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Months ago I thought it would be fun to interview some people, and I always knew who I wanted first. Liz Leddy: Plone core developer, former Plone Foundation board member, speaker, and rabble-rouser of the group-hug variety. Below is a t...
Months ago I thought it would be fun to interview some people, and I always knew who I wanted first. Liz Leddy: Plone core developer, former Plone Foundation board member, speaker, and rabble-rouser of the group-hug variety. Below is a transcript, with an audio version available. 1) Tell us a little about yourself, the stuff you're currently doing, and the awesomest thing you've done in the last year. I'm Elizabeth Leddy, I've been working with Plone since I was 19 years old, and I'm 30 years old this year, can you believe it! I got into Plone when I was working in college as part of a student internship where I was learning this new thing called CSS (can you believe it? tech comes a long way.) It's amazing to me that I'm still doing it this year. I've done quite a few things with Plone: government intelligence, medical startups, internal implementations, and I've been working as a consultant for the last four years based out of the Bay Area. Currently working with Eric Steele and Ryan Foster on a startup doing an athlete management platform on top of Plone. Turns out a lot of the problems in elite athelete management can be solved with proper content management and communications. In fact we just got back from training the Cleveland Cavaliers (professional basketball team.) Work a lot with the US ski team and some other big names coming through, so we're really excited. It has been interesting to see how, once you get outside the standard intranet domain, how many of the standard patterns solved by Plone can apply, just with some different wording. Me: I've been thinking about that lately. We all come from a background where we solve a certain class of problems about how people work together. Other systems and approaches don't even try to solve those problems. Liz: Yes, I see this throughout other platforms and systems outside of Plone, I call this the shiny object syndrome, where decision makers are really drawn to pretty graphs etc., which for example IBM are really amazing at doing. But then you get down to the real problems, like communication, knowledge management where you get people out of emails and into systems. That's where the real problem is and if we can have that conversation to get decision makers beyond shiny object syndrome, we can really get change both internally and when communicating with their customers. 2) What's one of the awesomest things you've done in the last year? I do a lot of shenanigans, but the thing I'm most proud of is where we've taken sponsorship. The donations we had coming in were these really great companies. When I started on the Plone Foundation board this year, I really wanted to get our sprint funding together, with some brazen comments like "If we spend $25,000 we can raise $25,000." Of course I then had to back up a statement like that, and we did, we're back on track to reach our high-water mark from 2009 levels of sponsorship. We've already raised enough money to continue the sprint funding next year, which is the main thing, taking it year-by-year. We have big Plone 5 push, and getting the right people to the right places at the right time and making sure they're productive, we'll see a really big release come. Furthermore, the excitement that comes behind knowing that sponsors still care enough about Plone that they just need to be asked in the right way is just awesome. I love that. 3) How did you find Plone, what kind of stood out and made 19-year-old Liz want to do it? Actually I came across Plone the way a lot of people do: somebody paid me to do it. I was getting a blazing $8/hour, but I was 19 at the time and trying to get my computer science degree, it was a good thing. At the time I wasn't technical, and most people's introduction to Plone is, you're handed the system and you can customize via the browser and do all these things. You don't need to be technical. As I learned computer science and object orientation, then I could dig more and more into Plone and do techni
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Proton launch. Image credit: ILS It appears that the Russian government wants to take action over the string of unmanned mission failures beleaguering Roscosmos, or the Russian Federal Space Agency. A recent example includes the loss in ...
Proton launch. Image credit: ILS It appears that the Russian government wants to take action over the string of unmanned mission failures beleaguering Roscosmos, or the Russian Federal Space Agency. A recent example includes the loss in June of three GLONASS navigation/positioning satellites in a launch failure. In 2011, Roscosmos lost four major missions, including the Phobos-Grunt spacecraft that was bound for the Martian moon Phobos. RIA Novosti reports that Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s deputy prime minister, plans to create a new state entity to take over space manufacturing. The proposed United Rocket and Space Corporation, the report says, will reduce the reliance on imported parts to get missions off the ground, among other aims. (...)Read the rest of Rocket Failures May Spur Change In Russian Federal Space Agency: Report (170 words) © Elizabeth Howell for Universe Today, 2013. | Permalink | No comment | Post tags: Phobos-Grunt, proton, Roscosmos, Russian Federal Space Agency Feed enhanced by Better Feed from Ozh
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What's the first thing you do when someone tells you not to look at something? You get on Google and search for it. Thanks Mr. Levine, now I need eye bleach. Look here, you nasty pervert horndogs. Ken Levine has seen all that po...
What's the first thing you do when someone tells you not to look at something? You get on Google and search for it. Thanks Mr. Levine, now I need eye bleach. Look here, you nasty pervert horndogs. Ken Levine has seen all that porn people are making out of Elizabeth, from BioShock Infinite, and he wants you to know That's Not Cool. "It's like coming across a picture of your daughter," he says. Comments
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Just how much stuff would you have missed out on if you were held in captivity for two decades? This latest viral for Spike Lee's Oldboy takes a look at that question! The film arrives in theatres on Wednesday, November 27th. Starr...
Just how much stuff would you have missed out on if you were held in captivity for two decades? This latest viral for Spike Lee's Oldboy takes a look at that question! The film arrives in theatres on Wednesday, November 27th. Starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, and Sharlto Copley, Oldboy was directed by Spike Lee from a script by Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend, The Cell, Thor). The film was produced by Roy Lee, Doug Davison, and Nathan Kahane. Synopsis OLDBOY is a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of Joe Doucette, a man who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement, for no apparent reason. When he is suddenly released without explanation, he begins an obsessive mission to find out who imprisoned him, only to discover that the real mystery is why he was set free. Click on the image below for the Tumblr page. VISIT THE EVILSHOP @ AMAZON! Got news? Click here to submit it! Get your revenge in the comments section below!
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Marigold melts our hearts. That perfect shade between yellow and orange, marigold is cheerful and sweet—a beautiful wedding color choice from spring to fall! 1 – marigold centerpiece by The Green Dandelion, image by Amy W. Photo |...
Marigold melts our hearts. That perfect shade between yellow and orange, marigold is cheerful and sweet—a beautiful wedding color choice from spring to fall! 1 – marigold centerpiece by The Green Dandelion, image by Amy W. Photo | 2 – dress by Martha Webb, image by Jenny Markham via 100 Layer Cake | 3 - bouquet by Bash, Please, image by Tec Petaja via Style Me Pretty  | 4 – wine barrel floral by Holly Heider Chapple*, image by Anne Robert via Style Me Pretty | 5 – marigold cake from Pink Peach Cakes, image by Leo Patrone via Oh Happy Day | 6 – yellow bridesmaids dresses, image by Caroline Maxcy Photography via Style Me Pretty | 7 - Claire Pettibone gown, image by Apryl Ann Photography via 100 Layer Cake | 8 – yellow flower, image by Elizabeth Messina* | 9 – marigold tabletop via Martha Stewart Weddings | 10 – silk scarf-wrapped bouquets via Martha Stewart Weddings *Holly Chapple Flowers and Elizabeth Messina are members of the EAD Vendor Guide. The post Current Crush: Mad for Marigold appeared first on Elizabeth Anne Designs: The Wedding Blog.
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Artist’s conception of Juno coming near Earth on a planned flyby Oct. 9, 2013. Credit: NASA Every so often, engineers send a spacecraft in Earth’s general direction to pick up a speed boost before heading elsewhere. But somet...
Artist’s conception of Juno coming near Earth on a planned flyby Oct. 9, 2013. Credit: NASA Every so often, engineers send a spacecraft in Earth’s general direction to pick up a speed boost before heading elsewhere. But sometimes, something strange happens — the spacecraft’s speed varies in an unexpected way. Even stranger, this variation happens only during some Earth flybys. (...)Read the rest of Could Juno’s Path Near Earth Uncover A Flyby Mystery? (211 words) © Elizabeth Howell for Universe Today, 2013. | Permalink | No comment | Post tags: flyby, juno, MESSENGER, NEAR, rosetta Feed enhanced by Better Feed from Ozh
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Here's one of the more relevant passages from a story by Elizabeth Merrill at ESPN.com about the Haslam family: When it comes to business, Jimmy Haslam is hands-on and intense. He's a truck-stop savant.… [ Re...
Here's one of the more relevant passages from a story by Elizabeth Merrill at ESPN.com about the Haslam family: When it comes to business, Jimmy Haslam is hands-on and intense. He's a truck-stop savant.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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BioShock creator Ken Levine would really appreciate it if everyone on the entire planet would stop making pornographic images featuring Elizabeth from Infinite. During his recent Reddit AMA, the mastermind behind the acclaimed series sai...
BioShock creator Ken Levine would really appreciate it if everyone on the entire planet would stop making pornographic images featuring Elizabeth from Infinite. During his recent Reddit AMA, the mastermind behind the acclaimed series said he’s stumbled across several questionable images crafted by perverted BioShock Infinite fans. Despite their hard work, Levine isn’t impressed with what they’ve created. Since the character is attractive and has breasts, some hardcore fans of the game put together some amateur pornography featuring Elizabeth in several compromising situations. Not surprisingly, the BioShock creator doesn’t want to see any of it. When asked about future BioShock Infinite DLC, Levine explained: “It’s going to be porn. Lots and lots of porn. Seriously, whoever is doing the Elizabeth porn on deviantart, please stop it. You’re killing me. It’s like coming across a picture of your daughter. I die a little inside with every page view.” Although Ken Levine clearly stated that he didn’t want to see anything pornographic related to Elizabeth, that didn’t stop some users from posting links to such material during the AMA. According to Kotaku, the character is reportedly featured in everything from simple JPEGs to animated GIFs. “Ken, Dont go to Tumblr, Deviantart, and also you know the SFM Models for Elizabeth? Yeah, they finally made a naked version of Elizabeth. And also CGI Porn Gifs,” one helpful user pointed out. If you’re a fan of BioShock Infinite and are truly interested in actual DLC, then check out the first five minutes from the expansion pack Burial at Sea. The new missions find Booker and Elizabeth heading to the underwater world of Rapture. The first episode of the DLC is expected to arrive at some point during the holiday season. Check out the trailer for Burial at Sea below. Are you a fan of BioShock Infinite? What do you think about all of the Elizabeth porn that’s freely available on the internet? [Image via Irrational Games] ‘BioShock’ Creator Wants Everyone To Stop Making Elizabeth Porn is a post from: The Inquisitr News
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Kotaku chronicles an interesting and amusing part of Irrational Games' Ken Levine's Reddit AMA where he asks the community to stop making porn using Elizabeth from BioShock Infinite.read more
Kotaku chronicles an interesting and amusing part of Irrational Games' Ken Levine's Reddit AMA where he asks the community to stop making porn using Elizabeth from BioShock Infinite.read more
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ReutersShe's been called a "small lady with a large I.Q.," but future Fed Chair Janet Yellen should be called something else now: the most powerful woman in history. Okay, I know that sounds a little hyperbolic. A lot hyperbolic actually...
ReutersShe's been called a "small lady with a large I.Q.," but future Fed Chair Janet Yellen should be called something else now: the most powerful woman in history. Okay, I know that sounds a little hyperbolic. A lot hyperbolic actually. How is the ability to set interest rates more powerful than Queen Elizabeth and Victoria's five-continent empires, or Catherine II's efforts to bring the Enlightenment to Russia? Well, the answer is one part context, and another part depressing. The context is that the Fed Chair is maybe the third-most important job in the world right now, and being powerful in a globalized world matters more than in a non-globalized one. Queens could only dream that their edicts moved the world economy as much as a dramatic FOMC announcement does today. The depressing bit is that there just haven't been too many powerful women before her. The list of female heads of state or Fortune 500 CEOs or central bankers is still far too short -- particularly that last one. So it's not too much to say that Yellen, our first female Fed Chair and certainly the most qualified nominee ever, will have more influence over the world than any other woman before her. Let's think about why. The Fed is as powerful as it is boring. (Alright, maybe not that powerful, but you get the point). See, its job is to make sure the U.S. economy stays in the Goldilocks zone: growing neither too fast nor too slow, but just right to keep both unemployment and inflation low. It raises interest rates when it thinks growth is too high, and cuts them when it thinks growth is too low -- and it does all this by controlling how much money is in the economy. But the Fed's interest rate decisions don't just set the course for the U.S. economy; its decisions set the course for the world economy too. That's because the dollar is the world's reserve currency, and so many emerging markets have pegged their own to it -- which means they've decided to import our monetary policy. Think about it this way. If I say my currency will always be worth a certain number of dollars, then I have to print more of it when the Fed prints more dollars. That's why economists call the Fed a monetary superpower: it's the world's central bank all but in name. And, as you can see in the chart below from economist David Beckworth, the Fed's hegemony isn't limited to emerging markets. The European Central Bank (light blue line) and the Bank of Japan (black dotted line)  have also followed the Fed's lead the past 10 years or so. In other words, Janet Yellen will have more control over the global economy than any other living person once she's confirmed as Fed Chair. Now, the Fed is a democracy, not a dictatorship, but it's a funny kind of democracy -- the Chair alone sets the agenda. So if Yellen even just talks about slowing down the Fed's bond-buying, Europe's troubled economies are liable to see their interest rates rise, and emerging markets are liable to see their currencies collapse. Yellen doesn't rule an empire the sun never sets on, but she has one big trump card over the queens of yesteryear: she's alive today. Yellen's decisions will affect everyone around the world. The same can't have been said of, say, Cleopatra or even China's only female emperor Wu Zetian (and yes, she took the title of "emperor," not "empress"). For all their power, it was limited to the lands they ruled. Yellen's real competition for most powerful woman in history doesn't come from female heads of state of the distant past, but rather of modern times. Women like Indira Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher, Dilma Rousseff, and, of course, Angela Merkel. But for all their influence -- and in Thatcher's case, she's cast a long ideological shadow -- Yellen has another advantage. She's a powerful American at a time when America is still the most powerful nation. Now, you can make a strong case that Europe's slow march towards federalism -- or financial ruin! -- has made Merkel more significant. But Merkel only
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