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Tyson Smith463A peaceful, non-partisan citizens’ march and rally at Federal Parliament to protest against the current government’s policy decisions that are against the common good of our nation. This signifies the people’s vote of no confidence in policies of the government that go against common principles of humanity, decency, fairness social justice and equity, democratic governance, responsible global citizenship and conserving our natural heritage.March in March - Adelaide2014-03-16 12:00:008  

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2015-08-18 23:41:16 (32 comments, 10 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

You often see political analyses pointing out, rightly, that voting in actual primaries is preceded by an “invisible primary” in which candidates compete for the support of crucial elites. But who are these elites? In the past, it might have been members of the political establishment and other opinion leaders. But what the new attack on Social Security tells us is that the rules have changed. Nowadays, at least on the Republican side, the invisible primary has been reduced to a stark competition for the affections and, of course, the money of a few dozen plutocrats.

Most reshares: 13

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2015-08-15 23:31:28 (4 comments, 13 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-19 03:05:35 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Because some people complain about free software.

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2015-08-29 10:57:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

http://www.gizmag.com/lithium-ion-car-battery-charge-perovskite-solar-cell/39157/

http://www.gizmag.com/lithium-ion-car-battery-charge-perovskite-solar-cell/39157/___

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2015-08-29 05:34:20 (4 comments, 8 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Blue Head Theory
You should feel good about proactively blocking and otherwise being rude to blue heads, because the blue head is a sign that a person is acting in bad faith.

Ever noticed that all the "blue heads" are either trolls or incompetent? It's not an accident. 

The case of Incompetence is straightforward. if you're so bad at interacting that you can't work out how to replace the blue head, you are probably going to be an incompetent community member across the board. Socially blind, etc. But you'll probably figure out how to add some kind of profile pic eventually, and so this is a temporary condition.

But why are trolls so often blue heads, and intractably so?

In social media, there are two common things you can choose as a way to present to others: your name, and your profile pic / avatar.

You are... more »

Blue Head Theory
You should feel good about proactively blocking and otherwise being rude to blue heads, because the blue head is a sign that a person is acting in bad faith.

Ever noticed that all the "blue heads" are either trolls or incompetent? It's not an accident. 

The case of Incompetence is straightforward. if you're so bad at interacting that you can't work out how to replace the blue head, you are probably going to be an incompetent community member across the board. Socially blind, etc. But you'll probably figure out how to add some kind of profile pic eventually, and so this is a temporary condition.

But why are trolls so often blue heads, and intractably so?

In social media, there are two common things you can choose as a way to present to others: your name, and your profile pic / avatar.

You are usually forced to choose a name of some kind, with some level of restriction ranging from fairly loose all the way to real name policies.

But choice of a profile pic is completely optional. You can choose anything, and you don't have to choose if you don't want to.

In choosing a profile pic, you are choosing how to present yourself inside a community. However small it is, you are making a positive effort toward fitting in to a pre-existing group.

If you are coming to a social environment with bad intentions, the idea of making such a positive effort likely holds no appeal. Emotionally, it is likely you want to give off no signals at all. You are coming to make trouble, you don't want to interact and you don't want others to have any way to gain any purchase with respect to understanding who you are.

A troll doesn't want to be a community member; they want to yell at the group from outside with a megaphone.

That's why trolls so commonly have the blue head default profile pic. If they can, they'll also have a default name. 

This behaviour could range from full on trolls, to simply uncommitted community members who just don't care to put up a pic (and also don't care to communicate thoughtfully/socially). The common thread is that they don't really see their interactions as being with other, real people. All these people are, functionally, bad actors.

So next time you are having a poor "interaction" with a blue head, remember that the pic is not a neutral absence of something, but rather is worn as a badge saying "screw you buddy". It is a positive, explicit signal of bad faith.

Also, remember there's no "blue head" race, you are not unfairly discriminating against them if you block them on blue head status alone. Anyone, regardless of means, can scratch up some kind of picture of something if they care at all about their presentation. So they are trying to tell you something by not doing so; listen, understand, block.  ___

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2015-08-29 04:59:24 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Brought to you by Hentai Heavy Industrys LLC

File this one under "Robots that make me vaguely uncomfortable". ___Brought to you by Hentai Heavy Industrys LLC

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2015-08-29 00:25:39 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The doctor in this article, Andrew Owen, is my doctor. 
+Jodie O'Regan 

The doctor in this article, Andrew Owen, is my doctor. 
+Jodie O'Regan ___

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2015-08-28 23:08:08 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

It hurts us, precious...

It hurts us, precious...___

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2015-08-28 22:10:12 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This is my latest column titled, "The Day the Banking Industry Died." With over $12 billion of VC funding this year, the number of fintech startups have swelled to over 8,000, each attacking tiny pieces of formerly protected banking turf.

This is my latest column titled, "The Day the Banking Industry Died." With over $12 billion of VC funding this year, the number of fintech startups have swelled to over 8,000, each attacking tiny pieces of formerly protected banking turf.___

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2015-08-28 13:45:43 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

This is language I devised for transforming the object structures describable by JSON; dicts, lists, simple types. It is built from the same structures, and the data is code is data. It's Turing complete; It's really an odd type of Lisp. Hopefully you find it interesting, suggestions are welcome.

This is language I devised for transforming the object structures describable by JSON; dicts, lists, simple types. It is built from the same structures, and the data is code is data. It's Turing complete; It's really an odd type of Lisp. Hopefully you find it interesting, suggestions are welcome.___

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2015-08-28 13:28:39 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Over the last week or so I've been struggling to give birth to this thing: a transformation language for JSON derivable data, made out of that data, which is Turing complete. It's similar to my previous language bOTL, but turned into Lisp. If you like languages, you'll enjoy this, and you can play with it in a live web based editor.

Thanks +John Hardy for all your help so far!!

Over the last week or so I've been struggling to give birth to this thing: a transformation language for JSON derivable data, made out of that data, which is Turing complete. It's similar to my previous language bOTL, but turned into Lisp. If you like languages, you'll enjoy this, and you can play with it in a live web based editor.

Thanks +John Hardy for all your help so far!!___

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2015-08-26 22:06:27 (27 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

“I’m not one of those big tree-hugging people,” he said, guiding a pickup around the OCI Solar site. “In places like this where there is nothing going on, where there is lots of land, solar makes sense.”

“I’m not one of those big tree-hugging people,” he said, guiding a pickup around the OCI Solar site. “In places like this where there is nothing going on, where there is lots of land, solar makes sense.”___

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2015-08-26 10:56:54 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

#FutureLegend  

#FutureLegend  ___

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2015-08-25 02:21:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

#nottheonion

"I don't want to go to school," Bolduc told his parents, the crushing reality of his situation having yet to fully dawn on his naïve consciousness. "I want to play outside with my friends."

While Bolduc stood waiting for the bus to pick him up on his first day of elementary school, his parents reportedly were able to "see the wheels turning in his little brain" as the child, for the first time in his life, began to understand how dire and hopeless his situation had actually become.___#nottheonion

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2015-08-24 11:00:47 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Techno determinism: This page was not part of the adjacent possible in this techno-economic environment.

Good show, +Financial Times web page developers. ft.com/404

"Moral Hazard: Showing you this page would only encourage you to want more pages."

"Speculative bubble: The page never actually existed and was fundamentally impossible, but everyone bought into it in a frenzy and it's all now ending in tears."___Techno determinism: This page was not part of the adjacent possible in this techno-economic environment.

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2015-08-24 03:53:03 (11 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

The legacy of falling population and continued push into urban centers is abandoned homes in the suburbs.

I predict that in the 2020s we'll have a distributed solar revolution; automation will kill jobs, but also enable people to live with less money in places with relatively little infrastructure. They'll need access to sunlight, so cheap land away from infrastructure will be necessary.

Swathes of people will be shed from the cities, unable to find more than marginal work, unable to afford to live there. They'll move back out to the abandoned suburbs and countryside, and begin a grand experiment in a new way of semi-offgrid living, using practically inexhaustible power and automation (robots!)

In terms of this article, I think these places will be wanted again, but maybe not for 10 to 20 years.

___The legacy of falling population and continued push into urban centers is abandoned homes in the suburbs.

I predict that in the 2020s we'll have a distributed solar revolution; automation will kill jobs, but also enable people to live with less money in places with relatively little infrastructure. They'll need access to sunlight, so cheap land away from infrastructure will be necessary.

Swathes of people will be shed from the cities, unable to find more than marginal work, unable to afford to live there. They'll move back out to the abandoned suburbs and countryside, and begin a grand experiment in a new way of semi-offgrid living, using practically inexhaustible power and automation (robots!)

In terms of this article, I think these places will be wanted again, but maybe not for 10 to 20 years.

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2015-08-23 05:11:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Andy Armstrong & Voices in the Wilderness led by +Jodie O'Regan​, singing Jodie's arrangement of Andy's song, "I Sing".

Andy Armstrong & Voices in the Wilderness led by +Jodie O'Regan​, singing Jodie's arrangement of Andy's song, "I Sing".___

2015-08-23 00:40:52 (17 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

German courts say photos of food violate the chef's copyright
http://m.slashdot.org/story/298395

German courts say photos of food violate the chef's copyright
http://m.slashdot.org/story/298395___

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2015-08-22 14:05:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Google photos did a nice job of a photo of the creek, where I was walking the dog.

Google photos did a nice job of a photo of the creek, where I was walking the dog.___

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2015-08-22 08:52:05 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

This is me writing JavaScript.

___This is me writing JavaScript.

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2015-08-22 05:12:52 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Blog post for this weekend. I think I beat +Jodie O'Regan  to it again.

Blog post for this weekend. I think I beat +Jodie O'Regan  to it again.___

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2015-08-22 00:00:01 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Meanwhile, Google in Europe...
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/aug/20/google-ordered-to-remove-links-to-stories-about-right-to-be-forgotten-removals

Meanwhile, Google in Europe...
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/aug/20/google-ordered-to-remove-links-to-stories-about-right-to-be-forgotten-removals___

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2015-08-21 23:48:36 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

The phrase is "well I'm not here to fuck a koala" but we keep that in country because foreigners seem to like those furry little bastards.

h/t +Brinly Taylor​

While I can verify the truthfulness of the Australian epic level of national trolling (💜 +Paul Snedden​), the phrase "well I'm not here to fuck spiders" is pretty brilliant.

#ViaMK___The phrase is "well I'm not here to fuck a koala" but we keep that in country because foreigners seem to like those furry little bastards.

h/t +Brinly Taylor​

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2015-08-21 08:01:49 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

I said pretend you've got no money,
She just laughed and said,
"Oh you're so funny."
I said "Yeah?
Well I can't see anyone else smiling in here.
- Pulp: Common People 

___I said pretend you've got no money,
She just laughed and said,
"Oh you're so funny."
I said "Yeah?
Well I can't see anyone else smiling in here.
- Pulp: Common People 

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2015-08-21 04:02:53 (3 comments, 12 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-21 00:43:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

You can predict the future, but the present is unknowable.

+This Exists I used to do something similar in the 1990s with the MUGEN engine on PC. We'd make our own custom characters and their abilities profiles in the scripting then pit them against each other completely autonomous in an AI vs AI match up. For the longest time it was like our geek hobby to design the best AI fighters and we'd match them during the weekends.

If anything, this concept of building a character and letting it fight autonomously could be a game in and of itself. If you give people the ability to tweak the AI responses, moves, and customization within reason (like having X points to spend on things).___You can predict the future, but the present is unknowable.

2015-08-20 13:50:45 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-20 13:08:09 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-20 11:06:22 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I know nothing, cont.

One could actually argue—as I sometimes do—that the success of commercial personal computing and operating systems has actually led to a considerable retrogression in many, many respects.

You could think of it as putting a low-pass filter on some of the good ideas from the ’60s and ’70s, as computing spread out much, much faster than educating unsophisticated people can happen. In the last 25 years or so, we actually got something like a pop culture, similar to what happened when television came on the scene and some of its inventors thought it would be a way of getting Shakespeare to the masses. But they forgot that you have to be more sophisticated and have more perspective to understand Shakespeare. What television was able to do was to capture people as they were.

So I think the lack of a real computer science today, and the lack of realsoftwar... more »

I know nothing, cont.

One could actually argue—as I sometimes do—that the success of commercial personal computing and operating systems has actually led to a considerable retrogression in many, many respects.

You could think of it as putting a low-pass filter on some of the good ideas from the ’60s and ’70s, as computing spread out much, much faster than educating unsophisticated people can happen. In the last 25 years or so, we actually got something like a pop culture, similar to what happened when television came on the scene and some of its inventors thought it would be a way of getting Shakespeare to the masses. But they forgot that you have to be more sophisticated and have more perspective to understand Shakespeare. What television was able to do was to capture people as they were.

So I think the lack of a real computer science today, and the lack of real software engineering today, is partly due to this pop culture."___

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2015-08-20 09:51:24 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-20 09:02:42 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

#politics

#politics___

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2015-08-20 02:10:53 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Too soon? #TooSoon  

Too soon? #TooSoon  ___

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2015-08-19 09:37:34 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I know nothing.

I know nothing.___

2015-08-19 08:56:17 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I'm looking for a really simple functional language for a crazy project. Miranda is one I studied at uni many years ago, very well may fit the bill

+John Hardy 

I'm looking for a really simple functional language for a crazy project. Miranda is one I studied at uni many years ago, very well may fit the bill

+John Hardy ___

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2015-08-19 08:29:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Google published a paper today about the evolution of our networking infrastructure over the past decade. I've gotten to be quite intimate with these systems, thanks to spending much of that time working on our search and storage infrastructure, and the differences are profound, to say the least.

The article quotes +Amin Vahdat as describing what life was like in the earlier era: "there were painful tradeoffs with careful data locality and placement of servers connected to the same top of rack switch versus correlated failures caused by a single switch failure." I cannot begin to describe the pain in the ass that this was: our high-capacity search stack (the part I was responsible for) was by far the most aggressive user of the network, and each cluster's deployment had to be carefully planned on a per-rack basis, to manage our use of bandwidth within and across racks, and to... more »

Google published a paper today about the evolution of our networking infrastructure over the past decade. I've gotten to be quite intimate with these systems, thanks to spending much of that time working on our search and storage infrastructure, and the differences are profound, to say the least.

The article quotes +Amin Vahdat as describing what life was like in the earlier era: "there were painful tradeoffs with careful data locality and placement of servers connected to the same top of rack switch versus correlated failures caused by a single switch failure." I cannot begin to describe the pain in the ass that this was: our high-capacity search stack (the part I was responsible for) was by far the most aggressive user of the network, and each cluster's deployment had to be carefully planned on a per-rack basis, to manage our use of bandwidth within and across racks, and to optimize for survivability in case a single rack switch failed.

To give you a sense of the PITA: (this will make sense only to computer scientists) I wrote our standard implementation of simulated annealing... because I needed it for the software that would figure out which tasks to put on which machines.

And even with those amazing systems, we could knock clusters over in a moment. To do a full restart of a search cluster (reading the index from in-datacenter storage from scratch) in less than 48 hours required shutting down all other jobs in the datacenter, because it would use up all of the internal bandwidth. 

If you ever wondered why search over giant corpora is a hard business...

Cross-datacenter networking remains a hard problem, even with these advances, because while long-haul bandwidth has grown tremendously over the years, storage capacity has grown even faster. This is why a good mental analogue for the design of planet-scale storage systems is freight logistics: even with 747's crossing the globe, warehouses are still much bigger. 

I obviously can't tell all the stories, but these papers are a remarkable chance to see what the cutting edge of networking infrastructure actually looks like. Those who are interested in such matters, enjoy!___

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2015-08-19 03:05:35 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Because some people complain about free software.

Because some people complain about free software.___

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2015-08-18 23:46:07 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

http://boingboing.net/2015/08/18/the-end-of-the-internet-dream.html

http://boingboing.net/2015/08/18/the-end-of-the-internet-dream.html___

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2015-08-18 23:41:16 (32 comments, 10 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

You often see political analyses pointing out, rightly, that voting in actual primaries is preceded by an “invisible primary” in which candidates compete for the support of crucial elites. But who are these elites? In the past, it might have been members of the political establishment and other opinion leaders. But what the new attack on Social Security tells us is that the rules have changed. Nowadays, at least on the Republican side, the invisible primary has been reduced to a stark competition for the affections and, of course, the money of a few dozen plutocrats.

You often see political analyses pointing out, rightly, that voting in actual primaries is preceded by an “invisible primary” in which candidates compete for the support of crucial elites. But who are these elites? In the past, it might have been members of the political establishment and other opinion leaders. But what the new attack on Social Security tells us is that the rules have changed. Nowadays, at least on the Republican side, the invisible primary has been reduced to a stark competition for the affections and, of course, the money of a few dozen plutocrats.___

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2015-08-18 23:34:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This guy figured out how to listen for Amazon Dash Button pushes and log them. Excellent! 

This guy figured out how to listen for Amazon Dash Button pushes and log them. Excellent! ___

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2015-08-18 23:04:59 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Killer features: you can see whose using all the bandwidth (matters in my house full of teens) and it autoupdates its firmware (fixing a big issue with home routers).

Killer features: you can see whose using all the bandwidth (matters in my house full of teens) and it autoupdates its firmware (fixing a big issue with home routers).___

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2015-08-18 12:42:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Watch this little fella get his white belt!

HI YAAA!!!
I laughed so hard watching this three year old kid trying to break the wooden board at Peak Taekwondo & Fitness Center in Temecula, California.___Watch this little fella get his white belt!

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2015-08-18 10:35:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I posted about bOTL here recently ("mustache for JSON"). Now here's an online Editor; give it a shot, let me know what you think.

I posted about bOTL here recently ("mustache for JSON"). Now here's an online Editor; give it a shot, let me know what you think.___

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2015-08-18 08:35:41 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-18 07:09:15 (31 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

I'm sick with the flu today. Sucks! But I've built a javascript version of bOTL 3, and a web based bOTL authoring tool. Check it out!

Also, thanks +Jodie O'Regan  for the cute logo!

I'm sick with the flu today. Sucks! But I've built a javascript version of bOTL 3, and a web based bOTL authoring tool. Check it out!

Also, thanks +Jodie O'Regan  for the cute logo!___

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2015-08-17 09:52:15 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Stick in there for the second half, this is brilliant.

Cool !

+Chris Kim A​___Stick in there for the second half, this is brilliant.

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2015-08-16 23:14:49 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

On my reading list. Thanks +Darius Gabriel Constantine​

On my reading list. Thanks +Darius Gabriel Constantine​___

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2015-08-16 11:29:04 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I really want to get my metadata. I'm building a system for storing and analyzing it; gotta get mvp done.

#australia  ___I really want to get my metadata. I'm building a system for storing and analyzing it; gotta get mvp done.

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2015-08-16 05:49:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I've just released a reference implementation of bOTL for Python on github.

I've just released a reference implementation of bOTL for Python on github.___

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2015-08-16 05:40:00 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

bOTL is a new library for Python. It's for transforming JSON from one form to another. Think of it as Mustache for JSON. 

bOTL is a new library for Python. It's for transforming JSON from one form to another. Think of it as Mustache for JSON. ___

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2015-08-15 23:31:28 (4 comments, 13 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-15 16:22:36 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

CSIRO says Korean pears are a hangover cure.

CSIRO says Korean pears are a hangover cure.___

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2015-08-15 14:53:35 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Offgrid cars

___Offgrid cars

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