias or limit her entire social media existence if she wishes to avoid harassment is akin to blaming the victim.
    5. Lastly, man the fuck up and treat a woman as you would in real life. If this is how you'd treat a woman in real life then you have bigger problems my friend.

    /lastfuckgiven
    
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-07-02 01:50:21
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    LOL - this amuses me because it is so true.

    Seriously, there are more positive things we can spend our time and energy on folks.

    #applevsandroid

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    Enjoy what you use and go live your life.  No need to create converts, it's not a religion..

    #applevsandroid  
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-07-01 15:25:11
    This was a nice guide to making a simple and elegant bird bath. The site in the link has a bunch of other projects I am keeping in mind for when we buy a house of our own again. 
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-06-22 17:50:02
    I'm just popping in to G+ to share a good sale, before getting back to work :)

    Ben's Outlet has the Zagg Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard and hard-shell case for the iPad 2 & new iPad on sale for $30 right now. This includes shipping and is way better than the regular retail price of around $100. I have this one myself folks - it's a good deal!
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-04-13 17:16:41
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    Free Coachella Music Festival Live-Stream

    Resharing +Steve Hall's post, since I am sure quite a few of my friends will like to see this too!

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    "...make it down to California..."? Most people in the US and Canada live east of the Golden State. How about just "...make it to California..."

    Other than that pickiness on my part (hey, I'm stuck in South Dakota listening to Jimmy Buffett's "One Particular Harbor" right now!), this sounds pretty cool.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-04-07 18:57:58
    I blame +ian stearns for this choice for lunch. :)
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-04-06 02:08:52
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    Via +Denise Malia :)

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    An Important Public Safety Announcement.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-04-02 20:33:25
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    Via +Mike Elgan: I haven't read Mad Magazine in years. I'm going to give this version a try though, and might just get an annual subscription if Green Eyes is interested too. Ah, nostalgia...

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    Mad Magazine comes to iPad!

    Although back issues are $1.99 each, and the current issue is $4.99, you can get an annual subscription for $9.99. Cheap!

    I just signed up for the annual subscription.

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mad-magazine-cheap!/id511459864?mt=8
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-03-30 15:04:06
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    There are just no words, I hope this story spreads like wildfire. Let's get some air time for the good ones, alright?
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-03-30 04:24:01
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    As +Steve Hall says, this was a pretty insightful article - worth checking out.

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    Pretty insightful article on why we often don't see the type of Apple upgrades we expect.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-03-27 18:30:30
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    I just saw this via +Max Love. It made me chuckle, even though I think it would be too dangerous to actually use one in public that was colored that dark. Too easy for it to be mistaken for the real thing, which could lead to issues.

    Get me a version that looks like the Nintendo "NES Zapper" gun and I'd be more comfortable taking a dog on Duck Hunt walks. :)

    Oh yeah, I'd probably need a dog too...

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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2012-03-27 18:23:21
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    I loved this video I found via +Denise Malia. :)

    Enjoy!

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    Too Freakin' Cute!

    h/t to +Daryl Shaw and +Ross LaRocco
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    Looking forward to being there this weekend for the Watterson exhibit and screening! I've always loved his comics.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2014-03-22 11:00:57
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    Phishing scams have gotten even harder to spot
    Up until now, people would be able to use the web address of a phishing page link as a good indicator as to whether or not something was amiss. The latest phishing scams have gotten more sophisticated though, which does not bode well for end users.

    Remember, if you can, USE 2 FACTOR AUTHENTICATION folks!
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2014-03-21 20:12:10
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    Jimmy Fallon, Billy Joel and an iPad App – Two Man Doo-wop Group

    http://ipadinsight.com/ipad-apps/jimmy-fallon-billy-joel-and-an-ipad-app-two-man-doo-wop-group/
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2014-03-21 15:26:02
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    2013 - Home office deductions simplified

    Here is an interesting change in tax preparation for people who work from home. The process may have just gotten easier for you with the introduction  of a new “no-doc” simplified version of the home office deduction in this year's return. As always - depending on expenses, your own mileage may vary, but I do like at least having the simple option too.

    "If you want to use the new simplified method, all you have to do is measure your home office and then multiply the square footage by $5. That’s your deduction. Keep in mind that your home office space needs to be used exclusively and regularly for your home-based business. And, your deduction with the simplified option caps out at $1,500."
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2014-03-21 15:25:50
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    PSA - IRS Tax Scams
    These are still a pretty big issue folks - be aware!
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2014-02-26 10:32:35
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    PSA: IRS Telephone Scams are making the rounds again

    Don't be fooled, these can be pretty sophisticated scams, and thanks to all the web sites that have been hacked recently, the callers can sound like they know a lot about you, so you might think they are legitimate. Please let your friends and relatives who might be affected know what to look out for. 

    You can read the official release from the (real) IRS here. Below is an excerpt too: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Warns-of-Pervasive-Telephone-Scam

    If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:

    - If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue – if there really is such an issue.

    - If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484.

    - If you’ve been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov.  Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.

    The more you know...

    #IRS   #Fraud   #telephonescam   #Tax  
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2014-02-26 10:32:23
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    P2i Phone Waterproofing

    Liquipel and Rustoleum's NeverWet treatment has been around for a while, but it would be nice if this were to be offered as an off the shelf feature in more mobile devices. I have used NeverWet myself, and while it is a good product that does the job, I dislike having to take the phone apart myself in order to apply the treatment.

    Another note about two devices announced at Mobile World Congress is that the Samsung Galaxy S5 is water- and dust-resistant to IP67 specifications (meaning it can be submerged under water up to 3 feet in depth). Sony's Xperia Z2 has an IP58 spec, meaning it's a little less resistant to dust but it can go into deeper water.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2014-02-26 10:31:57
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    The Incredibles Free Digital movie
    If you link your iTunes account to a free Disney Movies Anywhere  one.

    This might be of interest if you are a fan of Disney, Pixar or Marvel movies like I am.

    For a limited time Disney is offering a free digital copy of "The Incredibles" if you link your iTunes account to the Disney Movies Anywhere service.

    Signup is free, but note that you have to opt in to receiving email from them and affiliates. I normally keep a separate email address for this sort of registration so that promotional (junk?) mail does not go to my own main address as much.

    The service is basically designed to let you watch your Disney, Pixar or Marvel content from your computer, phone or tablet. You can either buy the movies from iTunes, directly from Disney Movies Anywhere, or if you have bought a physical DVD with a code for a digital copy, you will just need to enter the code for it to be added to your online DMA account (and iTunes) accesss too.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2014-02-19 14:02:15
    Another new video by The Piano Guys - enjoy the remix!
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2014-02-03 00:31:31
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    I was at the gym earlier today, so this is not my plan - but it seems like a good one! :)

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    Fumble = 5 push-ups. Field goal = 20 jumping jacks...Check out our complete #SuperBowl workout to keep you moving throughout the big game!
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2014-01-23 11:34:29
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    I thought this was an interesting way to approach our interactions with others, maybe especially for those times when your own patience is worn, always remember that others may be having their own worst day too.

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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2014-01-23 11:21:36
    3 MYTHS THAT BLOCK PROGRESS FOR THE POOR

    This year's letter from Bill and Melinda Gates is a bit different from their past ones. It is good to read though, and hopefully will clear up some misinformation out there.

    Look at the facts presented - we've surely come a long way, even just within my own lifetime.
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2014-01-01 14:07:10
    Happy New Year folks!
    May 2014 be a good year for all of us and our loved ones in terms of happiness, health, and prosperity!

    While this is not the purely traditional New Year's "Rice and Peas" dish I grew up with in the Caribbean, here is a picture my wife took of what I made for us today. Is anyone else having a traditional New Year dish you would care to share here?

    I was curious, so Googled it and found that this type of tradition is more widespread than I had realized. Check out the Wiki link for more info on Hoppin' John and other New Year food variations.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoppin'_John
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2013-12-08 14:05:53
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    Hopefully, this awesome rendition of Little Drummer Boy by Pentatonix will get us all into the Christmas spirit!  Enjoy! :-)

    h/t +'Yinka Paul 

    #christmas  littledrummerboy
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2013-11-11 15:40:33
    Another PSA: Worried your online accounts have been hacked? Check your email address at this link

    This site compiles lists of what email addressed hackers have publicized after a security breach. If your email appears in their search, then chances are that the password you used with that email address at the site that was compromised has been found out.

    So, as an example, on the 4th of November Adobe was hacked. I had two accounts registered with Adobe that used my yahoo email address and my Herald email address. My Herald email password changes every so often, so I am not worried that the hackers got hold of that, but my Yahoo account hadn't changed in a while, so I reset that one and also finally added 2 stage authentication to it (my cell phone would be needed as well as password in order to sign in).

    This is not something that you can prevent - web sites get hacked every day. The best practice I can think to recommend is to NOT use the same password for sites like Adobe that you would also use for things like PayPal for example. And with accounts like Apple, GMail and Yahoo, and any others that allow you to use 2 stage authentication, do so.

    Hope this helps!
    - Robin
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2013-09-21 17:18:58
    This looks pretty interesting. Oh the possibilities!
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2013-08-16 16:22:01
    PSA: Another recent pet food recall

    Some (a low percentage) Iams and Eukanuba foods may be tainted with salmonella. Here are links to the Cat and Dog (PDF) releases with all the details from the manufacturer. If you use these brands, please check this out.

    http://www.iams.com/en_us/data_root/_pdf/8-14-13%20Iams%20Product%20Information%20Dog.pdf

    http://www.iams.com/en_us/data_root/_pdf/8-14-13%20Iams%20Product%20Information%20Cat.pdf
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2013-08-03 08:45:00
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    Happy Caturday folks! :)

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    Yes!

    You guessed it!

    It's almost #Caturday ! :-)
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2013-08-03 08:42:35
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    Nicely done live action video. I need to get around to finally playing these games one of these days (when I have more down-time). 

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    Assassin's Creed IV meets parkour in real life! Watch the amazing Devinsupertramp at San Diego Comic-Con here: http://youtu.be/bYP4wKD-6J8
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  • Robin “Ari” Ramkissoon2013-08-01 16:42:12
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    Here is a nicely done article from someone who is actually using this tech. In time, as people get more used to it, it will hopefully be no different to the general public than seeing someone using just another smart-phone. For right now, reactions are mixed, and usefulness is limited. The potential uses are great though.

    I, for one, welcome our new Glass overlords! :)

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    The truth about Google Glass.

    Since Google's Glass project was first announced, and since people have been openly wearing Glass in the wild, the whole subject has been bloated with hype, exaggerated claims, fear, contempt, ignorance and confusion.

    I've been wearing Google Glass nearly full time for a week now and I'd like to give you the truth about what Glass is really all about: 

    http://www.datamation.com/mobile-wireless/the-truth-about-google-glass.html

    #googleglass  
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