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Mohammad Khatib18,684Pictures 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 

Rachel Blum (Groby) has been shared in 97 public circles

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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 11:06:23494432667
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 10:19:204968910
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 11:11:532988384106
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
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 14:41:42475452869
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
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 12:36:44183603
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
Dede King0♀ CircleThis is just a few of the amazing women in my circles. All were added based on a degree of awesome I came across in my time on +Land. I'm always looking to expand this circle, please feel free to let me know of anyone that should be here x.2012-09-12 00:03:20148100868
Ronald Gainey0+r brett mothershead checked in on Google+ the other day, only to complain that all he saw was something about Britney Spears' uncle. I told him he needed to broaden his horizons and said I could share some circles. I'm actually too lazy and distracted to curate a distinct, public circle of my own, so I'm borrowing this old circle I took from +Andreas Schou. Two slight tweaks to this circle 1) I added Andreas himself to the circle, because I don't think you show up in your own circles, and 2) I was in the original version of this circle, but I think I was dropped for the same reason.  (#2 may well be a reason to discount the judgment of the original curator.)2012-08-25 14:59:2318301
Yvan Da Silva4,568From time to time, I like to share my "Read this" circle.Some of you might know how this circle works in particular already so start checking it if it's the case ( ^ _ ^ )//.So what is this circle ?People gets in and out depending on their posts. They have no real point in common except one, I enjoy reading what they say. Most of the people in this circle have been in there since the beginning of it.Why ? Because they are AwEsOmE people ! I am  not saying you should check their profiles and posts, but YES you must check them out!Now that is said, enjoy. Don't get frustrated if you are not in anymore or if you would like to be in.You really can get in my circles easily, be friendly, complete your profile, do nice posts comment on others people post and for sure you'll get in as soon as I see something that I like about you :D This circle is made only and only on my own biased judgment so be indulgentI love you all, I just don't always have the time to read everything :( Big hugs to you all ! All abroad the G+ community lots of love to you!2012-08-22 22:55:20169613
Krystyn Chong72,507[Alpha G+ Avengers] Meet some of my favorite #superheroes of Googleplus!#sharedcircles#publiccircles#circlecount#awesome#plussers#circles2012-08-19 05:49:3510111911104
STEM Women on G+2,184STEM Women on G+ Shared Circle (Release 3)This is the first crowd-sourced, collaboratively curated circle of Women who work in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields that are also active on G+.We had some simple criteria for inclusion in this circle; every woman in this circle has a job that relates directly to STEM or is an advanced student of STEM. They are all active users of G+ and post Publicly about their STEM discipline regularly (i.e. at least once a week).• Import these people into a brand new circle, and then move people over into your permanent circles if you like what they post.• Reshare this post, to get the STEM goodness out to as many as people as possible :)• If we have missed someone that should be included in this circle in time for our next update, please nominate them at http://goo.gl/rvKEf. We will be actively curating this circle once a month or so, removing inactive users, adding new active users, so consider this a work in progress :)• Please also make sure that the nominee has added the STEM Women on G+ Brand Page to their circles (we cannot include the nominee in this shared circle unless she does that).--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------This circle is curated by +Buddhini Samarasinghe, +Rajini Rao, +Christine Paluch, +Liz ℚuilty and +Liz Krane. A HUGE thank you to everyone who supported this crowd-sourced effort by sharing the original post and by nominating people for it - this wouldn't have been possible without you! #STEM #stemeducation #science #technology #engineering #maths #sharedcircleday #SharedCircles  2012-08-17 05:03:27167110233
Kurt Smith530Quality Circle ShareHere's a quality group of Plussers to circle. There are some active posters in here and many whom will circle you back. #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  2012-08-07 00:19:0778305

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2014-07-18 17:44:13 (77 comments, 3 reshares, 36 +1s) 

"Dealing" with Putin?

I keep reading outraged claims in my stream that now, after the airline shoot-down yesterday, "Russia and Putin need to be finally dealt with". While I understand the outrage, let's take a look at what "dealt with" could mean.

There are, as far as I can tell, 4 avenues. Diplomancy (i.e. back-channel negotiations), sternly worded letters from the U.N., economic sanctions, and military interventions.

Let's assume the "dealt with" people don't mean the first two. That leaves economic sanctions, or the military. I think we can quickly rule out the military idea. It is, after all, one of the classic blunders - "never get in engaged in a land war in Asia"[3]

That leaves economic sanctions. There are a couple of problems with that.

First, Russia has a lot of natural... more »

Most reshares: 121

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2014-08-12 15:55:53 (12 comments, 121 reshares, 48 +1s) 

Once more, cracked absolutely nails it.

You do it because if people hate the clown, who cares? That's not the real you.

if you know somebody who might be at risk but you've been denying it because they're always smiling and joking around, for the love of God, wake the fuck up.

Most plusones: 133

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2014-09-03 20:10:18 (0 comments, 17 reshares, 133 +1s) 

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

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2014-09-19 20:21:22 (32 comments, 2 reshares, 32 +1s) 

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, 14 +1s) 

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) 

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) 

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

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) 

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) 

+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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2014-09-04 15:58:25 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 76 +1s) 

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, 17 reshares, 133 +1s) 

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 (66 comments, 2 reshares, 46 +1s) 

Indeed.

___Indeed.

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

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) 

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) 

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, 30 +1s) 

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

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, 35 +1s) 

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) 

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) 

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) 

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

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

2014-08-26 21:12:40 (35 comments, 1 reshares, 32 +1s) 

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) 

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) 

"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) 

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 (27 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s) 

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) 

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) 

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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2014-08-21 06:16:56 (14 comments, 8 reshares, 33 +1s) 

Behold, the Periodic Table of Irrational Nonsense.

It's hours of fun for the whole family - there's so much nonsense in there I never looked at! Exploring the neighborhood is fun too - Astrology is right between Creationism and Dowsing :)

Behold, the Periodic Table of Irrational Nonsense.

It's hours of fun for the whole family - there's so much nonsense in there I never looked at! Exploring the neighborhood is fun too - Astrology is right between Creationism and Dowsing :)___

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2014-08-20 04:36:11 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s) 

You know what annoys the heck out of me? Food delivery services that can't find me.

If only there were a way to look up where an address is. And if only somebody could tell you how to get there. And if only somebody made a mobile device that carried all that info so you could look it up any time. 

You know what annoys the heck out of me? Food delivery services that can't find me.

If only there were a way to look up where an address is. And if only somebody could tell you how to get there. And if only somebody made a mobile device that carried all that info so you could look it up any time. ___

2014-08-16 01:03:15 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 28 +1s) 

That is a rather crucial point for all those trying to whitewash (pardon the pun) the initial incident.

The police response was completely and utterly out of proportion. (With quite a few legally questionable corners)

Which only lends credence to the non-police story of the original incident.

Remember: the central problem is that the police shot someone, hid all the information, rolled out in military gear to "keep order", brutalized protesters when they demanded information, arrested reporters, tear gassed a news crew, confiscated video equipment, and shot at people exercising their First Amendment rights.

Michael Brown could have strangled a convenience store owner to death then pistol-whipped a cop and it still wouldn't justify the chain of events which followed.___That is a rather crucial point for all those trying to whitewash (pardon the pun) the initial incident.

The police response was completely and utterly out of proportion. (With quite a few legally questionable corners)

Which only lends credence to the non-police story of the original incident.

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2014-08-15 18:09:42 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 31 +1s) 

Awesome for Susan! And I just wish the US would start relinquishing its backwater status when it comes to maternity leave and other work place policies.

Google is offering excellent benefits, but unfortunately, that doesn't help most mothers in the US.

When women hold high positions, family doesn't take a back seat.

Here's a great example of a company that has its priorities in order - Google's leave policy is outstanding.

As of 2007, Google offers up to 22 weeks of paid leave for new mothers, who can accrue bonus and other rewards during maternity leave; 12 of these weeks are for "baby bonding," and are offered to new fathers as well as mothers.

The average maternity leave in the U.S. is 10 weeks, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, but up to half of working mothers are taking half of that or less, as it is often unpaid.___Awesome for Susan! And I just wish the US would start relinquishing its backwater status when it comes to maternity leave and other work place policies.

Google is offering excellent benefits, but unfortunately, that doesn't help most mothers in the US.

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2014-08-15 16:40:30 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s) 

Translation: Disney will push their merchandise and make money by airing the movie where they completely screwed over Robin Williams by sidestepping contractual obligations.

But yes, they're totally honoring him.

ICYMI: Disney will pay tribute to Robin Williams by airing 'Aladdin' several times this weekend: http://ow.ly/Amcy6___Translation: Disney will push their merchandise and make money by airing the movie where they completely screwed over Robin Williams by sidestepping contractual obligations.

But yes, they're totally honoring him.

2014-08-12 19:50:17 (23 comments, 1 reshares, 52 +1s) 

The stuff around Robin William's death make me angry.

Nitwits saying he committed a "selfish act" - as if he owed the world something. Busybodies speculating around his wive's behavior. He's not even dead a whole day, and people are casting mud. And of course,the  whole ignorance around depression. 

How about we don't judge him, don't speculate on how he could do that to others, don't accuse the family of various wrongdoings, and instead shut the fuck up and mourn him?

The stuff around Robin William's death make me angry.

Nitwits saying he committed a "selfish act" - as if he owed the world something. Busybodies speculating around his wive's behavior. He's not even dead a whole day, and people are casting mud. And of course,the  whole ignorance around depression. 

How about we don't judge him, don't speculate on how he could do that to others, don't accuse the family of various wrongdoings, and instead shut the fuck up and mourn him?___

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2014-08-12 16:24:04 (33 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s) 

Hehe :)

Det är inte helt fel, haha. #swedish #german___Hehe :)

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2014-08-12 15:55:53 (12 comments, 121 reshares, 48 +1s) 

Once more, cracked absolutely nails it.

You do it because if people hate the clown, who cares? That's not the real you.

if you know somebody who might be at risk but you've been denying it because they're always smiling and joking around, for the love of God, wake the fuck up.

Once more, cracked absolutely nails it.

You do it because if people hate the clown, who cares? That's not the real you.

if you know somebody who might be at risk but you've been denying it because they're always smiling and joking around, for the love of God, wake the fuck up.___

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2014-08-12 03:23:45 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 56 +1s) 

Whenever I think I couldn't like The Onion more.... This is marvelous. 

The Onion is truly at it's best when it goes for pure, brutal honesty. hehe.___Whenever I think I couldn't like The Onion more.... This is marvelous. 

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2014-08-06 18:29:23 (19 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s) 

You know, in case you always wanted to work on Chrome... (and can stand the idea of working with me ;)

Our local team here in Los Angeles is hiring.

You know, in case you always wanted to work on Chrome... (and can stand the idea of working with me ;)

Our local team here in Los Angeles is hiring.___

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2014-08-02 00:14:26 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 17 +1s) 

We "tortured some folks", but calls to punish those responsible are "sanctimonious"? Because they were "hard working patriots"?

Wow.

Of course released on a Friday, so it hopefully blows over after the weekend. 

We "tortured some folks", but calls to punish those responsible are "sanctimonious"? Because they were "hard working patriots"?

Wow.

Of course released on a Friday, so it hopefully blows over after the weekend. ___

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2014-07-31 06:31:37 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 36 +1s) 

The newest entry in Rachel's cleaning rag collection. For obvious reasons, this one stays in the kitchen :)

If your not fluent in German, here's the translation: "Honey, say something dirty" - "Kitchen" (also, you should learn German. For the humor :)

The newest entry in Rachel's cleaning rag collection. For obvious reasons, this one stays in the kitchen :)

If your not fluent in German, here's the translation: "Honey, say something dirty" - "Kitchen" (also, you should learn German. For the humor :)___

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2014-07-29 19:50:15 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 17 +1s) 

This is pure brilliance... (and clearly NSFW. Avert thine eyes)

Hours of plowing like this would leave any girl's spam castanets looking like a stamped bat, and I was no different!...

I hope that's just like the movie dialogue ;)

This is pure brilliance... (and clearly NSFW. Avert thine eyes)

Hours of plowing like this would leave any girl's spam castanets looking like a stamped bat, and I was no different!...

I hope that's just like the movie dialogue ;)___

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2014-07-29 18:55:50 (7 comments, 13 reshares, 14 +1s) 

I considered Keith Alexander a vile human being during his tenure at the NSA - this just cements the status.

The entire article just leaves you speechless. In the most charitable reading, he withheld key knowledge from the government while working there and is cashing in on it now. And that's the charitable reading.

Yuck.

I considered Keith Alexander a vile human being during his tenure at the NSA - this just cements the status.

The entire article just leaves you speechless. In the most charitable reading, he withheld key knowledge from the government while working there and is cashing in on it now. And that's the charitable reading.

Yuck.___

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2014-07-28 13:45:23 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 39 +1s) 

You need to start wondering about things when lately, the sensible ideas come from satanists.

Satanists want to use Hobby Lobby decision to exempt women from anti-abortion laws http://ow.ly/2KOwWD___You need to start wondering about things when lately, the sensible ideas come from satanists.

2014-07-26 03:07:52 (28 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s) 

If you were going to watch "Lucy", do yourself a favor: Don't!

Yes, it was visually beautiful - it's Luc Besson. But the story dragged like a limp snail, the philosophy makes Ayn Rand appear sophisticated, and the science advisor must have studied with Deepak Chopra.

Yuck.

If you were going to watch "Lucy", do yourself a favor: Don't!

Yes, it was visually beautiful - it's Luc Besson. But the story dragged like a limp snail, the philosophy makes Ayn Rand appear sophisticated, and the science advisor must have studied with Deepak Chopra.

Yuck.___

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2014-07-23 22:02:36 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s) 

This is pretty darn awesome.

Translation Manager for Chrome Web Store

Chrome Web Store Developers can now purchase professional translations for 25 languages directly from the Developer Dashboard using Google's Translation Manager. This is the same service that launched for Google Play in 2013. By localizing your apps and listings, you can grow your user base globally and improve user engagement in other regions and languages. #userengagement #internationalization #localization___This is pretty darn awesome.

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2014-07-18 19:48:15 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 30 +1s) 

While I don't have the time to comment in detail - this is fantastic, even if you're not deeply vested in mathematics. Give the video a look, and enjoy the map!

“Mathematistan” by Martin Kuppe

This detailed map of the landscape of mathematics was designed by Martin Kuppe as part of his recent YouTube video Mathematics: Measuring times laziness squared. As well as being humorous, the picture also illustrates the relationships between the major areas of mathematics, such as algebra, geometry, topology, and analysis. The picture is very detailed and is worth viewing at high resolution.

The video, which you can see at http://goo.gl/3Rg8jd, is well worth twenty minutes of your time. It gives an overview of mathematics in a way that should be comprehensible to an intelligent general audience. The sense of humour in the videos reminded me of the writing of Douglas Adams. Something I found especially remarkable is that the video manages to explain the gist of what algebraic topology is in a few minutes, without getting technical. (Algebraic topology aims to understand topological structures by associating algebraic objects to them.)

The map contains various visual and verbal jokes about mathematics; some of these are explained in the video, but others are not. I liked the names of the plains: have a look for the Complex Plain, the Projective Plain and the xy-Plain. The buildings in Statistigrad look like normal distributions and histograms. The fields in the picture are actual fields, but this is a reference to the algebraic notion of a field, which roughly speaking is a structure in which one can do addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. (This is not directly related to the use of the term field in physics.)

As an algebraist, I particularly enjoyed the Califate of Al-Gebra, with the Al separated as if it were an Arabic article. This is appropriate because the English word algebra comes from the Arabic term al-jebr, meaning “reunion of broken parts”. In case you're wondering, califate is an acceptable variant spelling of caliphate.

I was very surprised that Martin Kuppe/Zogg doesn't have a much bigger following on social media, given the high quality of his output. You can follow him as ZoggFromBetelgeuse on YouTube, or as ZoggTheAlien on Twitter. One of his recent tweets contains links to various versions of Mathematistan, including this picture.

(Found via +Mrinal Singh.)

#mathematics #scienceeveryday___While I don't have the time to comment in detail - this is fantastic, even if you're not deeply vested in mathematics. Give the video a look, and enjoy the map!

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2014-07-18 17:44:13 (77 comments, 3 reshares, 36 +1s) 

"Dealing" with Putin?

I keep reading outraged claims in my stream that now, after the airline shoot-down yesterday, "Russia and Putin need to be finally dealt with". While I understand the outrage, let's take a look at what "dealt with" could mean.

There are, as far as I can tell, 4 avenues. Diplomancy (i.e. back-channel negotiations), sternly worded letters from the U.N., economic sanctions, and military interventions.

Let's assume the "dealt with" people don't mean the first two. That leaves economic sanctions, or the military. I think we can quickly rule out the military idea. It is, after all, one of the classic blunders - "never get in engaged in a land war in Asia"[3]

That leaves economic sanctions. There are a couple of problems with that.

First, Russia has a lot of natural... more »

"Dealing" with Putin?

I keep reading outraged claims in my stream that now, after the airline shoot-down yesterday, "Russia and Putin need to be finally dealt with". While I understand the outrage, let's take a look at what "dealt with" could mean.

There are, as far as I can tell, 4 avenues. Diplomancy (i.e. back-channel negotiations), sternly worded letters from the U.N., economic sanctions, and military interventions.

Let's assume the "dealt with" people don't mean the first two. That leaves economic sanctions, or the military. I think we can quickly rule out the military idea. It is, after all, one of the classic blunders - "never get in engaged in a land war in Asia"[3]

That leaves economic sanctions. There are a couple of problems with that.

First, Russia has a lot of natural resources that are rather important to us, and they have it in quantities large enough that it would hurt us quite a bit. "Some of the world’s largest deposits of gold, lead, coal, nickel, diamonds, gypsum, molybdenum, diopside, zinc and silver are located in Siberia". [2]

But that's not a big issue. What is a huge issue is Russia's abundant energy supply. ~35% of Europe's natural gas imports come from Russia. That amount is not easily replaced, especially given that the largest natural gas reserves in the world are located in...? Yes, exactly. Russia.

And it's not like Russia isn't well aware of that. It's not a "resurgence of communism" that made Putin put GazProm under government control. It's awareness that energy is Russia's strategic weapon in the 21st century. And it's not only a club that Russia wants for the West - increasingly, Russia is building "energy ties" with China.[2] In other words, making sure that its eastern neighbors also don't misbehave.

It's no coincidence that Europe is pushing for energy independence, either[4]. European leaders know that club very well. Whenever Ukraine and Russia had differences in the past, Europe felt that. Why? ~80% of Russia's gas exports used to pass through the Ukraine. Russia has slowly been working on reducing that weakness - see e.g. the Sukhodolnaya-Rodionovskaya pipeline and the joint consortium with Germany to transport gas through the Baltic Sea.

And so, the only sanctions we can reasonably inflict are sanctions that are more show than sanction. Anything else would hurt Europe badly.

That hasn't even touched on the fact that Russia is a very convenient counter-balance to China, keeping them at least a bit distracted from expanding their influence in (South)East Asia. The "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere"[5] is an idea we'd very much like to avoid.

And so, given these constraints, all ideas of "dealing with Putin" are pretty much not viable.

Yes, what happened to MH17 is horrible. Yes, Putin's stance on the Ukraine can be blamed for this. But for all that, the man is going to stand in the Kremlin and say "Whacha gonna do"?

And unless we get our shit together and push forward on energy independence, we'll continue to get yanked around.

[1] http://www.academia.edu/2626552/Energy_the_Russian_geopolitical_weapon
[2] http://www.thewashingtonreview.org/articles/the-kremlins-strategic-plans-for-siberia.html
[3] http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093779/quotes
[4] http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/03/07/286816548/seeking-energy-independence-europe-faces-heated-fracking-debate
[5] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_East_Asia_Co-Prosperity_Sphere___

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2014-07-18 01:22:04 (18 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s) 

Turns out, CA is slightly worse off than thought before. Los Angeles and San Francisco are of course the two cities that rank individual mention - and L.A. is worse off specifically along the San Andreas Fault's Mojave section.

Knowing fellow Angelenos, this will have roughly 0% impact on day-to-day life. Might be a good idea to restock emergency supplies, but that's always a good idea.

Turns out, CA is slightly worse off than thought before. Los Angeles and San Francisco are of course the two cities that rank individual mention - and L.A. is worse off specifically along the San Andreas Fault's Mojave section.

Knowing fellow Angelenos, this will have roughly 0% impact on day-to-day life. Might be a good idea to restock emergency supplies, but that's always a good idea.___

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2014-07-15 21:24:51 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s) 

That's absolutely brilliant. h/t +Mike Pinkerton

Chrome for iPhone and iPad is getting a small update today that allows supporting mobile sites to beam the site to the big screen over Chromecast. This may be redundant if you've got an Apple TV and AirPlay mirroring on the go, but options are always nice. Finding Chromecast-enabled sites are...___That's absolutely brilliant. h/t +Mike Pinkerton

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2014-07-15 02:17:22 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s) 

h/t +Wayne Radinsky for finding the funniest kickstarter since potato salad.

We have to develop a completely new blend of technologies using neuro-linguistic approach and conditional random fields to create complex cognitive patterns and learning algorithms.

All that for the low, low, price of only $30,000.

We are using neuro-linguistic approach to programming and cutting-edge technology, such as machine learning algorithms, CRF++ and advanced AIML processing similar to A.L.I.C.E for offline communication to bring a futuristic Artificial Intelligence vision to life.

Neuro-linguistic approach to programming, eh? All the words make sense, and yet, NLP usually does not refer to AI. But I'm sure for the $30K, they also revolutionized research, introducing entire new fields.

From their about page: Our team consists of highly trained professionals that... more »

h/t +Wayne Radinsky for finding the funniest kickstarter since potato salad.

We have to develop a completely new blend of technologies using neuro-linguistic approach and conditional random fields to create complex cognitive patterns and learning algorithms.

All that for the low, low, price of only $30,000.

We are using neuro-linguistic approach to programming and cutting-edge technology, such as machine learning algorithms, CRF++ and advanced AIML processing similar to A.L.I.C.E for offline communication to bring a futuristic Artificial Intelligence vision to life.

Neuro-linguistic approach to programming, eh? All the words make sense, and yet, NLP usually does not refer to AI. But I'm sure for the $30K, they also revolutionized research, introducing entire new fields.

From their about page: Our team consists of highly trained professionals that have a vast amount of formal and hands-on experience in their respective areas of expertise, and are always honing their skills to stay on the edge of progress.

Highly trained, I'm sure. In their respective areas of expertise. (Here seems to be the CEO: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/arseniy-nikulchenko/46/277/263)

I'm not quite sure yet why go for only $30K funding with that much effort, but I'm looking forward to see things unfold.

And their blog is even more fun: http://www.ainovarobotics.com/#!blog/c3bm___

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2014-07-12 02:18:03 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s) 

Well played, Urban Dictionary. Well played. 

Also, I should stop participating in these things...

Well played, Urban Dictionary. Well played. 

Also, I should stop participating in these things...___

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2014-07-11 21:59:13 (20 comments, 2 reshares, 31 +1s) 

Day 4 of #fivedayquest

+Andy Dillon asked for a coding selfie, so here you go :)

+Denise Case who made me do this

Day 4 of #fivedayquest

+Andy Dillon asked for a coding selfie, so here you go :)

+Denise Case who made me do this___

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