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Brett Lider has been at 3 events

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Google+7,475,141The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0034250G+
Chris Messina127,474Come join members of the Google+ Design team for a casual meet and greet — with drinks and good times.The presenters and mentors from the Get Unstuck: Gamestorming Not Brainstorming [1] session at Google I/O 2013 will be on hand to continue the conversation and get more acquainted.This event is strictly 21+, as Local Edition will be serving up punch and other adult beverages so do bring ID!Tickets are limited, so make sure to RSVP on Eventbrite early: http://googleplusdesign.eventbrite.com/[1] https://developers.google.com/events/io/sessions/419755974Google + Design Happier Hour #io132013-05-17 17:00:00164G+
Google Developers1,250,561Google I/O is an annual developer conference featuring highly technical, in-depth sessions, and showcasing the latest from Google's product teams and partners.Google I/O 20132013-05-14 23:00:005073G+

Brett Lider has been shared in 123 public circles

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Frank Gainsford39,299A share of this circle within the public space will be appreciated as these are truly a great flock of influential and helpful folk, and the more places their profiles are found, the better the GOOGLESPHERE will become.A circle of people who are known and trusted for their advice and help in getting things done here in the Google sphere.If you are stuck and need some advice this is the team that can help you solve your problem.  These folk are all friendly, and active within the PLUSOSPHEREAdd this circle to your profile for a bunch of friendly and helpful advice on ALL THINGS GOOGLE with a very clear and distinct flavor of Google plus as the best social media platform to use for either social or business.PS you will not be added to this circle unless I have made personal use of a tip or advice that you have offered within your personal or business profile.  this is not a free for all circle, but a curated circle of those who have helped me, either knowingly or unknowingly with their  public posts being the source of the help I used.2014-08-27 11:11:30252011CC G+
5th Funny Corps0Hope that you have been having a great week on Google+. Thank you for sharing and promoting this and for connecting up with all the great accounts I have included. Great With This Cilcle!!, And Please..Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps, and get more friend and circle on +Google+  :» Include me in your circles» Click add people and create your circle» +1 this circle» Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles. ( share the circle and include yourself )» If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above (I say "if possible" as my circle comments more often than not hit the 500 comment limit).»  So I can easily find your share, always publicly share my original shared circle. #circle #circleshare #circlesharing #circles #circleoftheday #circlemeup #circlemenow #bestcircle #bestcircleshare #megacircle #bigcircle #bigcircleshare #funnyvideo #funnyvideos #funnyvideosyoutube #funnyvideoclips #funnyvideooftheday #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   2014-08-15 08:05:40492348CC G+
Greg Smith7,716Power Marketers CircleMy 1st circle share!2014-08-07 20:46:15500013CC G+
ramzi parta7 Hello AllHere is my RANDOM Circle... V1.8 - 131123The circle has shrunk a little this week lets see if we can build it back up again. Please share and invite people to join the circle.247 people did not move from the last RANDOM circle, don't be one of them for the next circle.RULES1. Leave a comment saying who you would like to add.(min 1 name - max 10 names)2. Publicly Share the postIn the next circle I will add the people you added or mentioned and yourself (If you give more than 10 names I will only add the first 10)Re-Sharers also automatically get added to my Re-Share Circle and the last one has been shared 211 times so far.http://updateslaluz.blogspot.com2014-05-13 02:32:17501012CC G+
Tim Mi0Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the postMore you share more you get!#circle   #sharedcircles   #sharecircleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #fashion   #fashionblogger   #fashionblog   #pinterest   #pictures   #fashionstyle   #photography   #photo   #photographer   #photooftheday   #photooftheweek2014-05-10 10:21:26501438CC G+
John Nuntiatio36,078#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle #football   #tennis   #golf   #photography   #health   #weightloss  2014-05-10 06:53:53876712CC G+
Adam Roberts7,595Here are some cool people to #circle   on #GooglePlus  -  If you want adding to the next shared circle, then please add the circle, comment, share, and +1 the post.    I'll be promoting someones social accounts, every time, I share one of my circles.In this circle, I'm promoting +Jen Schubert, Jen is a lego engineer in the STEM world, she teaches kids how to do cool stuff with lego :-)Please, follow all of her social accounts.Twitter:      https://twitter.com/sillyauntjenFacebook: https://facebook.com/sillyauntjenPinterest:  http://pinterest.com/sillyauntjenGoogle+:   +Jen Schubert  #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles +Shared Circles +Share Your Circle +Shared Circles on G+ +Best Shared Circle +Circle Distribution +Team Circle Share +Share My Circle 2014-05-06 09:51:20153649CC G+
Lowongan Kerja661. Plus The Post2. Comment3. Add People To Circles4. Share The Circle!#circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circle #googleplustips #googleplus #indonesia #artists #artist #artistphotographeramateurorprofessional2014-04-30 01:18:3547515729CC G+
Sinta Riani517This is a good circle. all of account on this circle is OnNow you can ADD People From this CircleBefor you ADD This people to your Circle, You must Vote g+ on my Blog please.> vote g+ on this link : https://plusone.google.com/u/0/_/+1/fastbutton?count=true&url=http://blog-kangramzi.blogspot.com/> After that. You can add this people to your CircleThank you#vote #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles   #shared   #circle #voteg+?2014-04-17 10:16:50501447CC G+
Sinta Riani345This is a good circle. all of account on this circle is OnNow you can ADD People From this CircleBefor you ADD This people to your Circle, You must Vote g+ on my Blog please.> vote g+ on this link : https://plusone.google.com/u/0/_/+1/fastbutton?count=true&url=http://blog-kangramzi.blogspot.com/> After that. You can add this people to your site.Thank you #vote #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles   #shared   #circle #voteg+2014-04-14 05:52:07500425CC G+
Correa Mirti0This is a group of individuals that has personally shared four of my best circle sharing circles in the last month (or so).  They also include a mix of new circle sharers and some that are just trying to learn it for the first time. :) :) :0)They are individuals, to a large degree, that are very interested in not just circle sharing (which is great), but also engaging with you in a meaningful way (which is awesome)!!!Guidelines for Core Multipliers- Share the circle to stay in the circle- Have some fun!- If you are new and want in the circle, share the circle.This is a great group.  Enjoy this circle and have an awesome Thursday!*if you were somehow missed/ not included in the circle, please let me know and it will be corrected on the next share. My apologies ahead of time! :)**For those coming from multiplying circle, we are not inviting new folks here, you can privately message them or ping them when you share the circle on your public feed. Thanks!#corecircle #multiplyingcircle #coremultipliers #sharedcircles #circleshare #bestsharedcircle   #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #CircleQueen   #CircleMaster   #GPlusList   #Circle   #Circleshare   #Circlesharing   #PublicSharedCircles2014-04-12 10:20:445016010CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:58:15230002CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:57:53230022CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:57:28230003CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:57:04230022CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:56:44231305CC G+
Glamor Retouching With Digital Make Up0Photo, photoblog, photography, fotography. fotographiya circle, photography circle2014-02-28 06:32:02501002CC G+
ibrahim aslan02014-02-25 12:24:46501001CC G+
Gustavo Franco1,547I've started an experiment with my Google+ account disabling this circle (Googlers and Xooglers) from showing up on my home stream. I'll see how it will look like without my coworkers and former coworkers.In case you are wondering how to adjust and even disable the posts from a circle showing up in your home stream, read:https://support.google.com/plus/answer/1269165?hl=enI've moved the circle to be the 1st on my bar though so I still can easily peak at what folks are saying.  In case you are wondering how to do that, read:https://plus.google.com/113895942978964425455/posts/igWgAhX22qM2014-02-15 23:38:47324301CC G+
Константин Вишневский44,825Circle of the Most Active Users of Google+A Very Social CircleКруг наиболее активных пользователей Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.If you shared this circle yesterday, you are in it today. If you share today, you'll be in tomorrow2014-02-12 15:12:36462483276CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky64,592Good morning / evening to all.This is a Social Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Это социальный круг общения интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-02-07 07:45:58497543384CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky76,199Good morning / evening to all.This is a Social Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Это социальный круг общения интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-01-15 08:21:34499531881CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky61,999Good morning / evening to all.This is a Social Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Это социальный круг общения интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-01-14 04:50:25498451578CC G+
Artur Mashnich43,991A Very Social CircleCircle of the Most Active Users of Google+Круг наиболее активных пользователей Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.If you shared this circle yesterday, you are in it today. If you share today, you'll be in tomorrow.#Forfriends  2014-01-11 14:37:57478411671CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky61,336Good morning / evening to all. You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг / This social circle #EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-01-09 04:51:54498392268CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky59,714This is a Social Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Это социальный круг общения интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2013-12-29 11:29:4447830959CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky73,777This is a Social Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Это социальный круг общения интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2013-12-29 11:02:20500341261CC G+
Константин Вишневский39,554Circle of people, with active life position in Google+Simple To be added PLUS the post Share the post and Add the circle. Once you have done this let me know in the commentsКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+Просто быть добавлены PLUS сообщению Share пост и добавить круг. После того как вы сделали это, дайте мне знать в комментарияхIf you agree that this is a great circle, please re-share!2013-12-29 06:03:17464422473CC G+
Justin Hart7,625Circle Share for December 20th...nice circle with a great variety of people and content...enjoy! 1. Plus The Post 2. Comment3. Add People To Circles4. Share The Circle!#sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme   #circlesharing   #circleshare  #circles         #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircles  #share   #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday  #sharewithyou               #followme  #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople  #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle  #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare2013-12-21 03:58:12501181136CC G+
Justin Hart6,912Justin's Circle Share....quick circle I put together of people that engage and provide content to keep your circles humming! 1. Plus The Post 2. Comment3. Add People To Circles4. Share The Circle!#sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme   #circlesharing   #circleshare  #circles         #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircles  #share   #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday  #sharewithyou               #followme  #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople  #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle  #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare2013-12-17 03:07:5650011923CC G+
David Leonhardt2,546Resharing the Engagers VI: Christmas edition by +Markos Giannopoulos1. Plus the circle.2. Leave a comment3. Save the circle as one of your own circles (Click on "Add people" to do this).4. Share the circle as I am doing now (but don't forget to "Include yourself" when sharing).5. Get offline for a while, too.  :-).#circles   #circleshare   #sharedcircle   #circlesharing #followers #social #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circleshared    #sharedcircleoftheday #addmetoyourcircles   #awesomepeople   #circlecount  #newfollowers   #googleplus  2013-12-16 19:39:07340109CC G+
Markos Giannopoulos13,655Engagers VI: Christmas edition // It's a festive season so my monthly "round-up & thank you" circle is on the right mood!First some stats on people who engaged me (gathered via +Circloscope) and on my posts (tracked by +CircleCount):September: 620 plussers, 93 commentators and 86 sharers on 32 posts for a total of 745 +1s, 74 re-shares and 117 comments October: 395 plussers, 33 commentators and 39 sharers on 43 posts for a total of 1057 +1s, 80 re-shares and 165 comments November: 616 plussers, 114 commentators and 176 sharers on 32 posts for a total of 1109 +1s, 234 re-shares and 227 commentsA great month fuelled by two posts: 6+1 WordPress initial-setup plugins  (http://bit.ly/1bKXVgX 359 +1s, 59 comments, 183 re-shares) and Ode à Eiffel (http://bit.ly/1heptNZ 46 +1s, 4 comments, 5 re-shares). If I wanted to get "analytical" about it, it was two posts with some decent value (helpful list of plugins in one case on a every-day issue for a WordPress developer and an album of 18 original photos of night Paris on the other) :) So on to the circle: the formula for this month is - Plussers who are on over 3 engagers circles (so basically who have engaged with me in previous months as well this one)  - Sharers and commentators - A few kind highly-engaging people who have shared original circles including me. - People with over 300 in G+'s "relevance score" (as reported by +Circloscope), e.g. the people Google considers that I interact more and post similar content to mine (or of my interest)All in all, this came to a healthy group of 340 content creators and real engagers interested in technology and photography. Feel free to add them! As usual, stats and circle creation for this post were only made possible thanks to +CircleCount and +Circloscope. #engagers   #circleshare #circlesharing   #circleversary #milestone #googleplus #circleoftheday #circleplus #public #publiccircles 2013-12-16 17:49:57340441178CC G+
Vladimir Samsonov23,289Good morning/evening to all. You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг This is a Social Circle#ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother2013-12-05 12:35:51501533079CC G+
Tancredi Matranga8,830WEB INFLUENCER MEGAMIX 13Have a Great Tuesday my Google+ Friends!I am happy to share with you my 13th  #sharedcircle named Web Influencer Megamix.I put together a mix of #TopEngagers  - Really Interesting People who share unique and original content.   Do yo want to be added to the Web #Influencer Circle?To be included, be so kind to:   1 - Do +1 t the post   2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)         (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing)   3 - Include the circle among your circles   4 - Share the circle (include yourself)   5 - Be free and smile to life! :)   #circles #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #influencers #influencer #influence #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circletuesday   #tuesdaycircle   #tuesdaycircleshare   #tuesdaycircleshare  2013-12-03 07:43:1749910047117CC G+
Константин Вишневский35,785Circle of people, with active life position in Google+Simple To be added PLUS the post Share the post and Add the circle. Once you have done this let me know in the commentsКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+Просто быть добавлены PLUS сообщению Share пост и добавить круг. После того как вы сделали это, дайте мне знать в комментарияхIf you agree that this is a great circle, please re-share!#ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother2013-11-24 15:07:31464422170CC G+
Daniel Cesar2,634WEDNESDAY circle distribution of very important people.Add and share if you want to be included next time.I appreciate newbies and their reshares.2013-09-25 12:29:49486101416CC G+
Jonha Revesencio0A list of some of the must-follow programmers and geeks on Google+ #sharedcircles   #publicsharedcircles   #geeksongoogle  2013-09-13 15:45:18250000CC G+
Ramón Sansone López436Awsome #sharedcircle #bestengagersComment, Do +1 and share it, you'll belong to one of my best #sharedcircles 2013-09-05 06:26:23501003CC G+
Giulia Fiore7The most active People I know on G+A wonderful #sharedcircle  to become more popular than ever.To belong to this Circle, share it and comment this post !Kisses Giulia2013-09-05 05:59:42501223CC G+
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 15:19:0049018412CC G+
Kabita Singhania0Join and Share .... #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  2013-07-18 18:42:30494001CC G+
John Keith0Please share my #sharedcircles  in my Google+. #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #googleplus   #paintingart  2013-07-09 04:05:02500101CC G+
Markos Giannopoulos3,766197 interesting People // If you're into technology, the Web, photography and science, here's a circle to consider. Methodology: out of 3200 people that I follow, using +Circloscope I ordered them according to relevance score (calculated by Google depending on whose posts I engage the most) and filtered for a value over 30, then filtered for whether they are active (when was their last post) and finally filtered by whether they were in my "must read" circles. Voila! I hope you find it interesting :) #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circlesharing  2013-05-26 09:51:2119713412CC G+
John Thomas6,407Circle 3 of 3 - 21st Century Educators on Google Plus This is the third of three Google+ education circles I'm sharing today. It includes many teachers who integrate technology into their daily classroom practice.#connectededucators #sharedcircle2013-04-22 05:04:22353101CC G+
Matthew Shuey1,220Creative People On Google+Meet interesting creative people on Google+From Radio Show Hosts, We Developers, Graphic Artists, Artists and Bloggers, this shared circle has some very interesting and engaging content.Feel free to add and share! #webdesign #graphicdesign #artist #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday  2013-03-13 04:24:23500426CC G+
matthew rappaport147,898499 +Google+ ers that are RELEVANT to me according to the PLUSarithmThis MEGA +Shared Circles on G+ is literally the 1st 499 names that are listed when RELEVANCE is selected and 'Your Circles' is clicked under https://plus.google.com/circles (very close to it!)There are 15 that I didn't include in the circle but made the cut that are celebs or pages that I will list below as I wanted to share more users overall in this #sharedcircle  which is almost entirely full of WIN.It is interesting that the first couple of rows are a mix of people I spent more time with in the beginning and with people I spend more time with now (which has interlap!) and of course how does one define 'spent time with' when talking about a social network place but the stream, hangouts, gtalk, +H.I.R.L., etc. The algorithm is not there yet to take note of all the data let alone measuring offline interaction but I tend to +mention people (a page in the Top 499, left out of this circle) a few people now and again, it seems the more you do that with a person or page, the more relevant they are to you in this list. I wonder if that data showing how many times you tagged someone and them you will be available in the future and if so, everyone can expect that number to be high for most from me!I do find it curious that +G+ Interviews which is a page started by +Peter G McDermott that I was helping with takes up my number 3 spot when I haven't tagged it in so long or done much with it in a bit nor felt I ever interacted with it to any level compared with those surrounding it. It's not a perfect system for sure and we all might have ones that slip through the crack that make us go, "Why is this person more relevant or WHO is this person?!"I am the +1 in this circle but everyone else is the +1000 zombies that +byron rempel will turn UNDEAD  +1000 that rocks the PLUS. I can vouchfor almost all the content being interesting, all the people though, that might be another ... WOAH :)~+Having said that, I will produce the next 500 Relevance Ci2013-01-04 19:14:28499403744CC G+
Andrey Mashnich34,403Here is my top engager's circle ! #followfriday #Circles #Public #PublicCircle #CircleShare #CircleSharing #SharePublicCircle #QSC #querosercirculado   #circleoftheday #publicsharedcircles #publiccirclesproject #sharedcircleoftheday #fullcircleshare   #addmetoyourcircles #awesomeness   #awesomepeople #awesomecircle   #awesome   #awesomesauce #awesomeness #awesomepeople #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles #awesomesauce #круг #SecretSanta   #círculo   #サークル   #cercle   #دائرة   #HappyBirthdayKim #Christmas2012 #FirstWorldProblems Apple #TheHobbit2012-11-28 20:40:424995315CC G+
Cynthia Yildirim23,029New Google+ users might not have this circle yet of Google Employees on G+, I'm  not an employee, but going to include myself in the circle anyway. :D  #sharedcircles   #Google  2012-11-09 01:27:54213201CC G+
AJ Durling294This is a bonus circle, and is actually pretty much where I started when I was creating my first circles - Top 500 PlussersIt is the people with the highest number of users - and is actually now only 308 people. When I first collected the Top 500 Plussers on Google+, I spend a lot of time weeding out the people whose posts in which I didn't particularly have an interest (e.g. almost all of the photographers - nothing against people who post photos to G+, it's just me: this is Google+, not Flickr; people who only ever promote themselves - so quite a lot of the pop musicians). The list that is left are people who, I think, actually contribute to the stream. You may find some surprising choices (Dolly Parton?! Actually, yes!). But I hope you enjoy it.I've kept the name Top 500 even though it is a lot fewer than 500. I like the irony... #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #celebrity   #topcircles  2012-10-19 15:06:56307302CC G+
AJ Durling2944) The fourth of today's circle shares - Google+ EmployeesA moment ago a shared a circle of people who work for Google. Out of those, these are the people who a special to Google+If you like it, share it; if you don't, ignore it. #Google   #googleemployees   #googleplus   #googleplusemployees   #circleshare   #sharedcircles  2012-10-19 15:03:1487000CC G+

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2014-08-26 01:50:04 (20 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)

Juicing. Sigh.

Most reshares: 5

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2014-08-23 17:50:53 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 21 +1s)

This pseudo-thread pretty much summarizes the difference between Marvel and DC's attitude about their audiences: DC considers it far too risky to show shocking, foreign things in their movies, such as "women," "people of color," or "LGBT characters," especially as primary protagonists, whereas Marvel... well, they have decided that they are going to do whatever the fuck they feel like.

So why am I sharing this now, a few weeks after it spread on the Internets? Because +The Verge decided to run the numbers to see just how they're doing: http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/22/6056617/marvels-movie-business-is-crushing-dcs-and-its-not-close

Turns out Marvel has raked in something like double what DC has from its movies.

(Unsurprisingly, because DC's movies have been averaging "tedious and boring." Seriously, Superman is about asi... more »

Most plusones: 27

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2014-08-24 22:03:54 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 27 +1s)

Love this concept. 

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2014-08-27 00:53:05 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)

It infuriates me to see example, after example, after example, demonstrating that sexism is indeed alive and well. Even worse are the guys who claim that tech is a pure meritocracy, so if there aren't more women at the highest ranks – leading companies, starting companies, running teams – it must be a coincidence. Couldn't possibly be because of shit like this.

Glad that +Julia Ferraioli shared this, but appalled that (a) it happened and (b) she had to put up with this. Guys, get your shit together. 

It infuriates me to see example, after example, after example, demonstrating that sexism is indeed alive and well. Even worse are the guys who claim that tech is a pure meritocracy, so if there aren't more women at the highest ranks – leading companies, starting companies, running teams – it must be a coincidence. Couldn't possibly be because of shit like this.

Glad that +Julia Ferraioli shared this, but appalled that (a) it happened and (b) she had to put up with this. Guys, get your shit together. ___

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2014-08-26 02:21:44 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

So... this means that users will need a secure method to claim a stolen phone as their own. How is this going to work? Two-factor authentication of some kind using security questions? Obviously SMS codes is out. Most people can't even keep a single password straight. This is good news but raises a lot of practical issues.

So... this means that users will need a secure method to claim a stolen phone as their own. How is this going to work? Two-factor authentication of some kind using security questions? Obviously SMS codes is out. Most people can't even keep a single password straight. This is good news but raises a lot of practical issues.___

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2014-08-26 01:57:32 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)

Great map showing how the intensity of ground shaking compared between yesterday's Napa quake and 1989's Loma Prieta quake.

Great map showing how the intensity of ground shaking compared between yesterday's Napa quake and 1989's Loma Prieta quake.___

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2014-08-26 01:50:04 (20 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)

Juicing. Sigh.

Juicing. Sigh.___

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2014-08-25 02:48:10 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)

My response to the Ice Bucket Challenge and any other viral- or social-driven donation campaign.

My response to the Ice Bucket Challenge and any other viral- or social-driven donation campaign.___

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2014-08-24 22:03:54 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 27 +1s)

Love this concept. 

Love this concept. ___

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2014-08-24 21:49:53 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)

Finally, a solution to spreading cold butter on bread!

Finally, a solution to spreading cold butter on bread!___

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2014-08-23 17:50:53 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 21 +1s)

This pseudo-thread pretty much summarizes the difference between Marvel and DC's attitude about their audiences: DC considers it far too risky to show shocking, foreign things in their movies, such as "women," "people of color," or "LGBT characters," especially as primary protagonists, whereas Marvel... well, they have decided that they are going to do whatever the fuck they feel like.

So why am I sharing this now, a few weeks after it spread on the Internets? Because +The Verge decided to run the numbers to see just how they're doing: http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/22/6056617/marvels-movie-business-is-crushing-dcs-and-its-not-close

Turns out Marvel has raked in something like double what DC has from its movies.

(Unsurprisingly, because DC's movies have been averaging "tedious and boring." Seriously, Superman is about asi... more »

This pseudo-thread pretty much summarizes the difference between Marvel and DC's attitude about their audiences: DC considers it far too risky to show shocking, foreign things in their movies, such as "women," "people of color," or "LGBT characters," especially as primary protagonists, whereas Marvel... well, they have decided that they are going to do whatever the fuck they feel like.

So why am I sharing this now, a few weeks after it spread on the Internets? Because +The Verge decided to run the numbers to see just how they're doing: http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/22/6056617/marvels-movie-business-is-crushing-dcs-and-its-not-close

Turns out Marvel has raked in something like double what DC has from its movies.

(Unsurprisingly, because DC's movies have been averaging "tedious and boring." Seriously, Superman is about as interesting as listening to a lecture about Truth, Justice, the American Way, and the Neitzschean Übermensch from the PR office of the Boy Scouts, without even the homoerotic subtext of Batman's three-way relationship with Robin and the Joker to leaven it. And I think that this attitude of DC's is no small part of why.)

(Also, vi is better than EMACS)

In related news, LEGO finally decided to ship a non-pink set with women in it -- their "Research Institute" set (http://shop.lego.com/en-US/Research-Institute-21110). Except good luck getting it, because the entire production run sold out almost instantly. 

And yet, I keep hearing companies explaining why their marketing always slants towards showing a bunch of white men, with scantily clad white women for decoration, and the occasional "exotic" in the background, because it sells so well, they tell us. The coveted demographic of 18-35 white, middle-class men won't buy anything else. There's no market for other things, because people from all the other groups will buy white, middle-class men, but not vice-versa, and there surely isn't enough money that isn't in the hands of white, middle-class men to matter.

You know what I call it when someone comes up with a business plan like that? A chance to make a lot of money at their expense, that's what. 

h/t to +Kimberly Chapman, +Capin Chip, and quite a few others for the pseudo-thread -- I unfortunately can't find any reliable original source for it. ___

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2014-08-23 04:07:31 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 25 +1s)

Best Secret of the day

Best Secret of the day___

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2014-08-23 01:20:21 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

#ferguson happening here in San Francisco :(

#ferguson happening here in San Francisco :(___

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2014-08-21 04:52:53 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 27 +1s)

I wonder how much of this would all go away if Burning Man established rules forbidding private toilet facilities.

I wonder how much of this would all go away if Burning Man established rules forbidding private toilet facilities.___

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2014-08-19 13:55:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Fascinating look at value exchange styles.

"Givers, takers, and matchers all can— and do— achieve success. But there’s something distinctive that happens when givers succeed: it spreads and cascades. When takers win, there’s usually someone else who loses. Research shows that people tend to envy successful takers and look for ways to knock them down a notch. In contrast, when [givers] win, people are rooting for them and supporting them, rather than gunning for them. Givers succeed in a way that creates a ripple effect, enhancing the success of people around them. You’ll see that the difference lies in how giver success creates value, instead of just claiming it."

Fascinating look at value exchange styles.

"Givers, takers, and matchers all can— and do— achieve success. But there’s something distinctive that happens when givers succeed: it spreads and cascades. When takers win, there’s usually someone else who loses. Research shows that people tend to envy successful takers and look for ways to knock them down a notch. In contrast, when [givers] win, people are rooting for them and supporting them, rather than gunning for them. Givers succeed in a way that creates a ripple effect, enhancing the success of people around them. You’ll see that the difference lies in how giver success creates value, instead of just claiming it."___

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2014-08-19 07:23:38 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 10 +1s)

Morale of the story: water is much heavier than you think.

Morale of the story: water is much heavier than you think.___

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2014-08-19 02:55:41 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)

Just sayin'

Just sayin'___

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2014-08-17 22:01:06 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)

A good read.

A good read.___

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2014-08-17 20:57:11 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 25 +1s)

What's cuter than a pony? A baby pony. This one is only a few days old and we found it on a Swiss farm where we also ate fondue.

So. Friggin'. Cute.

#iwantapony #ponypower #autoawesome   #movie  

What's cuter than a pony? A baby pony. This one is only a few days old and we found it on a Swiss farm where we also ate fondue.

So. Friggin'. Cute.

#iwantapony #ponypower #autoawesome   #movie  ___

2014-08-16 22:43:27 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

From the annals of semi-obscure British film
If you have seen either of these great dark comedies, Dom Hemingway (2014) and Withnail & I (1987), I hope you'll notice the parallels between them:
• Richard E. Grant acts in both, which is a pleasure to behold
• Grant is the over-the-top character in the earlier film but passes the baton to Jude Law in the more recent
• They have some of the most hilarious hangover scenes on film. Hemingway's comes early at 11:50 into the film. Withnail's scenes are more or less a constant :)

It's very clear that Grant and the filmmakers and writers of Hemingway love Withnail & I. I love them for doing so.

"I feel like a pig shat in my head."
"That dog shat in my soul."

https://play.google.com/store/movies/details?id=jRurJec4ppghtt... more »

From the annals of semi-obscure British film
If you have seen either of these great dark comedies, Dom Hemingway (2014) and Withnail & I (1987), I hope you'll notice the parallels between them:
• Richard E. Grant acts in both, which is a pleasure to behold
• Grant is the over-the-top character in the earlier film but passes the baton to Jude Law in the more recent
• They have some of the most hilarious hangover scenes on film. Hemingway's comes early at 11:50 into the film. Withnail's scenes are more or less a constant :)

It's very clear that Grant and the filmmakers and writers of Hemingway love Withnail & I. I love them for doing so.

"I feel like a pig shat in my head."
"That dog shat in my soul."

https://play.google.com/store/movies/details?id=jRurJec4ppg
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/movie/withnail-and-i/id896117654___

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2014-08-16 01:58:59 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 22 +1s)

Education over entertainment. Finally someone breaking out of the court jester role.

Education over entertainment. Finally someone breaking out of the court jester role.___

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2014-08-12 16:29:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

A good list of American climbs, though I was surprised to not see more California and Colorado roads on the list.

Via +Alexandra Kenin

A good list of American climbs, though I was surprised to not see more California and Colorado roads on the list.

Via +Alexandra Kenin___

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2014-08-11 14:51:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

An essay on why we have such a wide diversity of digital tools and apps l, and why it is a good thing. +Christina Wodtke pulls in Macolm Gladwell and game design tenets to build a compelling case.

An essay on why we have such a wide diversity of digital tools and apps l, and why it is a good thing. +Christina Wodtke pulls in Macolm Gladwell and game design tenets to build a compelling case.___

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2014-08-11 14:36:16 (15 comments, 5 reshares, 21 +1s)

An utterly nerdy explanation for why Gandalf didn’t just send the ring to Mount Doom via eagles. http://www.tickld.com/x/this-guy-just-changed-the-way-we-see-lord-of-the-rings-mind-blown

An utterly nerdy explanation for why Gandalf didn’t just send the ring to Mount Doom via eagles. http://www.tickld.com/x/this-guy-just-changed-the-way-we-see-lord-of-the-rings-mind-blown___

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2014-08-11 01:13:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

Replace it with a process that's 33% more efficient. Still needs work to better understand it and scale it up, but that's promising news since fertilizer production is key to keeping 7B+ humans alive.

Replace it with a process that's 33% more efficient. Still needs work to better understand it and scale it up, but that's promising news since fertilizer production is key to keeping 7B+ humans alive.___

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2014-08-09 21:56:21 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)

Yup. Tears welled up for the story of Stephen Hawking's new movie.

Yup. Tears welled up for the story of Stephen Hawking's new movie.___

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2014-08-09 04:44:26 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 22 +1s)

Atherton residents, please push your town council to approve and fund the draft pedestrian and bicycling plan for your city.

Atherton, pop. 7,000, will probably be the first city to install a separated walking and biking path along El Camino Real, where another pedestrian was killed by a car driver while crossing the six-lane highway on foot two weeks ago. $100,000 has been approved by the Town Council for a traffic study.

http://sf.streetsblog.org/2014/08/08/another-ped-fatality-on-el-camino-in-atherton-bikeped-plan-still-unfinished/___Atherton residents, please push your town council to approve and fund the draft pedestrian and bicycling plan for your city.

2014-08-08 12:51:37 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Several fixes for #stories in this release, too!

Via +Joseph Smarr

Today's update to the Android Google+ app is all about improving performance for you. Check out the new Android app update here (http://goo.gl/UT3haJ). #googleplusupdate___Several fixes for #stories in this release, too!

Via +Joseph Smarr

2014-08-08 10:29:00 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Why is it so common to see construction cranes at small building sites in Switzerland?

http://qr.ae/4jD8U

Why is it so common to see construction cranes at small building sites in Switzerland?

http://qr.ae/4jD8U___

2014-08-07 08:37:11 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 17 +1s)

Great last line to a great story.

His wife had the highest score in the world in Tetris and didn't know about it. 

Lori can easily get 600 lines in Tetris. 326 lines was the official record before that.___Great last line to a great story.

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2014-08-07 07:43:07 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)

For all the parents of young children out there.

For all the parents of young children out there.___

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2014-08-04 08:14:34 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)

The intersection of all dietary constraints is... hummus?

The intersection of all dietary constraints is... hummus?___

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2014-08-02 10:32:55 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)

I see "sideguards" as being a much-needed safety requirement on all large trucks. I hope California or San Francisco can make progress here. Europe is way ahead of us in terms of protecting pedestrians and bicyclists.

For context, all of the recent fatal driver-bicyclist accidents in San Francisco that I can recall have been the result of the bicyclist being knocked down and run over by the rear wheels of a truck. That's exactly what sideguards are designed to prevent.

I see "sideguards" as being a much-needed safety requirement on all large trucks. I hope California or San Francisco can make progress here. Europe is way ahead of us in terms of protecting pedestrians and bicyclists.

For context, all of the recent fatal driver-bicyclist accidents in San Francisco that I can recall have been the result of the bicyclist being knocked down and run over by the rear wheels of a truck. That's exactly what sideguards are designed to prevent.___

2014-08-02 10:26:05 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

Good idea from England on how to encourage more people (especially women) to take more everyday trips via bicycle: have two cycling lanes instead of one to accommodate different riding speeds.

http://road.cc/content/news/125665-mp-2-speed-cycle-lanes-would-get-more-women-riding-%E2%80%93-and-let-them-avoid-lycra

Good idea from England on how to encourage more people (especially women) to take more everyday trips via bicycle: have two cycling lanes instead of one to accommodate different riding speeds.

http://road.cc/content/news/125665-mp-2-speed-cycle-lanes-would-get-more-women-riding-%E2%80%93-and-let-them-avoid-lycra___

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2014-08-02 09:39:30 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)

A rare and excellent example of Congress and the President respecting the wishes of the people. More, please! :)

A rare and excellent example of Congress and the President respecting the wishes of the people. More, please! :)___

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2014-08-02 09:20:21 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

“There was a brief moment in the tech market from 1995 to now where anyone could simply attach a server to the internet and be in business. That moment is coming to an end.” - Fred Wilson

I hope not.

“There was a brief moment in the tech market from 1995 to now where anyone could simply attach a server to the internet and be in business. That moment is coming to an end.” - Fred Wilson

I hope not.___

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2014-08-02 07:26:17 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)

The people of Oakland deserve a much better police force than this. The officer who threw tear gas at good Samaritans has been rehired and the captain who ordered it is Oakland's #2 cop. Not to mention that the officer who fired the bean bag at Olsen's head has never been identified. Shameful.

The people of Oakland deserve a much better police force than this. The officer who threw tear gas at good Samaritans has been rehired and the captain who ordered it is Oakland's #2 cop. Not to mention that the officer who fired the bean bag at Olsen's head has never been identified. Shameful.___

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2014-08-01 23:12:04 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)

'Oh, I'll just start [insert plan here] tomorrow..'
"The "what-the-hell effect" – that's what it's really called, by serious scholars, writing in dignified publications – is one of those psychological phenomena that doesn't require much explaining once you've heard the name. For decades, we've known it's a major reason why diets fail. You resolve, say, to eat no sugary foods. But then you can't resist one of the cupcakes that someone brought for their birthday and left in the office kitchen. Healthwise, this minor slip-up is insignificant, but it's hugely consequential goal-wise: your hopes of a sugar-free day are screwed – and if you're going to fail, you petulantly conclude, you might as well have fun doing so. Which means more cake, perhaps with a chaser of Skittles. You decide to start afresh tomorrow, when things will bediffer... more »

'Oh, I'll just start [insert plan here] tomorrow..'
"The "what-the-hell effect" – that's what it's really called, by serious scholars, writing in dignified publications – is one of those psychological phenomena that doesn't require much explaining once you've heard the name. For decades, we've known it's a major reason why diets fail. You resolve, say, to eat no sugary foods. But then you can't resist one of the cupcakes that someone brought for their birthday and left in the office kitchen. Healthwise, this minor slip-up is insignificant, but it's hugely consequential goal-wise: your hopes of a sugar-free day are screwed – and if you're going to fail, you petulantly conclude, you might as well have fun doing so. Which means more cake, perhaps with a chaser of Skittles. You decide to start afresh tomorrow, when things will be different. Except they never are. And so, to paraphrase F Scott Fitzgerald, we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly to the snack machine.

The what-the-hell effect also sabotages our spending (when you've "broken into" a £20 note, you're far likelier to buy things with the change) and even our attempts to behave ethically: once you've cheated a bit, you're more likely to cheat a lot; you might as well, since you're already a cheat. Now,new work led by Yael Zemack-Rugar, a US business school researcher, suggests that this is a fairly consistent personality trait: if you're prone to the what-the-hell effect in one domain, you'll be prone to it elsewhere. In other words, it's not a problem you've got with money, food, or honesty. It's a problem with sequential choices in general. In the moment after you realise you've erred, do you throw up your hands, or engage in what Zemack-Rugar calls "course correction" instead?

The what-the-hell effect is usually interpreted, rightly, as an argument for setting more realistic goals. Instead of promising you'll eat no unhealthy foods, or spend nothing on fripperies, build in a safety valve: permit yourself one self-indulgent item a day, or a certain amount of money a week. Better yet, replace "inhibitional" goals – the intention to stop doing things – with "acquisitional goals", focused on obtaining or achieving something."___

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2014-08-01 22:59:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

The flow of time is inexorable, and in some lands, it flows faster than others. America is, perhaps, the land with the shortest memory of all: barely forty years separated the March on Washington from the election of a black president, an interval so short -- an interval in living memory of most of the population! -- that it can't be comprehended in most other lands. Forty years in Israel separated us from the Six Days' War; in Europe, from the Red Brigades; in China, from the Cultural Revolution. All things which shaped the country and its memory and people's perception of the nature of threat.

World War One is now at its hundredth anniversary. When I was young, the war was still in living memory -- old men and women would still tell their stories about it, we learned songs like "Over There" and "It's a Long Way to Tipperary" and had them as a common part of... more »

The flow of time is inexorable, and in some lands, it flows faster than others. America is, perhaps, the land with the shortest memory of all: barely forty years separated the March on Washington from the election of a black president, an interval so short -- an interval in living memory of most of the population! -- that it can't be comprehended in most other lands. Forty years in Israel separated us from the Six Days' War; in Europe, from the Red Brigades; in China, from the Cultural Revolution. All things which shaped the country and its memory and people's perception of the nature of threat.

World War One is now at its hundredth anniversary. When I was young, the war was still in living memory -- old men and women would still tell their stories about it, we learned songs like "Over There" and "It's a Long Way to Tipperary" and had them as a common part of our lexicon, and our perception of the twentieth century was shaped, in great part, by the twin shocks of the two world wars, and by the Cold War which followed and which we still lived in. 

Today, no more; time has shifted, moving World War One from living memory into "old history," like it moves everything else; even World War Two is beginning to recede, its youngest veterans already being in their nineties. Soon, those defining periods which shaped so many of our perceptions of how the world works -- which still shape so much of our politics and our leadership today -- will be entirely beyond living memory. Our high school students today have little or no memory of the world before 9/11, much less of the Cold War or the ways in which a world can be torn between empires.

I don't know whether we should mourn this or bless it. The river of forgetfulness is both a poison and a balm: a poison in that it can make us believe that certain evils were Always That Way -- we always lived in a security state, didn't you know? -- or that it can make us repeat stupid mistakes, again and again. A balm in that old evils are ultimately forgotten, and the cycles of vengeance which they create go away. If you have never lived outside of it, it may be hard to understand how profoundly shocking Obama's election was: Americans seem to have decided that well, they agreed not to be racist back in the 1960's, and so it's OK to elect a black man. Nevermind that racism has by no means vanished; what's important is that lots of people seem to believe that it ought to have vanished, and so adjust their behavior to match, and this ends up having real consequences in the world.

My grandfather would go on at length about the cruelties and injustices perpetrated by the Ottomans. A massacre in Hebron in the early 1920's may as well have been yesterday. I could tell you that Peter of Mainz tortured and killed several of my family members; he did that nearly a thousand years ago. When old feuds are not forgotten, they persist in our hearts. When history is kept alive for too long, it can poison our hearts.

So I watch these celebrations of the anniversary of World War One with a mixed sense of joy and sadness. Time is passing, as time will always continue to pass; new joys and new horrors will enter the world, and our children will find our world strange and foreign, just as their children will not understand theirs. 

But I look out on this sea of poppies -- thinking about other rivers of blood, thinking about lives lost, about the ways in which that generation's experiences reflect and refract my own's -- and I want to stop, and take some time to remember. To remember that poppies grow best in the disturbed earth of shelled land, and the scent of lilacs -- so much like that of mustard gas! -- which terrified men for a generation after, to remember the generation lost in a war so bloody and pointless that it can be hard to remember that before it, people would see it as a glorious affair without any sense of irony or lunacy. To remember that this war ended so many of our illusions of a glorious and prosperous future, reminding us that the same tools which bring us better lives can bring us worse deaths.

It may be far in the past, now, but its significance does not diminish. Let us remember.___

2014-08-01 22:47:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)

It seems to me that the conjunction of (a) perjuring oneself after (b) illegally breaking into Senate computers to (c) cover up an unimaginably brutal torture program is the sort of thing that one might get fired for.*

For those of you that haven't been following the story, a short summary of what happened: 

(1) The CIA, in offering full access to its files on torture, "inadvertently" included a memorandum submitted to Leon Panetta about the Bush-era torture program. That memorandum concluded that torture of detainees was far more widespread, and far less useful, than previous judgments on the subject had noted.

(2) The CIA attempted to cover its tracks by deleting the memorandum.

(3) Senate staffers for the Committee on Select Intelligence noticed the deletion, and somehow sufficiently averted it that they... more »

It seems to me that the conjunction of (a) perjuring oneself after (b) illegally breaking into Senate computers to (c) cover up an unimaginably brutal torture program is the sort of thing that one might get fired for.*

For those of you that haven't been following the story, a short summary of what happened: 

(1) The CIA, in offering full access to its files on torture, "inadvertently" included a memorandum submitted to Leon Panetta about the Bush-era torture program. That memorandum concluded that torture of detainees was far more widespread, and far less useful, than previous judgments on the subject had noted.

(2) The CIA attempted to cover its tracks by deleting the memorandum.

(3) Senate staffers for the Committee on Select Intelligence noticed the deletion, and somehow sufficiently averted it that they managed to produce an incomplete printout of the memorandum. That memorandum was brought out of the SCIF and transported to Diane Feinstein's office to prevent the CIA from further interfering with it.

(4) The CIA began an investigation which included spying on Senatorial staffers' emails and monitoring their usage of that computer. That investigation -- and the attempt at prosecution which followed -- was initiated by the same Assistant Counsel of the CIA that ordered that videotapes of the torture of terror suspects be destroyed in 2005. To make it very clear, this was not a disinterested party: this is a person who might face criminal prosecution if the facts which he was attempting to scrub were not scrubbed.

(5) That associate counsel submitted a false statement to the Justice Department in an attempt to start prosecution against Diane Feinstein's aides. This did not go over particularly well with the Senator.

The CIA and its apologists have attempted to justify this as a routine  classified-materials handling investigation. This is nonsense. The security clearances of Senate Select Intelligence staffers (and the need to know) are granted by the Committee itself, upon nonbinding consultation with the DCI. In other words, the committee overseeing the CIA can grant arbitrary clearance to investigators; they do not need to receive permission from the clearing agency. As a result, clearance itself is not an adequate reason for an investigation: if the Committee says its staffers are cleared, then its staffers are cleared, full stop.

But, of course, all of that is irrelevant, because the CIA may not investigate Senate staffers engaged in their official duties. After Gravel v. United States, it's clear that Senatorial aides engaged in legislative business enjoy the same absolute immunity that Senators do. Even if we presume that classified documents had been mishandled -- and I might suggest that attempting to delete files in order to obstruct a Congressional investigation is mishandling of a far fucking higher order than trying to ensure that the legacy of America's idiotic, brutal, shameful and wasteful torture program was actually brought to light. 

* In a just world, using an intelligence agency to intentionally subvert democratic processes is the sort of thing that you would get hanged for. Democratic traditions are fragile and fleeting, and spending those traditions on covering up crimes is the sort of thing that we should take very fucking seriously indeed. (But which we don't.)___

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2014-07-29 01:12:46 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 13 +1s)

From liquid water to steam more efficiently than ever.

The Crazy New ‘Sponge’ That Can Generate Steam From Sunlight http://b4in.org/r6f9 

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology unveiled a new material this week that provides a highly efficient way to convert sunlight into steam and holds major potential for improving technologies like desalination of water and solar thermal power — all with a four-inch graphite ‘sponge.’

The setup developed by MIT consists of a layer of graphite flakes and carbon foam beneath that. It’s porous, which enables the disc to float on water, and the dark color of the graphite attracts maximum energy from the sun.

The end result is a system that converts 85 percent of incoming solar energy into steam — far more efficient than previous methods.

“Basically, if you heat up the whole volume of the water, you don’t raise the temperature very much,” Gang Chen, a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, told ThinkProgress. “However, if you only heat up a small amount of water, then the temperature rise could be high.”

Chen explained that by floating the graphite on the surface of the water, the researchers were able to concentrate the maximum amount of incoming sunlight and adding the foam to the bottom provided a further layer of insulation.

The ability to create steam quickly and efficiently, with inexpensive materials and using only sunlight, has tremendous implications.

“Steam is important for desalination, hygiene systems, and sterilization,” said Hadi Ghasemi, a postdoc in MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering who led the development of the structure.

“Especially in remote areas where the sun is the only source of energy, if you can generate steam with solar energy, it would be very useful.”

Chen said there are two potential applications he’s particularly excited about: developing more efficient solar thermal power plants and creating a cheaper and more accessible way to treat water.

Concentrated solar plants like the massive Solana facility in Arizona use a parabolic trough system — a large structure that incorporates mirrors to focus the sun’s heat on pipes, heating a synthetic oil that flows to boilers, which create the steam that drives turbines to produce electricity, much like a traditional power plant.

More http://b4in.org/r6f9 ___From liquid water to steam more efficiently than ever.

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2014-07-28 23:33:38 (17 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)

The winner in yesterday's women's race in Paris. The emotion in her voice at the end is really intense.

The winner in yesterday's women's race in Paris. The emotion in her voice at the end is really intense.___

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2014-07-28 23:27:11 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)

A lot of effort and detail was sweated in this piece of investigative journalism. It is well worth reading beyond the headline. Via a well-read friend.

A lot of effort and detail was sweated in this piece of investigative journalism. It is well worth reading beyond the headline. Via a well-read friend.___

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2014-07-28 18:38:27 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 19 +1s)

1. Spectator sticks his camera out too far into the action
2. Racing bicyclist knocks it to the ground
3. Another racer scoops it up (at like 25 MPH?)
4. And goes on to show off his prize to his fellow racers, much to their amusement
5. Video and camera eventually make it back to their owner

Best Tour de France video ever? Quite possibly.

1. Spectator sticks his camera out too far into the action
2. Racing bicyclist knocks it to the ground
3. Another racer scoops it up (at like 25 MPH?)
4. And goes on to show off his prize to his fellow racers, much to their amusement
5. Video and camera eventually make it back to their owner

Best Tour de France video ever? Quite possibly.___

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2014-07-28 12:51:35 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

Reading articles like this, I'm invigorated and feel old simultaneously.

Reading articles like this, I'm invigorated and feel old simultaneously.___

2014-07-28 09:34:59 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

The formal study of California's green goddess of creamy deliciousness: avocademia. 

The formal study of California's green goddess of creamy deliciousness: avocademia. ___

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2014-07-25 18:50:32 (4 comments, 5 reshares, 18 +1s)

I can't <3 this enough.

I can't <3 this enough.___

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2014-07-25 17:02:24 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)

Easily the best part of this is the motorcyclist following up with a gratuitous second shove.

(Taken during the Tour de France yesterday.)

Easily the best part of this is the motorcyclist following up with a gratuitous second shove.

(Taken during the Tour de France yesterday.)___

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2014-07-25 14:57:28 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

Inspiring. And I hope to purchase this tableware one day.

Via +Margaret Stewart

Inspiring. And I hope to purchase this tableware one day.

Via +Margaret Stewart___

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2014-07-24 17:36:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

Tips from +Dinosaur Comics on using Google Search. Via +Jon Wiley 

Tips from +Dinosaur Comics on using Google Search. Via +Jon Wiley ___

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2014-07-23 13:55:02 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

I wish there was an interview with Chris Horner everyday. What a great personality.

VN: They say time waits for no man.
CH: He waited for me.

I wish there was an interview with Chris Horner everyday. What a great personality.

VN: They say time waits for no man.
CH: He waited for me.___

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2014-07-23 06:34:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Another great article on the regional housing and commercial office space crunch effecting the San Francisco Bay Area.

Another great article on the regional housing and commercial office space crunch effecting the San Francisco Bay Area.___

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2014-07-22 03:18:26 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

+Anthony Bourdain is pretty much my hero. This nuanced, humanistic interview seals the deal.

+Anthony Bourdain is pretty much my hero. This nuanced, humanistic interview seals the deal.___

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