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Brett Lider has been at 3 events

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Google+8,584,319The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0034078 
Chris Messina129,880Come 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 17:00:00164 
Google Developers1,580,832Google 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 23:00:005067 

Brett Lider has been shared in 124 public circles

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Sunny CT1,721Increase your following with our Amazing CirclesNext circles to include only those resharing thisEven if you are in this circle, +1 and share this to be included in next 2 circles (after 12 Hours)Want to grow your follower list? Need more followers? Join my circles now To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps: 1 - include me in your circles 2 - Click add people and create your circle 3 - share the circle (include yourself) 4 - add +1 to the post(Comment on the original post so that I know you have shared)Optional: Checkout http://www.instagc.com/161602 and let me know your views, although not a compulsion but one's visiting or logging with their accounts on http://www.instagc.com/161602 will be given a special preference for next 5 circles in this week#powercircle #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 2014-09-10 10:49:245019416
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 11:11:30252425
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 08:05:40492338
Greg Smith7,716Power Marketers CircleMy 1st circle share!2014-08-07 20:46:15500013
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 02:32:17501012
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 10:21:26501438
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 06:53:53876712
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 09:51:20153649
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 01:18:3547515729
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 10:16:50501447
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 05:52:07500425
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 10:20:445016010
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:58:15230002
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:57:53230022
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:57:28230003
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:57:04230022
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:56:44231305
Glamor Retouching With Digital Make Up0Photo, photoblog, photography, fotography. fotographiya circle, photography circle2014-02-28 06:32:02501002
İbrahim Aslan02014-02-25 12:24:46501001
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 23:38:47324301
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 15:12:36462483276
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 07:45:58497543383
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 08:21:34499531881
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 04:50:25498451577
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 14:37:57478411671
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 04:51:54498392268
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 11:29:4447830959
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 11:02:20500341261
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 06:03:17464422473
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 03:58:12501181135
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 03:07:5650011923
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 19:39:07340109
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 17:49:57340441178
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 12:35:51501533078
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 07:43:1749910046117
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 15:07:31464412067
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 12:29:4948691315
Jonha Revesencio0A list of some of the must-follow programmers and geeks on Google+ #sharedcircles   #publicsharedcircles   #geeksongoogle  2013-09-13 15:45:18250000
Ramón Sansone López436Awsome #sharedcircle #bestengagersComment, Do +1 and share it, you'll belong to one of my best #sharedcircles 2013-09-05 06:26:23501003
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 05:59:42501223
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
Kabita Singhania0Join and Share .... #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  2013-07-18 18:42:30494001
John Keith0Please share my #sharedcircles  in my Google+. #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #googleplus   #paintingart  2013-07-09 04:05:02500101
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 09:51:2119713412
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 05:04:22353101
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 04:24:23500426
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 19:14:28499403744
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 20:40:424995315
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 01:27:54213201
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 15:06:56307302

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2014-10-15 03:55:08 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Amen. Snapchat owed its users much better than this. And its investors and board should have seen this coming and helped them prioritize security.

While it is difficult, there are ways to ensure that only authorized software can interact with an API, like rigorous client authentication in addition to standard user authentication.

Most reshares: 19

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2014-10-21 07:17:26 (9 comments, 19 reshares, 105 +1s)Open 

Your daily horoscope.

Most plusones: 105

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2014-10-21 07:17:26 (9 comments, 19 reshares, 105 +1s)Open 

Your daily horoscope.

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2014-11-22 23:54:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

AI, soon to be providing you with daily chair-in-the-sky moments.

AI, soon to be providing you with daily chair-in-the-sky moments.___

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2014-11-22 22:44:24 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Awesome post by Max Weiner of Pocket - I'm so excited to see how many developers are successfully adopting Material! 

Awesome post by Max Weiner of Pocket - I'm so excited to see how many developers are successfully adopting Material! ___

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2014-11-18 05:37:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

All the videos from the  #FORMSF14  sessions are on this playlist: youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOU2XLYxmsIKAdUSJXLXHNAXkTTZzXolW

See the best and most exciting moments from #FORMSF14 : http://goo.gl/f6EZxu___All the videos from the  #FORMSF14  sessions are on this playlist: youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOU2XLYxmsIKAdUSJXLXHNAXkTTZzXolW

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2014-11-17 00:04:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Some of my best work colleagues have been born in other countries and faced challenges in being allowed to work in the US. I hope this is the start of making this better and easier. It would be a huge boon to innovation in this country.

Some of my best work colleagues have been born in other countries and faced challenges in being allowed to work in the US. I hope this is the start of making this better and easier. It would be a huge boon to innovation in this country.___

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2014-11-14 06:22:46 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

I'm so happy that this happened.

I'm so happy that this happened.___

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2014-11-13 03:35:39 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Some early signs that the voters of the Bay Area are making good decisions for making housing more affordable while avoiding sprawl.

Some early signs that the voters of the Bay Area are making good decisions for making housing more affordable while avoiding sprawl.___

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2014-11-12 07:20:25 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The first step in attacking any complex problem is generally to spend some time thinking about why existing solutions haven't worked. In problems that involve a "deep" system, with many layers, the way you often go about that is to watch how the system works from end to end, and look for its specific failure points.

This is most important with problems involving people, and especially with problems involving people in distress. Very often, systems were designed to work correctly in the "nominal case" -- to work correctly when used as intended -- but without sufficient thought to how they would work in edge cases. Unfortunately, dealing with people who are in a heightened emotional state, whether that be from something as minor as their credit card failing to swipe or as major as having just experienced a massive trauma, is entirely a business of edge cases.
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The first step in attacking any complex problem is generally to spend some time thinking about why existing solutions haven't worked. In problems that involve a "deep" system, with many layers, the way you often go about that is to watch how the system works from end to end, and look for its specific failure points.

This is most important with problems involving people, and especially with problems involving people in distress. Very often, systems were designed to work correctly in the "nominal case" -- to work correctly when used as intended -- but without sufficient thought to how they would work in edge cases. Unfortunately, dealing with people who are in a heightened emotional state, whether that be from something as minor as their credit card failing to swipe or as major as having just experienced a massive trauma, is entirely a business of edge cases.

That's why I find the efforts by the Ashland PD to solve the problem of campus rape to be particularly noteworthy. Detective Hull took a very good approach to this problem: looking through the chain of events that goes from a report to an outcome, seeing what went wrong, talking to people who have been through it to find the problems, and then building solutions to specifically address them.

While it's by no means clear that these solutions could scale to a larger environment (this article also interviews people from Brooklyn's Special Victims Unit, who discuss those issues), this represents a lot of extremely positive advances in the way cases are handled. Not only is it having a clear impact on Ashland itself, but the ideas that they have worked out here could prove extremely useful in handling a wide range of other, similar problems.

One of the core patterns that I see in Ashland's system is that it systematically puts control in the hands of the victim: they have the ability to decide if and when they want their report to be escalated from an anonymous tip to a criminal investigation, for example. Similarly, instead of the usual emphasis on grilling the reporter until they can produce a robust timeline of the events, they use what's called "trauma informed interview technique," which focuses on getting individual chunks of experience and sensory information recorded. That information can later be corroborated with other evidence to form the case that you prosecute in front of a jury, but it turns out that it's a hugely different matter to get clear and reliable information out of a traumatized person when you ask questions in a different way.

The result isn't just a higher reporting rate and better prosecutability, but perhaps more importantly, people are finding that coming to the police actually resolves their problems and gives them back a sense of control, after being in a situation which has taken their control away. With or without a prosecution, I think the key lesson is, handling this process right can make a huge difference to the people involved.

This is something that I'm going to be keeping in mind as well when developing systems to deal with people who are in bad situations. Giving people a sense of autonomy and control over their fate, for example, is important in its own right. So is letting people tell their story in their way, and not forcing them to put the story into the format most convenient for you. The challenge is often going to be how to balance the resource requirements of this with the practicalities of needing to do such things for a lot of people; that seems like an interesting and difficult challenge, and one worth pursuing.

Via +Jennifer Freeman ___

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2014-11-11 06:41:34 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

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2014-11-09 18:13:25 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Blown away by the beauty and technical accomplishment of capturing it.

Blown away by the beauty and technical accomplishment of capturing it.___

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2014-11-08 08:20:35 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

h/t +Jeff Dean.___

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2014-11-08 08:14:07 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Well worth reading, along with All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis (http://www.amazon.com/All-Devils-Are-Here-Financial/dp/159184438X)

Holder and his "justice" department's failures as enumerated in this article make up a big piece why the electorate this week repudiated the Democratic party.

Well worth reading, along with All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis (http://www.amazon.com/All-Devils-Are-Here-Financial/dp/159184438X)

Holder and his "justice" department's failures as enumerated in this article make up a big piece why the electorate this week repudiated the Democratic party.___

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2014-11-07 03:07:59 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Available today on the +Google Play Store : the LG G Watch R with a fully round circular screen.

https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=lg_g_watch_r_black

Available today on the +Google Play Store : the LG G Watch R with a fully round circular screen.

https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=lg_g_watch_r_black___

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2014-11-05 18:02:31 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

I'm really proud of +Alexandra Kenin and her business +Urban Hiker SF for being included in the cover story for Ethiad Airways' in-flight magazine this month. Really nice work, Ali.

We are proud to be featured in Ethiad Airways' in-flight magazine this month! Can you say cover story? Woo hoo! Check out the full story here: http://resources.etihadairways.com/etihadairways/images/emagazines/etihad-inflight/#/50/___I'm really proud of +Alexandra Kenin and her business +Urban Hiker SF for being included in the cover story for Ethiad Airways' in-flight magazine this month. Really nice work, Ali.

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2014-11-04 21:27:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Material Design Gets More Material

Only a few weeks ago [1], we published our first significant update to the material design guidelines [2]. We’re not stopping there! Today, we’re addressing even more of the comments and suggestions you’ve provided with another major update to the spec. Check out some of the highlights below and in the blog post.

Links to related Android developer docs. We’ll add more links for Android and Polymer over time.
A new “What is Material?” section that dives deeper into the environment established by material design.
A “What’s New” section so you can always stay aware of latest changes.
• A new section on product icons (launcher icons for Android apps).
• New patterns like the navigation drawer, navigational transitions, scrolling techniques, swipe to refresh, date/timeformats, and errors.
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Material Design Gets More Material

Only a few weeks ago [1], we published our first significant update to the material design guidelines [2]. We’re not stopping there! Today, we’re addressing even more of the comments and suggestions you’ve provided with another major update to the spec. Check out some of the highlights below and in the blog post.

Links to related Android developer docs. We’ll add more links for Android and Polymer over time.
A new “What is Material?” section that dives deeper into the environment established by material design.
A “What’s New” section so you can always stay aware of latest changes.
• A new section on product icons (launcher icons for Android apps).
• New patterns like the navigation drawer, navigational transitions, scrolling techniques, swipe to refresh, date/time formats, and errors.
• New and updated components including pickers, dialogs, and menus.
• A new usability section on bidirectionality.

For more, check out the blog post linked below. Have suggestions or feedback? Share them in the comments!

[1] First spec update: goo.gl/snZT4v
[2] Material design guidelines: goo.gl/3WijB9___

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2014-11-04 16:37:36 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

If you live in Palo Alto or Menlo Park or San Francisco, this is a great read with direct recommendations on how to vote today to help ease the housing crisis. Nice work yet again by Techcrunch to approach this topic systematically.

If you live in Palo Alto or Menlo Park or San Francisco, this is a great read with direct recommendations on how to vote today to help ease the housing crisis. Nice work yet again by Techcrunch to approach this topic systematically.___

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2014-11-03 18:40:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Rethinking Google Calendar http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/a-new-day-for-google-calendar.html

Rethinking Google Calendar http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/a-new-day-for-google-calendar.html___

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2014-11-03 18:16:33 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

A great San Francisco voter's guide from SPUR.

A great San Francisco voter's guide from SPUR.___

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2014-11-02 17:54:37 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Halloween costumes based on the hilarious Girls' Costume Warehouse parody video. +Alexandra Kenin is "Sexy 1900s Steel Conglomerate Tycoon" and I'm the "And Frog" character. Watch the video here: http://youtu.be/V4rUiV_Hh74

Halloween costumes based on the hilarious Girls' Costume Warehouse parody video. +Alexandra Kenin is "Sexy 1900s Steel Conglomerate Tycoon" and I'm the "And Frog" character. Watch the video here: http://youtu.be/V4rUiV_Hh74___

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2014-11-01 18:05:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Clever, +Dave Young​, clever.

Any designers looking for a new job? 
We're giving an Eames Chair to our next design hire...
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/fuo/4741355714.html  :)

Backstory:

I was having dinner with some friends trading stories about how hard it is to find and hire designers these days...

One person told a story about how recently when a designer arrived to pick up a bed she was selling on craigslist she tried to pitch him on joining her company and so I thought... what are designers looking for on craigslist in SF.  ;)___Clever, +Dave Young​, clever.

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2014-11-01 02:14:06 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

The woman featured in Android Wear product shots decided to make it her Halloween costume this year. Too funny. https://twitter.com/maliceyang/status/528346925980848128?s=09

The woman featured in Android Wear product shots decided to make it her Halloween costume this year. Too funny. https://twitter.com/maliceyang/status/528346925980848128?s=09___

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2014-10-31 06:57:57 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

GamerGate Hitler. Many LOL moments here.

GamerGate Hitler. Many LOL moments here.___

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2014-10-31 06:57:01 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Hulk takes on GamerGate as well as the other dark voids of human existence. A good and long read.

Hulk takes on GamerGate as well as the other dark voids of human existence. A good and long read.___

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2014-10-29 23:15:43 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

What a mixed up world: middle of the road Mayor Ed Lee is now considered too right and too business-friendly for some of San Francisco's political establishment. 

What a mixed up world: middle of the road Mayor Ed Lee is now considered too right and too business-friendly for some of San Francisco's political establishment. ___

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2014-10-29 16:13:23 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This is a pretty great find.

This is a pretty great find.___

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2014-10-28 17:39:45 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Sigh. Has Senator Feinstein even read the law or any account of it? She's betraying how out of touch she is as a career politician and as an extremely wealthy person.

Sigh. Has Senator Feinstein even read the law or any account of it? She's betraying how out of touch she is as a career politician and as an extremely wealthy person.___

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2014-10-28 07:07:18 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

On this $90M player, they talk about him as if he has special needs:

"He throws funny, he runs funny, and he hits funny. He’s not cookie-cutter. But he’s a driven guy who has unbelievable ability to put the ball in play. You can’t teach anybody to play the way he does. But we find a way to work with what he has.”

Hunter Pence is high-spirited leader of the Giants at World Series http://bit.ly/1nLBfGF___On this $90M player, they talk about him as if he has special needs:

"He throws funny, he runs funny, and he hits funny. He’s not cookie-cutter. But he’s a driven guy who has unbelievable ability to put the ball in play. You can’t teach anybody to play the way he does. But we find a way to work with what he has.”

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2014-10-27 04:41:45 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

If you're a resident of NY or NJ, please reach out to your governor and make it clear that you do not support his fear-based Ebola quarantine policies. We need our healthcare workers to be able to volunteer in Africa, not for them to lose weeks of their lives and possibly their jobs upon return to the US.

If you're a resident of NY or NJ, please reach out to your governor and make it clear that you do not support his fear-based Ebola quarantine policies. We need our healthcare workers to be able to volunteer in Africa, not for them to lose weeks of their lives and possibly their jobs upon return to the US.___

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2014-10-26 23:34:44 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Mind blown by the insensitivity here. 

Mind blown by the insensitivity here. ___

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2014-10-26 13:13:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Best of luck to the people of Tunisia!

Best of luck to the people of Tunisia!___

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2014-10-24 01:18:09 (2 comments, 7 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

FORM
Conversations about design & technology
hosted by Google

This is going to be fun! I'm helping with two of these sessions, Design Tooling and Wearable Design, along with +Noah Levin, +Alex Faaborg, and +Bob Ryskamp. Videos of the sessions will be made available after the event.

http://www.google.com/design/form/#wearable-design
http://www.google.com/design/form/#design-tooling

#FORMSF14

FORM
Conversations about design & technology
hosted by Google

This is going to be fun! I'm helping with two of these sessions, Design Tooling and Wearable Design, along with +Noah Levin, +Alex Faaborg, and +Bob Ryskamp. Videos of the sessions will be made available after the event.

http://www.google.com/design/form/#wearable-design
http://www.google.com/design/form/#design-tooling

#FORMSF14___

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2014-10-23 16:27:56 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

The newest Android Wear watch is available today and we're also happy to release a new version of Wear for all our current devices to allow for music playback and storage.

The newest Android Wear watch is available today and we're also happy to release a new version of Wear for all our current devices to allow for music playback and storage.___

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2014-10-21 07:17:26 (9 comments, 19 reshares, 105 +1s)Open 

Your daily horoscope.

Your daily horoscope.___

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2014-10-21 05:35:05 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I've had a couple of nasty conversations with cabbies but never with an Uber driver. Yet Uber has two violent incidents in a month here in San Francisco. Do they have both a driver quality problem and a media reporting problem or just a driver quality problem? Either way: yikes, +Uber​, you have work to do.

I've had a couple of nasty conversations with cabbies but never with an Uber driver. Yet Uber has two violent incidents in a month here in San Francisco. Do they have both a driver quality problem and a media reporting problem or just a driver quality problem? Either way: yikes, +Uber​, you have work to do.___

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2014-10-20 19:35:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

+Dinosaur Comics​ has hacked the humor center of my brain.

+Dinosaur Comics​ has hacked the humor center of my brain.___

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2014-10-18 02:30:34 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

In grade school, you probably learned about the average, also known as the mean. You may have learned about other numbers, like the median and the mode, which also characterize how things are distributed. These numbers, however, tend to conceal more than they reveal: when you really want to understand something, you look at a curve called the distribution instead. That curve is simply a plot of how often each possible outcome occurs, and all of the numbers above -- numbers called "measures of central tendency" -- can be calculated from that curve, and summarize various aspects of the curve.

The reason that professionals care about the curve more than the numbers is that the curve is full of secrets of its own. One of the most interesting secrets is what's called "universality:" it turns out that there is a very small set of shapes, and almost every distribution curve you... more »

In grade school, you probably learned about the average, also known as the mean. You may have learned about other numbers, like the median and the mode, which also characterize how things are distributed. These numbers, however, tend to conceal more than they reveal: when you really want to understand something, you look at a curve called the distribution instead. That curve is simply a plot of how often each possible outcome occurs, and all of the numbers above -- numbers called "measures of central tendency" -- can be calculated from that curve, and summarize various aspects of the curve.

The reason that professionals care about the curve more than the numbers is that the curve is full of secrets of its own. One of the most interesting secrets is what's called "universality:" it turns out that there is a very small set of shapes, and almost every distribution curve you actually encounter in the world, whether you're measuring the frequency at which people use words, or the time it takes to get through a checkout line, or the number of marmots in a field, turns out to have one of these shapes. 

(Or more specifically, real distributions are almost always combinations of these shapes, say a bump of one shape here and a curve of another shape there. That always means that two distinct things are going on, each contributing a single shape, and it can be one of the fastest ways to understand how the system is really working.)

Why are distributions more interesting? Apart from being able to read the secrets of their shapes, the problem with just looking at numbers is what they hide. There's an old joke about two guys in a bar in Seattle, grousing about how broke they are, when Bill Gates walks in. One of them pauses for a sec, thinks hard, then jumps up and yells "Drinks are on me, everyone!" His friend asks him, "Are you crazy? I thought you said you were broke!" "No, I just did the math! On the average, everyone in here is a millionaire!"

So let's talk about these shapes a bit more. There are four particularly common shapes. (There are a few others as well, but 99.5% of the time what you see are combinations of these four)

The first is the Gaussian, or bell curve. Gaussians generally happen when there's something that happens roughly the same way every time, and the deviations from that "same way" are completely random and uncorrelated noise. For example, if you measure how long it takes you to walk down the same hallway every day, the distribution curve will probably be a Gaussian. The position of the center of the bell curve tells you the average, and its width tells you how frequent random disruptions are.

The second is the exponential curve. This looks like a sharp spike followed by a decay. (Specifically, a decay shaped like F = e^−(ax), where x is the value that we're measuring, F is the number of times we saw x, and a is a constant) This is most often a sign of queues. For example, if you measure how long it takes to read a small file from a hard disk, and do it over and over again, the frequency distribution of times will look like a Gaussian added to an exponential. Why? Because the time it takes to read from an idle disk is a Gaussian -- there's a random amount of time it takes the head to seek to the right position, and then it takes a constant amount of time to do the reading. However, if the computer is busy, then you have to wait in line before that can start, and it turns out that the distribution of the time it takes to wait in line is almost always an exponential. (That fact is something we regularly use in computing to identify when the problem is that things are getting stuck waiting in line)

The third shape is a power law. This looks sort of like an exponential, but it has a much heavier tail. (The formula is F = (x/x0)^−a, and if you plot it on a log-log chart, it looks like a straight line) Power laws turn out to be extremely universal whenever humans are involved: for example, if you look at a large body of text and ask "what fraction of words show up frequently versus rarely," the shape is a power law, no matter what language. (In that case, a is about 1.8, in case you're curious. Syntax words like "and" and "the" are the most common, obscure nouns like "zymurgy" are among the rare ones, and there's a long tail of words that basically appear only once in a corpus) But power laws show up all over the place: look at the number of pictures people take each week. Look at the number of friends people have. Look at the size of cities. 

It turns out that there are some fairly deep reasons that power laws are so common. For example, imagine you're looking at a network -- say, the phone network, or the network of people's friends. If a network formed by "random attachment," that is, any new node that shows up is equally likely to attach to any other node, then the distribution of how many neighbors everyone has is a Gaussian. But if it forms by "preferential attachment," that is, a newcomer is more likely to attach to someone who already knows a lot of people, then you can show mathematically that you get a power law. Lots of real networks do this: new people in a social group, for example, are more likely to start out by meeting the really gregarious person at the middle.

(This is really important for practical applications, too, because preferential-attachment networks have all sorts of other interesting features. For example, a random-attachment network doesn't become disconnected (no longer joining everyone) until you blow up a lot of links. A preferential-attachment network, on the other hand, can disconnect very quickly if you lose the very central nodes. If your network is the Internet, then you really want to keep things from being disconnected, so it's important to know what parts are the most critical. On the other hand, if your network is the graph of people who were in physical contact with each other (a preferential-attachment network), which also happens to be the graph along which contagious diseases spreads, you might be very interested in making this network disconnect: that tells you that investing your money in making sure that contagious diseases don't spread through the people with the highest number of connections is a much better bet than trying to protect everyone equally. It turns out that immunizing a hermit doesn't do nearly as much as immunizing, say, the janitor of a large building.)

And then there's a fourth common shape, the Tracy-Widom Curve. This one looks sort of like a skewed bell curve, Gaussian on the left and exponential on the right. It shows up all over the place as well, especially when studying systems with a lot of strong interactions amongst themselves. However, we don't really understand why it's so common yet: it's proven a tougher nut to crack than the power law. 

However, there's been some recent progress: it turns out that this curve may be happening whenever there's a certain kind of phase transition behavior in the system, similar to ice melting or water boiling. And this article will tell you more about that.

The key takeaways are:

* Distributions matter! Averages and so on lie, because they hide things. If you really want to understand something, always demand the distribution.

* Distributions always seem to be combinations of a handful of standard shapes. If there's more than one shape in a distribution, you're seeing several different physical processes at once, and each shape tells you a story.

* There are four standard shapes, and we understand three of them pretty well and know how to read stories from them: Gaussians telling you about random events, exponentials about something waiting in line, power laws about humans or biology being somehow involved, or about preferential attachment, or a few other similar things. There's a fourth one which we're only starting to understand, but it keeps showing up, too.

* Statistics is cool, because it reveals the secrets of the universe and helps you fix problems.

Via +Jennifer Ouellette​​.___

2014-10-17 23:29:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Stick sheets for #materialdesign components and icons are now available in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Sketch formats. Woo!

Stick sheets for #materialdesign components and icons are now available in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Sketch formats. Woo!___

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2014-10-17 06:23:15 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

"Please don't use Comic Sans - we are a Fortune 500 Company, not a Lemonade Stand."

"Please don't use Comic Sans - we are a Fortune 500 Company, not a Lemonade Stand."___

2014-10-17 05:21:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The Scots have all the cool toys! Check out the video in this post:

The Scots have all the cool toys! Check out the video in this post:___

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2014-10-15 07:43:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

SCOTUS and executive secrecy: it gets worse :(

SCOTUS and executive secrecy: it gets worse :(___

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2014-10-15 03:55:08 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Amen. Snapchat owed its users much better than this. And its investors and board should have seen this coming and helped them prioritize security.

While it is difficult, there are ways to ensure that only authorized software can interact with an API, like rigorous client authentication in addition to standard user authentication.

Amen. Snapchat owed its users much better than this. And its investors and board should have seen this coming and helped them prioritize security.

While it is difficult, there are ways to ensure that only authorized software can interact with an API, like rigorous client authentication in addition to standard user authentication.___

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2014-10-15 03:39:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Even though my political views have evolved a lot since moving to San Francisco, I still owe a debt of gratitude to the SF Bay Guardian's existence and strong advocacy for local politics, people, and culture.

Even though my political views have evolved a lot since moving to San Francisco, I still owe a debt of gratitude to the SF Bay Guardian's existence and strong advocacy for local politics, people, and culture.___

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2014-10-13 01:34:07 (3 comments, 11 reshares, 80 +1s)Open 

Sometimes timing is everything. Photographer Rich Shelton captured this incredible photo of U.S. Navy Blue Angels #5 passing between the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge at #FleetWeek in San Francisco.

Sometimes timing is everything. Photographer Rich Shelton captured this incredible photo of U.S. Navy Blue Angels #5 passing between the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge at #FleetWeek in San Francisco.___

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2014-10-12 00:42:18 (2 comments, 7 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

According to Mr. Olson's parsing of some recent research on married couples:

1. Date for multiple years before the proposal
2. Make a lot of money
3. Attend religious services together
4. Don't value your partner for their looks or money
5. Have as many people as possible attend the wedding
6. But spend as little as possible on the wedding
7. Don't skip the honeymoon

Obviously these aren't causal but probably represent deeper values or causes.

According to Mr. Olson's parsing of some recent research on married couples:

1. Date for multiple years before the proposal
2. Make a lot of money
3. Attend religious services together
4. Don't value your partner for their looks or money
5. Have as many people as possible attend the wedding
6. But spend as little as possible on the wedding
7. Don't skip the honeymoon

Obviously these aren't causal but probably represent deeper values or causes.___

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2014-10-12 00:30:49 (1 comments, 7 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

madewithsisu.com will take your +Strava or +RunKeeper data and turn it into a little digital or printed piece of art. Here's my 2014 visualized so far.

Via +Dave Cohen

madewithsisu.com will take your +Strava or +RunKeeper data and turn it into a little digital or printed piece of art. Here's my 2014 visualized so far.

Via +Dave Cohen___

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2014-10-11 03:23:03 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Coolest web page + scientific speculation I have seen in a while.

Coolest web page + scientific speculation I have seen in a while.___

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2014-10-10 03:19:43 (0 comments, 8 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Amazing.

Amazing.___

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2014-10-09 15:29:04 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Wow.

Wow.___

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2014-10-07 13:47:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Google is holding a London Android Wear Hackathon 1-2 Nov. Space limited, please apply here: http://goo.gl/sV4w4V

#London   #AndroidWear  

Google is holding a London Android Wear Hackathon 1-2 Nov. Space limited, please apply here: http://goo.gl/sV4w4V

#London   #AndroidWear  ___

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2014-10-05 17:22:17 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Yesterday I rode the Levi's King Ridge Gran Fondo, a 100-mile bicycle ride here in California. I've ridden in this event for each of the last 7 years (minus one year I missed). This ride has become a tradition, a way to see cycling friends who I don't get to see very often, and a force to keep myself in "century shape."

Within that, I've ridden just for fun, ridden to help others, and ridden for a good time. I had never ridden the course in less than 7 hours. But this year, in the back of my head, I wanted that. The day came, it was really hot, my training had been OK, and I rode slowly in the beginning to socialize with friends. But I kept up a good pace on the climbs, managed my heat, kept my rest stops short.

After the final big climb, the goal was still within reach. I dropped like a stone over the potholed Sonoma county descents, kept up my pace on the... more »

Yesterday I rode the Levi's King Ridge Gran Fondo, a 100-mile bicycle ride here in California. I've ridden in this event for each of the last 7 years (minus one year I missed). This ride has become a tradition, a way to see cycling friends who I don't get to see very often, and a force to keep myself in "century shape."

Within that, I've ridden just for fun, ridden to help others, and ridden for a good time. I had never ridden the course in less than 7 hours. But this year, in the back of my head, I wanted that. The day came, it was really hot, my training had been OK, and I rode slowly in the beginning to socialize with friends. But I kept up a good pace on the climbs, managed my heat, kept my rest stops short.

After the final big climb, the goal was still within reach. I dropped like a stone over the potholed Sonoma county descents, kept up my pace on the flats, and then, as I faced the final 10 miles of flats in the 95-degree Santa Rosa sun, my strength started to leave me. I was SO hot. I had more or less stopped sweating. I could only manage about 16 miles per hour on the flats with a significant effort (180 heart rate). I needed to average at least 15 mph to make my time. And then, with less than 3 miles to go, my legs started to cramp. I pounded on them with my fist to unlock them and kept going. A random cyclist gave me a few sips from his water bottle (thanks so much!). The finish finally came. I sprinted for it, hitting my highest heart rate of the day. 6 hours 56 minutes!

I was zonked. I stumbled through the finish area, a baking hot parking lot. I located and walked to the water tent at the bike festival at the end. I guzzled some water, poured more over my head, and my eyes stung from the salt. I parked myself in the shade by a recycling bin and waited to start feeling OK. +Alexandra Kenin came and took care of me and we hung out there while we ate three order of fries, more food, and beer. What a good day.

Thanks to Ali for supporting my training and to the organizers and to all the volunteers and riders in such good shape along the way.

+Debbie Leight and +Baris Baser, I'm so glad we have this tradition together. See you next year!

Ride map and details: strava.com/activities/203309587___

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2014-10-03 23:23:24 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

It's reassuring to know that San Francisco doesn't yet have a complete monopoly on cranky NIMBYs.

It's reassuring to know that San Francisco doesn't yet have a complete monopoly on cranky NIMBYs.___

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