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    Faces of Point2 – Jeff Chau

    July 20th, 2015

    Jeff ChauTitle: Inside Sales Executive
    Started at Point2: January 2015

    Jeff Chau is actually the second Jeff to join our Canadian sales team, and therefore has affectionately been dubbed “Jeff 2.0″ or just “2.0”. Jeff 2.0 is well known for his quick-witted humor and love of anything food-related. He’s also a Star Wars fanatic (the originals of course) and a serious hockey buff.

    We asked Jeff to answer a few questions about himself. Here’s what he had to say:

    What is your favorite type of music?
    Believe it or not – country music. Not the new kind of country music about drunk rednecks stalking their exes though. I’m all about twang and honky-tonk. I used to hate country music, but it grew on me. I went to the University of Guelph which is in a small town in Ontario, pretty similar to Saskatoon, with a big Agricultural program so I kind of just got used to it. It made for some good driving music for those drives back and forth from Toronto. You’ll always find a country station preset in my car’s radio.

    What kinds of food do you like?
    Oh boy, what don’t I like? Even though I kind of cringe when someone calls me a “Foodie”, I am a foodie. I’ll pretty much eat anything. Eating is probably my favorite hobby. Growing up my parents and grandparents would feed me all sorts of things, so I have a profound appreciation for Chinese/Vietnamese food, as well as most Asian cuisine. I love the versatility, structure and classic influence of Italian and French Cuisine. There are so many ingredients available to us in this world and so many different ways to put them together. Honestly, if I had the patience to be a career-chef, I would open up a restaurant. Don’t ask me what kind of restaurant though, there are too many possibilities.

    If you could have dinner with anyone, alive or historical, who would it be?
    Alive: Jimmy Fallon
    Not Alive: Robin Williams
    Sorry, Jimmy. Robin Williams will always take the cake… or in this case the appetizers, entrees, drinks and any other dessert that Robin Williams would have wanted.

    What is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled?
    Probably the Black Sand Beach in Wai’anapanapa State Park in Maui. Absolutely beautiful spot where the beach is covered in black sand and pebbles, which are actually really really tiny fragments of cooled lava.

    What online sites do you visit?
    Other than Point2 Homes… in my free time I usually frequent these websites the most:
    Yahoo Fantasy Hockey
    Rotoworld for the most up-to-date information to benefit my Fantasy Hockey teams
    9GAG for my daily fill of funny stuff on the internet
    Netflix

    Do you speak any other languages, and which ones?
    My mother-tongue is Chinese, specifically Cantonese and a less-common dialect called “Chiuchow“. However, I can’t read or write in Chinese, so I’m pretty much illiterate when it comes to the language of my people. I also studied French, Italian and Spanish, but I wouldn’t really be able to have a decent conversation with anyone in those languages. I also know a few Russian words/phrases such as “hello”, “how are you?”, “thanks”, “good morning/night” and “potato”.

    What is your favorite movie of all time?
    Star Wars Episodes IV, V & VI. I can’t pick just one.

    If you have an hour of free time to spare, what do you do with it?
    Usually my free time is spent watching tv shows, movies, or playing video games. Mostly Call of Duty, Battlefield, NHL, Grand Theft Auto or some other video game I’m interested in at the time, but those are the main ones. I also watch a lot of TV shows. I haven’t counted recently, but at one point a few years ago I tallied about 30 different series that I watched regularly. That number now would be much lower but still more than the average person. My favorite show has to be The Office. I’ve watched every episode at least three times and most of the earlier seasons multiple times. Also, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, I’ve seen every single episode since he took over from Jay Leno.

    What do you like best about your job?
    Point2/Yardi is a great place to work. We have a great team of people that are all super eager to do a great job. The work-life balance is amazing and I rarely have to “take it home with me” which I cannot say about any of my previous jobs. One of the biggest perks, in my opinion, about my job is that it allows me to travel occasionally for work, which I find refreshing.

    What are the words you live by?
    Eat. Sleep. Travel. On a day to day basis, it’s mostly the first two, but when travel does happen, I love it. Eating, I’ve already explained is my favorite activity. Sleeping is maybe my second favorite hobby. This was the slogan from my “alma mater”. I was very heavily involved with the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management’s Student Association and that slogan always resonated well with me.

    What are some things on your bucket list?
    Travel the world. I’ve been to every province in Canada except for Nova Scotia, PEI and New Brunswick. I’ve been up to Nunavut too, but haven’t explored the other two territories. I’ve been to a few places in the USA, and when it comes to Europe I spent a month in Italy. I really want to check out Southeast Asia next and then eventually the rest of the world. What a big place this planet is. Also at some point, I’d like to do some sky diving. Maybe throw on one of those squirrel suits and glide around too.

    What was your last Do It Yourself project?
    I bought a bunch of pine and built a couple bedside tables. Sanded it down, primed it and painted it red. In hindsight, they would have looked much better if I stained them. I guess I could always strip the paint and start over, though. Not bad for my first woodworking project.

    If you could have a super power, what would it be?
    Time travel. But you gotta be super careful about going to the past. You don’t want to alter the course of history, of course. A safer bet would be to just travel into the future.

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    Faces of Point2 – Hemant Naidu

    June 22nd, 2015

    Hemant NaiduTitle: Software Developer
    Started at Point2: January 2015

    It might seem like Hemant is fairly new at Point2, but in reality he’s quite a veteran. Hemant originally started at Point2 in 2005, but left in 2012 to pursue a different opportunity. We were happy to welcome him back this year when he returned to join our parent company’s YES team as a developer.

    When he’s not busy writing code, well, he pretty much does it all. He’s built his own home theater, has a wedding photography business, and owns a lingerie store with his wife. With two little boys under the age of 5, we’re not sure how he manages to fit it all in!

    We asked Hemant to answer a few questions about himself. Here’s what he had to say:

    What is your favorite movie of all time?
    This is a question I am often asked, and one that I don’t think I can answer because there’s no way I could narrow it down to just one. I love a lot of films and hold a small group in my “favorites of all time” list. The Star Wars franchise is very dear to my heart and was the first one added to my list. Other examples of my favorites are Alien, Aliens, Children of Men, City of God, Drive, West Side Story, E.T., and JFK. Oh yeah, and The Goonies. I can’t forget the Goonies.

    If you have an hour of free time to spare, what do you do with it?
    Having two boys under the age of 5 means I’m tired all of the time. If I can get an hour or so of free time I definitely try and sneak in a nap, or just relax and watch a movie.

    What kinds of food do you like?
    I truly love food, and have no real preference, but I do tend to steer towards the spicier fare. I also am always on the lookout for outstanding burgers, and could probably eat pizza everyday if that was an acceptable lifestyle choice.

    What are the words you live by?
    – “I am because we are.”
    – I believe that everyone can have a great life if we all work together, and give a hand to those who need a little help.

    What do you want to be when you grow up?
    A film director.

    What was your last Do It Yourself project?
    I built a dedicated home theater in our basement. As a movie guy I love the theater experience, but became really discouraged by other patrons who were disruptive or insisted on using their mobile phones during a movie. I figured I’d just build my own and not have to worry about it anymore. I documented the build process here.

    What online sites do you visit?
    I’m fairly active on Twitter and Facebook. These seem to be the best mediums for real time updates as to what’s going on in the world. I know a lot of people like to marginalize Facebook, but I’m a big fan. I love being able to connect with people that I haven’t seen in 20 years and get glimpses into their lives. Other than the social media side, I also spend a lot of time on political news sites.

    What athlete or sports figure do you most admire?
    LeBron James. This guy does not quit, no matter what obstacles are in front of him, and has a level of talent that we have not seen in a long time or for that matter, ever. Despite his success, money, and celebrity status, he’s led a scandal-free life, and has been an upstanding member of society. If the worst thing we can say he’s done is hold an ill-advised TV special to announce he’s leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers, he’s doing something right.

    If you could have a super power, what would it be?
    Probably invisibility. I think you could be a pretty lethal superhero if you could move wherever you wanted without being noticed.

    What are some things on your bucket list?
    – Witness a total solar eclipse.
    – Sit courtside at an NBA game.
    – Make a short film.
    – Eat an authentic Philly Cheesesteak at Pat’s King of Steaks

    What is something about you that few people know?
    I have a wedding photography business that allows me to exercise the artistic side of my brain outside of my 9 to 5 job. It keeps me busy and lets me work with some really lovely couples in Saskatoon. Oh, and I also own a lingerie store with my wife.

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    Faces of Point2 – Alexandra Popoviciu

    May 22nd, 2015

    Alexandra PopoviciuTitle: Customer Care Representative
    Started at Point2: January 2015

    Meet Alex. She’s one of the newest members of Point2’s world class Customer Care team, and also the one hailing from the furthest away. Alex was born and raised in Sighișoara, Romania. She lived there until she was 14 when her family moved to Toronto, Canada. Two years ago she came to Saskatoon because she had heard good things about it…we’re assuming that she didn’t hear about our winters.

    A self-proclaimed bookworm, Alex can always be seen in the lunch room with her nose buried deep in a book.

    We asked Alex to answer a few questions about herself. Here’s what she had to say:

    What is your favourite book of all time and why?
    My favourite books are all the books in the Harry Potter series because they’re so interesting and magical. I read them a few times while growing up and each time, I felt that I’m getting closer to the true meaning of the author’s words. I hope when my son grows up, that he will read them too and learn as much from them as I did.

    If you have an hour of free time to spare, what would you do with it?
    I would read, read and read. As many of you have already been seeing me doing during my lunch breaks.

    What kinds of food do you like?
    I like vegetarian food and it’s a good thing because there’s not a lot of good options out there and it’s forcing me to cook more homemade food, which is definitely healthier. I prefer spicy food and anything deep fried.

    What is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled?
    The most interesting place I’ve ever traveled to was the Black Sea in Romania. There are lots of different things going on there. One of my favourite things is the fact that there are lots of vendors everywhere, selling cool stuff. At night the streets are full of tourists, there is music coming from everywhere, and they sell the best doughnuts ever.

    What is the best thing about your job?
    The best thing about my job is the team I work with, I enjoy their sense of humour and I must say that it can really make my day sometimes. I also enjoy learning new things every day.

    What are the words you live by?
    “There must be a solution” and also “Free time is more valuable than money”.

    If you could own one piece of famous art, sculpture, memorabilia, or historic artifact, what would the item be?
    If I had the option of choosing anything in this world, it would be the first Apple product ever, which was a computer kit.

    What was your last Do It Yourself project?
    I’m not good at baking but I really enjoy homemade bread, so I bought a bread machine which is making really awesome bread so far. I pretty much make bread every day now. Another DIY project that I’ve started is my own garden. This is my first time ever planting everything by myself and I am a little bit nervous about the end result.

    What athlete or sports figure do you most admire?
    Russell Westbrook is my favourite basketball player. It isn’t necessarily his skills, but his determination that is making me admire him so much. Given the fact that most of the key players on his team were injured for the season, it’s pretty amazing that he got his team so close to making it for the Playoffs.

    If you could have a super power, what would it be?
    It would definitely be teleportation. It’s free and it saves time, win win! 😉

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    Faces of Point2 – Ryan Tilk

    April 3rd, 2015

    Ryan TilkTitle: Software Developer
    Start Date: November 2008

    Meet Ryan Tilk. In his 6 years of working at Point2, Ryan has worked on many projects, the most recent being work on the Energy Team for our parent company Yardi.

    From Lord of the Rings to Minecraft, woodworking and making sushi, Ryan’s interests outside of work are many and diverse. With his mom having a degree in Computer Science from 1972, it’s clear that technical aptitude runs in the family!

    We asked Ryan to answer a few questions about himself. Here’s what he had to say:

    What is your favorite book of all time and why?
    Lord of the Rings is my favorite book that I read when I was quite young. Imagine my surprise when I thought Lord of the Flies was the sequel….

    If you have an hour of free time to spare, what do you do with it?
    Lately I have been playing Minecraft with my two boys (5 and 3) whenever I get a spare minute. I have never been a big gamer however I really do enjoy it with my kids.

    What kinds of food do you like?
    One of my worst kept secrets is my addiction to sushi. I have even started to make it at home on a regular basis. My favorite so far is making salmon sushi using an ice cube tray! Recipe is here.

    If you could have dinner with anyone, alive or historical, who would it be?
    I have never thought of this before but if I had to choose I would probably pick Mark Twain. I most likely wouldn’t even eat, just keep writing down the things he says. It would be extremely entertaining.

    What are some things on your bucket list?
    I would love to one day build my own house. I am just worried about how it would turn out. Plus it would probably kill me.

    What was your last Do It Yourself project?
    My last successful DIY that I am really proud of is an oak computer desk that I designed and worked on with my dad.

    What online sites do you visit?
    I am an avid Redditor that only ever lurks. No you can’t have my username.

    What is something about you that few people know?
    My mother has her degree in Computer Science in 1972, and I still have some of the punch cards to prove it.

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    Faces of Point2 – Daniel Czank

    February 27th, 2015

    Daniel CzankTitle: Programmer
    Start Date: June 2014

    Daniel Czank (with a silent “C”) is a programmer for one of our Yardi projects and would almost be considered a newbie if there hadn’t been so many hired after him. When asked if he goes by Daniel or something else, he said “Daniel, Dan, Danny…I’m okay with any of them.” This easy-going guy has interests in music, reading, writing, archaeology and cool new technology, and basically sounds like someone whose brain you’d want to pick. So we did!

    We asked Daniel to answer a few questions about himself. Here’s what he had to say:

    What is your favorite type of music?
    The spectrum is wide, but I usually gravitate to music with focus on guitars and/or electronic sounds. Lately it has been those two criteria mixed with female vocalists, the guitars being acoustic. I also recently learned about Brass Pirate Metal, as in Brass Band, like trumpets. Yes, it is as good as it sounds.

    What is your favorite movie of all time?
    Requiem for a Dream. It’s unconventional in every way – the heroes and villains, the content, the resolution. I’ve never been so disappointed at the end of a film. I can’t get enough of it. Also, the soundtrack, wow.

    If you have an hour of free time to spare, what do you do with it?
    Read, write, run, repeat. I also try to put time in on classic bit-war era RPGs. The legit ones that came from the late 80’s and early 90’s. They knew what was up when they made those games.

    What do you like best about your job?
    I like that being here doesn’t feel like being at a job, it just feels like your putting in time on projects that you are really excited about and proud of to see move forward. It’s an entire building of people who seem to feel like that. So that’s nice.

    If you could have dinner with anyone, alive or historical, who would it be?
    Any one of my Grandfathers, from any point in my lineage.

    What do you want to be when you grow up?
    The same person I have always been, only wiser every day.

    If you could own one piece of famous art, sculpture, memorabilia or historic artifact, what would the item be?
    A moon rock? Or one of those very interesting rings you see people make out of meteorites. Maybe something from the Titanic.

    What are some things on your bucket list?
    There are parts of the world I want to see. The West Coast, from the bottom to the top, Norway, and basically any of the places they bring camera crews to on televisions “Ancient Aliens”. For the archaeology though, not because of the aliens.

    What was your last Do It Yourself project?
    The projects are piling up. Currently investigating the ins and outs of a small engine rebuild. Two stroke, single cylinder. I don’t know anything about engines yet though, or have a garage or a workshop, so it will be a challenge.

    What online sites do you visit?
    YouTube when I want to learn something, Reddit when I don’t.

    If you could have a super power, what would it be?
    The super power to have any super power whenever I wanted and for however long I wanted even if it’s the super power that you already have. And you can’t have it at the same time so if you had it it’s mine now and you need to pick a new one.

    What is something about you that few people know?
    I am incredibly uninterested in vacations to resorts. The idea of going to a far off land to sit by the pool just seems counterintuitive to a “getaway”.

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    Point2 Agent Product Updates – February 19, 2014

    February 20th, 2014

    Point2 Agent Product Updates

    The Point2 Agent team is thrilled to be starting a new blog series to help our members stay better informed. Going forward, you will see more regular posts with highlights from recent product updates. Here’s what happened this week:

    Agent Sites

    • Users can now edit the Title and Slogan fields on Agent Websites independently of their name. A Subtitle option has been added to some themes to facilitate this.
    • ‘Edit’ buttons have been added to the Title, Slogan and Subtitle fields.
    • Users can now change the font of the Title, Slogan and Subtitle fields on the Colors, Fonts and Options page.
    • We have added additional fonts for use with the Title, Slogan and the Subtitle fields.
    • The Listing Summary module has been updated to fix some issues with the grid not being correctly displayed on mobile devices.
    • Fixed an issue on the Whitney theme where the ‘Email’ button color was the same as the footer color.
    • Fixed an IE9 issue with the display of the font drop downs on the Colors, Fonts and Options page.
    • Fixed a bug related to the Email Agent button on an Agent Site. The button was taking the user to the home page instead of the contact form.

    Online Office

    • The ‘Edit Virtual Tour’ has been updated to display the listing address.
    • Fixed an issue where sorting was not working on the Search Handshake Listings page.

    If you have questions about these or any other product updates, contact our Customer Care team at 1-866-977-1777 or via email at customercare@point2.com.

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    The Faces of Point2 – Warren Long

    January 17th, 2014

    warren longTitle: Software Developer
    Started at Point2: November 2013

    Being relatively new at Point2, we had to ask some of Warren’s direct coworkers to tell us a little bit more about him. They described him as a calm, seasoned professional and one who does not shy away from trying out new things. This already made him sound like such a great guy that we were even more surprised when they added the last part: “Judging from the fact that he recently injured his knee while doing a flip (he’s a gymnast), he’s superman!” (He does bear a bit of a resemblance to Christopher Reeve, doesn’t he??)

    We asked Warren to answer a few questions about himself. Here’s what he had to say:

    What is your favorite type of music?
    Just watched Pink in concert last night. Really enjoyed it. I like a wide variety of stuff, often a few of the top songs of many artists. And then, I tend to like heavier grungier stuff, groups like Nickelback, Offspring, Nirvana, Theory of a Deadman, Linkin Park, etc.

    What kinds of food do you like?
    International type stuff, with an emphasis on curries.

    What is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled?
    I have been to, and even lived in many interesting places. I find that almost everywhere has something special to offer. I think being outdoors, doing stuff is what I remember and value.

    What do you like best about your job?
    I like solving puzzles, and programming has a LOT of that.

    What are the words you live by?
    I try to follow “If you can’t say anything good, don’t say anything at all”. Not always successfully, but I try.

    Do you speak any other languages, and which ones?
    Fluent in French, or at least, I used to be. I can also struggle in Spanish and German, although I have heard that I have a bad French accent in both. Used to speak Thai as well, although a recent trip revealed that although I can still speak a few common and useful sentences, the flood of information that comes back makes it obvious how little I now know.

    What was your last Do It Yourself project?
    Finally finished my bedroom closets, a task that took me 13 years to complete. Pretty sad that it took me that long, but they look good and are uniquely customized to what we wanted.

    What athlete or sports figure do you most admire?
    I am really impressed by athletes who are so far beyond human norms that no-one else really has a chance. Some modern day examples would be Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps. I include Lance Armstrong in that list in spite of the recent events. I got to watch Carl Lewis live at the Los Angeles Olympics.

    I admire athletes who are really successful, but remain really good people. It is hard to spend that much time dedicated to one tiny little aspect of life and not come out of it warped in some way.

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    The Faces of Point2 – Rosemary Hurni

    January 3rd, 2014

    rosemary hurniTitle: Customer Service & Sales Representative, RealTown
    Started at RealTown: March 1999

    Rosemary is one of those people who is always willing to lend a helping hand. Whether it’s at work or in her personal life, she wants to do all she can to make things easier for others. This is seen in her love of customer service, which she contributes to for both Point2 and our sister company RealTown.

    She is known for her devotion to her family and her love of all things crafting: painting, sewing, cooking and making jewelry. Her coworkers in our San Diego office get to enjoy fruits of her labor when she brings baking samples into the office (yes, we’re jealous too!).

    We asked Rosemary to answer a few questions about herself. Here’s what she had to say:

    What is your favorite type of music?
    Classical and anything saxophone. The saxophone is so beautiful.

    If you have an hour of free time to spare, what do you do with it?
    If I ever have a spare hour or so, love to spend it at a super lunch with a good friend or family member. I raised 4 sons as a single mom and they are important to me. Also, my sisters.

    What kinds of food do you like?
    All forms and types. As a farm girl, my mom always taught me to experience different types of foods and taught me a lot in cooking.  My favorites are Italian (real Tuscany Italian), Thai food, any seafood.

    What is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled?
    Morocco, China, both cultures are amazing in how they live today and how they manage to live from yester-year. I was able to dress as a bur bur women in Morocco, and walk a short distance on the Great Wall of China. Amazing.

    What do you like best about your job?
    Soon to be 15 yrs, the people of course, and also finding technology solutions for the customers.  Many of our customers/clients have become internet friends.

    If you could have dinner with anyone, alive or historical, who would it be?
    Mother Teresa…….. I would love to hear her deepest secrets and learn how she walked her path.

    What are the words you live by?
    Stay honest, love what you do, remember to give back and forgive yourself for bad choices made.

    What was your last Do It Yourself project?
    To make a keepsake (by request) for my youngest sister. We had lost both our parents and she gave me boxes of old jewelry, worn by mother, most gifts from my father, who was in all sorts of church and charity groups. Lots of little pins and pendants etc.  I made a 16 x16 wooden picture frame, with a velvet back cover. And added a woven “Family Tree” in gold wire. I then  displayed the jewelry on the branches of the tree and at the root of the tree, I placed an old mother of pearl heart,  written “Mother” in 18K gold.  My sister cried when I gave it to her and it made me so proud, knowing she will pass this on.  I kept the photos of it. Truly, one of a kind and do not think I could ever replace it.

    What online sites do you visit?
    Some of the online sites I visit are customer and Point2 websites, Facebook and generally webmail. Part of my daily routine.

    If you could have a super power, what would it be?
    I would want to discover cures for deadly diseases and make life better for the people who have these awful pains.

    What is something about you that few people know?
    I am currently engaged  in farming (business side) 320 acres of farmland in Central California with my two sisters. The youngest sister, her husband and son manage this farm. My grandfather was an immigrant from Terceira ISLE, Acores, Portugal and settled in 1903. I had an opportunity to go and visit his home land in 2011. It was delightful and I found myself entertained by marvelous family members.

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    The Faces of Point2 – Dexter Falls

    December 13th, 2013

    Dexter FallsTitle: Customer Care Representative
    Started at Point2: July 2010

    On top of being a ninja Customer Care Rep for our Point2 Agent product, Dexter is known for his love of all things geek, and hones those skills by fixing computers and cell phones on the side.

    Referred to as “the carnivore” by his teammates, Dexter is always willing to go in on an order of wings with you.

    We asked Dexter to answer a few questions about himself. Here’s what he had to say:

    What is your favorite type of music?
    Anything other than Country.

    What is your favorite book of all time and why?
    I don’t really have a single favorite book, but I’ve read the Hobbit about 7 times.

    What is your favorite movie of all time?
    Gladiator

    If you have an hour of free time to spare, what do you do with it?
    Probably play a video game of some sort.

    What kinds of food do you like?
    Meat of any kind, and I love pasta.

    What is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled?
    I’ve been to Oahu and Maui and highly recommend both to anyone looking for a place to go.

    What do you like best about your job?
    The people I work with are easily the friendliest co-workers I’ve ever had.

    If you could have dinner with anyone, alive or historical, who would it be?
    Probably Joss Whedon, he’s been behind some of my favorite television series.

    What are the words you live by?
    Don’t sweat the small stuff.

    What do you want to be when you grow up?
    If my parents are to be believed and I can be anything I want, then I’d like to be a Superhero, or perhaps a giant robot.

    Do you speak any other languages, and which ones?
    I’m not fluent in any other languages, but I can understand small amount of German.

    If you could own one piece of famous art, sculpture, memorabilia or historic artifact, what would the item be?
    I don’t know if it counts as an artifact, but owning one of the great pyramids would be pretty awesome… otherwise, any sizeable pirate ship would do, seaworthy or not.

    What are some things on your bucket list?
    I’d like to visit Egypt someday, and eat the hottest pepper in the world.

    What was your last Do It Yourself project?
    Building a PC.

    What athlete or sports figure do you most admire?
    I’m not a fan of sports, so I can’t name a single athlete, but I think they should all be admired for the effort they have put in to be as good as they are.

    What online sites do you visit?
    Reddit, Google, Netflix, ThinkGeek, Gamers-Heaven, SteamPowered

    If you could have a super power, what would it be?
    Teleportation, vacation in a different spot every day, without dealing with airlines (plus the obvious saving people from danger thing.)

    What is something about you that few people know?
    I’m not actually short, I’m actually almost 7 feet tall. I just have REALLY bad posture.

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    The Faces of Point2 – Dustin Bartlett

    November 29th, 2013

    Dustin BartlettTitle: Software Developer
    Started at Point2: November 2002

    Dustin has been with Point2 for over 11 years, having been hired when he was fresh out of university. His work as a developer has always primarily been focused on our Point2 Agent product and he was instrumental in building a number of the features that are still available today.

    In his spare time, Dustin is a bit of a home theater nut, having set one up in the living room of his previous home, and having another one 2/3 complete in a dedicated room of his current home. Add to that extensive home renovations and becoming a new father 1 1/2 years ago, Dustin is one busy guy.

    We asked Dustin to answer a few questions about himself. Here’s what he had to say:

    What is your favorite type of music?
    My tastes are sufficiently diverse I couldn’t pick a favorite.

    What is your favorite movie of all time?
    Favorite would depend on what mood I’m in at the time.  Fifth Element, Shawshank Redemption, Pulp Fiction, LOTR.

    If you have an hour of free time to spare, what do you do with it?
    Waste it on the internet.

    What kinds of food do you like?
    There is very little food I don’t like.  I tend to prefer things that come off my grill though, especially if cooked low and slow.

    What is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled?
    Sonora Resort off the coast of BC.  Was a trip my wife won, we’d love to go back but that’s pretty cost prohibitive.

    If you could have dinner with anyone, alive or historical, who would it be?
    Samuel Clemens.

    What are the words you live by?
    Your life belongs to you and the good is to live it.

    What do you want to be when you grow up?
    A kid again.

    If you could own one piece of famous art, sculpture, memorabilia or historic artifact, what would the item be?
    A Saturn V rocket would be pretty cool.

    What are some things on your bucket list?
    Spend some time traveling on different continents.  Learn to drive an open wheeled race car. Start my own business.

    What was your last Do It Yourself project?
    I converted an attached garage to a master suite.  Just need to find the time and money to finish the bathroom in it now.

    What online sites do you visit?
    smalldeadanimals.com, reddit.com few other forums related to RC racing, home theater and my Primo Grill.

    If you could have a super power, what would it be?
    Omniscience.

    What is something about you that few people know?
    I hit my athletic peak at the age of 5 when I won a provincial BMX championship.

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