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Google+10,920,091The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033825  
Chris Messina178,059*Come 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 Developers2,122,992Google 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 23:00:005061  

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Top posts in the last 50 posts

Most comments: 21

2015-01-13 02:08:56 (21 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

San Francisco has 31K empty apartments & 100K potentially-rentable rooms lying empty because rent control is broken

Most reshares: 76

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2015-04-20 14:17:45 (16 comments, 76 reshares, 104 +1s)Open 

Got your hands full? You no longer need them to check your news and notifications. Instead you can just flick your wrist to scroll through the stream. #AndroidWear  

Most plusones: 270

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2015-04-18 15:05:28 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 270 +1s)Open 

The 12 year old boy in me is totally crushing on the wolf lady with the Gatling gun.

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2015-06-30 14:27:06 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Living out in the country doesn't save you from dealing with neighbors. It just gives you neighbors with guns. Imagine having to live next to this family:

This is the third time discharge from your firearms has hit our house and property. The first incident left a bullet hole in the door by our garage. The second incident occurred last Thanksgiving when birdshot from your skeet shooting activities rained into our backyard. The third, of course, being what we're currently discussing.


Living out in the country doesn't save you from dealing with neighbors. It just gives you neighbors with guns. Imagine having to live next to this family:

This is the third time discharge from your firearms has hit our house and property. The first incident left a bullet hole in the door by our garage. The second incident occurred last Thanksgiving when birdshot from your skeet shooting activities rained into our backyard. The third, of course, being what we're currently discussing.
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2015-06-22 16:43:29 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Brand new watch faces for #AndroidWear!

Adorable, elegant or fierce. Wear what you want with new #AndroidWear watch faces from +Angry Birds, +Bang & Olufsen, +Cynthia Rowley, +GEOX, +Hello Kitty, +Rubik's Cube and more https://goo.gl/0ityjc___Brand new watch faces for #AndroidWear!

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2015-06-01 12:41:35 (6 comments, 8 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

The back story on how Google has gotten good at design. Quotes from my awesome colleagues & even a few from me.

The back story on how Google has gotten good at design. Quotes from my awesome colleagues & even a few from me.___

2015-05-29 06:12:57 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Nice behind-the-scenes on the origin and creation of Material Design. I'm proud to have played a role.

Nice behind-the-scenes on the origin and creation of Material Design. I'm proud to have played a role.___

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2015-05-28 18:42:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

"Don't Fail," "Worthy-of-Armor," "Battle-Cry," and "Hot Flanks" -- these were the names of actual Amazon warriors. A team of researchers managed to puzzle this out by looking at Greek vases which had "gibberish" inscriptions on them; suspecting that these were actually phonetic renderings of neighboring languages like Circassian and Abkhazian, they handed these transliterations (blind, to avoid bias, and along with some actual gibberish as a sanity-check) to an expert in ancient languages of the Caucasus.

Soon it came out that these were translatable: a scene of two Amazons hunting with a dog said "set the dogs loose!;" a policeman's nonsensical "noraretteblo" was Circassian for "This sneak-thief steals from that man over there!" (The translation seems to lose a bit of its poetry)

And among these,... more »

"Don't Fail," "Worthy-of-Armor," "Battle-Cry," and "Hot Flanks" -- these were the names of actual Amazon warriors. A team of researchers managed to puzzle this out by looking at Greek vases which had "gibberish" inscriptions on them; suspecting that these were actually phonetic renderings of neighboring languages like Circassian and Abkhazian, they handed these transliterations (blind, to avoid bias, and along with some actual gibberish as a sanity-check) to an expert in ancient languages of the Caucasus.

Soon it came out that these were translatable: a scene of two Amazons hunting with a dog said "set the dogs loose!;" a policeman's nonsensical "noraretteblo" was Circassian for "This sneak-thief steals from that man over there!" (The translation seems to lose a bit of its poetry)

And among these, we find the names of individuals. The Amazons were Scythians, and like many modern inhabitants of the Caucasus, they apparently tended to be known by nicknames they acquired over life, keeping their actual names private. And so we end up with the horse-woman "Worthy-of-Armor," and "Hot Flanks," a name which "probably had erotic connotations," in the inimitably restrained language of academic papers.

The journal article itself is forthcoming, having been submitted to Hesperia. I'm looking forward to reading it!

h/t +Steve S and +Sheila Nagig.___

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2015-05-28 18:22:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Welcome to the new google.com/design

Much has happened in the year since we launched Google Design and introduced our material design framework at Google I/O 2014. To capture all the design work happening at Google and around the community, we’ve given google.com/design an exciting refresh — adding a host of  new guidelines and tools, as well as written and video content. The goal is to provide a new perspective on our design process and ample opportunity for cross pollination. We hope you enjoy the the new site, and we look forward to hearing your feedback right here on Google+!

Welcome to the new google.com/design

Much has happened in the year since we launched Google Design and introduced our material design framework at Google I/O 2014. To capture all the design work happening at Google and around the community, we’ve given google.com/design an exciting refresh — adding a host of  new guidelines and tools, as well as written and video content. The goal is to provide a new perspective on our design process and ample opportunity for cross pollination. We hope you enjoy the the new site, and we look forward to hearing your feedback right here on Google+!___

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2015-05-23 05:17:42 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Thanks much to Andrew for advocating for this trail and asking me for my thoughts:

"As someone who regularly leads bicycle commuting rides through this area, the completion of the missing Bay Trail segment in East Palo Alto will be a big boost to recreational and commuter bicyclists,” saidSF2G Bicycle Commuting Club co-founder Brett Lider. “This increased bike traffic makes it even more important to fix the hazardous intersections along Bayfront Expressway in Menlo Park that lead to to the new path, especially at Marsh Road, Willow Road, and University Avenue.”

Thanks much to Andrew for advocating for this trail and asking me for my thoughts:

"As someone who regularly leads bicycle commuting rides through this area, the completion of the missing Bay Trail segment in East Palo Alto will be a big boost to recreational and commuter bicyclists,” saidSF2G Bicycle Commuting Club co-founder Brett Lider. “This increased bike traffic makes it even more important to fix the hazardous intersections along Bayfront Expressway in Menlo Park that lead to to the new path, especially at Marsh Road, Willow Road, and University Avenue.”___

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2015-05-20 15:46:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Now that it is warmer out, I have the tan lines to prove it.

Now that it is warmer out, I have the tan lines to prove it.___

2015-05-20 15:29:53 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Life not stressful enough? Here's a stressful problem generator to help out!

Life not stressful enough? Here's a stressful problem generator to help out!___

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2015-05-19 01:44:46 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Check out our new @ThrillistSF article, the 13 coolest secrets you can see on SF hikes. How many did you know about?

Check out our new @ThrillistSF article, the 13 coolest secrets you can see on SF hikes. How many did you know about?___

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2015-05-18 15:06:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

By my calculations this comes out to $166k/unit which is a bargain by San Francisco land, material, and labor costs. Am I missing something?

By my calculations this comes out to $166k/unit which is a bargain by San Francisco land, material, and labor costs. Am I missing something?___

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2015-05-02 04:22:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

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2015-04-29 22:03:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

An essential tool for Android designers and developers.

If you've ever taken a screenshot or a screen video from an Android phone, there's a good chance you've been copying and pasting shell commands. I made a tool that does all this in one single click, even on multiple devices at the same time. 

I actually just made this for my team, but it turned out a lot of other people in the company could use it, so I thought other people might find it useful too. 

You can get it here
https://github.com/mortenjust/androidtool-mac___An essential tool for Android designers and developers.

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2015-04-25 18:26:39 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Yesterday we celebrated 9 years of the Bayway bike commute route from San Francisco to the peninsula. We had 30+ show up and ride with us. I never could have guessed that long distance bike commuting on such a pieced-together route would be so popular. I can't wait for Bike to Work Day next month were we will have hundreds of people on this ride!

Thank you to all who have made Bayway and the other SF2G routes part of their commute.

#sf2g #epiccommute sf2g.com

Yesterday we celebrated 9 years of the Bayway bike commute route from San Francisco to the peninsula. We had 30+ show up and ride with us. I never could have guessed that long distance bike commuting on such a pieced-together route would be so popular. I can't wait for Bike to Work Day next month were we will have hundreds of people on this ride!

Thank you to all who have made Bayway and the other SF2G routes part of their commute.

#sf2g #epiccommute sf2g.com___

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2015-04-24 04:43:03 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Or they could stop spying on Americans and other people unnecessarily. Sigh :/

Or they could stop spying on Americans and other people unnecessarily. Sigh :/___

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2015-04-20 14:17:45 (16 comments, 76 reshares, 104 +1s)Open 

Got your hands full? You no longer need them to check your news and notifications. Instead you can just flick your wrist to scroll through the stream. #AndroidWear  

Got your hands full? You no longer need them to check your news and notifications. Instead you can just flick your wrist to scroll through the stream. #AndroidWear  ___

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2015-04-20 14:16:22 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

We're pretty excited about this update. We hope you like it a lot, too.

The latest #AndroidWear  update gets Wi-Fi, gestures, a new app launcher, emojis and more http://goo.gl/CV33D6___We're pretty excited about this update. We hope you like it a lot, too.

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2015-04-20 04:47:24 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Yet another reason not to fly United Airlines.

Yet another reason not to fly United Airlines.___

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2015-04-18 15:05:28 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 270 +1s)Open 

The 12 year old boy in me is totally crushing on the wolf lady with the Gatling gun.

The 12 year old boy in me is totally crushing on the wolf lady with the Gatling gun.___

2015-04-18 04:32:03 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Each of these reviews were seminal events for me. I'm sad to see Siracusa retire from OS X.

Each of these reviews were seminal events for me. I'm sad to see Siracusa retire from OS X.___

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2015-04-18 02:53:45 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

You have reached... Peak 1950s.

You have reached... Peak 1950s.___

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2015-04-08 02:10:43 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

How many times can police officers lie in a single report? Gah. It's so sickening.

How many times can police officers lie in a single report? Gah. It's so sickening.___

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2015-04-01 19:52:03 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Overdue but I'm glad this is finally happening.

Overdue but I'm glad this is finally happening.___

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2015-03-24 01:49:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Classic Aphorisms Rephrased - truly helps you understand how bad ideas repeated often enough become truisms.

Classic Aphorisms Rephrased - truly helps you understand how bad ideas repeated often enough become truisms.___

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2015-03-20 17:16:18 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

4-steps to getting a blank Android Wear watch face
As of Android Studio 1.1, we have added watch face template to Android Studio so a blank watch face you can customise is only a few clicks away! Here’re the steps:
1. Start a new project or open your existing project
2. If your project do not already have an Android Wear module, create one! Select File > New Module…. In the wizard, select Android Wear as the module type and no activity.
3. Right-click on the module name on the left hand side. Select New > Wear > Watch Face.
4. Select whether you want an analog or a digital watch face.
5. Done!
You will get a skeleton watch face which will take care of the basics for you like automatically adjust for time zones changes.

#AndroidWear #AndroidStudio #WatchFace  #protip  

4-steps to getting a blank Android Wear watch face
As of Android Studio 1.1, we have added watch face template to Android Studio so a blank watch face you can customise is only a few clicks away! Here’re the steps:
1. Start a new project or open your existing project
2. If your project do not already have an Android Wear module, create one! Select File > New Module…. In the wizard, select Android Wear as the module type and no activity.
3. Right-click on the module name on the left hand side. Select New > Wear > Watch Face.
4. Select whether you want an analog or a digital watch face.
5. Done!
You will get a skeleton watch face which will take care of the basics for you like automatically adjust for time zones changes.

#AndroidWear #AndroidStudio #WatchFace  #protip  ___

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2015-03-20 15:31:44 (2 comments, 6 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

The new Android Wear TV ad:

The new Android Wear TV ad:___

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2015-03-18 13:54:02 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

I experienced this personally last week. This is a great article pointing out how difficult it can be to give and maintain the public access to public spaces. Specifically, it is about the Thames Path in London but the lessons apply to other cities and countries.

Via +Urban Hiker SF 

I experienced this personally last week. This is a great article pointing out how difficult it can be to give and maintain the public access to public spaces. Specifically, it is about the Thames Path in London but the lessons apply to other cities and countries.

Via +Urban Hiker SF ___

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2015-03-18 01:54:46 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Honey Badgers are coming for us. It's inevitable.

Honey Badgers are coming for us. It's inevitable.___

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2015-03-14 17:49:25 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

It's easy to get started - a step-by-step watch face code lab for Android Wear http://goo.gl/ccJRlC #AndroidWear

It's easy to get started - a step-by-step watch face code lab for Android Wear http://goo.gl/ccJRlC #AndroidWear___

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2015-03-08 17:36:51 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Amen

Every day, we read about another woman who has thrown in the towel. A woman who's left her team, or her company, or her industry, fed up with the constant exhaustion of having to continually deal with sexism in the technology industry. And there are doubtlessly many many more who leave silently, without a high-profile exit. How many women (or trans* people, or minority ethnicities, or...) leaving the industry—or worse, never entering it—over this shit are we prepared to tolerate? Even if they don't leave, how many lives are willing to make miserable? How many careers are we willing to stunt through fear, anger, and distress?

I want to make one thing perfectly clear, especially to my fellow white straight cis-males: I'm not OK with this. Not by a very long way. As a manager, I want to make it quite clear that any team under my management will have zero tolerance for sexism, racism and transphobia, in whatever form they come. If I see it, I will call it out. If you want to do it, move elsewhere (ideally out of my company, or even better out of CS altogether). This applies as well for teams, groups, or conferences I participate in, but don't manage: if I see it, I will say it. If it continues, I am done with you and I will do everything in my power to never have to work with you again, at my current or any future company.

I beg all of you to watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaqpoeVgr8U, a video made in the face of (yet another) sexual misbehaviour scandal in the Australian army. It is by far one of the most powerful anti-sexism messages ever spoken. I literally have a calendar reminder set to watch this every few months, because it is so powerful and resonates with me so strongly. It's a refreshing reminder of what a powerful anti-sexism message can look like.

Watch it, and if you take nothing else away from David Morrison's speech, take away this: "The standard you walk past is the standard you accept". It doesn't matter if you're not doing it (making the jokes, performing the microaggressions, belittling the contributions); it matters that you allow it to happen. By allowing it to happen, without stepping in, you are giving it your implicit approval, and letting it take root and grow. The standard you walk past is the standard you accept.

For the managers reading this, remember his followup: "That goes for all of us, but especially those who, by their rank, have a leadership role". As managers, some of us have a unique ability and responsibility. Do not let this fester in your team. If it festers in your team, it spreads, and the whole of your team, your company, and your industry all become lesser places for it.

Don't be silent. We, as individuals and as an industry, need to root this rot out and destroy it. It will take all of us, and I promise to do what I can.

Author's note: this is an edited version of something I posted internally at Google.___Amen

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2015-03-05 03:28:29 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

"An Uber driver and a taxi driver walk into a bar..."

"An Uber driver and a taxi driver walk into a bar..."___

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2015-03-04 20:04:21 (3 comments, 17 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

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2015-03-04 00:55:41 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

I was a beta tester of this gear. Good stuff :)

We're so excited. You can now show everyone you're an urban hiker with our new line of t-shirts and sweatshirts! http://www.urbanhikersf.com/#!shop/c1snp.___I was a beta tester of this gear. Good stuff :)

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2015-03-03 16:30:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

The densest part of Los Angeles is just as dense as San Francisco

There are two main take-aways here:

1) LA needs to treat dense "Central LA" much more like a city, investing in transit, pedestrian safety and traffic features, as well as bicycle infrastructure. Be more like a city as you already are without knowing it.

2) San Francisco, which prides itself on being the second densest city in America, is actually tied for second with sprawly LA? Yes. We actually aren't very densely populated here in SF and could very much up our game, which would allow many more people to live here (affordable) and bring all the benefits of density along for the ride.

The densest part of Los Angeles is just as dense as San Francisco

There are two main take-aways here:

1) LA needs to treat dense "Central LA" much more like a city, investing in transit, pedestrian safety and traffic features, as well as bicycle infrastructure. Be more like a city as you already are without knowing it.

2) San Francisco, which prides itself on being the second densest city in America, is actually tied for second with sprawly LA? Yes. We actually aren't very densely populated here in SF and could very much up our game, which would allow many more people to live here (affordable) and bring all the benefits of density along for the ride.___

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2015-02-28 18:31:29 (3 comments, 8 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

TL;DR: "Addiction is an adaptation. It's not you. It's your cage."

TL;DR: "Addiction is an adaptation. It's not you. It's your cage."___

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2015-02-26 16:54:02 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

"We discovered a dev-friendly world with scant traces of the Android horror stories we had in the backs of our minds." Via +Matias Duarte

Good short read. h/t +Cheryl Lindo Jones​___"We discovered a dev-friendly world with scant traces of the Android horror stories we had in the backs of our minds." Via +Matias Duarte

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2015-02-24 01:00:26 (3 comments, 11 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Snowden continues to impress. Well worth your reading time:

Snowden continues to impress. Well worth your reading time:___

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2015-02-19 06:08:02 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Yes! A thousand times yes. I was just thinking about how regional planning and taxes would benefit the Bay Area. And it turns out that Minneapolis-St. Paul instituted this a generation ago and have thrived at all socioeconomic levels as a result.

It's time to act, Bay Area.

Question: what's the next step?

Yes! A thousand times yes. I was just thinking about how regional planning and taxes would benefit the Bay Area. And it turns out that Minneapolis-St. Paul instituted this a generation ago and have thrived at all socioeconomic levels as a result.

It's time to act, Bay Area.

Question: what's the next step?___

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2015-02-18 20:03:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Android Wear has the depth and flexibility to let you build a unique wearable experience. #androidwear   #developers  

Check out this updated overview of the Android Wear platform by +Timothy Jordan. There's a lot more to come, but this is the picture today as you start or continue developing your groundbreaking Android Wear user experiences.

#AndroidDev   #AndroidWear  ___Android Wear has the depth and flexibility to let you build a unique wearable experience. #androidwear   #developers  

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2015-02-12 18:29:19 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

"Crazy comparisons"

"Crazy comparisons"___

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2015-02-10 17:20:48 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Why the smart home revolution is still nascent: "only 36 percent of people under the age of 35 own their own homes"

Why the smart home revolution is still nascent: "only 36 percent of people under the age of 35 own their own homes"___

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2015-02-07 01:14:48 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Learn how Trulia increased mobile app engagement by 30% with notifications and #AndroidWear . 

More details at goo.gl/SBD5B4

#AndroidDev   #GooglePlay

Learn how Trulia increased mobile app engagement by 30% with notifications and #AndroidWear . 

More details at goo.gl/SBD5B4

#AndroidDev   #GooglePlay___

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2015-02-01 05:52:41 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

As a measles outbreak spreads across the US, with 14 states now affected, the advocates of letting deadly epidemics run wild are finding themselves suddenly unpopular:

Members of the anti-vaccine movement said the public backlash had terrified many parents. “People are now afraid they’re going to be jailed,” said Barbara Loe Fisher, the president of the National Vaccine Information Center, a clearinghouse for resisters. “I can’t believe what I’m seeing. It’s gotten so out of hand, and it’s gotten so vicious.”

This is not, to be honest, an unreasonable fear: it turns out that when you recklessly engage in conduct which places another person (or the general public) in danger of death or serious bodily injury, you may well have a reason to fear that people might want you to go to jail. The technical term is "reckless endangerment." And when people --especially children... more »

As a measles outbreak spreads across the US, with 14 states now affected, the advocates of letting deadly epidemics run wild are finding themselves suddenly unpopular:

Members of the anti-vaccine movement said the public backlash had terrified many parents. “People are now afraid they’re going to be jailed,” said Barbara Loe Fisher, the president of the National Vaccine Information Center, a clearinghouse for resisters. “I can’t believe what I’m seeing. It’s gotten so out of hand, and it’s gotten so vicious.”

This is not, to be honest, an unreasonable fear: it turns out that when you recklessly engage in conduct which places another person (or the general public) in danger of death or serious bodily injury, you may well have a reason to fear that people might want you to go to jail. The technical term is "reckless endangerment." And when people -- especially children -- start actually dying because of your actions, you may well have reason to fear that your neighbors may suggest that you find some other neighbors, starting right away.

The reaction to this outbreak has, however, offered me some real hope. I suspect that as soon as people remember just why people were so terrified of these diseases, the popularity of the "anti-vaccine" movement is likely to plummet, largely at the hands of people who don't feel like being put in mortal danger by their neighbors' fears. Hopefully, this movement will be gone and forgotten before too many people die. (But I want to be honest here: people are going to die. Mostly kids.)

We should recognize that there are real access problems in some parts of the country: the government pays for vaccines but not the doctor's time, and if you get paid by the hour and don't have a car, simply the time to go to the doctor is a major factor. But we know how to fix these problems: the mobile vaccination stations that helped end the polio epidemic of the 1950's are proof of that.

The best proof by far, though, is that some states are doing a great job to this day. It turns out that the winner is Mississippi, which has managed to achieve a 99.7% immunization rate for the most serious diseases! They've done this through a combination of a strong public health program and not messing around with their laws. You can read more about what they've done, and how they stack up against other states, at http://wpo.st/QKT20 .

I suggest a three-point strategy:

(1) Make sure that the CDC-approved vaccine schedule is available to every person. Task an agency with achieving as close to 100% coverage as possible; the only people who shouldn't be getting these are people for whom there is a medical reason not to.

(2) Educate the public about what's going on and why. Don't be afraid to pull out the old videos and show people of just why measles is not a "thing you just get over." 

(3) Starting in areas where vaccination is already reliably available, and ultimately spreading to all areas of the country, impose criminal liability for the deliberate failure to vaccinate without medical reason, under existing laws for reckless endangerment and/or child endangerment. 

My parents and their generation got to watch their families and their friends die from these diseases. I don't want to do the same.


h/t to +Kyla Myers for the WaPo article about Mississippi's success. Another very interesting article to read is http://goo.gl/BYp3iF, from the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, which goes through the reasons why people aren't getting vaccinated and proposes several ways to help fix it. Thanks to +James Salsman for that one.

Special thanks to +Steve Esterly for his thorough critique of a previous version of this post, and in particular catching that I had misinterpreted the JAAPA article in a rather important way. ___

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2015-01-27 06:50:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Horrifying X2

Horrifying X2___

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2015-01-26 04:40:49 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

The cities more amenable to building housing should stop being so nice to the cities least likely to build housing. I wonder where this goes...

The cities more amenable to building housing should stop being so nice to the cities least likely to build housing. I wonder where this goes...___

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2015-01-24 03:56:29 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Best obit so far

Best obit so far___

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2015-01-15 16:59:46 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Sigh. Obama* doesn't seem able to get anything related to security.

* and all of DC's political class

Sigh. Obama* doesn't seem able to get anything related to security.

* and all of DC's political class___

2015-01-13 02:08:56 (21 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

San Francisco has 31K empty apartments & 100K potentially-rentable rooms lying empty because rent control is broken

San Francisco has 31K empty apartments & 100K potentially-rentable rooms lying empty because rent control is broken___

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2015-01-12 16:32:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

User Design: Complexity as a Feature
Over the weekend, I bought a new camera, the Sony a6000. So far I'm amazed and delighted with what it can do but I also know that this is a tool that I will have to study up on and practice with quite a bit in order to get the most out of it.

The Sony a6000 is very feature rich and like most complex systems, knowing what each feature does is not enough. You have to understand how they work together to get the most out of it. In other words, you have to examine features from the changing perspectives of what you want to achieve in any given case, not just a static list of what the camera does. This is design that trusts its users to know what they want and that respects that they don't all want the same thing.

Intuitiveness in design has become somewhat of a sacred cow. While it's certainly true that successful acceptance of... more »

User Design: Complexity as a Feature
Over the weekend, I bought a new camera, the Sony a6000. So far I'm amazed and delighted with what it can do but I also know that this is a tool that I will have to study up on and practice with quite a bit in order to get the most out of it.

The Sony a6000 is very feature rich and like most complex systems, knowing what each feature does is not enough. You have to understand how they work together to get the most out of it. In other words, you have to examine features from the changing perspectives of what you want to achieve in any given case, not just a static list of what the camera does. This is design that trusts its users to know what they want and that respects that they don't all want the same thing.

Intuitiveness in design has become somewhat of a sacred cow. While it's certainly true that successful acceptance of new systems is sometimes stymied by a learning curve that users refuse to broach, the other extreme also causes problems: creating systems so simplistic that they aren't very useful, especially when they rely too heavily on a one-size-fits-all approach. Simplistic is not the same as intuitive.

Intuitiveness mostly draws what knowledge we've internalized from previous experiences. However conscious effort—to think, to be—is our human birthright, what sets us apart and what what enables us progress. We oughtn't just operate the world on a gut feeling; we have brains, after all. Most of our best work is when we are forced out of our mindless, unthinking behavior and we interrogate the world around us, when we question our own assumptions. Yes, it's hard work to see things with new eyes.

The best systems do not simply provide better solutions (faster, more efficient, more automated), they rethink the problem. They try to understand what the user really needs. Users frequently can't tell you themselves as they are as constrained by the existing solutions as the designer is. That is, they have adapted themselves to the system and can no longer think outside it.

Sometimes, that means the solution isn't intuitive. Rethinking a problem, changing habits can be a bit uncomfortable, initially. But make that effort and when you get it. Wow. Then you'll think, "It's so obvious." It will seem intuitive.
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That prelude was an introduction to this bit of very well-written procedural documentation I found by someone who understands that it is better to think of machines in terms of functions, not features. It's not enough to describe the parts, we have to learn how the parts work together.

#sonya6000 #uxdesign #intuitiveinterfaces  ___

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2015-01-12 16:21:56 (4 comments, 15 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

I'm so glad +danah boyd wrote this. If you followed this earlier story (like it or not), this is a must-read follow-up.

I'm so glad +danah boyd wrote this. If you followed this earlier story (like it or not), this is a must-read follow-up.___

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