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Alexander Becker

Alexander Becker 

Lux ex tenebris

Occupation: Designer, Creative Director (Alexander Becker Concepts)

Location: Berlin, GERMANY

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Cream of the Crop: 05/22/2012

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Ingress4,436,901Join the battle for Obsidian. The Resistance, led by Jahan and the Enlightened, led by The Acolyte are locked in a struggle to uncover ancient XM objects hidden by a ancient Roman explorer. Their hope? To redefine the balance of power between the two Factions, and between the Shapers and the N’zeer.  For start times, detailed information, registration, merchandise, and to order event tickets - click on the proper city registration link. To be eligible to receive the #Obsidian in-app medal, you must order an event ticket/kit (free or paid)*. *Primary: Rio de Janeiro, Brasil - Flash Shard Event (Rio Only)* - https://goo.gl/FxLHCA Hamamatsu, Japan - http://goo.gl/NSiqdh  Madrid, Spain - http://goo.gl/fqQqPq  Milwaukee, WI, USA - http://goo.gl/CosG98  Seattle, WA, USA - http://goo.gl/JC4MP7  GORUCK event registrations: Sign up here: http://ruck.ly/1NNFuZ8  Niantic recommends contacting your faction’s event city POC from this list to coordinate further on or off site activities: https://goo.gl/lsbIUu  XM Anomalies are free player events that bring together hundreds of Resistance and Enlightened Agents of all levels for an intense burst of walking, running, and biking gameplay.  *On-site participants will be awarded a medal code if a Supporter Kit has been purchased or a free one selected in advance upon checking-in at the event with a Niantic employee or authorized agent in person. Only those off-site support participants who ordered a Supporter Kit or the free option is selected AND served either in the role of intel operator, those involved with fielding, those involved with recharging portals, and those involved with the movement of shards/artifacts will be eligible for an in-app medal. Remote support most coordinate with their faction POC in advance to determine the eligibility criteria. Obsidian FAQs - https://support.ingress.com/hc/articles/212001897Obsidian2016-02-27 06:00:001221  
Chris Pick2,388The date in back to the future.. The real date.. Oct 21, 2015The Day Marty Goes Back To The Future2015-10-21 07:00:00624  
Ingress4,436,901*#Persepolis XM Anomaly in POZNAN* *Cluster 1-4:* https://goo.gl/CeCv4Y *Anomaly schedule for 20/06/2015*  12:00 *Group Photo* at the Great Theatre (Fredry 9, Poznań) 14:00 Measurement 1 - Cluster 1 15:00 Measurement 2 - Cluster 2 16:00 Measurement 3 - Cluster 3 17:00 Measurement 4 - Cluster 4 The world around you is not what it seems. Statues, public art, and historical sites have been activated as Ingress Portals. XM Anomalies are free player events that bring together hundreds of Resistance and Enlightened Agents of all Levels for an intense burst of walking, running, and biking gameplay. After the Anomaly, Agents rendezvous at the Cross-Faction Meetup to celebrate and meet new recruits. It’s time to move. *New to Anomalies?* We were all Level 1 once. Here are pro-tips to help you get started: *1.* When planning to go to an Anomaly, reach out to your local RES or ENL lead. Find your local Faction lead (http://goo.gl/u56G6w). *2.* Focus efforts on building rather than destroying by deploying Resonators and establishing Links and Fields.XM Anomaly Satellite: Poznań, Poland2015-06-20 12:00:00851  
Ingress4,436,901*#Persepolis XM Primary Anomaly in UTRECHT* *Cluster 1-4:* https://goo.gl/b8Kgw3 *Anomaly schedule for 20/06/2015:*  *10:00-12:30 Registration* at Jaarbeurs (Jaarbeursplein 6, 3521 AL Utrecht) *13:00 Group Photo* at Jaarbeurs *14:00* Measurement 1 - Cluster 1 *15:00* Measurement 2 - Cluster 2 *16:00* Measurement 3 - Cluster 3 *17:00* Measurement 4 - Cluster 4 *17:30-20:00* cross-faction *After Party* at Jaarbeurs The world around you is not what it seems. Statues, public art, and historical sites have been activated as Ingress Portals. XM Anomalies are free player events that bring together hundreds of Resistance and Enlightened Agents of all Levels for an intense burst of walking, running, and biking gameplay. After the Anomaly, Agents rendezvous at the Cross-Faction Meetup to celebrate and meet new recruits. It’s time to move. *New to Anomalies?* We were all Level 1 once. Here are pro-tips to help you get started: *1.* When planning to go to an Anomaly, reach out to your local RES or ENL lead. Find your local Faction lead (http://goo.gl/ylNaLx). *2.* Focus efforts on building rather than destroying by deploying Resonators and establishing Links and Fields.Persepolis2015-06-20 10:30:003624  
Ingress4,436,901*#Persepolis XM Anomaly in BRATISLAVA* *Cluster 1-4:* https://goo.gl/gmhCSl *Anomaly schedule for 30/05/2015*  10:00-12:30 *Registration* at Slavin War Memorial (81104, Bratislava-Staré Mesto) 13:00 *Group Photo* at Slavin War Memorial 14:00 Measurement 1 - Cluster 1 15:00 Measurement 2 - Cluster 2 16:00 Measurement 3 - Cluster 3 17:00 Measurement 4 - Cluster 4 17:30-20:00 cross-faction *After Party* at the National Tennis Centre (Odbojárov, 83103 Bratislava-Nové Mesto) The world around you is not what it seems. Statues, public art, and historical sites have been activated as Ingress Portals. XM Anomalies are free player events that bring together hundreds of Resistance and Enlightened Agents of all Levels for an intense burst of walking, running, and biking gameplay. After the Anomaly, Agents rendezvous at the Cross-Faction Meetup to celebrate and meet new recruits. It’s time to move. New to Anomalies? We were all Level 1 once. Here are pro-tips to help you get started: 1. When planning to go to an Anomaly, reach out to your local RES or ENL lead. Find your local Faction lead (http://goo.gl/u56G6w). 2. Focus efforts on building rather than destroying by deploying Resonators and establishing Links and Fields. Licence Creative Commons BY SA 2.0 Photo by Jessica GardnerPersepolis2015-05-30 10:30:001774  
GDG Berlin712The three GDGs of Berlin @115635340252753847571 @102464661817600154044 and @114206505697282885347 are inviting you to the Google I/O Extended 2015 at @117786280953436849592.  Google I/O Extended is all about bringing Google I/O, the most anticipated conference for Google developers, to your doorstep, giving you inspirational talks, hands-on learning, and a chance to hear more about Google's latest developer products live from San Francisco.  Join us for evening with new announcements during the keynote, geeky discussions, some "Googly" swag and most of all: fun. *To make sure you won't miss any of the keynote be sure to leave work/home/school early as it will start around 6pm.*Google I/O Extended 2015 Berlin2015-05-28 17:30:0088  
Ingress4,436,901Join Niantic Labs' Agent @108039147110626475200 in Berlin, Germany. Meet local Agents on both factions, share your SITREPs and scanner suggestions. It's time to move, Agents! Cross-Faction Event in Berlin, Germany2015-05-15 18:00:0068  
Ingress4,436,901*#Shonin XM Anomaly in HANNOVER* *Cluster 1-4:* http://goo.gl/zSBYgT *Anomaly schedule for 28/03/2015* 10:00-12:30 *Registration* at *Großer Garten* (Herrenhäuser Straße 4, 30419 Hannover) 13:00 *Group Photo* at *Museum für Karikatur* (Georgengarten 1D, 30167 Hannover) 14:00 Measurement 1 - Cluster 1 15:00 Measurement 2 - Cluster 2 16:00 Measurement 3 - Cluster 3 17:00 Measurement 4 - Cluster 4 17:30-20:00 cross-faction *After party* at *Wasserturm* (Vahrenwalderstraße 267, 30197 Hannover) The world around you is not what it seems. Statues, public art, and historical sites have been activated as Ingress Portals. XM Anomalies are free player events that bring together hundreds of Resistance and Enlightened Agents of all Levels for an intense burst of walking, running, and biking gameplay. After the Anomaly, Agents rendezvous at the Cross-Faction Meetup to celebrate and meet new recruits. It’s time to move. New to Anomalies? We were all Level 1 once. Here are pro-tips to help you get started: *1.* When planning to go to an Anomaly, reach out to your local RES or ENL lead. Find your local Faction lead (http://goo.gl/ylNaLx). *2.* Focus efforts on building rather than destroying by deploying Resonators and establishing Links and Fields. *Mar 28:*  Primary: Kyoto, JP http://goo.gl/Xmsv5W Adelaide, AU Christchurch, NZ Guangzhou, CN Primary: Hanover, DE http://goo.gl/fR4Mzw  Cardiff, UK Reykjavik, IS Yekaterinburg, RU Primary: Pasadena, CA, US http://goo.gl/5fg6IT  Denver, CO, US Lima, PE Orlando, FL, US #Ingress #ShoninXM Anomaly Primary: Hannover, DE2015-03-28 10:00:003631  
Ingress4,436,901***Update: Due to safety concerns this event has been canceled.  We will provide more information as available.*** *#Shonin XM Anomaly in ALEXANDRIA* *Cluster 1-4:* http://goo.gl/NQFtWK The world around you is not what it seems. Statues, public art, and historical sites have been activated as Ingress Portals. XM Anomalies are free player events that bring together hundreds of Resistance and Enlightened Agents of all Levels for an intense burst of walking, running, and biking gameplay. After the Anomaly, Agents rendezvous at the Cross-Faction Meetup to celebrate and meet new recruits. It’s time to move. New to Anomalies? We were all Level 1 once. Here are pro-tips to help you get started: *1.* When planning to go to an Anomaly, reach out to your local RES or ENL lead. Find your local Faction lead (http://goo.gl/ylNaLx). *2.* Focus efforts on building rather than destroying by deploying Resonators and establishing Links and Fields. *Anomaly schedule for 21/02/2015* Measurement Times are in-sync with the Florence Primary Site: 3PM Measurement 1 4PM Measurement 2 5PM Measurement 3 6PM Measurement 4 Learn more about Ingress events at (www.ingress.com/events) *Feb 21:*  Primary: Florence, IT http://goo.gl/TMBbm1  Alexandria, EG - canceled Bilbao, ES Brno, CZ Primary: Austin, TX, US http://goo.gl/AYDXxl  Atlanta, GA, US Las Vegas, NV, US Medellin, CO *Mar 28:*  Primary: Kyoto, JP http://goo.gl/Xmsv5W Adelaide, AU Christchurch, NZ Guangzhou, CN Primary: Hanover, DE http://goo.gl/fR4Mzw  Cardiff, UK Reykjavik, IS Yekaterinburg, RU Primary: Pasadena, CA, US http://goo.gl/5fg6IT  Denver, CO, US Lima, PE Orlando, FL, US #Ingress   #Shonin  XM Anomaly Satellite: Alexandria, EG2015-02-21 14:00:00118  
Ingress4,436,901XM Anomaly Series with JULY 26 Primaries in Dublin and San Diego. More details to follow. *JULY 12*  Montreal (Primary) http://goo.gl/Uzy1fd Chattanooga http://goo.gl/G5q423  Toronto http://goo.gl/KkoG2g  *JULY 26* Dublin (Primary) http://goo.gl/PfeKMY  Palermo http://goo.gl/wdNBde  Tallinn http://goo.gl/Q9hFFw San Diego (Primary) http://goo.gl/IW7Dbr  Boston http://goo.gl/UVCi5C  Philadelphia http://goo.gl/WriEiQ  *AUG 9*  Taipei (Primary) http://goo.gl/oAXAG6  Hong Kong http://goo.gl/jlNaAv  Kuala Lumpur http://goo.gl/27r8S9  Chicago (Primary) http://goo.gl/vXotVm  Galveston http://goo.gl/jxnc8r  Richmond http://goo.gl/8bJQTS  *AUG 23*  Prague (Primary) http://goo.gl/Olx1pE  Manchester http://goo.gl/GIHI9z  Rotterdam http://goo.gl/ixem6f  Detroit (Primary) http://goo.gl/STHa9D  Baltimore http://goo.gl/YFjLY0  Indianapolis http://goo.gl/bQEgnE  *SEPT 6*  Minneapolis (Primary) http://goo.gl/TdX64R  Monterrey http://goo.gl/UmO6OP  Tulsa http://goo.gl/0p88lk  Bogota (Primary) http://goo.gl/qg8gvr  Asuncion http://goo.gl/y90OiN  Buenos Aires http://goo.gl/1LcFNw  *SEPT 27*  Munich (Primary) http://goo.gl/oAMo3h  Gothenburg http://goo.gl/WbSI9n  Riga http://goo.gl/keILjw  Tacoma (Primary) http://goo.gl/4i8g6b  Sacramento http://goo.gl/EAJCev  Vancouver http://goo.gl/8OVx1h  #Helios#Helios XM Anomaly - Primary: Dublin2014-07-26 13:00:00311  
Ingress4,436,901New Burst Op format with 4 Measurements taken throughout the day, with Volatile Portals located at specified Google IO Extended Sites. Rules, Measurement Times, and Clusters to be posted shortly. Cross-Faction Meetup open to all Agents at Raven Bar from 7:00 - 9:00 PM PDT. Google IO badge not required for Burst Op or Cross-Faction Meetup. #IngressIO  #IngressIO Burst Op: San Francisco2014-06-26 08:30:00430  
Ingress4,436,901More details to follow. #Interitus  #Interitus XM Anomaly Primary Site: Krakow2014-06-21 12:00:00878  
Ingress4,436,901JUNE 7  Santiago http://goo.gl/kaKti8  Cincinnati http://goo.gl/23s5go  SATELLITE SITES  San Jose http://goo.gl/f27qIs  San Juan http://goo.gl/0EWlER  Asheville http://goo.gl/agdTEx  Birmingham http://goo.gl/1ZCZLG  #Interitus  #Interitus XM Anomaly Satellite Site: San Juan2014-06-07 13:00:00134  
Ingress4,436,901Measurement Times in sync with Melbourne (13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 AEST). *MAY 17:*  Melbourne http://goo.gl/BFg59R  Kansas City http://goo.gl/5iBAod  SATELLITE SITES  Auckland http://goo.gl/9OFc4b  Brisbane http://goo.gl/u7XBFZ  Cheyenne http://goo.gl/WD2eJm  Sioux Falls http://goo.gl/BSS5ov  #Interitus  #Interitus XM Anomaly Satellite Site: Auckland2014-05-17 14:00:00223  
Ingress4,436,901Measurements will be in sync with Kansas City (14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00 CDT). *MAY 17:*  Melbourne http://goo.gl/BFg59R  Kansas City http://goo.gl/5iBAod  SATELLITE SITES  Auckland http://goo.gl/9OFc4b  Brisbane http://goo.gl/u7XBFZ  Cheyenne http://goo.gl/WD2eJm  Sioux Falls http://goo.gl/BSS5ov  #Interitus  #Interitus XM Anomaly Satellite Site: Sioux Falls2014-05-17 13:00:00105  
Ingress4,436,901*#Interitus XM ANOMALY SERIES* Stay. Strong. Create. New. Future. Destroy. Breathe. Create. *APR 12*  Amsterdam http://goo.gl/c2DSS4  SATELLITE SITES  Glasgow http://goo.gl/BFBMsS  Malaga http://goo.gl/Ganbax  *APR 26*  London http://goo.gl/2ql3ry  Flagstaff http://goo.gl/zHlnSu SATELLITE SITES  Frankfurt http://goo.gl/8kkOGi  Stockholm http://goo.gl/WslonD  Colorado Springs http://goo.gl/IQntXS Salt Lake City http://goo.gl/KVRGVS  *MAY 10*  Ishinomaki http://goo.gl/mRTMeX  Santa Fe http://goo.gl/oqIpts  SATELLITE SITES  Beijing http://goo.gl/SFfrpE  Seoul http://goo.gl/wFjqcA  Helena http://goo.gl/DwX1Dc  Madison http://goo.gl/Z4GsXd  *MAY 17*  Melbourne http://goo.gl/BFg59R  Kansas City http://goo.gl/5iBAod  SATELLITE SITES  Auckland http://goo.gl/9OFc4b  Brisbane http://goo.gl/u7XBFZ  Cheyenne http://goo.gl/WD2eJm  Sioux Falls http://goo.gl/BSS5ov  *JUNE 7*  Santiago http://goo.gl/kaKti8  Cincinnati http://goo.gl/23s5go  SATELLITE SITES  San Jose http://goo.gl/f27qIs  San Juan http://goo.gl/0EWlER  Asheville http://goo.gl/agdTEx  Birmingham http://goo.gl/1ZCZLG  *JUNE 21*  St Petersburg http://goo.gl/Jo0tUF  Gettysburg http://goo.gl/LphQP0  SATELLITE SITES  Bergen http://goo.gl/PkjjTC  Krakow http://goo.gl/SB1dA7  Hoboken http://goo.gl/k1WJg0  Jacksonville http://goo.gl/O8UHLR #Interitus XM Anomaly Site Satellite Site: Frankfurt2014-04-26 13:00:00848  
Ingress4,436,901*Measurement Times* 2:00 PM CEST (in sync with Amsterdam) 3:00 PM 4:00 PM 5:00 PM *APR 12*  Amsterdam http://goo.gl/c2DSS4  SATELLITE SITES  Glasgow http://goo.gl/BFBMsS  Malaga http://goo.gl/Ganbax  *APR 26*  London http://goo.gl/2ql3ry  Flagstaff http://goo.gl/zHlnSu SATELLITE SITES  Frankfurt http://goo.gl/8kkOGi  Stockholm http://goo.gl/WslonD  Colorado Springs http://goo.gl/IQntXS Salt Lake City http://goo.gl/KVRGVS  *MAY 10*  Ishinomaki http://goo.gl/mRTMeX  Santa Fe http://goo.gl/oqIpts  SATELLITE SITES  Beijing http://goo.gl/SFfrpE  Seoul http://goo.gl/wFjqcA  Helena http://goo.gl/DwX1Dc  Madison http://goo.gl/Z4GsXd  *MAY 17*  Melbourne http://goo.gl/BFg59R  Kansas City http://goo.gl/5iBAod  SATELLITE SITES  Auckland http://goo.gl/9OFc4b  Brisbane http://goo.gl/u7XBFZ  Cheyenne http://goo.gl/WD2eJm  Sioux Falls http://goo.gl/BSS5ov  *JUNE 7*  Santiago http://goo.gl/kaKti8  Cincinnati http://goo.gl/23s5go  SATELLITE SITES  San Jose http://goo.gl/f27qIs  San Juan http://goo.gl/0EWlER  Asheville http://goo.gl/agdTEx  Birmingham http://goo.gl/1ZCZLG  *JUNE 21*  St Petersburg http://goo.gl/Jo0tUF  Gettysburg http://goo.gl/LphQP0  SATELLITE SITES  Bergen http://goo.gl/PkjjTC  Krakow http://goo.gl/SB1dA7  Hoboken http://goo.gl/k1WJg0  Jacksonville http://goo.gl/O8UHLR  #Interitus #Interitus XM Anomaly Primary Site: Amsterdam2014-04-12 13:00:00593  
Ingress4,436,901This Google+ event page is a placeholder for Agent planning purposes. Additional details will be released in the fullness of time. #Recursion  #Recursion XM Anomaly: Berlin, Germany2014-03-29 12:00:00802  
Ingress4,436,901*Measurement Times:* 14:00 M1 15:00 M2 16:00 M3 17:00 M4 *MAR 15 PRIMARY:*  Zagreb, Croatia http://goo.gl/LRHPZR  *After Party location: Zagrebeye (http://www.zagrebeye.hr/) Starting 17:15 *SATELLITE:*  Cagliari, Italy http://goo.gl/gNRqjb Cairo, Egypt http://goo.gl/qf3wwB  Nice, France http://goo.gl/mSasjI  Tel Aviv, Israel http://goo.gl/bz7NFv  #Recursion  #Recursion XM Anomaly: Zagreb, Croatia2014-03-15 13:00:00219  
Jens Spaniel1,210Share your experiance Speedorga! The idea for this operation was born on Dec 22th by agent BTA. Operation run on 30th. So the organization was done within only 9 days. 14 fields with in total 52.372.000 MUs have been created. Thanks to all about 130 agents which have participated on this operation! Great work, agents! Vive la Resistance!Operation ISAB (Schinkenspätzle auf Blaukraut)2013-12-30 20:00:00105  
Ingress4,436,901Join Niantic Labs' Agent @101002632394819121609 in Berlin at Fuchs und Elster (Weserstraße 207, 12047 Berlin).  It is rumored that *Hank Johnson*, who was last seen facing incredible danger at a supposed #13MAGNUS stronghold in an episode, will appear at the Cross Faction Meetup. After the release of the video online, Investigators were concerned that Hank Johnson may have been injured or captured. This makes the rumors of his appearance all the more mysterious. It's time to move, Agents.Cross Faction Meetup Berlin, Germany2013-12-21 19:00:0084  
Ingress4,436,901*Pre-Anomaly Cross Faction Meetup:*  5:00 to 7:00 PM ART debar (Defensa 502, C1065AAJ Ciudad de Buenos Aires) *Measurement Times are now concurrent with San Francisco, CA:*  7:00 PM ART (2:00 PM PST) 8:00 PM ART (3:00 PM PST) 9:00 PM ART (4:00 PM PST) 10:00 PM ART (5:00 PM PST) Portal Cluster information to be released shortly. Stay tuned. Here is a list of Emergent XM Anomalies based on the work of our Investigative community (in particular Agents +Anthony Castanza, +Owen Johnston, +Jaredo Wens and +Sonny Lee with the assistance of many other agents, including +Jonathan Roemer, +Daniel Beaudoin and +Storey Redshaw) and verified by highly-placed Intelligence sources.   #13MAGNUS *OCT 12 PRIMARY SITES:* Los Angeles: http://goo.gl/AnPTnU San Jose: http://goo.gl/XrRsFO Bangkok: http://goo.gl/2nFVmn *SATELLITE SITES:* Montreal: http://goo.gl/GD5aH3 Santa Fe: http://goo.gl/dlK5TN Vancouver: http://goo.gl/wu72f7 *OCT 26 PRIMARY SITES:* Seattle: http://goo.gl/M2QPAV Kiev: http://goo.gl/wEA6Dc *SATELLITE SITES:* Bucharest: http://goo.gl/rOSVMO Budapest: http://goo.gl/XV9SjB Prague: http://goo.gl/xPHSi7 Warsaw: http://goo.gl/dWWlDo *NOV 2 PRIMARY SITES:* Atlanta: http://goo.gl/6qEZHx  Madrid: http://goo.gl/Cu0Qkz  Mumbai: http://goo.gl/B07bMC  *SATELLITE SITES:* Barcelona: http://goo.gl/wjSbor  Charlotte: http://goo.gl/bcUvi4  Lisbon: http://goo.gl/0DxIOf  Raleigh: http://goo.gl/4iSH8r *NOV 16 PRIMARY SITES:*  Dallas: http://goo.gl/xIOPHV  Vienna: http://goo.gl/mZF46x  *SATELLITE SITES:*  Austin: http://goo.gl/a33LRA  Bratislava: http://goo.gl/VaLXum  Graz: http://goo.gl/LISRXM  Houston: http://goo.gl/JUhO0S  San Antonio: http://goo.gl/bsJEXr  Zurich: http://goo.gl/d9uv9v  *DEC 7 PRIMARY SITES:*  Phoenix: http://goo.gl/uMLR7j  Rome: http://goo.gl/8H9OET  *SATELLITE SITES:*  Athens: http://goo.gl/PBCyd8  Istanbul: http://goo.gl/9oD3cm  Nashville: http://goo.gl/rvsDXh  Tucson: http://goo.gl/RD8c3u  *DEC 14 PRIMARY SITES:*  Buenos Aires: http://goo.gl/BDcLTZ  San Francisco: http://goo.gl/plCBZL *SATELLITE SITES:*  Rio de Janeiro: http://goo.gl/EeuyO4  San Diego: http://goo.gl/uqmCci  Santiago: http://goo.gl/BE71fV  Sao Paulo: http://goo.gl/AnJNro XM Anomaly: #13MAGNUS, Buenos Aires2013-12-14 17:00:00275  
Ingress4,436,901AGENTS: +Susanna Moyer will bring you a Special Edition LIVE broadcast of the Ingress Report from a safe location in San Francisco, CA. Tune in on the +Ingress page starting at 4:00 PM PST: http://plus.google.com/+Ingress #13MAGNUS *DEC 14 PRIMARY SITES:*  Buenos Aires: http://goo.gl/BDcLTZ  San Francisco: http://goo.gl/plCBZL *SATELLITE SITES:*  Rio de Janeiro: http://goo.gl/EeuyO4  San Diego: http://goo.gl/uqmCci  Santiago: http://goo.gl/BE71fV  Sao Paulo: http://goo.gl/AnJNro INGRESS REPORT: LIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO, CA2013-12-14 16:00:00615  
Ingress4,436,901Here is a list of Emergent XM Anomalies based on the work of our Investigative community (in particular Agents +Anthony Castanza, +Owen Johnston, +Jaredo Wens and +Sonny Lee, with the assistance of many other agents, including +Jonathan Roemer, +Daniel Beaudoin and +Storey Redshaw) and verified by highly-placed Intelligence sources.   *OCTOBER 12, 2013* Los Angeles, CA San Jose, CA Bangkok, Thailand *OCTOBER 26, 2013* Seattle, WA Kiev, Ukraine *NOVEMBER 2, 2013* Atlanta, GA Madrid, Spain Mumbai, India *NOVEMBER 16, 2013* Dallas, TX Vienna, Austria *DECEMBER 7, 2013* Phoenix, AZ Rome, Italy *DECEMBER 14, 2013* San Francisco, CA Buenos Aires, Argentina The intelligence sources have indicated that as the #13MAGNUS data is analyzed further, secondary locations may also be uncovered. More information will be added to this Google+ event page as it becomes available.XM Anomaly: #13MAGNUS, San Francisco2013-12-14 13:00:00570  
Ingress4,436,901*Operation* #Cassandra - Washington, DC Join Lynton-Wolfe and Niantic Labs' Agents @106327138010385230607, @107179591490960059904, @110947651267875481365, @113686253941057080055, @113080398134545880731, and @114194264733525951563 at the Polo Field at 13:00. Rendezvous for debriefing after the Anomaly at Penn Social at 801 E St NW at 17:30. From @108020987035258478791: Operation #Cassandra, a 14 day long XM Anomaly being exploited by a global network of Enlightened and Resistance Agents will impact Washington D.C. and Boston, MA on August 17, 2013. By utilizing massive levels of XM, the Agents are attempting to influence key American cultural, political and financial powercenters. IQTech will be monitoring the situation. Our XM labs predict that the Anomaly will manifest as follows. *MEASUREMENT TIMES* We intend to measure the Anomaly 4 times, at 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00 Local Time (EDT) during the first 5 minutes of the hour. The exact measurement times are encrypted using an unbreakable One Time Pad, which will be revealed with the results of each measurement. *CLUSTERS* Four Clusters per city have been selected for measurement. Images are enclosed to clarify the Portals within each Cluster. Each Cluster corresponds to a single Measurement Time. (Cluster 1 = Measurement 1 etc.). *VOLATILE PORTALS* 15 minutes prior to each measurement, we will be able to determine 5 Volatile Portals, a subset of the active Cluster, that will be significantly more valuable to the factions when the measurement occurs. *MAJOR POWERCENTERS* Of even greater significance are two key powercenters in Washington D.C., The White House and The US Capitol Building. It is predicted that capturing these structures in an XM field will be critically valuable to the Factions during the course of the Anomaly. *VALUES AT MEASUREMENT TIME* (At measurement time, within the Cluster being measured) Portal Ownership: 2 per Portal Link connected to Portal: 5 per Link * Volatile Portal Ownership: 20 per Volatile Portal A Field over All Portals in the Cluster being Measured: 100 ** A Field capturing the White House or the Capitol Building: 50 **  * Links anchored by multiple Portals will be counted once.  ** In the event of overlapping fields from different  Factions, the outer field will be measured. *IMPACT ON REMAINDER OF ANOMALY* The end state of this Anomaly will accumulate and carry forward for the remainder of Operation #Cassandra. The losing Faction will be able to gain access to Volatile Portal information approximately 5 minutes earlier (via Private Intel and/or Faction Comms) at the next Operation #Cassandra city. *XM ANOMALY LINKS* AUG 11: SYDNEY http://goo.gl/ujBcwP  AUG 13: MILAN http://goo.gl/Y6iOWP AUG 15: TOKYO http://goo.gl/H3JDLL  AUG 17: DUSSELDORF http://goo.gl/DznAsx  AUG 17: WASHINGTON, DC http://goo.gl/HiBk2W  AUG 17: BOSTON http://goo.gl/xpftg9  AUG 18: MANILA http://goo.gl/wgB7gK  AUG 20: PARIS http://goo.gl/LyaFOM  AUG 21: SAO XM Anomaly: #Cassandra, Washington, DC2013-08-17 13:00:00460  
GDG Berlin712For the 3rd time in a row c-base will be hosting Google I/O extended. Join us for 2 nights of live streams of the keynotes (Android watch?) and the following sessions in two rooms. Each slot it will be decided by you, the audience, what track to tune in. What ever the decision will be we'll learn new things and have fun discussing new developments and products. We will also try to connect with GDG members live at I/O to get a real feeling for the show. #io13extendedGoogle I/O Extended 2013 Berlin2013-05-15 17:30:0094  
Victor Bezrukov1,662,078 Everybody welcome to join the coffee party BYC ( bring your coffee ) don't forget to upload your coffee-images ! Virtual coffee party2012-06-27 22:30:00144  

Shared Circles including Alexander Becker

Shared Circles are not available on Google+ anymore, but you can find them still here.

The Google+ Collections of Alexander Becker

Top posts in the last 50 posts

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2014-10-22 21:13:56 (19 comments; 3 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

Inbox

Task-over-time based instead of message based it seems. Not bad on first sight.

OK. I like Inbox. Using it for a day now, desktop and mobile. Created custom clusters and it's a actually a productivity/triage booster.

Most reshares: 16

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2015-01-23 21:04:41 (5 comments; 16 reshares; 43 +1s)Open 

War Archery

If someone is able to make it look that easy and elegant, they achieved mastery. 

Most plusones: 61

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2014-12-10 12:14:10 (7 comments; 14 reshares; 61 +1s)Open 

All About That Paste

You probably don’t want to hear another “All About That Bass” parody, but you might actually mildly enjoy this one.

Remy, with his mom as his backing dancer and lyrical inspiration, sings about how hummus is supposed to be. Here’s the short version: If you’ve ever dipped a carrot in it or consumed it out of a plastic container, you’re doing it wrong....

(via 22 words) 

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2016-01-15 03:02:35 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

You people. If there isn't a movie about it, it's not worth knowing, is it?

You people. If there isn't a movie about it, it's not worth knowing, is it?___

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2016-01-11 08:25:31 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

Rest well, DB

Rest in Peace, Ziggy Stardust.

The one and only true Goblin King.

You'll always have a place in my heart.___Rest well, DB

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2015-11-21 09:14:35 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Building a Nuke? You Need Snake Oil

In April 2009 it was reported from Saudi Arabia that rumors that Singer sewing machines contained "red mercury" had caused the prices of such machines to massively increase in the Kingdom, with some paying up to SR 200,000 for a single machine which could previously have been bought for SR 200. Believers in the rumor claimed that the presence of red mercury in the sewing machines' needles could be detected using a mobile telephone; if the line cut off when the telephone was placed near to the needle, this supposedly proved that the substance was present. In Medina there was a busy trade in the sewing machines, with buyers seen using mobile phones to check the machines for red mercury content, while it was reported that others had resorted to theft, with two tailors' shops in Dhulum broken into and their sewing machines stolen. Therewas... more »

Building a Nuke? You Need Snake Oil

In April 2009 it was reported from Saudi Arabia that rumors that Singer sewing machines contained "red mercury" had caused the prices of such machines to massively increase in the Kingdom, with some paying up to SR 200,000 for a single machine which could previously have been bought for SR 200. Believers in the rumor claimed that the presence of red mercury in the sewing machines' needles could be detected using a mobile telephone; if the line cut off when the telephone was placed near to the needle, this supposedly proved that the substance was present. In Medina there was a busy trade in the sewing machines, with buyers seen using mobile phones to check the machines for red mercury content, while it was reported that others had resorted to theft, with two tailors' shops in Dhulum broken into and their sewing machines stolen. There was little agreement among believers in the story as to the exact nature or even color of the red mercury, while the supposed uses for it ranged from it being an essential component of nuclear power, to having the ability to summon jinn, extract gold, or locate buried treasure and perform other forms of magic.

From:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_mercury

The beauty about that kind of hoax is that attempts to debunk it are seen as cover-ups, hiding the secret in plain sight...

Tomorrow's NYT Magazine has an interesting feature about "red mercury" as well:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/22/magazine/the-doomsday-scam.html?_r=1

(The picture is an actual picture of legitimate red mercury, copying that picture constitutes WMD proliferation.) ___

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2015-09-27 09:25:13 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

The leading pack at about half time at the Berlin Marathon

The leading pack at about half time at the Berlin Marathon___

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2015-09-07 10:10:46 (0 comments; 7 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Please spread this message.

I'm looking for people involved with refugee assistance in Europe, to offer assistance in media coverage.

Who can connect me with people who can appreciate this offer?___Please spread this message.

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2015-08-11 13:17:52 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

"It's a non-story"

"It's a non-story"___

2015-07-28 07:52:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Decoupling G+ Accounts

After rigorously enforcing G+ profiles, making them mandatory for everything Google...

[...] it doesn’t make sense for your Google+ profile to be your identity in all the other Google products you use. So in the coming months, a Google Account will be all you’ll need to share content, communicate with contacts, create a YouTube channel and more, all across Google.

Decoupling G+ Accounts

After rigorously enforcing G+ profiles, making them mandatory for everything Google...

[...] it doesn’t make sense for your Google+ profile to be your identity in all the other Google products you use. So in the coming months, a Google Account will be all you’ll need to share content, communicate with contacts, create a YouTube channel and more, all across Google.___

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2015-07-07 14:12:35 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Chaos made simple

This shows a lot of tiny particles moving around.   If you were one of these particles, it would be hard to predict where you'd go.  See why?  It's because each time you approach the crossing, it's hard to tell whether you'll go into the left loop or the right one. 

You can predict which way you'll go: it's not random.  But to predict it, you need to know your position quite accurately.  And each time you go around, it gets worse.  You'd need to know your position extremely accurately to predict which way you go — left or right — after a dozen round trips. 

This effect is called deterministic chaos.  Deterministic chaos happens when something is so sensitive to small changes in conditions that its motion is very hard to predict in practice, even though it's not actually random.

Thisparticular ex... more »

Chaos made simple

This shows a lot of tiny particles moving around.   If you were one of these particles, it would be hard to predict where you'd go.  See why?  It's because each time you approach the crossing, it's hard to tell whether you'll go into the left loop or the right one. 

You can predict which way you'll go: it's not random.  But to predict it, you need to know your position quite accurately.  And each time you go around, it gets worse.  You'd need to know your position extremely accurately to predict which way you go — left or right — after a dozen round trips. 

This effect is called deterministic chaos.  Deterministic chaos happens when something is so sensitive to small changes in conditions that its motion is very hard to predict in practice, even though it's not actually random.

This particular example of deterministic chaos is one of the first and most famous.  It's the Lorenz attractor, invented by Edward Lorenz as a very simplified model of the weather in 1963.

The equations for the Lorentz attractor are not very complicated if you know calculus.  They say how the x, y and z coordinates of a point change with time:

dx/dt = 10(x-y)
dy/dt = x(28-z) - y
dz/dt = xy - 8z/3

You are not supposed to be able to look at these equations and say "Ah yes!  I see why these give chaos!"   Don't worry: if you get nothing out of these equations, it doesn't mean you're "not a math person"  — just as not being able to easily paint the Mona Lisa after you see it doesn't mean you're "not an art person".  Lorenz had to solve them using a computer to discover chaos.  I personally have no intuition as to why these equations work... though I could get such intuition if I spent a week reading about it.

The weird numbers here are adjustable, but these choices are the ones Lorenz originally used.  I don't know what choices David Szakaly used in his animation.  Can you find out?

If you imagine a tiny drop of water flowing around as shown in this picture, each time it goes around it will get stretched in one direction.  It will get squashed in another direction, and be neither squashed nor stretched in a third direction. 

The stretching is what causes the unpredictability: small changes in the initial position will get amplified.  I believe the squashing is what keeps the two loops in this picture quite flat.  Particles moving around these loops are strongly attracted to move along a flat 'conveyor belt'.  That's why it's called the Lorentz attractor.

With the particular equations I wrote down, the drop will get stretched in one direction by a factor of about 2.47... but squashed in another direction by a factor of about 2 million!    At least that's what this physicist at the University of Wisconsin says:

• J. C. Sprott, Lyapunov exponent and dimension of the Lorenz attractor, http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/chaos/lorenzle.htm

He has software for calculating these numbers - or more precisely their logarithms, which are called Lyapunov exponents.  He gets 0.906, 0, and -14.572 for the Lyapunov exponents.

The region that attracts particles — roughly the glowing region in this picture — is a kind of fractal.  Its dimension is slightly more than 2, which means it's very flat but slightly 'fuzzed out'.  Actually there are different ways to define the dimension, and Sprott computes a few of them.  If you want to understand what's going on, try this:

• Edward Ott, Attractor dimensions, http://www.scholarpedia.org/article/Attractor_dimensions

For more nice animations of the Lorentz attractor, see:

http://visualizingmath.tumblr.com/post/121710431091/a-sample-solution-in-the-lorenz-attractor-when

David Szakaly has a blog called dvdp full of astounding images:

http://dvdp.tumblr.com/

and presumably this one of the Lorenz attractor is buried in there somewhere, though I'm feeling too lazy to do an image search and find it.___

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2015-06-19 15:08:59 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

What could POSSIBLY go wrong: Land Rover develops a smartphone remote control for its SUVs



What could POSSIBLY go wrong: Land Rover develops a smartphone remote control for its SUVs

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2015-05-28 09:24:28 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

(Bullet)-proof against the third kind, it makes you look bad

(Bullet)-proof against the third kind, it makes you look bad___

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2015-05-25 19:50:28 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Chrome Bookmark Manager

I have about 30k bookmarks in a custom-built folder structure. Unfortunately, the shiny new bookmark manager is trying to "help" me and is eventually out to create its own (auto-awesome) folders, ignoring mine. Literally. It takes a perceived 12 clicks to bookmark something and ensure it arrived at its correct location (mostly, it gets added to the root folder).

Here is help: Go to chrome://flags/#enhanced-bookmarks-experiment and turn it off. Me personally, I'll be in the market for a third party bookmark manager until there is an AI that gets my taxonomy requirements.

Chrome Bookmark Manager

I have about 30k bookmarks in a custom-built folder structure. Unfortunately, the shiny new bookmark manager is trying to "help" me and is eventually out to create its own (auto-awesome) folders, ignoring mine. Literally. It takes a perceived 12 clicks to bookmark something and ensure it arrived at its correct location (mostly, it gets added to the root folder).

Here is help: Go to chrome://flags/#enhanced-bookmarks-experiment and turn it off. Me personally, I'll be in the market for a third party bookmark manager until there is an AI that gets my taxonomy requirements.___

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2015-05-05 06:56:34 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Reading now...
/cc +Alexander Becker 

Reading now...
/cc +Alexander Becker ___

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2015-05-04 15:24:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

My kinda guy....

May the Fourth be with you!









Had to be done. #geektroll  ___My kinda guy....

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2015-05-03 10:09:42 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

Why?

Why is it not possible to enter a keyword in the Playstore and sort the results by rating, or by number of downloads, or by price, for example? 

Why?

Why is it not possible to enter a keyword in the Playstore and sort the results by rating, or by number of downloads, or by price, for example? ___

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2015-04-28 10:24:26 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

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2015-03-20 11:09:04 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

Solar Eclipse

Picture taken with a Nexus 5 through a CD in Berlin.

(Reposted after G+ botched the first upload.)

Solar Eclipse

Picture taken with a Nexus 5 through a CD in Berlin.

(Reposted after G+ botched the first upload.)___

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2015-03-02 09:05:11 (11 comments; 3 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Let the speculations begin...

Google is splitting Google+ apart, breaking the social network's photo element away from what it's now calling "Streams." Bradley Horowitz, a longtime Google VP of product, announced that he had become the new lead for both new products, Google Photos and Streams. 

Let the speculations begin...

Google is splitting Google+ apart, breaking the social network's photo element away from what it's now calling "Streams." Bradley Horowitz, a longtime Google VP of product, announced that he had become the new lead for both new products, Google Photos and Streams. ___

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2015-02-11 19:37:34 (18 comments; 5 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

How to Comment on PDF Files (with the Free Version of Acrobat Reader)

If you are using my services and we are creating a book together; at some point, we are exchanging PDF files of your manuscript with my layout for you to review and annotate with comments and edits.

Otherwise, and always, if you have a book project, I'm available to help you: http://alexanderbecker.net/books/

How to Comment on PDF Files (with the Free Version of Acrobat Reader)

If you are using my services and we are creating a book together; at some point, we are exchanging PDF files of your manuscript with my layout for you to review and annotate with comments and edits.

Otherwise, and always, if you have a book project, I'm available to help you: http://alexanderbecker.net/books/___

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2015-02-01 16:02:12 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

"Software that can publish every draft of a book simultaneously shows the true beauty of the creative process"

How an author uses a versioning system to preserve states and hence history and evolution of his prose.

If you are interested in experimenting with technologies such as this one and publish versioned ebooks, or want to stay traditional in print, working on real paper, let's talk: http://alexanderbecker.net/books/

"Software that can publish every draft of a book simultaneously shows the true beauty of the creative process"

How an author uses a versioning system to preserve states and hence history and evolution of his prose.

If you are interested in experimenting with technologies such as this one and publish versioned ebooks, or want to stay traditional in print, working on real paper, let's talk: http://alexanderbecker.net/books/___

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2015-01-23 21:04:41 (5 comments; 16 reshares; 43 +1s)Open 

War Archery

If someone is able to make it look that easy and elegant, they achieved mastery. 

War Archery

If someone is able to make it look that easy and elegant, they achieved mastery. ___

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2014-12-19 21:28:48 (17 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Sony Interview scandal: Rogen, Franco and Kim Jong-un set the whole thing up

So all of a sudden, a movie that probably wasn’t the greatest is now the most talked about film of the year and it’s nothing but North Korea in the news. Wouldn’t it be funny if it was all just a set up?

http://youtu.be/7ct8VcbwXC0

Sony Interview scandal: Rogen, Franco and Kim Jong-un set the whole thing up

So all of a sudden, a movie that probably wasn’t the greatest is now the most talked about film of the year and it’s nothing but North Korea in the news. Wouldn’t it be funny if it was all just a set up?

http://youtu.be/7ct8VcbwXC0___

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2014-12-14 13:08:47 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

A handy guide to measuring the sky

Our conventional methods of measuring distances between two objects on Earth make very little sense while measuring distances between celestial objects.

Because of this, astronomers measure the apparent distances between objects in the sky using a method based on angles. Developed by the Babylonians thousands of years ago, this method uses the angle that any two celestial objects with an observational point on Earth as a way to measure and define the apparent distances between such objects.

Such distances are known as angular distances or angular separation and are measured in terms of degrees (°), arc minutes (') and arc seconds (").

A handy way to measure distances

Hold your hand at arm’s length and close one eye.

# Make a fist, with the back of your hand facing you. The width ofyo... more »

A handy guide to measuring the sky

Our conventional methods of measuring distances between two objects on Earth make very little sense while measuring distances between celestial objects.

Because of this, astronomers measure the apparent distances between objects in the sky using a method based on angles. Developed by the Babylonians thousands of years ago, this method uses the angle that any two celestial objects with an observational point on Earth as a way to measure and define the apparent distances between such objects.

Such distances are known as angular distances or angular separation and are measured in terms of degrees (°), arc minutes (') and arc seconds (").

A handy way to measure distances

Hold your hand at arm’s length and close one eye.

# Make a fist, with the back of your hand facing you. The width of your fist will approximately be 10 degrees. This means that any two objects that are on the opposite ends of your fist will be 10 degrees apart. The North Star (Polaris) and Dubhe, one of the northern pointers of the Big are 3 fists apart. This means that angular distance or angular separation between the two stars is 30°.

# Open up your fist, stretch your little finger and thumb as far as you can and curl down the rest of your fingers. The tip of your little finger and your thumb will span about 25°. The Big Dipper spans around 25°.

# The tip-to-tip span between your index finger and your little finger is 15°.

# Your three middle fingers will span about 5°.

# Your little finger at an arms length is about 1° wide.

It is important to note that such measurements are approximate – not everyone has the same sized hand.

Angular size

Angular size or angular diameter of a celestial object is the angular separation between opposite edges of the object. The Sun and the Moon are the only objects in the sky whose angular size is visible to the naked eye.

The angular diameter of a full Moon is about 30', while the angular diameter of the Sun is around 32'.

Find your latitude

If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, you can use your hands to find your current location’s latitude. To do this, stretch your hands in front of you and measure the angle between the visible horizon and the North Star. This angle is your latitude in degrees. There is no bright star equivalent to the North Star in the Southern Hemisphere.

http://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/measuring-the-sky-by-hand.html___

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2014-12-10 12:14:10 (7 comments; 14 reshares; 61 +1s)Open 

All About That Paste

You probably don’t want to hear another “All About That Bass” parody, but you might actually mildly enjoy this one.

Remy, with his mom as his backing dancer and lyrical inspiration, sings about how hummus is supposed to be. Here’s the short version: If you’ve ever dipped a carrot in it or consumed it out of a plastic container, you’re doing it wrong....

(via 22 words) 

All About That Paste

You probably don’t want to hear another “All About That Bass” parody, but you might actually mildly enjoy this one.

Remy, with his mom as his backing dancer and lyrical inspiration, sings about how hummus is supposed to be. Here’s the short version: If you’ve ever dipped a carrot in it or consumed it out of a plastic container, you’re doing it wrong....

(via 22 words) ___

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2014-12-04 18:22:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Why isn't the Year's Earliest Sunset on the Winter Solstice?

The Winter Solstice usually occurs around December 21 in the Northern Hemisphere and June 21 in the Southern Hemisphere. Many believe that the year’s latest sunrise and earliest sunset also happen on this day. This is not the case.

There are two parts to the difference:

1. The equation of time — the difference between time that is measured using a sundial (true or apparent solar time) and time that is measured using a watch or a clock (mean solar time) due to the elliptical shape of Earth's path around the Sun and the Earth's axial tilt.

2. A location's latitude — Locations closer to the equator have their earliest sunset sometime in November. Locations at higher latitudes, on the other hand have their earliest sunset later, closer to the actual dateof the... more »

Why isn't the Year's Earliest Sunset on the Winter Solstice?

The Winter Solstice usually occurs around December 21 in the Northern Hemisphere and June 21 in the Southern Hemisphere. Many believe that the year’s latest sunrise and earliest sunset also happen on this day. This is not the case.

There are two parts to the difference:

1. The equation of time — the difference between time that is measured using a sundial (true or apparent solar time) and time that is measured using a watch or a clock (mean solar time) due to the elliptical shape of Earth's path around the Sun and the Earth's axial tilt.

2. A location's latitude — Locations closer to the equator have their earliest sunset sometime in November. Locations at higher latitudes, on the other hand have their earliest sunset later, closer to the actual date of the winter solstice, because the Earth’s rotation axis with respect to the Sun is tilted to about 23.5°, the Sun’s declination varies through the year. During the summer solstice it is +23.5° and during the winter solstice it is -23.5°. It is 0° during the equinoxes.

http://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/equation-of-time.html___

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2014-12-03 22:55:38 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

For a friend: dark in life, dark in death

Schon winkt der Wein im gold'nen Pokale,
Doch trinkt noch nicht, erst sing’ ich euch ein Lied!
Das Lied vom Kummer soll auflachend in die Seele euch klingen.
Wenn der Kummer naht, liegen wüst die Gärten der Seele,
Welkt hin und stirbt die Freude, der Gesang.
Dunkel ist das Leben, ist der Tod.

You might have heard this beautiful Mahler rendition when you were young as it was in your Munchen. I always forgot to send you the link.

You were a good man +Dieter Mueller and will be remembered by many.

Unfortunately no longer by 'The Drinking Song of Earth's Misery' but by 'Der Abschied' which you #Dieter  worded yourself:
http://postcardsinmyhead.tumblr.com/post/103962268203/mein-freitod

There is nothing to add.

For a friend: dark in life, dark in death

Schon winkt der Wein im gold'nen Pokale,
Doch trinkt noch nicht, erst sing’ ich euch ein Lied!
Das Lied vom Kummer soll auflachend in die Seele euch klingen.
Wenn der Kummer naht, liegen wüst die Gärten der Seele,
Welkt hin und stirbt die Freude, der Gesang.
Dunkel ist das Leben, ist der Tod.

You might have heard this beautiful Mahler rendition when you were young as it was in your Munchen. I always forgot to send you the link.

You were a good man +Dieter Mueller and will be remembered by many.

Unfortunately no longer by 'The Drinking Song of Earth's Misery' but by 'Der Abschied' which you #Dieter  worded yourself:
http://postcardsinmyhead.tumblr.com/post/103962268203/mein-freitod

There is nothing to add.___

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2014-12-02 19:23:08 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Seriously, +Dieter Mueller?!

Himmiherrgottsakramentkzefixlujamileckstamarschscheißglumpverreckts

See you in hell, brother.

Yes, it is possible to have genuine online friends, we miss you Dieter
Two years ago, +Dieter Mueller  played an experiment where he deleted his G+ account in order to show the superficial nature of online friendships and what he called the ‘big data cow’. His experiment failed miserably when scores and scores of people contacted him to know was he okay and to come back and join us again. 
Sadly, Dieter has departed for good this time. In true Dieter style, and in his own words he has stage managed his own death. I’ve no doubt he is above there now looking down at us all and smiling, but I’m sad we didn’t get a chance to say goodbye. I hope Dieter has finally found the rest he desired. ___Seriously, +Dieter Mueller?!

Himmiherrgottsakramentkzefixlujamileckstamarschscheißglumpverreckts

See you in hell, brother.

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2014-11-22 20:57:33 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

How to Efficiently Charge Glow in the Dark Materials

You may wonder why sometimes, your glow-in-the-dark items are brighter and glow longer after mere seconds in the sun compared to when you spent all the time charging them with some artificial light source. Here is why.

How to Efficiently Charge Glow in the Dark Materials

You may wonder why sometimes, your glow-in-the-dark items are brighter and glow longer after mere seconds in the sun compared to when you spent all the time charging them with some artificial light source. Here is why.___

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2014-11-12 22:26:36 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

If you're into food this is it. Otherwise, it's hilarious to read. Seriously.

New post up at Nüsse und Ofensachen! Learn about how I handled my first 30 days gastrointestinally and then get a salad recipe. Special appearance by +Alexander Becker 

http://goo.gl/9L4Jef 

+Gerritt McGill  I have three followers on tumblr! Hooray! Two of which are our significant others. Thanks other dude!___If you're into food this is it. Otherwise, it's hilarious to read. Seriously.

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2014-10-31 17:12:39 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Taking books into the future?

The book format on the Economist site nicely illustrates the difference between a tangible book and a digital prop. While the message may or may not be devalued, it is certainly altered, a fact that needs to be taken into account; you cannot arbitrarily change the medium without adjusting the message.

When I'm making books (http://alexanderbecker.net/books/), it always yields better results to invest in the extra work to adapt the printed book's content to the ebook, instead of merely copying and forcing what was created for one medium into the respective other medium.

Reading now...
/cc +Alexander Becker ___Taking books into the future?

The book format on the Economist site nicely illustrates the difference between a tangible book and a digital prop. While the message may or may not be devalued, it is certainly altered, a fact that needs to be taken into account; you cannot arbitrarily change the medium without adjusting the message.

When I'm making books (http://alexanderbecker.net/books/), it always yields better results to invest in the extra work to adapt the printed book's content to the ebook, instead of merely copying and forcing what was created for one medium into the respective other medium.

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2014-10-22 21:13:56 (19 comments; 3 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

Inbox

Task-over-time based instead of message based it seems. Not bad on first sight.

OK. I like Inbox. Using it for a day now, desktop and mobile. Created custom clusters and it's a actually a productivity/triage booster.

Inbox

Task-over-time based instead of message based it seems. Not bad on first sight.

OK. I like Inbox. Using it for a day now, desktop and mobile. Created custom clusters and it's a actually a productivity/triage booster.___

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2014-09-19 14:35:19 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

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2014-09-17 02:43:15 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Anything else would be acting against better knowledge...

___Anything else would be acting against better knowledge...

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2014-09-16 16:49:02 (4 comments; 13 reshares; 43 +1s)Open 

Soft Control (in case you thought you'd move freely, you probably aren't)

How can we control the collective behavior of self-organized multi-agent systems? We try to answer the question by proposing a new notion called 'Soft Control', which keeps the local rule of the existing agents in the system. We show the feasibility of soft control by a case study. Consider the simple but typical distributed multi-agent model proposed by Vicsek et al. for flocking of birds: each agent moves with the same speed but with different headings which are updated using a local rule based on the average of its own heading and the headings of its neighbors. Most studies of this model are about the self-organized collective behavior, such as synchronization of headings. We want to intervene in the collective behavior (headings) of the group by soft control. A specified method is to add a special... more »

Soft Control (in case you thought you'd move freely, you probably aren't)

How can we control the collective behavior of self-organized multi-agent systems? We try to answer the question by proposing a new notion called 'Soft Control', which keeps the local rule of the existing agents in the system. We show the feasibility of soft control by a case study. Consider the simple but typical distributed multi-agent model proposed by Vicsek et al. for flocking of birds: each agent moves with the same speed but with different headings which are updated using a local rule based on the average of its own heading and the headings of its neighbors. Most studies of this model are about the self-organized collective behavior, such as synchronization of headings. We want to intervene in the collective behavior (headings) of the group by soft control. A specified method is to add a special agent, called a 'Shill', which can be controlled by us but is treated as an ordinary agent by other agents. We construct a control law for the shill so that it can synchronize the whole group to an objective heading. This control law is proved to be effective analytically and numerically. Note that soft control is different from the approach of distributed control. It is a natural way to intervene in the distributed systems. It may bring out many interesting issues and challenges on the control of complex systems.

(Soft Control on Collective Behavior of a Group of Autonomous Agents by a Shill Agent; http://arxiv.org/abs/1007.0803)

An application

A number of novel wireless networked services, ranging from participatory sensing to social networking, leverage the increasing capabilities of mobile devices and the movement of the individuals carrying them. For many of these systems, their effectiveness fundamentally depends on coverage and the particular mobility patterns of the participants. Given the strong spatial and temporal regularity of human mobility, the needed coverage can typically only be attained through a large participant base.

In this paper we explore an alternative approach to attain coverage without scale -- (soft) controlling the movement of participants. We present Crowd Soft Control (CSC), an approach to exert limited control over the temporal and spatial movements of mobile users by leveraging the built-in incentives of location-based gaming and social applications. By pairing network services with these location-based apps, CSC allows researchers to use an application's incentives (e.g. games objectives) to control the movement of participating users, increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the associated network service. After outlining the case for Crowd Soft Control, we present an initial prototype of our ideas and discuss potential benefits and costs in the context of two case studies.

(Crowd (Soft) Control: Moving Beyond the Opportunistic; http://www.aqualab.cs.northwestern.edu/publications/20-crowd-soft-control-moving-beyond-opportunistic-sensing)

+Serendicritique ___

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2014-09-15 20:38:17 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

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2014-07-25 20:04:41 (5 comments; 5 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

Books. Emotional Objects.

There are few things that are predictable, and even fewer things that are forever, even in the sense of being around as long as the culture, society, and world as we know it exists.

There is one prediction I'd like to make though. Books, printed books. They will be around for a long time. There will be digital books, ebooks, and more delivery vehicles will be created, some seriously interesting and some truly useful. But the printed book, the book as a physical object, isn't disappearing anytime soon.

Around 1995, David Carson created a book, "The End of Print" — mostly typographical terrorism around the title thesis with tons of graphics and ill-cropped photographs. It's beautiful, spectacular even, and I still have it as a hard copy, a physical souvenir of the time. It's a monument, an ironicp... more »

Books. Emotional Objects.

There are few things that are predictable, and even fewer things that are forever, even in the sense of being around as long as the culture, society, and world as we know it exists.

There is one prediction I'd like to make though. Books, printed books. They will be around for a long time. There will be digital books, ebooks, and more delivery vehicles will be created, some seriously interesting and some truly useful. But the printed book, the book as a physical object, isn't disappearing anytime soon.

Around 1995, David Carson created a book, "The End of Print" — mostly typographical terrorism around the title thesis with tons of graphics and ill-cropped photographs. It's beautiful, spectacular even, and I still have it as a hard copy, a physical souvenir of the time. It's a monument, an ironic paradox that failed to deliver its promise starting from day one, its contradiction getting even stronger over the years. Even better, the cheap paperback came loose during the first weeks. I had it repaired by a bookbinder. It's a book after all. The kind that doesn't die. (Now, it's out of print. Q.E.D.)

In 2011, I wrote "None of This is Real" — a beautiful book full of art criticizing itself. Even more beautiful is that it delivers on its title, I never had a substantial amount of copies printed. If you order it, it will be printed in the geographical region you happen to be and become real.

Books are emotional objects. That's why I'm betting on them — as a bookmaker.

In the strict meaning of the word there cannot be anything 'new' in the typography of books. Though largely forgotten today, methods and rules upon which it is impossible to improve have been developed over centuries. To produce perfect books, these rules have to be brought back to life and applied. —Jan Tschichold, 1958

If you're interested in having your own book laid out, edited, and/or designed, please use the information on my Book Publication & Production Services page or consult the Guide On How To Self Publish Your Book.

http://alexanderbecker.net/books/?lang=en
http://showcase.alexanderbecker.net/2012/07/guide-on-how-to-self-publish-your-book.html

I am slicing through information. Separating the useful from the useless, the important from the unimportant. I divide. Clean lines between the more valuable and the less valuable, between the static and the dynamic, the interesting and the boring stuff. Design, analysis, strategies — it's always a matter of division. Removing the unimportant and the superfluous, extracting the core, be it an idea, a shape, or a pattern.

I provide ideation services, conceptual and technical consulting, from visionary design to professional execution and presentation.

http://alexanderbecker.net/consulting/?lang=en___

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2014-07-13 10:37:01 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Ask yourself — what if...

Ask yourself — what if...___

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2014-07-11 23:04:40 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

A few days ago, the Washington Post reported on a dump of 160,000 communications intercepted by the NSA, talking about the number of people being deliberately targeted versus the number of people incidentally monitored, the intimacy of the conversations and images captured, and so on.

Today, they did something even better, which I wish newspapers would do more often: reported Bart Gellman goes into great detail about how the story was reported, how editorial and phrasing decisions were made, and exactly what was behind the story. It's long, but if you want to understand how things like this are reported on by a careful journalist, this is a great read.

A few days ago, the Washington Post reported on a dump of 160,000 communications intercepted by the NSA, talking about the number of people being deliberately targeted versus the number of people incidentally monitored, the intimacy of the conversations and images captured, and so on.

Today, they did something even better, which I wish newspapers would do more often: reported Bart Gellman goes into great detail about how the story was reported, how editorial and phrasing decisions were made, and exactly what was behind the story. It's long, but if you want to understand how things like this are reported on by a careful journalist, this is a great read.___

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2014-07-07 10:47:43 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

Fireworks filmed with a drone

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Fireworks filmed with a drone

. . . ___

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2014-06-26 12:42:21 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

There is no real me: only an entity, something illusory.

And though I can hide my cold gaze, and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable... I simply am not there.

There is no real me: only an entity, something illusory.

And though I can hide my cold gaze, and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable... I simply am not there.___

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2014-06-26 00:27:02 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Google Drive Update adds Link Sharing with Permissions Changes!

Sharing, sharing a link, starring, moving, sending, downloading, and renaming are all now directly at your fingertips. Hit the overflow, and options for deleting or printing are also in there. Under the access menu, you can directly toggle link sharing on and off (with a nifty animation, to boot), and add new people to the access list.

http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/06/25/apk-download-google-drive-updated-to-v2-0-gets-all-new-detailed-view-ui-for-files/

Google Drive Update adds Link Sharing with Permissions Changes!

Sharing, sharing a link, starring, moving, sending, downloading, and renaming are all now directly at your fingertips. Hit the overflow, and options for deleting or printing are also in there. Under the access menu, you can directly toggle link sharing on and off (with a nifty animation, to boot), and add new people to the access list.

http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/06/25/apk-download-google-drive-updated-to-v2-0-gets-all-new-detailed-view-ui-for-files/___

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2014-06-25 23:30:16 (5 comments; 7 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

Hey.... that's my Shtick

TCP Joke :D___Hey.... that's my Shtick

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2014-06-16 22:37:30 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

You know they call me the Lord of War...

The ones who know don't care anymore, and the ones who care don't know.

You know they call me the Lord of War...

The ones who know don't care anymore, and the ones who care don't know.___

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2014-06-04 23:56:24 (15 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Hangouts Update

Here is hope that it works this time...

Insta-fav: Set custom notification tones for individual contacts — so I can mute you, without muting everybody else.

http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/06/04/hangouts-updated-to-v2-1-223-with-sms-block-list-per-contact-notification-tones-and-more-apk-download/

Hangouts Update

Here is hope that it works this time...

Insta-fav: Set custom notification tones for individual contacts — so I can mute you, without muting everybody else.

http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/06/04/hangouts-updated-to-v2-1-223-with-sms-block-list-per-contact-notification-tones-and-more-apk-download/___

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2014-05-20 17:22:24 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Permanently Erase Harddrives with Thermite

Good essay [in German] with pictures —
http://frank.geekheim.de/?p=2423

The video shows what happens when 10kg of Thermite mix are used to defrost a freezer -- forever. Thermite and water don't mix well. Also, don't try this at home, etc.

Permanently Erase Harddrives with Thermite

Good essay [in German] with pictures —
http://frank.geekheim.de/?p=2423

The video shows what happens when 10kg of Thermite mix are used to defrost a freezer -- forever. Thermite and water don't mix well. Also, don't try this at home, etc.___

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2014-05-12 08:38:49 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

Spurious Correlations

Next time someone asks about correlations, cite from this example:

US spending on science, space, and technology correlates with suicides by hanging, strangulation and suffocation

http://www.tylervigen.com/view_correlation?id=1597


Spurious Correlations

Next time someone asks about correlations, cite from this example:

US spending on science, space, and technology correlates with suicides by hanging, strangulation and suffocation

http://www.tylervigen.com/view_correlation?id=1597
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2014-05-05 20:51:38 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Ebook Cheat Sheet

Cheat sheet to look up some of the required information on your way to self-publishing your own ebook. I’ll gladly help you along the way and in the crucial process between writing and marketing, i.e. making your text look like a professional book. More: http://alexanderbecker.net/books/?lang=en

Ebook Cheat Sheet

Cheat sheet to look up some of the required information on your way to self-publishing your own ebook. I’ll gladly help you along the way and in the crucial process between writing and marketing, i.e. making your text look like a professional book. More: http://alexanderbecker.net/books/?lang=en___

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2014-04-24 00:51:31 (10 comments; 3 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

Still true, with sugar on top.

I'm not here to say please...

If I'm curt with you it's because time is a factor. I think fast, I talk fast and I need you guys to act fast if you wanna get out of this. So, pretty please... with sugar on top.

#projectmanagement  ___Still true, with sugar on top.

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2014-04-10 21:15:42 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Again: "Pretty much anything that can be remembered can be cracked."

*Now that (some of) everybody's passwords may have just been compromised due to the #heartbleed  SSL ("https://...") bug* in the widely used OpenSSL open-source security suite used by the majority of Apache/nginx Web servers (60%+ of all servers)...

(a lot of technical, etc. details curated over here:
plus.google.com/112964117318166648677/posts/MZ3jtiVm591 )

... it is probably time for EVERYONE to review their #security  procedures (hold off on changing ALL of your passwords however UNTIL you've ascertained that all the services you use have been fixed! Many have been by now...), and that starts with passwords:

The bad news, as you will understand from reading the great, medium -length post from famed Security Expert Bruce Schneier (he recently spoke at >>>  #trustycon  ), which you really owe to yourself to read in full if you care about anything... is that ALL passwords that can be somewhat remembered by humans are vulnerable, and all others you keep forgetting weekly/monthly/etc. without writing them down.

Which is also a terrible security practice. So what's the solution? You need to use a global Password Manager of some sort, and then use a completely random password for EACH service that you could never remember on your own.

(I wouldn't even trust the "random" starting letters  of words from a phrase known only to you approach he mentions here, because that could probably be attacked with a "dictionary-style" attack as well before long.

Note the sophisticated existing dictionary/combination attacks including most languages known to wo/man and things like L33T-speak that allow skilled attackers to get up to 90%(!) of exisiting passwords once a user/password database is compromised.

And lest you think that Two-Factor Authentication - "2FA" - makes everything OK, keep in mind that SMS text message and similar channels could also be subject to breach.)

I have long resisted this approach myself, thinking that I had a clever enough system of passwords varied for each service that I could still remember... but now that due to Heartbleed everything is on the table and up for review, I am going to bite the bullet and get it set up as described above.

Here are a few places to start (not an endorsement, do your own homework):

For Windows users, this may be a very good free/open-source option:
www.schneier.com/passsafe.html

Sadly no free Mac version (there is a $15 paid one), but there is a free Android version that I will test (carefully, with 1 or 2 minor services at first!) in the coming days:
play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jefftharris.passwdsafe

Then there are the many Usual Suspects of LastPass, 1Password, asf., a pretty good list is mentioned on this Twitter thread:
twitter.com/balajis/status/454113593701588992

Among it this new entrant who's security model I am studying right now, but which sounds good so far, and which has a free version:
www.dashlane.com/security

Also potentially interesting open-source/free:
keepassx / www.keepassdroid.com/

/cc +David Wood +Alexander Becker +Dan Durrant +Thomas Baekdal +Paul Simbeck-Hampson +Brett Legree +Eli Fennell +Steve Faktor +Sandy Fischler +Gunther Sonnenfeld +Jeff Sayre +John Blossom +John Kellden +Gaythia Weis +Kee Hinckley +Gregory Esau +Rob Salzman +Reg Saddler +Gideon Rosenblatt ___Again: "Pretty much anything that can be remembered can be cracked."

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2014-03-10 19:55:01 (6 comments; 9 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

The Beauty of the Machines...

SORTING - A visualization of the most famous sorting algorithms
http://sorting.at/___The Beauty of the Machines...

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