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hello world. my name is Ryan Alexander Boyles. often, it's pronounced the RAB. i'm into declarative living. i am a connector. this is my life-stream / tumblr / blog. call it what you will. find my sxsw posts. any questions, ask me anything! btw, here is a standard disclaimer.


If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?

Don Draper - “But what is happiness?” 

You’re happy with 50%? You want all of it.

(Source: youtube.com)

What Drives You?

It’s the fifth anniversary of Triangle Tweetup - approximately - so we decided to throw a different kind of Tweetup. We heart the Triangle tech community. You love the Triangle tech community. Everyone loves the tech talks and demos at Bronto each spring. We’re boiling down the idea. A striped down Ignite. A mini Ignite if you will. Our good friends at Bronto are going to host it on the evening of May 10. Mark your calendar. Here’s what we’re doing. 5 speakers only. The Theme is Drive. What drives you crazy? Is big data driving all tech innovation or is all tech innovation driven by big data? Are you driven by lust or ego or noble purpose? Where did you drive on your last great road trip? Which cooking aromas drive your taste buds? Google Drive vs Dropbox vs Skydrive vs iCloud vs SmartCloud? What vehicles should we drive in 5 years or 50 years? Are zombies driven by hunger or instinct? What is your take? When did you discover what drives you? Tell us a five minute story about your drive. Enlighten us but make it quick.

The Chevy Volt: A Geek Perspective

On November 2nd 2010, my good friend Wayne Sutton and I met at the Crabtree Courtyard by Marriott before daylight. We were there to meet Dan Nguy (GM Electric Engine Engineer - say that 3 times fast!) and the rest of the GM team to test drive their new Volt electric vehicle at 6AM. Our trip would take us from Raleigh North Carolina to Richmond Virginia. We were both a bit tired. The Volt Unplugged tour team looked a bit haggard as well. They had been working hard all day Monday, talking about the Volt and offering test drives to curious Raleigh and Durham residents and workers, with tour stops downtown at the City Municipal Complex, Progress Energy and IBM’s campus at Research Triangle Park (my video). The day was topped off by a “Chevy Social" hosted by the two of us at Designbox and Cherry Bomb Grill in Raleigh for more test drives and conversation with the Triangle social geeks and four Chevy Volt cars.
This is the Chevy Volt Wayne and I drove on the Raleigh to Richmond unplugged tour drive leg
Time to hit the road. Fueled by adrenaline and caffeine, we were set to jump behind the wheel