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Google Developers1,671,281Google I/O is an annual developer conference featuring highly technical, in-depth sessions, and showcasing the latest from Google's product teams and partners.Google I/O 20132013-05-14 23:00:005067 
8,000,004Meeting Time:  5:30 PM PT on May 14Meeting/Starting Location:  http://goo.gl/maps/6u1gq - Yerba Buena Gardens - in the grassy area in front of the waterfalls Route Map: http://goo.gl/maps/oYzA9 Ending Location:  Union Square on the Geary Street SideHashtag:   #GlassPhotoWalk  How to Win Google Glass:  This will be a random selection for people at the PhotoWalk.  At the Photowalk you will given a ticket with unique number. Hold onto that ticket! Look for +Curtis Simmons to get yours! At the end of the photowalk we will draw a random winner from the tickets that were handed out. To be elegible to win Google Glass you must be 18 years or older (bring ID), a US Resident with proof of residency, and be present to win when we call your number! Join +Thomas Hawk and +Trey Ratcliff for a once-in-a-lifetime free event!  If you've never been to a photowalk, this will be a great one.  We'll help teach you more about photography and you can join in the fun!  Bring a friend or come alone.  It's a family-friendly event, and we look forward to seeing you!The Plan: Look, it's possible security may throw us out of our meeting spot right away, and I may not be able to jump up on a bench and give my Mussolini-esque speech.  If that happens, here is the plan:- Focus on PhotoWalkers:  - Even though we'll be taking photos of the city as we weave through it on our route, it's OPEN SEASON on other PhotoWalkers! Take all sorts of photos of your fellow walkers, and later, tag away.  Get close, get far, get creative!- Photo Lessons - I'll be stopping a few times throughout the walk to set up for shots.  I'll talk through my settings and describe my setup.  People are welcome to look through my camera.- Need Photo Advice - Come up any time throughout the walk and ask me or Thomas anything!  We're happy to help.  No question is too dumb, and we are happy to help!- Sharing - Get back home to the sweet internet after the event and upload your photos to the event.  Tag people in the photos, and tag the photos with Google+ San Francisco PhotoWalk with Thomas & Trey! All skill levels are invited - Grand Prize: Google Glass!2013-05-14 17:30:001375 
Chicago Mayor's Office418,516We’re teaming up with Google to have our first-ever hackathon focused on safe communities in Chicago. More details to follow, but developers can expect a brand new API with data on community safety: tips and concerns from residents, community events and more. Whether you’re a civic developer or community leader, sign up to receive updates on this event and be among the first group of people with API access. Google Hackathon: Safe Communities2013-05-11 10:00:00117 

Brian Fitzpatrick has been shared in 77 public circles

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5th Funny Corps0Hope that you have been having a great week on Google+. Thank you for sharing and promoting this and for connecting up with all the great accounts I have included. Great With This Cilcle!!, And Please..Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps, and get more friend and circle on +Google+  :» Include me in your circles» Click add people and create your circle» +1 this circle» Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles. ( share the circle and include yourself )» If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above (I say "if possible" as my circle comments more often than not hit the 500 comment limit).»  So I can easily find your share, always publicly share my original shared circle. #circle #circleshare #circlesharing #circles #circleoftheday #circlemeup #circlemenow #bestcircle #bestcircleshare #megacircle #bigcircle #bigcircleshare #funnyvideo #funnyvideos #funnyvideosyoutube #funnyvideoclips #funnyvideooftheday #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   2014-08-15 08:05:40492338
John Kellden29,637Good Evening Dear Googleverse NetizensBeen ages since I shared a circle. This one is put together by +Lynn Keller which means there's good people in it.Pleased to meet you all.2014-08-05 20:33:40201737
Lynn Keller7,237I've put together this  circle which includes a host of engaging, appealing, interesting people from different communities and ongoing conversations. Best to all! #circlecount #sharedcircles #circleshare 2014-08-05 20:16:01374827
Doug Hyatt3,412(DH4)  HERE IS THE LATEST CIRCLE - 6/30/2014CIRCLE SHARING IS THE FASTEST WAY TO GROW YOUR FOLLOWING ON GOOGLE+  SIMPLY ADD THE CIRCLE, THEN ADD YOURSELF, THEN RE-SHARE USING THE HASHTAGS PROVIDED HERE.  WATCH HOW FAST YOU GROW! ENJOY  #DOUGHYATTCIRCLESHARING #CircleSharing #Circle #CircleOfTheDay #Share #SharedPublicCircles #SharedCircles #Google+ #GooglePlusTips #Google #ShareCircle #SocialMedia #AddCircle #ADD #Marketing #Engagers #SocialMediaMarketing #EliteInnerCircle #Friends #PublicCircle #buy_GooglePlus_followers2014-06-30 16:34:05401014
Doug Hyatt3,234Part 4  MANY NEW PEOPLE WHO WILL PLUS 1 and RESHARESimply ADD yourself to this circle, copy the #HASHTAGS, and REPOST#circles   #circlemania   #circletoday   #circleplus   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #CircleSharing   #sharecircle   #sharecirclethis   #worldsharecircle   #pleasecircleaddme   #circleoftheday   #newgenerationcircle  #monstercircle   #usacircle   #bestofthecircle   #shareofthecircle   #pleasecircle   #newbestcircl  add circle add circle * best share circle * share please pleaseplease add circle * best share circle * share please please#add #circle   #addcircle   #pleasecircle   #bestcircle   #mostcircle  #bestsharecircle   #newcircle   #top100circle   #best500circle   #top500circle   #circleoftheday   #circledaily   #nicecircle   #photography   2014-06-29 13:03:00400104
Dina Tika417Here 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.2014-06-17 13:08:21500003
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 05:54:12500001
John Nuntiatio36,016#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle 2014-05-09 20:16:39311233
Johnathan Yesson26,597Complete Circle Of Google Employee'sAdd this circle if you want to connect with the lovely people who work at our beloved Google.I have curated this circle personally and it list's ONLY Google staff.I personally LOVE Google in it's many forms and I think the people behind the scenes deserve some appreciation, so if your reading this follow these steps if you agree:1.) +1 2.) Comment3.) RE-SHARE4.) Add people***************************************************************The following people are some of my favourite G+'ers and I'd love them to re-share this circle if they would be so kind:+Christine DeGraff +Tancredi Matranga  +Vladimir Samsonov +Ludovic Moreeuw  +CircleCount +Edith Kukla +Miguel Almeida Sharing  +Michael Q Todd +Amanda Blain +Mikhail Petrovsky +Daniel Mihai Popescu  +Gorka Ortiz  +Erik Barrett  +Cristian Bianchi +Hoang Duong  +AyJay Schibig  +2014-04-16 12:59:42501215
Gustavo Franco1,547I've started an experiment with my Google+ account disabling this circle (Googlers and Xooglers) from showing up on my home stream. I'll see how it will look like without my coworkers and former coworkers.In case you are wondering how to adjust and even disable the posts from a circle showing up in your home stream, read:https://support.google.com/plus/answer/1269165?hl=enI've moved the circle to be the 1st on my bar though so I still can easily peak at what folks are saying.  In case you are wondering how to do that, read:https://plus.google.com/113895942978964425455/posts/igWgAhX22qM2014-02-15 23:38:47324301
Chris Smith1,928Here is my Chicago Photographers Circle. I plan to share this once a week. If you're not on the list and you'd like me to add you, let me know. As I'm learning more about Google+, I'm finding out that users don't always appreciate these huge circles. But it serves a purpose for me. It's every photographer I know in Chicago or that shoots Chicago fairly often.2014-02-08 13:42:25368305
Ramón Sansone López436Awsome #sharedcircle #bestengagersComment, Do +1 and share it, you'll belong to one of my best #sharedcircles 2013-09-05 06:26:23501003
Giulia Fiore7The most active People I know on G+A wonderful #sharedcircle  to become more popular than ever.To belong to this Circle, share it and comment this post !Kisses Giulia2013-09-05 05:59:42501223
Markos Giannopoulos5,491Geeks rule! // +CircleCount has added a new tag system (see announcement here http://bit.ly/15XaDov). Thousands of profiles have been tagged already, so here are the top (by number of followers) geek-tagged plussers (full list at http://bit.ly/134FoFN) The top ten: 1) +Robert Scoble 2) +Amanda Blain 3) +Darya Pino Rose 4) +Michelle Marie 5) +Brian Matiash 6) +Wick Sakit 7) +Joe Azure 8) +Keith Barrett 9) +Derek Ross 10) +Ahmed Zeeshan  For other rankings see also - Most popular geeks by comments/+1's/shares http://bit.ly/16SAddw- Most engaging geeks http://bit.ly/15XdZYm #circleshare   #circlesunday   #geeks  2013-07-21 15:19:0049018312
Technology Roundup0BMN Geek List #3122 more geeks!!!!This circle contains a bunch more geeks/developers techie types that I found today. Keep the suggestions coming!2013-06-21 01:01:30120123
Don Dobbie3,342#sharedcircles  2013-05-29 19:26:154863212
Barry Grau3,491I haven't shared this circle of Chicago Area Photographers in a long time. Add to it and reshare if you'd like2013-03-21 22:20:44203102
Timothy Coxon655PageRank 5 PeopleHaving just managed to work out a fairly good semi-automated process for getting all the people I follow graded by Page Rank and into appropriate circles I thought I'd share one. This is my PageRank 5 circle. Which is probably the best circle to circle for ambitious engagers ;)PR7 & PR8 were exclusively the domain of brand pages.PR6 had some people in there (still mostly brands) but more than likely you wouldn't stand a chance of engaging with them.  Would like to thank +CircleCount for giving me the final piece of the puzzle this process turned into, +Jim Banks for providing a different but still essential piece and +Joshua Berg for his series of articles on pagerank/g+ that initially started this latest obsession ;)Oh and if you don't already and want more of this kind of thing circle +Euro Maestro ;)  #pagerank   #sharedcircle   #timothycoxon  2013-03-19 22:44:235631315
matthew rappaport147,898499 +Google+ ers that are RELEVANT to me according to the PLUSarithmPart 2[Part 1 of Relevant +Shared Circles on G+  :https://plus.google.com/111048918866742956374/posts/5QvAYUjxhW1]This 2nd MEGA +Shared Circles on G+ is literally the 2nd 499 names that are listed when RELEVANCE is selected and 'Your Circles' is clicked under https://plus.google.com/circles (very close to it!)There are 41 that I didn't include in the circle but made the cut that are celebs or pages that I will list below as I wanted to share more users overall in this #sharedcircle  which is almost entirely full of WIN.The 41 +mention ed referenced above are:Pages:+Schemer, +HangoutParty, +G+ Live Hangout Events , +Kickin' and Plussin' , +Funny Pictures & Videos, +Having said that , +1000 zombies , +Handmade , +Mashable , +Animated Gifs! , +First Friday Art Walk , +2013-01-04 20:38:55500321731
AyJay Schibig12,783FULL CIRCLEThis is a circle of people who wish to be Discovered and also wish to find interesting G+ members themselves!  Add yourself and re-share. Leave a comment if you would like to be in my next edition. I will continue new editions until there is a Full Circle.#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup  #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou 2012-12-22 20:33:08375416
AyJay Schibig12,717ECLECTIC CIRCLEFeel free to add  and re-share. this  Eclectic Circle of  G Plussers! #circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup  #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou 2012-12-21 06:26:433277010
AyJay Schibig12,133FULL CIRCLEThis is a circle of people who wish to be Discovered and also wish to find interesting G+ members themselves!  Add yourself and re-share. Leave a comment if you would like to be in my next edition. I will continue new editions until there is a Full Circle.#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup  #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou 2012-12-13 07:13:53394025
AyJay Schibig12,080ECLECTIC CIRCLEFeel free to add  and re-share. this  Eclectic Circle of  G Plussers! #circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup  #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou 2012-12-12 04:23:1442210216
Louis Gray146,793Happy Thanksgiving: Here Are 100 Incredible Google+ People #circles   #sharedcircles   #gratitude   #thanksgiving  I was thinking about writing some "Why I'm Thankful for Google+" post and telling you many of the reasons I enjoy this network, but the truth is, no matter what features or unique qualities are poured in here, it wouldn't amount to next day leftovers without you guys. So I walked through my Circles and wanted to highlight, for you, 100 of my closest friends from Google+, whose posts I regularly enjoy, engage with, and many of whom reflect my offline relationships as well.No pages or brands are in this "Top 100". But you won't go wrong by adding this circle of sharp, engaging, humorous, clever and unique people. Thank you for being part of Google+. Didn't make this list? Keep engaging, and I'm sure I'll share you in the future.2012-11-21 21:32:2610015228
Cynthia Yildirim23,029New Google+ users might not have this circle yet of Google Employees on G+, I'm  not an employee, but going to include myself in the circle anyway. :D  #sharedcircles   #Google  2012-11-09 01:27:54213201
AJ Durling294This is a bonus circle, and is actually pretty much where I started when I was creating my first circles - Top 500 PlussersIt is the people with the highest number of users - and is actually now only 308 people. When I first collected the Top 500 Plussers on Google+, I spend a lot of time weeding out the people whose posts in which I didn't particularly have an interest (e.g. almost all of the photographers - nothing against people who post photos to G+, it's just me: this is Google+, not Flickr; people who only ever promote themselves - so quite a lot of the pop musicians). The list that is left are people who, I think, actually contribute to the stream. You may find some surprising choices (Dolly Parton?! Actually, yes!). But I hope you enjoy it.I've kept the name Top 500 even though it is a lot fewer than 500. I like the irony... #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #celebrity   #topcircles  2012-10-19 15:06:56307302
Cesare Riccardo16,012                               *********My dearests !************If you add and share there is the risk you do  your daily right thing !!   :))2012-09-02 09:55:25454161626
Tim Moore23,086My Shared Circle of the weekGooglers who are just #awesome . _Don't stalk, just talk, they won't bite_  #sharedcircles   #Google  2012-08-29 20:23:364492010
Natalie Villalobos157,779Who Let The Googlers Out, Who Who Who?!I know, I don't really like that song either, but I think it's cleverHave been receiving some requests recently around sharing my Googlers circle. So, here it is - in all her glory. These folks are global - so by adding all 363 of us you'll be sure to have world-wide coverage. You can also find all the active-on-G+ Google Community Managers on the About section of my profile. Take one, or collect 'em all.  #googlersusegoogleplus   #nowthisiscommunity   #google   #techies   #creatives  2012-08-09 23:01:043637743117
Kurt Smith122Google+ Power Users Circle ShareThis G+ Power Users group includes some really good people to follow and many whom will follow you back. Make sure you've got them in a circle. #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #publiccircles   #publiccircleshare   #circleshare   #circlessharing  2012-07-28 17:08:3749918516
Jessica Garcia156I am not sure who originally shared this but I know I pulled it from +Chris Brogan. If you want to change Google+ from a ghost town to a party just follow the circle. 2012-07-07 20:23:22499429
Sara Ataie23,050This is a very important Circle that I haven't shared at all.... Hope you enjoy it and find it as fun and interesting as I have!!! #Geek 2012-06-30 18:34:56493115
matthew rappaport52,599500 Active +Hangouters for you to Chat with and Get to know . . Again this is just Part I, you were not "omitted" by me, if you feel bad you didn'tmake this +Shared Circles on G+!I feel like I +mention ed all of you yesterday... still working on it..https://plus.google.com/111048918866742956374/posts/hYTZsRoWZje+Tom Samacicio for instance is in this circle and he's great.. CIRCLE UP!Ask him about CB Radios!+Pearl Lombardo is a lot of fun too.. CIRCLE HER (she calls SHENANIGANS a lot!)Happy 1st #PLUSversary  week to you all! #sharedcircles  Enjoy your FRIDAY and see some of you tomorrow with +Vivienne Gucwa leading the +The Google + One Year Anniversary Photowalk in Central Park tomorrow12012-06-29 20:33:37500414543
Thomas Power29,643to follow the Google I/O 2012 event over the next few days please use/share this Circle. This event is critical to the development of your knowledge of the Google+ ecosystem and most importantly the G+API.2012-06-27 06:15:011945610
Scott Knaster5,498version 4 update: Shared circle of Google I/O speakersIf you've already added the previous version of this shared circle, just add +Rich Hyndman and you'll be up to date. That's the only change in this version.Whether you're coming to San Francisco for Google I/O or participating online, there are many ways to keep up. Here's another: follow the I/O speakers by adding this shared circle. #io12  2012-06-27 03:51:201963176
Christian Kurzke (cnkurzke)8,673WOW, #io12  has not even started yet, and +Google+ is already on fire!If you guys try to stay on top of what's going on here, I'd like to share who I have on "speed dial" here in my "Movers and Shakers" circle.Most of them are Googlers, some of them are speakers, others are helping making stuff happen behind the scenes.All around, a great group of people to follow if you're here at Google IO, or if you're watching and following from home.Remember, most sessions are LIVE broadcast, all other sessions are recorded and available later!Let's ROCK THIS TOWN!(yeah, and follow me for my whacky music selection i'll share with you throughout the week... ;) )2012-06-26 19:22:093147411
Mano Marks0I'm getting really excited about Google I/O. We have a full set of +Google Maps API sessions. My session in on Wednesday, and will be live streamed. Of course all sessions will be recorded and posted. Here's a shared circle, started by +Scott Knaster of #io12  speakers.2012-06-26 16:39:05194247
Scott Knaster5,466version 3 update: Shared circle of Google I/O speakersv3: added one +Robert Pufky , removed another +Robert Pufky  (apologies to both), added +Ali Afshar .Whether you're coming to San Francisco for Google I/O or participating online, there are many ways to keep up. Here's another: follow the I/O speakers by adding this shared circle. #io12  2012-06-26 16:01:541951124
Scott Knaster5,435version 2 update: Shared circle of Google I/O speakersv2: added +Daniel Hermes , removed +danny hermes (apologies to both)Whether you're coming to San Francisco for Google I/O or participating online, there are many ways to keep up. Here's another: follow the I/O speakers by adding this shared circle. #io12  2012-06-25 16:26:241940322
Kimberly Iudakova24,679This is my first shared circle on Google+ I have been on here for almost a year at the end of June and wanted to give it a whirl.. I was inspired by Thomas Hawk and thought I would give it a try.. Now what you will find in here is a mixing pot of fun people depending on what you like..so dig around pick a few or bag the whole circle at once. *CAUTION* *ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK*  *>;)~*2012-06-13 07:22:1149810418
Annika O'Brien9,854Posting this "Super Robot" circle of DIY-ers, Robotics people and actual doers of stuff. Many of them are involved in hackerspaces and/or work with children. Posted at the bequest of +Craig Shipp.2012-06-13 01:26:11903112
Jaana Nyström50,117My 8 circles of Googlers!This is just the beginning...I have found out that even Google employees are not really connected on Google+... This must be remedied!For Google employeesSo after many gruelling hours of collecting people and sorting out the circles here are the results.I will start with Google 1 by Jaana and also notify all the people in the 8 circles WITH THE POST YOU'RE IN so that you may get connected if you wish.The circle in +CircleCount:  http://www.circlecount.com/sharedcircle/?id=z12wdxwjttr3xxo0u22celljpvm0wvzfsLook for the other 8 circles, they're coming up soon.EDIT:  One or two mistaken identities or job changes have come up in all the circles so far, sorry about that. #Google   #circleshare     #Jaanatip  2012-06-08 17:49:159421224
Michael Kendle299Here's a circle of tech people. The circle is bigger but only lets me share 500. If you're interested in tech, this is a good place to start.2012-06-07 13:57:05501115
Jaana Nyström49,593I've been hoarding these peeps...My Googlers CircleGoogle employeesEveryone in this circle works for Google, been collecting the guys since July last year.Well, worked at the time of me adding them, anyway...Here it is in +CircleCount:http://www.circlecount.com/sharedcircle/?id=z13uvt3okqj2cxxvc22celljpvm0wvzfsVery international...  If you have some more to add that I've missed, please comment! #circleshare   #CircleSunday  2012-06-03 13:44:1447836829
Robert Pitt21,486[CIRCLE]Thought I would share my Googlers circle, enjoy and make sure you give feedback to these guys :)2012-04-16 19:51:00222114
Domingo Rogers494Welcome to Thursday - Today I wanted to share a circle I've been growing slowly ever since I got started with Google+ as a 1st Generation Adopter. I've aptly titled this circle Googlers. It mostly has those that are of course employees that work at Google, but also includes the pages of some Google products. Some share more information than others, but all are worth while to include in your circles.Do you have any other Googlers that you would recommend for this Circle?2012-03-29 13:20:1470000
John Holme3,233My Google Google Group :-)2012-02-29 15:30:01201010
Carmelyne Thompson26,261That's a big circle! 500 of the developers I follow. Sorry if I missed you.Developers: Android, iOS, Python, Java, Ruby, Javascript, Asp/.Net, Perl, PHP, C/C++, Cocoa, Chrome ext, some Googler devs-2012-02-23 21:29:24501211422
Gabriel Fitzpatrick1,771New Anti-censorship circle has filled up. Add and share to reward them for their dedication to freedom.The first one is below.https://plus.google.com/u/1/115645093395056483635/posts/FtwDEkN1j822012-02-10 14:02:01497503
Jaana Nyström27,889#circlesharing #circlesunday My Google employees CircleHave you noticed that there is another circle sharing possibility: When you look at a certain circle's stream, there is a green button on the right saying Share this circle.That's what I'm testing right now. Works like a charm.I've been collecting this circle for a long time. Googlers from all over the globe.Enjoy! :-)#G+Tip #googleplustip #Jaanatip PING +The Best Circles on Google+ +Shared Circles on G+PS: Here's a Googler circle from +Natalie Villalobos with +58 peeps different from my circle. You might like to add this, too:https://plus.google.com/u/0/109895887909967698705/posts/VrfWQrgcVmUCombining the two circles is a good idea, that's what I did. Now it's a MEGA Googlers circle, have to share that later! :-)2012-02-05 10:04:22335221021

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This is a great example of why storytelling is so important.

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This short video does this very well--it tells a story and elicits a strong emotion at the end.  Well done.

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This is a great example of why storytelling is so important.

You tell a story to keep the attention of your audience.  You elicit an emotion to get them to retain what you wanted them to learn.

This short video does this very well--it tells a story and elicits a strong emotion at the end.  Well done.

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2014-11-12 03:36:19 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

This book is amazing.

New book on a REAL steampunk computer: 100 yr old mechanical marvel does Fourier analysis. Free PDF of entire book http://goo.gl/ZECnWd #scienceeveryday___This book is amazing.

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2014-10-03 01:37:10 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Netrunner fans: This is a whole bunch of inside jokes, but I think you'll dig the attention to detail. It was a blast putting this together with the other folks we run with in Chicago.

Shortly before we moved from Chicago to California, the folks in my office gave me perhaps the most thoughtful gift I've ever received: a custom datapack of "official" Netrunner cards, with each card featuring some memory or inside-joke from my time at Google Chicago.

The amount of effort that went into this blows my mind. There's obviously a lot of content, but the thing that makes this so special to a Netrunner fan is all the little details. For example:
  * They actually printed and folded a box exactly like the real datapack boxes. The box included not only all the cards, but also an awesome story insert, just like the real thing.
  * All of the cards make mechanical and thematic sense; they would actually "work" in the game [though some balance fixes are desperately required]. ;-)
  * Many of the cards have great flavortext, often with embarrassing-but-accurate quotes from me, such as the text on Diplomat ("At a meta-level, I'm happy that you're all so passionate about this subject."), or Laser-Focused Metrics ("It's hard to find the right balance between fair and insane.")

As you can see in the last shots in this album, these cards are now proudly on display above my new desk in Mountain View. I fully expect to be looking up at them, remembering Chicago, and grinning foolishly for years to come.

My understanding is that this was a big, group effort, but I also heard from many folks that +Jacob Matthews was instrumental in making this happen. So, thanks so much to Jacob and to everyone who contributed to this gift!

My time in Chicago marked the best four years of my life. I miss you already.___Netrunner fans: This is a whole bunch of inside jokes, but I think you'll dig the attention to detail. It was a blast putting this together with the other folks we run with in Chicago.

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2014-08-03 21:58:20 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Of all time, of course.

Best idea for a dance show ever? Or best idea for a dance show ever of all time?

/cc +Brian Fitzpatrick ___Of all time, of course.

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2014-07-25 16:40:23 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

Ha!

Even though +Ben Collins-Sussman and +Brian Fitzpatrick didn't attend OSCON they still managed to appear in the Microsoft booth.___Ha!

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2014-07-01 15:09:40 (30 comments, 26 reshares, 163 +1s)Open 

People are taking this USA vs. Belgium World Cup game very seriously. #NoMoarWaffles #BELUSA 

People are taking this USA vs. Belgium World Cup game very seriously. #NoMoarWaffles #BELUSA ___

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2014-06-02 02:39:26 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Fermilab Today has an article about the Tevatron magnet I got for the Google Chicago office:

http://www.fnal.gov/pub/today/archive/archive_2014/today14-05-28.html

Fermilab Today has an article about the Tevatron magnet I got for the Google Chicago office:

http://www.fnal.gov/pub/today/archive/archive_2014/today14-05-28.html___

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2014-05-16 20:17:49 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

It's your choice, not your school's.

It's your choice, not your school's.___

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2014-05-09 19:35:48 (7 comments, 11 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

I just did a spit take.

___I just did a spit take.

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2014-05-01 00:15:49 (11 comments, 38 reshares, 85 +1s)Open 

Check out what a Google self-driving car "sees":

Google Self-Driving Car on City Streets

Check out what a Google self-driving car "sees":

Google Self-Driving Car on City Streets___

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2014-04-18 02:17:48 (16 comments, 3 reshares, 86 +1s)Open 

Once again, my annual recycling program test device has arrived!

To quote +Brian Swetland:

"This is a standard recycling program test device. You are intended to separate the bound paper part from the plastic wrapper and deposit them in the appropriate recycling container(s). Your local waste management or recycling provider will register the arrival of this test device, verifying end-to-end operation of their system."

Test complete from my end. Awaiting confirmation of receipt from recycling provider.

Once again, my annual recycling program test device has arrived!

To quote +Brian Swetland:

"This is a standard recycling program test device. You are intended to separate the bound paper part from the plastic wrapper and deposit them in the appropriate recycling container(s). Your local waste management or recycling provider will register the arrival of this test device, verifying end-to-end operation of their system."

Test complete from my end. Awaiting confirmation of receipt from recycling provider.___

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2014-04-15 15:21:25 (10 comments, 23 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

This is fascinating. I've walked past this shack hundreds of times wondering "why?"

Now I know.

Q: So, why is Silicon Valley studded with an implausibly large number of abandoned barns, shacks, and other things that don't look like they belong here?

A: Because this all used to be orchards. This all made sense, fifty years ago.

Q: Right, but shouldn't they have, like, torn them down by now?

A: No. Abandoned barns in Silicon Valley are a better investment than historical stock market returns.

Q: Wouldn't they be an even better investment if there were, like, usable buildings on the land?

A: No.

Q: You have got to be shitting me.

A: Proposition 13 makes abandoned barns an enormously lucrative investment. You see, the assessed value of a piece of property is capped at a rate well below the rate of increase in property values out here. So you can just get the price of the land reevaluated every year and take tax-free loans against the increase in equity. This is a huge amount of untaxable money. Especially if you're an abandoned shed that's worth seven figures, right smack dab in the middle of the Google campus.

Q: Right, but that's just about low taxes, right?

A: Yeah. Well. Uh. I was going to get to the "except" part.

Q: And what's that? 

A: The increase is capped except upon the sale or the completion of new improvements. Like an apartment building, for instance, to partially solve the housing crisis out here. Or a new building on the Google campus. This means that if the value of the improvement is less than the compounded increase in the value of the property absent the improvement, then it doesn't make any sense to actually build anything.

Q: That's horrible. Why aren't people, like, vandalizing abandoned buildings to get rid of them?

A: The only way you can vandalize anything in California that solves the problem is to literally build a new improvement on the property without the landowner finding out. That resets the tax basis and gives them an incentive to stop holding the land off the market.

Q: That's... double horrible.

A: Yeeeeeeah.___This is fascinating. I've walked past this shack hundreds of times wondering "why?"

Now I know.

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2014-04-12 17:48:57 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

We're everywhere!

+Brian Fitzpatrick this car nearly backed into me. Is it a sign?___We're everywhere!

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2014-04-07 15:49:25 (20 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Coffee nerds, you should definitely get one of these: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/390812913/manual-coffeemaker-no1

Coffee nerds, you should definitely get one of these: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/390812913/manual-coffeemaker-no1___

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2014-03-28 01:34:23 (6 comments, 7 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

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2014-03-27 18:20:25 (10 comments, 70 reshares, 113 +1s)Open 

How Google deals with search warrants.  You should watch this.  It has cows. Also, "Nice Moustache."

Way of a Warrant

How Google deals with search warrants.  You should watch this.  It has cows. Also, "Nice Moustache."

Way of a Warrant___

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2014-03-02 17:29:06 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

Sunset across Carson Valley

Sunset across Carson Valley___

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2014-02-05 03:17:55 (8 comments, 12 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Sometimes entropy just needs a helping hand

(Wait for the part where they drop in a bunch of engine blocks)

A cars worst nightmare / Maszyna do mielenia samochodów

Sometimes entropy just needs a helping hand

(Wait for the part where they drop in a bunch of engine blocks)

A cars worst nightmare / Maszyna do mielenia samochodów___

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2014-02-05 00:08:30 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Early Google history from Urs... and Sergey shows up in the comments :-)

15 years ago (on Feb 1st, 1999) I first set foot in a Google datacenter. Well, not really -- in the Google cage in the Exodus datacenter in Santa Clara.  Larry had led me there for a tour (I wasn't an employee yet) and it was my first time in any datacenter.  And you couldn't really "set foot" in the first Google cage because it was tiny (7'x4', 2.5 sqm) and filled with about 30 PCs on shelves.  a1 through a24 were the main servers to build and serve the index and c1 through c4 were the crawl machines.

By that time we already had a second cage, immediately adjacent, that was about 3x larger and contained our first four racks, each containing 21 machines named d1-42 and f1-42 (don't ask me what happened to the b and e racks, I don't know).  I don't recall who manufactured d and f but they were trays with a single large motherboard and a Pentium II CPU.  (Later, the g rack would be the first corkboard rack.)

Some interesting details from the order:

- Yep, a megabit cost $1200/month and we had to buy two, an amount we didn't actually reach until the summer of 1999.  (At the time, 1 Mbps was roughly equivalent to a million queries per day.)

- You'll see a second line for bandwidth, that was a special deal for crawl bandwidth.  Larry had convinced the sales person that they should give it to us for "cheap" because it's all incoming traffic, which didn't require any extra bandwidth for them because Exodus traffic was primarily outbound.

- Note the handwritten "3 20 Amps in DC" change to the standard order form.  At the time, DC space was sold per square foot, and we always tried to get as much power with it as possible because that's what actually mattered.

- This particular building was one of the first colocation facilities in Silicon Valley.  Our direct neighbor was eBay, a bit further away was a giant cage housing DEC / Altavista, and our next expansion cage was directly adjacent to Inktomi.  The building has long since been shut down. ___Early Google history from Urs... and Sergey shows up in the comments :-)

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2014-02-04 23:57:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

This is how to get Glass users to remember things.  :-)

what was I supposed to remember again? #throughglass___This is how to get Glass users to remember things.  :-)

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2014-02-03 19:07:41 (13 comments, 8 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

This.

Today, for the first time, our report on government requests for user information encompasses all of the requests we receive, subject only to delays imposed by the DoJ (http://goo.gl/kjTltW) regarding how quickly we can include certain requests in our statistics: http://goo.gl/7J7uyN___This.

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2014-01-30 01:13:46 (23 comments, 8 reshares, 133 +1s)Open 

So this happened... just another day at the office.

So this happened... just another day at the office.___

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2014-01-17 14:30:39 (44 comments, 5 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Oh for crying out loud. Really? Really REALLY?

Oh for crying out loud. Really? Really REALLY?___

2014-01-17 14:02:27 (87 comments, 265 reshares, 245 +1s)Open 

This is a great example of why storytelling is so important.

You tell a story to keep the attention of your audience.  You elicit an emotion to get them to retain what you wanted them to learn.

This short video does this very well--it tells a story and elicits a strong emotion at the end.  Well done.

EDITED: Changed link to original ad on YouTube thanks to +Ron Mecredy.

Speed ad - Mistakes

This is a great example of why storytelling is so important.

You tell a story to keep the attention of your audience.  You elicit an emotion to get them to retain what you wanted them to learn.

This short video does this very well--it tells a story and elicits a strong emotion at the end.  Well done.

EDITED: Changed link to original ad on YouTube thanks to +Ron Mecredy.

Speed ad - Mistakes___

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2014-01-16 00:28:06 (13 comments, 3 reshares, 139 +1s)Open 

Found this going through old computer stuff.  I can't tell you how many hours/days/cough weeks we spent playing this on my dad's Atari 800.

Found this going through old computer stuff.  I can't tell you how many hours/days/cough weeks we spent playing this on my dad's Atari 800.___

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2014-01-15 18:03:08 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Data Liberation Bolt Cutters FTW

Saw this at the office on a huge bolt cutter. I liked the diagram. I think it's saying your hand will split in half and worms will come out.___Data Liberation Bolt Cutters FTW

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2013-12-24 19:01:16 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Anyone have any strong recommendations for what to use to clean (mostly dust, some fingerprints) off of old photos before scanning?

A little creative searching seems to point to Pec-12 photographic emulsion cleaner and Pec pads... any other suggestions?

Anyone have any strong recommendations for what to use to clean (mostly dust, some fingerprints) off of old photos before scanning?

A little creative searching seems to point to Pec-12 photographic emulsion cleaner and Pec pads... any other suggestions?___

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2013-12-13 20:33:23 (6 comments, 16 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

This makes me very happy: Sites penalized for spammy comments that link to them!

http://www.theawl.com/2013/12/the-new-spammer-panic

This makes me very happy: Sites penalized for spammy comments that link to them!

http://www.theawl.com/2013/12/the-new-spammer-panic___

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2013-12-11 17:15:37 (15 comments, 57 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

FFS people, we really can't get 100K signatures to ask the government to get a warrant first?

I am disappoint.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/reform-ecpa-tell-government-get-warrant/nq258dxk …

FFS people, we really can't get 100K signatures to ask the government to get a warrant first?

I am disappoint.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/reform-ecpa-tell-government-get-warrant/nq258dxk …___

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2013-12-05 17:17:52 (14 comments, 62 reshares, 110 +1s)Open 

Want to download a copy of all your Gmail? You got it: 

http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2013/12/download-copy-of-your-gmail-and-google.html

Huge congrats to the team working on Takeout.

Want to download a copy of all your Gmail? You got it: 

http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2013/12/download-copy-of-your-gmail-and-google.html

Huge congrats to the team working on Takeout.___

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2013-12-01 18:53:28 (18 comments, 3 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Jerusalem, November 2013

Jerusalem, November 2013___

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2013-11-30 22:34:11 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Tel Aviv, November 2013. The beach, Jaffa, and a few views from the office

Tel Aviv, November 2013. The beach, Jaffa, and a few views from the office___

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2013-11-26 13:39:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Photos from Eclipsecon, mostly of Ludwigsburg Palace

Photos from Eclipsecon, mostly of Ludwigsburg Palace___

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2013-11-25 23:17:10 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

A few shots of Istanbul from last month

A few shots of Istanbul from last month___

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2013-11-25 21:57:54 (9 comments, 32 reshares, 74 +1s)Open 

Mind blown.

I don't think I've ever put that much thought into sea level before. My mind is kind of blown by this.___Mind blown.

2013-11-22 19:21:36 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

This is a Pi story, but since today is the anniversary of JFK's assassination, it's  a  good story to retell today as a lighter angle on all the sadness of the assassination.

A Pi Story.

One that I've never told to anyone before, but that simply Must Be Shared After All These Years.

Many many many years ago, I worked on a large software project with some friends, including +Ben Collins-Sussman and +Karl Fogel. The software was for A Big Bank, and part of the project required writing out a custom CD-ROM for each of their big corporate customers every month. The CD was basically a website that included a whole bunch of account transaction information, and served as a kind of local, static supplement to the fancy webapp that we built for them.

So, if a customer requested (and paid for, of course) a monthly summary of their transactions, we'd build a full static website in a RAM disk, create a disk image from that RAM disk, and then shoot the disk image over to the CD burner.

Now, The Big Bank purchased some fancy schmancy CD burners that we could send our disk image to, along with a little file full of metadata. The CD burner would notice the metadata file, pull a blank CD out of the hopper containing a hundred or so blanks, burn the image to it, and then print a lovely label right onto the disk.

Well, that's what it was supposed to do.

In testing, I found that it just flat out wouldn't print some of my test disk images. I debugged and debugged and debugged and finally figured out that the CD burner, which could burn CDs with up to 640MB of data, failed on very small images. Any image smaller than 640KB, to be precise. We contacted the manufacturer of the CD burners, and they weren't much help. The software running the station was proprietary, so we couldn't really debug it, and The Big Bank was bearing down on us with a tight deadline. So we thought about how we could fix it as quickly as possible because we were already running a little bit behind. Since the CD burner wasn't part of our system, and we couldn't debug it, I gave the bank a choice:

- I could start charging them hourly to debug it and push back the deadline a week or two or three

or...

- I could just stuff a 640KB file onto every image before I started writing the files out onto it.

As you might guess, they chose the latter.

So now the big question: what to put in the file? I mean, we could just fill it full of ones and zeroes, or garbage from /dev/random, but that seemed uninteresting. I mean, we had a chance to send something out to basically every corporate customer of The Big Bank, so what could we send?

We sent them Pi. Exactly 640kb of pi. We checked the pi file into our version control system and it was built right into our app that we delivered to them. And that's how Pi wound up on thousands and thousands of CDs in the hands of who knows how many companies. Or so I thought.

Right after we shipped, I was catching up on code reviews (we didn't know better back then) and saw that someone (Who Shall Remain Nameless) had committed a change to the pi file just hours before we shipped. I found that to be more than a bit odd, so I opened the message to look at the diff, which showed that only one line, near the middle of the file, had changed:


0330334926648853295618795266446319063493896492797477963
0581823776065803540227966910818093226725142614287685085
5023403639597056214125151376204672244428979978554541319
- 0137205600294567063403824299178075125724484463577152589
+ 01372056002 Lee Harvey Oswald Acted Alone 4463577152589
3472233684526800050490579407659261183404627646998353219
8933127117327105112938774627200813172632086712472478310
3695325057116684669339199938383416530133092477294293584

And that is part of the, ahem, corrupted, version of Pi that shipped on every CD-ROM that our product created.___This is a Pi story, but since today is the anniversary of JFK's assassination, it's  a  good story to retell today as a lighter angle on all the sadness of the assassination.

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2013-11-20 21:57:53 (3 comments, 15 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

This is important.  Please take the time to sign.  It's for the internet.

U.S. government agencies claim they don't need a warrant to ask for private content—such as Gmail messages, documents, photos and YouTube videos. (Here at Google, we push back.) We urge reform to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to require a warrant for online info, just like for offline. 

If you're in the U.S., sign this petition to the White House today—we need 100,000 signatures to guarantee a response: http://goo.gl/N2C7Uu___This is important.  Please take the time to sign.  It's for the internet.

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2013-11-07 18:10:58 (13 comments, 11 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Read this. This is the biggest danger yet to free speech on the internet. It's the first step down a slippery slope:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/07/business/international/google-is-ordered-to-block-images-in-privacy-case.html

Read this. This is the biggest danger yet to free speech on the internet. It's the first step down a slippery slope:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/07/business/international/google-is-ordered-to-block-images-in-privacy-case.html___

2013-11-02 22:55:28 (14 comments, 4 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

TIL: Mercedes uses OVER 100 Free/Open Source licenses in their cars.

boggle

http://www4.mercedes-benz.com/manual-cars/ba/foss/content/en/assets/FOSS_licences.pdf

h/t +Karl Fogel 

TIL: Mercedes uses OVER 100 Free/Open Source licenses in their cars.

boggle

http://www4.mercedes-benz.com/manual-cars/ba/foss/content/en/assets/FOSS_licences.pdf

h/t +Karl Fogel ___

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2013-11-02 02:52:06 (3 comments, 19 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

That mouse really wanted that cracker.  Good job mouse.

Мышь vs. Печенька

That mouse really wanted that cracker.  Good job mouse.

Мышь vs. Печенька___

2013-10-30 20:48:58 (6 comments, 14 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

This is the big story in tech today: 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-infiltrates-links-to-yahoo-google-data-centers-worldwide-snowden-documents-say/2013/10/30/e51d661e-4166-11e3-8b74-d89d714ca4dd_story.html 

*

I'm just going to post my thoughts on this. Standard disclaimer: They are my own thoughts, and not those of my employer.

*
Fuck these guys. 

I've spent the last ten years of my life trying to keep Google's users safe and secure from the many diverse threats Google faces.

I've seen armies of machines DOS-ing Google. I've seen worms DOS'ing Google to find vulnerabilities in other people's software. I've seen criminal gangs figure out malware. I've seen spyware masquerading as toolbars so thick it breaks computers because it interferes with the other spyware.... more »

This is the big story in tech today: 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-infiltrates-links-to-yahoo-google-data-centers-worldwide-snowden-documents-say/2013/10/30/e51d661e-4166-11e3-8b74-d89d714ca4dd_story.html 

*

I'm just going to post my thoughts on this. Standard disclaimer: They are my own thoughts, and not those of my employer.

*
Fuck these guys. 

I've spent the last ten years of my life trying to keep Google's users safe and secure from the many diverse threats Google faces.

I've seen armies of machines DOS-ing Google. I've seen worms DOS'ing Google to find vulnerabilities in other people's software. I've seen criminal gangs figure out malware. I've seen spyware masquerading as toolbars so thick it breaks computers because it interferes with the other spyware.

I've even seen oppressive governments use state sponsored hacking to target dissidents.

But even though we suspected this was happening, it still makes me terribly sad. It makes me sad because I believe in America. 

Not in that flag-waving bullshit we've-got-our-big-trucks-and-bigger-tanks sort of way, but in the way that you can looked a good friend who has a lot of flaws, but every time you meet him, you think, "That guy still has some good ideas going on".

But after spending all that time helping in my tiny way to protect Google -- one of the greatest things to arise from the internet -- seeing this, well, it's just a little like coming home from War with Sauron, destroying the One Ring, only to discover the NSA is on the front porch of the Shire chopping down the Party Tree and outsourcing all the hobbit farmers with half-orcs and whips. 

The US has to be better than this; but I guess in the interim, that security job is looking a lot more like a Sisyphus thing than ever. 

*

Also of note, this article from September may call some recent technical decisions into relief: 

http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-09-06/business/41831756_1_encryption-data-centers-intelligence-agencies

#nsa   #surveillancestate  ___

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2013-10-30 00:58:16 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Record-breaking royalties paid in 2013, but Copyright owners insist file-sharing is killing their industry and get sites blocked in the UK.

Errrr......

Exhibit A: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/copyright/article/59732-ccc-paid-a-record-188-7-million-in-royalties-in-2013.html

Exhibit B: http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/oct/29/record-labels-isp-piracy-block-music-filesharing

Record-breaking royalties paid in 2013, but Copyright owners insist file-sharing is killing their industry and get sites blocked in the UK.

Errrr......

Exhibit A: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/copyright/article/59732-ccc-paid-a-record-188-7-million-in-royalties-in-2013.html

Exhibit B: http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/oct/29/record-labels-isp-piracy-block-music-filesharing___

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2013-10-28 11:09:49 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Some photos from #wppstream  in Antalya, Turkey.

Some photos from #wppstream  in Antalya, Turkey.___

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2013-10-22 22:17:38 (10 comments, 24 reshares, 68 +1s)Open 

THESE ARE SO SO GOOD!

Adult Wednesday Addams:

Adult Wednesday Addams: The Apartment Hunt [Ep 1]

(Watch all four: http://www.youtube.com/user/heymelissahunter/videos)

THESE ARE SO SO GOOD!

Adult Wednesday Addams:

Adult Wednesday Addams: The Apartment Hunt [Ep 1]

(Watch all four: http://www.youtube.com/user/heymelissahunter/videos)___

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2013-10-12 19:34:29 (7 comments, 7 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Not. Cool.

Clear account of the outrageous behavior of one of SciAm's affiliates towards scientist and writer DNLee, DNLee's on-point and witty response, and SciAm's cowardly removal of DNLee's response (and her whole blog hosted there). I'm not renewing my SciAm subscription unless SciAm restores DNLee's blog, apologizes, and censors their affiliate.___Not. Cool.

2013-10-11 13:00:27 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Chicago Transit Authority's new farecard system is a trainwreck in so many ways.

I just reported Ventra to the Better Business Bureau, and you should too. Here's what I said:

- Ventra's registration process is broken: they sent me my account credentials months before allowing card registrations (in emails that look like spam), don't have a process for looking up a forgotten username, and are all-around terrible at communications about registration and account status. After finally registering my card after being told numerous times that the numbers printed on it were invalid, it took over 48 hours for my CTA card balance to transfer over. When it finally did, I got another email telling me that the value had transferred, and if I ever used my CTA card again I'd be double charged. I didn't actually see the email until much later - thankfully I wasn't double charged at that time.

- Ventra's hardware is faulty: I've been double charged due to a faulty reader, causing a negative balance on my card. This completely disables the card, despite the fact that I have a 30-day pass. Adding value to my card at a kiosk didn't take effect for over a half hour, making the kiosks useless.

- Worst of all, Ventra's customer service is nonexistent: there are currently 40+ minute wait times to talk to a representative. If you leave a message for them, despite promising a response in 48 hours, they do not respond. Their online complaints form only accepts 150 characters of input, preventing any reasonable explanation of an issue. Moreover, every single issue I've reported (including being double charged) has been summarily set to "closed incident" with no response. This is the worst problem of all, as it means that the above issues (and any others) are falling on deaf ears, and unlikely to be fixed expediently.

Many of these problems could be chalked up to Ventra being a new system, but its complete failure at customer service combined with the fact that all CTA passengers are being forced into using their system make this situation inexcusable. Millions of Chicagoans rely on the CTA to get to work, home, and to their loved ones. Ventra effectively makes the CTA useless.

#BoycottVentra  ___Chicago Transit Authority's new farecard system is a trainwreck in so many ways.

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2013-10-10 18:50:48 (22 comments, 64 reshares, 171 +1s)Open 

"Columbus discovered the New World much like a meteorite discovered the dinosaurs"

Oh how I love +Matthew Inman.

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/columbus_day

"Columbus discovered the New World much like a meteorite discovered the dinosaurs"

Oh how I love +Matthew Inman.

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/columbus_day___

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2013-10-10 16:14:14 (6 comments, 7 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Be careful what you wish for!

So, you all (hopefully) saw my photos yesterday; if you didn't, you may have seen the media coverage about my employer, Google Australia, installing 2 monorail carriages in our new office space yesterday (e.g. http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/google-installs-monorail-carriages-in-its-office-20131009-2v7fl.html)

Now! For those of you who don't know, confession (and story!) time: this was my fault.

At Google, we have (like most large companies do) an internal ticketing system for keeping track of jobs for our building management team ('Facilities', or 'REWS'). This system is usually populated with requests like, you know, 'the door on level X isn't working properly' or 'the pinball machine isn't working' or 'you know what would be awesome? An electric keyboard. We don't have one, can you buy us one please?' or whatever (all real, recent examples, which all got 'fixed').

Sometimes, though, this ticket system is abused by idiots* trying to be funny.

One such example of this was at the start of this year, when one particular idiot† submitted a ticket into this system pointing out that the NSW and Sydney governments had finally announced their long-anticipated plan to remove and scrap Sydney's defunct, expensive-but-useless monorail (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney_Monorail — a classic 'white elephant'). At the time, Google Australia had spread from one office building in Pyrmont to two, and there were rumours of a third coming soon, so this idiot suggested that maybe Google should buy the monorail and install it between the three buildings in a loop, because we're lazy and besides how cool would it be to have a monorail.

Everyone had a chuckle at this lame joke, and then that was it, until a particularly awesome member of our Facilities team, Alecia, replied to the ticket, giving an hilarious and clever feasibility study as to why purchasing the monorail would be a bad plan (and yes, it did include the phrase "more of a Shelbyville idea"). This reply (which I wish I could share with you, but if nothing else it's filled with Google in-jokes and wouldn't make sense to you all) elevated my stupid facilities ticket into legendary status, where it did the rounds of Google and after about a week I think the whole company had seen it.

Joke dies down, everyone's happy. Until about 3 months ago.

About 3 months ago, Alecia sent me an IM saying "Are you free for a meeting now? And by meeting, I mean 'road trip'." Naturally, I was. I arrived at Alecia's desk (Alecia: "I love that I say 'road trip' and you just turn up without asking what it is."), and we head off. Eventually I ask what we're actually doing, and another colleague who was in on the plan tells me: "Monorail shopping!"

Sure enough, Alecia takes us out to a junkyard near the airport, and we all help choose which two monorail carriages we want to purchase and install as meeting rooms in One Darling Island, our new workspace in Sydney (the aforementioned rumoured third building).

Eventually, this brings us to what happened yesterday. After an months of Herculean logistics (and, I'm quite sure, horrifying expense; the SMH article linked above estimates the costs of the installation at $250,000, though I have no idea if that's accurate), yesterday our 2 monorail carriages were brought to the office, and very carefully (I heard tell that the '20cm of clearance' figure in the SMH article was actually an OVER-estimate) lifted into place, where they will become 3 meeting rooms (each carriage will be its own room, and then there will be another casual meeting area at the back)‡. HOW COOL IS THAT??!?

Anyway, check out the linked article - the timelapse footage isn't brilliant, but it will give you an idea of the logistics involved (we actually took some footage of our own, hopefully I can share that with you soon).

So: next time I tell you (as I regularly do) that working at Google is like working at Wonka's Chocolate Factory: remember, I once made a stupid joke about buying a monorail, and MY COMPANY DID IT FOR ME. I bet not many of you can say that§.


* generally, me.
† specifically, me.
‡ you, all being nerds, will be delighted to know that the meeting rooms are to be named "Brockway", "Ogdenville", and "North Haverbrook".
§ my guess: zero.___Be careful what you wish for!

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2013-10-09 22:52:21 (0 comments, 8 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Awesome.

Here's a Testing On The Toilet variant that salespeople can get on board with.
+Brian Fitzpatrick ___Awesome.

2013-10-08 21:33:09 (19 comments, 16 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Google Takeout now has a fancy new interface--check it out!

https://www.google.com/settings/takeout

Google Takeout now has a fancy new interface--check it out!

https://www.google.com/settings/takeout___

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