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Mohammad Khatib18,870Pictures and updates live from Google I/O 2012. Invite all your friends who are at I/O. Install Google+ new app and Enable Party Mode on your phone and let the pictures be uploaded automatically!Let's collect all the pictures from Google I/O into one place! And test Google+ Events! #io12   #io2012   #io12extended   #partymode  Google I/O 20122012-06-27 09:00:0089 

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Thời Trang Ebig0Google Friends! - You're in this Circle - Share the circle *'"*:•:•* •-::-•:*:•-:¦: Share and Be Shared :¦:-•:*:•.::• •-:•:''''*                                                 This is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top Google+ users that share unique and original contents.Follow this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow your dreams and smile to life.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!Circle Networkhttps://plus.google.com/b/112542593288160483901/112542593288160483901/postsNetwork Circleshttps://plus.google.com/b/112542593288160483901/communities/113362757071870225795#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #socialmedia#Circlenetwork2014-10-02 17:43:56498000
Thời Trang Ebig0Google Friends! - You're in this Circle - Share the circle *'"*:•:•* •-::-•:*:•-:¦: Share and Be Shared :¦:-•:*:•.::• •-:•:''''*                                                 This is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top Google+ users that share unique and original contents.Follow this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow your dreams and smile to life.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!Circle Networkhttps://plus.google.com/b/112542593288160483901/112542593288160483901/postsNetwork Circleshttps://plus.google.com/b/112542593288160483901/communities/113362757071870225795#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #socialmedia#Circlenetwork2014-10-02 17:36:47498000
Thời Trang Ebig0Google Friends! - You're in this Circle - Share the circle *'"*:•:•* •-::-•:*:•-:¦: Share and Be Shared :¦:-•:*:•.::• •-:•:''''*                                                 This is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top Google+ users that share unique and original contents.Follow this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow your dreams and smile to life.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!Circle Networkhttps://plus.google.com/b/112542593288160483901/112542593288160483901/postsNetwork Circleshttps://plus.google.com/b/112542593288160483901/communities/113362757071870225795#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #socialmedia#Circlenetwork2014-10-02 17:36:34497000
George Clark7,103Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!I don't wish to offend anyone on the internet, so if you would like to be removed from my shared circles, please send me a private message and I won't share your profile in the future. The only way being shared will affect you is that you will get notifications that people have added you. You are under no obligation to add them back to your circles. If you don't add them back, they will most likely remove you from their circles after some time.#topcircle #circleshareoftheday #sharedcircles  #sharedpubliccircles   #fridaycircle   #themecircle   #mediterranean   #addbackspree   #ripplescircle   #addback   #aahanapriyadarsinee   #peoplescircle   #circleoftheday   #followme   #follow4follow  2014-09-27 10:52:530292437
Robert Connor17,408Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!All those  *#sharing  publicly THIS circle* will also be included in my other major circle sharingIf you received the notice you are in this circleIf you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.Thank you to all those who participated#fabwomenonG+ #womenongplus #womenonline #womenongoogleplus #women #activeusers #activedirectory #activeengagers #fabfems #googleplusengagers #femalesongoogleplus #female #fabulouswomenongoogleplus #slhc #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles2014-09-11 11:06:23494432767
Colin Wilson1,513Increase your following with our Amazing CirclesTo be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps: 1 - include me in your circles 2 - Click add people and create your circle 3 - share the circle (include yourself) 4 - add +1 to the post#circles #circleshare #sharedcircle #circlesharing #followers #social #socialnetworking #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #googleplus2014-09-11 10:19:2049681010
WorldBreakingNews LatestNewsCurrentNews6 #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   #photographer   #bestphotographer   #topphotographer  #AddCircle   #FindCircles   #awesome   #AwesomePeople  #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles   2014-06-23 10:07:01499538
Eroto Graphy2,818     *If you received this Notice - You're in this Circle #128*         •-::-•:*:•-:¦: Summer Share and Be Shared :¦:-•:*:•.::-•This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.Top Google+ users that share unique and original contents, and if you add them, you will have an even better Google plus experience.Follow this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me ( ) in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.    _ Otherwise I may not notice your activity!_3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!LINK TO THE ORIGINAL POST:https://plus.google.com/114802438985444128484/posts/itMhCJE4o7dCircle Networkhttps://plus.google.com/b/112542593288160483901/112542593288160483901/postsNetwork Circleshttps://plus.google.com/b/112542593288160483901/communities/113362757071870225795If you would like to be removed from future circles, please send me a private message and I won't share your profile in the future.2014-06-23 03:27:52500352781
Maria Morisot32,548Moan Lisa's All Kinds of People Shared Circle15 June, 2014RESHARE if you want to be includedmoanlisa.org2014-06-15 11:11:532988283105
Kristin Milton9,730Hi everyone, This is a starter circle for +Ben Milton.It's mostly my 'most relevant' circlers, heavily weighted for sciency content.Enjoy :)2014-05-13 12:51:4398105
RokSimec.com3,830#ShareCircle To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get!*#circle  #circleshare  #circleshared  #circleoftheweek  #share #sharecircle  #sharecircleoftheday  #sharecircles  #engagers #engagerscircle  #engagerspeople  2014-05-12 20:24:145003711
Tourej Ansari16,540All Kinds of People Shared CircleReshare or comment or plus to be in the next circle share!  Let me know if you want to be in the circle! Circle these plussers they are cool people! #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #public #publiccircles2014-05-10 11:00:124583111
Bui Van Nam9094Google Friends! - You're in this Circle - Share the circle *'"*:•:•* •-::-•:*:•-:¦: Share and Be Shared :¦:-•:*:•.::• •-:•:''''*                                                 This is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top Google+ users that share unique and original contents.Follow this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow your dreams and smile to life.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!Circle Networkhttps://plus.google.com/b/112542593288160483901/112542593288160483901/postsNetwork Circleshttps://plus.google.com/b/112542593288160483901/communities/113362757071870225795#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #socialmedia#Circlenetwork2014-05-07 16:06:56501129
DRESS3,901If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 2 - Share this post3 - Add +1 to the post 4 - Leave a comment if you have done the 3 steps above#circle   #circleshare  #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare 2014-05-05 12:20:22500459
DRESS3,855If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 2 - Share this post3 - Add +1 to the post 4 - Leave a comment if you have done the 3 steps above#circle   #circleshare  #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare 2014-05-04 03:34:024014511
Will Hawkins32,619Google Friends! - You're in this Circle - Share the circle *'"*:•:•* •-::-•:*:•-:¦: Share and Be Shared :¦:-•:*:•.::• •-:•:''''*                                                 106This is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top Google+ users that share unique and original contents.Follow this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (include yourself) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow your dreams and smile to life.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!Circle Networkhttps://plus.google.com/b/112542593288160483901/112542593288160483901/postsNetwork Circleshttps://plus.google.com/b/112542593288160483901/communities/113362757071870225795#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #empireavenue   #socialmedia     #influencers   #influencer   #influence   #influencermarketing #thursdaycircle   2014-05-04 00:26:44500615099
Sinta Riani345This is a good circle. all of account on this circle is OnNow you can ADD People From this CircleBefor you ADD This people to your Circle, You must Vote g+ on my Blog please.> vote g+ on this link : https://plusone.google.com/u/0/_/+1/fastbutton?count=true&url=http://blog-kangramzi.blogspot.com/> After that. You can add this people to your site.Thank you #vote #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles   #shared   #circle #voteg+2014-04-14 05:52:07500425
Jack C Crawford86,096Another cool circle.2014-03-22 17:03:555000517
Hertzer Tsaitwase788Sekali klik, teman google plus jadi bertambah.Ini merupakan circle spesial saya, dimana orang di dalam sini merupakan bule dan memiliki potensi aktif di google plus.Mau akun anda ada di dalamnya? Anda boleh bergabung dengan kami dengan memenuhi syarat di bawah ini :Syarat Gabung :> Akun google plus aktif (yang akan dioptimasi)> Harus mau +1 dan share ulang postingan shared circlenya> Harus follow google plus saya (agar saya mudah mengenali akun dan memantaunya, saya juga akan follow balik kalian)Syarat Pendukung :> Membuat artikel mengenai "cara memperbanyak followers google plus" dan diberi link ke url shared circle (saya ada materinya untuk diposting dan boleh copas artikel saya)=====================================================Jika merasa sanggup dengan semua syarat di atas, silahkan daftarkan diri anda.Cara Gabung :> Klik tambahkan orang dan buat lingkarang baru> Follow google plus saya> +1 dan share post ini>  komen dengan hastag #addmetosharedcircle  #Sharedcircle   #circle   #publiccircle  2014-01-27 16:17:5747920923
Mikhail Petrovsky63,280Good morning / evening to all.You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Это социальный круг / This social circleВам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-01-26 01:55:44478421659
Artur M.36,283circle of people, with active life position in Google+Круг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.2014-01-25 13:12:34481431263
Mikhail Petrovsky61,653Good morning / evening to all. You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг / This social circle #EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-01-12 05:09:15480371870
Artur M.34,610A Very Social CircleКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+circle of people, with active life position in Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.#forfriends  2014-01-11 15:17:52474451767
Vladimir Samsonov23,645Good morning/evening to all. You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг This is a Social Circle#ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother2013-12-07 14:41:42475452769
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
Alex Grossman56,667G+ Engagers CircleIt's been a while since I shared a circle, so here's a small circle of people I recommend following. They are great to engage with, full of energy and opinions and fun, with very little anger, disrespect, or poor manners. Hope you enjoy all of them as much as I do. They certainly make my time in G+ lots of fun. :)2013-08-22 03:31:187510711
Jack C Crawford69,267Gender wars! Here's the latest share of some quite amazing persons.Angels, you have been emailed - please let me know if that is still OK with you.It is has now hit the maximum sharable circle size of 500.  Stay tuned for circle 2 in the future.2013-08-02 23:24:0450016435150
AyJay Schibig23,085ENGAGERS  CIRCLE 7.28.13Welcome to the latest  Release of my Engager's Circle.  Feel free to add  and re-share this circle  of Active G+ Engagers !Also see  my other curated Circles. athttp://ayjay.blogspot.com/2013/05/my-google-plus-circles.htmlShared with:#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle2013-07-28 22:48:4638810314
Jake Olimpi731Returning the favor to all of those who have added me! Simply:1) Add me2) +13) Share4) Comment and..5) Add!Keep the sharing going!!!#SHAREthelove  #circleshare  #g+ #oneforall  2013-07-22 01:14:35451608
Jack C Crawford67,462Short list of Google Employees (and one Motorola consultant)2013-07-13 06:14:2369014
AyJay Schibig21,387ENGAGERS  CIRCLE 7.7.13Welcome to the latest edition of my Engager's Circle.  Feel free to add  and re-share this circle with these Active G+ Engagers !Also see  my other curated Circles. athttp://ayjay.blogspot.com/2013/05/my-google-plus-circles.htmlShared with:#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle2013-07-08 01:06:353396220
Alessandro Folghera4,993Thanks to +Jack C Crawford for this #talentedcircle  I liked this #sharedcircle  and I decided to share it too. #ladiescircle   #fashionstyle  2013-07-03 04:31:334456216
Jack C Crawford66,439It's Ladies Night on Google+'s 2nd year anniversary.  Without them, all us dudes would here alone talking about androids and football.I am especially thankful to this growing list (440 and counting) of incredibly wonderful, talented and generous souls.This is a periodically notified circle. If you were notified, you are in this circle. Please let me know if you prefer not to be notified in the future. Thank you!2013-06-29 01:10:5344015627150
Stephanie Calahan1,218FABULOUS WOMEN ON G+ Part 4 of 4My goal was to crowd-source a list of Fabulous Woman on G+ that are Actively posting and Engaging on Google+.  I had originally expected maybe 50 names.  Much to my surprise and , I received over 400+ comments filled with love and positive energy to help curate this list of well over 1491 beautiful people. I would say this was a success and now I'm sharing with everyone PUBLIC.  I hope you will share it far and wide too.  #Google+ will only allow me to share 500 at a time, so the list has been broken down in to 4 circles.  Groups 1-4 do not indicate any specific preference to any woman.  I would have shared one massive circle if I was allowed.Fabulous Women on G+ Part 1 Can be found here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/117590169633617507930/posts/Srvv4xzeuYmFabulous Women on G+ Part 2 Can be found here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/117590169633617507930/posts/DRFwReXQvbFFabulous Women on G+ Part 3 Can be found here:https://plus.google.com/u/0/117590169633617507930/posts/7wiyEUFuKsHWhat You Can Do Now------------------------------------* Add these circles to your own circles by pressing the "View shared circle" button below. Then you can either add it to an existing circle of yours or add it as a new circle by giving it a new name. I've labeled mine "Fabulous Women on G+".  (You won't be able to see the circle on mobile or ipad -- you must be on a desktop or laptop.)  See other G+ quirks below.* Once you've added it, I recommend visiting the stream for this circle and browsing through it to see what you find interesting, encouraging, and enlightening. Then, share some love by commenting, +1ing or sharing the posts of your sisters!* Please note, this is a very diverse group of women.  You're likely to see some people in these circles who will see, understand, or experience things differently than you.  They may or may not share your similar interests.  With that in mind, a few suggestions:     -- If you disagree with someone's views, you can very easily remove them from your circle.     -- Please post public vs to these circles directly.  Each of us has separate preferences on notifications and we want to lift one another up, not bog down notifications.  I hope you all see some increased activity, make some new and inspired connections, and lift one another up as we share each other's brilliance.#fabwomenonG+If You Received Notification About this Circle--------------------------------------------------------------------If you're getting a notification about this it's because you've been identified me or others in the circle as a Fabulous Woman on G+ that is Actively posting and Engaging here.  Original Post: https://plus.google.com/u/0/117590169633617507930/posts/HHzp7g9aW9tI thought you would want to know that you have been identified as someone the G+ community should connect with!  I don't send out notifications unless it is 100% warranted. G+ Quirky Things to Note----------------------------------------* Google+ has a daily limit of 500 for adding people to your circles. If you haven't added 50 people or more today, you should be fine to add one of the circles daily.2013-06-09 22:47:5043927622
Jack C Crawford63,736Here's another truly awesome circle of additional Google plus folks who will enrich you personally.2013-05-18 00:35:523268320
Brad Leclerc28,193I haven't shared a circle in a while, and since I seem to have a flood of new circlers lately, I figure now might be a good time to get back into the habit. Starting with this circle of 150~ awesome people, which I have named my "Inner Sanctum".They post on a wide range of topics, from gaming, to science, to writing, to politics (across the spectrum, so you might not agree with everything they all say), to movies, to saucy photos, and everything in between. There are even a few slightly more well known and/or celebrity types in here, though they're all fairly active about posting, and interacting in general).They all really have only one thing in common: they make my G+ stream epic.You really can't go wrong with this circle. Trust me on that.2013-05-09 05:33:39151629
Matthew Shuey1,381Socially Influential Google+ UsersThis is a hand picked circle of highly influential Google+ Users.To be added tho this or other circles do the following.1. Share this circle publicly2. Make sure your profile description is complete and country are visible in your profile3. Leave a comment4. Have a wonderful experience! #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday  2013-03-18 22:46:5842726913
Matthew Shuey1,289Socially Engaged Google+ Users Updated 3-15-13Shared public circle of socially engaging and socially influential Google+ users.Feel free to add and share. To be added to this or other circles please do the following.1. Share this circle2. Confirm your share by leaving a comment on this postThis is a hand picked circle. #sharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles Enjoy!2013-03-15 20:29:3641813515
Matthew Shuey880Socially Engaged Google+ Users UpdatedThis circle contains socially influential and socially engaging  Google+ users.2013-03-08 04:24:2537411310
Matthew Shuey734Socially Engaged Google+ Users #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleoftheday #circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday  2013-03-03 16:20:563541368
Anna Galarza3,321Curated Circle Featuring Only The Best Of The Best Of Google Plus!They are amazing people to have them as part of your G+ connections. If you are looking for #engagement , #fun , #inspiration , #thoughtful  posts, etc., this circle is for you! #circleshare   #coolpeople   #topplusers   #googleplustips   #googlepluscircles   #publiccircle   #sharedcircles  2013-01-06 15:02:4450027738
Chris Mc Shane0Update on the Gaming Circle :). If you would like to be added all you have to do is comment below :D It doesn't matter if you play Ps3, Xbox, Computer or tabletop all are welcome :)2012-11-29 17:23:547315213
Yvan Da Silva4,840Hi everyone,As many of you already know, I have a nice circle called "ReadThis", the name says it all. From time to time I go check what that circle is doing because I know they do great posts, have absolutely brilliant minds and have caught my attention at a moment or another.You don't have to do anything special to get in, this circle is in constant movement. People get in, some people get out etc. Depending on their posts, comments and activity. If you are new to Google+ then this is definitively a circle you might consider. You do not have to add them all, you can actually select which people you want to follow! Hope it will help you find great people.Happy Friday everyone ! #followfriday   #followfridaycircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  2012-11-09 16:53:45199303
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
Andrea Memenas5,995There are so many awesome women in my "Smart Chicks" circle that it exceeds G+'s 500-people-shared-at-once limit...You really need to follow these ladies. It will immediately make your G+ experience better.2012-10-23 20:00:075009010
Robyn Miller11,989Today's circle share is the current peeps in my don't miss circle. Call it ' byn's G+ pipeline of interaction ' if you will.  These are the folks that keep me coming back.  If you are looking for a common topic, activity and such, you aren't going to find it here. Some are friendlier than others, but all are interactive. Some are NSFW, and some are distinctively about work.What I do promise is that if you add this circle you will not be bored.Oh, and if you've been notified, you're in it.Enjoy!2012-10-18 14:11:11151109452
M Monica0My 75 Secret Weapons Circle I don't often share circles, because I don't usually see the need.But this is the one circle I check most often, on a daily basis, and I end up resharing from it most often. So here it is, my secret weapon circle: Folks who post a lot of science like +Philip Plait  are in here, as well as +Rajini Rao  and +Betsy McCall  The insightful commentary and daily curated threads of  +Alex Grossman are important in my stream too, as is the humor of +Steve Barry.  +Natalie Villalobos is in there for her beautiful yoga pictures, which always relax me.  +James Williams for digging up the best articles and also funny pics.  +Chase Sterling  for her blog, +Melissa Carlson  as an excellent news anchor using Plus. +P E Sharpe  for her off the wall style humor, (and stunning art.)  When I look at this list I'm amazed by the quality of people I've been able to meet here.  This circle does have a handful of well known folks like +Mike Elgan  and +Larry Fournillier, +Amanda Blain,  in here. (Just because they're well known does not mean they are not high quality.) But there are also some pages you may not be so familiar with like  +Liz Krane, +Sonny Williamson, +2012-10-16 12:20:437525531
Liz Quilty36,538Not doing  #AZFaves , but i will share my tech circles.This is my Women in tech, its a circle i like to use to help promote more support for those females in technology, and so females in tech can connect with each other. #stemwomen  2012-10-04 00:04:41159251524
Yvan Da Silva4,570I know I don't always read all your post guys, but if you are in here is because you do have posts that ROCK the world :D And because I don't have time to read all your posts, I give here the chance to others to do it :D  #sharedcircles   #circleshare  2012-09-17 12:36:44183602
Dede King0The Oontz Oontz Circle #Top500  According to Google. This started as a ♂ circle, then became a 'Let me test G+'s notification limits' circle, but gosh there's just too many. I need more estrogen in my circles if this is anything to go by. I was listening to electro-house music in the background. Connect the dotz.I'm pretty sure this is a good bunch, though there might be some rogue snipers that missed my wine toothed comb. I notified no one. I'm just throwing it out there because I can't sleep and going through my circles and rambling in run on incoherent sentences about it seemed like a good idea at the time.2012-09-12 00:43:30500163447

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2014-09-26 07:22:25 (141 comments, 6 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

This is so delicious I just can't even.

Most reshares: 32

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2014-10-15 17:17:56 (72 comments, 32 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

If you care about women in tech at all, this is a worthy read. It matters, a lot. It is a major contributor to making women feel excluded.

In a way, that's a good thing - it means that most women in tech don't face outright abuse, hate and rape threats. Yay for meeting that low bar...

But dealing with all the small things, every single day, is far from easy. Taking care of the items on this list would go a long way to make the environment better.



Most plusones: 132

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2014-09-03 20:10:18 (0 comments, 16 reshares, 132 +1s)Open 

Today's Maximumble is private.
http://maximumble.thebookofbiff.com/2014/09/03/932-privacy/

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2014-11-23 04:37:57 (9 comments, 10 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

Now there's a worthy rewrite :)

Heh:___Now there's a worthy rewrite :)

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2014-11-21 22:20:28 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

For all those of you who are still desperate frame the narrative by explaining why really, this isn't an issue, and it's just the evil feminists whining again, go read the post. 

No, I'm still not debating this. Comments continue to be closed.

h/t +Sultan Saini +Cindy Brown 

#shirtstorm   #shirtgate  ___For all those of you who are still desperate frame the narrative by explaining why really, this isn't an issue, and it's just the evil feminists whining again, go read the post. 

No, I'm still not debating this. Comments continue to be closed.

h/t +Sultan Saini +Cindy Brown 

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2014-11-21 04:16:38 (32 comments, 6 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Indeed. #shirtstorm and #gamergate are about the same thing - upset that women are being offended and hurt by sexism and dare say so.

It's Not About the Shirt

An anonymous female scientist tells why #ShirtStorm   isn't about the shirt. It's about everyday sexism. And she also explains why she posted her comment anonymously. 

This is, ladies and gentlemen, is why we need #feminism  .___Indeed. #shirtstorm and #gamergate are about the same thing - upset that women are being offended and hurt by sexism and dare say so.

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2014-11-13 01:45:16 (11 comments, 4 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

This is an amazing use of technology - tracing the movement of your feet and the pressure on the ground while you dance. And it's beautiful, to boot.

I desperately want this for dance sneakers, now.

This is an amazing use of technology - tracing the movement of your feet and the pressure on the ground while you dance. And it's beautiful, to boot.

I desperately want this for dance sneakers, now.___

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2014-11-10 18:04:16 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

If you can afford this at all, you really should donate.

Google will match your Ebola donation 2:1....donate now.___If you can afford this at all, you really should donate.

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2014-11-06 20:38:49 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Whenever I see the comments on a White House post, I'm fearing humanity is doomed.

I have no idea why I even bothered to look.

Together, we can help stop #Ebola . Thanks to +Google and others from the private and non-profit sectors for taking action to support the heroes working on the ground to stop this disease → http://go.wh.gov/XnTFny___Whenever I see the comments on a White House post, I'm fearing humanity is doomed.

I have no idea why I even bothered to look.

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2014-11-05 22:50:21 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

This amuses me deeply. Plato saw the physical world as a poor copy of the perfect and eternal original thoughts the gods conceived.

And thus, any physical version of the platonic solid needs to be a poor decaying copy of the original. This, in turn,  is a poor (in faithfulness, not execution) copy of the best physical images of the original idea.

It's a philosophy lecture wrapped in knitting yarn. Possessing it will presumably give you a warm fuzzy feeling ;)

Crocheted Platonic solids by June Gilbank

This picture shows the five Platonic solids, as crocheted by June Gilbank, and featured on her website, http://www.planetjune.com. 

Platonic solids are convex polyhedra whose faces are regular polygons, with the same number of faces meeting at each vertex. The five Platonic solids in the picture are as follows.

Green: the tetrahedron, with 4 triangular faces.
Blue: the cube, with 6 square faces.
Magenta: the octahedron, with 8 triangular faces.
Brown: the dodecahedron, with 12 pentagonal faces.
Yellow: the icosahedron, with 20 triangular faces.

You can buy a detailed set of instructions to create these for yourself from the artist's web page at http://www.planetjune.com/blog/polyhedral-balls-crochet-pattern/, which is where this picture comes from.

Wikipedia has more on the Platonic solids here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platonic_solid

Here's a post by me about regular polytopes, which are the n-dimensional analogues of the Platonic solids: https://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/HJxUtVJ16zn

(Found via Evelyn Lamb and Jennifer Ouellette on Twitter.)

#mathematics #art   #crochet  ___This amuses me deeply. Plato saw the physical world as a poor copy of the perfect and eternal original thoughts the gods conceived.

And thus, any physical version of the platonic solid needs to be a poor decaying copy of the original. This, in turn,  is a poor (in faithfulness, not execution) copy of the best physical images of the original idea.

It's a philosophy lecture wrapped in knitting yarn. Possessing it will presumably give you a warm fuzzy feeling ;)

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2014-11-04 17:45:47 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Indeed. Get thee to the polling station, if you haven't voted yet.

I voted. You should if you have not. ___Indeed. Get thee to the polling station, if you haven't voted yet.

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2014-10-31 23:35:33 (0 comments, 11 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

This is an incredibly exciting project. In a nutshell, it  is about "learning statistics about the behavior of users’ software while guaranteeing client privacy". 

Thus sayeth the blog post[1], which also gives a nifty and understandable example of the basic idea how this works.

[1] http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com/2014/10/learning-statistics-with-privacy-aided.html

(Disclaimer: Personal opinion, obviously. Also, comments closed.)

This is an incredibly exciting project. In a nutshell, it  is about "learning statistics about the behavior of users’ software while guaranteeing client privacy". 

Thus sayeth the blog post[1], which also gives a nifty and understandable example of the basic idea how this works.

[1] http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com/2014/10/learning-statistics-with-privacy-aided.html

(Disclaimer: Personal opinion, obviously. Also, comments closed.)___

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2014-10-27 15:57:12 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Finally got to see Pippin. I loved the show (although I'd love it even more if we stopped casting "The Voice" winners in musicals...), but god, what a depressing message.

Die in a fiery pit, or find happiness in a life of mediocrity? That's it? Those are the choices?

(For the record: With these choices, I'll pick the pit. Any day.)

Finally got to see Pippin. I loved the show (although I'd love it even more if we stopped casting "The Voice" winners in musicals...), but god, what a depressing message.

Die in a fiery pit, or find happiness in a life of mediocrity? That's it? Those are the choices?

(For the record: With these choices, I'll pick the pit. Any day.)___

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2014-10-23 23:47:07 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Indeed, it is time to fight for justice. High time.  #teamsjw  

Ordered one, looking forward to annoying #gamergate  knuckle draggers.

It's time to fight for justice in my newest shirt!
http://teespring.com/sjwarrior___Indeed, it is time to fight for justice. High time.  #teamsjw  

Ordered one, looking forward to annoying #gamergate  knuckle draggers.

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2014-10-22 17:38:08 (26 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

This is awesome news. 

You do want two-factor authentication. You really do. If you think you don't, I'm happy to explain to you why you're wrong :)

But 2FA used to be a bit painful - you needed to lug around an extra device in some form. With this thing, your computer becomes that extra device. Just enter your password, touch the key, DONE.

I've been using it for my work account for a looong time - it doesn't get easier. Please, please, PLEASE do yourself the favor and do this. 

And if you don't have a security key yet, still set up 2FA - https://www.google.com/landing/2step/ . You'll be able to use it via your phone until you get that key, and it is absolutely worth it.

In fact, I believe in this so strongly that nobody in my family gets to claim my free IT services unless they've set this up :)

Two reasons you want the two-factor security key:
1. It can be a giant, expensive pain when someone takes over your account. The internet is a dangerous place. Google has a bunch of people trying to keep your account from being hijacked, but it's tricky. People often choose guessable passwords (hijackers use the guessed password to log in as you), share passwords between sites (hijackers break into one site and get into your accounts in other places for free), and type their passwords where malware is watching (internet cafe or other public computer, or after spyware infests your machine). Once someone takes over your account they can use it for many nefarious things, all of which are going to take you a huge amount of time (and often money) to clean up.

2. Force account hijackers to do something more productive with their lives. Security keys are easy and secure. Just plug it into your USB port, give it a little touch, and it will tell Google you have your key. It can't be stolen by internet hijackers, so it'll keep them out of your account. If we keep the hijackers out of our accounts, they'll have to go find something else to do. Maybe it will even be productive.

So join me on our effort to forcibly disemploy account hijackers. I have zero sympathy for them.___This is awesome news. 

You do want two-factor authentication. You really do. If you think you don't, I'm happy to explain to you why you're wrong :)

But 2FA used to be a bit painful - you needed to lug around an extra device in some form. With this thing, your computer becomes that extra device. Just enter your password, touch the key, DONE.

I've been using it for my work account for a looong time - it doesn't get easier. Please, please, PLEASE do yourself the favor and do this. 

And if you don't have a security key yet, still set up 2FA - https://www.google.com/landing/2step/ . You'll be able to use it via your phone until you get that key, and it is absolutely worth it.

In fact, I believe in this so strongly that nobody in my family gets to claim my free IT services unless they've set this up :)

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2014-10-16 01:09:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Holy crap, a ZH post that actually makes sense.

Our communication policy is indeed crap, because it lumps the sensible questions ("why are we doing it this way") together with the nutjobs ("we should allow nobody to travel! At all!"). It erodes trust, and it gives the nutjobbery a platform.

h/t +Cara Evangelista

*Rachel Maddow rather smartly links the issues at the Dallas "Ebola hospital" with an intro to "The Checklist Manifesto"*

One thing that should be part of such a checklist IMO: Omission of unnecessary C.Y.A., deflection, blame-shifting, and dissembling by "authorities" and "experts"...

I have to overall agree with this piece (via ZeroHedge, and yes, it is necessary to take anything that ZH publishes with a potential grain of salt, same as ANY OTHER NEWS/OPINION OUTLET... I consider only around 1 in 10 of their posts fit for wider consumption without serious bias filtering, but this is NOT one of those 9/10th):

www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-10-14/precipice-breakdown-confidence

"...Fair warning, this is an “Angry Ben” email, brought on by the US government’s “communication policy” on Ebola, which is a mirror image of the US government’s “communication policy” on markets and monetary policy, which is a mirror image of the US government’s “communication policy” on ISIS and foreign policy.

*We are being told what to think about Ebola and QE and ISIS. Not by some heavy-handed pronouncement as you might find in North Korea or some Soviet-era Ministry, but in the kinder gentler modern way,* by a Wise Man or Woman of Science who delivers words carefully chosen for their effect in constructing social expectations and behaviors.

The words are not lies. But they’re only not-lies because if they were found to be lies that would be counterproductive to the social policy goals, not because there’s any fundamental objection to lying. *The words are chosen for their truthiness, to use Stephen Colbert’s wonderful term, not their truthfulness.* The words are chosen in order to influence us as manipulable objects, not to inform us as autonomous subjects.

It’s always for the best of intentions. It’s always to prevent a panic or to maintain confidence or to maintain social stability. All good and noble ends. But it’s never a stable equilibrium. It’s never a lasting legislative or regulatory peace.

The policy always crumbles in Emperor’s New Clothes fashion because we-the-people or we-the-market have not been brought along to make a self-interested, committed decision. *Instead the Powers That Be – whether that’s the Fed or the CDC or the White House – take the quick and easy path of selling us a strategy as if they were selling us a bar of soap.*

This is what very smart people do when they are, as the Brits would say, too clever by half. This is why very smart people are, as often as not, poor game players. It’s why there aren’t many academics on the pro poker tour. It’s why there haven’t been many law professors in the Oval Office. *This isn’t a Democrat vs. Republican thing. This isn’t a US vs. Europe thing. It’s a mass society + technology thing. It’s a class thing.* And it’s very much the defining characteristic of the Golden Age of the Central Banker.

*Am I personally worried about an Ebola outbreak in the US? On balance… no, not at all. But don’t tell me that I’m an idiot if I have questions about the sufficiency of the social policies* being implemented to prevent that outbreak. And make no mistake, that’s EXACTLY what I have been told by CDC Directors and Dr. Gupta and the White House and all the rest of the super genius, supercilious, remain-calm crew.

I am calm. I understand that a victim must be symptomatic to be contagious. But I also understand that one man’s symptomatic is another man’s “I’m fine”, and questioning a self-reporting immigration and quarantine regime does not make me a know-nothing isolationist.

I am calm. I understand that the virus is not airborne but is transmitted by “bodily fluids”. *But I also understand why Rule #1 for journalists in West Africa is pretty simple: Touch No One,* and questioning the wisdom of sitting next to a sick stranger on a flight originating from, say, Brussels does not make me a Howard Hughes-esque nutjob.

I am calm. I understand that the US public health and acute care infrastructure is light years ahead of what’s available in Liberia or Nigeria. I understand that Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas is not just one of the best health care facilities in Texas, but one of the best hospitals in the world.

[Even though "the best healthcare system in the world" was perfectly capable of screwing up the Duncan "Patient 0" case on at least a half-dozen occasions by now:
1 patient falsely turned away; then admitted later under less than ideal protocol conditions; 1 patient NOT treated with the so far only apparent working method, survivor blood/plasma tranfusion; 2 attending nurses infected; 1 of them traveling by commercial aviation half-way across the country several times, nearing or at symtomatic/fever stage on the last trip...]

But I also understand that we are all creatures of our standard operating procedures, and what’s second nature in a hot zone will be slow to catch on in the Birmingham, Alabama ER where my father worked for 30 years.

*The mistake made by our modern leaders – in every public sphere – is to believe that they are operating on a deeper, smarter, more far-seeing level of game-playing than we are.* I’ve got a long example of the levels of decision-making in the Epsilon Theory note “A Game of Sentiment”, so I won’t repeat all that here. The basic idea, though, is that by announcing a consensus based on the Narrative authority of Science our leaders believe they are stacking the deck for each of us to buy into that consensus as our individual first-level decision.

This can be quite effective when you’re promoting a brand of toothpaste, where it is impossible to be proven wrong in your consensus claims, much less so when you’re promoting a social policy, where all it takes is one sick nurse to make the entire linguistic effort seem staged and for effect… which of course it was.

The fact that we go along with a game – that we act AS IF we believe in the Common Knowledge of an announced consensus – does NOT mean that we have accepted the party line in our heart of hearts. It does NOT mean that we are myopic game-players, unerringly led this way or that by the oh-so-clever words of the Missionaries. But that’s how it’s been taken, to terrible effect.  

I am calm. But I am angry, too. *It doesn’t have to be this way… this consensus-by-fiat style of policy leadership where we are always only one counter-factual reveal – the sick nurse or the sick economy – away from a breakdown in market or governmental confidence.*

I am angry that we have been consistently misjudged and underestimated, *treated as children to be “educated” rather than as citizens to be trusted.* I am angry that our most important political institutions have sacrificed their most important asset – not their credibility, but their authenticity – on the altar of political expediency, all in a misconceived notion of what it means to lead."
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#leadership   #propaganda   /cc +Alexander Becker +Gideon Rosenblatt +Max Huijgen +Edward Morbius +Brett Legree +Deen Abiola +Alex Lightman +David Wood +Dan Durrant +Steve Faktor +Gunther Sonnenfeld +Matt Helbig +Gaythia Weis +Kee Hinckley +paul beard +Walter H Groth ___Holy crap, a ZH post that actually makes sense.

Our communication policy is indeed crap, because it lumps the sensible questions ("why are we doing it this way") together with the nutjobs ("we should allow nobody to travel! At all!"). It erodes trust, and it gives the nutjobbery a platform.

h/t +Cara Evangelista

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2014-10-15 17:17:56 (72 comments, 32 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

If you care about women in tech at all, this is a worthy read. It matters, a lot. It is a major contributor to making women feel excluded.

In a way, that's a good thing - it means that most women in tech don't face outright abuse, hate and rape threats. Yay for meeting that low bar...

But dealing with all the small things, every single day, is far from easy. Taking care of the items on this list would go a long way to make the environment better.



If you care about women in tech at all, this is a worthy read. It matters, a lot. It is a major contributor to making women feel excluded.

In a way, that's a good thing - it means that most women in tech don't face outright abuse, hate and rape threats. Yay for meeting that low bar...

But dealing with all the small things, every single day, is far from easy. Taking care of the items on this list would go a long way to make the environment better.

___

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2014-10-14 16:15:49 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Since it's obviously OK for George Broussard to make fun of other people's work, let me reply in kind:

We can't all spend 12 years to produce diddly squat, George. At least that guy shipped. (And he shipped something people like)

Since it's obviously OK for George Broussard to make fun of other people's work, let me reply in kind:

We can't all spend 12 years to produce diddly squat, George. At least that guy shipped. (And he shipped something people like)___

2014-10-09 15:22:01 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Via buzzfeed: "The brain is the one organ that actually named itself".

That was actually entertaining, but got even better once +Petra Blum pointed out: "What if it's actually called Brian, but dyslexic?"

Well, at least it's entertaining to my Brian.

Via buzzfeed: "The brain is the one organ that actually named itself".

That was actually entertaining, but got even better once +Petra Blum pointed out: "What if it's actually called Brian, but dyslexic?"

Well, at least it's entertaining to my Brian.___

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2014-10-08 18:03:43 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

If you are a woman in tech, or if you're interested in tackling the problems women in tech face, you could do worse than engage +Yonatan Zunger  on his original post.

He's an ally, he's in a position of influence that allows him to actually move the needle, and most importantly - he's an awesome person to talk to, and he listens well.

The Grace Hopper Conference is the biggest annual conference devoted to women in software engineering. This is a subject near and dear to my heart, and to Google's as well -- we're going to have an active presence there! (And I'm going to be there myself -- come by and say hi if you're attending!)

For Google, the matter boils down to something simple: If you're an engineer, and can work on incredibly complex problems that have the potential to make huge changes in the world, then you're welcome here. If you're not sure if there's a place for you -- if you wonder if there's really a place for you if you're a woman, if you're L, G, B, T, Q, if you're black, if you're Asian, if you're Latino, if you're a veteran, if you have a physical disability, if you come from riches or poverty, if anything else -- the answer is: we welcome you and want you here just as much. We will treat you with the same respect that we treat all of our colleagues. And we're actively committed to hiring a wide range of people.

This isn't just for theory's sake; I've got a profoundly selfish interest for wanting it. A wide variety of experiences in the room means better decisions; a wide variety of eyes catches subtle mistakes which we would otherwise miss. Especially when you're developing things which deeply touch people's day-to-day lives, understanding the different ways in which a single thing could affect different people is absolutely key. We need all the different backgrounds we can get.

Here are some more words from +Alan Eustace, our head of Search and a member of the board of the Anita Borg Institute, on the subject.

Via +Larry Page.___If you are a woman in tech, or if you're interested in tackling the problems women in tech face, you could do worse than engage +Yonatan Zunger  on his original post.

He's an ally, he's in a position of influence that allows him to actually move the needle, and most importantly - he's an awesome person to talk to, and he listens well.

2014-10-01 14:49:32 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Sometimes, it's the simple things that make your day...

Just had the Indian-looking hotel guy say "The goddess has given you a great smile - keep it up!"

Yeah, he's probably playing stereotypes and is 3rd-generation Indian American, atheist, and is extra-nice because he wants me to review his place well, but still - he did brighten my day.

So, thank you, random hotel guy!

And to all my plussies out there: I hope you have a wonderful day as well. Be kind to a stranger, and bring some happiness into the world.

P.S.: Yes, I said plussies. Always wanted to try that. I'm feeling, like, totally highschool now :)

Sometimes, it's the simple things that make your day...

Just had the Indian-looking hotel guy say "The goddess has given you a great smile - keep it up!"

Yeah, he's probably playing stereotypes and is 3rd-generation Indian American, atheist, and is extra-nice because he wants me to review his place well, but still - he did brighten my day.

So, thank you, random hotel guy!

And to all my plussies out there: I hope you have a wonderful day as well. Be kind to a stranger, and bring some happiness into the world.

P.S.: Yes, I said plussies. Always wanted to try that. I'm feeling, like, totally highschool now :)___

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2014-09-29 19:46:28 (30 comments, 1 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

And yet another "disruptive" business model that exclusively targets people who are already privileged out the wazoo, while claiming to change the world.

I really wish the tech press would stop navel gazing, and breathlessly slobbering over what's essentially an insignificant problem.

Let's look at the article:
I did some math. Including the one-time fee to join, an annual membership to Surf Air would set you back $22,000 a year. On the outset, that seems outrageous. But if your plans are often made last minute, a same-day LAX-SFO flights goes for $500 round trip anyway. Do that once a week and it adds up to $26,000 annually. You could save money by planning ahead,[...]

Boy, could you ever save some money. I happen to fly that route somewhat regularly, so the prices sounded a bit fishy. A quick check shows that if I manage to plan three weeks ahead,... more »

And yet another "disruptive" business model that exclusively targets people who are already privileged out the wazoo, while claiming to change the world.

I really wish the tech press would stop navel gazing, and breathlessly slobbering over what's essentially an insignificant problem.

Let's look at the article:
I did some math. Including the one-time fee to join, an annual membership to Surf Air would set you back $22,000 a year. On the outset, that seems outrageous. But if your plans are often made last minute, a same-day LAX-SFO flights goes for $500 round trip anyway. Do that once a week and it adds up to $26,000 annually. You could save money by planning ahead,[...]

Boy, could you ever save some money. I happen to fly that route somewhat regularly, so the prices sounded a bit fishy. A quick check shows that if I manage to plan three weeks ahead, it's $140 instead of $500. If I book same day, it's still $400. 

So, essentially, the service starts making sense once you fly at least once a week, and all those flights are last-minute.

To be clear: That does indeed happen, and some jobs require an insane amount of travel. For those few people, it's certainly a useful service. I could imagine a few companies who would find this useful.

But it's not "disrupting air travel". It's not a "model for change". It's not in any shape or form addressing our many transportation issues. It's not addressing any pressing problems for 99% of the people out there.

As the author so breathlessly says, _If you suddenly needed to be in San Francisco for a meeting and a seat on the next flight was available, you could claim it on your smartphone on your way to the airport._

Sure doesn't happen to most people I know. ___

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2014-09-29 19:05:48 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

That's a surprisingly realistic painting...




Well, ok, it's actually our cat, parking her behind in a (thankfully dry!!) palette of +Petra Blum's. And from the look on her face, fully aware that this falls into the "not OK" category :)

But the color scheme fits :)

That's a surprisingly realistic painting...




Well, ok, it's actually our cat, parking her behind in a (thankfully dry!!) palette of +Petra Blum's. And from the look on her face, fully aware that this falls into the "not OK" category :)

But the color scheme fits :)___

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2014-09-26 07:22:25 (141 comments, 6 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Done, my dearest numbnut.

This is so delicious I just can't even.___Done, my dearest numbnut.

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2014-09-19 20:21:22 (48 comments, 2 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Because you clearly cannot love more than one person.

All you kids with younger siblings out there, I've got bad news for you :)

One simply does not......___Because you clearly cannot love more than one person.

All you kids with younger siblings out there, I've got bad news for you :)

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2014-09-19 20:17:47 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Apropos of nothing. Just a bit of pretty, because I felt like it :)

Apropos of nothing. Just a bit of pretty, because I felt like it :)___

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2014-09-17 09:30:43 (24 comments, 1 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Look what's here - the tech press has discovered a feature my team's been  working on :)

+Google Chrome for Android has a clever hidden feature...___Look what's here - the tech press has discovered a feature my team's been  working on :)

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2014-09-14 07:31:03 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

This is the temperature right now. At midnight. (74F, for the barbarians amongst us).

And humid as heck.

I think I'll sleep in a bathtub full of ice cubes. 

This is the temperature right now. At midnight. (74F, for the barbarians amongst us).

And humid as heck.

I think I'll sleep in a bathtub full of ice cubes. ___

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2014-09-14 02:55:45 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Oh G+, you have me figured out. I'm a crocheting truther who wears a tinfoil hat.

Now excuse me while I finish that sweater with a chemtrail on it. 

Oh G+, you have me figured out. I'm a crocheting truther who wears a tinfoil hat.

Now excuse me while I finish that sweater with a chemtrail on it. ___

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2014-09-12 19:27:29 (19 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Clearly, all I would like to see ported is Android Chrome. Because we always must go deeper :)

(It's a pretty impressive engineering feat, and it's an awesome way to get your Android apps on your computer. Do check it out!)

Woohoo! The first set of Android Apps are coming to Chrome OS today:

Duolingo¹ - a fun and free way to learn a new language before your next trip
Evernote² - write, collect and find what matters to you, with a full-size keyboard and touchscreen
Sight Words³ - a delightful way for you to help improve your child's reading skills
Vine⁴ - create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way 

And the best thing is that some parts of the App Runtime for Chrome (aka ARC) are being open-sourced. Checkout https://chromium.googlesource.com/arc/arc for more information about how to get started with ARC Open Source on Linux.

In the meantime, please go to http://www.chromebook.com/newapps to tell which of your favorite Android apps you’d like to see on your Chromebook.


¹ https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ebnhfamfopiobpaehmebmfjcgkaogihe
² http://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/dhfolfjkgpeaojbiicgheljefkfbbfkc
³ https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/inpoiemibmljfjmjmlokfdllnkjejhai
⁴ https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/plfjlfohfjjpmmifkbcmalnmcebkklkh

Source: http://chrome.blogspot.fr/2014/09/first-set-of-android-apps-coming-to.html___Clearly, all I would like to see ported is Android Chrome. Because we always must go deeper :)

(It's a pretty impressive engineering feat, and it's an awesome way to get your Android apps on your computer. Do check it out!)

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2014-09-10 22:31:53 (25 comments, 3 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

I already said it on a comment on +Chris Westcott's original post (via +David Anders ) but it bears repeating:

A lot of sexism is a quite subtle, and even (especially?) intelligent people are blind to it.

The issue is not so much the guy who makes inappropriate offers, or feels the need to touch you without permission, or uses misogynist slurs.

It's more things like this:

* People in meetings feel comfortable talking over you.
* Ideas you put forth are ignored, until a male colleague "comes up" with the same idea.
* Strangely, note-taking or coffee-making duty is always yours.
* In reviews, men are considered assertive, while the same traits for you mean you're "mean" or "pushy".
* At conferences, people assume that men are there because it matters to them, but they assume that women are there because their spouse is there.... more »

Based on conversations with workmates past and present, I'm extremely surprised that the percentage isn't higher.  You'd have thought intelligent people (of which tech should have many) would be beyond this.___I already said it on a comment on +Chris Westcott's original post (via +David Anders ) but it bears repeating:

A lot of sexism is a quite subtle, and even (especially?) intelligent people are blind to it.

The issue is not so much the guy who makes inappropriate offers, or feels the need to touch you without permission, or uses misogynist slurs.

It's more things like this:

* People in meetings feel comfortable talking over you.
* Ideas you put forth are ignored, until a male colleague "comes up" with the same idea.
* Strangely, note-taking or coffee-making duty is always yours.
* In reviews, men are considered assertive, while the same traits for you mean you're "mean" or "pushy".
* At conferences, people assume that men are there because it matters to them, but they assume that women are there because their spouse is there. (Or that the women need an explanation after a talk, because they probably missed the subtler points)

Once pointed out, most men realize it's wrong, but they honestly weren't aware of it. It's a systemic bias, instilled via our culture, and it's incredibly hard to see if you're not affected by it. It's just "how things are".

That's why I continually write/talk about sexism in tech - so people do see those issues.

If you are a male in tech, and you wonder what the heck this "sexism" thing is about, please do yourself a favor and look for the subtle things. Or ask a woman you know to point them out for you.

The difference is mind-blowing once you see it. 

2014-09-06 12:03:37 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

+airberlin - the epitome of incompetence.

Jesus Christ, both your website and your support staff are utterly useless. The web site refuses to reserve a seat due to "incomplete" data, without ever saying what's missing.

Support staff, on the other hand, just doesn't give a flying fuck and simply tells you to "just do it at check in". Wouldn't want to disturb them at work, would I now. 

+airberlin - the epitome of incompetence.

Jesus Christ, both your website and your support staff are utterly useless. The web site refuses to reserve a seat due to "incomplete" data, without ever saying what's missing.

Support staff, on the other hand, just doesn't give a flying fuck and simply tells you to "just do it at check in". Wouldn't want to disturb them at work, would I now. ___

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2014-09-05 09:56:55 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

How to actually talk about Infosec in the photo leak context without engaging in victim-blaming.

1) don't shift blame on the victims.
1a) acknowledge they are actually victims and don't claim they did "deserve" it.

2) acknowledge that this is a systemic issue, not an individual one.

3) Don't talk about how you practice so much better Infosec than everybody else.

This post contains the least victim-blamingy narrative I've seen that nevertheless also offers an easy-to-implement improvement in the security of Those Pictures: silo them into a separate app that doesn't do cloud backups.___How to actually talk about Infosec in the photo leak context without engaging in victim-blaming.

1) don't shift blame on the victims.
1a) acknowledge they are actually victims and don't claim they did "deserve" it.

2) acknowledge that this is a systemic issue, not an individual one.

3) Don't talk about how you practice so much better Infosec than everybody else.

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2014-09-04 15:58:25 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 75 +1s)Open 

This, dear United States, is the way ice cream should be consumed. Not that one or two scoop nonsense.

And if you're wondering about the noticeable amount of liquid in my cup - yes, that is liqueur. I said this is the way ice cream should be consumed :)

This, dear United States, is the way ice cream should be consumed. Not that one or two scoop nonsense.

And if you're wondering about the noticeable amount of liquid in my cup - yes, that is liqueur. I said this is the way ice cream should be consumed :)___

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2014-09-03 20:10:18 (0 comments, 16 reshares, 132 +1s)Open 

So much "YES. THIS. PLEASE!!"

Comments closed because I'm not debating this.

Today's Maximumble is private.
http://maximumble.thebookofbiff.com/2014/09/03/932-privacy/___So much "YES. THIS. PLEASE!!"

Comments closed because I'm not debating this.

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2014-09-03 12:46:54 (63 comments, 2 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Indeed.

___Indeed.

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2014-09-02 08:25:05 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Funnily enough, as far as I can tell, this idea was first publicly raised by +Leigh Alexander in Gamasutra, a day before this article: http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/224400/Gamers_dont_have_to_be_your_audience_Gamers_are_over.php

And, fittingly enough for the topic, she doesn't get any credit in a guy's post written a day later. (And if he covers gaming, he has read an article by Leigh Alexander on Gamasutra. Or he's completely out of touch)

I think there's some real meat and truth to this article. People become intensely angry and violent en masse generally only under two circumstances: when their lives or their identities are at risk. (Which are not independent phenomena: the death of something one sees as core to who one "is" is, in a real sense, a kind of death) 

Neither Quinn nor Sarkeesian would be an existential threat to anyone's identity on their own. [1] But they're the most visible elements of the gradual but clearly inevitable collapse of a very specific sort of "gamer culture," a small subculture of the wider gaming community which briefly rose to prominence in the 90's-00's (as this article discusses) which focused hard on being a sort of angry boys' club. This community was never particularly large or solid, but it became the primary social identity of some of its members; and as it steadily collapses (with their attempts at describing themselves as the only "true" gamers being increasingly laughable) it's not surprising to see bursts of anger and violence coming from it. 

via +Tren C and +Ezio Melega.

[1] Really, the idea of a literary critic being an existential threat to an entire community sounds like a kind of particularly deranged science fiction plot, although it does remind me of the ending of "The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag" -- perhaps the most extreme case I've ever seen of a story with a really good beginning (a man walks into a detective agency, wide-eyed and desperate, and begs them for help: "Find out what I do for a living!") and a really terrible ending. (I cannot even begin to describe it)___Funnily enough, as far as I can tell, this idea was first publicly raised by +Leigh Alexander in Gamasutra, a day before this article: http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/224400/Gamers_dont_have_to_be_your_audience_Gamers_are_over.php

And, fittingly enough for the topic, she doesn't get any credit in a guy's post written a day later. (And if he covers gaming, he has read an article by Leigh Alexander on Gamasutra. Or he's completely out of touch)

2014-09-01 11:15:04 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Ah, beloved +The New York Times - "we're really worried about our relevance given online, but we give a shit about anybody on mobile, so let's use Flash for interactive features".

Remind me again why I would pay for an online subscription?

A fascinating interactive graphic about how people spend their day, divided by demographic, education level, etc.

#visualization  ___Ah, beloved +The New York Times - "we're really worried about our relevance given online, but we give a shit about anybody on mobile, so let's use Flash for interactive features".

Remind me again why I would pay for an online subscription?

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2014-09-01 10:55:52 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Wow. A total blast from the past. I opened an old box that I hadn't looked into since three moves ago, and I found copies of old projects I worked on, back in Germany.

That's almost 20 years ago.

There's a lot of memories there - it's about 3 years of my life. 

Wow. A total blast from the past. I opened an old box that I hadn't looked into since three moves ago, and I found copies of old projects I worked on, back in Germany.

That's almost 20 years ago.

There's a lot of memories there - it's about 3 years of my life. ___

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2014-08-29 20:46:28 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

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2014-08-29 20:11:33 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

And my LA office mates just keep rocking on. Awesome work!

Import pictures to Google+ Photos faster on your Chromebook

We’re rolling out a faster, simpler way to import and upload your photos to Google+ Photos for Chromebook users:

* We’ve optimized the scanning, importing and backup processes. It's faster and more reliable.
* You can now pause the process at any time -- like when you’re on a slow connection, or giving a killer presentation to your boss.
* You can quickly find your most recently imported photos in a special album called “Last import” in the “Albums” tab.

To get started, just plug a camera or memory card into your Chromebook. Your photos and videos will be safely backed up to Google+ Photos (for your eyes only, of course).  You’ll get notified in the app when the backup is complete and your photos and videos are ready to share. 

Get the updated Google+ Photos app for your Chromebook today. 
http://g.co/chromephotos

#googleplusupdate___And my LA office mates just keep rocking on. Awesome work!

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2014-08-29 15:39:02 (49 comments, 2 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Lovely. The gaming community continues to have a large share of knuckle-dragging idiots.

I continue to be happy I left that field a while ago. (I miss my colleagues, though - I was blessed to work with awesome people )

Wanna be frustrated and disappointed in humanity? Then I suggest you take a look at the reaction to Anita Sarkeesian's Tropes vs. Women in Video Games posts.

Great (?) read on it here: http://goo.gl/7evp1N___Lovely. The gaming community continues to have a large share of knuckle-dragging idiots.

I continue to be happy I left that field a while ago. (I miss my colleagues, though - I was blessed to work with awesome people )

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2014-08-29 15:26:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

But hey, sexism doesn't exist. "Patriarchy"? Just a feminist myth.

___But hey, sexism doesn't exist. "Patriarchy"? Just a feminist myth.

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2014-08-28 07:08:47 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Antiviral poetry on Wangerooge.

Horrible meter. 

Antiviral poetry on Wangerooge.

Horrible meter. ___

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2014-08-27 22:46:51 (5 comments, 7 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Stick with it - the payoff is totally worth it :)

Stick with it - the payoff is totally worth it :)___

2014-08-26 21:12:40 (33 comments, 1 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

In a previous post[1], I talked about importing alcohol to CA. It turns out the CA ABC limits the "reasonable amount for household use" to 60L[4]. +Tori Hamblin  wondered if that's enough, in case a wild party breaks out. Not that I plan on bringing even close to 60L, but let’s do the math.

Note: This is a thought experiment related to the math only. I do not suggest drinking anywhere close to the amounts of alcohol mentioned in here. In fact, I am not suggesting you drink any alcohol - that would be your personal choice. It’s bad for you.(And of course, follow your local laws when drinking.)

With that out of the way, let’s cover a few boundary conditions.

Basic Assumptions
* I think we can agree the upper bound for "wildness" of a party is "everybody died of alcohol poisoning, or is at least passed out”.
* Forthe purp... more »

In a previous post[1], I talked about importing alcohol to CA. It turns out the CA ABC limits the "reasonable amount for household use" to 60L[4]. +Tori Hamblin  wondered if that's enough, in case a wild party breaks out. Not that I plan on bringing even close to 60L, but let’s do the math.

Note: This is a thought experiment related to the math only. I do not suggest drinking anywhere close to the amounts of alcohol mentioned in here. In fact, I am not suggesting you drink any alcohol - that would be your personal choice. It’s bad for you.(And of course, follow your local laws when drinking.)

With that out of the way, let’s cover a few boundary conditions.

Basic Assumptions
* I think we can agree the upper bound for "wildness" of a party is "everybody died of alcohol poisoning, or is at least passed out”.
* For the purpose of this discussion, let’s assume all alcohol is ethanol.
* The liquor we’re looking at will be on average 45% ABV. I like strong spirits. For 60L, that’s 27L of alcohol.
* The average party goer will weigh 100kg (or 220 pounds, if you like medieval units). That’s a bit high, but we don’t want the party declared non-wild just because somebody liked their food, do we now?


And now, let's do the math.  So, how big can our wild party be?

Method 1 - LD50 based.
LD50 is the dose that carries a 50% chance of you being dead. I’m fairly certain that if you’re not dead at that point, you’re unconscious. (If you happen to survive it and are still conscious, you can always go find another party :). Wikipedia puts that at roughly 7g/kg of body mass[2]. For our average party goer, that means you need 700g of Ethanol - or about 1L. That’s a party of 27.

Method 2 - BAC based.
Here, Wikipedia suggests that a BAC of 0.5% is “high risk of poisoning” & “possibility of death”[3]. That’d meet the wildness criteria set out. It also suggests that our party person is at 0.21% BAC after 10 shots with 15ml of alcohol each. Assuming the relationship is somewhat linear, ~24 shots (or 360ml) will get you to the BAC of 0.5%. 27L cover 75 people, then.

Conclusion
If we stick to hard liquor, the “reasonable amount for household use” is enough to poison or kill ~25-75 people. I think that’d leave you set for most wild parties you plan.


[1] https://plus.google.com/u/1/+RachelBlum/posts/h7D37FWAfp4
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethanol 
[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_alcohol_content
[4] http://www.abc.ca.gov/permits/importing.html___

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2014-08-26 15:42:20 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

This is for my German speaking friends...

+Petra Blum's Postkarte aus Wangerooge :)

This is for my German speaking friends...

+Petra Blum's Postkarte aus Wangerooge :)___

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2014-08-26 15:17:11 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

"I take specifications from the customers and bring them to the engineers".

Also known as the G.W. Bush model of leadership - decisive action based on total lack of knowledge.

This is one of the most injudicious public statements from a public official entrusted with making policy in an area that requires specialized knowledge that I can recall. 
http://www.vox.com/2014/8/21/6053819/white-house-cybersecurity-czar-brags-about-his-lack-of-technical#

He's probably right about the value of him getting into the weeds by personally programming software, penetration testing or network analysis, given his policy role. To claim that a lack of knowledge about the details of those technologies is an asset, however, is not credible to me, any more than the U.S. Surgeon General understanding biochemistry and medicine would be, or the head of the Council of Economic Advisers understanding macroeconomic theory and the math that underpins projections and indices. 

Unfortunately, this may define Daniel in the public eye far more than anything else he does, and could even weaken his ability to execute on his mission, with respect the credibility of his guidance to the public and industry.___"I take specifications from the customers and bring them to the engineers".

Also known as the G.W. Bush model of leadership - decisive action based on total lack of knowledge.

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2014-08-26 03:31:12 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

And here's the sane take on the methane bubbles report that's making the rounds. Yes, getting your news from Fox is bad - so is getting your news from doomsday prophets.

Climate change is a huge challenge for humanity. Panicking about things not worth panicking about will merely waste precious focus that we need to combat the real issues.

The latest news is getting people upset.  NBC News writes:

Climate Bomb?  Methane Vents Bubble on Seafloor off East Coast: Study

+David Brin writes:

This is what we had all feared.  The possible tipping point.  Methane plumes are emanating from at least 570 seafloor cold seeps on the outer continental shelf and the continental slope, Mississippi State University reported.  A potential disaster that I warned about in EARTH (1989), accelerating ocean acidification and turning the greenhouse into a runaway.

http://www.hngn.com/articles/40189/20140825/methane-leaking-from-sea-floor-could-change-ocean-acidity-oxygen-content.htm

"Warming of ocean temperatures on seasonal, decadal or much longer time scales can cause gas hydrate to release its methane, which may then be emitted at seep sites," said Carolyn Ruppel, study co-author and chief of the USGS Gas Hydrates Project.  "Such continental slope seeps have previously been recognized in the Arctic, but not at mid-latitudes.  So this is a first."

To be clear, methane is a far worse greenhouse gas than CO2… and rising ocean temps will cause icy methane hydrates to fizz, all over the globe, possibly causing a runaway effect.

Which leaves me with this to say to you wretched, monstrous, science-hating fools, with your “hypnotize-me!” Fox-Nuremberg rallies and neo-confederate rant-fests against all big-city-university “smartypants” types. 

No evidence will change your opposition to negotiating even moderate, sensible, precautionary interim measures to increase energy efficiency or do basic R&D. You sabotage TWODA (Things We Ought to be Doing Anyway.)  You helped to sabotage the satellites and instruments and research vessels that could have nailed it all down.

You help to denigrate and geld the smartest, most knowledgeable, competitive and wisest human beings whom our species has ever produced, and thereby you declare yourselves to be brave authority questioners and skeptics!  While kneejerk-robotically obeying  the hypnotize-me channels owned by coal and oil barons... and never once sniffing the suspicious irony.

We can expect more of this sort of rhetoric in the decades to come.   However, about this new discovery, it's worth noting:

1) Nobody before has looked very hard for methane venting off the East Coast, so it's hard to tell if it's new.  The guy who found the vents, Adam Skarke, says:

The fact that it is there in the quantities that it is and it is exposed suggests that indeed the processes at these locations have been going on, in a very general sense, on the order of at least 1,000 years.

So we need to monitor the vents and see if they're getting bigger, while meanwhile taking action to limit carbon emissions.  Brin is right about stupid US government cutbacks on climate monitoring.  It's a really shortsighted way to save money!

2) The amount of methane being released from the vents seen in this study is small.  Methane is indeed a very bad greenhouse gas, and we do need to worry about a 'tipping point' where warming oceans release more of the vast amounts of methane stored in sea beds, thus warming the Earth even more.  There are vast amounts of methane stored in hydrates there, and there's evidence that it could have been released during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, an episode when the Earth's temperature rose by 6 °C (11 °F) in about 20,000 years.  However,  there's no evidence that we're already in an unstoppable runaway situation. 

David Archer, an expert on climate and the carbon cycle, says:

In the timescale of centuries to hundreds of thousands of years, it (methane hydrate) is clearly a significant amplifier.  But in terms of the climate of just the coming century, the actual forcing of climate from the rise in atmospheric methane due to this, I think, will be small.

He, like most climate scientists, believes that human CO2 emissions are the main cause of global warming.

3) Let's not just complain, let's do something!  David Brin is talking about US politics, so let me focus on that - just today.  Until there's more action at the federal level in the US, we can act locally.  California has a carbon cap-and-trade system, which is linked with Quebec's:

http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/capandtrade.htm

Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont have their own system, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative:

http://www.rggi.org/

Another group, the Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord, includes Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and also Manitoba:

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

And the Western Climate Initiative includes Arizona, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington in the US, and British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec in Canada:

http://www.co2offsetresearch.org/policy/WCI.html

So: we should figure out ways to help these initiatives succeed!   The ones that succeed will become the groundwork for a national system!  Ideas? 

The actual paper on methane emissions is here:

• A. Skarke et al, Widespread methane leakage from the sea floor on the northern US Atlantic margin, Nature Geoscience , 24 August 2014, http://www.nature.com/ngeo/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ngeo2232.html.

It's not free except for the abstract, so someone should 'liberate' it.  It's absurd to have such important results locked up, while any blogger with a loud mouth (like me) can be read for free.___And here's the sane take on the methane bubbles report that's making the rounds. Yes, getting your news from Fox is bad - so is getting your news from doomsday prophets.

Climate change is a huge challenge for humanity. Panicking about things not worth panicking about will merely waste precious focus that we need to combat the real issues.

2014-08-25 23:02:38 (26 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Within a month or two, I am likely traveling to Germany. And since both my liquor cabinet and I are homesick, I'm planning to bring back a few more bottles than the allowed to liters.

So I called Customs, and had an extremely pleasant interaction. Super-short wait, got immediately connected to somebody knowledgable on the matter, and got a fairly clear answer - thank you, LA CBP.

I was informed that all I need to do is declare them when I'm re-entering, and I'll pay a fairly small amount of money, based on the total volume. (It's not like I'll bring hectoliters! ;)

Have any of you traveled and can confirm or deny this? I'd rather not hear the words "well, actually..." when reentering :)

Within a month or two, I am likely traveling to Germany. And since both my liquor cabinet and I are homesick, I'm planning to bring back a few more bottles than the allowed to liters.

So I called Customs, and had an extremely pleasant interaction. Super-short wait, got immediately connected to somebody knowledgable on the matter, and got a fairly clear answer - thank you, LA CBP.

I was informed that all I need to do is declare them when I'm re-entering, and I'll pay a fairly small amount of money, based on the total volume. (It's not like I'll bring hectoliters! ;)

Have any of you traveled and can confirm or deny this? I'd rather not hear the words "well, actually..." when reentering :)___

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2014-08-22 16:29:47 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

GIVING BOYS A BIGGER EMOTIONAL TOOLBOX

I think many parents of boys (or even girls with so-called boy energy) have found that our schools, understandably, are generally structured to prefer girl sensibilities and energy. It's an even harder place to navigate for at-risk boys. Kudos to the educators who are working to make it a kinder, more accepting, and better adapted place for them. :) scr

"Boys in American public schools are suspended from and drop out of school at higher rates than girls. Black and Latino boys are suspended the most. Boys make up half of the student population in American public schools. But among those who are suspended multiple times and expelled, 75 percent are boys.

...Branch tries to foster emotional maturity through conversation, play and community. The big goal is to help give boys a bigger emotional tool box to better... more »

GIVING BOYS A BIGGER EMOTIONAL TOOLBOX

I think many parents of boys (or even girls with so-called boy energy) have found that our schools, understandably, are generally structured to prefer girl sensibilities and energy. It's an even harder place to navigate for at-risk boys. Kudos to the educators who are working to make it a kinder, more accepting, and better adapted place for them. :) scr

"Boys in American public schools are suspended from and drop out of school at higher rates than girls. Black and Latino boys are suspended the most. Boys make up half of the student population in American public schools. But among those who are suspended multiple times and expelled, 75 percent are boys.

...Branch tries to foster emotional maturity through conversation, play and community. The big goal is to help give boys a bigger emotional tool box to better handle the challenges of school and life now and into the future.

"The pain that they're holding on to that they don't really have a space to [let] go, the anger, the sadness — all those things. How can I help them tap into that in ways that they can let it go and not walk around angry all the time? I told one young man the other day: 'You walk around with a tool box full of hammers. You hammer everything. All you needed was a little screwdriver.' "

"Our boys are in trouble; they're in crisis now," Branch says. "Because of the type of energy that they are bringing to school, maybe they don't have the kind of house and neighborhood they can go play at in the evening."

Big elements in helping boys connect to who they are include playing together, hanging out, laughing and, above all, talking.

In the two high schools where Branch has started Ever Forward Clubs, he says, they helped dramatically halt the class-failure and dropout rates. He says about 90 percent of the kids who went through his club went on to graduate."___

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2014-08-22 15:46:36 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I miss soc.motss.... Feeling nostalgic today.

A brief history of LGBTQ Usenet newsgroup soc.motss (1983-).___I miss soc.motss.... Feeling nostalgic today.

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