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Simon Willison has been shared in 27 public circles

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Becky Collins17,256Entrepreneurs & Freelancers 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 ?2014-10-07 05:03:53447001
Dina Rohmatika278Here is a group of Active Engagers, Circle Sharers, Awesome Plus Oners, and Cool People on Google Plus!   Circle Sharing is an awesome way to increase your followers and active engagers on your profile. Some of my favorite people that I've met here on Google + through Circle Sharing.    Want to be in the next Circle of Awesomeness? Follow the Steps Below!  ☛ Add the circle ☛ Share in the Public ☛ Plus 1 the Post. ☛ Comment.2014-06-17 18:12:38498205
Dina Rohmatika97Here is a group of Active Engagers, Circle Sharers, Awesome Plus Oners, and Cool People on Google Plus!   Circle Sharing is an awesome way to increase your followers and active engagers on your profile. Some of my favorite people that I've met here on Google + through Circle Sharing.    Want to be in the next Circle of Awesomeness? Follow the Steps Below!  ☛ Add the circle ☛ Share in the Public ☛ Plus 1 the Post. ☛ Comment.2014-06-11 23:56:42499205
fendy syahputra861. Plus The Post2. Comment3. Add People To Circles4. Share The Circle!#circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circle #googleplustips #googleplus #indonesia #artists #artist #artistphotographeramateurorprofessional2014-04-29 11:51:33469427
Jonha Revesencio0A list of some of the must-follow programmers and geeks on Google+ #sharedcircles   #publicsharedcircles   #geeksongoogle  2013-09-13 15:45:18250000
John Robinson0Sharing my circle of Javascript Devs and Influencers... Enjoy!Please Reshare!  Thanks!#circle   #circlesharing   #circleshare   #circleoftheday   #shared   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharing   #sharingiscaring   #sharingmeansthankyou2013-08-31 12:28:27446002
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
Rob Gordon38,275Entrepreneurs, Self-Employed & Small Business Owners.  SUPPLEMENTAL CIRCLE 3This is my third and final supplemental circle of the popular set of circles of the same name that I have published here since early in the history of Google+.  I have to retire this approach, because it has become circumvented by the new communities function which is a better tecnnology for this, but I promised a number of people I would include them in these circles, and I need to keep that promise.  This last supplemental circle is a grab bag of all different kinds of entrepreneurs - from influential industry leaders, to people running little struggling ventures, and everything in between.   If you want a little jolt of  of entrepreneurial energy then this circle would be a good place to start. There is no rhyme or reason to the selection - just people who caught my eye - there are some very smart birds in this one though so you may want to take a look.  If you really want to "entrepreneuralize" your stream go to our original set of shared circles and add those as you see fit. http://goo.gl/P0IrgUnfortunately, this method is simply no longer manageable or effective.  I am simply missing too many good people with this approach so with this last shared supplemental  this will no longer be maintained or updated, though I may continue to publish smaller, more specialized shared circles.   In a way, I am sad to see this go.  It is probably the most successful thing I have done on Google+ and I am rather proud of it.  I think it helped to make the entrepreneurs and small business owners on Google+ far more interconnected than they would have been otherwise, but all good things must come to an end. The good news is that these shared circles have been replaced with a community of the same name.  The "Entrepreneurs, Self-Employed & Small Business Community" has more than 8,000 members and is growing like mad.  More significantly, people are not just "posting stuff" - they are actively engaging in discussions, meeting each other personally. coming up with ideas and addressing any number of important small business issues.   In ny humble opinion, this is the best business community on Google+.  It is already being discussed on other social networks - Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook and blog posts - and we even got a mention in "Inc Magazine".  I believe that we in the small business community, even the most humble among us, could become far more powerful if we figure out ways to work together and use our massive brainpower to our mutual advantage.  We are going to continue to throw everything but the kitchen sink at this to make it happen.  If this is your thing, I hope you continue joining us.  This community can be found at this link: http://goo.gl/ejG9P  2013-02-11 22:57:081001616
Malte Ubl7,785This is my curated circle of people posting about +JavaScript that I share every once in a while. Adding it should bring quite a bit of color to your stream, but I'm careful not to bring in any spammy people :)I'm super interested in adding more people. Please comment if a significant %age of the content you post is JS related (I check :).2012-08-15 16:07:37280124
David D. Stanton5,770Here is my Geek's Circle: (Note I have just cleaned my G+ to try to remove inactive users.) Enjoy! 2012-06-25 08:47:49501012
Malte Ubl6,021It is time again to share my hopefully well maintained circle of people who post about JavaScript.Follow them to get some +JavaScript action going on in your stream.Also if you post interesting JS related stuff, please ping me on this thread – but only if you really do, I'll check your stream before circling.2012-06-07 17:24:41251658
Malte Ubl5,844JSConf starts next Monday and I'm getting really excited! I'm also speaking and as every year will be responsible for keeping the WIFI working (oh dear), so it is time to panic, I guess.As every months (or so) I'm sharing my circle of people posting about JavaScript. Follow and share! Also please comments here if I missed you, but I'll only pick you up for the circle if you really actively post about JS, so no spam please!2012-03-26 17:04:54234356
Tom Brander2,281Figured with Pycon coming up it was time to share this circle again if you want to be added comment below!2012-03-05 15:51:34471400
Tom Brander2,081Superseded by this updated circle post https://plus.google.com/u/0/118303283951449952966/posts/assbAGsf2ej Once again, (updated) my Python circle, let me know if you want to be added and you have a real interest in Python..Therefore I have closed comments here2012-01-08 18:54:034662000
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
Malte Ubl4,509It is time again to share my circle of awesome JS developers. Let me know if you are actively posting about JS as well, so I can include you!2011-12-05 11:07:16179459
Marius Voila183+Chris Porter Yes, you're right sorry about that...I'm correcting that right nowMarius Voilă shared a circle with you.2011-10-20 12:13:24500630
Jon Nellson33Geek CircleJon Nellson shared a circle with you.2011-10-16 15:23:13501765
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
Andy Dustman247Like Python? Here's my Pythonistas circle. Only a portion of these were personally hand-selected. Some are from +Michael Bernstein and others. Oh, and the convention seems to be, +1 this if you think you should be in this circle.Andy Dustman shared a circle with you.2011-10-13 19:33:37389204
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
Michael Bernstein1,976This is my Python circle. I've included folks from the Django, Zope, Pyramid, and Plone communities, among others. Are you a user of Python? Let me know and I'll add you too!Michael Bernstein shared a circle with you.2011-10-11 17:42:3129541813
Jason Kennedy5,989Follow Friday: Google Plus Edition. Many of you probably have many of these people circled already from my earlier shares. I'm testing the fact that it seems like the 250 people-in-a-circle share seems to have been lifted. I am sharing my technology people (folks interested in tech), technology writers, and technology owners. Do you see 423 people in this Circle that you can add? Enjoy!Jason Kennedy shared a circle with you.2011-10-07 13:36:5642318410
Robert Scoble141,470This is another of my circles. This one is of programmers/developers and highly technical folks. I usually call this my "geek" circle. Unfortunately this one usually has 900+ in it, but using this new "share circles" feature I can only share 250. How it picks the 250 no one knows, but anyway this will be a fun starting place. I guess sometime soon I'll split up my circles into batches of 250 and share the whole thing.Hope you enjoy these.Robert Scoble shared a circle with you.2011-09-27 09:59:4925010583120
Robert Scoble141,470Here's 250 tech executives and entrepreneurs. Sorry, I can't share my entire circle with you. My circle has 534 members in it, so you aren't seeing half a circle. Hope you enjoy these circles.Robert Scoble shared a circle with you.2011-09-27 04:34:582509066127

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2012-08-01 15:28:39 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Something I wish existed: "Picker APIs"

Here's an idea I've been keeping in my head for far too long, and I really wish existed: web URL based "picker" APIs for popular services.

The problem: Let's say I'm building a simple app which lets a user "pick" a photo from Flickr (or a video from YouTube, or a slide deck from SlideShare...) and then does something interesting with that item - adds a link to it, or provides an edit interface, or grabs a thumbnail or similar.

I can ask people to paste in a URL, but that's not exactly a friendly flow. I'd rather provide people with an interface that lets them search the host site for the item, maybe shows them a list of their own "things" from that service, has thumbnails etc... but that means I have to build that interface for every service that I want to let people pick... more »

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2013-08-06 12:58:40 (10 comments, 201 reshares, 346 +1s)Open 

Excellent beginner's flow-chart for debugging from http://pythonforbiologists.com/index.php/29-common-beginner-python-errors-on-one-page/

Most plusones: 346

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2013-08-06 12:58:40 (10 comments, 201 reshares, 346 +1s)Open 

Excellent beginner's flow-chart for debugging from http://pythonforbiologists.com/index.php/29-common-beginner-python-errors-on-one-page/

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2013-09-03 13:50:41 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Huge news today... our company, Lanyrd, has been acquired by Eventbrite!

Lanyrd is becoming part of the Eventbrite family! We’re confident that Lanyrd will be better than ever as a result, and we’re launching some handy new integrations with Eventbrite to celebrate.___Huge news today... our company, Lanyrd, has been acquired by Eventbrite!

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2013-08-19 15:55:07 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Tonkotsu Ramen from http://www.tonkotsu.co.uk/ - with extra egg.

Tonkotsu Ramen from http://www.tonkotsu.co.uk/ - with extra egg.___

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2013-08-15 20:08:50 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Are +The Onion really erecting a paywall, or is this a parody of horrible paywall popovers?

Are +The Onion really erecting a paywall, or is this a parody of horrible paywall popovers?___

2013-08-15 16:58:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Android users: +Tom Insam keeps shipping new builds of the alpha version of our Android app. The most recent release has search support and stores event information offline on your phone. Join https://plus.google.com/communities/108680599101192837787 if you have an Android device and want to help us test the app.

Android users: +Tom Insam keeps shipping new builds of the alpha version of our Android app. The most recent release has search support and stores event information offline on your phone. Join https://plus.google.com/communities/108680599101192837787 if you have an Android device and want to help us test the app.___

2013-08-08 15:39:36 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

We've thrown open our Lanyrd Android app alpha test to anyone who wants to try it out. Just join this community to add yourself to the alpha tester list, then follow the instructions to install the app.

We've thrown open our Lanyrd Android app alpha test to anyone who wants to try it out. Just join this community to add yourself to the alpha tester list, then follow the instructions to install the app.___

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2013-08-07 09:46:02 (2 comments, 17 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

http://www.raywenderlich.com/24252/beginning-game-programming-for-teens-with-python is a pretty great PyGame tutorial written by 12 year old Julian Meyer.

http://www.raywenderlich.com/24252/beginning-game-programming-for-teens-with-python is a pretty great PyGame tutorial written by 12 year old Julian Meyer.___

2013-08-06 22:39:43 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I pressed the wrong button at some point and now I have two Google+ accounts - this one, and one for my @lanyrd.com Google Apps account.

I want to get rid of the @lanyrd.com one (so people don't add the wrong "me" to their circles)... but when I go to delete that Google+ account it warns me that "You won't be able to use the "Sign in with Google" button to log in to third-party apps."

This is no good, because I use "Sign in with Google" with that account for a bunch of important tools such as Trello.

Am I completely stuck here?

I pressed the wrong button at some point and now I have two Google+ accounts - this one, and one for my @lanyrd.com Google Apps account.

I want to get rid of the @lanyrd.com one (so people don't add the wrong "me" to their circles)... but when I go to delete that Google+ account it warns me that "You won't be able to use the "Sign in with Google" button to log in to third-party apps."

This is no good, because I use "Sign in with Google" with that account for a bunch of important tools such as Trello.

Am I completely stuck here?___

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2013-08-06 12:58:40 (10 comments, 201 reshares, 346 +1s)Open 

Excellent beginner's flow-chart for debugging from http://pythonforbiologists.com/index.php/29-common-beginner-python-errors-on-one-page/

Excellent beginner's flow-chart for debugging from http://pythonforbiologists.com/index.php/29-common-beginner-python-errors-on-one-page/___

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2013-08-05 16:01:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

We added a speaker directory to Lanyrd last week and it includes a well-populated Python speakers section - take a look.

We added a speaker directory to Lanyrd last week and it includes a well-populated Python speakers section - take a look.___

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2013-08-05 12:33:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Hooray! It's only an alpha, but it's a very solid one - nice work +Tom Insam 

Join our alpha testers group to try it out yourself: https://plus.google.com/communities/104416247693197431291

Hooray! It's only an alpha, but it's a very solid one - nice work +Tom Insam 

Join our alpha testers group to try it out yourself: https://plus.google.com/communities/104416247693197431291___

2013-08-05 12:22:53 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

We've just released the first alpha version of our Android app - join our alpha testers community if you want to help test it out!

We've just released the first alpha version of our Android app - join our alpha testers community if you want to help test it out!___

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2013-08-02 11:54:29 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Another of these little animal mosaics, this one is outside Old Street post office #streetart

Another of these little animal mosaics, this one is outside Old Street post office #streetart___

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2013-08-01 22:27:08 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

The flapjack beehive we constructed for my dad's 65th birthday (he made the flapjacks, I did the stacking).

The flapjack beehive we constructed for my dad's 65th birthday (he made the flapjacks, I did the stacking).___

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2013-07-04 11:42:43 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

These keep cropping up on our morning commute - this one is on the side of the Shepherdess Cafe.

These keep cropping up on our morning commute - this one is on the side of the Shepherdess Cafe.___

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2013-07-04 11:20:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

This is the first big new feature we've pushed out that takes full advantage of the added platform capabilities in Lanyrd v3.0 (including our iPad app)

Lanyrd Pro team members now have the ability to join in and keep up to date from wherever they are. You can manage your team calendars and see members, as well as leave private comments on events. Members can even add, remove, and publish events right from their phones.___This is the first big new feature we've pushed out that takes full advantage of the added platform capabilities in Lanyrd v3.0 (including our iPad app)

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2013-07-04 08:36:38 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Eating parsley.

Eating parsley.___

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2013-07-02 15:41:02 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

XCOM: Enemy Unknown for the iPad is pretty fantastic.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown for the iPad is pretty fantastic.___

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2013-07-02 10:07:25 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I just had a Google+ post show up in my gmail inbox pretending to be an email... but with embedded JavaScript, no reply/forward buttons and no "view email source" link! That's totally cheating.

I just had a Google+ post show up in my gmail inbox pretending to be an email... but with embedded JavaScript, no reply/forward buttons and no "view email source" link! That's totally cheating.___

2013-06-22 21:43:45 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

OK, I admit it: Google+ photos is absolutely fantastic. Auto uploading from my phone is super convenient, and the highlights really does pull out my most interesting photos. More importantly, the search is spookily good. I searched for "san francisco food" and it showed me everything I ate in San Francisco, even though I hadn't added any metadata at all.

OK, I admit it: Google+ photos is absolutely fantastic. Auto uploading from my phone is super convenient, and the highlights really does pull out my most interesting photos. More importantly, the search is spookily good. I searched for "san francisco food" and it showed me everything I ate in San Francisco, even though I hadn't added any metadata at all.___

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2013-06-22 21:27:36 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

My absolute highlight of the 2013 Bay Area Maker Faire

My absolute highlight of the 2013 Bay Area Maker Faire___

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2013-06-21 21:50:23 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

We're at the Artesian bar in London, recently voted the number 1 bar in the word for 2012 by Drinks International. We went off menu and asked them to create the tikiest cocktail possible...

We're at the Artesian bar in London, recently voted the number 1 bar in the word for 2012 by Drinks International. We went off menu and asked them to create the tikiest cocktail possible...___

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2013-06-21 11:16:35 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I've been cataloguing my mild Zeppelin obsession on pinterest.

I've been cataloguing my mild Zeppelin obsession on pinterest.___

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2013-06-20 23:34:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Screenshots from our brand new iPad app - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lanyrd/id467652813

Screenshots from our brand new iPad app - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lanyrd/id467652813___

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2013-06-20 20:11:33 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Fancy eggs! These are photos of Fabergé eggs surreptitiously taken in the Fabergé museum in Baden-Baden, Germany. They have an absolutely fascinating history - the two famous ones on display here are Constellation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constellation_(Faberg%C3%A9_egg) and Karelian Birch http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karelian_Birch

Fancy eggs! These are photos of Fabergé eggs surreptitiously taken in the Fabergé museum in Baden-Baden, Germany. They have an absolutely fascinating history - the two famous ones on display here are Constellation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constellation_(Faberg%C3%A9_egg) and Karelian Birch http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karelian_Birch___

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2013-06-20 19:05:10 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Enormously proud of what our team have accomplished with the brand new Lanyrd iPad app, and much improved iPhone and https://m.lanyrd.com/ apps - huge props to +Tom Insam +Alby Barber and +Dan Shallcross for a really great release.

We've reinvented our mobile experience from the ground up, adding a brand new iPad app to our existing iPhone and Mobile Web apps and providing conference organisers with a great way of sharing event information with their attendees. #eventprofs   #ipad   #iphone  ___Enormously proud of what our team have accomplished with the brand new Lanyrd iPad app, and much improved iPhone and https://m.lanyrd.com/ apps - huge props to +Tom Insam +Alby Barber and +Dan Shallcross for a really great release.

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2013-06-09 12:24:46 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

I'm pretty sure they're cheating.

I'm pretty sure they're cheating.___

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2013-06-07 18:59:58 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2013-05-02 21:14:33 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Hamster!

Hamster!___

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2013-02-06 16:56:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Here's a video we made showing how to use our new speaker and session editors.

Here's a video we made showing how to use our new speaker and session editors.___

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2013-02-06 16:55:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

We shipped a major new Lanyrd feature today: a complete revamp of our schedule and speaker editors, with the new ability to add event speakers using LinkedIn.

You can now build the speaker list for your event using LinkedIn as well as Twitter! Plus we've completely revamped our schedule editor, making it even easier to get your event schedule on Lanyrd and make the most of our mobile apps, grid view and iCal feeds.___We shipped a major new Lanyrd feature today: a complete revamp of our schedule and speaker editors, with the new ability to add event speakers using LinkedIn.

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2013-02-06 15:51:49 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Here's a video I recorded at Monki Gras of Barn the Spoon making a wooden spoon... using an axe!

Here's a video I recorded at Monki Gras of Barn the Spoon making a wooden spoon... using an axe!___

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2012-12-14 11:27:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

We launched a new, streamlined version of our add event flow yesterday - it's now a one step process, so it's even quicker to add conferences or professional events that aren't yet listed on the site. Try it out at http://lanyrd.com/add/

We launched a new, streamlined version of our add event flow yesterday - it's now a one step process, so it's even quicker to add conferences or professional events that aren't yet listed on the site. Try it out at http://lanyrd.com/add/___

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2012-12-13 15:23:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Here's our collection of Python events and conferences over the next year - are we missing anything?

Here's our collection of Python events and conferences over the next year - are we missing anything?___

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2012-12-13 13:09:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

We have a guide to Silicon Roundabout events up on Lanyrd, which anyone can join and help curate. I'd love to know if there's anything important missing from it at the moment. We have a much wider list of events in London available too, at http://lanyrd.com/places/london/

We have a guide to Silicon Roundabout events up on Lanyrd, which anyone can join and help curate. I'd love to know if there's anything important missing from it at the moment. We have a much wider list of events in London available too, at http://lanyrd.com/places/london/___

2012-11-13 15:37:44 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I'm really impressed with how the team pulled this one off - it was a pretty huge infrastructure change, and it went really smoothly.

We recently moved to a new data center and switched our main database from MySQL to PostgreSQL... all without any downtime for the site (and only a short period of read-only mode). Here's +Andrew Godwin on how we did it.___I'm really impressed with how the team pulled this one off - it was a pretty huge infrastructure change, and it went really smoothly.

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2012-09-18 14:13:03 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

The Old Castro cocktail at Lounge Bohemia in Shoreditch... the cigar case is full of chilled rum which you pour over the vanilla candy floss, dissolving it and creating a drink similar to a Rum Old Fashioned

The Old Castro cocktail at Lounge Bohemia in Shoreditch... the cigar case is full of chilled rum which you pour over the vanilla candy floss, dissolving it and creating a drink similar to a Rum Old Fashioned___

2012-08-16 09:56:32 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

How does one go about sending feedback / bug reports to Google teams? Get a tiny bit of feedback about "Account Activity (beta)" that I'd like to send somewhere.

How does one go about sending feedback / bug reports to Google teams? Get a tiny bit of feedback about "Account Activity (beta)" that I'd like to send somewhere.___

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2012-08-15 12:10:54 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Found this in a small park down a side-street (Tibby Park) in Islington last night - it's the iron framework from an old bath house, which was demolished in 1986 leaving just the frame.

Found this in a small park down a side-street (Tibby Park) in Islington last night - it's the iron framework from an old bath house, which was demolished in 1986 leaving just the frame.___

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2012-08-13 16:08:57 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Here's a long-awaited feature we're excited to finally have out the door: you can now tell Lanyrd exactly which topics (and in which places) you are interested in and we'll include those events in both your Lanyrd calendar and the event alert emails we send to you.

We chose to implement the geographical element of this in a relatively fine-grained way - so you can track Django events worldwide, but maybe you only want to hear about Startup events in London and Brighton, or Web Development events just in the UK, or Big Data events in both the SF Bay Area and New York.

New feature: track topics! You can now track topics around Lanyrd (everything from Astronomy to Zend Framework) to hear about new events in your Lanyrd calendar and by email. Only interested in certain areas? You can optionally track topics just in specific places, such as Europe, San Francisco or London.

You can try out the new button on e.g. our Startup events in Europe page: http://lanyrd.com/topics/startups/in/europe/___Here's a long-awaited feature we're excited to finally have out the door: you can now tell Lanyrd exactly which topics (and in which places) you are interested in and we'll include those events in both your Lanyrd calendar and the event alert emails we send to you.

We chose to implement the geographical element of this in a relatively fine-grained way - so you can track Django events worldwide, but maybe you only want to hear about Startup events in London and Brighton, or Web Development events just in the UK, or Big Data events in both the SF Bay Area and New York.

2012-08-01 15:28:39 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Something I wish existed: "Picker APIs"

Here's an idea I've been keeping in my head for far too long, and I really wish existed: web URL based "picker" APIs for popular services.

The problem: Let's say I'm building a simple app which lets a user "pick" a photo from Flickr (or a video from YouTube, or a slide deck from SlideShare...) and then does something interesting with that item - adds a link to it, or provides an edit interface, or grabs a thumbnail or similar.

I can ask people to paste in a URL, but that's not exactly a friendly flow. I'd rather provide people with an interface that lets them search the host site for the item, maybe shows them a list of their own "things" from that service, has thumbnails etc... but that means I have to build that interface for every service that I want to let people pick... more »

Something I wish existed: "Picker APIs"

Here's an idea I've been keeping in my head for far too long, and I really wish existed: web URL based "picker" APIs for popular services.

The problem: Let's say I'm building a simple app which lets a user "pick" a photo from Flickr (or a video from YouTube, or a slide deck from SlideShare...) and then does something interesting with that item - adds a link to it, or provides an edit interface, or grabs a thumbnail or similar.

I can ask people to paste in a URL, but that's not exactly a friendly flow. I'd rather provide people with an interface that lets them search the host site for the item, maybe shows them a list of their own "things" from that service, has thumbnails etc... but that means I have to build that interface for every service that I want to let people pick from.

For http://www.wildlifenearyou.com/ we did exactly that - built our own interface for searching/browsing Flickr photos - and it was a lot of work. I had to authenticate users through OAuth (or Flickr's equivalent) and re-implement a bunch of features from Flickr's core experience using their API. It was annoying duplicating a bunch of work, making my users jump through an authentication loop and ending up with something not nearly as good as Flickr's own interface.

Instead, I wish services like Flickr/YouTube/SlideShare etc would provide a "picker" interface which external sites could hook in to. Here's how I'd want it to work:

1. My app shows the user a "pick a photo from Flickr" link (or button or whatever)
2. The link links to flickr-dot-com/picker/?return_to=http://mysite.com/flickr/picked/
3. Flickr then provide their own interface for searching through Flickr photos, browsing by sets, picking from the user's own images, etc...
4. When the user is done, Flickr redirects them back to mysite-dot-com/flickr/picked/?photo_ids=23423423445

So at the end of the flow, my site gets handed one or more Flickr Photo IDs in a URL - no one had to authenticate anything, and I can then go and do something useful with those URLs.

There's lots of scope for extra functionality - I could pass a URL parameter to Flickr saying I only want CC-licensed photos, or one saying "let the user select a maximum of 4 images", or "only let the user select from their own uploaded photos". Obviously it would be up to my own app to confirm that those rules had been followed when the ?photo_ids parameter was passed back to me - the idea here is to avoid re-implementing the picker UI, not the underlying application logic.

Sites may be uncomfortable allowing a naked return_to parameter to be passed to them in case of phishing attacks... instead, they could require apps that use pickers to register for an API key and pass that API key to the initial picker URL (as happens with OAuth at the moment).

I don't see any need for a spec or anything like that - it's more of a design pattern: provide an interface which other sites can link to that provides a UI for selecting items and then passes those items back to the original site in a URL parameter.

Plenty of large content hosting sites support OEmbed these days, so clearly they're keen on encouraging their content to be linked to and embedded on other sites. This UI pattern could make that much easier for developers and site users alike.___

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2012-07-29 11:39:30 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

This giant press-up performing muscle-bus is currently one of my favourite things about the Olympics...

We live just round the corner from the Business Design Centre in Islington, and it's been taken over by the Czech Republic for the Olympics (one of a number of national hospitality houses, see full lists here: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2012/07/23/cultural-food-and-drink-events-during-the-olympics/ and here: http://www.visitlondon.com/london2012/national-hospitality-houses-for-london-2012/ )

In addition to filling the place with Czech food, culture and so forth they commissioned Czech sculptor David Černý to produce an installation to promote the venue... and he built them a life-sized London double-decker bus with huge muscular arms that does press-ups. It's called "London Booster" and it's completely awesome.

This giant press-up performing muscle-bus is currently one of my favourite things about the Olympics...

We live just round the corner from the Business Design Centre in Islington, and it's been taken over by the Czech Republic for the Olympics (one of a number of national hospitality houses, see full lists here: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2012/07/23/cultural-food-and-drink-events-during-the-olympics/ and here: http://www.visitlondon.com/london2012/national-hospitality-houses-for-london-2012/ )

In addition to filling the place with Czech food, culture and so forth they commissioned Czech sculptor David Černý to produce an installation to promote the venue... and he built them a life-sized London double-decker bus with huge muscular arms that does press-ups. It's called "London Booster" and it's completely awesome.___

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2012-07-27 13:37:30 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

One of my favourite tricks I've picked up working on Lanyrd: having a read-only mode is super-useful for making major changes to a site.

The vast majority of our changes go out without any downtime at all (we deploy 5+ times a day without any downtime by carefully swapping servers in and out of the load balancer) but occasionally we need to make much bigger changes.

Having a read-only mode (where we disable anything that might change the database, including the ability to sign in) lets us continue to serve pages from a frozen version of our database, while preparing a new environment with the changes applied. Once the new environment is ready we can switch over to it at the load balancer and start serving write-traffic again.

It's not quite as good as a complete zero-downtime deploy, but it's a useful option to have.

We'll be putting Lanyrd in to read-only mode for a few hours on Monday morning (GMT) for some scheduled maintenance.___One of my favourite tricks I've picked up working on Lanyrd: having a read-only mode is super-useful for making major changes to a site.

The vast majority of our changes go out without any downtime at all (we deploy 5+ times a day without any downtime by carefully swapping servers in and out of the load balancer) but occasionally we need to make much bigger changes.

Having a read-only mode (where we disable anything that might change the database, including the ability to sign in) lets us continue to serve pages from a frozen version of our database, while preparing a new environment with the changes applied. Once the new environment is ready we can switch over to it at the load balancer and start serving write-traffic again.

It's not quite as good as a complete zero-downtime deploy, but it's a useful option to have.

2012-07-26 14:26:06 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

We sent out one of our infrequent +Lanyrd newsletters today using a new sending mechanism pulled together by +Tom Insam. The big difference is that  we now compose our emails using Markdown, which gives us both HTML and plain text variants for free.

The generated HTML is great (since we're only using headings, bulleted lists and links there's absolutely no indication that we composed them in markdown rather than HTML) - and the plain text version is perfectly fit for purpose - we're using the footnote-style of inline links which look slightly odd but are absolutely good enough for the small number of people still running non-HTML email clients.

The new system means we can now send out HTML newsletters without excluding our plain-text preferring users (much nicer than "click this link to view this email in the browser" in my opinion).

Here's whatt... more »

We sent out one of our infrequent +Lanyrd newsletters today using a new sending mechanism pulled together by +Tom Insam. The big difference is that  we now compose our emails using Markdown, which gives us both HTML and plain text variants for free.

The generated HTML is great (since we're only using headings, bulleted lists and links there's absolutely no indication that we composed them in markdown rather than HTML) - and the plain text version is perfectly fit for purpose - we're using the footnote-style of inline links which look slightly odd but are absolutely good enough for the small number of people still running non-HTML email clients.

The new system means we can now send out HTML newsletters without excluding our plain-text preferring users (much nicer than "click this link to view this email in the browser" in my opinion).

Here's what the markdown/plain text version looks like: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/2434252/demos/lanyrd-newsletter-july-2012.txt

And here's the HTML equivalent generated from it: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/2434252/demos/lanyrd-newsletter-july-2012.html___

2012-07-24 12:53:11 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I hate the Google App Engine Auto-Updater thing with a passion... and I can never seem to conjure up the right incantation to prevent it from bugging me every few days (on OS X). Anyone got an uninstall recipe for it that definitely works?

I hate the Google App Engine Auto-Updater thing with a passion... and I can never seem to conjure up the right incantation to prevent it from bugging me every few days (on OS X). Anyone got an uninstall recipe for it that definitely works?___

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2012-07-23 15:24:28 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

This is a big release for us - event organisers can now claim their events on Lanyrd, which unlocks a whole bunch of new features - including the ability to embed our schedules on another site.

We've been working on this for a while... event organisers can now claim their event listings on Lanyrd, which unlocks a whole host of new features, including a new grid view (with rooms), the ability to control who can edit your schedule and tools for embedding your event's schedule from Lanyrd on your own site. Take a look!___This is a big release for us - event organisers can now claim their events on Lanyrd, which unlocks a whole bunch of new features - including the ability to embed our schedules on another site.

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2012-07-21 19:49:36 (1 comments, 10 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

In which Jonty reluctantly carries the Olympic Torch...

This album requires some background. The London Hackspace is a thriving community of hackers, makers and creative types occupying an exciting space next to Hoxton overground station. The space was co-founded by +Jonty Wareing - and the hackspace regulars enjoy nothing more than winding him up in increasingly creative ways (one example: a huge mural of his face adorns one of the walls, in the style of a communist propaganda poster).

Today was the culmination of their most elaborate prank yet: they nominated Jonty to carry the olympic torch... and to their surprise and delight the nomination was accepted! Jonty did his 300m this afternoon along rectory road, with an excellent turnout (complete with custom made Jonty masks and an acappella rick-rolling apparently caught by the live TV broadcast). As an olympic torch-bearer hewas of... more »

In which Jonty reluctantly carries the Olympic Torch...

This album requires some background. The London Hackspace is a thriving community of hackers, makers and creative types occupying an exciting space next to Hoxton overground station. The space was co-founded by +Jonty Wareing - and the hackspace regulars enjoy nothing more than winding him up in increasingly creative ways (one example: a huge mural of his face adorns one of the walls, in the style of a communist propaganda poster).

Today was the culmination of their most elaborate prank yet: they nominated Jonty to carry the olympic torch... and to their surprise and delight the nomination was accepted! Jonty did his 300m this afternoon along rectory road, with an excellent turnout (complete with custom made Jonty masks and an acappella rick-rolling apparently caught by the live TV broadcast). As an olympic torch-bearer he was of course mobbed by school children just before the start of his run.

Here's the successful nomination story on the Olympics website: http://www.london2012.com/torch-relay/torchbearers/torchbearers=jonathan-wareing-3576/ - the principle culprits were +Tom Scott and Mark Steward.

And more information on the most excellent London Hackspace: https://london.hackspace.org.uk/

The whole thing was an enormous amount of fun, and is best summed up by Jonty himself on Twitter:

"That was the most absurd thing I've ever done. Astonished at the number of people who turned up to watch, that alone made it worth doing."
https://twitter.com/jonty/status/226718833120010240

"We shall now return to my regularly scheduled program of olympic bitterness whilst carefully ignoring how much I enjoyed carrying the torch."
https://twitter.com/jonty/status/226733066008268800

And finally, a commemorative video including the rickrolling: RUN JONTY RUN!___

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2012-07-21 19:40:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Tom Scott and 1 other was tagged in Simon Willison's album.

Tom Scott and 1 other was tagged in Simon Willison's album.___

2012-07-21 14:19:41 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Just used a Google+ hangout to assemble a sofa. It was one of those tricky bits where you need to align a hook that you can't quite see... so we propped an iPhone up against the radiator pointing against the out-of-sight bit and used our iPad as a screen. Worked pretty well!

Just used a Google+ hangout to assemble a sofa. It was one of those tricky bits where you need to align a hook that you can't quite see... so we propped an iPhone up against the radiator pointing against the out-of-sight bit and used our iPad as a screen. Worked pretty well!___

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2012-07-20 21:03:07 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

This was one of the best meals we had in Istanbul, courtesy of a recommendation we saw on http://istanbuleats.com/ (if you ever go to Istanbul that website is absolutely essential - there's amazing food if you know where to look, but restaurants anywhere near the tourist areas mostly serve overpriced rubbish). Here's their article: http://istanbuleats.com/2010/01/sultanahmets-dining-secrets/

The restaurant is called Giritli, and it serves a fixed price set menu of Cretan-Turkish seafood (including unlimited beer/wine/raki) for 95 TL/person (about £33). This is pretty expensive for Istanbul, but the food is AMAZING. This was the starter course - 20 mezze dishes. It was followed by delicious grilled octopus, then a fish course, then desert.

Giritli is quite hard to find (hidden down a side-street just outside of the main Sultanahmet tourist district - here's a mappointe... more »

This was one of the best meals we had in Istanbul, courtesy of a recommendation we saw on http://istanbuleats.com/ (if you ever go to Istanbul that website is absolutely essential - there's amazing food if you know where to look, but restaurants anywhere near the tourist areas mostly serve overpriced rubbish). Here's their article: http://istanbuleats.com/2010/01/sultanahmets-dining-secrets/

The restaurant is called Giritli, and it serves a fixed price set menu of Cretan-Turkish seafood (including unlimited beer/wine/raki) for 95 TL/person (about £33). This is pretty expensive for Istanbul, but the food is AMAZING. This was the starter course - 20 mezze dishes. It was followed by delicious grilled octopus, then a fish course, then desert.

Giritli is quite hard to find (hidden down a side-street just outside of the main Sultanahmet tourist district - here's a map pointer http://goo.gl/maps/Cr30 ) but it's absolutely worth making a special trip.___

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