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George Clark5,516Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the #circle ! To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps: 1 - include me in your circles 2 - Click add people and create your circle 3 - share the circle (include yourself) 4 - add +1 to the post#topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme #circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #share #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #followme #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #addpeople #add #addcircle #socialmedia #dragonseyecircle #VarietyCircle 2014-08-29 06:34:43494171217CC G+
Nick Warner645Follow these awesome friends!2014-08-07 16:03:15500307CC G+
Nick Warner399Check out these awesome Friends of Mine!2014-07-08 15:35:535007010CC G+
Joe Martinez61,582My Favorite People & Brand Pages on Google+ - June 2014All these people are amazing and fun (hence why I follow them)! :) If you are looking for people to follow then this is definitely the circle for you! There is a little bit of everything here! From people who love photography, tech, music, art... the list is endless! Enjoy!!  Some of the awesomesauce in this circle:  +Hanna Silver, +DJ Spin, +Tanya Muse Diaz, +Tiffany Henry, +Ant J, +anthony feliciano, +jessi roman, +Bronwyn McGuckin, +Renata Sherwin, +Cynthia K Seymour, +Natascha Otero, +Daria Musk, +Kamal Tailor, +Emily Jiménez, +Carms Perez, +Christopher Lira, +Eleanor Hoh, +Chris Pirillo, +2014-06-23 04:01:3650139641CC G+
John Nuntiatio38,202#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small #smallcircle #photography #health2014-06-15 06:01:32319369CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky87,371Good morning /evening to all!Этот круг объединяет людей со схожими интересами и активной жизненной позицией в Google+Буду признателен всем, кто присоединится и поделится этим кругом.This circle unites people with similar interests and an active lifestyle in Google+ I would be grateful to all those who will join and share this circle. #ForFriends #EarthMyMother #photo 2014-06-10 02:03:08492452470CC G+
Jan Koncewicz1,595check this circle and share it please2014-06-04 04:17:07428000CC G+
John Nuntiatio37,221#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle #tennis #golf #photography #health #weightloss 2014-05-27 17:29:13478168CC G+
Becky Collins10,062Fitness Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-05-24 05:03:58458151221CC G+
Ryan Johnson5,301MY BEST OF THE BEST CIRCLETo add yourself to the circle or stay in the circle:Add me and reshare the circle PUBLICOptional: Add the circle, plus or comment the post. :)#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #empireavenue   #socialmedia     #influencers   #influencer   #influence   #influencermarketing #thursdaycircle   #thursdaycircleshared   #thursdaycircleshare   #circlethursday   #circlethursdaycircle 2014-05-21 12:34:0943016917CC G+
John Nuntiatio36,340#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle #football #tennis #golf #photography #health #weightloss  2014-05-13 19:58:28165236CC G+
John Nuntiatio36,340#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle #football #tennis #golf #photography #health #weightloss  2014-05-13 11:54:24165234CC G+
ramzi parta7 Hello AllHere is my RANDOM Circle... V1.8 - 131123The circle has shrunk a little this week lets see if we can build it back up again. Please share and invite people to join the circle.247 people did not move from the last RANDOM circle, don't be one of them for the next circle.RULES1. Leave a comment saying who you would like to add.(min 1 name - max 10 names)2. Publicly Share the postIn the next circle I will add the people you added or mentioned and yourself (If you give more than 10 names I will only add the first 10)Re-Sharers also automatically get added to my Re-Share Circle and the last one has been shared 211 times so far.http://updateslaluz.blogspot.com2014-05-13 02:32:17501012CC G+
Tourej Ansari16,540All Kinds of People Shared CircleReshare or comment or plus to be in the next circle share!  Let me know if you want to be in the circle! Circle these plussers they are cool people! #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #public #publiccircles2014-05-10 11:00:124583111CC G+
Lowongan Kerja661. Plus The Post2. Comment3. Add People To Circles4. Share The Circle!#circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circle #googleplustips #googleplus #indonesia #artists #artist #artistphotographeramateurorprofessional2014-04-30 01:18:3547515729CC G+
John Nuntiatio33,328circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news  #bestcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-04-12 05:24:203299511CC G+
Amaresh Singh11Great circle shared  AprilThis circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement .Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post#awesome       #awesomepeople       #chadwick       #circle     #circles   #circlesharing       #circleshare       #circleoftheday     #circleplus  #community #followback   #followers     #gplus   #influence  #leadership   #public       #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles       #reshare       #reshared     #reshareday     #resharetags  #ripples   #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharewithyou       #sharing     #sharingcircle   #socialmedia #theplus #tcs  #team2014-04-04 13:10:16494116CC G+
John Nuntiatio31,146#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #health  2014-03-26 21:57:474965811CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:58:15230002CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:57:53230022CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:57:28230003CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:57:04230022CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:56:44231305CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,572#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-12 06:21:31469006CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,572#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-12 06:20:51469102CC G+
ibrahim aslan02014-02-25 12:24:46501001CC G+
Brett Bjornsen41,190Random Grab BagThis circle ain't for you old timers on G+... it's for the new people to browseBecause new content in your stream is a Plus... feel free to pick through the circle and add people of interest, or just add the whole circle to see what it does for your stream content... I make no promises...  #sharedcircles   #noguarantees   #norefunds   #nobutthurtallowed  2014-02-19 09:03:001159114CC G+
Larry Chuon74I'm new to Google+.  My circle of PlusOne is for those who are leveraging Google+ to grow their circle and business.2014-02-08 04:36:20236304CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky77,576Good morning / evening to all.This is a Social Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Это социальный круг общения интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-01-26 01:48:035006829102CC G+
Waffles H6,744+Daniel Button add this circle. It's a good start for you in Google+Click the button 'Add people' to add the circle2014-01-20 05:58:358535012CC G+
Jack C Crawford83,338Here's a modest 300 person circle for those that are new and want to get a jumpstart here on Google+  AND, I did add myself, because I wear Google Glass and the circle looks cooler with it.  lolRequested by my good friend and circle member +Islegrooves Sherrie 2014-01-17 23:40:32300442443CC G+
ArmStreet376 A Very Social Circlecircle of people, with active life position in Google+If you shared this circle yesterday, you are in it today. If you share today, you'll be in tomorrow.2014-01-14 13:35:11456291338CC G+
Artur Mashnich44,480Circle of the Most Active Users of Google+A Very Social CircleКруг наиболее активных пользователей Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.If you shared this circle yesterday, you are in it today. If you share today, you'll be in tomorrow.#Forfriends  2014-01-14 07:21:37456562992CC G+
Artur Mashnich44,242Circle of the Most Active Users of Google+A Very Social CircleКруг наиболее активных пользователей Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.If you shared this circle yesterday, you are in it today. If you share today, you'll be in tomorrow.#Forfriends  2014-01-13 08:37:40456493089CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky74,843This is a Social Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Это социальный круг общения интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-01-06 06:39:305006841124CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky72,842Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Круг интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2013-12-21 09:18:41500673496CC G+
Justin Hart7,625Circle Share for December 20th...nice circle with a great variety of people and content...enjoy! 1. Plus The Post 2. Comment3. Add People To Circles4. Share The Circle!#sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme   #circlesharing   #circleshare  #circles         #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircles  #share   #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday  #sharewithyou               #followme  #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople  #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle  #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare2013-12-21 03:58:12501181136CC G+
Artur Mashnich41,152A Very Social CircleКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+circle of people, with active life position in Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.If you shared this circle yesterday, you are in it today. If you share today, you'll be in tomorrow.2013-12-21 03:20:48456573293CC G+
Justin Hart6,912Justin's Circle Share....quick circle I put together of people that engage and provide content to keep your circles humming! 1. Plus The Post 2. Comment3. Add People To Circles4. Share The Circle!#sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme   #circlesharing   #circleshare  #circles         #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircles  #share   #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday  #sharewithyou               #followme  #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople  #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle  #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare2013-12-17 03:07:5650011923CC G+
David Leonhardt2,546Resharing the Engagers VI: Christmas edition by +Markos Giannopoulos1. Plus the circle.2. Leave a comment3. Save the circle as one of your own circles (Click on "Add people" to do this).4. Share the circle as I am doing now (but don't forget to "Include yourself" when sharing).5. Get offline for a while, too.  :-).#circles   #circleshare   #sharedcircle   #circlesharing #followers #social #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circleshared    #sharedcircleoftheday #addmetoyourcircles   #awesomepeople   #circlecount  #newfollowers   #googleplus  2013-12-16 19:39:07340109CC G+
Markos Giannopoulos13,655Engagers VI: Christmas edition // It's a festive season so my monthly "round-up & thank you" circle is on the right mood!First some stats on people who engaged me (gathered via +Circloscope) and on my posts (tracked by +CircleCount):September: 620 plussers, 93 commentators and 86 sharers on 32 posts for a total of 745 +1s, 74 re-shares and 117 comments October: 395 plussers, 33 commentators and 39 sharers on 43 posts for a total of 1057 +1s, 80 re-shares and 165 comments November: 616 plussers, 114 commentators and 176 sharers on 32 posts for a total of 1109 +1s, 234 re-shares and 227 commentsA great month fuelled by two posts: 6+1 WordPress initial-setup plugins  (http://bit.ly/1bKXVgX 359 +1s, 59 comments, 183 re-shares) and Ode à Eiffel (http://bit.ly/1heptNZ 46 +1s, 4 comments, 5 re-shares). If I wanted to get "analytical" about it, it was two posts with some decent value (helpful list of plugins in one case on a every-day issue for a WordPress developer and an album of 18 original photos of night Paris on the other) :) So on to the circle: the formula for this month is - Plussers who are on over 3 engagers circles (so basically who have engaged with me in previous months as well this one)  - Sharers and commentators - A few kind highly-engaging people who have shared original circles including me. - People with over 300 in G+'s "relevance score" (as reported by +Circloscope), e.g. the people Google considers that I interact more and post similar content to mine (or of my interest)All in all, this came to a healthy group of 340 content creators and real engagers interested in technology and photography. Feel free to add them! As usual, stats and circle creation for this post were only made possible thanks to +CircleCount and +Circloscope. #engagers   #circleshare #circlesharing   #circleversary #milestone #googleplus #circleoftheday #circleplus #public #publiccircles 2013-12-16 17:49:57340441178CC G+
Tancredi Matranga8,830WEB INFLUENCER MEGAMIX 13Have a Great Tuesday my Google+ Friends!I am happy to share with you my 13th  #sharedcircle named Web Influencer Megamix.I put together a mix of #TopEngagers  - Really Interesting People who share unique and original content.   Do yo want to be added to the Web #Influencer Circle?To be included, be so kind to:   1 - Do +1 t the post   2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)         (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing)   3 - Include the circle among your circles   4 - Share the circle (include yourself)   5 - Be free and smile to life! :)   #circles #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #influencers #influencer #influence #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circletuesday   #tuesdaycircle   #tuesdaycircleshare   #tuesdaycircleshare  2013-12-03 07:43:1749910047117CC G+
Francesco Zambelli527#circlesharing   #circleshare   #topengagers   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   a very good circle is being built... to be included you have to1) share this circle2) +1 to this post3) comment it.2013-11-07 19:36:45198117CC G+
Justin Fournier1,722Social & SEO CircleIt's been awhile since I've shared circles with the general public.  In this Circle I've labeled it as my Social/SEO circle.  Users within this circle generally gave me insight, tips, and tricks into G+ and social branding.Add and follow their posts to increase your own branding in this now digital world!Share and enjoy all! #SEO   #googleplus   #socialmediamarketing   #sharedcircles   #googleplustips  2013-11-03 01:00:37143215CC G+
Artur Mashnich35,729Circle of people, with active life position in Google+Круг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+#ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother2013-10-25 13:55:14436482081CC G+
James Steward1,560*My new SEO friends:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#seocirle #semcircle #socialcircle #followfriday #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday2013-10-16 02:04:20488131CC G+
James Steward1,560*My new SEO friends:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#seocirle #semcircle #socialcircle #followfriday #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday2013-10-16 02:04:03488000CC G+
James Steward1,560*My new SEO friends:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#seocirle #semcircle #socialcircle #followfriday #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday2013-10-16 02:03:45488001CC G+
James Steward1,560*My new SEO friends:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#seocirle #semcircle #socialcircle #followfriday #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday2013-10-16 02:03:01488000CC G+
James Cosgrove900Circle shared from +Alessandro Folghera  #SaturdaySharedCircle  #weekend Saturday circle of #topengagers  To be included in his shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)      (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing)3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)If you come accross Google error messages, incorporating my circles, please provide me the error, I'm classifying these errors. Have a wonderful weekend and a better popularity#saturdaysharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle #trustinme  #circlesharing   #circleshare        #circles        #circleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircles    #share  #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday        #sharewithyou         #followme     #followers #followback #circle #googleplus    #coolpeople  #circleshare #sharedcircles #afo #myseoissocial     #sharedcircle  #sharedcircle2013-09-28 13:28:55465214CC G+

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2014-02-20 00:45:01 (270 comments, 606 reshares, 2803 +1s)

Game Of Thrones Street Art

HBO hired some artist to create this street art on a London Street.  Totally awesome.  Who else is psyched about this upcoming season?

Most reshares: 606

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2014-02-20 00:45:01 (270 comments, 606 reshares, 2803 +1s)

Game Of Thrones Street Art

HBO hired some artist to create this street art on a London Street.  Totally awesome.  Who else is psyched about this upcoming season?

Most plusones: 2803

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2014-02-20 00:45:01 (270 comments, 606 reshares, 2803 +1s)

Game Of Thrones Street Art

HBO hired some artist to create this street art on a London Street.  Totally awesome.  Who else is psyched about this upcoming season?

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2014-08-26 15:32:43 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)

The Admissions Game is Broken

As someone who "won" in the Admissions Game I feel pretty qualified to say I think the process is broken.  I would actually be the poster child for the counter argument to this article; I came from a poor family, obtained admission to several elite universities, and now am in the top few % in terms of income.  

I am still involved in the college admission process.  I interview prospective students for Princeton.  It's a casual conversation but usually the topic turns into what extra-curricular activities the student is involved in.  Usually, its a very, very long list.  I am often left wondering to myself how much depth this student could have gotten in any one area  I further wonder what expense must have been spent to get them so involved.  

I couldn't agree more with the last quote in the article:
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The Admissions Game is Broken

As someone who "won" in the Admissions Game I feel pretty qualified to say I think the process is broken.  I would actually be the poster child for the counter argument to this article; I came from a poor family, obtained admission to several elite universities, and now am in the top few % in terms of income.  

I am still involved in the college admission process.  I interview prospective students for Princeton.  It's a casual conversation but usually the topic turns into what extra-curricular activities the student is involved in.  Usually, its a very, very long list.  I am often left wondering to myself how much depth this student could have gotten in any one area  I further wonder what expense must have been spent to get them so involved.  

I couldn't agree more with the last quote in the article:

“Working at Denny's teaches a lot of skills,” he contends. “This type of service work is not valued in the admissions process.”

Before Princeton, I had jobs at a restaurant, an amusement park, and at a video store.  All these experiences had way more effect on me as a person than 80% of the many, many extra-curriculars I was involved in.  

Should there be changes to the college admissions process?  How would you like to see it changed?


http://finance.yahoo.com/news/admissions-process-exacerbates-income-inequality--william-deresiewicz-123520548.html___

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2014-08-15 23:14:32 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)

Checking out the new stadium

Checking out the new stadium___

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2014-08-04 19:41:22 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)

Not True ... Ooops

So when I saw this article by +VentureBeat  I was going to post it here and tell people that despite having all these ways to "goof off" at work you would be surprised how little people actually goof off at work.  In my year and a half here I've tried numerous times to get people to go take a small break with me to go bowl or something similar with no luck.  My coworkers just take work too seriously.

But then, as I started looking through the pictures, I realized, one of them is actually of me!  I actually remember when the picture was taken and thought it was very odd that someone was took a random picture of me but thought nothing of it til now.  

To be fair,  "goofing off" isn't an accurate description of what I was doing since there was no work to be doing.  This was taken over the weekend.  If anything showsthe gen... more »

Not True ... Ooops

So when I saw this article by +VentureBeat  I was going to post it here and tell people that despite having all these ways to "goof off" at work you would be surprised how little people actually goof off at work.  In my year and a half here I've tried numerous times to get people to go take a small break with me to go bowl or something similar with no luck.  My coworkers just take work too seriously.

But then, as I started looking through the pictures, I realized, one of them is actually of me!  I actually remember when the picture was taken and thought it was very odd that someone was took a random picture of me but thought nothing of it til now.  

To be fair,  "goofing off" isn't an accurate description of what I was doing since there was no work to be doing.  This was taken over the weekend.  If anything shows the genius of the situation since Google actually got me to come to work over the weekend.  But still, I found it funny that they captured me an article I was going to comment on.    

http://venturebeat.com/2014/08/02/a-visit-to-the-googleplex-shows-off-all-of-the-ways-you-can-goof-off-at-work-photo-gallery/___

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2014-07-10 00:59:15 (127 comments, 4 reshares, 75 +1s)

Fool You Once ...

I didn't think it would happen when Free Agency started but now I believe Lebron James has to be heading back to Cleveland.   The reason?  Given that all the moves that Cleveland has made to free up room for Lebron, given all the speculation that is happening and how long he has let it go on, how cruel would it be for him to play with the emotions of his hometown twice and leave them at the altar?

As a Laker fan, would love to see him in Purple and Gold but that's a complete pipe dream.  I do think he should leave Miami as I don't think they can restock enough to compete.  I think Cleveland is all wrong for Lebron as I think the bridge was burned and I think it would be hypocritical for him to go back there.  But perhaps he is able to overlook that.  Don't underestimate the appeal of going home.  

Where do you think Lebron isgoing ... more »

Fool You Once ...

I didn't think it would happen when Free Agency started but now I believe Lebron James has to be heading back to Cleveland.   The reason?  Given that all the moves that Cleveland has made to free up room for Lebron, given all the speculation that is happening and how long he has let it go on, how cruel would it be for him to play with the emotions of his hometown twice and leave them at the altar?

As a Laker fan, would love to see him in Purple and Gold but that's a complete pipe dream.  I do think he should leave Miami as I don't think they can restock enough to compete.  I think Cleveland is all wrong for Lebron as I think the bridge was burned and I think it would be hypocritical for him to go back there.  But perhaps he is able to overlook that.  Don't underestimate the appeal of going home.  

Where do you think Lebron is going to end up?___

2014-07-08 20:33:27 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)

World Cup

It was all fun and games when it was 4-0.  But this is getting ridiculous.    Is there some sort of mercy rule in Soccer?

World Cup

It was all fun and games when it was 4-0.  But this is getting ridiculous.    Is there some sort of mercy rule in Soccer?___

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2014-07-07 17:33:11 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s)

This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things

One of the big reasons I've posted a lot less frequently than I used to is because of how others might react if I say something controversial.  If you have followed me for a while, you know that I am probably best known for giving my opinion on tech news and trying, to the best of my ability, to be unbiased in my analysis. 

But as soon as I started working for Google, things changed for me.  Not things like how I feel about anything related to Google, but how others might see my words and react to it.   There are still things about Google that I don't agree with.  There are products I think are clearly inferior to the competition or things about the company I would like to change.  

This weekend, the news picked up an article written by a Googler, (which I won't link to as to not add to the fire) whichbasic... more »

This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things

One of the big reasons I've posted a lot less frequently than I used to is because of how others might react if I say something controversial.  If you have followed me for a while, you know that I am probably best known for giving my opinion on tech news and trying, to the best of my ability, to be unbiased in my analysis. 

But as soon as I started working for Google, things changed for me.  Not things like how I feel about anything related to Google, but how others might see my words and react to it.   There are still things about Google that I don't agree with.  There are products I think are clearly inferior to the competition or things about the company I would like to change.  

This weekend, the news picked up an article written by a Googler, (which I won't link to as to not add to the fire) which basically said that Google suffers from some big company problems.  Specifically that the company has blind spots created because of the confidence its employees have in their success.  Not sure why this is newsworthy other than the news agencies having a slow news cycle but there you have it.  Seriously, do any of you think for a second that Google is immune to Big Company Problems?

So if any of you miss my terribly insightful tech commentary its because I'm certain that at some point, just like this example, something I write will be either taken out of context or cause an overreaction resulting in sensationalistic headlines.  Since I'm not terribly interesting outside of my thoughts on Tech (I'm sure you can only get so many cute dog pictures a week) you get my relative silence.  ___

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2014-06-27 15:47:58 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 27 +1s)

A Bit Too Far

I love Dogs, I love Game of Thrones, but if I ever do something like this, please shoot me.  

http://geekologie.com/2014/06/because-this-is-the-internet-pugs-dresse.php

Hopefully this doens't give my wife any ideas with our dog.  Do you think this is cute or crazy?

A Bit Too Far

I love Dogs, I love Game of Thrones, but if I ever do something like this, please shoot me.  

http://geekologie.com/2014/06/because-this-is-the-internet-pugs-dresse.php

Hopefully this doens't give my wife any ideas with our dog.  Do you think this is cute or crazy?___

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2014-06-14 21:00:39 (25 comments, 0 reshares, 30 +1s)

Greeting Niceness with Rudeness

On my way to my car after an In-N-Out meal I bumped into a lady carrying a milkshake.  It was one of those incidents where there was really no fault of anybody involved and we both ended up losing.  She lost her milkshake.  I got milkshake all over my shoes. 

I immediately apologized and then I asked her if I could buy her another one.  Her reply to me was. 

"I certainly think so.  I haven't even had any of it yet."

Now it wasn't so much what she said as how she said it.  She said it with such indignation and a sense of entitlement that it really turned me off.  I instantly regretted my offer; not that I care about the $2 it would cost me but I honestly didn't feel like being nice to someone like this.  

A woman, who I assumed to be her daughter, came up and told her that it wasclearly n... more »

Greeting Niceness with Rudeness

On my way to my car after an In-N-Out meal I bumped into a lady carrying a milkshake.  It was one of those incidents where there was really no fault of anybody involved and we both ended up losing.  She lost her milkshake.  I got milkshake all over my shoes. 

I immediately apologized and then I asked her if I could buy her another one.  Her reply to me was. 

"I certainly think so.  I haven't even had any of it yet."

Now it wasn't so much what she said as how she said it.  She said it with such indignation and a sense of entitlement that it really turned me off.  I instantly regretted my offer; not that I care about the $2 it would cost me but I honestly didn't feel like being nice to someone like this.  

A woman, who I assumed to be her daughter, came up and told her that it was clearly nobody's fault and that  In-N-Out would probably just replace it.   The gentleman in me would have normally made sure that this woman got herself a new milkshake or I would have paid for one but right then I decided I was off the hook so I left. 

It baffles me why anyone would greet my offer with such rudeness.  It wasn't as if she lost something extremely valuable or irreplaceable nor was it that I hadn't offered to make her whole.  Why do you think people behave this way?  What would you have done?___

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2014-05-30 18:28:55 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 63 +1s)

Always a Puppy in My Eyes

I took this picture of Gadget a week ago.  And even though he is almost 3 years old, I always think of him as a puppy.  Perhaps he really does look that way at times.  Perhaps its his playful energy that never seems to run out.  Most likely, It's just me looking at him through a loving parent's eyes.  

Do you see your dog the same way?

#fidofriday  

Always a Puppy in My Eyes

I took this picture of Gadget a week ago.  And even though he is almost 3 years old, I always think of him as a puppy.  Perhaps he really does look that way at times.  Perhaps its his playful energy that never seems to run out.  Most likely, It's just me looking at him through a loving parent's eyes.  

Do you see your dog the same way?

#fidofriday  ___

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2014-05-28 02:20:25 (11 comments, 4 reshares, 45 +1s)

Don't Obsess on the Core

Just this weekend, someone asked me what I liked most about working for Google.  I mentioned the smart people, great food, and a host of other things.  But at the top of the list is the fact that Google doesn't seem to get that it's a search engine company. 

We work on a problem because we think it is interesting and that it will have significant impact.  In my short time here, I've seen us make decisions to the benefit of our users and the detriment to the business more times than all the time I've spent at other companies.  One of the things I have witnessed first hand at other companies is the inability to actually go and do things outside their core business.  It's easy for companies who are in the #1 position to kind of take that for granted.  I know, I worked at Microsoft and saw it first hand. At Google, you see thissort o... more »

Don't Obsess on the Core

Just this weekend, someone asked me what I liked most about working for Google.  I mentioned the smart people, great food, and a host of other things.  But at the top of the list is the fact that Google doesn't seem to get that it's a search engine company. 

We work on a problem because we think it is interesting and that it will have significant impact.  In my short time here, I've seen us make decisions to the benefit of our users and the detriment to the business more times than all the time I've spent at other companies.  One of the things I have witnessed first hand at other companies is the inability to actually go and do things outside their core business.  It's easy for companies who are in the #1 position to kind of take that for granted.  I know, I worked at Microsoft and saw it first hand. At Google, you see this sort of thing a lot less. 

Well, we are at it again.  It's one thing to retrofit cars to be self driving.  It's completely another to build one from the ground up.   This is something that is not in Google's "core competency" but why should that be a blocker?  Why should some small little fact stop you from doing something as impactful and awesome as this?

Full post here:

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/just-press-go-designing-self-driving.html___

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2014-05-13 18:18:03 (28 comments, 8 reshares, 19 +1s)

Hack Your Sodastream the Easy Way

If you like carbonated drinks, a Sodastream can be a good investment except for one small detail.  The markup for what is essentially air is ridiculous.  The canister you see below would cost you $30 to fill with air.  There are various hacks that let you fill the bottle with air you would get from a paint ball gun but I couldn't be bothered with that so I went another route which I will describe below. 

The problem with the bottle is that the nozzle is proprietary, so you can't actually take it to a store to get it easily refilled.  First, I completely emptied the bottle of any gas.  I took a wrench and unscrewed the top.  The first time I did this, it took some effort but now I can do it without too much strain.  

After that, I just bought some dry ice.  Dry ice is essentially just solid CO2 which, as it comes up toroom tem... more »

Hack Your Sodastream the Easy Way

If you like carbonated drinks, a Sodastream can be a good investment except for one small detail.  The markup for what is essentially air is ridiculous.  The canister you see below would cost you $30 to fill with air.  There are various hacks that let you fill the bottle with air you would get from a paint ball gun but I couldn't be bothered with that so I went another route which I will describe below. 

The problem with the bottle is that the nozzle is proprietary, so you can't actually take it to a store to get it easily refilled.  First, I completely emptied the bottle of any gas.  I took a wrench and unscrewed the top.  The first time I did this, it took some effort but now I can do it without too much strain.  

After that, I just bought some dry ice.  Dry ice is essentially just solid CO2 which, as it comes up to room temperature, will just turn into a gas.  This is the same CO2 that Sodastream will charge you $30.  The equivalent amount of Dry Ice should cost you less than $3.  I crush the dry ice, get a funnel, and put it into the canister.  This can be a little bit tricky at first but once you get the hang of it, it really is pretty easy.  I close the top and viola, I just refilled my Sodastream for 10% of the cost.  Just be careful.  As you can see, the bottle can get pretty cold.  

Hope you find this useful and let me know if you have any questions.  ___

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2014-05-12 02:15:57 (38 comments, 3 reshares, 91 +1s)

Tyrion Lannister FTW

Seriously awesome performance tonight.  Easily my favorite character in all of Game of Thrones.  Which of course means it is time for him to die.  

Tyrion Lannister FTW

Seriously awesome performance tonight.  Easily my favorite character in all of Game of Thrones.  Which of course means it is time for him to die.  ___

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2014-05-08 19:29:22 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)

Good Ride.  Bad Ending

Participated in Bike to Work Day along with about 50 other Googlers coming in from my area.  Had a great time and the ride was successful.  The dismount from the bike, less so.  

I hadn't clipped in for the majority of the ride because we were riding pretty slowly and with an inexperienced group.  I had somehow clipped in on what side one pedal right when I was pulling into my office.  And, well, for those that ride often you know the rest of the story.  Yank the leg, it doesn't give, and you fall over on your bike.  My right foot not being clipped in meant it went flying and hit the pedal resulting in the nice wounds you see below.  

But hey, I did my part for the Earth today.  What's the big deal if I also have to give a little bit of blood?  Did anyone else ride into work today?

Good Ride.  Bad Ending

Participated in Bike to Work Day along with about 50 other Googlers coming in from my area.  Had a great time and the ride was successful.  The dismount from the bike, less so.  

I hadn't clipped in for the majority of the ride because we were riding pretty slowly and with an inexperienced group.  I had somehow clipped in on what side one pedal right when I was pulling into my office.  And, well, for those that ride often you know the rest of the story.  Yank the leg, it doesn't give, and you fall over on your bike.  My right foot not being clipped in meant it went flying and hit the pedal resulting in the nice wounds you see below.  

But hey, I did my part for the Earth today.  What's the big deal if I also have to give a little bit of blood?  Did anyone else ride into work today?___

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2014-05-07 17:16:55 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)

Costco - Or Where My Paycheck Goes to Die

So yesterday I made a post about how awesome Google Shopping Express is.  There is yet another reason you should consider using it.  The amount of money you can save from not browsing around can be significant. 

Despite my love for Shopping Express and the fact that it delivers from Costco, I still went into Costco yesterday to check out an item I wasn't sure I wanted to buy.  It cost about $25.  

What I walked out with was quite different.  I ended up spending $200.  This seems to be a pretty standard occurrence for me.  I tend to think that in life we have way too many things.  I'm actively trying to figure out how I can reduce the amount of "stuff" I own.  But even so, I still find myself in situations like this where I end up spending way more than I intended when I walk into the store. 
So... more »

Costco - Or Where My Paycheck Goes to Die

So yesterday I made a post about how awesome Google Shopping Express is.  There is yet another reason you should consider using it.  The amount of money you can save from not browsing around can be significant. 

Despite my love for Shopping Express and the fact that it delivers from Costco, I still went into Costco yesterday to check out an item I wasn't sure I wanted to buy.  It cost about $25.  

What I walked out with was quite different.  I ended up spending $200.  This seems to be a pretty standard occurrence for me.  I tend to think that in life we have way too many things.  I'm actively trying to figure out how I can reduce the amount of "stuff" I own.  But even so, I still find myself in situations like this where I end up spending way more than I intended when I walk into the store. 

So I think things like Shopping Express are good for the consumers probably bad for retailers if my behavior is repeated by others.  Do you think this will end up being bad for retailers or will people always end up finding a way to spend their money or more stuff?___

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2014-05-06 14:56:47 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 12 +1s)

What Are You Waiting For?

Seriously, to all my friends in West LA and Manhattan, you should sign up for this as soon as you can. Liz Lui and I describe having this service as having little house elves do our shopping for us and that's pretty much what it is like. If you hate doing chore shopping as much as I do, you will wonder how you ever lived without this after they make their first delivery.

http://googlecommerce.blogspot.com/2014/05/google-shopping-express-expands-same.html

What Are You Waiting For?

Seriously, to all my friends in West LA and Manhattan, you should sign up for this as soon as you can. Liz Lui and I describe having this service as having little house elves do our shopping for us and that's pretty much what it is like. If you hate doing chore shopping as much as I do, you will wonder how you ever lived without this after they make their first delivery.

http://googlecommerce.blogspot.com/2014/05/google-shopping-express-expands-same.html___

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2014-05-02 18:58:10 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 30 +1s)

Only Time For One Thing

Haven't had a lot of time to post very often.  The only thing I seem to have time for anymore these days is the dog.  I wonder if he knows he is getting in the way of my posting?

Happy #fidofriday

Only Time For One Thing

Haven't had a lot of time to post very often.  The only thing I seem to have time for anymore these days is the dog.  I wonder if he knows he is getting in the way of my posting?

Happy #fidofriday___

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2014-04-25 13:18:31 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

Ahead of the Curve

I was an Economics Major from Princeton.  If you read the article, than you would have guessed that I went into Finance since it states about half of my peer group did.  I can tell you that for people in my major, this is much higher and I'm actually struggling to think of more than a handful of people who didn't go into finance.  

When I started at Princeton, I chose Economics for this exact reason.  I was pretty certain I would go for a prestige position like Investment Banker.  But as I talked to more and more people about it, it became clear, it wasn't for me.  

Everyone I talked to told me how horrific the hours were.  The justification for doing it was always that reward at the end of the tunnel, the big paycheck.  Now don't get me wrong, I like money as much as the next guy but to me the "cost" ofgetting... more »

Ahead of the Curve

I was an Economics Major from Princeton.  If you read the article, than you would have guessed that I went into Finance since it states about half of my peer group did.  I can tell you that for people in my major, this is much higher and I'm actually struggling to think of more than a handful of people who didn't go into finance.  

When I started at Princeton, I chose Economics for this exact reason.  I was pretty certain I would go for a prestige position like Investment Banker.  But as I talked to more and more people about it, it became clear, it wasn't for me.  

Everyone I talked to told me how horrific the hours were.  The justification for doing it was always that reward at the end of the tunnel, the big paycheck.  Now don't get me wrong, I like money as much as the next guy but to me the "cost" of getting it just didn't seem to justify it.  I was looking for any other reason, any at all, about why they chose that path and I never got a good answer.  

So I chose a different road.  I went down a tech path long before it was cool.  And while I will probably never command the crazy money that some of my friends will I'm still doing pretty well (and in fact better than most).  

Looking back, the choice seems so obvious.  I get paid more than enough to live a comfortable lifestyle.  I have a very flexible work life which allows me to take time off in the middle of the day to go run an errand or work from home if it is required.  I work hard and sometimes long hours but most of that is within my control.  If any student came looking to me for advice I honestly couldn't make a very good argument that they should go down the finance path.

And so I see the trend of other young highly talented people shunning Wall Street growing even more.  Sure, some people will make the choice that trying to get that big payday will justify it but most will see it just isn't worth it.  I'm just glad I had the foresight to realize this when I did. 

If your child came to you looking for advice on this, what would you tell them to do? 

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/-the-bargain-has-changed--on-wall-street-and-young-people-don-t-like-it--kevin-roose-210335431.html___

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2014-04-21 00:56:52 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 54 +1s)

Silver Linings

I hate traveling.  In my former life, I used to do it a lot and didn't mind it as much but now that I'm older, it definitely wears on me. 

The one bright spot I have now though is that at least when I travel, the hotels have HBO which allows me to watch Game of Thrones.  I'm actually up to date this season thanks to ahem other means but will finally be able to watch GOT legitimately when it airs.  

If you hate traveling, what's your bright spot when you are forced to?  For you Game of Thrones fans, what do you think of it so far this season?  

Please Avoid Spoilers

Silver Linings

I hate traveling.  In my former life, I used to do it a lot and didn't mind it as much but now that I'm older, it definitely wears on me. 

The one bright spot I have now though is that at least when I travel, the hotels have HBO which allows me to watch Game of Thrones.  I'm actually up to date this season thanks to ahem other means but will finally be able to watch GOT legitimately when it airs.  

If you hate traveling, what's your bright spot when you are forced to?  For you Game of Thrones fans, what do you think of it so far this season?  

Please Avoid Spoilers___

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2014-04-18 20:57:59 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

Super Size Me

Is it really any wonder why we have weight problems in the US? These were the Slurpee cups circa 1975. A whole 12 ounces. I wonder if 7-11 out these out now what would people say. Would people be upset because they would feel they were getting a worse deal?

Super Size Me

Is it really any wonder why we have weight problems in the US? These were the Slurpee cups circa 1975. A whole 12 ounces. I wonder if 7-11 out these out now what would people say. Would people be upset because they would feel they were getting a worse deal?___

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2014-04-14 23:07:40 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)

The Perks of LA

I'm not saying I would want to move back to LA, but I have to admit that this is one of the nicer perks if you work for Google here is that you are only a block away from the beach.   That of course means you have to have a place to park your board.  

The Perks of LA

I'm not saying I would want to move back to LA, but I have to admit that this is one of the nicer perks if you work for Google here is that you are only a block away from the beach.   That of course means you have to have a place to park your board.  ___

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2014-04-07 16:30:50 (21 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)

I Know, I Know!

The other night when I was out to dinner I overheard the conversation of a family sitting next to us.  The mother had asked the children whether or not the glass she had with water and ice would overflow as the ice melted.  

The kids started to throw out all sorts of theories.  Most of them were wrong.  Now, I don't know if the mother knew the correct answer or not, but she let the kids debate it and didn't say a word.  She didn't tell them the right answer when the kids inevitably came to the wrong conclusion.  I don't know why, but this bothered me a lot.  I had to hold myself back from jumping in and explaining to the kids what the actual science behind it was.  

Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation?  Do you get that terrible urge to jump in and explain things when it is probably really none of yourconcern?... more »

I Know, I Know!

The other night when I was out to dinner I overheard the conversation of a family sitting next to us.  The mother had asked the children whether or not the glass she had with water and ice would overflow as the ice melted.  

The kids started to throw out all sorts of theories.  Most of them were wrong.  Now, I don't know if the mother knew the correct answer or not, but she let the kids debate it and didn't say a word.  She didn't tell them the right answer when the kids inevitably came to the wrong conclusion.  I don't know why, but this bothered me a lot.  I had to hold myself back from jumping in and explaining to the kids what the actual science behind it was.  

Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation?  Do you get that terrible urge to jump in and explain things when it is probably really none of your concern?___

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2014-03-28 19:22:31 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)

Ready For the Weekend

I know Gadget is ready for the weekend and so is his owner.  It can't come fast enough ...

How about you, are ready for the weekend?

#fidofriday  

Ready For the Weekend

I know Gadget is ready for the weekend and so is his owner.  It can't come fast enough ...

How about you, are ready for the weekend?

#fidofriday  ___

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2014-03-20 20:18:26 (15 comments, 2 reshares, 49 +1s)

Un-Frickin Believable

Best Puzzle Solve Ever.   Part of me thinks something fishy is going on here because this is just too unbelievable. 

Have you ever seen a better guess in your life?

Wheel of Fortune: Amazing Bonus Round Solve!

Un-Frickin Believable

Best Puzzle Solve Ever.   Part of me thinks something fishy is going on here because this is just too unbelievable. 

Have you ever seen a better guess in your life?

Wheel of Fortune: Amazing Bonus Round Solve!___

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2014-03-14 17:05:27 (20 comments, 12 reshares, 285 +1s)

Beach Day

Recently took Gadget to Fort Funston Dog Beach.  It always surprises me how much he loves the beach considering how much he hates the water.  He stays at the water's edge and runs away every time the waves come in.  But he just loves the sand and he loves chasing other dogs ... until they go into the water.  

Does your dog like the beach?

#fidofriday

Beach Day

Recently took Gadget to Fort Funston Dog Beach.  It always surprises me how much he loves the beach considering how much he hates the water.  He stays at the water's edge and runs away every time the waves come in.  But he just loves the sand and he loves chasing other dogs ... until they go into the water.  

Does your dog like the beach?

#fidofriday___

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2014-03-13 15:27:06 (39 comments, 3 reshares, 26 +1s)

Amazon Value Waning

Amazon announced today that they will be raising the price of their Prime Membership from $79 to $99.  Coincidentally, I've had a story about how for me the value proposition of Amazon has been diminishing  so now is as good as a time as ever to talk about it. 

Over the last year or two, I've found myself using Amazon less and less.  Part of this occurred when they started applying CA sales tax.  I didn't think it would affect me as much as it did, and actually thought it was fair so I'm not complaining, but if I had to pinpoint a moment that would be the start. 

From there, I started to notice that the price advantage, even ignoring the tax, just wasn't there.  I feel like either the brick and mortar stores around me were starting to get more aggressive or that Amazon  just wasn't discounting as much as it used to. A Prim... more »

Amazon Value Waning

Amazon announced today that they will be raising the price of their Prime Membership from $79 to $99.  Coincidentally, I've had a story about how for me the value proposition of Amazon has been diminishing  so now is as good as a time as ever to talk about it. 

Over the last year or two, I've found myself using Amazon less and less.  Part of this occurred when they started applying CA sales tax.  I didn't think it would affect me as much as it did, and actually thought it was fair so I'm not complaining, but if I had to pinpoint a moment that would be the start. 

From there, I started to notice that the price advantage, even ignoring the tax, just wasn't there.  I feel like either the brick and mortar stores around me were starting to get more aggressive or that Amazon  just wasn't discounting as much as it used to.  A Prime example (pun intended)  of this was that recently I was in the market for a new TV.  I checked Amazon and I checked the local stores and at the end of the day I ended up going to Costco.  Why?

  1.  The price was the same
  2.  I could have the TV that day
  3.  If I had to return it, it would be much less of a hassle
  4.  Costco throws on an additional year to the warranty

Considering I bought my previous TV from Amazon and was happy with the whole experience I will admit I was shocked I went down this path.  

And finally, I feel like one of the main reasons I have always been a loyal Amazon customer was that I loved the selection it had.  But again, I feel like lately this hasn't been the case and it's a situation I feel like is odd.  I feel like most of the time, when I want to buy something on Amazon, my options are actually kind of limited.  A lot of my "choices" boil down to buying something from a 3rd party which is actually not what I want to do.  

I'm not sure that this price hike is the nail in the coffin but it definitely doesn't help.  I prefer Netflix over the Prime offerings so that isn't compelling to me.  The two day delivery is very nice but I find that I generally spend more than $35 on Amazon anyway and I usually don't need it in a rush.  Further, now that I have access to Google Shopping Express, I find that that is actually a lot more convenient. 

What are your feelings on Amazon?  Do you find your love/loyalty going down lately?  Does this price hike change your opinion at all?___

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2014-03-11 18:11:04 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 49 +1s)

One Year Google Anniversary

Today is my one year Google Anniversary.  It actually seems kind of nuts that it has already been a year because it went by so fast.  

Reflecting on the past year I have to say it's been pretty good.  It hasn't been perfect, and at times it was downright difficult, but experience has taught me that there are few if any jobs that are perfect.  The advice I would give to anybody about this is that it is important to recognize this simple fact and then work toward getting the right balance for you.  There are certainly things that are deal breakers, and you should recognize in yourself what those are, but not everything should be brought to that level.   For me the positives of scope, stability, resources, and people outweigh the politics and inefficiencies involved with large companies.  

I think a younger version of me wouldlet th... more »

One Year Google Anniversary

Today is my one year Google Anniversary.  It actually seems kind of nuts that it has already been a year because it went by so fast.  

Reflecting on the past year I have to say it's been pretty good.  It hasn't been perfect, and at times it was downright difficult, but experience has taught me that there are few if any jobs that are perfect.  The advice I would give to anybody about this is that it is important to recognize this simple fact and then work toward getting the right balance for you.  There are certainly things that are deal breakers, and you should recognize in yourself what those are, but not everything should be brought to that level.   For me the positives of scope, stability, resources, and people outweigh the politics and inefficiencies involved with large companies.  

I think a younger version of me would let the latter ruin what is otherwise a good situation.  I think we can all be prone to focusing on the negative and otherwise letting it obscure the positive.  And believe me, working from Google is pretty awesome.  One of my biggest gripes this week was that it was too crowded to get some sashimi at the new cafe that just opened. 

But besides the perks, which really aren't the best part of Google, I just like the company.  It's difficult to really understand from the outside how hard Google works to do the right thing.  That's not to say we don't make mistakes but at the individual level I can tell you that people genuinely care.  

So here is to my first year.  Hopefully it is the first of many more.  ___

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2014-02-23 17:54:52 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)

Heroes Reborn

Looks like Tim Kring is going to do a mini-series of the once wildly-popular television series Heroes.  New story lines.  New characters.  Probably some nostalgia sprinkled in. 

I have mixed feelings about the whole thing.  I was a huge fan of the show in its first season.  So much so that at one time I had a blog about it.  But things quickly went south during the second season when the story got too convoluted and the characters suddenly lost all sense. 

Would love to see the show have a rebirth of sorts.  Was sad as the series tanked and relieved it was put out of its misery when it was but now somewhat hopeful that a reboot could do it some good.  

Are you happy or horrified that heroes is making a comeback?  What were your thoughts on the original series?

Heroes Reborn: 2015

Heroes Reborn

Looks like Tim Kring is going to do a mini-series of the once wildly-popular television series Heroes.  New story lines.  New characters.  Probably some nostalgia sprinkled in. 

I have mixed feelings about the whole thing.  I was a huge fan of the show in its first season.  So much so that at one time I had a blog about it.  But things quickly went south during the second season when the story got too convoluted and the characters suddenly lost all sense. 

Would love to see the show have a rebirth of sorts.  Was sad as the series tanked and relieved it was put out of its misery when it was but now somewhat hopeful that a reboot could do it some good.  

Are you happy or horrified that heroes is making a comeback?  What were your thoughts on the original series?

Heroes Reborn: 2015___

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2014-02-20 00:45:01 (270 comments, 606 reshares, 2803 +1s)

Game Of Thrones Street Art

HBO hired some artist to create this street art on a London Street.  Totally awesome.  Who else is psyched about this upcoming season?

Game Of Thrones Street Art

HBO hired some artist to create this street art on a London Street.  Totally awesome.  Who else is psyched about this upcoming season?___

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2014-02-17 17:35:57 (26 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)

Mount Rushmore of Tech

In honor of President's day I think it would be interesting to talk about who belongs on the Tech Company Mount Rushmore.  At first I thought this was going to be a pretty easy exercise but as I thought about what I meant about this it became much harder.  So here are a few ground rules:

*  Remember this is All-Time.  Not just right now.  So companies in the past are just as valid as companies now depending on their contributions
*  This is about companies.  Not individuals.  
* You can define what significance and importance any way you want but please explain

For me the first two come really easy.  The last two, not so much.  

* Microsoft
* Google
* Bell Labs
* Facebook

Just missing the list are Intel, Amazon, Apple, HP, Oracle.  If it were possible I would have put Richard Stallmanor Linus T... more »

Mount Rushmore of Tech

In honor of President's day I think it would be interesting to talk about who belongs on the Tech Company Mount Rushmore.  At first I thought this was going to be a pretty easy exercise but as I thought about what I meant about this it became much harder.  So here are a few ground rules:

*  Remember this is All-Time.  Not just right now.  So companies in the past are just as valid as companies now depending on their contributions
*  This is about companies.  Not individuals.  
* You can define what significance and importance any way you want but please explain

For me the first two come really easy.  The last two, not so much.  

* Microsoft
* Google
* Bell Labs
* Facebook

Just missing the list are Intel, Amazon, Apple, HP, Oracle.  If it were possible I would have put Richard Stallman or Linus Torvalds up there but like I said, this is about companies.  A quick explanation of my thinking and then on to the debate. 

As I think about the evolution of tech these are the four that come to mind.  At the highest of levels, I think of the path to be about the mutli-user client server model that Unix ushered in.  The personal computing world of Windows, the internet that Google helped organize, and the Social world we now live in dominated by Facebook.  

While I don't think any of these companies did it alone or it could be argued were the most important in bringing these eras to life, they are the ones that jump to the top of my mind, for good or bad, as I think about each of these eras.  

So which companies do you think belong on the Mount Rushmore of Technology?___

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2014-02-07 14:29:27 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)

I'm a Trivia Junkie

I know way too much about things that generally don't matter to most people. 

The other day, the Lakers started a game with 8 healthy player.  During the game, 2 players got injured and one play fouled out which left the Lakers with only 5.  Then, one of their players committed his 6th foul thus also fouling out.  What would happen?

It seems that most of the players and the coach of the Lakers didn't know the rules.  I found this strange because I did.  The rules state that you can't have less than 5 players on the court at any one time and thus if a player fouls out he is allowed to stay in the game with the additional penalty of a technical foul given.  

My wife +Liz Lui often asks me seemingly random questions because she says the chances I know some bit of trivia is pretty high.  I guess this proves herright.  ... more »

I'm a Trivia Junkie

I know way too much about things that generally don't matter to most people. 

The other day, the Lakers started a game with 8 healthy player.  During the game, 2 players got injured and one play fouled out which left the Lakers with only 5.  Then, one of their players committed his 6th foul thus also fouling out.  What would happen?

It seems that most of the players and the coach of the Lakers didn't know the rules.  I found this strange because I did.  The rules state that you can't have less than 5 players on the court at any one time and thus if a player fouls out he is allowed to stay in the game with the additional penalty of a technical foul given.  

My wife +Liz Lui often asks me seemingly random questions because she says the chances I know some bit of trivia is pretty high.  I guess this proves her right.  Clearly if the people's whose job is to know basketball in and out don't know this but I do, I'm clearly spending too much time learning minutiae.  

Do you know too much trivia?  Any subject in particular?
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/07/sports/basketball/hobbled-by-injuries-and-with-bench-empty-lakers-are-saved-by-a-technicality.html?_r=0___

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2014-02-03 17:53:59 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)

Attitude is Everything

The following things have occurred in the last few days

•  A particularly scary event that caused me to get a few stitches.  
•  The inability to sleep due to pain because of said event
•   A Super Bowl that was in every way very boring
•   A cancelled, early-morning flight that was announced the minute I arrived at the airport
•   No flights out on that airline today making it difficult for me to get a refund
•   A new flight that is now delayed twice and I'm guessing has a high chance of not leaving

Despite all of that, I've decided not to let any of this get me down.  In general, that's pretty much how I approach life.   The reverse is actually kind of true too.  I'm fortunate in that I get a lot of great things happening in my life but I try to keep as even a keel in my attitudeas I possibly can.  T... more »

Attitude is Everything

The following things have occurred in the last few days

•  A particularly scary event that caused me to get a few stitches.  
•  The inability to sleep due to pain because of said event
•   A Super Bowl that was in every way very boring
•   A cancelled, early-morning flight that was announced the minute I arrived at the airport
•   No flights out on that airline today making it difficult for me to get a refund
•   A new flight that is now delayed twice and I'm guessing has a high chance of not leaving

Despite all of that, I've decided not to let any of this get me down.  In general, that's pretty much how I approach life.   The reverse is actually kind of true too.  I'm fortunate in that I get a lot of great things happening in my life but I try to keep as even a keel in my attitude as I possibly can.  Taking this approach, i can honestly say that it I think my life is happier than it would otherwise be.  

I'm not saying it was easy to get here.  It is much more than just "willing" yourself here as some would have you believe.  It really is just a matter of getting enough experience in your life to have perspective. 

How is your attitude today?___

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2014-02-03 02:21:33 (197 comments, 16 reshares, 258 +1s)

Worst Super Bowl Ever

Unless you are a Seahawks fan, this has got to be one of the worst Super Bowls ever.  If you have no rooting interest in either team, all you can hope for is a competitive game.  But Denver has just fallen apart.   It's almost comical how many things have gone wrong for them.   Pregame, I would have said this one was going to be great.  Really loved some of the matchups and thought the teams would play it pretty even.  Couldn't have been more wrong.  

Do you agree?  Is this one of the worst Super Bowls you can remember?

Worst Super Bowl Ever

Unless you are a Seahawks fan, this has got to be one of the worst Super Bowls ever.  If you have no rooting interest in either team, all you can hope for is a competitive game.  But Denver has just fallen apart.   It's almost comical how many things have gone wrong for them.   Pregame, I would have said this one was going to be great.  Really loved some of the matchups and thought the teams would play it pretty even.  Couldn't have been more wrong.  

Do you agree?  Is this one of the worst Super Bowls you can remember?___

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2014-02-02 17:44:56 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)

Sticking to Previous Choices

J.K. Rowling has said in an interview that she made a mistake in pairing Ron and Hermione.  This of course has a lot of fans up in arms.   Frankly, I agree with her.  Always seemed strange and a little bit forced that Hermione ended up with Ron  And quite frankly, I never understood why Harry ended up with Ginny.  

She admits that she wrote it that way because that's how she first imagined it.  I think we have all been in situations where we have made one decision an stuck with it even if it later proves not to be the best one.  In this particular case, I'm sure that as the story evolved, and the series became a bigger success than she could have ever hoped for, she clung to the idea as she first imagined it perhaps in a hope to stay true to the story.  However, storytelling is fluid and she just failed to recognize that she had takenthese c... more »

Sticking to Previous Choices

J.K. Rowling has said in an interview that she made a mistake in pairing Ron and Hermione.  This of course has a lot of fans up in arms.   Frankly, I agree with her.  Always seemed strange and a little bit forced that Hermione ended up with Ron  And quite frankly, I never understood why Harry ended up with Ginny.  

She admits that she wrote it that way because that's how she first imagined it.  I think we have all been in situations where we have made one decision an stuck with it even if it later proves not to be the best one.  In this particular case, I'm sure that as the story evolved, and the series became a bigger success than she could have ever hoped for, she clung to the idea as she first imagined it perhaps in a hope to stay true to the story.  However, storytelling is fluid and she just failed to recognize that she had taken these characters in directions she hadn't first imagined. 

What do you think?  Was it better the way it was written or do you think Rowling is right now and that she made a mistake?




http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/rowling-hermione-married-harry-potter-article-1.1599445___

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2014-01-29 03:03:28 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 29 +1s)

Too Late

It's probably not a good sign when you arrive at the office and nobody is there and then you leave from the office and nobody is there. 

#workinghardforthemoney   #firstinlastout  

Too Late

It's probably not a good sign when you arrive at the office and nobody is there and then you leave from the office and nobody is there. 

#workinghardforthemoney   #firstinlastout  ___

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2014-01-28 17:19:46 (33 comments, 3 reshares, 73 +1s)

Best Actor Ever

I know I'm a little late to the party but I just finished watching Breaking Bad this weekend.  All I can say is wow.  If you don't think Bryan Cranston is one of the best actor's ever, we have nothing else to discuss. 

I was a fan of his after his run on Malcolm in the Middle but the range he showed by playing Walter White is unbelievable.  I don't think people appreciate how difficult it is to play someone who is bad or evil.  Just to add to the challenge do you realize how hard it is to make that character likable?   And then also to possess the skill to be a great comedic actor?

Crazy good.  If you haven't seen it, stop watching whatever it is you are watching and make it a point to watch all of it.  While you are at it, go watch his work on Malcolm in the Middle so you can fully appreciate what I'm talkingabout. ... more »

Best Actor Ever

I know I'm a little late to the party but I just finished watching Breaking Bad this weekend.  All I can say is wow.  If you don't think Bryan Cranston is one of the best actor's ever, we have nothing else to discuss. 

I was a fan of his after his run on Malcolm in the Middle but the range he showed by playing Walter White is unbelievable.  I don't think people appreciate how difficult it is to play someone who is bad or evil.  Just to add to the challenge do you realize how hard it is to make that character likable?   And then also to possess the skill to be a great comedic actor?

Crazy good.  If you haven't seen it, stop watching whatever it is you are watching and make it a point to watch all of it.  While you are at it, go watch his work on Malcolm in the Middle so you can fully appreciate what I'm talking about.  ___

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2014-01-27 17:37:50 (68 comments, 21 reshares, 98 +1s)

The Slow Sad Demise of the Physical Book

I found out the other day that the local Barnes and Nobles I used to go to when in Pasadena has shut its doors.  I'm waiting for the store in San Jose to share in this fate sooner rather than later.  

This coincidentally comes at a time where I have decided that I'm going to read more physical books and has me thinking about the benefits of actual, physical, paper books.  I made the switch recently for two reasons.  

#1 - I believe reading a tablet before I go to bed was probably one cause of my lack of good sleep

#2 - It is too easy on a tablet to stop reading and go do something else.  

While I don't want to be one of those fuddy-duddies who bemoans the end of an era, in this instance I really do think we are losing a great thing.  Sure, there will probably always be someone printing abook ... more »

The Slow Sad Demise of the Physical Book

I found out the other day that the local Barnes and Nobles I used to go to when in Pasadena has shut its doors.  I'm waiting for the store in San Jose to share in this fate sooner rather than later.  

This coincidentally comes at a time where I have decided that I'm going to read more physical books and has me thinking about the benefits of actual, physical, paper books.  I made the switch recently for two reasons.  

#1 - I believe reading a tablet before I go to bed was probably one cause of my lack of good sleep

#2 - It is too easy on a tablet to stop reading and go do something else.  

While I don't want to be one of those fuddy-duddies who bemoans the end of an era, in this instance I really do think we are losing a great thing.  Sure, there will probably always be someone printing a book somewhere.  Much the same way we still have radios even though we now have streaming television.  But the titles available will slowly dwindle until it isn't really practical for the typical person to get one.  

This is terribly short sighted but unfortunately "progress" marches on. I stopped reading books early last year due to the new job.  What I have found to be true since picking it back up is that I actually believe reading physical books makes me smarter.  

To be clear, I don't think my overall volume of reading has increased.  If anything, I think it has decreased.  I am merely talking about a shift from reading articles, stories, and books from my tablet and switching to physical books.  So it's somewhat strange to me that I feel my actual intellectual growth is actually impacted by the medium I choose to consume the content as much as the content itself.  I am finding that when I read a physical book, I'm grasping the concepts better and I'm thinking much more deeply about the subject and its adjacent topics.  

In an ultimate-meta moment, this has got me thinking more deeply about what makes us think deeply.  

Has anyone else noticed this phenomenon?  Do you think there is some merit in what I am talking about?  What do you think are the possible causes?___

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2014-01-20 18:53:34 (66 comments, 19 reshares, 172 +1s)

What Else Did You Expect Microsoft?

Looks like HP is now promoting Windows 7 over Windows 8.  Not sure how anybody didn't see something like this coming.  Despite the fact I still get a pretty hefty discount on my Microsoft Software, you couldn't pay me to put Windows 8 on my machine.  

I was saying over 1.5 years ago how horrible this would go for MS and sure enough, when one of your largest partners does something like this you really have to look hard and wonder what went wrong.  I don't want to denigrate Windows 8 too much, it was the culmination of a lot of people's hard work, but the ultimate decision makers who thought this was a good idea should have some sort of accountability.  

Some part of me thinks someone at Microsoft tried to pull the Apple style product management philosophy that people that people just don't know what theywant... more »

What Else Did You Expect Microsoft?

Looks like HP is now promoting Windows 7 over Windows 8.  Not sure how anybody didn't see something like this coming.  Despite the fact I still get a pretty hefty discount on my Microsoft Software, you couldn't pay me to put Windows 8 on my machine.  

I was saying over 1.5 years ago how horrible this would go for MS and sure enough, when one of your largest partners does something like this you really have to look hard and wonder what went wrong.  I don't want to denigrate Windows 8 too much, it was the culmination of a lot of people's hard work, but the ultimate decision makers who thought this was a good idea should have some sort of accountability.  

Some part of me thinks someone at Microsoft tried to pull the Apple style product management philosophy that people that people just don't know what they want until they have it and that all the criticism of Windows 8 would go away as soon as people saw how wonderful it is.  Clearly Microsoft couldn't pull an Apple in this regard.  

How embarrassing is this for MS?  Do any of you prefer Windows 8 over 7?  Is there any hope for Windows 9 and if so what would it take?

http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/20/5326844/hp-brings-back-windows-7-by-popular-demand___

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2014-01-16 20:10:08 (46 comments, 3 reshares, 34 +1s)

Steve Jobs Biographer:  Google is more innovative

Does anyone actually disagree here? Obviously I have some bias here but I'm not sure how this, right now, is a controversial statement.  

When was the last thing that was done by Apple that was truly innovative?  The iPad and that was released almost 4 years ago.  There have been refinements to the product since then but really nothing that I would qualify as ground-breaking or innovative.  

Compare that with Google and all the projects coming out of Google X (Loon, Self-driving car, Glass, etc) and I don't think there is any contest.  I'm not going to argue that Apple is or isn't winning the mobile battle but innovation of this type is where you are going to be 10-20 years from now and from that perspective I don't think it is even close.    

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101337885
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Steve Jobs Biographer:  Google is more innovative

Does anyone actually disagree here? Obviously I have some bias here but I'm not sure how this, right now, is a controversial statement.  

When was the last thing that was done by Apple that was truly innovative?  The iPad and that was released almost 4 years ago.  There have been refinements to the product since then but really nothing that I would qualify as ground-breaking or innovative.  

Compare that with Google and all the projects coming out of Google X (Loon, Self-driving car, Glass, etc) and I don't think there is any contest.  I'm not going to argue that Apple is or isn't winning the mobile battle but innovation of this type is where you are going to be 10-20 years from now and from that perspective I don't think it is even close.    

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101337885

And Apple Fanboys.  Don't argue with me about the business as it is today.  I only want to hear from you if you have good arguments about the innovation Apple has done that will matter 10+ years from now___

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2014-01-08 17:25:20 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 42 +1s)

Awesome Day At The Beach

While the rest of the US seemed caught up in sub-zero temperatures, we were able to take Gadget out to the Beach this past weekend.  It was a beautiful day and Gadget just loves the beach even if he absolutely hates the ocean.  Thanks to #Autoawesome  you can see just how much he loves being able to frolic in the sand.  

I just love the last frame with his ears flopping in the wind.  What could be cuter than that?

Awesome Day At The Beach

While the rest of the US seemed caught up in sub-zero temperatures, we were able to take Gadget out to the Beach this past weekend.  It was a beautiful day and Gadget just loves the beach even if he absolutely hates the ocean.  Thanks to #Autoawesome  you can see just how much he loves being able to frolic in the sand.  

I just love the last frame with his ears flopping in the wind.  What could be cuter than that?___

2014-01-07 08:52:44 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

Two consecutive nights of insomnia and a 7 am meeting just don't mix. 

Two consecutive nights of insomnia and a 7 am meeting just don't mix. ___

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2014-01-07 02:55:07 (42 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

FSU, You Are Useless

I'm not so much rooting for FSU as I am rooting against the SEC.  Had high hopes that FSU would be the first team in a long time to knock off the SEC but its starting to look like a blowout the wrong way. 

Who are you rooting for?  Anyone think FSU can make a comeback?

FSU, You Are Useless

I'm not so much rooting for FSU as I am rooting against the SEC.  Had high hopes that FSU would be the first team in a long time to knock off the SEC but its starting to look like a blowout the wrong way. 

Who are you rooting for?  Anyone think FSU can make a comeback?___

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2014-01-06 17:17:33 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 56 +1s)

You Know You Have it Good ...

when after a two week break you are actually excited to come back to work. 

Happy New Year everybody.  Looking forward to a great 2014.  

You Know You Have it Good ...

when after a two week break you are actually excited to come back to work. 

Happy New Year everybody.  Looking forward to a great 2014.  ___

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2014-01-01 21:20:23 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 29 +1s)

2013 - My Year in Review

I love Social Media.  Not so much for the same reasons that other people do.  Most people use it as a mechanism to see what their friends and family are up to.  Others just to show off the minutiae of their lives.  I do both but what I love about it is much more how it chronicles my life so well.  Although I don't get overly personal in most of my posts, I still find it extraordinarily useful to look back in the year to see how things went for me. 

The short version is that 2013 was a fantastic year.  It involved a lot of change including moving to a new city and starting a new job but when I look at everything in aggregate I have almost nothing to complain about.  

However, when I think about it, I can only attribute some of this happiness to external factors.  The largest contributor to all of this is an internal peace I'vebeen abl... more »

2013 - My Year in Review

I love Social Media.  Not so much for the same reasons that other people do.  Most people use it as a mechanism to see what their friends and family are up to.  Others just to show off the minutiae of their lives.  I do both but what I love about it is much more how it chronicles my life so well.  Although I don't get overly personal in most of my posts, I still find it extraordinarily useful to look back in the year to see how things went for me. 

The short version is that 2013 was a fantastic year.  It involved a lot of change including moving to a new city and starting a new job but when I look at everything in aggregate I have almost nothing to complain about.  

However, when I think about it, I can only attribute some of this happiness to external factors.  The largest contributor to all of this is an internal peace I've been able to find.  

They often say that what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger and there is some truth in that.  Having gone though several years of killing myself at work, both for someone else and for myself, I have found a better balance.  The better prioritization of my life has resulted in me finding an inner happiness that I don't think I could have achieved otherwise.  

Ironically, I think I'm going to do some of the best work of my career at +Google not because I'm working harder but because I'm working smarter.  Sometimes in life, you can try too hard and that is counterproductive to achieving the goals you have.  

2013 wasn't all perfect.  I definitely miss my friends down in Southern California and I don't get to write or interact as much on Social Media as I would like.  Ironically, I use +Google+  a lot less now than before I started working for Google but I think that may change a little bit as get into a groove at work.  

That sums up my 2013, how did yours play out?

However great I think 2013 was, here is hoping 2014 is even better!

Happy New Years everyone!___

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2013-12-30 23:35:28 (17 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)

Is Hierarchy Really a Bad Thing?

Zappos seems ready to eliminate titles, managers, and hierarchy from their org structure.  Although I don't know much about the holacratic method described in the article, you can consider me one of the skeptics.

That's not to say I think highly hierarchical organizations are a good thing.  It's just that I think the extreme case is probably equally as bad.  Principles of self organization are great and all but they quickly fall apart when there is no leadership in place to direct people on where to put their efforts.  

Without a clear structure, what you often find is people is that multiple people compete to do the same thing and you get redundancy.  Also, who does all the little work and mundane task that nobody likes doing, isn't as "high impact" as some of the other things, and yet is critical tomaki... more »

Is Hierarchy Really a Bad Thing?

Zappos seems ready to eliminate titles, managers, and hierarchy from their org structure.  Although I don't know much about the holacratic method described in the article, you can consider me one of the skeptics.

That's not to say I think highly hierarchical organizations are a good thing.  It's just that I think the extreme case is probably equally as bad.  Principles of self organization are great and all but they quickly fall apart when there is no leadership in place to direct people on where to put their efforts.  

Without a clear structure, what you often find is people is that multiple people compete to do the same thing and you get redundancy.  Also, who does all the little work and mundane task that nobody likes doing, isn't as "high impact" as some of the other things, and yet is critical to making sure things happen.    If nobody is actually in charge of making sure such things happen you can quickly find that it never gets done which causes headaches for everyone else. 

I like the theory of this approach and wish Zappos the best but know the reality really is far from the same thing.  What do you think?  Can such an organizational structure work?  What do you think are the major pitfalls?

http://qz.com/161210/zappos-is-going-holacratic-no-job-titles-no-managers-no-hierarchy/___

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2013-12-27 19:43:15 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)

Home Sweet Home

Visiting the family today.  If there is one thing I miss about my hometown it's the 70 degree weather in the middle of winter.  I actually really love the warm days and cold nights.  Some people hate it when it's like this but it's just what I got used to growing up and now I find I find I'm most comfortable in these conditions. 

What are the things you miss most about your hometown?

Home Sweet Home

Visiting the family today.  If there is one thing I miss about my hometown it's the 70 degree weather in the middle of winter.  I actually really love the warm days and cold nights.  Some people hate it when it's like this but it's just what I got used to growing up and now I find I find I'm most comfortable in these conditions. 

What are the things you miss most about your hometown?___

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2013-12-23 17:00:17 (50 comments, 41 reshares, 185 +1s)

An iPhone Users Switch to Android

A few weeks ago I made the switch from my iPhone 4S to a Nexus 5.  Like most technology decisions I make, it wasn’t made lightly.  I would also emphasize it wasn’t a choice I made because of who my employer is as there is pretty much no pressure to do that whatsoever.  Heck, my boss is an unabashed Apple fan who probably cringed when he approved my phone.  But when I evaluated my usage and what was important to me Android just came out ahead.  Here is my take.

Integration
Android just wins this hands down.  I use a lot of Google services. Gmail, Maps, Google+,  Hangouts, etc.  I like these all better than any of the closest competitors and I like them all much more on an Android Device than an iPhone.  But even if I didn’t use Google services I probably still would have switched.  Why?  Because I definitely don’tlike most of the d... more »

An iPhone Users Switch to Android

A few weeks ago I made the switch from my iPhone 4S to a Nexus 5.  Like most technology decisions I make, it wasn’t made lightly.  I would also emphasize it wasn’t a choice I made because of who my employer is as there is pretty much no pressure to do that whatsoever.  Heck, my boss is an unabashed Apple fan who probably cringed when he approved my phone.  But when I evaluated my usage and what was important to me Android just came out ahead.  Here is my take.

Integration
Android just wins this hands down.  I use a lot of Google services. Gmail, Maps, Google+,  Hangouts, etc.  I like these all better than any of the closest competitors and I like them all much more on an Android Device than an iPhone.  But even if I didn’t use Google services I probably still would have switched.  Why?  Because I definitely don’t like most of the default Apple services.  I like choice.  I don’t want to be tied down to the default app Apple chooses for me.  If I don’t like their keyboard or their maps, I want to choose something else. 

Google Voice
I’ve written before about my strategy for saving money on mobile phone plans.  One of the key things is that I use Google Voice for my calls.  With an iPhone, there is no way to set it up such that all my outbound calls use my Google Voice number.  By default, that is what happens on my Android device.  This greatly simplifies my life as I don’t have to worry if I’m calling people from the number they are going to recognize from me.  

The Camera
It’s not all rainbows and sunshine on the Android side.  I would still tell you the iPhone camera is better.   The images come out a little stronger and that slow-mo feature on the 5S is pretty cool.  But I believe we have finally come to the diminishing returns.  The Nexus 5 Camera is definitely to the point of “good enough”.  With the HDR option, it is actually pretty damn good in low light and in high contrast situations.  But this factor alone just wasn’t worth it to me.  

My Investment 
… or lack thereof.  This is one where I can have some empathy for others but it doesn’t affect me.  The #1 reason I hear people won’t switch is their investment is tied up in iOS.  Whether it be Apps or music, people feel they would have to rebuild everything if they ever switched over.  For me this is a non-issue.  I never purchase music that is locked in and I actually don’t have any paid apps which I feel like I would miss.   If you do, I get it, but I would honestly wonder why you spent so much on paid apps.  

The Keyboard
This may sound silly and trivial but seriously, how does anyone use the iOS keyboard? I love swipe-to-type.  Seriously.  Totally has changed my usage patterns on my phone.  If you are stuck in the stone age and are still tapping away at your phone, you seriously need to start looking for alternatives.  

Conclusion
So I’ve now been about 3 weeks into the switch and can honestly say, I don’t miss the iPhone at all.  I’m genuinely happier with my Nexus 5.  I wouldn’t call it life changing like when I first got a smartphone but that’s probably a good thing.  I feel my Nexus 5, for the way I use it, is every bit as functional as the equivalent iPhone.  And that’s going to be a huge problem for Apple.   Apple’s business model doesn’t work if it is about the same as its competitors and it's becoming pretty clear to me that this is what it is coming to.   Do I still think in some cases the iPhone is better?  Sure.  Do I really think it is better at almost twice the price?  Nope, not even close.  

Any other iOS users contemplating a switch?  What’s holding you back?  What do you think this market looks like 5 years from now?



Photo Credit:  Don't remember where I got this.  If anyone knows let me know and happy to give it.  ___

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2013-12-15 23:23:12 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 34 +1s)

Dumb Luck

Traveling to NYC this week for work.  In my rush, I got on the wrong train at the airport.  For your New Yorkers, I got on the train at JFK toward Jamaica Station rather than Howard Beach.  When I realized my mistake, I figured I would just get on the E rather than the A rather than reverse course.  

Normally I need the A because I'm headed toward downtown.  But for the first time, I booked a hotel in Midtown instead.  Well the E just so happens to cross right into midtown.  In fact, if I would have taken the A I would have had to eventually transfer to the E. 

So in the end, my dumb luck really paid off.  I feel like I should go buy a lottery ticket tonight.  What dumb luck have you experienced recently?

Dumb Luck

Traveling to NYC this week for work.  In my rush, I got on the wrong train at the airport.  For your New Yorkers, I got on the train at JFK toward Jamaica Station rather than Howard Beach.  When I realized my mistake, I figured I would just get on the E rather than the A rather than reverse course.  

Normally I need the A because I'm headed toward downtown.  But for the first time, I booked a hotel in Midtown instead.  Well the E just so happens to cross right into midtown.  In fact, if I would have taken the A I would have had to eventually transfer to the E. 

So in the end, my dumb luck really paid off.  I feel like I should go buy a lottery ticket tonight.  What dumb luck have you experienced recently?___

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2013-12-08 02:08:54 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)

Must Be The End of The World

I can't believe I find myself rooting for BOTH Ohio State and Florida State.  I don't like either of these two programs but I just do not want to see another SEC champion.  

Would you root for two teams you don't like just to prevent a scenario you don't wan to see happen yet again?  What do you think is going to happen?

Picture via: http://inetgrafx.deviantart.com/art/Environment-POST-APOCALYPSE-20125872

Must Be The End of The World

I can't believe I find myself rooting for BOTH Ohio State and Florida State.  I don't like either of these two programs but I just do not want to see another SEC champion.  

Would you root for two teams you don't like just to prevent a scenario you don't wan to see happen yet again?  What do you think is going to happen?

Picture via: http://inetgrafx.deviantart.com/art/Environment-POST-APOCALYPSE-20125872___

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2013-12-08 01:48:09 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)

My Saturday Night

It's chilly in the Bay Area tonight. Sitting down in Starbucks with a hot chocolate and laptop and going to try and get some work done. I know it doesn't sound all that much fun but really looking forward to it.

What are you doing this Saturday evening?

My Saturday Night

It's chilly in the Bay Area tonight. Sitting down in Starbucks with a hot chocolate and laptop and going to try and get some work done. I know it doesn't sound all that much fun but really looking forward to it.

What are you doing this Saturday evening?___

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2013-12-03 17:21:37 (16 comments, 45 reshares, 75 +1s)

But This is What I Do  ...

Sign posted in the kitchen.  What must people think I do all day ... ?  Do you think this is an accurate description of meetings?

But This is What I Do  ...

Sign posted in the kitchen.  What must people think I do all day ... ?  Do you think this is an accurate description of meetings?___

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