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Thomas McMahon - Sr. Software Engineer



Last Build Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:43:05 +0000

 



Robots. Not creepy at all.

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:42:54 +0000

I’m all for AI but trying to make a robot human is not going well. The face moves and that only makes it worse.

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Epic Ice Cream from MilkCow

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:59:17 +0000

Found a great ice cream place in Fremont California called MilkCow. I got the Santorini which is soft serve organic ice cream, tropical blue syrup, Oreo crumbles, nuts, and one big piece of cotton candy. I’m not sure if the cotton candy is organic or not, but it was delicious. It tasted way better than fair...

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The Safari Firefox Theme is Beautiful

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 02:22:43 +0000

Have you ever wished that Firefox fit in on the Mac a bit more? Well grab the Safari 9 Firefox theme and you’ll be amazed. The author, DixieCretinSeaman, has created a theme that looks great that you’ll forget you’re in Firefox. It comes with full width tabs, the removal of favicons, a minimized browser interface, cleaned up...

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How to mass remove URLs from Google quickly.

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 03:12:41 +0000

Google indexes everything it finds and sometimes it finds things that it shouldn’t. Google has a nice removal tool that temporarily removes URLs from Google and this is actually really good when you want something out rather quickly. In my experiences, it remove pages from Google Search within 24 hours. The downside to Google’s removal tool is...

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Got Creative Over The Holidays

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 03:12:09 +0000

I always have good intentions to do something creative, but this year I actually got a few projects done. One is a reversible scarecrow snowman that I my wife saw on Pinterest. It’s about three feet tall and has weathered the weather pretty well so far as it sits outside our front door. The clothes pins are...

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Everyone has dinosaurs in their Christmas villages right?

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 04:06:39 +0000

This is what I found at work today. Those dinosaurs are a nice addition to the town.

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Reddit Secret Santa Was Awesome

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 03:48:58 +0000

This year I participated in my first Reddit Secret Santa gift exchange. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect out of it, but thought it was worth a try. Turns out, it was great. Now I didn’t get Bill Gates as my secret Santa, but the person who got me made me very happy. They got me...

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Baby it’s cold outside. Like -28!

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 14:42:09 +0000

Add in the windchill and we’re -40 easily. Now this is Minnesota cold!

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Making Christmas Cookies

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 03:55:47 +0000

Had fun making Christmas cookies over the weekend and then giving them away to friends.

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Welcome Snow

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 17:10:45 +0000

Nice to see you again. Especially before Christmas.

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I made my own HDTV antenna.

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 02:22:33 +0000

Over Thanksgiving I decided to hook up our living room TV to the antenna on the roof. For a long time it was just using Roku and that works for most everything, but I wanted to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on NBC so I thought I’d get it hooked up. Turn out, I couldn’t....

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The snow is a beautiful sight.

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 18:03:46 +0000

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Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Collection Album Covers

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 02:05:24 +0000

If you pick up Garth Brook’s Ultimate Connection at Target, and rip them for your favorite device, you’ll probably end up looking for the album covers. iTunes wasn’t able to find them, but I searched the internet for them and you can download all the high-res album covers here. They’re 1600 x 1600 so they should...

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Halloween Pumpkins – 2016 Edition

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 01:40:38 +0000

Here are our 2016 Halloween pumpkin carvings. On the top row we have two scary pumpkins. The first one is not carved all the way through, but rather scraped. On the bottom row we have a penguin, a cat, and the moon and stars. All pumpkins are lit with either rechargeable lights or battery operated...

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Halloween Mystery Meal 2016

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 01:59:27 +0000

Every year my wife puts on a Halloween mystery meal that has some pretty disgusting sounding things on it, but everything is good to eat. This year didn’t disappoint. Halloween Mystery Meal 2016 Menu Utensils Pitchfork > Fork Mummy Bandage > Napkin Witches Wand > Spoon Main Intestines > Puff Pastry with Cheese or Meat Toxic Waste > Mac n Cheese Dyed Green Dead Mans Fingers > Peanut...

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Went golfing for the first time in many years today.

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 01:01:37 +0000

Went golfing for the first time in many years today with a friend. We had a great time and didn’t lose too many balls. The worst hole was this one as there was no way I was going to make it over the marsh. Basically you had the tee, the marsh, and then the hole....

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We had an outdoor dance party tonight.

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 03:12:27 +0000

It started with marshmallows around the fire and then we brought out the party light and cranked up the music.

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It’s time to clean up your WordPress database.

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:46:30 +0000

When’s the last time you cleaned up your WordPress blog’s database? Over time, things build up that you don’t see, but can cause performance issues. The good news is that it’s easy to clean up. I use the Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions plugin and it works beautifully. Granted, always make a backup first just in...

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Accelerated Mobile Pages are simple to setup in WordPress.

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 03:19:02 +0000

Accelerated Mobile Pages (or AMP) are the latest way in which Google and others are trying to make the web faster. Turns out, the more features you add to a site, the slower it gets. Since no-one wants to simplify their website, AMP pages were born. They’re a stripped down version of your website that...

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