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Emlyn O'Regan has been at 1 events

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Tyson Smith352A 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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Dig Bargain Australia0My First circle.Thank you all. #australia   #circle   #sharedcircles   #posts  2014-09-23 06:27:5892000
Nick Warner645Check out these awesome Crowdfunders2014-08-07 16:05:31470001
Becky Collins12,812Small Business 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 ?2014-07-08 05:12:1542311513
Becky Collins12,529Software Engineering and Web Developer 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 ?2014-07-01 05:11:3156226
Tourej Ansari16,880News Update CIRCLE SHARESRe-share this circle in your stream Plus and comment#sharedpubliccircles #TechNews #EntertainmentNews #SportsNews #WorldNews #USNews #BusinessNews2014-05-12 10:46:52476231041
Adam Black6,732Transhumans CircleBy popular Demand,  I am sharing some of my Circles. This is +Mark Bruce  Transhumans Circle  Plus Others Ive been adding.If you are tagged,  you are in it.Web Link for Mobile https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AdamBlack/posts/6iQmLpEj1Zm #sharedcircles   #GeekCulture   #ScienceSunday #Transhumans #Transhumanism #HumanPlus  2014-04-13 06:25:0424522733
steph wanamaker98,429#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-01-31 19:45:4118176567
Johnny Huntington0#webdesign #sharedcircles #webdevelopment  Here is a great shared circle of Professional Web Designers.2013-11-04 13:45:45501003
Hanna Silver26,310Hey everyone, it's the great engagers circle share time! This circle is people who regularly comment on my posts, and who also post regularly themselves. I'm posting this to welcome my friend +Adrian Elton  to G+. Please welcome him too! If you were notified of this post, it means you're in the circle. Happy circling! Share it round if you like.2013-10-13 04:00:029852544
Jonha Revesencio0A list of some of the must-follow programmers and geeks on Google+ #sharedcircles   #publicsharedcircles   #geeksongoogle  2013-09-13 15:45:18250000
Uniikii0Uniikii's networking #sharedcircles  #sharedcircle   #smallbusiness   #businessowners   #CEO   #President   #circlesharing                       #circleshare                       #circles             #circleoftheday               #sharedpubliccircles                   #sharedcircles                       #share               #sharedcircleoftheday                     #sharewithyou                   #circlefriday               #circlethursday                       #followfriday                     #follow                       #followme               #followers                     #followback                 #circle             #googleplus                 #communities             #hangouts               #events         #googleplus             #google             #snowball           #vip         #coolpeople                   #circleshare                   #sharedcircles                 #2013-08-14 15:07:53483309
Domus Vitae Inc.153Shared Circle of #entrepreneurs  www.domusvitae.ca   #sharedcircle   #smallbusiness   #businessowners   #CEO   #President   #circlesharing                       #circleshare                       #circles             #circleoftheday               #sharedpubliccircles                   #sharedcircles                       #share               #sharedcircleoftheday                     #sharewithyou                   #circlefriday               #circlethursday                       #followfriday                     #follow                       #followme               #followers                     #followback                 #circle             #googleplus                 #communities             #hangouts               #events         #googleplus             #google             #snowball           #vip         #coolpeople                   #circleshare                   2013-08-05 19:31:504824114
Dallas McMillan7,412Circle from the land downunder - Australia's top 200 PlussersWho are Australia's most followed people on Google Plus?I've put together this circle of Australia's top 200 profiles (by follower numbers - not engagement - some aren't particularly active) on Google Plus.It's pretty interesting to see the types of profiles which make the cut.Here is my quick overview:By far the most dominant characteristic of the top 200 are photographers - professional and amateur.The other notable individuals are a couple of cricketers in the top 10, a smattering of celebrity chefs, musicians, writers, artists, models and other celebrities.There are also fair numbers of Google employees, IT workers, social media and marketing types as well as a decent number of scientists and mathematicians. The only politician I noticed was Malcolm Turnbull - the Prime Minister and Leader of the opposition are conspicuous by their absence.I got the list from +CircleCount http://www.circlecount.com/au/profileslist/ and I've made a few tweaks - removing a couple of profiles that were inactive or had moved away from Australia. There were a number of others which probably don't belong as they now work in the USA or elsewhere.  #australia   #australianphotographers   #circleshare  I've notified members of the circle - let me know if you don't want to be listed.2013-08-04 14:24:522009213
Markos Giannopoulos5,491Geeks rule! // +CircleCount has added a new tag system (see announcement here http://bit.ly/15XaDov). Thousands of profiles have been tagged already, so here are the top (by number of followers) geek-tagged plussers (full list at http://bit.ly/134FoFN) The top ten: 1) +Robert Scoble 2) +Amanda Blain 3) +Darya Pino Rose 4) +Michelle Marie 5) +Brian Matiash 6) +Wick Sakit 7) +Joe Azure 8) +Keith Barrett 9) +Derek Ross 10) +Ahmed Zeeshan  For other rankings see also - Most popular geeks by comments/+1's/shares http://bit.ly/16SAddw- Most engaging geeks http://bit.ly/15XdZYm #circleshare   #circlesunday   #geeks  2013-07-21 15:19:0049018312
Matthew Shuey6,232Meet Web Developers on Google+This circle contains the top Web Developers, Web Designers, SEOs and Google+ Experts on Google Plus.If anyone would like to be added to this circle please do the following.1. Make sure your profile description mentions that you are either a Web Developer, Web Designer, App Developer, SEO, SMM, or Google Plus Expert.2. Share This Circle Publicly3. Leave a comment confirming your shareHave fun meeting your colleagues.! #webdesign #webdevelopment #seo #googleplus #sharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleday  2013-06-12 15:17:0129912213
Matthew Shuey1,587Meet Web Designers & Web DevelopersMeet web designers and web developers on Google+ with this shared circleHelp me build this circle. Here's how.1. If you are a web developer or web designer make sure your profile mentions that.2. Share this circle publicly3. Leave a comment to confirm your share2013-03-25 23:12:29289229
Matthew Shuey1,499Shared Public Circle Of Web Designers & Developers Updated 3-21-13This is a hand picked circle of Web Developers and Web Designers that share valuable information about our industry.To be added to this circle or related circles please do the following. If you would like to be removed from this circle or moved to another circle, message me.1. Share this circle publicly2. Leave a comment3. Make sure your profile description says something about yourself e.g. work, interests, hobby's etc.If you are not a web designer or developer feel free to share this post and comment here. I will add you to the appropriate circles. #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #meetnewpeople #googleplus  2013-03-21 17:52:34287144
Matthew Shuey880Shared Circle Of Web Developers and Website Design CompaniesTo be added to this circle do the following.1.Plus this post2.Share this circle publicly3.Leave a comment confirming your share3.You must be a web developer or web designer to be added2013-03-08 23:53:08148137
David Antonacci24David Antonacci shared a circle with you2013-02-19 15:29:17500338
Vago Damitio8,732Another Tech CircleI am so impressed and enthused looking at the MicroVictoryArmy Stream  that I'm going to do something radical. I"m going to share my other circles, invite the members to join MVA, and then I'm going to delete all those circles so I can give more attention here.  I will keep  one circle of people like the +Dalai Lama  and +Richard Branson  who I would love to have join MVA but I don't want to lose track of if they don't. And that's it.  The Micro Victory Army is Victorious in my Circles and if you join - so are you. https://plus.google.com/communities/100245247140773385767  #microvictory  for figuring out how to enjoy G+ and manage my circles better!This is another Tech Circle. I'm about to delete you (unless you are in MVA - it's not personal - I still love you)2013-01-12 22:31:27151003
Paul Snedden7,059Advance Australia Share - The CircleWOW! What an absolutely overwhelming response I received to my request for your favourite Australians (http://goo.gl/mFLe1). You certainly did deliver.The circle contains a bunch of people who I was already following, but a wealth of freshly undiscovered goodness for me as well. In total, 436 Awesome Aussies waiting to fill your stream with all sorts of goodness. It's got photogs, geeks, writers, a kiwi (ANZACs all the way), expat Aussies living abroad and a couple of long-term Aussie residents who won't admit to being Australian :)I'd like to make special mention to the following people for making this circle possible.The Resharers+Mz Maau  +Giuseppe Basile +Starway Paul +JPG Photo Gallery  +Daryl Hunt +Jim Munro +Brad Chasenore +Annie Yim +Rose T +Rob E +James Fridley +Gerardine Rudolphy +Christopher Prins +Charles Strebor +Peter Lake and +Australia Great The Contributors+2012-12-31 22:36:03436692946
Cliff Wade7,287This is my Linux circle for #FollowFriday  and I highly suggest you add these awesome folks to your circles!!2012-09-28 04:27:463701127
Alister Macintyre9,520Here is my circle of people who like to (and have demonstrated capability of) having a civilized conversation about Current Events from a Progressive point of view.2012-09-11 06:05:57252533
Cliff Wade7,170For all of you #Linux  users out there on this #FollowFriday , this shared circle is for YOU!!2012-08-24 15:06:10369304
César Bustíos Benites412Linux Circle: Part 1/2Follow and share!2012-06-11 17:29:37501005
Prashanth Akunuri1,883sharing my "web developers" circle. could be useful for some. This includes the "web developer circle" shared by +Amanda Blain thank you.2012-06-09 01:30:52323002
Cliff Wade5,676This is the second circle I'm sharing for FollowFriday #FF which is my Linux circle.If you are a Linux user, I'd highly suggest following these people. If you aren't in this circle and would like to be, just leave a comment, please and I'll certainly add you!!!2012-06-08 19:16:04356624
Marko Shiva Pavlovic (4N7IS3C)5,291This is my #LinuxArmy circle this is more a community circle I mean here in this circle are ppl from very different businesses and different life roles not only a IT technology oriented ppl but beautiful fact is that all of them use or it was using #Linux As my earlier post: https://plus.google.com/u/0/111716948575577959969/posts/MkVq8shasA1follow them all if you want a lot of posts about #linux and IT technology2012-05-29 09:37:56501007
Meilani MacDonald2,935Small Business circle 2 of 2Hello small business peeps! I'm a small biz person and naturally I want to connect with other small biz owners. I really feel we all have so much to share with each other and to learn from one another as we navigate this world called Google+ that provides us with so many great tools and resources to support our small biz efforts. I also think it's a good thing to support each other, and lift each other up as we work towards our goals. So I've been collecting small biz people and shared small biz & entrepreneurs circles, because those are the people I most want in my own circles, to follow, to connect with, and to support. I have 700+ small bizzes in my circle, so I've split it into two circles to share with you. This is #2 of the 2. Let's hear it for small business!Btw, speaking of supporting small bizzes, I host a TGIF Biz Networking Hangout every Friday at 4pm pst, now a Hangout on Air. It is a chance to give yourself and your biz a little promo, and I feature special guests who are small biz owners and who have all kinds of good advice and info to share with other small biz owners. Please check my profile for more info or to watch last Friday's episode, where we talked about QR codes and great ideas for how to use them, and also talked about the value of keeping content fresh on your blogs and web sites, and when and why to blog, or not to blog. #smallbusiness #entrepreneur #sharedcircles +CircleCount +Shared Circles Shared a Circle with You +Shared a Circle with you2012-05-28 18:24:39330211318
Rob Gordon22,157Entrepreneurs, Self-Employed & Small Business OwnersUPDATED SHARED CIRCLE: Part 2 of 2: M through Z (by last name).This is the most recent update to the popular "entrepreneurs" circle that posted a few months ago. As you can see, it has gotten bigger than 500 people so I have had to split it alphabetically into two parts. These two circles includes the self employed, small business owners, independent contractors, small startup companies and pretty much anyone trying to make it outside of the traditional economy. This is different from the other business circles of this type in that it doesn't include too many of the "celebrity entrepreneurs" and instead has mostly people with their own business or venture. There are more than 800 people here, but this has been reviewed extensively since it was last published -lots of fantastic new people have been added, and some have been dropped - mostly because they don't interact much. The end result is a circle of really awesome business people who actively interact with others here and have a small business or entreprenueral mindset. This is a really diverse group and includes entrepreneurs of all stripes - some have well established ventures and are wildly successful, others are just getting started and haven't made it yet. As can be expected, it is a little tech heavy, but represents most industries and many different types of business. There are even a handful of people here who have traditional jobs, but seem to have an interest in small business issues and always seem welcome to help entrepreneurial efforts. The people in these circles post all manner of things - not just business, but all are smart and interesting people so I recommend that you check this out. I do want to add the disclamer that this is in no way "definitive" - there are millions of entrepreneurs on Google+ and this is just a tiny fraction of them - the ones I have curated. It seems that about two seconds after I publish this I always remember someone I should have included so just me know if you think you should be here. I republish this periodically and generally add everyone who comments on the post. As with all circles of this size I would use some discretion in adding this - either update your existing circle, pick and choose the ones you like or use these as a trial circles - whatever works for you. I'm not even sure Google will let you add all this many names at once so you may have to come back if you want to add all of them. The technology for this is not perfect, but I am trying to do my part to help build a highly interconnected community of entrepreneurs here on Google+. I hope you find the people in this circle interesting.RobReshares welcome and appreciatedIMPORTANT: You don't want to follow people based on where their last name fits in the alphabit do you? Make sure you also take a look at the first part of this list:LINK TO PART I (A-L):http://goo.gl/VLoYH#smallbusiness#business#entrepreneurs #startup#sharedcircles2012-04-18 18:51:01373873560
Pongy Smith31This is the Assorted Goodies circle. Could you please re-share it? Would you like to be added?Tags: Technology, Magic, Entertainment, Futurism, VC, Crowdfunding2012-04-17 15:28:45492527
Joelyn Wright1,371With just one comment... turned into an overnight sensation. Unfortunately, I never showed up to the party but that made the thread more interesting. Others (other than myself) interacted with each other and had fun. There were positive, negative, and sarcastic comments but makes the post fun. As for me being gone... I posted that comment and then went to bed thinking nothing of it. Opening my computer today with over 90+ notifications shocked me and didn't know how to respond. I just want to say thank you for interacting with me and will do my best to interact with the almost 200+ others that commented. By the way... here is the circle that EVERYONE commented on that thread. Again... thank you :)2012-03-28 03:16:1918846134
Rebecca Jordan593Entrepreneurs, Self Employed & Small Business : 500 People2012-03-27 19:28:325001157
Rob Gordon18,830Entrepreneurs, Self Employed & Small Business. This is the latest update to my shared circle for "entrepreneurs" which includes the self employed, small business owners, independent contractors, small startup companies and pretty much anyone trying to make it outside of the traditional economy. This is different from the other business circles of this type in that it doesn't include too many of the "celebrity entrepreneurs" and instead has mostly people with their own small business or venture. Lots of time has been spent organizing this since it was first published - many new people have been added, and some have been dropped - mostly because they don't interact much. The end result is a circle of interesting business people who actively interact with others here and have a small business or entreprenueral mindset. I do want to add the disclamer that this is in no way "definitive" - there are millions of entrepreneurs on Google+ and these are just the ones I have curated. This still probably doesn't even include everyone in my own circles who are entrepreneurs or self employed so let me know if you want to be included. I republish this about once per month. This is a really diverse group of people that includes entrepreneurs of all stripes - some have well established ventures, some have startups that are just getting going and some are wildly successful. There are even a handful of people here who have traditional jobs, but seem to have an interest in entrepreneurial and small business issues. The professionals in this circle post all manner of things - not just business, but all are smart and interesting people so I recommend that you at least take a look. As with any circle of this size I would use some discretion in adding this - either pick and choose the ones you like or use it as a trial circle - whatever method works for you. I also recently learned that you can save circles to your Google contacts so you can save this information there even if you don't want to use this toward your 5000 limit. I hope you find the people in this circle interesting. I certainly do. RobReshares welcome and appreciated#sharedcircles#smallbusiness #entrepreneurs #startup2012-03-13 20:32:12500663852
Sir John Hardy17,427There have been a few circles shared about lately. None, however, is as good as this one. Each person in this circle has been crash tested in a laboratory, simmered in a social incubator and boiled in the crucible of interaction. All have come up with a pH reading of 4 or higher.2012-03-11 14:36:3337538720
Rose T1,969As shared by +Holland Rhodes This is a circle of 99 people that live in Australia or did at one time. These are the top 99 I have circled as chosen by Google's algorithms. Most of them are very active. I weeded out anyone that hasn't posted in the past three months.2012-03-04 09:20:3998508
Rose T1,833Australian Circle No:1This is the first of my 2 Australian Circles, Aussies, please share and add if you want to, so that we can all stay in touch with events, walks and whatever. :)2012-03-01 12:11:23496206
Dunken K Bliths17,448THE AUSTRALIAN CIRCLE, JUST BRINGING THE CLAN TOGETHER...still a very small group !!!IF YOUR NOT IN MY CIRCLE AND AUSTRALIA, ADD YOUR NAME BELOW (NO PROXIES PLEASE)+Dunken K Bliths2012-02-27 03:06:37933127
Aussie Plussers0It's been a few weeks since this Circle of fine Aussie plussers has been shared. Plenty of great content here. Remember to share this with your Australian friends.2012-02-13 21:19:38591425
Dunken K Bliths13,249AUSTRALIAN CIRCLE SHARE - now 74 peeps !!!!if you know more send them over..2012-01-24 20:45:1774527
Mitchel Rodwell0+Duncan Hayes , +Hanii Leigh this is a big circle, which I call "Political". You'll find people with strong political views here, as well as political news and people who care about politics. I'd advise you add one or the other out of this and my other circle, "Intellectual" because they're both pretty big and I don't want to give you guys too much before you're ready :)2012-01-23 13:48:07366405
Rob Gordon13,043Entrepreneurs & Freelancers. This is my circle for self described Entrepreneurs and Freelancers - which includes the self employed, small business owners, independent contractors, small startup companies and pretty much anyone trying to make it outside of the traditional economy. As I said before, I don't want to pretend that this list is definitive or even close to being complete. There are millions of entrepreneurs on Google+ and there are many circles of entrepreneurs that have already been shared - these are just the ones I have curated in my own circle. This probably doesn't even include everyone in my own circles who are entrepreneurs or self employed as it is almost impossible to go through everyone's profile. Just let me know if I have inadvertently left you out - I will be posting this in the circles database sometime soon. Feel free to reshare, but as with any shared circle, I do recommend some discretion in adding a circle of this size to your stream. This one might be a little different in that it doesn't include too many of the "celebrety entrepreneurs" that are common in other shared circles here- though there are a few. For the most part hese are real small business owners or people or with an entrepreneural mindset, and there are lots of smart people here. #entrepreneur #smallbusiness2012-01-06 22:47:1539942514
Shawn Borelli0#FF and #CF Today I'd like to share my circle of Programmers and Developers. These people are responsible for our internet, software, mobile devices, and computers more accessible, user-friendly, reliable, and fun to use! A few of the people I work closely with include +Borelli Designs +CardCodez +Mike Hawk +Drew Salamone +Shawn Borelli Please comment if you're a Programmer and Developer not in this circle so that we can add you!Share this with your circles and extended networks!2012-01-06 15:12:46255000
marius ibanez26a circle of programmers from all languages who shared interesting post.join us if you want interact with us. and shared the circle :)2011-12-13 23:07:17489001
Wataru Tenga0Latest Progressive Politics circle2011-11-12 11:51:482281132
Kathryn Crosby19When I returned to G+ for about the third time and tried to actually give it a chance, I found the most frustrating issue was that there are so few active Australians that there are often long dead times while the rest of the world is asleep. Like me, many of the Australians in this circle posted a couple of things in July/August/September, but because no one else seemed to be posting anything they moved away. None the less, having got near enough to 500 Aussies, I figured I should share the circle and add it to the database. Perhaps with a heap of Australian circling going on it will wake things up a bit. I have tried to cull out the wannabe Australians and the completely inactive, but there may have been a few missed out. If I have missed you please feel free to post in the comments and I'll start work on a second Australians circle.2011-11-02 08:55:134993058
Wataru Tenga0Progressive PoliticsWataru Tenga shared a circle with you.2011-10-27 11:34:351761439
Marko Shiva Pavlovic56This is my programmers circle there are a lot more around actually more than 1000 of different programmers in this circle !That are programmers that are not only web programmers but any Computer Programming related !Basically this is a circle that I read mostly and most of them are programmers with interesting posts !If you are programmer and want to be in this circle just comment !Marko Shiva Pavlovic shared a circle with you.2011-10-16 02:43:1150141825
Robert Scoble161,698A circle of geeks (part I). Here's almost 1,000 active geeks. Programmers, developers, and highly technical people. Here's A-K.Robert Scoble shared a circle with you.2011-10-12 03:14:05493797563
Lord Parker999Here is a Circle of Teachers that I have been harvesting recently.... growing slowly but sure to spreadLord Miles Parker shared a circle with you.2011-10-08 13:06:2577748

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In this post I explain the concept of a Virtual Advocate, which is like the emerging Virtual Assistants (Google Now, Siri, Cortana...), but done right.

I think this idea is important... please tell me what you think.

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Ebola made simple...

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Arrived! With our friends Chris and Johanna

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A new look for my blog. Tech stuff, if anyone out there is into appengine and python.

A new look for my blog. Tech stuff, if anyone out there is into appengine and python.___

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2014-11-21 03:39:24 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Hi AppEngine Pythonistas: I've written a useful library for distributed processing in AppEngine, implementing distributed promises. They're described in detail in this post. I want to open source the library, can anyone help me with best practices for creating an open source python package, including how to make that most easily accessible to appengine developers?

Hi AppEngine Pythonistas: I've written a useful library for distributed processing in AppEngine, implementing distributed promises. They're described in detail in this post. I want to open source the library, can anyone help me with best practices for creating an open source python package, including how to make that most easily accessible to appengine developers?___

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2014-11-21 03:35:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Hi AppEngine Pythonistas: I've written a useful library for distributed processing in AppEngine, implementing distributed promises. They're described in detail in this post. I want to open source the library, can anyone help me with best practices for creating an open source python package, including how to make that most easily accessible to appengine developers?

Hi AppEngine Pythonistas: I've written a useful library for distributed processing in AppEngine, implementing distributed promises. They're described in detail in this post. I want to open source the library, can anyone help me with best practices for creating an open source python package, including how to make that most easily accessible to appengine developers?___

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2014-11-21 02:35:12 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Is this real? If so, it's true because we're probably all very likely to be related to King John:
http://ideas.4brad.com/everybody-your-16th-cousin

#ConspiracyTheories?

The remarkable discovery was made by 12-year-old BridgeAnne d’Avignon, of Salinas, California, who created a ground-breaking family tree that connected 42 of 43 U.S. presidents to one common, and rather unexpected, ancestor: King John of England.
‘They all have the trait of wanting power,’ d’Avignon told the station WFMY.

King John, also known as John ‘Lackland’, is renowned for signing the Magna Carta in 1215, which limited the monarch’s power and helped form the British Parliament.

John’s other claim to fame, or infamy, is that he was depicted as the villain in the Robin Hood tales.
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The only former commander-in-chief not linked to King John is the eighth president, Martin Van Buren, who had Dutch roots.

via +Alan Lovejoy ___Is this real? If so, it's true because we're probably all very likely to be related to King John:
http://ideas.4brad.com/everybody-your-16th-cousin

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2014-11-20 22:46:26 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Here's an interesting experiment. It's the flattr model, but automatic.

1 - Choose a monthly donation ($1 to $3)

2 - Visit sites

When you visit websites with ads*, the ad is replaced by some kind of graphic and possibly a thankyou message. Behind the scenes, these sites get paid.

* I would guess that the ads must be served by Google, and that sites are paid through adsense, just as though they had shown an ad to a visitor.

It's a bold idea! Letting people pay to remove ads! 

If it gets traction, it'd be good to include a "don't want to see ads" link with all ads, which takes you through to the Contributor site for signup.

Also, it'd be good to have some kind of option to not just have a thankyou message, but on well designed sites have the ad div disappear entirely. I'm thinking of how nice adblock makes the web look by... more »

People that can't stop complaining about ad-supported business models will soon have the option of putting their money where their mouths are or STFU.___Here's an interesting experiment. It's the flattr model, but automatic.

1 - Choose a monthly donation ($1 to $3)

2 - Visit sites

When you visit websites with ads*, the ad is replaced by some kind of graphic and possibly a thankyou message. Behind the scenes, these sites get paid.

* I would guess that the ads must be served by Google, and that sites are paid through adsense, just as though they had shown an ad to a visitor.

It's a bold idea! Letting people pay to remove ads! 

If it gets traction, it'd be good to include a "don't want to see ads" link with all ads, which takes you through to the Contributor site for signup.

Also, it'd be good to have some kind of option to not just have a thankyou message, but on well designed sites have the ad div disappear entirely. I'm thinking of how nice adblock makes the web look by completely removing ads (not just leaving white rectangles or something), it needs to be as good as that. For now the thankyou message is good though, it'll help remind users that the money is being used.  

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2014-11-19 23:49:50 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

wat?

Tony Abbott has called on countries to set strong binding emissions reductions targets at next year's major climate conference in Paris, warning the world cannot afford another disappointment like the Copenhagen summit in 2009.___wat?

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2014-11-19 21:28:44 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Apparently none of us is "the one". Who knew?

So good ___Apparently none of us is "the one". Who knew?

2014-11-19 20:59:07 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

We are just another process grinding away. It's a good way to think about humanity, breaks you out of human-exceptionalism.

Think, for a moment, about lignin itself.

It's this complex structural biopolymer made by trees. It's what makes trees woody. And it's totally, transcendently worthless to everything else on earth. There's a tremendous amount of stored energy there -- this being why wood burns -- and nothing can get at it. Millennium after millennium, the accumulation of woody debris starves the atmosphere of carbon dioxide and poisons all of the earth's fresh water. Insofar as anything living has the capacity to suffer, everything is.
 
Eventually, bracket fungus figures out a way to break down lignin. In a matter of a few hundred thousand years, the quantity of atmospheric carbon dioxide triples, and the amount of atmospheric oxygen plummets. The giant insects that dominate the Earth begin to die. Temperatures rise. The oceans acidify. Almost everything dies.

Go back further, and disruptive species become increasingly catastrophic. For instance, when cyanobacteria discovered photosynthesis and produced oxygen as a byproduct, nothing respirated. These huge mats of bacteria were producing a waste product more toxic than chlorine gas. And it destroyed almost all life on earth, down to the microbiome, not that there was anything other than a microbiome. The ground corroded, crumbled, washed into the sea.

And then life, by chance, stumbled on a way to use this horrifyingly toxic gas to ride a more efficient biochemical gradient. And that's all there is to it.

In expending all of the Earth's stored carbon, we're acting just like bracket fungus, or cyanobacteria, or the first cycads. We've found a clever chemical trick and are riding the entropic gradient as long as we can, because, at worst, it temporarily relieves suffering, and at best, it gives us more degrees of freedom to someday not act just like bracket fungus.

This is a low bar -- to not be literally as dumb as a mushroom. But the biological incentives of disruptive species, us included, make environmental catastrophe difficult to avert. The dimensions in which disruptive biology is unsustainable will eventually place a burden on biodiversity system-wide.___We are just another process grinding away. It's a good way to think about humanity, breaks you out of human-exceptionalism.

2014-11-19 11:57:33 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Brilliant!

h/t +John Hardy didn't vote for Abbott 

Bitchin':

"Let’s Encrypt is a new free certificate authority, built on a foundation of cooperation and openness, that lets everyone be up and running with basic server certificates for their domains through a simple one-click process."

#ft  ___Brilliant!

h/t +John Hardy didn't vote for Abbott 

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2014-11-19 08:45:27 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Transactions are really annoying as concurrency primitives, unless you like starvation.

Transactions are really annoying as concurrency primitives, unless you like starvation.___

2014-11-19 07:16:12 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Uber: It's GoDaddy for taxis.

Uber: It's GoDaddy for taxis.___

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2014-11-19 06:38:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I wrote a list of three things to do before lunch. Got 1 done by the end of the day. OTOH I smashed a truly evil transaction-related bug. So I got that goin for me, which is nice.

I wrote a list of three things to do before lunch. Got 1 done by the end of the day. OTOH I smashed a truly evil transaction-related bug. So I got that goin for me, which is nice.___

2014-11-19 06:26:25 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

If I keep wasting UUIDs like this, we're going to hit peak UUID in no time.

If I keep wasting UUIDs like this, we're going to hit peak UUID in no time.___

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2014-11-18 05:48:40 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

These are kind of beautiful. Like.
I'd like to see linked multiplayer versions.

These are kind of beautiful. Like.
I'd like to see linked multiplayer versions.___

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2014-11-17 02:46:52 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

This is why politics is busted in Australia at the moment. Checkout out this crazy alternate universe stuff happening on talkback radio:
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(from the article)
If Tony Abbott thought radio host Alan Jones would provide him with a sympathetic forum to bask in his successful hosting of the G20 summit on Monday, he had another thing coming.

While congratulating the Prime Minister on his defence of the coal industry at the weekend, the post-summit radio interview on Monday morning took a turn as Jones attacked the federal Renewable Energy Target and went on to declare that Mr Abbott was failing the "pub test" with his imminent free trade agreement with China.

"You know that wind turbines are a fake and heavily subsidised by the taxpayer. Global warming is a hoax, we've had nothing for 18 years," the 2GB breakfast host... more »

This is why politics is busted in Australia at the moment. Checkout out this crazy alternate universe stuff happening on talkback radio:
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(from the article)
If Tony Abbott thought radio host Alan Jones would provide him with a sympathetic forum to bask in his successful hosting of the G20 summit on Monday, he had another thing coming.

While congratulating the Prime Minister on his defence of the coal industry at the weekend, the post-summit radio interview on Monday morning took a turn as Jones attacked the federal Renewable Energy Target and went on to declare that Mr Abbott was failing the "pub test" with his imminent free trade agreement with China.

"You know that wind turbines are a fake and heavily subsidised by the taxpayer. Global warming is a hoax, we've had nothing for 18 years," the 2GB breakfast host thundered.

"People listening to you now say, well he's talking economic growth, but hang on, the cost of energy with renewable energy targets is crippling economic growth. They're saying to me 'we used to have the cheapest energy in the world. Now because of all of this, we actually cannot afford to go on doing what we're doing, and jobs are being lost here'. Doesn't economic growth start at home?"

Indeed it did, the Prime Minister agreed, and thanks to the abolition of the carbon tax, Mr Abbott said, power prices had seen their biggest drop on record last quarter.

"I still think they're high… one of the reasons we want to scale back the Renewable Energy Target is because we want to further reduce power prices," he said.

"I can't work miracles Alan, there is no magic wand."

Jones would not be pacified.

"There are people driving to work today listening to you and they are saying, well, no one subsidises anything I do. I'm on my own here, but if you own a wind turbine and you come from Qatar or South Korea or China or India and own wind turbines, you're getting billions of dollars in subsidies from the taxpayer. That doesn't make sense to them," he said.

"We don't need renewable energy targets unless you believe that carbon dioxide is a poisonous pollutant."

Sensing an opening, the PM reminded Jones that he had defended coal to G20 leaders.

"And perhaps it wasn't the most popular point I made…"

"No, but good on you for making it," Jones cheered.

Jones' rage turned to US President Barack Obama for upstaging his G20 host with an "absolutely meaningless" climate pact with China.

"We're supposed to have a wonderful alliance, some sort of mate," Jones fumed.

"The left and the Abbott-haters here have loved it ... I'll tell you what, if I was Tony Abbott I'd be pretty angry about all that stuff."

"Well Alan, look, it's pretty easy for the President of the United States to attract more attention than the Prime Minister of Australia – that's kind of the natural order of things," the Prime Minister replied.

China and the US were the world's biggest emitters "by miles", so "good on them for having a go at reducing them", he said.

"I think I have a very good personal relationship with President Obama as indeed I think I have with President Xi and Prime Minister Abe of Japan and Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom and we've just got Chancellor Merkel of Germany in Australia,  I had the most marvellous dinner with her last night in Sydney. So I think Australia's relationships with important world leaders are in excellent repair."

If he thought Jones might congratulate him on sealing a free trade deal with China, an agreement a decade in the making, Abbott was bound to be disappointed.

"To win an election – and you're not worth two bob in opposition – to win an election, you've got to pass the pub test," Jones lectured.

"I can tell you that the board here this morning is in meltdown."

"Why can't we see this Free Trade Agreement… we don't believe the people who are elected to represent us are speaking our language."

Jones said the promised benefits of the deal, such as tariff-free access to Chinese markets for Australian dairy farmers and wine producers didn't stack up.

"Hang on… China are giving us nothing. The dairy farms are owned by China," Jones cried.

In Western Victoria, Jones shouted, 50 dairy farmers had already signed deals to sell to China.

The Van Diemen's Land Company, a big Tasmanian dairy outfit, was also preparing to sell to China.

"By this time next week, who is going to own little Tasmania," Jones asked.

"The public are very, very angry Prime Minister about this I can tell you."

Seeking to calm his interrogator, the Prime Minister said he could understand people being anxious about the issue, but no buyer could buy unless the owner wanted to sell, and an owner would only want to sell to a foreign investor because they offered a better price.

But there was a double standard, Jones challenged.

"Can Tony Abbott go and buy a farm in China? No, the answer is no Prime Minister, the answer is no he can't, nor can he buy a coal mine, nor can he buy a steel mill."

"Prime Minister I'm telling you out there, they are on fire, in the pubs, they don't swallow this.

"You've got this China Bright Food crowd, they're going to spend $2 billion, they admit it, purchasing dairy farms, wineries and other agricultural assets, so the free trade agreement will say 'oh well, tariffs are off, when you're selling dairy produce to China, and wineries', well of course it's off, China own them.

"And their factory manager said… we'd like to start with dairy and move to all other foods from Australia. God help me!"

Lowering his voice, Jones warned: "PM you don't have a mandate for this."

"The people who vote are the masters, aren't they? They have given you whatever authority you've got – they don't agree with this."

#nottheonion___

2014-11-16 03:51:46 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Putting all white men in the same group is a mistake; it ignores class. I think in fact we break up along at least three dimensions:

1. Rich vs Not rich. Most obvious, but maybe least important to identity?

2. Business oriented vs Employment oriented. I think this is a thing. How do you approach your economic life, via employment or your own business? What us your default?

3. Educated vs Not Educated. In Australia this is really important. Do you and your people go to Uni? Or not? The term "not educated" is probably wrong; TAFE is on the "not educated" side of the line.

I think if you took each of the eight combinations of these binary dimensions, you would cone up with a coherent profile including political outlook.

The non-rich are interesting politically, because they're most of us:

Non Rich, Business, Educated:... more »

Putting all white men in the same group is a mistake; it ignores class. I think in fact we break up along at least three dimensions:

1. Rich vs Not rich. Most obvious, but maybe least important to identity?

2. Business oriented vs Employment oriented. I think this is a thing. How do you approach your economic life, via employment or your own business? What us your default?

3. Educated vs Not Educated. In Australia this is really important. Do you and your people go to Uni? Or not? The term "not educated" is probably wrong; TAFE is on the "not educated" side of the line.

I think if you took each of the eight combinations of these binary dimensions, you would cone up with a coherent profile including political outlook.

The non-rich are interesting politically, because they're most of us:

Non Rich, Business, Educated: Aspiring masters of the universe? Not sure about political leanings, could go either way. I think business orientation says "right", educated says " left".
Non Rich, Business, Non-educated: Small Business Men, right wing, might be libertarian leaning but probably conservative.
Non Rich, Employee, Educated: Middle class lefties.
Non Rich, Employee, Non-educated: White working class, battlers, right wing.

Here are the rich for completeness.

Rich, Business, Educated: Master of the universe. Probably diverse outlooks as per non-rich equivalent, likely status quo oriented (because winning)
Rich, Business, Non-educated: Murdoch? Trump? Note are often educated, but internally wouldn't think of themselves as intelligencia. Think of themselves as rebels fighting the establishment?
Rich, Employee, Educated: Highly paid professionals? Lefties? Doctors, Lawyers, some CEOs?
Rich, Employee, Non-educated: I don't know what this is. Stockbrokers? Right wing.

(Take with a bag of salt, this is a Sunday afternoon brain fart)

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2014-11-16 03:17:00 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I think this photo was taken in The Soul Box in Hindley St, in Adelaide city.

Seriously Acappella___I think this photo was taken in The Soul Box in Hindley St, in Adelaide city.

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2014-11-16 02:17:31 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The white working class vote is always puzzling. Something different but related to this dynamic happens in Australia.

I think the left talks about white privilege and male privilege and so on, and that's important stuff, but it ignores white class differences; so, you lose the Bogan vote ("Bogan" is an Australian term of ridicule that means working class white people, used by the left).

So they go to the right, who in their acceptance of stratification are willing to recognize class difference particularly in a class who are happy to stay in their place. Thus "Howard's Battlers". And there you see the right invented a name for these people, " battlers", that they could adopt for themselves and feel proud of.

Does the US have similar linguistic tells in this area? What is the right's term for these working class white people?

The white working class vote is always puzzling. Something different but related to this dynamic happens in Australia.

I think the left talks about white privilege and male privilege and so on, and that's important stuff, but it ignores white class differences; so, you lose the Bogan vote ("Bogan" is an Australian term of ridicule that means working class white people, used by the left).

So they go to the right, who in their acceptance of stratification are willing to recognize class difference particularly in a class who are happy to stay in their place. Thus "Howard's Battlers". And there you see the right invented a name for these people, " battlers", that they could adopt for themselves and feel proud of.

Does the US have similar linguistic tells in this area? What is the right's term for these working class white people?___

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2014-11-15 00:21:01 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Plus, that shirt is properly awesome.

#science ___Plus, that shirt is properly awesome.

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2014-11-13 09:16:18 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I've been raving here and there about automating the elite for a little while now, and intending to write something in depth about it. While I've been procrastinating, my friend Sean did a much better job than I ever would have. 

I would just post the text here, but it's really long. Go have a read, it's worth it.

I've been raving here and there about automating the elite for a little while now, and intending to write something in depth about it. While I've been procrastinating, my friend Sean did a much better job than I ever would have. 

I would just post the text here, but it's really long. Go have a read, it's worth it.___

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2014-11-13 04:20:28 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Are we 100% sure this comet is ok?

Are we 100% sure this comet is ok?___

2014-11-13 01:11:37 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Anyone who doesn't believe in natural selection needs a minor back injury. Intelligent design? I think not!

Anyone who doesn't believe in natural selection needs a minor back injury. Intelligent design? I think not!___

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2014-11-13 00:25:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

lost in a moment
from the song lines of morning 
a teardrop remains

#haiku 

lost in a moment
from the song lines of morning 
a teardrop remains

#haiku ___

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2014-11-12 23:27:14 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

The surface of a comet looks disturbingly like an original star trek set.

Despite Kim Kardashians butt, and the Russians invading QLD, something important happened last night and heres a pic. 67P. Its been a long time since a collaboration of nations did something as fantastic (in the Jules Verne sense of the word), something as intelligent, and thoughtful, and just plain fabulous as this. ___The surface of a comet looks disturbingly like an original star trek set.

2014-11-12 22:19:33 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

My back just went, in the shower a couple of minutes ago. Bollocks.

My back just went, in the shower a couple of minutes ago. Bollocks.___

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2014-11-12 21:04:31 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Errors = (more code)^2 ? Sounds about right.

Already learned something!___Errors = (more code)^2 ? Sounds about right.

2014-11-12 20:59:15 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Finally, a reason to look at .net again. Especially exciting is what looks like the ability to write .net based cross platform mobile apps (via xamarin, which came out of the mono project iirc)

Microsoft to come to it's senses and opens the entire .net stack on github, with new versions running on linux and MacOS. All this will be targetable for visual studio asking with android and iOS via some sort of deal with xamarin. On to of all that VS will now be free for small commercial Dev teams.

They should have done all this 10 years ago but better late than never.

+Emlyn O'Regan​___Finally, a reason to look at .net again. Especially exciting is what looks like the ability to write .net based cross platform mobile apps (via xamarin, which came out of the mono project iirc)

2014-11-12 07:03:46 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I'm having one of those cannot-get-my-dev-env-working days.

I'm having one of those cannot-get-my-dev-env-working days.___

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2014-11-11 08:42:09 (36 comments, 4 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

In this post I explain the concept of a Virtual Advocate, which is like the emerging Virtual Assistants (Google Now, Siri, Cortana...), but done right.

I think this idea is important... please tell me what you think.

In this post I explain the concept of a Virtual Advocate, which is like the emerging Virtual Assistants (Google Now, Siri, Cortana...), but done right.

I think this idea is important... please tell me what you think.___

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2014-11-11 06:37:03 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

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2014-11-11 04:41:20 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Exiling people to Van Diemans Land is now the humane alternative. Possibly also Norfolk Island?

Our Asylum Seeker policy is deeply shameful. A pox on both your houses.

Exiling people to Van Diemans Land is now the humane alternative. Possibly also Norfolk Island?

Our Asylum Seeker policy is deeply shameful. A pox on both your houses.___

2014-11-10 12:03:12 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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2014-11-10 09:24:01 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Virtual Assistants will not be the new Search. They will be the new Browser. This error is why the current generation (Siri, Google Now, Cortana) suck.

Virtual Assistants will not be the new Search. They will be the new Browser. This error is why the current generation (Siri, Google Now, Cortana) suck.___

2014-11-10 02:29:15 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Is there a name for what Google Now, Siri, and Cortana are? Assuming that they define a category, which might be premature.

Is there a name for what Google Now, Siri, and Cortana are? Assuming that they define a category, which might be premature.___

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2014-11-09 08:48:48 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Warmups before today's gig with Chordiality. (Spoiler: it was great!)

Warmups before today's gig with Chordiality. (Spoiler: it was great!)___

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2014-11-09 02:26:37 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

+John Hardy didn't vote for Abbott​

Interesting perspective. Thanks, +w0lfwood on Twitter.___+John Hardy didn't vote for Abbott​

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2014-11-09 02:11:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

+Jodie O'Regan​​ and I are doing our folky 2-voice thing as guests of a big choir, "Chordiality", today. Here they are in final run through.

+Jodie O'Regan​​ and I are doing our folky 2-voice thing as guests of a big choir, "Chordiality", today. Here they are in final run through.___

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2014-11-08 07:30:15 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Wave to +Wayne Radinsky​!

Wave to +Wayne Radinsky​!___

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2014-11-08 06:21:12 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

This is an incredibly interesting and potentially important bit of research. A few years ago, the neural connectome of the worm C. elegans was mapped -- that is, we have a map of all 302 neurons in this worm, and how they're connected to one another and to things like muscles and sense organs. +Timothy Busbice's team used this information to make a simple computer simulation of the worm's neurons. (I'm saying "neurons" instead of "brain" because this worm doesn't actually have a discrete brain; it's a simple enough creature that its neurons are just spread throughout its body) 

They connected their simulation to a simple robot. The worm's "nose touch" sense neurons were connected to a sonar sensor on the robot, so the robot coming within 20cm of an object will give the neurons the signals that a worm would get if it touched something.T... more »

This is an incredibly interesting and potentially important bit of research. A few years ago, the neural connectome of the worm C. elegans was mapped -- that is, we have a map of all 302 neurons in this worm, and how they're connected to one another and to things like muscles and sense organs. +Timothy Busbice's team used this information to make a simple computer simulation of the worm's neurons. (I'm saying "neurons" instead of "brain" because this worm doesn't actually have a discrete brain; it's a simple enough creature that its neurons are just spread throughout its body) 

They connected their simulation to a simple robot. The worm's "nose touch" sense neurons were connected to a sonar sensor on the robot, so the robot coming within 20cm of an object will give the neurons the signals that a worm would get if it touched something. The motor neurons which control the 95 body muscles of the worm were instead hooked up to a computer simulation of the muscles which boils down their actions to simple "squinch left" and "squinch right" motions, which were translated into the motions of two wheels.

When it was wired together and powered up, the robot started to show clear worm-like behaviors, as you can watch in this video (CElegans Neurorobotics): it could sense and avoid simple obstacles and head towards food.

This simulation is currently incredibly crude. The simulation of the neurons themselves, for example, only allows one kind of "connection" between neurons; real neurons can interact in a few ways, chemically, electrically, and so on. One of the team's next tasks is to make that simulation more realistic. Another issue may be to give it a better robotic analogue, so that they can replace (for example) the crude mapping of motor neurons to wheels with a more intricate mapping to actual muscle behaviors and the way real worms move. And of course, there are other kinds of interaction which this doesn't yet capture at all -- for example, the hormone-mediated interactions which connect the neurons to the worm's digestive system.

However, even in its very crude initial state, this research tells us some very important things.

First and foremost, the simple simulation of neurons themselves is enough to mimic basic worm behaviors. This is important because, while we've always theorized that mind and behavior come from our neurons, and not from any additional source, this is the acid test which we've never been able to do before: strip away everything but the neurons, and see if pure neural connections can really explain behavior.

Second, this is a baseline system which can easily be expanded to have all of the additional details which we've been lacking, and C. elegans is a simple enough creature that it's quite feasible to think that we'll be able to map and simulate all of the requisite parts -- not just a crude simulation. We could expect that this system will ultimately grow to be a complete enough simulation that, if it were to fail to mimic any observed behavior of the actual worm, we would have thereby discovered an important part of how biology works which we had not yet mapped. That, in turn, can drive discovery of more mechanisms, and ultimately we expect that we should be able to make a 100% mimic of the worm. If we can't, then there's a major discovery right there.

Most importantly, this sort of simulation allows us to understand the actual workings of biology much more deeply. For example, one thing we already know about the connectome is that it is highly recursive: that is, neural connections loop back on each other extensively. This is different from how we normally build neural nets in AI research, and one of its consequences is that once signals start coming in to the worm's brain, persistent patterns start getting set up in it: things which we can consider to be the precursors of memory and consciousness. 

A simulation allows us to make changes and understand their effects. By adding and removing connections, for example, we can start to learn why the brain is wired the way it is, and what the ways are in which it can fail. (Which can have significant medical consequences!) Likewise, as our simulation of C. elegans becomes more and more sophisticated, we can look at every aspect of biology and how it influences the system as a whole.

Over time, of course, we could even expect to simulate far more complex creatures. Mapping the connectome of more complex creatures -- insects, small mammals, and even humans -- is a work in progress. We are unlikely to be able to map the complete network of all of the biology of a complex creature in the near future, but this work on C. elegans should be able to hint to us which aspects of the biology are most important to map correctly in order to understand the function of mind.

It is not at all out of the question that within the next decade, we will have a meaningful simulation of the mind of a rat or a similarly complex creature. This would be a major work, of course, of a complexity on a par with any of the major scientific efforts of our time, but its impact on our world could be profound -- from the perspective of understanding ourselves, from the perspective of medicine, and even from the perspective of artificial intelligence.

(Or, I suppose, from the perspective of being to upload our brains into computers in a meaningful way, which is certainly an interesting approach to the problem of medicine and extending life.)

The projects in this field, including large individual efforts like the Human Connectome Project (humanconnectomeproject.org), which is trying to map the connectome of the human brain at MRI granularity, and data informatics efforts like the Open Connectome Project (openconnectomeproject.org), which aims to pull together and make available a wide variety of connectome data, are among the most interesting directions in science today. 

h/t +Jeff Dean.___

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2014-11-08 05:40:27 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Beach!

Beach!___

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2014-11-07 08:50:26 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Printed flyers for our gig tonight at the venue... in the loo no less! Fancy.

Printed flyers for our gig tonight at the venue... in the loo no less! Fancy.___

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2014-11-07 07:58:04 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The lovely people of the Maleny Lodge (Megan and Reg) are putting us up gratis for the night, as part of us singing. Here's +Jodie O'Regan​​ taking a photo to put on... that other social network...

The lovely people of the Maleny Lodge (Megan and Reg) are putting us up gratis for the night, as part of us singing. Here's +Jodie O'Regan​​ taking a photo to put on... that other social network...___

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2014-11-07 07:56:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Stage of The Upfront Club, we'll be up there from 7pm.

Stage of The Upfront Club, we'll be up there from 7pm.___

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2014-11-07 07:55:38 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

+Jodie O'Regan​ and I are about to play The Upfront Club in Maleny, north of Brisbane.

+Jodie O'Regan​ and I are about to play The Upfront Club in Maleny, north of Brisbane.___

2014-11-07 03:14:47 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Murky proto thought: A bougeouis society dominated by the middle classes cares about fairness, care, truth, justice, etc, because power is dispersed. An elite driven society cares about social status, authoritarianism, and raw power.

We've been dominated by middle class sensibility for long enough to forget the historical norm; stratification, oppression, naked wielding of power.

In a sense it's the analogue of the stupidity of the anti-vaxxers; a machine was in place doing a job so well we forget why it was there, and start trying to dismantle it.

Why does the right oppose acting on climate change? Because the left ("teachers and librarians") are for it. So it becomes part of a program to make hierarchy, authority, and naked appeals to and use of power trump our "enlightenment ideals". As Humpty should have said, when I use a jackboot, it means... more »

Murky proto thought: A bougeouis society dominated by the middle classes cares about fairness, care, truth, justice, etc, because power is dispersed. An elite driven society cares about social status, authoritarianism, and raw power.

We've been dominated by middle class sensibility for long enough to forget the historical norm; stratification, oppression, naked wielding of power.

In a sense it's the analogue of the stupidity of the anti-vaxxers; a machine was in place doing a job so well we forget why it was there, and start trying to dismantle it.

Why does the right oppose acting on climate change? Because the left ("teachers and librarians") are for it. So it becomes part of a program to make hierarchy, authority, and naked appeals to and use of power trump our "enlightenment ideals". As Humpty should have said, when I use a jackboot, it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.___

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2014-11-01 09:38:04 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Arrived! With our friends Chris and Johanna

Arrived! With our friends Chris and Johanna___

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2014-11-01 04:03:31 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Airport Selfie. +Jodie O'Regan​ & I are heading off for a musical week in Brisbane. 

Airport Selfie. +Jodie O'Regan​ & I are heading off for a musical week in Brisbane. ___

2014-10-31 01:49:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I'm having a dive into Watson and Bluemix today. It's kind of horrifyingly enterprisey. I can feel myself getting upset.

I'm having a dive into Watson and Bluemix today. It's kind of horrifyingly enterprisey. I can feel myself getting upset.___

2014-10-31 01:30:38 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

In Inbox, signup confirmation emails (which you tend to want to see immediately) should be in their own Bundle. Mine are landing in Low Priority, which is wrong.

In Inbox, signup confirmation emails (which you tend to want to see immediately) should be in their own Bundle. Mine are landing in Low Priority, which is wrong.___

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2014-10-30 22:41:16 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Great comparison of contagiousness vs deadliness of various diseases. Puts Ebola nicely in perspective. It's worth seeing how it compares to HIV.

Public fear seems to be based on a misconception that it is contagious like, say, the flu.

Ebola made simple...___Great comparison of contagiousness vs deadliness of various diseases. Puts Ebola nicely in perspective. It's worth seeing how it compares to HIV.

Public fear seems to be based on a misconception that it is contagious like, say, the flu.

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