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2012-02-01 05:29:49 (41 comments, 198 reshares, 211 +1s)Open 

Hilarious! I wonder what else I could mashup...

From: Domingo é dia de
http://www.fotoengracada.com/macarrao-salsichas.htm

Most reshares: 198

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2012-02-01 05:29:49 (41 comments, 198 reshares, 211 +1s)Open 

Hilarious! I wonder what else I could mashup...

From: Domingo é dia de
http://www.fotoengracada.com/macarrao-salsichas.htm

Most plusones: 211

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2012-02-01 05:29:49 (41 comments, 198 reshares, 211 +1s)Open 

Hilarious! I wonder what else I could mashup...

From: Domingo é dia de
http://www.fotoengracada.com/macarrao-salsichas.htm

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2015-03-01 00:29:53 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

A sobering statistic: [ In November 2014 ] "Democratic candidates in all of the races won by Republicans or Democrats got about 98.7 million votes. Republican candidates in those same races got 94.1 million." And yet, that worked out to 54 Republicans and 44 Democrats plus two independents, who hang out/vote with Democrats. (https://bitly.com/wp-2015-election-stats)

So even though the Democrats got 4.9% more votes, the Republicans got ** 23% more seats ** - I am ashamed every time the Republicans say they got a mandate from the election.

And that is "gerrymandering".___A sobering statistic: [ In November 2014 ] "Democratic candidates in all of the races won by Republicans or Democrats got about 98.7 million votes. Republican candidates in those same races got 94.1 million." And yet, that worked out to 54 Republicans and 44 Democrats plus two independents, who hang out/vote with Democrats. (https://bitly.com/wp-2015-election-stats)

So even though the Democrats got 4.9% more votes, the Republicans got ** 23% more seats ** - I am ashamed every time the Republicans say they got a mandate from the election.

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2014-05-26 02:39:26 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

A couple of weeks ago some tree trimming occurred at Benjamin Staffin's place and while it did seriously open up his gorgeous view of the city, it left his back yard a mess - buried in several feet of branches.

Starting a couple days ago, I've had a craving to cut up all the branches and start gardening his yard, so I went out Friday and bought some garden gloves and and a pair of sheers. This morning, rising at the ludicrous hour of 6:30 AM (I didn't fall asleep till 3:30 - I've been having trouble sleeping lately), I started snipping apart the branches, and built up quite a pile by the time I quit an hour later. This was a huge victory for me, because I have no memory of having that much physical endurance in the last year - I appear to actually be on the mend!

This is a panoramic photo of the back yard after another hour's worth of work by Ben and twenty min by... more »

A couple of weeks ago some tree trimming occurred at Benjamin Staffin's place and while it did seriously open up his gorgeous view of the city, it left his back yard a mess - buried in several feet of branches.

Starting a couple days ago, I've had a craving to cut up all the branches and start gardening his yard, so I went out Friday and bought some garden gloves and and a pair of sheers. This morning, rising at the ludicrous hour of 6:30 AM (I didn't fall asleep till 3:30 - I've been having trouble sleeping lately), I started snipping apart the branches, and built up quite a pile by the time I quit an hour later. This was a huge victory for me, because I have no memory of having that much physical endurance in the last year - I appear to actually be on the mend!

This is a panoramic photo of the back yard after another hour's worth of work by Ben and twenty min by myself. It seems to be much crisper on G+ than fb - I think fb must be aggressively down sampling it.___

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2014-04-29 17:34:41 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Want to see some magical data? When I was little, May Day (May 1) had a standard protocol: { 1 } Make May Baskets in school. { 2 } Go home. { 3 } Leave a May Basket on a neighbor's door step. { 4 } Ring door bell. { 5 } Run. (Fast. You're not supposed to get caught - no, really).

When I describe this to people who are from outside of Iowa, usually they just look at me weird. But where might they not look at me askance? Turns out search traffic for [ may baskets ] hints that May Day interest seems to be pretty binary - people are either into the May Day-ness or not. Capital of the May Basket? Omaha, Nebraska.

Also, hilariously, the Top 5 Search Queries that correlate with [ may baskets ] are:

1) may basket
2) breakfast pizza recipe
3) renewable fuels
4) breakfast pizza
5) maytag refrigerators

The [ renewable fuels ] and [ maytag... more »

Want to see some magical data? When I was little, May Day (May 1) had a standard protocol: { 1 } Make May Baskets in school. { 2 } Go home. { 3 } Leave a May Basket on a neighbor's door step. { 4 } Ring door bell. { 5 } Run. (Fast. You're not supposed to get caught - no, really).

When I describe this to people who are from outside of Iowa, usually they just look at me weird. But where might they not look at me askance? Turns out search traffic for [ may baskets ] hints that May Day interest seems to be pretty binary - people are either into the May Day-ness or not. Capital of the May Basket? Omaha, Nebraska.

Also, hilariously, the Top 5 Search Queries that correlate with [ may baskets ] are:

1) may basket
2) breakfast pizza recipe
3) renewable fuels
4) breakfast pizza
5) maytag refrigerators

The [ renewable fuels ] and [ maytag refrigerators ] line up well with my experience of Iowa, so let's just blame Nebraska for those breakfast pizzas.

Google Trends: http://w.franc.es/1kbMuAq
Google Correlations: http://w.franc.es/1kjrKb8
Google Image Search - May Day Basket: http://w.franc.es/1ix3IMU

#MayDay     #BigData     #JoyOfData     #Iowa     #IsBetterThanNebraska     #StudyingTheHumanConditionThroughTheMediumOfTheInternet    ___

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2013-10-15 08:35:42 (11 comments, 2 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Why not?

Why not?___

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2012-10-22 16:05:39 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

First real rain of the season... at least there was a rainbow! :-)

First real rain of the season... at least there was a rainbow! :-)___

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2012-08-14 23:37:14 (12 comments, 5 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

My manager showed up in our weekly 1:1 with this mash-up of hardware. Oh the dangers of getting the first Retina displays, only to be thrown back to the end of the queue when you need a replacement. :-(

He did though point out it in some ways highlights how thought through Apple's designs are, that they don't feel that awkward when thrown together field-medicine style. 

My manager showed up in our weekly 1:1 with this mash-up of hardware. Oh the dangers of getting the first Retina displays, only to be thrown back to the end of the queue when you need a replacement. :-(

He did though point out it in some ways highlights how thought through Apple's designs are, that they don't feel that awkward when thrown together field-medicine style. ___

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2012-08-10 01:37:41 (16 comments, 5 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Knock out your lobsters/crabs with clove oil before you boil them - they'll taste better!

I really love lobster - I can still vividly remember the first time I had it when I was nine or ten years old - but the idea of listening to one thrash around in a pot of boiling water sounds like l'suck, and I feel guilty about it. 

This guy went through and methodically explored different ways of knocking out lobsters before you cook them (it makes them taste better!), and came to the conclusion that anesthetizing them with clove oil (via Whole Foods) works amazingly for lobsters and crabs. 

How to become a Seafood Anesthesiologist and Kill your 4th of July Lobster
http://www.cookingissues.com/2012/07/04/how-to-become-a-seafood-anesthesiologist-and-kill-your-4th-of-july-lobster/

Knock out your lobsters/crabs with clove oil before you boil them - they'll taste better!

I really love lobster - I can still vividly remember the first time I had it when I was nine or ten years old - but the idea of listening to one thrash around in a pot of boiling water sounds like l'suck, and I feel guilty about it. 

This guy went through and methodically explored different ways of knocking out lobsters before you cook them (it makes them taste better!), and came to the conclusion that anesthetizing them with clove oil (via Whole Foods) works amazingly for lobsters and crabs. 

How to become a Seafood Anesthesiologist and Kill your 4th of July Lobster
http://www.cookingissues.com/2012/07/04/how-to-become-a-seafood-anesthesiologist-and-kill-your-4th-of-july-lobster/___

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2012-07-30 05:28:04 (17 comments, 2 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

For the last 2.5 years, my best friend +Molly Trombley-McCann and her husband +Ransom Byers and I have been renovating a pair of houses in West Oakland near the West Oakland BART stop (it's San Francisco's Brooklyn). Our original purchase was of two houses on one piece of land, and the renovation of the front house has been dramatic to say the least. We ripped the entire house down to the studs, raised up the whole thing and poured a new foundation, and only in the last few months has the building started to look like a place we could live in. Here are some pictures from the freshly painted upper floor. The orange room is our future dining/living room, the blue room the kitchen, and the yellow room the upstairs bathroom. All of the rooms will be less colorful after either the wainscoting (dinning/bathrooms) or cabinets goes in (kitchen), all or which is white, but I love the colors even now with2x... more »

For the last 2.5 years, my best friend +Molly Trombley-McCann and her husband +Ransom Byers and I have been renovating a pair of houses in West Oakland near the West Oakland BART stop (it's San Francisco's Brooklyn). Our original purchase was of two houses on one piece of land, and the renovation of the front house has been dramatic to say the least. We ripped the entire house down to the studs, raised up the whole thing and poured a new foundation, and only in the last few months has the building started to look like a place we could live in. Here are some pictures from the freshly painted upper floor. The orange room is our future dining/living room, the blue room the kitchen, and the yellow room the upstairs bathroom. All of the rooms will be less colorful after either the wainscoting (dinning/bathrooms) or cabinets goes in (kitchen), all or which is white, but I love the colors even now with 2x as much color as there will eventually be.

The most exciting change this week was the spiral staircase was installed - we no longer have to walk outside around the entire house to get between floors! :-)

The photos of the stacks of wood are of the future floor for the upper floor - we're using reclaimed south east east asian tropical hardwood (originally from shipping crates) and the natural color variation is just phenomenal. I get all twitterpated thinking about the floor being installed! I promise to post more going forward!___

2012-06-16 03:48:44 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Amazing (only) gluten free Mexican food!

Amazing (only) gluten free Mexican food!___

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2012-04-13 19:07:49 (4 comments, 12 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

When I was a kid, summer was the time of lighting. We'd stand on the giant expanse of asphalt that was considered "play equipment" and stare up at the sky as the huge cumulonimbus clouds would build and make bets about how bad the storm would be.

Now that I live in the San Francisco bay area, I almost never hear thunder. I wonder if global warming will bring the thunder storms back to me. Could it be that California is acquiring "seasons"? Hmmm?

San Franfrazzled: Once-in-a-lifetime picture of lightning striking iconic bridge

"They say that lightning never strikes twice, but this amazing photo proves otherwise.

An incredible eight bolts struck the Bay Bridge in San Francisco last night which was captured in this incredible shot by photographer +Phil McGrew who took the photo through the rain-soaked window of his apartment."

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2129246/Once-lifetime-picture-lightning-striking-San-Franciscos-Bay-Bridge.html___When I was a kid, summer was the time of lighting. We'd stand on the giant expanse of asphalt that was considered "play equipment" and stare up at the sky as the huge cumulonimbus clouds would build and make bets about how bad the storm would be.

Now that I live in the San Francisco bay area, I almost never hear thunder. I wonder if global warming will bring the thunder storms back to me. Could it be that California is acquiring "seasons"? Hmmm?

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2012-03-28 18:14:46 (15 comments, 10 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

TL;DR: No one shows up in the emergency room smelling of rotting flesh in Canada because they're poor.

We have a new product manager on the G+ team, and yesterday he and I had tea for the first time as part of his greater "getting to know the team" tour. I laughed so hard when he described himself as a "secret Canadian", he sounded totally U.S.of A. but apparently he's just covered in loonies and cooties and such.

For years, I always joked with people in California that I'm from "Southern Canada", because I grew up in Iowa. When I was in high school, it really did feel like we were southern Canada - we cared for the poor, the young, and the old better than almost anyone in the country - our immediate neighbors (Minnesota and Wisconsin) excluded - living up to the social contract Canada has with its citizens. We believed in dignity and we... more »

TL;DR: No one shows up in the emergency room smelling of rotting flesh in Canada because they're poor.

We have a new product manager on the G+ team, and yesterday he and I had tea for the first time as part of his greater "getting to know the team" tour. I laughed so hard when he described himself as a "secret Canadian", he sounded totally U.S.of A. but apparently he's just covered in loonies and cooties and such.

For years, I always joked with people in California that I'm from "Southern Canada", because I grew up in Iowa. When I was in high school, it really did feel like we were southern Canada - we cared for the poor, the young, and the old better than almost anyone in the country - our immediate neighbors (Minnesota and Wisconsin) excluded - living up to the social contract Canada has with its citizens. We believed in dignity and we believed in each other.

I come from a line of doctors benefited by strong public education. My grandfather went to the University of California at Berkeley for both undergrad and Medical school. He went on to help found the surgery department for Kaiser. My father went to the University of California at Berkeley for his undergrad and the University of Iowa for Medical School - he's a pathologist and researcher and he's impacted your warts, thought indirectly. Personally, I'm particularly good at computers and carving poultry and I can freeze your warts off, family business after all. I am what I am because of generations of investment in Public Education. My life is owed to generations believing in the dream of social advancement for anyone willing to work.

Having been steeped in the medical establishment since I was little, I felt so ashamed to be an American when I read this article. The author rightly points out, no one shows up in the emergency room smelling of rotting flesh in Canada because they're poor. We have a medical system in American no one would intentionally design (one might say evolution instead of "intelligent design" was a foot!). We are so rich, and such a small slice of our wealth would wipe cases like this off the map. If I'm holding my breath to see what the Supreme Court will rule.

http://drjengunter.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/cancer-v-the-constitution/___

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2012-03-14 20:52:30 (8 comments, 11 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

I am a huge video of the weird little product videos zappos has, and this is the funniest one I've encountered yet. Have you stumbled across any other brillant Zappos videos? Share them in the comments!

PUMAS. EVERYWHERE.

I am a huge video of the weird little product videos zappos has, and this is the funniest one I've encountered yet. Have you stumbled across any other brillant Zappos videos? Share them in the comments!

PUMAS. EVERYWHERE.___

2012-02-10 19:46:21 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Last weekend, +Benjamin Staffin and I watched Lawrence of Arabia, one of my favorite movies. Next weekend, I would love to watch a movie suggested by the G+ community! I'm more than happy to organize a G+ movie watching club... my game plan is:

* Suggest two movies you love at: http://bit.ly/xKvQbC

* I'll pick a bunch of movies and lay out a calendar, then...

* Watch whatever movies you want to watch... I'll bias towards movies you can legitly acquire, though I won't judge you if you torrent...

* and if you want to discuss the movie... either join in a live-hangout discussing the movie, watch a broadcast hangout, or watch a recording of a broadcast hangout! (Not to mention, you also could post or leave a comment You ware welcome!.)

I'll probably end up doing some data visualization on folks' submissions, cause I can't help... more »

Last weekend, +Benjamin Staffin and I watched Lawrence of Arabia, one of my favorite movies. Next weekend, I would love to watch a movie suggested by the G+ community! I'm more than happy to organize a G+ movie watching club... my game plan is:

* Suggest two movies you love at: http://bit.ly/xKvQbC

* I'll pick a bunch of movies and lay out a calendar, then...

* Watch whatever movies you want to watch... I'll bias towards movies you can legitly acquire, though I won't judge you if you torrent...

* and if you want to discuss the movie... either join in a live-hangout discussing the movie, watch a broadcast hangout, or watch a recording of a broadcast hangout! (Not to mention, you also could post or leave a comment You ware welcome!.)

I'll probably end up doing some data visualization on folks' submissions, cause I can't help myself.

I can't wait! See you soon!___

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2012-02-10 00:18:58 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Jeffrey Atkinson and 9 others were tagged in Frances Haugen's album.

Jeffrey Atkinson and 9 others were tagged in Frances Haugen's album.___

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2012-02-08 04:56:41 (19 comments, 73 reshares, 97 +1s)Open 

I saw this shared by +NATURE ☼ was transfixed by how it looks just like how signals propagate in the nervous system of the human body! Talk about Gaia!

Much more about neurons! (I've been enamored with biological computing since my senior year of college). :-)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuron
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Action_potential

I saw this shared by +NATURE ☼ was transfixed by how it looks just like how signals propagate in the nervous system of the human body! Talk about Gaia!

Much more about neurons! (I've been enamored with biological computing since my senior year of college). :-)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuron
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Action_potential___

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2012-02-07 07:53:56 (21 comments, 7 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Where is our Nirvana? Where is our Kurt Cobain? When I turned 27, I didn't have any grand ambitions. The only goal I set was basic: just survive the year. It seemed a reasonable goal considering all the people who I looked up to who hadn't (Wikipedia: 27 Club). This week I realized, wait. If the Kurt of my generation should be dead, shouldn't he (or she) have made three albums by now? Did I miss Nirvana?

I wrote an email yesterday. Completed it. Then didn't send it. I had second thoughts. If I get performance anxiety when I'm writing email, how the hell can anyone suck hard enough long enough to later become Nirvana? You have to be really bad for remarkably long to become a good musician. I know. I was a horrible bassist for too long. Think Gladwell's Outliers here, The Beatles had actually been on stage an amazing number of hours before they ever hit America.
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Where is our Nirvana? Where is our Kurt Cobain? When I turned 27, I didn't have any grand ambitions. The only goal I set was basic: just survive the year. It seemed a reasonable goal considering all the people who I looked up to who hadn't (Wikipedia: 27 Club). This week I realized, wait. If the Kurt of my generation should be dead, shouldn't he (or she) have made three albums by now? Did I miss Nirvana?

I wrote an email yesterday. Completed it. Then didn't send it. I had second thoughts. If I get performance anxiety when I'm writing email, how the hell can anyone suck hard enough long enough to later become Nirvana? You have to be really bad for remarkably long to become a good musician. I know. I was a horrible bassist for too long. Think Gladwell's Outliers here, The Beatles had actually been on stage an amazing number of hours before they ever hit America.

Did coming of age on the Internet make us collectively more self-conscious? Or maybe it's how crippling complete unconstrained possibility is? It used to be you had to fight for a really long time to be heard. You had to dream of being able to play a concert and hustle to make it happen, all the while practicing and refining your craft. Now we have near infinite microphones and nothing to say. People feel embarrassed to try, because they know they suck. Sucking requires a dream to endure through. And anyway, you found that band on Hype Machine that already makes music just like what you were thinking of.

Is it odd that we don't have a name for the last decade? Did I not miss our Nirvana? Did I really miss a decade? Did we all? #lostdecade #lostgeneration

Challenge inspired by the comments:
Part of why Nirvana was Nirvana was it changed the way we thought of music in the early 1990s. Name bands that profoundly changed the way we wrote and listened to music in the last 10 years.___

2012-02-06 03:48:43 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

On 880 going south near the arena, there's a yellow billboard for Roku that says, "The best fifty dollar gift you can't drink." Anyone have a picture of it? 

On 880 going south near the arena, there's a yellow billboard for Roku that says, "The best fifty dollar gift you can't drink." Anyone have a picture of it? ___

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2012-02-02 05:07:56 (19 comments, 61 reshares, 86 +1s)Open 

It's so easy for us to only see the near term and the near past, but we truly are living in a truly unique and glorious time. Never in the history of the world has such a large fraction of humanity had a channel to be heard.

I want to celebrate smallness. Celebrate the quiet. Have you never posted before on G+? Click on the sharebox at the top of your stream and in whatever you type include #franceslisten and I'll check it out (you'll show up in G+ Search for #franceslisten ). :-) I want to hear from you. Here's a prompt even to get you started... What would the chapter titles be to your biography? For example, "Montana; the early years; Cleveland Out in the Cold; NYC Finally Home; Rise of the Internet." or maybe "Before the accident; Everything since." You can share it to Public or just to me. I want to hear from you.

You are needed. You are... more »

It's so easy for us to only see the near term and the near past, but we truly are living in a truly unique and glorious time. Never in the history of the world has such a large fraction of humanity had a channel to be heard.

I want to celebrate smallness. Celebrate the quiet. Have you never posted before on G+? Click on the sharebox at the top of your stream and in whatever you type include #franceslisten and I'll check it out (you'll show up in G+ Search for #franceslisten ). :-) I want to hear from you. Here's a prompt even to get you started... What would the chapter titles be to your biography? For example, "Montana; the early years; Cleveland Out in the Cold; NYC Finally Home; Rise of the Internet." or maybe "Before the accident; Everything since." You can share it to Public or just to me. I want to hear from you.

You are needed. You are incredibly needed to build the future.___

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2012-02-01 05:29:49 (41 comments, 198 reshares, 211 +1s)Open 

Hilarious! I wonder what else I could mashup...

From: Domingo é dia de
http://www.fotoengracada.com/macarrao-salsichas.htm

Hilarious! I wonder what else I could mashup...

From: Domingo é dia de
http://www.fotoengracada.com/macarrao-salsichas.htm___

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2012-02-01 05:27:20 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

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2012-02-01 05:26:01 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

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2012-01-28 02:28:47 (21 comments, 4 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

I am super fond of imgur.com's UI. It asks you to "write a caption" which people can then moderate up and down. I'm 95% certain that brillance correlates with sheer volume of entries created, then filtered by an editor (or editing framework in this case). The bar for a "caption" is really low in the minds of most people, so way more people participate. Combined with the theory above --> destined for greatness.

This image is from:
http://imgur.com/gallery/h4IcM

I am super fond of imgur.com's UI. It asks you to "write a caption" which people can then moderate up and down. I'm 95% certain that brillance correlates with sheer volume of entries created, then filtered by an editor (or editing framework in this case). The bar for a "caption" is really low in the minds of most people, so way more people participate. Combined with the theory above --> destined for greatness.

This image is from:
http://imgur.com/gallery/h4IcM___

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2012-01-27 21:42:48 (36 comments, 7 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Which do you want at work more? +1 to vote in comments!
A MetroNaps Energy Pod
B Ostrich - Pocket pillow for naps

Learn more:
http://www.luxist.com/2007/05/10/the-metronaps-energypod-for-the-serious-power-napper/
http://www.studio-kg.com/ostrich/

Which do you want at work more? +1 to vote in comments!
A MetroNaps Energy Pod
B Ostrich - Pocket pillow for naps

Learn more:
http://www.luxist.com/2007/05/10/the-metronaps-energypod-for-the-serious-power-napper/
http://www.studio-kg.com/ostrich/___

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2012-01-27 19:30:14 (0 comments, 8 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

#funWithTypography made with #keynote - you should try it! #changetheworld !

#funWithTypography made with #keynote - you should try it! #changetheworld !___

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2012-01-27 19:18:13 (19 comments, 89 reshares, 195 +1s)Open 

I saw this on Facebook shared by +Chris Cheng and had to repost. :-)

It's so true. We were drowning in physical mail, so email was a breath of fresh air. Now we're drowning in email and the tables are turned. :-)

I saw this on Facebook shared by +Chris Cheng and had to repost. :-)

It's so true. We were drowning in physical mail, so email was a breath of fresh air. Now we're drowning in email and the tables are turned. :-)___

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2012-01-27 07:42:35 (3 comments, 12 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

This is how I know Google+ has not arrived yet. Someone named this video "Shit Chicagoans Say" and not "shit from the Chicagoland area". Anyone hear me?

I love this meme--I knew it was only a matter of time before it hit Chicago.

Shit Chicagoans Say

They got a few inside jokes in there too :)___This is how I know Google+ has not arrived yet. Someone named this video "Shit Chicagoans Say" and not "shit from the Chicagoland area". Anyone hear me?

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2012-01-26 04:30:13 (17 comments, 11 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

I've been really dizzy for two weeks (the Dr. says I need more salt/water and was completely nonchalant when I proceded to blackout when they drew blood), and it's the greatest thing to have ever happened to my design work. I've realized it is hard to do anything on a computer. Like not just hard, but really really really hard. (Clarification as requested in the comments: My vision lags just slightly at everything I look at and my attention is just noticeably shorter).

I keep having discussions with people where I go, "can't we make that bigger?", "no, bigger", "that's still not bigger". "No, it's still hard to use." "I still need fewer buttons." "What if there were only three buttons on this page?"

People's responses have been super interesting to watch. My favorite is,... more »

Oh god this is all SO TRUE that it is painful.___I've been really dizzy for two weeks (the Dr. says I need more salt/water and was completely nonchalant when I proceded to blackout when they drew blood), and it's the greatest thing to have ever happened to my design work. I've realized it is hard to do anything on a computer. Like not just hard, but really really really hard. (Clarification as requested in the comments: My vision lags just slightly at everything I look at and my attention is just noticeably shorter).

I keep having discussions with people where I go, "can't we make that bigger?", "no, bigger", "that's still not bigger". "No, it's still hard to use." "I still need fewer buttons." "What if there were only three buttons on this page?"

People's responses have been super interesting to watch. My favorite is, "that's patronizing to the user", and I'm like, "No, I am the user, and I still can't use this".

That was about when I realized, I was not alone. I was experiencing what the silent majority experiences on the Internet. Every time you see someone post, remember they are a power user. All the people who find it hard to compose a post or type are invisible because there are no posts to show their existence. And on most social sites, 10% of the users make up the overwhelming majority of the posts. Wow. Don't let anyone tell you you're bad at computers - computers should be a delight to use.

2012-01-20 09:38:52 (31 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Favorite / Most Hated Quote? (vote in comments) "You'll worry less about what people think about you when you realize how seldom they do." - David Foster Wallace

When I was little, my mom would remind me when I was stressed, "you'd worry less about what others think of you if you realized how infrequently they actually do". I'm a pretty neurotic person, and this has always been a deeply comforting refrain - I've repeated it to myself many many a time in my life. It makes me radically less neurotic to believe that no notices me and I am no different than anyone else.

Thus it was a shock to me tonight when I said that to my partner and he said, "I have always hated that quote. I hate the thought that when I'm not around, I don't exist. It makes me neurotic."

Right now, the top issue I focus on every day is... more »

Favorite / Most Hated Quote? (vote in comments) "You'll worry less about what people think about you when you realize how seldom they do." - David Foster Wallace

When I was little, my mom would remind me when I was stressed, "you'd worry less about what others think of you if you realized how infrequently they actually do". I'm a pretty neurotic person, and this has always been a deeply comforting refrain - I've repeated it to myself many many a time in my life. It makes me radically less neurotic to believe that no notices me and I am no different than anyone else.

Thus it was a shock to me tonight when I said that to my partner and he said, "I have always hated that quote. I hate the thought that when I'm not around, I don't exist. It makes me neurotic."

Right now, the top issue I focus on every day is "observation bias" - that what we see everyday may not be representative of what the world is "really like". We are super vulnerable to this in Silicon Valley... doesn't your mom have her own startup too? I heard everyone did... I learned a really disturbing fact recently: on basically every social platform on the web, a very small faction of users create most of the content you consume. It dawned on me this week, that every day my picture of the world is formed by what I read, and what I read is painted by a seriously unrepresentative slice of humanity - people who want to talk/be heard enough that they wrote things down (sometimes at length).

My mental model of the human condition is that most people find the quote above comforting but that those people are pretty hard to see as we gaze around the Internet or our lives. Perhaps this is a "Silent Majority"? Or maybe I'm totally wrong and I am all alone in wanting to be left alone? Most of the people you know on the Internet or in "real life" didn't write an essay about their feelings and put it up on the Internet. Who did you notice yesterday though? This is in no way meant to criticize people who write about their feelings on the Internet - I am clearly doing this right now.

How can I find out the size of each camp? Is this quote comforting or terrifying?___

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2012-01-19 01:09:13 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

I'm so proud of +Alex Unger! Since the beginning of Google+ Search, we had the sharebox in the mocks for our Google+ topical streams (you might also call them Search Results...), and it's so exciting seeing it now available to the G+ community! Great job Alex! Let's keep pushing the bounds of what Search can be and do.

Starting Conversations from Search Results
#googleplusupdate #search

Today we're introducing a new feature that lets you share directly from Google+ search results, and contribute to a topical Google+ stream. For example, if you search for basketball and then want to make a post about how your favorite team or player is doing, you can share right from the search results.

Just look for the sharebox after searching on Google+, and you'll see an opportunity to "join the discussion" about whatever you've searched for.

When you post from the search results page, it automatically includes a link back to the original search stream. This way others can join the active conversation as it unfolds.___I'm so proud of +Alex Unger! Since the beginning of Google+ Search, we had the sharebox in the mocks for our Google+ topical streams (you might also call them Search Results...), and it's so exciting seeing it now available to the G+ community! Great job Alex! Let's keep pushing the bounds of what Search can be and do.

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2012-01-18 23:08:40 (14 comments, 5 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

What would your work day be like with no email? Last summer, I read about Thierry Breton's declaration that Atos (Europe's largest IT services firm) is going to stop using email internally, and it totally ruined my ability to engage with my email because I couldn't rationalize it any more.

Atos found there employees received 100+ internal emails a day, spent 15-20 hours per week triaging them (often at home), and in the end, only about 10-15% were valuable. WOW. Talk about wasting people's lives. Well, as soon as I learned this, it became very difficult for me to force myself to read my email as diligently as I had for years - I get a true flood of it and it takes hours a day to truly keep up with.

It's been a really liberating last few months since I stopped using email in the traditional way. People generally IM me now if they really need to get a... more »

What would your work day be like with no email? Last summer, I read about Thierry Breton's declaration that Atos (Europe's largest IT services firm) is going to stop using email internally, and it totally ruined my ability to engage with my email because I couldn't rationalize it any more.

Atos found there employees received 100+ internal emails a day, spent 15-20 hours per week triaging them (often at home), and in the end, only about 10-15% were valuable. WOW. Talk about wasting people's lives. Well, as soon as I learned this, it became very difficult for me to force myself to read my email as diligently as I had for years - I get a true flood of it and it takes hours a day to truly keep up with.

It's been a really liberating last few months since I stopped using email in the traditional way. People generally IM me now if they really need to get a hold of me or (shocking I know... ) talk to me in person. I still use my email as a "knowledge repository" as I frequently will go search across it if someone mentions an email to me.

I will admit though, I made a new year's resolution to try to get back into answering at least some of my email again - Google definitely hasn't followed Atos' lead yet. :-)

Atos boss Thierry Breton defends his internal email ban
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16055310___

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2012-01-18 07:26:33 (2 comments, 8 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

The Product Marketing Manager I work with, +Louis Gray, never ceases to delight or amaze me.

DEAR ████████████████████ INTERNET ███████████████████████ SOPA ███████████████ IS ████████████ WRONG ████████████████████ AND █████████████████ A █████████████████ MISTAKE. ███████████████ TELL EVERYONE.

+Stop SOPA and Take Action.___The Product Marketing Manager I work with, +Louis Gray, never ceases to delight or amaze me.

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2012-01-18 05:53:09 (0 comments, 12 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Copy/paste/share this URL: https://plus.google.com/s/sopa to protest SOPA! Use the arrow keys in the image preview to select the best STOP SOPA image (there should be a bunch). Reshare this post to spread the game. #SOPA

Copy/paste/share this URL: https://plus.google.com/s/sopa to protest SOPA! Use the arrow keys in the image preview to select the best STOP SOPA image (there should be a bunch). Reshare this post to spread the game. #SOPA___

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2012-01-17 20:04:18 (11 comments, 2 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Sometimes labels are only for scale.

Sometimes labels are only for scale.___

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2012-01-17 16:59:34 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

In light of the recent sinking cruise liner, this article from the Economist I ran across in the Dr.'s waiting room yesterday seemed oddly apropos... it's from back in December, but it's about the incredibly mundane (and critical) hurdles sea steading is trying to overcome. Turns out it's hard to be truly independent in an interconnected world (or around salt water).

Cities on the Ocean - The Economist
http://www.economist.com/node/21540395

In light of the recent sinking cruise liner, this article from the Economist I ran across in the Dr.'s waiting room yesterday seemed oddly apropos... it's from back in December, but it's about the incredibly mundane (and critical) hurdles sea steading is trying to overcome. Turns out it's hard to be truly independent in an interconnected world (or around salt water).

Cities on the Ocean - The Economist
http://www.economist.com/node/21540395___

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2012-01-17 07:37:01 (6 comments, 36 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

What's your favorite mind hack to expose kids to? A more positive follow up on earlier... :-) I'm a big proponent of hacking one's mind, and one of the most exciting things I ever read was this passage on the power of teaching kids that their minds can grow. It's kinda amazing.

" Life Sciences is a health-science magnet school with high aspirations but 700 students whose main attributes are being predominantly minority and low achieving. Blackwell split her kids into two groups for an eight-session workshop. The control group was taught study skills, and the others got study skills and a special module on how intelligence is not innate. These students took turns reading aloud an essay on how the brain grows new neurons when challenged. They saw slides of the brain and acted out skits. “Even as I was teaching these ideas,” Blackwell noted, “I would hearthe s... more »

What's your favorite mind hack to expose kids to? A more positive follow up on earlier... :-) I'm a big proponent of hacking one's mind, and one of the most exciting things I ever read was this passage on the power of teaching kids that their minds can grow. It's kinda amazing.

" Life Sciences is a health-science magnet school with high aspirations but 700 students whose main attributes are being predominantly minority and low achieving. Blackwell split her kids into two groups for an eight-session workshop. The control group was taught study skills, and the others got study skills and a special module on how intelligence is not innate. These students took turns reading aloud an essay on how the brain grows new neurons when challenged. They saw slides of the brain and acted out skits. “Even as I was teaching these ideas,” Blackwell noted, “I would hear the students joking, calling one another ‘dummy’ or ‘stupid.’ ” After the module was concluded, Blackwell tracked her students’ grades to see if it had any effect.

It didn’t take long. The teachers—who hadn’t known which students had been assigned to which workshop—could pick out the students who had been taught that intelligence can be developed. They improved their study habits and grades. In a single semester, Blackwell reversed the students’ longtime trend of decreasing math grades.

The only difference between the control group and the test group were two lessons, a total of 50 minutes spent teaching not math but a single idea: that the brain is a muscle. Giving it a harder workout makes you smarter. That alone improved their math scores.*"*___

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2012-01-17 06:05:28 (11 comments, 4 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

This seems like a shocking statistic to me, not because of the numbers, because I would have assumed some Palo High/Gunn student (or their parent) would have organized a club to address it. (I'd even be happy to mentor it).

" The parents point to startling statistics: In the Palo Alto and Gunn high schools' 2011 class of seniors, only 15 percent of African-Americans and 40 percent of Latinos completed the prerequisites for the University of California and California State University with a C or better. That compares with 79.5 percent districtwide meeting those so-called A-G requirements.*"*

This seems like a shocking statistic to me, not because of the numbers, because I would have assumed some Palo High/Gunn student (or their parent) would have organized a club to address it. (I'd even be happy to mentor it).

" The parents point to startling statistics: In the Palo Alto and Gunn high schools' 2011 class of seniors, only 15 percent of African-Americans and 40 percent of Latinos completed the prerequisites for the University of California and California State University with a C or better. That compares with 79.5 percent districtwide meeting those so-called A-G requirements.*"*___

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2012-01-14 06:08:53 (8 comments, 6 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

If you love beautiful things but think to yourself "I'm not rich, I could never support the arts", small marketing items like this are amazing way you can make a difference while giving others an opportunity to earn a living. Have a marketing budget? You can support artists! via: +Irene Au

If you love beautiful things but think to yourself "I'm not rich, I could never support the arts", small marketing items like this are amazing way you can make a difference while giving others an opportunity to earn a living. Have a marketing budget? You can support artists! via: +Irene Au___

2012-01-12 20:14:45 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Ever wonder what people are talking to each other about on Google+? I discovered the games #birdpoker and #panopoker yesterday and they're fun to either follow along or join in on. Just click on the hashtag for #birdpoker (or search for it at the top of the page) and see all the birds people post. I love watching people trash talk about how good their "hands" are too. :-) The rules are below.

THERE'S A NEW GAME IN TOWN

We call it #PanoPoker.

Pano Poker Rules, or #PanoPokerRules

History:

+Mike Spinak and +Barry Blanchard were inspired by the popular #BirdPoker game which the dashing +Phil Armishaw and the lovely +Lee Daniels started several months ago. Barry and Mike decided to start a landscape photography version of the game.

Rules:

Wiki says:
”A panorama (formed from Greek πᾶν "all" + ὅραμα "sight") is any wide-angle view or representation of a physical space, whether in painting, drawing, photography, film/video, or a three-dimensional model.”

But we’re not Wiki - so any landscape photo is game-worthy.

While HDR is fine, we would like to see genuine captures instead of a unicorn cut and pasted into a field of poppies, with lightning, rainbows and dolphin dust.

Let’s try to keep it real.

How to Play:

Anyone can join in on the fun at any time!

Suggested themes will be posted at random intervals. Here are a few examples:

Sunsets, sunrises, forests, beaches, mountains, wide angles, telephotos, cityscapes, and so forth.

It’s best to watch the game to see how it flows, before joining, until you grok (get) what you should post.

If it’s a new game, open low, instead of opening with your strongest shot. Increase the “wow!” factor as you go. It’s more fun when everyone can join and stay in as long as possible.

The “prize” is the fun of playing. Everyone is a winner just for playing the game.

While not exactly adhering to standard rules of poker, we do encourage a bit of trash talking. Most of all: lets have some fun!

Use “#PanoPoker, curated by +Mike Spinak and +Barry Blanchard in your epic description, so anyone can search all the #PanoPoker pictures.___Ever wonder what people are talking to each other about on Google+? I discovered the games #birdpoker and #panopoker yesterday and they're fun to either follow along or join in on. Just click on the hashtag for #birdpoker (or search for it at the top of the page) and see all the birds people post. I love watching people trash talk about how good their "hands" are too. :-) The rules are below.

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2012-01-11 23:44:06 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

January 11, 2012

January 11, 2012___

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2012-01-11 23:41:42 (16 comments, 4 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

One of the dangers of rarely going to stores is that when you wander into a brick and motor Bed, Bath, and Beyond, you end up being way too entertained by what they sell. Here are the " 'n"/"and"/"-n-" products we found within a 15 foot radius of each other... I'm actually kinda puzzled by some of the contractions. Does "Bash'n Chop" mean "Bashing Chop"? I'm actually kinda scared how you might use one now...

Bash'n Chop
Grate-n-Shake
Snap 'n Stack
Grip and Grate
Wedge and Pop
Snap 'n Lock

One of the dangers of rarely going to stores is that when you wander into a brick and motor Bed, Bath, and Beyond, you end up being way too entertained by what they sell. Here are the " 'n"/"and"/"-n-" products we found within a 15 foot radius of each other... I'm actually kinda puzzled by some of the contractions. Does "Bash'n Chop" mean "Bashing Chop"? I'm actually kinda scared how you might use one now...

Bash'n Chop
Grate-n-Shake
Snap 'n Stack
Grip and Grate
Wedge and Pop
Snap 'n Lock___

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2012-01-11 16:58:48 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Sonic Hit & Run - Howard Hello - My Friend
I stumbled across his song last night while Ben was playing music and had a really fantastic moment of profoundness/sudden awareness during it. You can listen here on Youtube: Howard Hello - My Friend/The Parasite

After re-listening several times and reproducing what I felt, I think the experience I had is actually a result of the song lulling the listener into not paying attention ((( INTENTIONALLY ))) then jars your attention around minute 1:50 (think of it as the sonic equivalent of scanning your stream and then encountering that block of capslock. In reality, if you're listening to this song in a YouTube playlist or as MP3s in a lager playlist (which I encourage strongly - support our artists!), the bridge of more intense chords don't actually distract you enough to break you off from whatever your primary attention is... more »

Sonic Hit & Run - Howard Hello - My Friend
I stumbled across his song last night while Ben was playing music and had a really fantastic moment of profoundness/sudden awareness during it. You can listen here on Youtube: Howard Hello - My Friend/The Parasite

After re-listening several times and reproducing what I felt, I think the experience I had is actually a result of the song lulling the listener into not paying attention ((( INTENTIONALLY ))) then jars your attention around minute 1:50 (think of it as the sonic equivalent of scanning your stream and then encountering that block of capslock. In reality, if you're listening to this song in a YouTube playlist or as MP3s in a lager playlist (which I encourage strongly - support our artists!), the bridge of more intense chords don't actually distract you enough to break you off from whatever your primary attention is on, but it does shift some part of your brain enough that when they change the shape of the song later on, I would look up from my computer and at Ben and be like, "something has just happened," without having any clue of what had just shifted in my environment.

After studying the song to figure out what had happened, I realized how lucky I am to get to work on Google+ and get to think everyday about how people perceive and respond to information. Someone once said user experience designers are really scientists studying the human condition through the medium of the Internet - and I totally agree. :-)

If you like the YouTube version, chip in $2 bucks and buy the MP3s from Amazon and help Howard Hello make more music! It's technically two songs that flow into each other...
http://amzn.to/howard-hello-my-friend
http://amzn.to/howard-hello-the-parasite___

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2012-01-11 04:16:11 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

January 11, 2012

January 11, 2012___

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2012-01-11 04:13:45 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

January 11, 2012

January 11, 2012___

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2012-01-11 04:11:46 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

January 11, 2012

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2012-01-11 01:31:53 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Just so folks know, this is the legit Google Page. There are some transient issues around displaying verification status, but we're working on fixing it! Thank you for your patience!

Just so folks know, this is the legit Google Page. There are some transient issues around displaying verification status, but we're working on fixing it! Thank you for your patience!___

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2012-01-09 20:21:53 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Profile Photos

Profile Photos___

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2012-01-09 03:04:42 (29 comments, 3 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

How was this ever a good idea? (A commenter reminds me it could be steamed cleaned...)

I'm researching sunken bathtubs (if you have inspiring tubs, send them along!), and I came across this bathtub from a June 1975 issue of Popular Mechanics. Apparently you can create the sunk tub effect by wrapping your tub in shag carpet. Amazing! Check out the last photo in the album - it's the original inspiration photo.

Original Google books links
http://books.google.com/books?id=D-UDAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA80&dq=sunken%20bathtub&pg=PA80#v=onepage&q=sunken%20bathtub&f=false

How was this ever a good idea? (A commenter reminds me it could be steamed cleaned...)

I'm researching sunken bathtubs (if you have inspiring tubs, send them along!), and I came across this bathtub from a June 1975 issue of Popular Mechanics. Apparently you can create the sunk tub effect by wrapping your tub in shag carpet. Amazing! Check out the last photo in the album - it's the original inspiration photo.

Original Google books links
http://books.google.com/books?id=D-UDAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA80&dq=sunken%20bathtub&pg=PA80#v=onepage&q=sunken%20bathtub&f=false___

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2012-01-09 02:55:57 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

January 8, 2012

January 8, 2012___

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2012-01-09 02:55:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

January 8, 2012

January 8, 2012___

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