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Eric Martindale has been at 5 events

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Triangle Google+ HIRL300It is 2013 and it is going to be the year of Google+.  We are already seeing an increase in interest so let's get together and talk about it.  The event will be at Johnny Carino's Italian Restaurant in Brier Creek near the Target Greatland.  At the end of lunch the "gurus" will be doing a 5 to 10 minute speech on something to walk away with.  Just being able to try something new in the months of January and February should be worth the price of admission. I hope to see everyone there.  January Triangle Google+ HIRL2013-01-15 11:30:0037G+
Mark Traphagen93,131Sponsored by Social Media Marketing Raleigh MeetupsPresenter: +Mark Traphagen  Host: +Lawrence Harte  Discover how you can use Google+ right now to multiply your social media effectiveness. Google+ is different than Facebook and there are key reasons why the worlds largest search engine considers it important. Learn about important Google+ options such as authorship verification that lets Google know what you created and your areas of expertise.The event will be held at the QIC Learning Cary Location: 1500 Piney Plains Road, Suite 200, Cary, NC 28518 - phone 1-919-521-8093Note: This is a Raleigh NC area local "in real life" event, but we may try to broadcast it as an HOA.Covered in this session:- What Google is really up to with Google+- Google+ and Google Authorship: SEO Power Combo- How Google+ can accelerate the reach of your content marketing- Best practices to setup and build your Google+ business- Google+ Local for local businessesPLEASE RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Social-Media-Marketing-Raleigh/events/82615932/ --- and feel free to invite anyone you know in the Triangle Area of NC! Phone number for QIC Learning Center Cary is  - phone 1-919-521-8093How Social Media Marketers Have an Advantage with Google+ Now2012-10-29 22:30:0030G+
Billy Wilson1,542,544Wow, the 28th episode of my weekly show, thank you guys for being so supportive of my weekly on air G+ variety show +That Show with Billy Wilson (TSBW). The show brings together some of the most interesting people you can find on G+ for a hangout! This week I'll have joining me Entrepreneur, Entertainer, and Geek +Chris Pirillo; Creator of the Uglydoll Brand +David Horvath; +Liz Krane of LearningNerd.com; Linux System Admin +Liz Quilty; Engineer +Eric Martindale; and Special Musical Guest +Meri Amber ! You can talk with us and other people watching the show by commenting on this event once the show is live!The episode will be live on this event and the recording will be available immediately afterwards. You can watch previous episodes here: http://goo.gl/ceHtHTSBW #28: Technology, Learning, Toys, Live Music and More! (On Air Hangout)2012-10-13 04:00:0070G+
Devin Buell2,188Google & Local-Ventures are pleased to invite you to a presentation by Google representative Devin Buell on how your business can harness the social power of Google+. It's free and open to all businesses -- until we fill up! You must register to attend at www.googletriangle.eventbrite.com. Hashtag: #GoogleTriangle  Devin will introduce you to Google+ and showoff some of the features. Then he will turn the floor over to local "power users" will also share how they've used Google+ advance their interests. New and experienced G+ users welcome!The presentation will be followed by a reception in Marbles amazing Curiosity Hall with hors d'oeuvres, drinks from local brewer Lonerider, mingling and maybe even some giveaways from Google.Since space is limited we will also be broadcasting via Hangouts on Air so if you can't get ticket, check back next Thursday for the link the HOA. We hope to see you there!Google+ for the Triangle2012-09-20 18:00:0080G+
Daria Musk3,478,443IT'S OUR FIRST HANGOUTIVERSARYG+niuses, I'm so thrilled to announce this biG+ concert celebration! Last summer I met you in my first Hangout Concert and you changed my life overnight. Now it's one year later and whether you're in New York City or around the world on Aug 10th, I want to see your faces and sing your praises, like alwayses. ❤ Details below!JOE'S PUB GOES PUBLICOn August 10th we're going rock out and hangout live from on of New York City's most famous stages - Joe's Pub! It might sound like the name of a little dive bar like the one I was lugging my amps through the rain to play this time last year, but it's actually an incredibly beautiful music spot, widely-known as the best sounding venue in the city. It's a part of The Public Theater (think Shakespeare In The Park).Adele, Bono, Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, and many more have sung from its stage...And now we're taking that stage together with a giant on-stage Hangout!It'll be the first live-interactive global show in the venue's storied history. We're crashing the party guys! ;)READY TO CELEBRATE?Here's details to come be there live in person - Hugs! Cupcakes! Bubbly Toasts! Balloons! and if you can't get to NYC here's the details to join the hangout live and a guest-star on stage.BE THERE IN PERSON:♬ Get Tickets: www.joespub.com or 212.967.7555♬ Address: 425 Lafayette St, NYC♬ Doors open at 9pm ♬ Show starts at 10pm♬ Raise a glass, sing along, rush the stage, celebrate the night away with me and our nyc familyNote: I hope to be joined by some other awesome musicians who you know from Hangouts here! Special guests TBA!HANGOUT FROM AROUND THE WORLD:♬ Comment here to be added to the first-invite circle! (We'll rotate like always)♬ Find the Hangout on my G+ Page: +Daria Musk and my YouTube page: www.youtube.com/dariamusk♬ Global Times: http://bit.ly/P0RwzuThank You For The Best Year Of My LifeThis relationship is getting serious G+. We've spent every waking minute together for a year. You've changed my life. You've changed my heart. I've written you love songs. You've met my mama. And now it's time to celebrate our first anniversary together. See you there.XO, DariaDaria Musk :::: Hangoutiversary Concert :::: Live In NYC2012-08-10 22:00:00111G+

Eric Martindale has been shared in 341 public circles

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Becky Collins13,434Mobile Operator Circle:Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-24 05:16:124763112CC G+
Aman Singh2,014Circle of the dayYour re-share is appreciatedPlease re-share this circle in your stream.To be added:1- Add +Circles Circles Circles to your circles2- Write the URL of your blog in the comments section below3- Your blog must be an active blog (posts must be current)2014-07-16 12:15:324990616CC G+
Ryan Johnson9,485Hi friends! This is a great circle created with an important selection from all circles. The most important engagers are reshared because only that way can we grow our circle and have the people of google circle us.To get in, and to ensure you stay in this circle you need to do the following:1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done so already!2. +1 this circle!3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above!#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #wanttobecircled #addmetoyourcircles #public #publiccircle #sharedcircles #Britain #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #photography #uk  #nottingham #Holland #Netherlands #Duch2014-07-16 10:40:014918812CC G+
Trendii3,035An awesome group of subscribers. Share & Be Apart of IT! #CircleShare#CircleSharing#Circle#SharedCircles#CircleOfTheDay#SharedPublicCircles#GooglePlusTips#Google+#Engagers#Google#CircleSunday#CircleOfTheWeek#PublicCircle#EngagersCircle#Share#engagersshowcasecircle#PublicSharedCircles#CircleofFriends#SharingCircles#Circles2014-07-11 11:50:24458105CC G+
Greg Strandberg942Sci-Fi and Fantasy Readers CircleWant to connect with #fantasyauthor  and #scifiauthor  ?This #circleshare  has those folks and chances are you'll get some interesting things in your feed. #circlesharing   #googleshare   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #fantasywriters   #sciencefictionfantasy   #scifi  2014-07-10 23:13:52173000CC G+
Becky Collins12,529Software Engineering and Web Developer Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-01 05:11:3156226CC G+
Joe Martinez61,582My Favorite People & Brand Pages on Google+ - June 2014All these people are amazing and fun (hence why I follow them)! :) If you are looking for people to follow then this is definitely the circle for you! There is a little bit of everything here! From people who love photography, tech, music, art... the list is endless! Enjoy!!  Some of the awesomesauce in this circle:  +Hanna Silver, +DJ Spin, +Tanya Muse Diaz, +Tiffany Henry, +Ant J, +anthony feliciano, +jessi roman, +Bronwyn McGuckin, +Renata Sherwin, +Cynthia K Seymour, +Natascha Otero, +Daria Musk, +Kamal Tailor, +Emily Jiménez, +Carms Perez, +Christopher Lira, +Eleanor Hoh, +Chris Pirillo, +2014-06-23 04:01:3650139641CC G+
DEVILZART2,249 This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and +1 'sBoost 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 post +DevilzArt More you share more you get!#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   #engagersshowcasecircle   #publicsharedcircles   #wordpress   #seo   #affiliatemarketing    #googleplus   #googleplusupdate   #blogger   #bloggers   #blogging     #internet   #socialmedia   #socialmediatips   #socialnetworking   #internetmarketing   #seo   #seotips   #bloggingtips   #bloggingforbusiness   #bloggingforbusiness   #bloggingtipsandtricks   #googleplustips   2014-06-15 02:13:005014415CC G+
Ryan Johnson6,653My best circle!If you received this Notice - You're in this Circle If you’d like to be added to the next circle share:  •         +1 this circle•         Share this circle to PUBLIC•         Include me in your circles•         Comment on this post#awesome #awesomepeople #chadwick #circle #circlescirclesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #community #followback     #followers       #gplus   #influence       #leadership     #public         #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles         #reshare         #reshared       #reshareday     #resharetags     #ripples     #sharedcircles       #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday     #sharewithyou         #sharing     #sharingcircle     #socialmedia   #theplus   #tcs     #team 2014-06-13 13:20:53483713796CC G+
Robert Connor9,868this is a good circle to add and share1. Add us to your circles, if you haven't done so already.2. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.3. If possible, leave a comment on this postcircle #circleshare #sharingcircles #addme #followme #followmeback #circlesharing #yourcircle #circleoffriends #topcircle #helpingcircles #followers #topcircleshare   #topcircles #curatorscircle2014-06-12 12:11:124487410CC G+
Dina Tika0Here is a group of Active Engagers, Circle Sharers, Awesome Plus Oners, and Cool People on Google Plus!   Circle Sharing is an awesome way to increase your followers and active engagers on your profile. Some of my favorite people that I've met here on Google + through Circle Sharing.    Want to be in the next Circle of Awesomeness? Follow the Steps Below!  ☛ Add the circle ☛ Share in the Public ☛ Plus 1 the Post. ☛ Comment. 2014-06-10 05:53:52479001CC G+
Becky Collins10,439Super Science Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-05-31 05:09:154901211CC G+
Becky Collins10,282Mobile Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia   #media   #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-05-28 05:03:174777219CC G+
RokSimec.com3,830#ShareCircle 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 post*More you share more you get!*#circle  #circleshare  #circleshared  #circleoftheweek  #share #sharecircle  #sharecircleoftheday  #sharecircles  #engagers #engagerscircle  #engagerspeople  2014-05-12 20:24:145003711CC G+
Bui Van Nam9094Google Friends! - You're in this Circle - Share the circle *'"*:•:•* •-::-•:*:•-:¦: Share and Be Shared :¦:-•:*:•.::• •-:•:''''*                                                 This is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top Google+ users that share unique and original contents.Follow this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow your dreams and smile to life.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!Circle Networkhttps://plus.google.com/b/112542593288160483901/112542593288160483901/postsNetwork Circleshttps://plus.google.com/b/112542593288160483901/communities/113362757071870225795#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #socialmedia#Circlenetwork2014-05-07 16:06:56501129CC G+
DRESS3,901If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 2 - Share this post3 - Add +1 to the post 4 - Leave a comment if you have done the 3 steps above#circle   #circleshare  #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare 2014-05-05 12:20:22500459CC G+
DRESS3,855If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 2 - Share this post3 - Add +1 to the post 4 - Leave a comment if you have done the 3 steps above#circle   #circleshare  #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare 2014-05-04 03:34:024014511CC G+
Will Hawkins32,619Google Friends! - You're in this Circle - Share the circle *'"*:•:•* •-::-•:*:•-:¦: Share and Be Shared :¦:-•:*:•.::• •-:•:''''*                                                 106This is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top Google+ users that share unique and original contents.Follow this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (include yourself) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow your dreams and smile to life.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!Circle Networkhttps://plus.google.com/b/112542593288160483901/112542593288160483901/postsNetwork Circleshttps://plus.google.com/b/112542593288160483901/communities/113362757071870225795#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #empireavenue   #socialmedia     #influencers   #influencer   #influence   #influencermarketing #thursdaycircle   2014-05-04 00:26:44500615099CC G+
DEVILZART1,310#sharedcircle #publiccircleshare   #circleshare   #circleoftheday #circleshares   #circlesharing   #circlesshare   #publicsharedcircle #publicsharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleoftheweek #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircle #todayspublicsharedcircle #todayssharedcircle   #publiccircle #circle   #circles   #awesome #awesomeness #awesomepeople #shareyourcircle   #bestengagers #followers   #followback #paulaawesomecircle   #awesomecircles #paulateshima #topsharedcircle #topsharedcircle   #myseoissocial #besocial   #socializethesocial   #trust #circles #sharedcircle 2014-04-04 17:15:22500151025CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:27:36393014CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:50393033CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:17393011CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:52393011CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:16393203CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,572#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-12 06:21:31469006CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,572#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-12 06:20:51469102CC G+
shinigami kurai109This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and +1 'sBoost 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 post +shinigami kurai2014-03-09 02:04:4450110313CC G+
DEVILZART386This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and +1 'sBoost 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 post +DevilzArt More you share more you get! #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   #engagersshowcasecircle   #publicsharedcircles   #wordpress   #seo   #affiliatemarketing    #googleplus   #googleplusupdate   #blogger   #bloggers   #blogging     #internet   #socialmedia   #socialmediatips   #socialnetworking   #internetmarketing   #seo   #seotips   #bloggingtips   #bloggingforbusiness   #bloggingforbusiness   #bloggingtipsandtricks 2014-03-08 15:58:55501191428CC G+
Bob Mulholland20,590Haven't done a  #FollowFriday  in a while. Beam these mofos into your Circles , Scotty!Nothin' but a buncha  #StarTrek  nerds in here.... #SharedCircles  2014-03-07 20:06:14486519CC G+
Thibaut Delp22,406Time for some  #CircleShare   This is my  #Awesome  Circle! Awesome people for an awesome Google+ experience! Enjoy folks :)+Nothing but Circles +Shared Circles on G+ +Full Circle +Circles (CircleHub) 2014-03-07 19:15:572389713CC G+
Becky Collins3,213Baseball circle #Baseball  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins 2014-02-26 10:30:413883216CC G+
DEVILZART103This 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 circles 2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself) 4 - add +1 to the post#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circulo   #kreise   #kreis   #круг   #круги   #круглим   #кругляши  #blogger   #blogging   #bloggers#サークル   #界   #cercle   #دائرة   #kring   #kringen   #nederland  +Circles +Circle Circle Circle +Circles by DzjieDzjee +Selected Circles 2014 +Awesome Circles +Socialize circles +Circles & Circles & Circles +Google+ Categorized Circles +Circles Circles Circles +Curating Content on Google+ +Team Circle Share +Shared Circles +Circle Shares Notifications +Urkel's Shared Circles +Shared Circles Magic G+ +Shared Circles on G+ +SharedCircles #googleplus #circle #sahrecircle #circleshare #circlesharing #circleshared #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday 2014-02-25 06:41:2550014721CC G+
Moe Tousignant6,605RPG Circle Share2014 is the #YearOfTheGamer and what better way to celebrate than to hook up with more gamers? What you see here is a circle share. You don't see these that often anymore now that G+ has communities. Back in the day though this is how a lot of us early adopters found like minded individuals. This is a great way to start following a group of people who have something in common with you at once.What you have here is my E RPG Gamers circle. These are all G+ users who's name they have chosen to use start with the letter E. Everyone in this circle should have something to do with RPGs in some way. They may be a designer, a writer, an editor, an artist, a publisher, a fan, an edition warrior, a blogger, a podcaster, etc. If you do grab some of these people you should take the time to say hi! The best way I've found to do this is put them into a "New People" circle, send a message out to that new circle and then split the people up into whatever circle system you choose to use.Do you have a collection of gamers circled? Why not share yours? 2014-02-15 16:43:23117001CC G+
Jay Carter7,522Haven't shared a Circle in 2 years so... This is my "Haven't Sorted" circle which generally means people I find have great sense of humour and are all interesting :-) 2014-01-26 21:27:3117920034CC G+
Andrey Pietroff2,483Meet my new very interesting friendsIf you would like to be in the next shared circle please :1. Plus The Post 2. Comment3. Add People To Circles/Include Yourself4. Share The Circle!#sharedcircle   #circlesharing   #circleshare  2014-01-05 04:53:16500271336CC G+
Chill Ideaz Jay Beek Rocksuperstar1,563My Christmas Circle Share...have a great christmas and holidays everyone! 1. Add +Best Cars 2. Plus The Post 3. Comment4. Add People To Circles5. 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 #fullcircleshare2013-12-26 03:38:50501314CC G+
Chill Ideaz Jay Beek Rocksuperstar1,563My Christmas Circle Share...have a great christmas and holidays everyone! 1. Add +Best Cars 2. Plus The Post 3. Comment4. Add People To Circles5. 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 #fullcircleshare2013-12-26 03:37:41494222CC G+
Chill Ideaz Jay Beek Rocksuperstar1,473My Friday Late Friday Circle Share...have a great weekend everyone! 1. Add +Best Cars2. Plus The Post 3. Comment4. Add People To Circles5. 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 #fullcircleshare2013-12-22 01:27:26500204CC G+
Alex Maxham109,483Haven't shared a circle in a while, so here's my Android circle :)2013-12-21 01:23:19229307CC G+
Chill Ideaz Jay Beek Rocksuperstar1,322Another round of #topengagers  !(Be sure to click READ MORE, it is important if you want to be included in this circle next time)These people shareThese people +1These people create original contentThese people make G+ BetterIf you add this circle, you will, without a doubt, see your engagement soar through the roof.  Guaranteed.  If you were notified, you guessed it, you are already in.To be included in the NEXT top engagers circle this week is easier than ever.1.) Add  +Best Cars 2.) Share this post3.) Keep engaging#sharedcircle   #sharedcircles   #sharecircle   #publiccircle   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #topengagers   #engagers   #snowballcircle   #snowball   #circles   #circleshare   #circlemasters   #circlemaster   #circlequeen   #crazycircles   #circlehub   #morefollowers #ghosttown2013-12-15 05:39:26494202CC G+
Chill Ideaz Jay Beek Rocksuperstar0Another round of #topengagers  !(Be sure to click READ MORE, it is important if you want to be included in this circle next time)These people shareThese people +1These people create original contentThese people make G+ BetterIf you add this circle, you will, without a doubt, see your engagement soar through the roof.  Guaranteed.  If you were notified, you guessed it, you are already in.To be included in the NEXT top engagers circle this week is easier than ever.1.) Follow me2.) Share this post3.) Keep engaging#sharedcircle   #sharedcircles   #sharecircle   #publiccircle   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #topengagers   #engagers   #snowballcircle   #snowball   #circles   #circleshare   #circlemasters   #circlemaster   #circlequeen   #crazycircles   #circlehub   #morefollowers #ghosttown 2013-11-25 00:30:29405006CC G+
Chill Ideaz Jay Beek Rocksuperstar0Another round of #topengagers  !(Be sure to click READ MORE, it is important if you want to be included in this circle next time)These people shareThese people +1These people create original contentThese people make G+ BetterIf you add this circle, you will, without a doubt, see your engagement soar through the roof.  Guaranteed.  If you were notified, you guessed it, you are already in.To be included in the NEXT top engagers circle this week is easier than ever.1.) Follow me2.) Share this post3.) Keep engaging#sharedcircle   #sharedcircles   #sharecircle   #publiccircle   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #topengagers   #engagers   #snowballcircle   #snowball   #circles   #circleshare   #circlemasters   #circlemaster   #circlequeen   #crazycircles   #circlehub   #morefollowers #ghosttown 2013-11-24 16:58:13405007CC G+
Kyle Pearce116A great Google+ Circle of Educators!  2013-11-24 15:10:12501606CC G+
Chill Ideaz Jay Beek Rocksuperstar0Another round of #topengagers  !(Be sure to click READ MORE, it is important if you want to be included in this circle next time)These people shareThese people +1These people create original contentThese people make G+ BetterIf you add this circle, you will, without a doubt, see your engagement soar through the roof.  Guaranteed.  If you were notified, you guessed it, you are already in.To be included in the NEXT top engagers circle this week is easier than ever.1.) Follow me2.) Share this post3.) Keep engaging#sharedcircle   #sharedcircles   #sharecircle   #publiccircle   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #topengagers   #engagers   #snowballcircle   #snowball   #circles   #circleshare   #circlemasters   #circlemaster   #circlequeen   #crazycircles   #circlehub   #morefollowers #ghosttown 2013-11-24 08:00:39405105CC G+
Chill Ideaz Jay Beek Rocksuperstar0#sharedcircle   #sharedcircles   #sharecircle   #publiccircle   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #topengagers   #engagers   #snowballcircle   #snowball   #circles   #circleshare   #circlemasters   #circlemaster   #circlequeen   #crazycircles   #circlehub   #morefollowers #ghosttown2013-11-24 06:33:32405005CC G+
Chill Ideaz Jay Beek Rocksuperstar0This group will follow back !#sharedcircle   #sharedcircles   #sharecircle   #publiccircle   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #topengagers   #engagers   #snowballcircle   #snowball   #circles   #circleshare   #circlemasters   #circlemaster   #circlequeen   #crazycircles   #circlehub   #morefollowers #ghosttown2013-11-24 01:22:28405104CC G+
Chill Ideaz Jay Beek Rocksuperstar0Here's the latest update of my Engagers circle. The last version of this circle was close to full, so I started it again from scratch. This circle includes people who have recently engaged with one of my posts in the form of +1s, comments and public reshares.I might have missed some people because of limitations of the Google+ interface. Fortunately, the next release of +Circloscope on June 28 is likely to include new features that make circles like this one much easier to create.I've included 100 guest members in this circle, taken from my Favourites circle, which I haven't shared in a while.Like my previous circle share, this is a Showcase circle! What this means is that everyone is invited to leave a comment on (the original post of) this circle share containing a link to one of your own posts. Ideally, this should be something that you posted recently and that you are particularly pleased with. (Don't post spam though; I will delete it.)2013-11-24 00:22:24405014CC G+
Claudiu Narita3,3332013-11-20 02:26:27501817CC G+
Lo Sauer2,493This is a great circle combined of active engagers, creative folks and  some of the best and brightest people on google+. A thank you in this circle-inclusion-shoutout to: +Peter Terren +Michael Műller +Carlos Esteban +Justin Chung +Malthus John +Marta Rauch +Rajini Rao +Katherine Vucicevic +Jonathan Eisen +Mike Allton +Scott Buehler +Mario Falcetti +Zvonimir Fras +Krithika Rangarajan +sridhar krishnan +Joanna Ortynska +Seamus Smyth +Chuck Croll +Michael Schobel +2013-11-19 18:19:4843218317CC G+
Andy Nathan5,436Keep seeing great circles being shared, and thought I would throw in my amazing circle of Hangout peeps.These are people that have joined a hangout, or invited me to one in the past. Many amazing people on here, generally not on the shared circles list.If you would like to be added to the list, please share this, or attend one of my hangouts and let me know you want to be invited. Comment below, so I remember to add you as well.Thanks!2013-11-05 12:45:51113005CC G+

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2014-08-13 20:30:16 (43 comments, 8 reshares, 19 +1s)

Why aren't you accepting Bitcoin yet?
Accepting payments in Bitcoin is free.  Unlike credit cards, you have no risk of chargebacks or fraud.  If you charge $100 USD, you get a $100 USD deposit directly into your bank account, even if your customer chooses to pay with  #bitcoin .

What are your reasons for not yet accepting Bitcoin payments?

Why aren't you accepting Bitcoin yet?
Accepting payments in Bitcoin is free.  Unlike credit cards, you have no risk of chargebacks or fraud.  If you charge $100 USD, you get a $100 USD deposit directly into your bank account, even if your customer chooses to pay with  #bitcoin .

What are your reasons for not yet accepting Bitcoin payments?___

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2014-04-07 20:31:40 (6 comments, 13 reshares, 43 +1s)

Education is Curiosity, Enabled
I'm of the opinion that we could teach our young children subjects like calculus, if only we had mechanisms through which to empower those with curiosity to play with them.  Then, the application of the effort to teach becomes one of rewarding knowledge, rather than repetitive structures of memorization and batteries of tests.

Take, for example, these visualizations of various concepts in mathematics.  How enlightening would it be if we could play with these as we work through the process of learning the equations that describe them, letting our brain form the map between the system's description, its properties, and its behavior?

Education is Curiosity, Enabled
I'm of the opinion that we could teach our young children subjects like calculus, if only we had mechanisms through which to empower those with curiosity to play with them.  Then, the application of the effort to teach becomes one of rewarding knowledge, rather than repetitive structures of memorization and batteries of tests.

Take, for example, these visualizations of various concepts in mathematics.  How enlightening would it be if we could play with these as we work through the process of learning the equations that describe them, letting our brain form the map between the system's description, its properties, and its behavior?___

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2014-03-10 14:00:59 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 21 +1s)

BitPay Expands, Fueled By Bitcoin Demand
Yes, we're expanding.  While +Wells Fargo [1] and +Wikipedia [2] start exploring    #cryptofinance  , we're also moving full steam ahead towards getting every company in the world to accept  #bitcoin   as a payment option.

Not only have we hired the best from companies like +Red Hat, +IBM, and Visa into our senior leadership, but we've established a firm position in the marketplace–we're now performing over $1,000,000 per day in transactions with Bitcoin, and there are now over 1,000 new businesses accepting Bitcoin every week.  Now, we're hiring to support this investment in the community.

If you're interested in building anything related to  #cryptofinance  , give me a shout.  We're extremely focused on  #OpenSource   and  #cryptography  , and will be spending a lot of our time[3] participating in th... more »

BitPay Expands, Fueled By Bitcoin Demand
Yes, we're expanding.  While +Wells Fargo [1] and +Wikipedia [2] start exploring    #cryptofinance  , we're also moving full steam ahead towards getting every company in the world to accept  #bitcoin   as a payment option.

Not only have we hired the best from companies like +Red Hat, +IBM, and Visa into our senior leadership, but we've established a firm position in the marketplace–we're now performing over $1,000,000 per day in transactions with Bitcoin, and there are now over 1,000 new businesses accepting Bitcoin every week.  Now, we're hiring to support this investment in the community.

If you're interested in building anything related to  #cryptofinance  , give me a shout.  We're extremely focused on  #OpenSource   and  #cryptography  , and will be spending a lot of our time [3] participating in the support of developers building applications in the space.  If you want to build something that will shape the future of the world,  #cryptofinance   is the right space to be in.

[1]: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/14/us-wellsfargo-bitcoin-idUSBREA0D1LL20140114
[2]: https://twitter.com/jimmy_wales/status/441632741352681472 and http://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/201fa6/hello_from_jimmy_wales_of_wikipedia/ !
[3]: We've already released Bitcore (see bitcore.io for more information), but we'll be a major presence in number of events in the coming year (not the least of which was +LAUNCH most recently!).  We're on a tear to support engineers building new projects with  #bitcoin  , so feel free to reach out and let me know what you're working on.___

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2014-03-09 01:31:31 (3 comments, 7 reshares, 17 +1s)

“It’s uncomfortable to focus so intensely on what you’re bad at.”
Great story on learning how to think–perhaps the single most important thing we should be teaching [not only our children, but ourselves].  If you can learn to think, you can conquer almost anything.

“It’s uncomfortable to focus so intensely on what you’re bad at.”
Great story on learning how to think–perhaps the single most important thing we should be teaching [not only our children, but ourselves].  If you can learn to think, you can conquer almost anything.___

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2014-02-14 22:43:39 (1 comments, 6 reshares, 22 +1s)

Today, +Bitpay is excited to announce the general availability of Bitcore, an open-source library to interact directly with #bitcoin .  If you're building anything related to #cryptofinance , I'm happy to answer questions.  Happy Valentine's Day hacking, crypto-lovers!

Today, +Bitpay is excited to announce the general availability of Bitcore, an open-source library to interact directly with #bitcoin .  If you're building anything related to #cryptofinance , I'm happy to answer questions.  Happy Valentine's Day hacking, crypto-lovers!___

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2014-01-13 21:05:52 (17 comments, 4 reshares, 19 +1s)

Onward, and Ever Upward
2013 was an amazing year; between founding +Coursefork, building soundtrack.io and para.io, working with several amazing startups [1], and being allowed to call myself a peer to some of the smartest people I know all throughout, it has been a year of both great achievement and personal growth.  This sets an incredibly compelling stage for 2014 and everything to come therein.

Today, I'm excited to announce that I'll be joining the likes of Jeff Garzik [2], Patrick Nagurny, and Ian Patton under the leadership of CTO Stephen Pair at +Bitpay, which allows anyone to quickly and seamlessly accept Bitcoin as payment, settling immediately in any currency, including USD.

Bitcoin has become one of the biggest stories of 2013, having grown over 9000% in value [3] and even surpassing Western Union in transaction volume [4].  As potentially the mostc... more »

Onward, and Ever Upward
2013 was an amazing year; between founding +Coursefork, building soundtrack.io and para.io, working with several amazing startups [1], and being allowed to call myself a peer to some of the smartest people I know all throughout, it has been a year of both great achievement and personal growth.  This sets an incredibly compelling stage for 2014 and everything to come therein.

Today, I'm excited to announce that I'll be joining the likes of Jeff Garzik [2], Patrick Nagurny, and Ian Patton under the leadership of CTO Stephen Pair at +Bitpay, which allows anyone to quickly and seamlessly accept Bitcoin as payment, settling immediately in any currency, including USD.

Bitcoin has become one of the biggest stories of 2013, having grown over 9000% in value [3] and even surpassing Western Union in transaction volume [4].  As potentially the most counterfeit-proof form of payment in history, Bitcoin is poised to become one of the most disruptive technologies since the invention of the Internet as society moves increasingly into decentralized systems in an era of waning trust and increasing technological awareness by growing economies like China, India, and Brazil [5].

Taking advantage of this trend of decentralization, BitPay is perfectly positioned to serve as the mechanism for BitCoin's mass-adoption as massive merchants such as +Overstock.com move to accept this new form of payment.  It's exciting to be involved with a company in this position at such an early stage, and expand the breadth of my experience to include another decentralized system, and especially to be holding the responsibility of expanding the company's open-source initiatives and engaging the developer community in a meaningful way.

After parting ways with Coursefork late last year, I've taken a seat on the Board of Advisors, allowing the amazing team we built to realize the vision of open-sourcing the world of education [6] under the leadership of CTO +Brian Marks.  Brian was previously the CTO of successful education startup WebAssign [7], and will be an excellent steward of Coursefork's team and technology as they move towards the much-needed decentralization and open-sourcing of the education industry.  My best wishes to the team as they endeavor to do so!

Exciting times all around, and I'm truly lucky to be a part of it in so many ways.  Now let's go make the world a better place.

[1]: One of which, DigaForce, was just acquired: http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2014/01/02/apex-tech-firm-strategic-link-partners.html?page=all — congratulations to +Anthony Pompliano and +Matthew Cotter!
[2]: Jeff is one of the core developers of Bitcoin and a former +Red Hat team member from Raleigh.  How's that for the Triangle Company Family tree, +Derrick Minor?!
[3]: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/11/29/which-currency-is-up-over-9000-this-year-and-sells-for-almost-as-much-as-an-ounce-of-gold/
[4]: http://www.businessinsider.com/bitcoin-can-be-the-new-western-union-2013-12
[5]: You might recall that in March of 2013, the Cypriot government restricted withdrawals and then utilized citizens' bank accounts directly to bail out their banking system, resulting in a surge in Bitcoin prices as individuals fled the fiat currency: http://money.cnn.com/2013/03/28/investing/bitcoin-cyprus/
[6]: Here's an interview I did while CTO of Coursefork with +Jason Hibbets from +Opensource.com that explains the vision: http://opensource.com/education/13/9/coursefork-education-tool
[7]: As a cofounder and CTO at WebAssign for 13 years, Brian took the education company from zero to over $30M in yearly revenue before becoming my co-founder at Coursefork.___

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2013-12-24 03:13:13 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 22 +1s)

Coursefork Among Top 10 Open Source Projects of 2013
I'm so pleased that +Coursefork made +Opensource.com's list of the top 10 open-source projects for 2013... this puts us alongside +Docker and +OpenStack, a true honor in my book.

If you haven't heard what the team has been working on, Coursefork is building an open-source collaboration tool for educators.  In the same way software creators can re-use open-source resources to get ahead in the development cycle, we want to enable teachers to re-use materials and improvements thereof to allow for the accretion of teaching techniques in place of continual re-invention.

“We're creating the pull request for courses, and the process of getting there means creating the tools necessary to support the community of a new open future for education.”

Learn more in this interview onOpenSo... more »

Coursefork Among Top 10 Open Source Projects of 2013
I'm so pleased that +Coursefork made +Opensource.com's list of the top 10 open-source projects for 2013... this puts us alongside +Docker and +OpenStack, a true honor in my book.

If you haven't heard what the team has been working on, Coursefork is building an open-source collaboration tool for educators.  In the same way software creators can re-use open-source resources to get ahead in the development cycle, we want to enable teachers to re-use materials and improvements thereof to allow for the accretion of teaching techniques in place of continual re-invention.

“We're creating the pull request for courses, and the process of getting there means creating the tools necessary to support the community of a new open future for education.”

Learn more in this interview on OpenSource.com: http://opensource.com/education/13/9/coursefork-education-tool___

2013-11-11 17:51:41 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 12 +1s)

Startup Founders: Donate Equity to Charity!
+Coursefork is happy to announce the Startup Giveback, an initiative for entrepreneurs to donate equity instead of cash to social initiatives, in partnership with +Shoeboxed and the +American Underground.  All are welcome to our first event, which will be hosted at the Shoeboxed HQ in Durham, NC.  100% of equity will go directly to Startup Endowment, while cash donations at the door of the event will go to the Triangle Community Foundation.

Donations of all sorts, not just equity, are welcome!  While we're aiming for a 1% equity donation from each participating company, you're welcome to donate cash either online or at the door of the event.  Feel free to leave comments if you have questions!  I hope to see you there.

Startup Founders: Donate Equity to Charity!
+Coursefork is happy to announce the Startup Giveback, an initiative for entrepreneurs to donate equity instead of cash to social initiatives, in partnership with +Shoeboxed and the +American Underground.  All are welcome to our first event, which will be hosted at the Shoeboxed HQ in Durham, NC.  100% of equity will go directly to Startup Endowment, while cash donations at the door of the event will go to the Triangle Community Foundation.

Donations of all sorts, not just equity, are welcome!  While we're aiming for a 1% equity donation from each participating company, you're welcome to donate cash either online or at the door of the event.  Feel free to leave comments if you have questions!  I hope to see you there.___

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2013-10-14 20:49:03 (14 comments, 11 reshares, 38 +1s)

Why isn't education open-source in the first place?
I recently gave a talk at +The Research Triangle Park about education and open source, and how the freedoms that are necessary for a healthy education system were systematically removed over time.  While the slides aren't available in the video, I've uploaded them to +Coursefork [1].

It's incredibly powerful to lay out the data and show how increased spending and manpower has impacted the quality of education over time: aptitude measurements have stayed flat (or negative!) while test scores and grades continue to inflate.  It seems as if we've built a system of education that is extremely good at—wait for it—_getting people to pass standardized tests_.

Companies like +Khan Academy and +Coursera are really chipping away at the problem of making the resources available, both content and services(i.e., ac... more »

Why isn't education open-source in the first place?
I recently gave a talk at +The Research Triangle Park about education and open source, and how the freedoms that are necessary for a healthy education system were systematically removed over time.  While the slides aren't available in the video, I've uploaded them to +Coursefork [1].

It's incredibly powerful to lay out the data and show how increased spending and manpower has impacted the quality of education over time: aptitude measurements have stayed flat (or negative!) while test scores and grades continue to inflate.  It seems as if we've built a system of education that is extremely good at—wait for it—_getting people to pass standardized tests_.

Companies like +Khan Academy and +Coursera are really chipping away at the problem of making the resources available, both content and services (i.e., actual teaching), but making the content interchangeable and hackable is of critical importance to building the healthy open source ecosystem that we've seen emerge in the software community (a la +GitHub) within the world of education.

One day, we'll see the equivalent of the pull request in education.  I'm hoping to build it with +Coursefork.

[1]:  http://coursefork.org/martindale/open-freedom-and-education___

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2013-09-23 19:32:55 (3 comments, 14 reshares, 32 +1s)

Open Source is the Future of Education
If you're familiar with coding, chances are you've seen how the open source software landscape has changed over the past few years with the advent of +GitHub.  With my new company +Coursefork, I'm hoping to incite the same kind of change in the world of #education .

+Jason Hibbets from +Opensource.com interviewed me recently about how we're building a better education, but it can't stop with us—he correctly identifies that the most important ingredient is the community of people who will be a part of the social fabric of education as we move forward.

Check out the interview and let me know your thoughts.

Open Source is the Future of Education
If you're familiar with coding, chances are you've seen how the open source software landscape has changed over the past few years with the advent of +GitHub.  With my new company +Coursefork, I'm hoping to incite the same kind of change in the world of #education .

+Jason Hibbets from +Opensource.com interviewed me recently about how we're building a better education, but it can't stop with us—he correctly identifies that the most important ingredient is the community of people who will be a part of the social fabric of education as we move forward.

Check out the interview and let me know your thoughts.___

2013-09-10 19:12:30 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 12 +1s)

Open Source ALL the Things!
I'll be speaking next week at +The Research Triangle Park about #OpenSource , #education , and +Coursefork.  I'm extremely excited (and humbled!) to be a part of an event that includes speakers from +Red Hat and +IBM, especially to speak on a topic that I'm so passionate about. See the full speaker list at the official site!

I hope to see you there. :)

About the Event
Open source. It's faster, cleaner, and more accurate than traditional methodologies -- and it's the culture the Triangle is fast-becoming known for. There's a reason that Red Hat, the first billion-dollar open source company, has built its headquarters here.

For September's “RTP 180," we're celebrating our region's fondness for open source with a speaker series that pulls from our three founding universities (NCStat... more »

Open Source ALL the Things!
I'll be speaking next week at +The Research Triangle Park about #OpenSource , #education , and +Coursefork.  I'm extremely excited (and humbled!) to be a part of an event that includes speakers from +Red Hat and +IBM, especially to speak on a topic that I'm so passionate about. See the full speaker list at the official site!

I hope to see you there. :)

About the Event
Open source. It's faster, cleaner, and more accurate than traditional methodologies -- and it's the culture the Triangle is fast-becoming known for. There's a reason that Red Hat, the first billion-dollar open source company, has built its headquarters here.

For September's “RTP 180," we're celebrating our region's fondness for open source with a speaker series that pulls from our three founding universities (NC State, Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill), companies and communities. On September 17, we hope you will join us from 6:00-7:30, at RTP’s headquarters (12 Davis Drive, Durham, NC), for "RTP 180: Open Source All the Things.”

Our doors open at 5:00 so you can stop in right after work to grab a snack; a reception will follow after the event. We hear there will be tacos and free beer.

#HackEducation   #RTP180   #Raleigh   #Durham  ___

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2013-08-21 17:45:38 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 19 +1s)

Compelling Narratives using Augmented Reality
+Google Glass has, for better or worse, shaped the narrative around augmented reality this past year.  We've seen the arms (eyes?) race rapidly develop, culminating recently with the +YCombinator-backed +meta announcing their "SpaceGlasses" [1], one of the first truly compelling experiences built around a convincingly capable device [2].

The hardest part of augmented reality is not the hardware, nor the computer vision software—both extremely difficult academic challenges in their own right, and certainly not to be taken by the faint of heart—but in the experience.

These problems will be solved, through no small effort, but they will be solved.  The most daunting challenge is to build a compelling story that binds the available data (read "the Internet") to the real world, and exposes it in anunobtru... more »

Compelling Narratives using Augmented Reality
+Google Glass has, for better or worse, shaped the narrative around augmented reality this past year.  We've seen the arms (eyes?) race rapidly develop, culminating recently with the +YCombinator-backed +meta announcing their "SpaceGlasses" [1], one of the first truly compelling experiences built around a convincingly capable device [2].

The hardest part of augmented reality is not the hardware, nor the computer vision software—both extremely difficult academic challenges in their own right, and certainly not to be taken by the faint of heart—but in the experience.

These problems will be solved, through no small effort, but they will be solved.  The most daunting challenge is to build a compelling story that binds the available data (read "the Internet") to the real world, and exposes it in an unobtrusive and seamless fashion.  This too will emerge naturally, but early pioneers in the space need to think carefully about the application of augmented reality in order to succeed; no one wants a world filled with advertisements [3], and in fact—some even try to eliminate them [4].

Here, +Field Trip attempts to builds one such compelling story.  The experience of contextual information making itself available without interrupting your interactions with the real world is so tantalizingly close you can feel it, but one wonders just how much control the user will have over the frequency and relevance of the information "popups".  In the early days of the software industry (late 60s, early 70s), an ongoing debate between the [then] default of free software vs. closed software unfolded, setting the foundation for today's conversation around open source and free [5] software.  I'll be talking more about this in a presentation at the upcoming #RTP180 : Open Source All Things event [6] in North Carolina.

It's another step forward for ubiquitous augmented reality, an exciting one indeed, but one that won't achieve mass adoption until the user can control their own experience [7].

[1]: https://www.spaceglasses.com/
[2]: SpaceGlasses are the future of computing
[3]: https://vimeo.com/8569187
[4]: http://unlogo.org/pages/about
[5]: that's free as in libertas, not as in gratis.
[6]: http://www.rtp.org/rtp-180-open-source-all-things
[7]: I recently started a project to this effect called "Para", a client-agnostic peer-to-peer network for implementing a data layer on top of the real world.  I'm seeking collaborators!  Check it out: http://para.io___

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2013-08-20 17:25:32 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 19 +1s)

Of Space, War, and Virtual Reality
+CCP Games has always been on the right track with their most successful project, the single-server, fully persistent world of +EVE Online.  Having launched +DUST 514 as an extension that exists within the same game world, CCP has raised the bar of innovation already, and continues to carve out territory with the announcement of +EVE: Valkyrie.

Valkyrie is a virtual reality game originally designed for +Oculus VR [1].  If you're not familiar with Oculus, they're the makers of the Oculus Rift. The Rift is a 3D display device that you wear like a pair of glasses, and literally move your head to look around the space.  This interaction makes it feel like you are actually in the virtual space, and represents a huge step forward in immersion.

What interests me most about EVE is the fact that it's a truly alternative reality; asimul... more »

Of Space, War, and Virtual Reality
+CCP Games has always been on the right track with their most successful project, the single-server, fully persistent world of +EVE Online.  Having launched +DUST 514 as an extension that exists within the same game world, CCP has raised the bar of innovation already, and continues to carve out territory with the announcement of +EVE: Valkyrie.

Valkyrie is a virtual reality game originally designed for +Oculus VR [1].  If you're not familiar with Oculus, they're the makers of the Oculus Rift. The Rift is a 3D display device that you wear like a pair of glasses, and literally move your head to look around the space.  This interaction makes it feel like you are actually in the virtual space, and represents a huge step forward in immersion.

What interests me most about EVE is the fact that it's a truly alternative reality; a simulated universe, of which only one exists, and to which there will never be a sequel or a "version 2".  CCP has committed to simply improve the game over time rather than ever introduce an "EVE 2", building the universe iteratively over the past 10 years.   This means that the time you invest in the alternative reality has a degree of permanence and importance, rather than the transience and fragmentation of other sharded universes.

Let's hope this integrates directly into the EVE Universe, in the capacity of participating in actual fights, and not just "conquer this asteroid field to make it available to EVE players".  Anything less would be a grave disappointment and moreover, a potentially critical business mistake as the two games, EVE Online and Valkyrie, operate in the same space.

Either way, I'm looking forward to seeing how this pans out.

[1]: EVE-VR: Fanfest Trailer___

2013-07-11 19:30:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

No Talk, All Action.
The +Coursefork team and I met and built the first iteration of our product in a 54-hour #hackathon  known as +Startup Weekend earlier this year.  We've since moved on to raise a round of funding and get our product in front of real users, but we wouldn't have gotten here without the three-day experience we had at the event.

There's another Startup Weekend coming up this weekend.  If you're in the Triangle region, you shouldn't miss it (and get your tickets now, registration is ending soon), and if you're not here in the area, I strongly recommend following along online with the #TSW2013  hashtag.   Even if you don't, make sure to celebrate the #entrepreneurship  in your community as the next big idea could be one actionable step around the corner.

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.___No Talk, All Action.
The +Coursefork team and I met and built the first iteration of our product in a 54-hour #hackathon  known as +Startup Weekend earlier this year.  We've since moved on to raise a round of funding and get our product in front of real users, but we wouldn't have gotten here without the three-day experience we had at the event.

There's another Startup Weekend coming up this weekend.  If you're in the Triangle region, you shouldn't miss it (and get your tickets now, registration is ending soon), and if you're not here in the area, I strongly recommend following along online with the #TSW2013  hashtag.   Even if you don't, make sure to celebrate the #entrepreneurship  in your community as the next big idea could be one actionable step around the corner.

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2013-07-08 16:09:10 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 24 +1s)

Open source is the cornerstone for collaboration.
My company +Coursefork is in the press again; this time, it's an interview with my cofounders +Elliott Hauser and +Brian Marks.  We talk about what #OpenSource  means in the context of #education , and why it's so important that we focus on collaboration rather than ownership.

What does the future of open education look like?
Learn about our founders' vision for open source education in our latest interview by +Anthony Pompliano.

#OpenSource   #education  ___Open source is the cornerstone for collaboration.
My company +Coursefork is in the press again; this time, it's an interview with my cofounders +Elliott Hauser and +Brian Marks.  We talk about what #OpenSource  means in the context of #education , and why it's so important that we focus on collaboration rather than ownership.

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2013-07-03 02:12:10 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 32 +1s)

“That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes.” — Albert Einstein

#education   #intelligence   #learning  

“That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes.” — Albert Einstein

#education   #intelligence   #learning  ___

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2013-07-02 16:10:57 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)

How to Get Funding for Your Idea
If you're one of the growing number of people with the next big idea, you might be wondering how to get the ball rolling.  At +Coursefork, we've been going through this process ourselves and my cofounder +Elliott Hauser has put together a great series of posts on how to it.  Here's the first post in the series, on choosing the right investors [1] and getting the meetings.

[1]: I can't stress how important this part is.  I've been burned in the past by allowing the wrong investors to participate, and am extremely cautious and selective as a result—you really want your investors to be excited about your vision, and for them to be ready to advise and otherwise open their own networks to ensure the success of your endeavor.

How to Get Funding for Your Idea
If you're one of the growing number of people with the next big idea, you might be wondering how to get the ball rolling.  At +Coursefork, we've been going through this process ourselves and my cofounder +Elliott Hauser has put together a great series of posts on how to it.  Here's the first post in the series, on choosing the right investors [1] and getting the meetings.

[1]: I can't stress how important this part is.  I've been burned in the past by allowing the wrong investors to participate, and am extremely cautious and selective as a result—you really want your investors to be excited about your vision, and for them to be ready to advise and otherwise open their own networks to ensure the success of your endeavor.___

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2013-06-19 18:53:00 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)

“Truth is coming.”
                                — Edward Snowden

“Truth is coming.”
                                — Edward Snowden___

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2013-06-12 06:13:28 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)

Few things feel as good as pressing that “ship it” button.
We're live streaming from the +Google San Francisco offices tomorrow to follow up on the launch of +Coursefork's alpha last week.  I'll have more details about my latest company [1] later, but make sure to check out the stream tomorrow to get a sneak peak.

[1]: http://coursefork.org

We're proud to be alongside fellow +Duke University alumni when we live broadcast from the +DukeGEN Angel Pitch event at the Google San Francisco Offices.  Join us tomorrow, June 12th, at 7pm PST (10pm EST) for a special preview of what our public launch will include.  See you tomorrow evening!___Few things feel as good as pressing that “ship it” button.
We're live streaming from the +Google San Francisco offices tomorrow to follow up on the launch of +Coursefork's alpha last week.  I'll have more details about my latest company [1] later, but make sure to check out the stream tomorrow to get a sneak peak.

[1]: http://coursefork.org

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2013-02-26 17:16:33 (12 comments, 18 reshares, 29 +1s)

If you don't control the program, the program controls you.
Help support a mass-algorate society, in which everyone knows how to code, by signing your name at code.org.

“In the emerging, highly programmed landscape ahead, you will either create the software or you will be the software. It’s really that simple: Program, or be programmed. Choose the former, and you gain access to the control panel of civilization. Choose the latter, and it could be the last real choice you get to make.”
                                                                — +Douglas Rushkoff 

I've talked about the mass-algorate societies in the past [1], but this new non-profit foundation dedicated to growing computer programming education really shines with the support of +Mark Zuckerberg, +will.i.am, and +Eric Schmidt.  Take a look at thevideo and lend a hand in this endeavor!... more »

If you don't control the program, the program controls you.
Help support a mass-algorate society, in which everyone knows how to code, by signing your name at code.org.

“In the emerging, highly programmed landscape ahead, you will either create the software or you will be the software. It’s really that simple: Program, or be programmed. Choose the former, and you gain access to the control panel of civilization. Choose the latter, and it could be the last real choice you get to make.”
                                                                — +Douglas Rushkoff 

I've talked about the mass-algorate societies in the past [1], but this new non-profit foundation dedicated to growing computer programming education really shines with the support of +Mark Zuckerberg, +will.i.am, and +Eric Schmidt.  Take a look at the video and lend a hand in this endeavor!

[1]: https://plus.google.com/112353210404102902472/posts/MVQXyw9EJDE___

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2013-02-19 16:35:25 (6 comments, 13 reshares, 22 +1s)

On the Ongoing Attacks between China, U.S., Russia, Israel, etc.…
The latest round of evidence of ongoing digital warfare between the superpowers is now being reported in the N.Y. Times [1] after an undeniably incriminating 60-page report on the Chinese attacks on the U.S. by security firm Mandiant [2].

“Either they are coming from inside Unit 61398, or the people who run the most-controlled, most-monitored Internet networks in the world are clueless about thousands of people generating attacks from this one neighborhood.”
                                                    — Kevin Mandia

The report goes on to track individual participants in the attack, tracing them back to the headquarters of P.L.A. Unit 61398.

Attacks from the Chinese have been ongoing for many years, notably back to Operation Titan Rain [3] in 2003, inwhich attackers gained access to ... more »

On the Ongoing Attacks between China, U.S., Russia, Israel, etc.…
The latest round of evidence of ongoing digital warfare between the superpowers is now being reported in the N.Y. Times [1] after an undeniably incriminating 60-page report on the Chinese attacks on the U.S. by security firm Mandiant [2].

“Either they are coming from inside Unit 61398, or the people who run the most-controlled, most-monitored Internet networks in the world are clueless about thousands of people generating attacks from this one neighborhood.”
                                                    — Kevin Mandia

The report goes on to track individual participants in the attack, tracing them back to the headquarters of P.L.A. Unit 61398.

Attacks from the Chinese have been ongoing for many years, notably back to Operation Titan Rain [3] in 2003, in which attackers gained access to military intelligence networks at organizations such as Lockheed Martin, Sandia National Laboratories, Redstone Arsenal, and NASA [4].  Direct military targets were also included in the assault, such as the U.S. Army Information Systems Engineering Command at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, the Defense Information Systems Agency in Arlington, Virginia, the Naval Ocean Systems Center, a Defense Department installation in San Diego, California, and the U.S. Army Space and Strategic Defense installation in Huntsville, Alabama [5]. 

These ongoing attacks are labeled "Advanced Persistent Threats" or "APT" by the American Military, are considered acts of war by both the White House [6] and the Department of Defense [7] as far back as 2011, and are not unique to the Chinese origins.  You may remember the 2007 attacks on Estonia [8], which has been attributed to entities within Russian territory operating with the assistance of the Russian government [9].  These attacks disabled a wide array of Estonian government sites, rendering services in the world's most digitally-connected country unusable.  The attacks also disabled ATM machines, effectively disabling some portion of the Estonian economy.

The United States [and arguably Israel, [10]] have also been actively participating in these attacks [11] with the deploying of FLAME and Stuxnet against Iran, which made international headlines this past year when the coordinated efforts of the tools were used to disable Iranian nuclear centrifuges in an attempt to slow their progress in their nuclear program [12].  These efforts are ongoing, with the latest addition of the Gauss and Duqu malwares [13] continuing to target middle-eastern countries.

“From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Iran’s main nuclear enrichment facilities, significantly expanding America’s first sustained use of cyberweapons, according to participants in the program.”
                                                    — +The New York Times

Obama reportedly went on to sign a classified directive last year [14] enabling the government to seize control of private networks, and the 2012 NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) includes terms [15, section 954] that authorize offensive attacks on foreign threats [16].  The official United States policy already is to deem any cyberattack on the U.S. as an "act of war" [17], and it looks like these types of actions and attacks have already been made legal.

While it may once have been a subject of fiction [18], it's now and has been a harsh reality that we're in the middle of a new era in warfare, and the battles are already well-underway as countries around the world are openly engaging in offensive attacks on one another that are impacting economies on a massive scale.  I don't know what else to call this other than a world war—even the CIA's Center for the Study of Intelligence (CSI) predicted this [19], as have many others even earlier [20].  

Here's a thought; if our constitution gives us the right to bear arms, and the government deems these types of attacks as acts of war, then isn't it our right to keep and bear these arms?  Yet another case for a mass-algorate society [21], which Mr. Obama appears to agree with me on [22], at the very least.

[1]: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/19/technology/chinas-army-is-seen-as-tied-to-hacking-against-us.html
[2]: http://intelreport.mandiant.com/
[3]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titan_Rain
[4]: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1098371,00.html
[5]: http://www.zdnet.com/news/security-experts-lift-lid-on-chinese-hack-attacks/145763
[6]: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/rss_viewer/international_strategy_for_cyberspace.pdf
[7]: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304563104576355623135782718.html
[8]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_cyberattacks_on_Estonia
[9]: http://www.vedomosti.ru/smartmoney/article/2007/05/28/3004
[10]: http://www.zdnet.com/meet-gauss-the-latest-cyber-espionage-tool-7000002405/
[11]: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/01/world/middleeast/obama-ordered-wave-of-cyberattacks-against-iran.html?pagewanted=all
[12]: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11388018
[13]: http://www.zdnet.com/meet-gauss-the-latest-cyber-espionage-tool-7000002405/
[14]: http://endthelie.com/2012/11/15/obama-reportedly-signs-classified-cyberwarfare-policy-directive-with-troubling-implications/#axzz2LMPlf8iA
[15]: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112hr1540enr/pdf/BILLS-112hr1540enr.pdf
[16]: http://endthelie.com/2011/12/17/approval-of-covert-offensive-cyberwar-sneakily-inserted-into-ndaa/
[17]: http://www.forbes.com/sites/reuvencohen/2012/06/05/the-white-house-and-pentagon-deem-cyber-attacks-an-act-of-war/
[18]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuromancer
[19]: https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/csi-publications/csi-studies/studies/vol48no4/new_face_of_war.html
[20]: http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/reprints/2007/RAND_RP223.pdf
[21]: https://plus.google.com/112353210404102902472/posts/MVQXyw9EJDE
[22]: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57569503-1/obama-endorses-required-high-school-coding-classes/___

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2012-11-28 02:55:46 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 27 +1s)

Don't forget to stop and admire the sunset every now and again.

Last week, I got the opportunity to stay in a cabin on a remote island and go surf fishing with my father and uncle.  We left at 3AM (the morning after Thanksgiving) to make the 7AM ferry, and were fortunate enough to have only light wind and warm sun for our short visit.  I captured this awesome sunset after casting my line at the end of the first day.

Even as a boy, this yearly tradition was something I'd look forward to all year.  Unfortunately as my schedule became increasingly busy over the past decade, I wasn't able to join in on the often week-long excursion.  Now that I'm older and caught up in the #startuplife , I have a new appreciation for the rejuvenating nature of this magical place.

This same island almost claimed my life when I was younger, when the tidal  currents atthe s... more »

Don't forget to stop and admire the sunset every now and again.

Last week, I got the opportunity to stay in a cabin on a remote island and go surf fishing with my father and uncle.  We left at 3AM (the morning after Thanksgiving) to make the 7AM ferry, and were fortunate enough to have only light wind and warm sun for our short visit.  I captured this awesome sunset after casting my line at the end of the first day.

Even as a boy, this yearly tradition was something I'd look forward to all year.  Unfortunately as my schedule became increasingly busy over the past decade, I wasn't able to join in on the often week-long excursion.  Now that I'm older and caught up in the #startuplife , I have a new appreciation for the rejuvenating nature of this magical place.

This same island almost claimed my life when I was younger, when the tidal  currents at the south point of the barrier island swept our entire fishing party out to sea after I tried to save my younger brother and his friend, who were caught in the violent surf.  I don't think I've ever looked at the ocean the same way since, as having to exchange with your father and brother what you all believe is your final “I love you.” is, needless to say, an incredibly illuminating experience.

After being rescued by the coast guard, I insisted on immediately casting my line back into the water in an act of nonchalance (or perhaps more within my character, defiance?) and continue fishing.  We were able to return the following year with the memories fresh on our minds, but it wasn't long after that my schedule began to preclude my participation.  I'm so glad that I was able to steal away the two days to take a much-needed break and gain some incredible perspective.

Backflipped out of the back of a perfectly good airplane on Sunday, then back to the grind I go. #adventuring  ___

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2012-11-08 23:56:11 (7 comments, 26 reshares, 58 +1s)

In speech recognition breakthrough, Microsoft converts spoken English into spoken Mandarin, using the same voice.

Jump to 7:11 in the video for the speech demo. Quote below from Rick Rashid, Microsoft’s Chief Research Officer:

“Just over two years ago, researchers at Microsoft Research and the University of Toronto made another breakthrough. By using a technique called Deep Neural Networks, which is patterned after human brain behavior, researchers were able to train more discriminative and better speech recognizers than previous methods.

[...] We have been able to reduce the word error rate for speech by over 30% compared to previous methods. This means that rather than having one word in 4 or 5 incorrect, now the error rate is one word in 7 or 8.”
Sour... more »

In speech recognition breakthrough, Microsoft converts spoken English into spoken Mandarin, using the same voice.

Jump to 7:11 in the video for the speech demo. Quote below from Rick Rashid, Microsoft’s Chief Research Officer:

“Just over two years ago, researchers at Microsoft Research and the University of Toronto made another breakthrough. By using a technique called Deep Neural Networks, which is patterned after human brain behavior, researchers were able to train more discriminative and better speech recognizers than previous methods.

[...] We have been able to reduce the word error rate for speech by over 30% compared to previous methods. This means that rather than having one word in 4 or 5 incorrect, now the error rate is one word in 7 or 8.”

Source: http://blogs.technet.com/b/next/archive/2012/11/08/microsoft-research-shows-a-promising-new-breakthrough-in-speech-translation-technology.aspx___

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2012-11-08 00:09:39 (6 comments, 17 reshares, 41 +1s)

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
                                                                — George Bernard Shaw
 

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
                                                                — George Bernard Shaw
 ___

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2012-10-29 22:43:02 (9 comments, 33 reshares, 33 +1s)

Hurricane Sandy: Resources, Guides, and Information

With #HurricaneSandy  already flooding streets [1] and causing damage [2] in #NYC  due to the effects of the combined hurricane, western stormfront, and full-moon tides [3], I wanted to take just a quick moment to collect some resources related to the storm.  I have quite a few friends directly in the path of the storm (ahem, +Sharon Strandskov!) and I want to urge everyone to stay safe. Make no illusion, this storm is serious business: take a look at the attached photo to see a comparison to Hurricane Irene.

As always, preparedness is key.  If you're in the path of the storm and haven't yet found your battery-powered radio, it's strongly recommend that you do so now while you have the light, as both your Internet and cell signals are likely to be interrupted.  If you haven't stocked up onwate... more »

Hurricane Sandy: Resources, Guides, and Information

With #HurricaneSandy  already flooding streets [1] and causing damage [2] in #NYC  due to the effects of the combined hurricane, western stormfront, and full-moon tides [3], I wanted to take just a quick moment to collect some resources related to the storm.  I have quite a few friends directly in the path of the storm (ahem, +Sharon Strandskov!) and I want to urge everyone to stay safe. Make no illusion, this storm is serious business: take a look at the attached photo to see a comparison to Hurricane Irene.

As always, preparedness is key.  If you're in the path of the storm and haven't yet found your battery-powered radio, it's strongly recommend that you do so now while you have the light, as both your Internet and cell signals are likely to be interrupted.  If you haven't stocked up on water and [non-perishable] food, it's a bit late and you're going to have to hunker down and hope for the best.

Course of Action:
From the FEMA Guidelines [4]:
  1) Listen to the radio or TV for information. [ed.: or FEMA's Twitter [5]]
  2) Secure your home, close storm shutters, and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors.
  3) Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
  4) Turn off propane tanks.· Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.
  5) Moor your boat if time permits.
  6) Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.

As an additional tip that I recently learned, you can fill plastic bags with water and put them in your freezer to prepare for extended power/water outages.  These will stay cool longer than bottled water in your refrigerator.

If you're in one of the evacuation areas and haven't yet followed the instructions or aren't able to do so, make sure to seek shelter and follow the appropriate guidelines. [4]

Resources:
Google Crisis Map: http://google.org/crisismap/2012-sandy -- this is awesome, and a great central resource keeping up to date.
NOAA Station 44065: http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=44065 -- this is a buoy off the coast of New York tracking the wind speed and direction, if you want direct from-the-source reports.
GOES-14 Satellite Imagery: http://www.ssec.wisc.edu/data/1min/index.php -- Composite satellite imagery from the SSEC program at WISC, on a 1 minute loop.
Weather.gov: http://www.weather.gov/ -- useful for official advisories and up-to-date information, straight from the source.
Weather.com: http://www.weather.com/

Take a moment and look up your local news station's Facebook / Twitter and subscribe, optionally via SMS so that when the power goes out, you still have a method of receiving realtime updates (provided cell coverage doesn't go down / get inundated with emergency requests).

As a bonus, there's a pretty awesome #HTML5  canvas wind visualization demo that updates in realtime [6].  Some pretty slick techniques there, so view the source [Luke].

Feel free to add your own resources in the comments.  I'll edit the post to add the most helpful resources.

[1]: http://observer.com/2012/10/gowanus-canal-flooding/
[2]: http://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2012/10/29/crane-dangles-from-nyc-high-rise-clearing-streets
[3]: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2012/10/26/hurricane-sandy-looms-over-the-us/
[4]: http://m.fema.gov/hu_during.htm
[5]: https://twitter.com/fema
[6]: http://hint.fm/wind/___

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2012-10-16 18:39:30 (16 comments, 20 reshares, 48 +1s)

October 16th is Ada Lovelace Day, in which we celebrate women's achievements in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Ada Lovelace is heralded as the first computer programmer, writing programs (calculating Bernoulli Numbers) for Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine as early as 1843 [1].  One of the most prominent mathematicians at the time, August de Morgan, had impressive things to say about her abilities, “which would require all the strength of a man's constitution to bear” [2], and Babbage himself highlighted her prowess over other contemporaries to Faraday, the legendary English scientist, in a succinct personal correspondence [3].  I've included a transcription of her work [4], showing just how thorough and detailed she was.

It's important to take a moment to note some of the other women who have made significant contributions to theadvance... more »

October 16th is Ada Lovelace Day, in which we celebrate women's achievements in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Ada Lovelace is heralded as the first computer programmer, writing programs (calculating Bernoulli Numbers) for Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine as early as 1843 [1].  One of the most prominent mathematicians at the time, August de Morgan, had impressive things to say about her abilities, “which would require all the strength of a man's constitution to bear” [2], and Babbage himself highlighted her prowess over other contemporaries to Faraday, the legendary English scientist, in a succinct personal correspondence [3].  I've included a transcription of her work [4], showing just how thorough and detailed she was.

It's important to take a moment to note some of the other women who have made significant contributions to the advancement of society over the years.  One of my favorites is Marie Curie, seen in this photo as the only women to appear alongside the intellectual powerhouse that assembled for the Solvay Conference in 1927.  Seated between physicists Planck and Lorentz, she is in good company along with the likes of Einstein and Heisenberg.

Curie remains, to this day, the only person to have ever won a Nobel Prize in multiple sciences. [5]

Here are a couple other notable women that deserve recognition:
- Gertrude Belle Elion (biochemist): Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1988. [6]  Gertrude invented an incredible swathe of drugs using innovative new research methods [7], including the first treatment for leukemia. [8]
- Jane Goodall (primatologist): outstanding achievement in anthropology through her incredible 45-year field study of wild chimpanzees [9] which has wildly changed the school of thought in regards to man's connection to primates.  Goodall has been a role model of mine since I first encountered her and her work as a child reading National Geographic Magazine.

Instead of letting today pass only remembering one woman's contributions, take a moment to share your story and your female role model. [10]

So, what women do you revere in science, technology, engineering, or maths?

#AdaLovelaceDay   #STEM  

[1]: http://www.cs.virginia.edu/~robins/Ada_and_the_First_Computer.pdf
[2]: http://sydneypadua.com/2dgoggles/demorgan.gif
[3]: http://books.google.com/books?id=vKesSblgySgC&lpg=PA164&as_brr=0&pg=PA164#v=onepage&f=true
[4]: http://www.fourmilab.ch/babbage/sketch.html
[5]: http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/nobelprize_facts.html
[6]: http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/1988/elion-autobio.html
[7]: Holloway, M. (1991) Profile: Gertrude Belle Elion – The Satisfaction of Delayed Gratification, Scientific American 265(4), 40-44.
[8]: http://pubs.acs.org/cen/coverstory/83/8325/83256-mercaptopurine.html
[9]: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0304/feature5/fulltext.html
[10]: http://directory.findingada.com/stories/___

2012-10-08 20:45:42 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

I'll be appearing on +That Show with Billy Wilson (TSBW) this coming Friday at 10PM EST alongside +Chris Pirillo of LockerGnome, +David Horvath of UglyDoll, +Liz Krane of LearningNerd.com, +Gareth Kay,  +Liz Quilty, and musician +Meri Amber.  It's going to be a good one, so make sure to watch!

Wow, the 28th episode of my weekly show, thank you guys for being so supportive of my weekly on air G+ variety show +That Show with Billy Wilson (TSBW). The show brings together some of the most interesting people you can find on G+ for a hangout! This week I'll have joining me Entrepreneur, Entertainer, and Geek +Chris Pirillo; Creator of the Uglydoll Brand +David Horvath; +Liz Krane of LearningNerd.com; Strategist +Gareth Kay; Linux System Admin +Liz Quilty; Engineer +Eric Martindale; and Special Musical Guest +Meri Amber ! You can talk with us and other people watching the show by commenting on this event once the show is live!

The episode will be live on this event and the recording will be available immediately afterwards. You can watch previous episodes here: http://goo.gl/ceHtH___I'll be appearing on +That Show with Billy Wilson (TSBW) this coming Friday at 10PM EST alongside +Chris Pirillo of LockerGnome, +David Horvath of UglyDoll, +Liz Krane of LearningNerd.com, +Gareth Kay,  +Liz Quilty, and musician +Meri Amber.  It's going to be a good one, so make sure to watch!

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2012-09-11 17:09:24 (8 comments, 9 reshares, 14 +1s)

Prediction: Global Riots One Year Away?

In 2011, researchers at the Complex Systems Institute (CSI) released a paper [1] presenting a model for understanding (and ultimately predicting) the social unrest that rocked countries such as Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt [2].  Of the data analyzed, the principal factor influencing said unrest was determined to be the food price index.

That's a pretty simple concept.  If one of your most basic needs was threatened, what would you do?  To quote the MIT Technology Review's explanation of the paper [3], “This isn't rocket science. It stands to reason that people become desperate when food is unobtainable. It's often said that any society is three square meals from anarchy.”

These models have other complex implications around the world, such as in the financial markets.  Another paper from 2010, titled“Predict... more »

Prediction: Global Riots One Year Away?

In 2011, researchers at the Complex Systems Institute (CSI) released a paper [1] presenting a model for understanding (and ultimately predicting) the social unrest that rocked countries such as Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt [2].  Of the data analyzed, the principal factor influencing said unrest was determined to be the food price index.

That's a pretty simple concept.  If one of your most basic needs was threatened, what would you do?  To quote the MIT Technology Review's explanation of the paper [3], “This isn't rocket science. It stands to reason that people become desperate when food is unobtainable. It's often said that any society is three square meals from anarchy.”

These models have other complex implications around the world, such as in the financial markets.  Another paper from 2010, titled “Predicting economic market crises using measures of collective panic” [4], shows that the economic crisis (and other singe-day panics in the market) in the United States were predictable events that relied on the relatively volatile sociological phenomenon of uncertainty and nervousness -- which makes some of the original paper's assertions even more interesting.  Most notably:

“Both factors in food prices can be linked directly to recent US governmental actions. Speculator activity has been enhanced by deregulation of the commodities markets that exempted dealers from trading limits, and subsidies and other policies have been central to the growth of ethanol conversion.”

Food for thought.

[1]: http://arxiv.org/pdf/1108.2455v1.pdf
[2]: http://www.globalissues.org/article/792/mideast-north-africa-unrest
[3]: http://www.technologyreview.com/view/425019/the-cause-of-riots-and-the-price-of-food/
[4]: http://arxiv.org/pdf/1102.2620v1.pdf___

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2012-09-11 15:21:32 (25 comments, 5 reshares, 15 +1s)

Google is coming to #Raleigh  next week to talk about Google+ for business.

Google employee +Devin Buell is putting on the show at the Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh.  Interesting tidbit:

“Local "power users" will also share how they've successfully used Google+ to achieve business goals. Whether you're a new or experienced Google+ user, this is a rare opportunity to meet, greet, and learn from Google and some of North Carolina's savviest social professionals.”

If you're in the area, it might be a great opportunity to see what Google+ is able to offer to #local  businesses and engage with the local Google+ community. :)

Thanks for the heads up, +Derrick Minor!

Google is coming to #Raleigh  next week to talk about Google+ for business.

Google employee +Devin Buell is putting on the show at the Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh.  Interesting tidbit:

“Local "power users" will also share how they've successfully used Google+ to achieve business goals. Whether you're a new or experienced Google+ user, this is a rare opportunity to meet, greet, and learn from Google and some of North Carolina's savviest social professionals.”

If you're in the area, it might be a great opportunity to see what Google+ is able to offer to #local  businesses and engage with the local Google+ community. :)

Thanks for the heads up, +Derrick Minor!___

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2012-09-08 21:19:45 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)

“Try something that scares the hell out of you. It just might turn into something wonderful.”

Musician +Steve Streza with an incredible story of virality surrounding his first attempt at something new.  Well worth the read.

“Try something that scares the hell out of you. It just might turn into something wonderful.”

Musician +Steve Streza with an incredible story of virality surrounding his first attempt at something new.  Well worth the read.___

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2012-06-15 05:57:16 (63 comments, 200 reshares, 333 +1s)

In June of 1971, just days before his 26-year-old son, Michael, got married, future-U.S. President Ronald Reagan sent him the following letter of advice.

Michael Reagan
Manhattan Beach, California
June 1971

Dear Mike:

Enclosed is the item I mentioned (with which goes a torn up IOU). I could stop here but I won't.

You've heard all the jokes that have been rousted around by all the "unhappy marrieds" and cynics. Now, in case no one has suggested it, there is another viewpoint. You have entered into the most meaningful relationship there is in all human life. It can be whatever you decide to make it.

Some men feel their masculinity can only be proven if they play out in their own life all the locker-room stories, smugly confident that what a wife doesn't know won't hurt her. The truth is, somehow, way down inside,... more »

In June of 1971, just days before his 26-year-old son, Michael, got married, future-U.S. President Ronald Reagan sent him the following letter of advice.

Michael Reagan
Manhattan Beach, California
June 1971

Dear Mike:

Enclosed is the item I mentioned (with which goes a torn up IOU). I could stop here but I won't.

You've heard all the jokes that have been rousted around by all the "unhappy marrieds" and cynics. Now, in case no one has suggested it, there is another viewpoint. You have entered into the most meaningful relationship there is in all human life. It can be whatever you decide to make it.

Some men feel their masculinity can only be proven if they play out in their own life all the locker-room stories, smugly confident that what a wife doesn't know won't hurt her. The truth is, somehow, way down inside, without her ever finding lipstick on the collar or catching a man in the flimsy excuse of where he was till three A.M., a wife does know, and with that knowing, some of the magic of this relationship disappears. There are more men griping about marriage who kicked the whole thing away themselves than there can ever be wives deserving of blame. There is an old law of physics that you can only get out of a thing as much as you put in it. The man who puts into the marriage only half of what he owns will get that out. Sure, there will be moments when you will see someone or think back to an earlier time and you will be challenged to see if you can still make the grade, but let me tell you how really great is the challenge of proving your masculinity and charm with one woman for the rest of your life. Any man can find a twerp here and there who will go along with cheating, and it doesn't take all that much manhood. It does take quite a man to remain attractive and to be loved by a woman who has heard him snore, seen him unshaven, tended him while he was sick and washed his dirty underwear. Do that and keep her still feeling a warm glow and you will know some very beautiful music. If you truly love a girl, you shouldn't ever want her to feel, when she sees you greet a secretary or a girl you both know, that humiliation of wondering if she was someone who caused you to be late coming home, nor should you want any other woman to be able to meet your wife and know she was smiling behind her eyes as she looked at her, the woman you love, remembering this was the woman you rejected even momentarily for her favors. 

Mike, you know better than many what an unhappy home is and what it can do to others. Now you have a chance to make it come out the way it should. There is no greater happiness for a man than approaching a door at the end of a day knowing someone on the other side of that door is waiting for the sound of his footsteps.

Love,

Dad

P.S. You'll never get in trouble if you say "I love you" at least once a day.

Thank you, Letters of Note, for sharing this incredibly prescient tidbit.

#relationships   #advice___

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2012-06-13 21:48:10 (13 comments, 11 reshares, 41 +1s)

When you get sad, stop being sad and be awesome instead. #LifeProTips

When you get sad, stop being sad and be awesome instead. #LifeProTips___

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2012-06-09 06:03:12 (56 comments, 18 reshares, 54 +1s)

I generally stray from #politics , but this warrants attention. The United States Cyber Command ( #USCYBERCOM ) is far more capable than they have [until recently] been letting on. Bush ordered these unprecedentedly sophisticated attacks on #Iran , and Obama has accelerated them. #Stuxnet  was a complete and utter masterpiece, and #Flame  follows closely in its footsteps.

The implications of these actions are worrying at best -- escalating a soft war to these measures is pushing the boundaries of the modern legal system and I'm surprised there hasn't been a more formal declaration in light of the official news that the USA and Israel were responsible for the direct attacks on Iran's infrastructure.

I generally stray from #politics , but this warrants attention. The United States Cyber Command ( #USCYBERCOM ) is far more capable than they have [until recently] been letting on. Bush ordered these unprecedentedly sophisticated attacks on #Iran , and Obama has accelerated them. #Stuxnet  was a complete and utter masterpiece, and #Flame  follows closely in its footsteps.

The implications of these actions are worrying at best -- escalating a soft war to these measures is pushing the boundaries of the modern legal system and I'm surprised there hasn't been a more formal declaration in light of the official news that the USA and Israel were responsible for the direct attacks on Iran's infrastructure.___

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2012-06-08 23:03:27 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)

When did you create your first Google Account?
During a conversation at the +LocalSense office today, I happened to go back and look for the oldest email I'd received in my Gmail account and it got me thinking about just how much data I've given Google over the years.  It's incredible to think about a sense of scale now, especially considering that I have [as of this moment] 134,530 messages in Gmail alone -- that doesn't even consider all of Google's other services now tied to my Google Account.

You can quantify some portion of how much Google knows about you through the "Google Dashboard" [1].  Google also allows you to download [some] of your data with their data liberation tool [2].  I recommend doing this regularly, and making an effort to be aware of the amount, and value, of your data.

I received the first two emails in myGma... more »

When did you create your first Google Account?
During a conversation at the +LocalSense office today, I happened to go back and look for the oldest email I'd received in my Gmail account and it got me thinking about just how much data I've given Google over the years.  It's incredible to think about a sense of scale now, especially considering that I have [as of this moment] 134,530 messages in Gmail alone -- that doesn't even consider all of Google's other services now tied to my Google Account.

You can quantify some portion of how much Google knows about you through the "Google Dashboard" [1].  Google also allows you to download [some] of your data with their data liberation tool [2].  I recommend doing this regularly, and making an effort to be aware of the amount, and value, of your data.

I received the first two emails in my Gmail inbox on 11/28/04. They were both from Google, and a few of the links don't work anymore. [3] Didn't anyone tell them that cool URIs don't change? [4] The attached photo is of the well-written introduction to Gmail, the second message in my inbox.  It's fun to look back and think about the state of email at the time, and how innovative Gmail actually was.

[1]: http://www.w3.org/Provider/Style/URI.html
[2]: https://www.google.com/dashboard/
[3]: http://gmail.google.com/gmail/help/start.html
[4]: https://www.google.com/settings/exportdata___

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2012-06-03 17:45:32 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)

If you're not dancing right now, you should be.  Who wants to dance with me?

Smile.  Everything is going to be just fine. :)

If you're not dancing right now, you should be.  Who wants to dance with me?

Smile.  Everything is going to be just fine. :)___

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2012-05-21 23:03:25 (9 comments, 6 reshares, 15 +1s)

I'm competing in this event, and I need your vote! We're nearing the final 24 hours of this competition, and my startup has fallen into fifth place. Go here and vote for LocalSense : http://vator.tv/competition/vator-splash-la-june-2012?for=localsense&vote=1#participants

LocalSense™ was founded by myself, +Robert Rice, +Daniel Barbour, and +John Finocchiaro at the end of last year after seeing an enormous gap between how businesses and consumers use social media. We've spent the past six months building an incredibly powerful geo-aware platform to help bridge this gap and are extremely excited to get it into your hands. While we're in private alpha right now, but we're aiming to open a public beta by mid-June -- and winning this contest will help us get there.

Please vote for LocalSense, and if you want to be a really big help -- share itw... more »

I'm competing in this event, and I need your vote! We're nearing the final 24 hours of this competition, and my startup has fallen into fifth place. Go here and vote for LocalSense : http://vator.tv/competition/vator-splash-la-june-2012?for=localsense&vote=1#participants

LocalSense™ was founded by myself, +Robert Rice, +Daniel Barbour, and +John Finocchiaro at the end of last year after seeing an enormous gap between how businesses and consumers use social media. We've spent the past six months building an incredibly powerful geo-aware platform to help bridge this gap and are extremely excited to get it into your hands. While we're in private alpha right now, but we're aiming to open a public beta by mid-June -- and winning this contest will help us get there.

Please vote for LocalSense, and if you want to be a really big help -- share it with your friends in the limited time we've got left!___

2012-04-30 22:25:02 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)

While hiring the first five engineers here at +LocalSense, we've never looked at someone's résumé. Not even once. One of the greatest things about the business world today compared to a decade ago (or even a couple years back!) is that you can directly qualify someone's past work through, at least for software engineers, tools such as GitHub [1]. The best measure of a potential hire's impact is going to be direct observation of their past work, and not a page or two of biography on the individual and their credentials.

Now, this approach remains difficult for more traditional careers in fields like academia and publishing, which simply don't have the agility necessary for something like GitHub or Dribbble [2] to make the impact they have. They have an existing [rigid] infrastructure that places the barrier to entry of any disruptive technology prohibitively high. Them... more »

While hiring the first five engineers here at +LocalSense, we've never looked at someone's résumé. Not even once. One of the greatest things about the business world today compared to a decade ago (or even a couple years back!) is that you can directly qualify someone's past work through, at least for software engineers, tools such as GitHub [1]. The best measure of a potential hire's impact is going to be direct observation of their past work, and not a page or two of biography on the individual and their credentials.

Now, this approach remains difficult for more traditional careers in fields like academia and publishing, which simply don't have the agility necessary for something like GitHub or Dribbble [2] to make the impact they have. They have an existing [rigid] infrastructure that places the barrier to entry of any disruptive technology prohibitively high. The most established sectors will struggle the hardest, and perhaps fail the most spectacularly.

[1]: http://github.com/
[2]: http://dribbble.com/___

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2012-04-25 14:44:50 (15 comments, 4 reshares, 10 +1s)

Here's a cool idea; a camera that produces descriptive text instead of an image.

The build is pretty sweet, and there's a novel approach to making this work. Check it out!

Here's a cool idea; a camera that produces descriptive text instead of an image.

The build is pretty sweet, and there's a novel approach to making this work. Check it out!___

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2012-04-25 01:18:43 (9 comments, 5 reshares, 18 +1s)

“You want to be in the tech game, because in time it will be the only game in town.” — +Justin Kan

This is a spectacular article written from the perspective of recognizing the fundamental paradigm shift that the Internet has introduced to humanity.

“You want to be in the tech game, because in time it will be the only game in town.” — +Justin Kan

This is a spectacular article written from the perspective of recognizing the fundamental paradigm shift that the Internet has introduced to humanity.___

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2012-04-24 21:00:21 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)

My father had me read Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea" when I was young, and it's stuck with me ever since. This animation brought chills to my spine as I watched it, unlocking various #memories from each of the times I'd read the book. Truly great things just never stop giving.

My father had me read Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea" when I was young, and it's stuck with me ever since. This animation brought chills to my spine as I watched it, unlocking various #memories from each of the times I'd read the book. Truly great things just never stop giving.___

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2012-04-23 03:48:03 (11 comments, 7 reshares, 21 +1s)

The company I've co-founded, LocalSense, needs your vote. We're trying to win a contest for entrepreneurs, which will help us take a leap ahead in closing our first round of funding and getting to market ahead of schedule.

As you may already know, I've been hard at work building an incredible new product that empowers consumers by rewarding them for helping their friends save money. I've got big plans for helping out my friends here on Google+, but we've got to get there first.

Please vote for LocalSense in the 2012 Vator Splash competition, and help me spread the word if you're so inclined. The software we're building keeps track of how content is shared across networks, so we might just have a special reward for you. :)

The company I've co-founded, LocalSense, needs your vote. We're trying to win a contest for entrepreneurs, which will help us take a leap ahead in closing our first round of funding and getting to market ahead of schedule.

As you may already know, I've been hard at work building an incredible new product that empowers consumers by rewarding them for helping their friends save money. I've got big plans for helping out my friends here on Google+, but we've got to get there first.

Please vote for LocalSense in the 2012 Vator Splash competition, and help me spread the word if you're so inclined. The software we're building keeps track of how content is shared across networks, so we might just have a special reward for you. :)___

2012-04-12 01:45:06 (31 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)

Ouch. If you open a cover photo and create a post from the "Share" action, it removes the photo from your "cover photos" album and puts it into "Photos from posts" (thus breaking your cover photo).

If you subsequently edit your cover photo again, browse to the old picture and select it, it deletes any post associated with that photo, including +1s, comments, and reshares.

Thank you, #newgoogleplus . Ugh, and to think I used to be such a fan.

Ouch. If you open a cover photo and create a post from the "Share" action, it removes the photo from your "cover photos" album and puts it into "Photos from posts" (thus breaking your cover photo).

If you subsequently edit your cover photo again, browse to the old picture and select it, it deletes any post associated with that photo, including +1s, comments, and reshares.

Thank you, #newgoogleplus . Ugh, and to think I used to be such a fan.___

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2012-04-04 16:19:39 (8 comments, 11 reshares, 31 +1s)

Google[x] is making their augmented reality glasses project public, and it looks like it's going to connect via Bluetooth to your Android device. Awesome.

It looks like their marketing video is a remake of an older augmented reality concept video by artist +Keiichi Matsuda [1]. What are your thoughts on their (both Google's and Keiichi's!) vision for how these glasses will be used?

Aside: I can now safely laugh and say, "I told you so."

[1]: http://vimeo.com/8569187

Google[x] is making their augmented reality glasses project public, and it looks like it's going to connect via Bluetooth to your Android device. Awesome.

It looks like their marketing video is a remake of an older augmented reality concept video by artist +Keiichi Matsuda [1]. What are your thoughts on their (both Google's and Keiichi's!) vision for how these glasses will be used?

Aside: I can now safely laugh and say, "I told you so."

[1]: http://vimeo.com/8569187___

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2012-03-28 20:25:59 (471 comments, 2984 reshares, 2408 +1s)

I'll post the answer in the comments within a few days. Don't spoil it for everyone else!

I'll post the answer in the comments within a few days. Don't spoil it for everyone else!___

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2012-03-14 23:21:47 (49 comments, 1 reshares, 39 +1s)

SXG+: The Road Trip
I'm now home and settled in after a whirlwind trip to +SXSW with +Superdave Houdini, and getting back to work on +LocalSense. We drove over 2,000 miles in total to +HIRL with amazing Google+ community members like +Carter Gibson, +Amanda Blain, and +Moritz Tolxdorff. It's over for me now, but the afterglow of meeting even more amazing people than I did at the #DCHIRL will linger with me for a while yet, and the impressions they've made upon me will be permanent.

It started in Raleigh, NC where I departed at around 6:30 PM to meet +Superdave Houdini in Valdosta, GA at around 2 AM. One Georgian speeding ticket later, I was #scheming with my soon-to-be roatrip partner (who'd just arrived from Miami, FL!) and +Raleigh Burke in a Google Hangout for an hour or two before hitting the road again.

We stopped in Tallahassee, FL for some... more »

SXG+: The Road Trip
I'm now home and settled in after a whirlwind trip to +SXSW with +Superdave Houdini, and getting back to work on +LocalSense. We drove over 2,000 miles in total to +HIRL with amazing Google+ community members like +Carter Gibson, +Amanda Blain, and +Moritz Tolxdorff. It's over for me now, but the afterglow of meeting even more amazing people than I did at the #DCHIRL will linger with me for a while yet, and the impressions they've made upon me will be permanent.

It started in Raleigh, NC where I departed at around 6:30 PM to meet +Superdave Houdini in Valdosta, GA at around 2 AM. One Georgian speeding ticket later, I was #scheming with my soon-to-be roatrip partner (who'd just arrived from Miami, FL!) and +Raleigh Burke in a Google Hangout for an hour or two before hitting the road again.

We stopped in Tallahassee, FL for some breakfast and #starbucks ( #buxxin !) while I knocked out a few work tasks, and were New Orleans-bound within the hour. We soon passed a sign for a place called “Buc-ee's”, which was apparently 797 miles away ( #WTF ?) [1]. This is apparently a thing, and there's not one--but multiple posts on The Internet™ about that particular sign.

Following up our post-breakfast journey with a stop on Bourbon Street [2] for some wings was an absolute must, and we rewarded our success in overtaking +Amanda Blain (who was stuck way back Atlanta on the +StartupBus!) with a drink or two before cramming back into my car and cranking some #whitegirlfriday jams. Thankfully we had #bluetooth in the car, so +Superdave Houdini was able to play the appropriate soundtrack for the epic that was already unfolding.

There was more +Starbucks Coffee to be had in Baton Rouge, LA [3] before heading out on the final stretch to Texas, fueling our excitement as we looked forward to the upcoming shenanigans in Austin. Texas indeed greeted us with all its majesty, a grandiose lone star at a rest stop just across the border, where one of Mini-Supes' (R.I.P.) last photos was taken... (photo forthcoming!) but US-10 had some surprises for us before we'd land for the night.

Just as we were passing through Vidor, TX, we encountered bumper-to-bumper traffic that we later learned was the result of an overturned truck somewhere along that particular stretch. Not especially excited to endure three hours worth of traffic, we decided to route two hours down towards Bridge City [4] and then west to Winnie before picking up US10 again on the way into Houston, where we stayed with the brilliant and gracious +Calvin Christopher for drinks, intellectual discourse, and planning for the following day.

We all sadly lost a good partner and great friend that night [5], but we weren't to be thwarted--the show must go on! We had three hours remaining, and needed to be back on the road. So off we went! [6]

I'm sure all the others will document the happenings in Austin sufficiently, so I'll save my insight for later--but I'll end with a special thank you to +John Fanavans, +Summer Fulcher, and the rest of you who met us that night when we arrived. That night certainly set the tone for the remainder of what turned out to be one of the most alive, and vibrant, and incredible experiences possible.

Thank all of you for making Google+ for what it is.

+Aaron Kasten +Al Ebnereza +Amanda Blain +Anna Lowry +Brett Bjornsen +Calvin Christopher +Carter Gibson +Daniel Armendariz +Daniel Enloe +Daria Musk +Erika Stahoski +Gisel Ocañas +John Fanavans +Johnny Roquemore +Joltrast . +Justin Myers +Ken Pham +Keyan Mobli +Laurie DesAutels +Liza Sperling (how did we miss each other?!) +Megan Noel Rhea +Michael O'Reilly +Michele Predmore (even though we didn't get to meet!) +Moritz Tolxdorff +Rory Swan +Sheighla Friel +Summer Fulcher +Superdave Houdini +Trey Ratcliff +Yifat Cohen.

(Did I miss anyone? Recording them here for posterity and more!)

Photo credit +Al Ebnereza, who is the man.

[1]: https://plus.google.com/116354326277822099288/posts/DFPv5HMVDzj
[2]: https://plus.google.com/116354326277822099288/posts/PVHXLcXReuW
[3]: https://plus.google.com/116354326277822099288/posts/Fah5dZVjPpg
[4]: https://plus.google.com/116354326277822099288/posts/GXLjio86ua4
[5]: https://plus.google.com/111562638514922412630/posts/97Fh6BTo7gT
[6]: https://plus.google.com/107345301833335315063/posts/WaprzVgZky5___

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2012-02-25 19:58:41 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

I'm in #Atlanta for the weekend, and happen to have a bit of free time tonight! Is anyone in the area interested in +HIRL ing?

The awesome Atlanta #photography I've attached was taken by Don Brown, using a graduated neutral density filter from room 5508 of the Peachtree Westin Hotel, where +Mary Bedard is attending the Emerging Researchers National Conference in #STEM [1]. You can get more details of the shot on his Flickr post! [2]

[1]: http://www.emerging-researchers.org/
[2]: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gettheflick/6796852379/

I'm in #Atlanta for the weekend, and happen to have a bit of free time tonight! Is anyone in the area interested in +HIRL ing?

The awesome Atlanta #photography I've attached was taken by Don Brown, using a graduated neutral density filter from room 5508 of the Peachtree Westin Hotel, where +Mary Bedard is attending the Emerging Researchers National Conference in #STEM [1]. You can get more details of the shot on his Flickr post! [2]

[1]: http://www.emerging-researchers.org/
[2]: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gettheflick/6796852379/___

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2012-02-20 17:33:24 (20 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)

So, remember Jeb Corliss " Grinding The Crack" , [1] that kick-ass #wingsuit / #basejumping video with Jeb Corliss to the tune of "Sail", by AWOLNATION? [2]

Jeb was filming at Table Mountain in South Africa [3] when he clipped a ridge. See attached video.

Edit: Jeb explains what happened on Facebook [4], and I found some further footage [5].

#musicmonday is relevant, because that song is epic.

[1]: Jeb Corliss " Grinding The Crack"
[2]: AWOLNATION - Sail
[3]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_Mountain
[4]: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=336828709693422&id=171260932916868
[5]: http://www.liveleak.com/e/d89_1326749423

So, remember Jeb Corliss " Grinding The Crack" , [1] that kick-ass #wingsuit / #basejumping video with Jeb Corliss to the tune of "Sail", by AWOLNATION? [2]

Jeb was filming at Table Mountain in South Africa [3] when he clipped a ridge. See attached video.

Edit: Jeb explains what happened on Facebook [4], and I found some further footage [5].

#musicmonday is relevant, because that song is epic.

[1]: Jeb Corliss " Grinding The Crack"
[2]: AWOLNATION - Sail
[3]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_Mountain
[4]: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=336828709693422&id=171260932916868
[5]: http://www.liveleak.com/e/d89_1326749423___

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2012-02-18 19:10:27 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

I'm so excited for what will likely be the biggest +HIRL yet. Are you going to be there?

SXSW Hangout in Real Life countdown

The next big +HIRL is coming closer and more and more people are getting excited about that. +Superdave Houdini Meralus is working hard on the lists and is setting up some stuff for us all. Get ready for this big event this March

Austin SXSW PhotoWalk
About 300 people have RSVPed!
- Details and RSVP here: http://goo.gl/LkaKO (no invite? click goo.gl/RoxQg )

Hangout In Real Life - 3 Steps to get involved
☞ Sign up using the form [ http://goo.gl/TCI8Z ]
☞ View the applicants [ http://goo.gl/8UiW7 ]
☞ Sit and wait as we get the plans underway!

#SXSW #SXG + #HIRL___I'm so excited for what will likely be the biggest +HIRL yet. Are you going to be there?

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2012-02-17 20:53:19 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

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2012-02-13 21:39:09 (14 comments, 15 reshares, 12 +1s)

The Google+ Community on Kiva is 26% of the way to its first goal!

We're trying to raise funding for 250 distinct loans by March 1st. Fellow community members +Carmelyne Thompson and +Lucas Johnson helped me put this together at the end of last year, thinking it'd be a great way to help change the world for the better in 2012. We've raised $1,900 for 69 different loans so far, and hope you can do something to pitch in (with as little as $25)!

How to help:
1.) Sign up for Kiva.org and join the Google+ Team: http://goo.gl/Eaesy
2.) Browse loans, pick one that interests you: http://www.kiva.org/lend

I'm confident that as much as Google+ has grown in recent months, we can blow this goal out of the water and effectuate great things for the world. Let's see how far we can take it. :)

#philanthropy #microfinance ... more »

The Google+ Community on Kiva is 26% of the way to its first goal!

We're trying to raise funding for 250 distinct loans by March 1st. Fellow community members +Carmelyne Thompson and +Lucas Johnson helped me put this together at the end of last year, thinking it'd be a great way to help change the world for the better in 2012. We've raised $1,900 for 69 different loans so far, and hope you can do something to pitch in (with as little as $25)!

How to help:
1.) Sign up for Kiva.org and join the Google+ Team: http://goo.gl/Eaesy
2.) Browse loans, pick one that interests you: http://www.kiva.org/lend

I'm confident that as much as Google+ has grown in recent months, we can blow this goal out of the water and effectuate great things for the world. Let's see how far we can take it. :)

#philanthropy #microfinance #community #kiva #poverty___

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