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Michael R. Bernstein has been at 7 events

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Halloween Costume Contest450Are you ready to play in this year's Halloween Costume Contest?  Here's how to do it! - Take a photo of yourself IN COSTUME holding our contest event sign. - Upload the pics here or email to contests@superficialgallery.com by midnight, Monday, November 3. - Sit back and win! Just like last year, you'll get a chance to vote for your favorites to win! We have a ton of great prizes again this year, so get planning!   The Great 2014 Halloween Costume Contest2014-10-31 03:00:00160  
Derek Ross1,210,363*Google Press Event: Breakfast with Sundar Pichai* *Feel free to speculate. I'm guessing we'll find out about Android 4.3 and a new Nexus 7.* Live Stream URL added. Possibilities: Android 4.3 New Nexus 7 H2G2 media streaming device New Chromebook Chrome Dongle for TV (Chromecast?)Google Press Event: Breakfast with Sundar Pichai2013-07-24 18:00:00356  
Euro Maestro96,273Live hangout on air with Alexis Ohanian - co-founder of RedditSpotlight on Alexis Ohanian with Euro Maestro - Live Show2013-05-15 17:00:0064  
NASA2,451,840Having trouble watching the event? Try watching directly on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8LI5JiWEfs --------- Have you ever asked a question to someone in space? No? Well now’s your chance. In a first for the agency, NASA will host a Google+ Hangout live with the International Space Station on Feb. 22 from 10:30 a.m EST to 11:30 a.m. EST. Google+ Hangouts allow people to chat face-to-face while thousands more can tune in to watch the conversation live on Google+ or YouTube. This unique opportunity will connect you, our fans, with astronauts living and working on the orbiting laboratory 240 miles above the Earth. During the event, several video questions will be selected and answered by astronauts on the space station and on the ground. Additionally, NASA will ask real-time questions submitted by our followers on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook. Unique and original questions are more likely to be selected. You can view the Hangout live on the NASA Google+ page or the NASA Television YouTube channel to watch the astronauts answer the questions. SUBMITTING REAL-TIME QUESTIONS To ask a real-time question during the event on Google+ or Twitter, please use the hashtag #askAstro. You can also post a comment on a thread on NASA’s Facebook page that will open for questions on the morning of the event. WATCHING THE GOOGLE+ HANGOUT To join the hangout, and for updates and opportunities to participate in upcoming hangouts, visit NASA's Google+ page at http://plus.google.com/+NASA. During the hangout, astronauts Kevin Ford, Chris Hadfield and Tom Marshburn will answer questions and provide insights about life aboard the station. Station crews conduct a variety of science experiments and perform station maintenance during their six-month stay on the outpost. Their life aboard the station in near-weightlessness requires unique approaches to everyday activities such as eating, sleeping and exercising.NASA Long-Distance Google+ Hangout to Connect with Space Station2013-02-22 16:30:008329  
Google Science Fair2,800,760Join us for a Hangout on Air with Vint Cerf, a computer scientist recognized as one of "the fathers of the Internet." We look forward to a conversation with him about how the Internet continues to evolve, and the challenges and opportunities ahead of us. Have a question for Vint? Submit it in the comments below and we may ask it on air!Google Science Fair Hangout on Air with Vint Cerf2012-11-13 01:00:00462  
Jerry James Stone446,231@113508676962836879224 presents @109140277806644720261 (founder of craigslist and craigconnects) for a live video chat with OFF TOPIC hosts @107982618909749811163 and @113274240511284571445 on the use of social media for good. Both SXSW Eco and Craig Newmark will discuss the current issues non profits face with getting their message out on all available channels, especially when it comes to using technologies such as social media. Best practices, successful campaigns, and building a grassroots effort through social efforts are just some of the things that will be discussed.SXSW Eco: OFF TOPIC with Craig Newmark2012-08-08 19:00:0085  
Fraser Cain962,243To celebrate the landing of NASA's Curiosity Rover - the Mars Science Laboratory - we'll be running a special live hangout.  In conjunction with @106911959181067745693. We'll have all your favorite space/astronomy journalists on hand to discuss the mission in depth, and celebrate the landing live, when it happens. Join Fraser Cain, @109036978092446954908, @108952536790629690817 and @102887292457967781591 for this special event. Over the course of this 4-hour Google+ Hangout on Air, we'll interview members of the Curiosity team live in the hangout, as well as other special guests from the @111419948721791453320 and the @108759765804984663877. @109479143173251353583 and @107051665537162034944 will be on location at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to interview members of the engineering team, and show you what it's like to be at NASA during this amazing moment. We'll update this event as we lock down more of the guests and participants. See you there! You can follow the hashtag #marshangout   (this will replace our regular Sunday night @100902337165997768522)Google+ Hangout - Curiosity Landing Coverage2012-08-06 05:00:004861  

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Most comments: 23

2014-10-25 09:54:50 (23 comments, 2 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Suggest New Categories, Vote on existing suggestions!

Here is where you get to suggest new categories (one suggestion per comment), or +1 others' suggestions (as many as you like!).

And tell me what categories are missing! 

Most reshares: 14

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2014-10-10 21:57:11 (8 comments, 14 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Check out the BookLiberator Beta, a flatpack kit version of an affordable, low-tech book digitizer that looks good in your living room or library, and can scan 600-900 pages per hour!

Comes with everything you need except the cameras, assembly required but the only tool you'll need is a screwdriver.

I'll likely purchase one within a week or so, and after I assemble it, I'm going to steampunk it up and make it even more awesome.

Most plusones: 26

2014-10-25 09:54:50 (23 comments, 2 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Suggest New Categories, Vote on existing suggestions!

Here is where you get to suggest new categories (one suggestion per comment), or +1 others' suggestions (as many as you like!).

And tell me what categories are missing! 

Latest 50 posts

2014-11-29 17:25:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

We're now at 8.5k members (even after I booted some spammers)! Whoo!

If you haven't yet done so, please vote on the categories we should add to the community here: https://plus.google.com/104064546334481015008/posts/RCJ2AuRK5UA

And feel free to introduce yourselves here, if you haven't yet: https://plus.google.com/communities/104184686549676140421/stream/d479e949-8b1c-42a2-8a53-ec9ad2edee96

We're now at 8.5k members (even after I booted some spammers)! Whoo!

If you haven't yet done so, please vote on the categories we should add to the community here: https://plus.google.com/104064546334481015008/posts/RCJ2AuRK5UA

And feel free to introduce yourselves here, if you haven't yet: https://plus.google.com/communities/104184686549676140421/stream/d479e949-8b1c-42a2-8a53-ec9ad2edee96___

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2014-11-22 22:42:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

If  told you that any K-12 student in the US can get full access to all O'Reilly books and videos via a free Safari subscription, you'd be looking for the catch.  There isn't one (except that it's only open to US students - sorry. If anyone has ideas about how we can validate young people in other countries, we can explore adding them.

 +Andrew Savikas explains how this came about. Congratulations to the Safari team, especially +Keith Fahlgren, who took the bit in his teeth and figured out how to make this happen.  I particularly like how the Safari team figured out how to make this an internet self-service play rather than something we had to work through bureaucratic channels.

And thanks to the folks at the White House, who used their convening power to get a whole lot of donations to help kickstart better STEM education in America.

If  told you that any K-12 student in the US can get full access to all O'Reilly books and videos via a free Safari subscription, you'd be looking for the catch.  There isn't one (except that it's only open to US students - sorry. If anyone has ideas about how we can validate young people in other countries, we can explore adding them.

 +Andrew Savikas explains how this came about. Congratulations to the Safari team, especially +Keith Fahlgren, who took the bit in his teeth and figured out how to make this happen.  I particularly like how the Safari team figured out how to make this an internet self-service play rather than something we had to work through bureaucratic channels.

And thanks to the folks at the White House, who used their convening power to get a whole lot of donations to help kickstart better STEM education in America.___

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2014-11-04 12:17:05 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Very interesting! What does 'rained normally' mean in your area?

Here's an update on my Hugelkultur bed. Enjoy!___Very interesting! What does 'rained normally' mean in your area?

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2014-11-01 13:27:43 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

My new wooden Fate Dice, in context (those are the green dice from the Core Dice set), courtesy of +Joseph Kogin!

BTW, seems like an 'Accessories' category may be warranted, no?

My new wooden Fate Dice, in context (those are the green dice from the Core Dice set), courtesy of +Joseph Kogin!

BTW, seems like an 'Accessories' category may be warranted, no?___

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2014-10-31 18:46:07 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Spooky!

Spooky!___

2014-10-25 09:54:50 (23 comments, 2 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Suggest New Categories, Vote on existing suggestions!

Here is where you get to suggest new categories (one suggestion per comment), or +1 others' suggestions (as many as you like!).

And tell me what categories are missing! 

Suggest New Categories, Vote on existing suggestions!

Here is where you get to suggest new categories (one suggestion per comment), or +1 others' suggestions (as many as you like!).

And tell me what categories are missing! ___

2014-10-24 20:15:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Please imagine there was a way in which you could anonymously give $1/week to someone you know or are aware of who you love and / or are inspired by.

Given the above, which ONE of the following best applies to you?

Please imagine there was a way in which you could anonymously give $1/week to someone you know or are aware of who you love and / or are inspired by.

Given the above, which ONE of the following best applies to you?___

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2014-10-18 15:48:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Sharing this here in case you folks have suggestions for improving the Growing Food community too! ;-)

MILESTONE

We've just crossed 8k members in our 'little' community, folks!

I would really appreciate your feedback in this poll to figure out how best to keep the community growing and interesting to the members. Please vote, or if you don't see your choice represented in the poll, add a comment (or +1 a similar comment). Thanks in advance!:

https://plus.google.com/104064546334481015008/posts/2AhXttd5wtf___Sharing this here in case you folks have suggestions for improving the Growing Food community too! ;-)

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2014-10-18 13:10:29 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

MILESTONE

We've just crossed 8k members in our 'little' community, folks!

I would really appreciate your feedback in this poll to figure out how best to keep the community growing and interesting to the members. Please vote, or if you don't see your choice represented in the poll, add a comment (or +1 a similar comment). Thanks in advance!:

https://plus.google.com/104064546334481015008/posts/2AhXttd5wtf

MILESTONE

We've just crossed 8k members in our 'little' community, folks!

I would really appreciate your feedback in this poll to figure out how best to keep the community growing and interesting to the members. Please vote, or if you don't see your choice represented in the poll, add a comment (or +1 a similar comment). Thanks in advance!:

https://plus.google.com/104064546334481015008/posts/2AhXttd5wtf___

2014-10-18 12:55:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

+Federated Social Web, this community needs a logo. I am willing to create one for you. For free. Let me know if you're interested, and I'll share samples of other free logos I've created.

+Federated Social Web, this community needs a logo. I am willing to create one for you. For free. Let me know if you're interested, and I'll share samples of other free logos I've created.___

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2014-10-18 12:31:03 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

This. Is. HILARIOUS. I laughed so hard chai came out my nose.

Found the new star of Lilith Dark: The Movie.

#LetMePoop   #Frozen   #LilithDark  ___This. Is. HILARIOUS. I laughed so hard chai came out my nose.

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2014-10-18 12:19:19 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Ah, the morning dose of caffeine... I take mine as tea (usually chai these days). How about you?

Sky in a cup - beautiful montage by our member Bonniebbx http://pixabay.com/p-488177___Ah, the morning dose of caffeine... I take mine as tea (usually chai these days). How about you?

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2014-10-18 03:31:01 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Hey, I've been experiencing this blocker on creating apps that work the same on both GAE and Google Cloud Managed VMs without modification:
https://code.google.com/p/googleappengine/issues/detail?id=11393

If this is something you find interesting or important, please star the issue!

Hey, I've been experiencing this blocker on creating apps that work the same on both GAE and Google Cloud Managed VMs without modification:
https://code.google.com/p/googleappengine/issues/detail?id=11393

If this is something you find interesting or important, please star the issue!___

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2014-10-18 03:30:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Hey, I've been experiencing this blocker on creating apps that work the same on both GAE and Google Cloud Managed VMs without modification:
https://code.google.com/p/googleappengine/issues/detail?id=11393

If this is something you find interesting or important, please star the issue!

Hey, I've been experiencing this blocker on creating apps that work the same on both GAE and Google Cloud Managed VMs without modification:
https://code.google.com/p/googleappengine/issues/detail?id=11393

If this is something you find interesting or important, please star the issue!___

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2014-10-18 03:28:44 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Hey, I've been experiencing this blocker on creating apps that work the same on both GAE and Google Cloud Managed VMs without modification:
https://code.google.com/p/googleappengine/issues/detail?id=11393

If this is something you find interesting or important, please star the issue!

Hey, I've been experiencing this blocker on creating apps that work the same on both GAE and Google Cloud Managed VMs without modification:
https://code.google.com/p/googleappengine/issues/detail?id=11393

If this is something you find interesting or important, please star the issue!___

2014-10-16 13:13:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Wow. That is cool...

#FutureMe  
Slides from an IPython/Jupyter notebook

http://www.slideviper.oquanta.info/tutorial/slideshow_tutorial_slides.html

http://nbviewer.ipython.org/github/fperez/nb-slideshow-template/blob/master/install-support.ipynb___Wow. That is cool...

2014-10-16 08:19:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Discuss the Poll

Have an opinion about the poll I am running to shape the direction of the community (or the results so far)? Discuss it here!

But don't forget to actually vote! https://plus.google.com/104064546334481015008/posts/2AhXttd5wtf

Discuss the Poll

Have an opinion about the poll I am running to shape the direction of the community (or the results so far)? Discuss it here!

But don't forget to actually vote! https://plus.google.com/104064546334481015008/posts/2AhXttd5wtf___

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2014-10-11 13:52:14 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Check out the BookLiberator Beta, a flatpack kit version of an affordable, low-tech book digitizer that looks good in your living room or library, and can scan 600-900 pages per hour!

Comes with everything you need except the cameras, assembly required but the only tool you'll need is a screwdriver.

I'll likely purchase one within a week or so, and after I assemble it, I'm going to steampunk it up and make it even more awesome.

Check out the BookLiberator Beta, a flatpack kit version of an affordable, low-tech book digitizer that looks good in your living room or library, and can scan 600-900 pages per hour!

Comes with everything you need except the cameras, assembly required but the only tool you'll need is a screwdriver.

I'll likely purchase one within a week or so, and after I assemble it, I'm going to steampunk it up and make it even more awesome.___

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2014-10-11 13:28:10 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Greetings! I just joined, and thought this topical post would help introduce the kind of guy I am.

Other related points: I am a Sci-Fi geek, now prefer reading ebooks after resisting for years, and work professionally as a web developer.

Check out the BookLiberator Beta, a flatpack kit version of an affordable, low-tech book digitizer that looks good in your living room or library, and can scan 600-900 pages per hour!

Comes with everything you need except the cameras, assembly required but the only tool you'll need is a screwdriver.

I'll likely purchase one within a week or so, and after I assemble it, I'm going to steampunk it up and make it even more awesome.___Greetings! I just joined, and thought this topical post would help introduce the kind of guy I am.

Other related points: I am a Sci-Fi geek, now prefer reading ebooks after resisting for years, and work professionally as a web developer.

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2014-10-11 13:23:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Check out the BookLiberator Beta, a flatpack kit version of an affordable, low-tech book digitizer that looks good in your living room or library, and can scan 600-900 pages per hour!

Comes with everything you need except the cameras, assembly required but the only tool you'll need is a screwdriver.

I'll likely purchase one within a week or so, and after I assemble it, I'm going to steampunk it up and make it even more awesome.

Check out the BookLiberator Beta, a flatpack kit version of an affordable, low-tech book digitizer that looks good in your living room or library, and can scan 600-900 pages per hour!

Comes with everything you need except the cameras, assembly required but the only tool you'll need is a screwdriver.

I'll likely purchase one within a week or so, and after I assemble it, I'm going to steampunk it up and make it even more awesome.___

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2014-10-10 21:57:11 (8 comments, 14 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Check out the BookLiberator Beta, a flatpack kit version of an affordable, low-tech book digitizer that looks good in your living room or library, and can scan 600-900 pages per hour!

Comes with everything you need except the cameras, assembly required but the only tool you'll need is a screwdriver.

I'll likely purchase one within a week or so, and after I assemble it, I'm going to steampunk it up and make it even more awesome.

Check out the BookLiberator Beta, a flatpack kit version of an affordable, low-tech book digitizer that looks good in your living room or library, and can scan 600-900 pages per hour!

Comes with everything you need except the cameras, assembly required but the only tool you'll need is a screwdriver.

I'll likely purchase one within a week or so, and after I assemble it, I'm going to steampunk it up and make it even more awesome.___

2014-10-10 12:09:01 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

What should I do for the community next?

Folks, we're almost to 8,000 members, so I figured I'd ask about the next thing I should do to try and make this community better.

I'll leave this poll pinned as the top post for a couple of weeks or so, or until I feel I have enough votes for a representative sample, whichever comes first.

I may be the community 'owner' here but it wouldn't be anything without all of you, so please vote on how to make it better for ourselves and the next few thousand members!

What should I do for the community next?

Folks, we're almost to 8,000 members, so I figured I'd ask about the next thing I should do to try and make this community better.

I'll leave this poll pinned as the top post for a couple of weeks or so, or until I feel I have enough votes for a representative sample, whichever comes first.

I may be the community 'owner' here but it wouldn't be anything without all of you, so please vote on how to make it better for ourselves and the next few thousand members!___

2014-10-10 00:11:03 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

We've always had bullies. And we've always had mobs.

And the Internet truly does let any people self-organize in common cause.

But one of the side effects is that now we have self-organized mobs of bullies roaming the Internet, and I'm pretty sure we haven't seen anywhere near the worst of this yet.

As a species and as a culture, we just don't have the right herd immunities for these memetic behaviors. Yet.

I am not often blindingly furious, but today I am. 

Kathy Sierra's writing has been very influential on me. When she was harassed off the Internet some years back, it was horrific.  When she came back, just a little bit, It was a sheer delight. 

Today she is gone again.  I cannot blame her, even a little bit. But I am sad and angry as all hell that it happened.___We've always had bullies. And we've always had mobs.

And the Internet truly does let any people self-organize in common cause.

But one of the side effects is that now we have self-organized mobs of bullies roaming the Internet, and I'm pretty sure we haven't seen anywhere near the worst of this yet.

As a species and as a culture, we just don't have the right herd immunities for these memetic behaviors. Yet.

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2014-10-08 00:31:20 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

My friend, Bradley Kuhn, a longtime activist on behalf of free software and copyleft, has started using +Gratipay to accept personal donations.

If he reaches a sustainable level of $800/month, he'll be able to continue his work without interruption for paid software development side-gigs.

I, for one, am truly grateful for the years of work Bradley has devoted to these causes, and hope he will reach a figure 10x that in recognition of the expertise he brings to bear in this area if nothing else.

Meanwhile, if you've read this far, check out the free tutorial book he is writing and editing on GPL Compliance: http://ebb.org/bkuhn/articles/copyleft-book.pdf

My friend, Bradley Kuhn, a longtime activist on behalf of free software and copyleft, has started using +Gratipay to accept personal donations.

If he reaches a sustainable level of $800/month, he'll be able to continue his work without interruption for paid software development side-gigs.

I, for one, am truly grateful for the years of work Bradley has devoted to these causes, and hope he will reach a figure 10x that in recognition of the expertise he brings to bear in this area if nothing else.

Meanwhile, if you've read this far, check out the free tutorial book he is writing and editing on GPL Compliance: http://ebb.org/bkuhn/articles/copyleft-book.pdf___

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2014-10-08 00:30:30 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

My friend, Bradley Kuhn, a longtime activist on behalf of free software and copyleft, has started using +Gratipay to accept personal donations.

If he reaches a sustainable level of $800/month, he'll be able to continue his work without interruption for paid software development side-gigs.

I, for one, am truly grateful for the years of work Bradley has devoted to these causes, and hope he will reach a figure 10x that in recognition of the expertise he brings to bear in this area if nothing else.

Meanwhile, if you've read this far, check out the free tutorial book he is writing and editing on GPL Compliance: http://ebb.org/bkuhn/articles/copyleft-book.pdf

My friend, Bradley Kuhn, a longtime activist on behalf of free software and copyleft, has started using +Gratipay to accept personal donations.

If he reaches a sustainable level of $800/month, he'll be able to continue his work without interruption for paid software development side-gigs.

I, for one, am truly grateful for the years of work Bradley has devoted to these causes, and hope he will reach a figure 10x that in recognition of the expertise he brings to bear in this area if nothing else.

Meanwhile, if you've read this far, check out the free tutorial book he is writing and editing on GPL Compliance: http://ebb.org/bkuhn/articles/copyleft-book.pdf___

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2014-10-02 01:42:17 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This looks like a quite awesome giveaway, and the odds look pretty good so far.

This looks like a quite awesome giveaway, and the odds look pretty good so far.___

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2014-10-01 00:35:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Interesting idea for a chat-like email client.

Interesting idea for a chat-like email client.___

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2014-09-21 12:28:40 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Came across this NPR story via +Kee Hinckley:
http://www.npr.org/2014/09/19/349626755/keeping-heirloom-apples-alive-is-like-a-chain-letter-over-many-centuries

I'm also a fan of Trees of Antiquity where you can purchase many heirloom apple trees: http://www.treesofantiquity.com

Came across this NPR story via +Kee Hinckley:
http://www.npr.org/2014/09/19/349626755/keeping-heirloom-apples-alive-is-like-a-chain-letter-over-many-centuries

I'm also a fan of Trees of Antiquity where you can purchase many heirloom apple trees: http://www.treesofantiquity.com___

2014-09-07 13:32:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I'm trying to improve how App Engine handles 3rd-party libraries, but am getting some pushback. Any suggestions for improving this code?:

I'm trying to improve how App Engine handles 3rd-party libraries, but am getting some pushback. Any suggestions for improving this code?:___

2014-09-07 13:30:53 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Any suggestions for improving this code?:

Any suggestions for improving this code?:___

2014-09-07 13:29:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Any suggestions on improving this code?:

Any suggestions on improving this code?:___

2014-09-07 13:28:20 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I'm trying to improve how 3rd-party imports are handled in the App Engine example apps, but am getting some pushback. Any suggestions for improving this code?:

I'm trying to improve how 3rd-party imports are handled in the App Engine example apps, but am getting some pushback. Any suggestions for improving this code?:___

2014-09-07 13:25:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

So, I'm getting some pushback about my proposed solution for 3rd-party imports. Can any of you suggest improvements to the code to make it cleaner?

So, I'm getting some pushback about my proposed solution for 3rd-party imports. Can any of you suggest improvements to the code to make it cleaner?___

2014-08-31 13:30:48 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I found and fixed[1][2] an issue with +Google Cloud Platform's python app skeletons that was preventing the use of namespaced[3] Python packages.

As a result, additional frameworks can now be supported more easily, for example, this skeleton for the Morepath framework[4]: https://github.com/webmaven/appengine-python-morepath-skeleton, or this one for Pyramid[5]: https://github.com/webmaven/appengine-python-pyramid-skeleton

*UPDATE:* Subsequently, I realized there was now a problem with packages (such as WebOb 1.4) being masked by the included libraries (such as WebOb 1.2) due to the import order. I went ahead and fixed that too[6].

[1] https://github.com/GoogleCloudPlatform/appengine-python-flask-skeleton/pull/9
[2] https://github.com/GoogleCloudPlatform/appengine-python-bottle-skeleton/pull/8[3... more »

I found and fixed[1][2] an issue with +Google Cloud Platform's python app skeletons that was preventing the use of namespaced[3] Python packages.

As a result, additional frameworks can now be supported more easily, for example, this skeleton for the Morepath framework[4]: https://github.com/webmaven/appengine-python-morepath-skeleton, or this one for Pyramid[5]: https://github.com/webmaven/appengine-python-pyramid-skeleton

*UPDATE:* Subsequently, I realized there was now a problem with packages (such as WebOb 1.4) being masked by the included libraries (such as WebOb 1.2) due to the import order. I went ahead and fixed that too[6].

[1] https://github.com/GoogleCloudPlatform/appengine-python-flask-skeleton/pull/9
[2] https://github.com/GoogleCloudPlatform/appengine-python-bottle-skeleton/pull/8
[3] http://chimera.labs.oreilly.com/books/1230000000393/ch10.html#namespacepackage
[4] http://morepath.readthedocs.org/
[5] http://www.pylonsproject.org/projects/pyramid/about
[6] eg. https://github.com/GoogleCloudPlatform/appengine-python-bottle-skeleton/pull/12/files___

2014-08-31 13:12:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Good news for Python App Engine developers:

Huzzah, Hooray!

Looks like 'pip install -r requirements.txt --target lib/' will soon be fixed to work much better for App Engine style deployments: https://github.com/pypa/pip/issues/1489#issuecomment-53985431

This will make building App Engine based apps much easier without having to either vendorize all your dependencies into your VCS, or setting up crazy build scripts.

Thanks for working on the Pull Request, +Jon Wayne Parrott!___Good news for Python App Engine developers:

2014-08-31 12:42:17 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Huzzah, Hooray!

Looks like 'pip install -r requirements.txt --target lib/' will soon be fixed to work much better for App Engine style deployments: https://github.com/pypa/pip/issues/1489#issuecomment-53985431

This will make building App Engine based apps much easier without having to either vendorize all your dependencies into your VCS, or setting up crazy build scripts.

Thanks for working on the Pull Request, +Jon Wayne Parrott!

Huzzah, Hooray!

Looks like 'pip install -r requirements.txt --target lib/' will soon be fixed to work much better for App Engine style deployments: https://github.com/pypa/pip/issues/1489#issuecomment-53985431

This will make building App Engine based apps much easier without having to either vendorize all your dependencies into your VCS, or setting up crazy build scripts.

Thanks for working on the Pull Request, +Jon Wayne Parrott!___

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2014-08-25 21:01:30 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Those of you lucky enough to harvest more than you can actually eat, these resources for printable canning labels may come in handy: 

Those of you lucky enough to harvest more than you can actually eat, these resources for printable canning labels may come in handy: ___

2014-08-25 15:59:17 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I found and fixed[1][2] an issue with +Google Cloud Platform's python app skeletons that was preventing the use of namespaced[3] Python packages.

As a result, additional frameworks can now be supported more easily, for example, this skeleton for the Morepath framework[4]: https://github.com/webmaven/appengine-python-morepath-skeleton, or this one for Pyramid[5]: https://github.com/webmaven/appengine-python-pyramid-skeleton

*UPDATE:* Subsequently, I realized there was now a problem with packages (such as WebOb 1.4) being masked by the included libraries (such as WebOb 1.2) due to the import order. I went ahead and fixed that too[6].

[1] https://github.com/GoogleCloudPlatform/appengine-python-flask-skeleton/pull/9
[2] https://github.com/GoogleCloudPlatform/appengine-python-bottle-skeleton/pull/8[3... more »

I found and fixed[1][2] an issue with +Google Cloud Platform's python app skeletons that was preventing the use of namespaced[3] Python packages.

As a result, additional frameworks can now be supported more easily, for example, this skeleton for the Morepath framework[4]: https://github.com/webmaven/appengine-python-morepath-skeleton, or this one for Pyramid[5]: https://github.com/webmaven/appengine-python-pyramid-skeleton

*UPDATE:* Subsequently, I realized there was now a problem with packages (such as WebOb 1.4) being masked by the included libraries (such as WebOb 1.2) due to the import order. I went ahead and fixed that too[6].

[1] https://github.com/GoogleCloudPlatform/appengine-python-flask-skeleton/pull/9
[2] https://github.com/GoogleCloudPlatform/appengine-python-bottle-skeleton/pull/8
[3] http://chimera.labs.oreilly.com/books/1230000000393/ch10.html#namespacepackage
[4] http://morepath.readthedocs.org/
[5] http://www.pylonsproject.org/projects/pyramid/about
[6] eg. https://github.com/GoogleCloudPlatform/appengine-python-bottle-skeleton/pull/12/files___

2014-08-25 15:40:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

How to Override the Built-Ins with Newer Versions?

When creating an app that uses 'pip install -r requirements.txt -t /lib/', I've noticed that one of the dependencies, WebOb (1.4), while installing correctly in /lib, does not actually get used (in the local environment at least). Instead, the default version (1.2) that is packaged with the App Engine SDK gets used, even though I have not configured my app to use any of the built-in libraries in app.yaml.

Various frameworks require newer versions than those GAE provides, so what is the correct way to override the built-in libraries with newer versions? 

How to Override the Built-Ins with Newer Versions?

When creating an app that uses 'pip install -r requirements.txt -t /lib/', I've noticed that one of the dependencies, WebOb (1.4), while installing correctly in /lib, does not actually get used (in the local environment at least). Instead, the default version (1.2) that is packaged with the App Engine SDK gets used, even though I have not configured my app to use any of the built-in libraries in app.yaml.

Various frameworks require newer versions than those GAE provides, so what is the correct way to override the built-in libraries with newer versions? ___

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2014-08-07 15:06:41 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The CIA isn’t reporting any data to federal transparency site

The CIA argues that because its unclassified programs are in support of its classified work, reporting on the former inexorably leads to insights about the latter. As the GAO reports in its assessment of the transparency site's 2012 data, a CIA "official added that the agency also does not report unclassified contract information because of the risk that an individual could use it, along with other publicly available information to develop a picture of Central Intelligence Agency requirements."

That is not entirely unreasonable, but also a very convenient way for preventing effective official oversight. I would be more comfortable if the 'sensitive' data was still being reported to the aggregators like usaspending.gov and itdashboard.gov but then required appropriate credentials to see.more »

The CIA isn’t reporting any data to federal transparency site

The CIA argues that because its unclassified programs are in support of its classified work, reporting on the former inexorably leads to insights about the latter. As the GAO reports in its assessment of the transparency site's 2012 data, a CIA "official added that the agency also does not report unclassified contract information because of the risk that an individual could use it, along with other publicly available information to develop a picture of Central Intelligence Agency requirements."

That is not entirely unreasonable, but also a very convenient way for preventing effective official oversight. I would be more comfortable if the 'sensitive' data was still being reported to the aggregators like usaspending.gov and itdashboard.gov but then required appropriate credentials to see.

If Congress is limited to traditional paper (or PDF) reports on spending, we already know the oversight is far from being as effective as it could (and should) be.

BTW, while the NSA and DOD apparently do not report either, FBI and Homeland Security both do (at least on usaspending.gov. The set of agencies that report on itdashboard.gov is slightly different).___

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2014-08-07 01:11:42 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I knew some of this (broccoli and cauliflower, in particular, as well as cabbage and Brussels sprouts), but not the whole story. Fascinating!

I wonder what we'd have today if they'd started with dandelions, instead?

I knew some of this (broccoli and cauliflower, in particular, as well as cabbage and Brussels sprouts), but not the whole story. Fascinating!

I wonder what we'd have today if they'd started with dandelions, instead?___

2014-08-06 19:16:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This looks like a really interesting UX for task-oriented communication in a team: http://opp.io/?ref=LJCB3CLL

This looks like a really interesting UX for task-oriented communication in a team: http://opp.io/?ref=LJCB3CLL___

2014-08-03 00:08:37 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

This seems a bit lame, but I need some extra space on DropBox (it seems to be the only cloud storage company that actually has a desktop Linux client). If anyone out there hasn't already created an account and installed the client, doing so via this link would help me out a bit (each person that joins via the following link and installs the desktop client software increases my storage by 500Mb):

UPDATE:  Thanks to several folks I now have enough space!+Roxanne Bernstein could use some more space too, use this referral URL if you are inclined to help her as well: https://db.tt/MTDMrKUM

This seems a bit lame, but I need some extra space on DropBox (it seems to be the only cloud storage company that actually has a desktop Linux client). If anyone out there hasn't already created an account and installed the client, doing so via this link would help me out a bit (each person that joins via the following link and installs the desktop client software increases my storage by 500Mb):

UPDATE:  Thanks to several folks I now have enough space!+Roxanne Bernstein could use some more space too, use this referral URL if you are inclined to help her as well: https://db.tt/MTDMrKUM___

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2014-08-02 15:13:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

This is what happened a few blocks away while I was asleep listening to my desert animal sounds space coyote new age music.

+Tiffany Mercado

This is what happened a few blocks away while I was asleep listening to my desert animal sounds space coyote new age music.

+Tiffany Mercado___

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2014-08-02 14:30:43 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Today in History: Grace Hopper recalled to active duty to head COBOL programming effort
On August 1, 1967 — 47 years ago today — Grace Murray Hopper, at age 61, was recalled by the U.S. Navy to help standardize the programming language COBOL for use as a high-level computer language. From August 1, 1967 to 1977, Hopper served as Director of the Navy Programming Languages Group. Although Hopper had retired from the Naval Reserve at the attrition-regulated age of 60, she remained on active duty during this 10-year period by special approval of Congress.

Hopper had joined the Navy shortly after the U.S. entered World World II. Because Hopper had a PhD in mathematics from Yale University, she was assigned to the computing program at Harvard University, where the IBM-constructed Mark I computer was being used in computations for the U.S. Navy Bureau of Ships. At Harvard, Hopper becamethe... more »

Today in History: Grace Hopper recalled to active duty to head COBOL programming effort
On August 1, 1967 — 47 years ago today — Grace Murray Hopper, at age 61, was recalled by the U.S. Navy to help standardize the programming language COBOL for use as a high-level computer language. From August 1, 1967 to 1977, Hopper served as Director of the Navy Programming Languages Group. Although Hopper had retired from the Naval Reserve at the attrition-regulated age of 60, she remained on active duty during this 10-year period by special approval of Congress.

Hopper had joined the Navy shortly after the U.S. entered World World II. Because Hopper had a PhD in mathematics from Yale University, she was assigned to the computing program at Harvard University, where the IBM-constructed Mark I computer was being used in computations for the U.S. Navy Bureau of Ships. At Harvard, Hopper became the third person to program the Mark I, and she continued work on the Mark II and Mark III computers — becoming a genuine pioneer in the nascent computer field. 

After the war, Hopper left the Navy and became an employee of the company building the UNIVAC I. In this capacity, Hopper developed the first compiler for a computer programming language and pushed the idea of machine-independent programming languages. In 1954, Hopper became the company’s first director of automatic programming.

Sources:
•http://www.computerhistory.org/tdih/
•http://www.history.navy.mil/bios/hopper_grace.htm
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Hopper
•http://www.thocp.net/biographies/hopper_grace.html
•http://www.cs.yale.edu/homes/tap/Files/hopper-story.html
•http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Grace_Murray_Hopper.aspx
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvard_Mark_I

Image Credit:
•http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Hopper#mediaviewer/File:Grace_Hopper.jpg___

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2014-07-29 14:05:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

New 'journal' with interesting articles.

Interesting new DIY Bio mag from O'Reilly:___New 'journal' with interesting articles.

2014-07-29 06:03:41 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

If you were to characterize game systems as FAE characters, with approaches like Detailed, Consistent, Creative, Realistic, Collaborative, etc. what approaches would you put in the set, and how would you fill out the 'character sheet' for your favorite systems?

If you were to characterize game systems as FAE characters, with approaches like Detailed, Consistent, Creative, Realistic, Collaborative, etc. what approaches would you put in the set, and how would you fill out the 'character sheet' for your favorite systems?___

2014-07-28 11:05:06 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Wow, npm is leaving every other code ecosystem (including Python's) in the dust.

There may be reasons that this particular measure is misleading, but I think trying to understand why PyPI is so much smaller and growing so much slower would be worthwhile.

node.js has more modules for it than any other system, beating out Maven Central (Java) and Rubygems, according to Modulecounts, which collects data by scraping the relevant websites once a day via a cron job, storing the data in a Postgresql database, and calculating growth rates by averaging data over the last week. Care is taken not to count different versions of the same module as different modules.___Wow, npm is leaving every other code ecosystem (including Python's) in the dust.

There may be reasons that this particular measure is misleading, but I think trying to understand why PyPI is so much smaller and growing so much slower would be worthwhile.

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2014-07-23 12:10:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Hi folks. I found this project that some of you may find useful for deduplicating data (something OpenRefine has a bit of trouble with, compared to normalizing or transforming data): https://github.com/datamade/dedupe

Hi folks. I found this project that some of you may find useful for deduplicating data (something OpenRefine has a bit of trouble with, compared to normalizing or transforming data): https://github.com/datamade/dedupe___

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