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Spring is Coming, Build a Greenhouse

Here’s something I’ve built a few years back and to this day I find it to be a very practical project to the extent that one enjoys eating garden fresh vegetables while saving money in the process. 

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Building an Outdoor Stone Fireplace

Here’s how I ended up building a stone fireplace, pictured below:

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Building a Gazebo - Part A

I often work on projects that have little to do with my technical background, I view them as complementary activities or perhaps a subconscious instinct to compensate the so much office-sitting we all do. Two summers ago I’ve decided to do something different with the outdoors area and I started drawing.

I usually end up sketching things in a CAD software and after a few weeks of back and forth I ended up with a design for a mixed gazebo/pergola/kitchen structure. The vision looked a little bit like this:

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And because this is a long article, here’s roughly where this is going, if not your cup of tea I saved you the scrolling time::

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What I Want This New Year: Business Kindness

A less subtle subject would have been “Business as usual: self interests first, consumers as-low-priority-as-possible second, not to affect first”, since it’s about the interaction of socioeconomic factors that lead to spinning wheels in innovation.

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Smoked Pork Roast for the Holidays

Apologies to those who can’t eat pork, think fish or chicken, results are similar.

If you never cooked with a smoker don’t think the taste comes close to anything else. I use a Bradley (compact, digital, works with wood briquettes, cheaper than your average non sense cellphone).

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12.14.12

As brutal as days like these are, sadly they’ll keep existing for many generations to come. Just as once in a while someone will witness a miracle, one marvelous social creature with a Facebook account, with access to education and anything they want in this world, against all odds, will pick up a weapon and hunt the rest of us.

We live everyday without realizing what a fragile equilibrium this society is.

Gun control is complicated, so is police or army enforcement and many far reaching directions. Any day a gun owner with dozens of clearances could inexplicably murder people. A police officer could draw a weapon on civilians. A military plane of our own could kill thousands. A kid could make a cheap bomb or set a room of people on fire. And then there are terrorists as well.

Those few who are determined, won’t be easy to stop. Without a doubt something HAS to be done, but rushing measures will only create more determined individuals and worst of all, freedom as we know it, could be lost, as I’ve seen it outside this country.

Right now anger is a strong emotion among us, the living… But it was very likely the same emotion that drove the suspect all along.

All we can really do is show the deepest sympathy for those who lost loved ones and hope, that one day, we’ll better understand the source of these disasters deep in our own minds.

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How Do You Upgrade or Convert B2B UI/UX?

I’ve adapted this from an answer I gave on Quora. It’s a question that drives close to one of the cores of my activities. Over the last decade, I have been involved closely with revamping, improving or writing from scratch, B2B UI/UX. From owning full creative and coding teams to being part of a team doing it.

I won’t be able to sum up a clear recipe and it’s likely that there is none. The process ends up being very specific to the circumstances you have and those are the outcome of a lot of (mostly business driven) factors. 
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JavaScript Hacks: Ornamental Globes for the Holidays

With Holidays around the corner and being stuck in a long and boring WebEx I’ve decided to make a difference in my day and hacked together this UI gadget made out of globes on strings that you can drag and turn around (of course you need it).

There is no true holiday spirit until you’re decorating with JavaScript ornamental globes. These didn’t sell at the local store and Google shopping or Amazon failed on me too so just like everything good, home made is the answer.

Ornamental Globes for the Holiday

Give it a try here, would suggest using Chrome for performance and this may work on your tablet and smartphones too, just slide, instead of mouse drag:

Ornamental Globes for the Holidays

If interested, read further on how to make something like this.

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An Article That I Can’t Stop You From Reading, Tragically

You do this to yourself, everyday, hundreds of times. You know about everything (to some extent) and you’ve seen and heard about most everything. Yet you’re still here, somehow hoping for something new from an article just like this. You’re trapped in a recursive loop with diminishing returns and increasing cost, your expiring time.

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The Diagnosis

 Your day is split between trying to perform a job for which you’re overqualified and consuming random information through one or more devices that are electronically interconnected  You’re probably at most 3ft away from a cellphone and you’re at work right now. 

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If you only have $5,000 to invest in your tech startup, what creative ways would you find to utilize the money wisely to ensure success?

Answer by Raul Mihali:

There is no quick and simple answer and it’s mostly about the exception to the advice. While some general guidelines can always be given by many, often doing the opposite makes things work. It’s all circumstantial. It’s why the idea of an inventor doesn’t matter much. The execution takes it in very different directions in the end.

I’m in a position where I had spent (through funded ventures) hundreds of times the 5K (up into low millions) so I’d like to think that you’ll walk away at least with some wisdom.

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