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2012-01-04 02:55:21 (21 comments, 9 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Rick Santorum just blatantly equates Blacks with welfare. Someone asked a question about expanding welfare and Santorum says "I don't want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money." WTF is the matter with the party of Lincoln that welfare just automatically means black and brown people?

Pro-Tip: Only 9% of Iowans on welfare are black.

Watch this video.

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/01/03/396428/santorums-racist-welfare-rant/

Most reshares: 46

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2011-11-18 02:57:53 (9 comments, 46 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Et tu, Brute?

Microsoft and Apple are using a front group supporting the Internet Censorship Bill SOPA. I feel a horrible sense of betrayal of the Internet...

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2011/11/17/which-tech-companies-back-sopa-microsoft-apple-and-27-others/

Most plusones: 53

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2012-01-18 08:08:02 (2 comments, 17 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

There. I am not looking at it.

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2015-08-18 06:33:53 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Adorable owl in a sanctuary in Sitka, Alaska.

Adorable owl in a sanctuary in Sitka, Alaska.___

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2013-08-30 02:59:01 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Came home excited to try my Chromebook Pixel, only to find (known) display issues due to manufacturing defect. Contacted Google Pixel Support, and while they were efficient, left me wanting on the customer delight side of the equation. Totally took the wind out of my excitement to use the Google/Android stack.

Came home excited to try my Chromebook Pixel, only to find (known) display issues due to manufacturing defect. Contacted Google Pixel Support, and while they were efficient, left me wanting on the customer delight side of the equation. Totally took the wind out of my excitement to use the Google/Android stack.___

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2013-05-03 19:50:54 (1 comments, 7 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

The perfect size! 

The perfect size! ___

2013-02-25 22:44:35 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

We're now back on Google+. Circle us!

We're now back on Google+. Circle us!___

2013-01-25 22:13:28 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Just checking in on G+ to see what's been going on. It's been a while... How you doin'?

Just checking in on G+ to see what's been going on. It's been a while... How you doin'?___

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2012-12-22 17:28:16 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

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2012-12-10 08:11:17 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

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2012-11-26 07:51:08 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

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2012-10-30 10:19:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

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2012-10-30 09:57:46 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

3am breakfast in Ohio

3am breakfast in Ohio___

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2012-07-02 06:55:29 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

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2012-06-19 06:57:48 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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2012-06-15 21:56:31 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

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2012-06-15 21:56:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Finally for Android

Finally for Android___

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2012-05-21 23:56:25 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

http://benhuh.org/jump-swinging-the-corona-arch-moab-and-surviving-fear

http://benhuh.org/jump-swinging-the-corona-arch-moab-and-surviving-fear___

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2012-05-21 04:05:02 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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2012-05-21 03:53:04 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2012-05-07 07:38:58 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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2012-05-07 07:25:45 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

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2012-04-25 21:09:25 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2012-02-03 06:59:18 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

My friend +Brian Fitzpatrick made this name card for me after the NPR SOPA debate.

My friend +Brian Fitzpatrick made this name card for me after the NPR SOPA debate.___

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2012-01-20 23:16:27 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Now, let's find a way to proactively defend the Internet, instead of scrambling after an attack.

In re: https://twitter.com/#!/SenatorReid/status/160367959464878080 #open___Now, let's find a way to proactively defend the Internet, instead of scrambling after an attack.

2012-01-19 04:53:13 (4 comments, 7 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Yes, I said this. And as of now, it's copyright free. Share.

"We need to start over with a transparent process. Instead of using lobbyists to try and do this over the holidays, we need a transparent process to start over and include the community. There's a fundamental difference between people who want to see the internet and say "Let's lobotomize and censor parts of it because we need to control it" and those like us who see the internet as a method of growing the economy and innovating in front of the world. And we have to reconcile those two positions. And we believe it is better to protect this crown jewel of civilization, which is the ability for us to communicate and express our ideas freely, then try to lobotomize it." -Ben Huh___Yes, I said this. And as of now, it's copyright free. Share.

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2012-01-18 08:08:02 (2 comments, 17 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

There. I am not looking at it.

There. I am not looking at it.___

2012-01-18 08:00:54 (0 comments, 9 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

WARNING:
This post has been censored by the US Government due to violation of H.R. 3261 Stop Online Piracy Act. Any actions taken to circumvent this notice will result in fines and potential federal prosecution. Any links to circumvented material will result in fines and potential federal prosecution.

For more details, visit http://americancensorship.org

WARNING:
This post has been censored by the US Government due to violation of H.R. 3261 Stop Online Piracy Act. Any actions taken to circumvent this notice will result in fines and potential federal prosecution. Any links to circumvented material will result in fines and potential federal prosecution.

For more details, visit http://americancensorship.org___

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2012-01-18 07:56:56 (2 comments, 24 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Seattle, REPRESENT!

I made an animated GIF about SOPA.

http://theoatmeal.com/sopa___Seattle, REPRESENT!

2012-01-16 18:12:55 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Plan on joining the Jan 18th Anti-PIPA protest? Here's Google's best tips.

Website outages and blackouts the right way

tl;dr: Use a 503 HTTP status code but read on for important details.

Sometimes webmasters want to take their site offline for a day or so, perhaps for server maintenance or as political protest. We’re currently seeing some recommendations being made about how to do this that have a high chance of hurting how Google sees these websites and so we wanted to give you a quick how-to guide based on our current recommendations.

The most common scenario we’re seeing webmasters talk about implementing is to replace the contents on all or some of their pages with an error message (“site offline”) or a protest message. The following applies to this scenario (replacing the contents of your pages) and so please ask (details below) if you’re thinking of doing something else.

1. The most important point: Webmasters should return a 503 HTTP header for all the URLs participating in the blackout (parts of a site or the whole site). This helps in two ways:

a. It tells us it's not the "real" content on the site and won't be indexed.

b. Because of (a), even if we see the same content (e.g. the “site offline” message) on all the URLs, it won't cause duplicate content issues.

2. Googlebot's crawling rate will drop when it sees a spike in 503 headers. This is unavoidable but as long as the blackout is only a transient event, it shouldn't cause any long-term problems and the crawl rate will recover fairly quickly to the pre-blackout rate. How fast depends on the site and it should be on the order of a few days.

3. Two important notes about robots.txt:

a. As Googlebot is currently configured, it will halt all crawling of the site if the site’s robots.txt file returns a 503 status code for robots.txt. This crawling block will continue until Googlebot sees an acceptable status code for robots.txt fetches (currently 200 or 404). This is a built-in safety mechanism so that Googlebot doesn't end up crawling content it's usually blocked from reaching. So if you're blacking out only a portion of the site, be sure the robots.txt file's status code is not changed to a 503.

b. Some webmasters may be tempted to change the robots.txt file to have a “Disallow: /” in an attempt to block crawling during the blackout. Don’t block Googlebot’s crawling like this as this has a high chance of causing crawling issues for much longer than the few days expected for the crawl rate recovery.

4. Webmasters will see these errors in Webmaster Tools: it will report that we saw the blackout. Be sure to monitor the Crawl Errors section particularly closely for a couple of weeks after the blackout to ensure there aren't any unexpected lingering issues.

5. General advice: Keep it simple and don't change too many things, especially changes that take different times to take effect. Don't change the DNS settings. As mentioned above, don't change the robots.txt file contents. Also, don't alter the crawl rate setting in WMT. Keeping as many settings constant as possible before, during, and after the blackout will minimize the chances of something odd happening.

Questions? Comment below or ask in our forums: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Webmasters?hl=en___Plan on joining the Jan 18th Anti-PIPA protest? Here's Google's best tips.

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2012-01-15 02:22:39 (5 comments, 10 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Before Solving a Problem, Make Sure You've Got the Right Problem

I was pleased to see the measured tone of the White House response to the citizen petition about #SOPA and #PIPA

https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#/!/response/combating-online-piracy-while-protecting-open-and-innovative-internet

and yet I found myself profoundly disturbed by something that seems to me to go to the root of the problem in Washington: the failure to correctly diagnose the problem we are trying to solve, but instead to accept, seemingly uncritically, the claims of various interest groups. The offending paragraph is as follows:

"Let us be clear—online piracy is a real problem that harms the American economy, and threatens jobs for significant numbers of middle class workers and hurts some of our nation's most creative and innovative companies ande... more »

Before Solving a Problem, Make Sure You've Got the Right Problem

I was pleased to see the measured tone of the White House response to the citizen petition about #SOPA and #PIPA

https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#/!/response/combating-online-piracy-while-protecting-open-and-innovative-internet

and yet I found myself profoundly disturbed by something that seems to me to go to the root of the problem in Washington: the failure to correctly diagnose the problem we are trying to solve, but instead to accept, seemingly uncritically, the claims of various interest groups. The offending paragraph is as follows:

"Let us be clear—online piracy is a real problem that harms the American economy, and threatens jobs for significant numbers of middle class workers and hurts some of our nation's most creative and innovative companies and entrepreneurs. It harms everyone from struggling artists to production crews, and from startup social media companies to large movie studios. While we are strongly committed to the vigorous enforcement of intellectual property rights, existing tools are not strong enough to root out the worst online pirates beyond our borders."

In the entire discussion, I've seen no discussion of credible evidence of this economic harm. There's no question in my mind that piracy exists, that people around the world are enjoying creative content without paying for it, and even that some criminals are profiting by redistributing it. But is there actual economic harm?

In my experience at O'Reilly, the losses due to piracy are far outweighed by the benefits of the free flow of information, which makes the world richer, and develops new markets for legitimate content. Most of the people who are downloading unauthorized copies of O'Reilly books would never have paid us for them anyway; meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of others are buying content from us, many of them in countries that we were never able to do business with when our products were not available in digital form.

History shows us, again and again, that frontiers are lawless places, but that as they get richer and more settled, they join in the rule of law. American publishing, now the largest publishing industry in the world, began with piracy. (I have a post coming on that subject on Monday.)

Congress (and the White House) need to spend time thinking hard about how best to grow our economy - and that means being careful not to close off the frontier, or to harm those trying to settle it, in order to protect those who want to remain safe at home. British publishers could have come to America in the 19th century; they chose not to, and as a result, we grew our own indigenous publishing industry, which relied at first, in no small part, on pirating British and European works.

If the goal is really to support jobs and the American economy, internet "protectionism" is not the way to do it.

It is said (though I've not found the source) that Einstein once remarked that if given 60 minutes to save the world, he would spend 55 of them defining the problem. And defining the problem means collecting and studying real evidence, not the overblown claims of an industry that has fought the introduction of every new technology that has turned out, in the end, to grow their business rather than threaten it.

P.S. If Congress and the White House really want to fight pirates who are hurting the economy, they should be working to rein in patent trolls. There, the evidence of economic harm is clear, in multi-billion dollar transfers of wealth from companies building real products to those who have learned how to work the patent system while producing no value for consumers.

P. P.S. See also my previous piece on the subject of doing an independent investigation of the facts rather than just listening to the appeals of lobbyists, https://plus.google.com/107033731246200681024/posts/5Xd3VjFR8gx___

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2012-01-04 02:55:21 (21 comments, 9 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Rick Santorum just blatantly equates Blacks with welfare. Someone asked a question about expanding welfare and Santorum says "I don't want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money." WTF is the matter with the party of Lincoln that welfare just automatically means black and brown people?

Pro-Tip: Only 9% of Iowans on welfare are black.

Watch this video.

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/01/03/396428/santorums-racist-welfare-rant/

Rick Santorum just blatantly equates Blacks with welfare. Someone asked a question about expanding welfare and Santorum says "I don't want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money." WTF is the matter with the party of Lincoln that welfare just automatically means black and brown people?

Pro-Tip: Only 9% of Iowans on welfare are black.

Watch this video.

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/01/03/396428/santorums-racist-welfare-rant/___

2011-12-31 06:36:55 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Ignore if you can... I'm just testing my Google+ integration with Twitter via http://ifttt.com

Ignore if you can... I'm just testing my Google+ integration with Twitter via http://ifttt.com___

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2011-11-23 21:10:15 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Sexual terrorist? Or just misunderstood? You be the judge.
http://knowyourmeme.com/videos/22908-pedobear

Sexual terrorist? Or just misunderstood? You be the judge.
http://knowyourmeme.com/videos/22908-pedobear___

2011-11-22 20:01:54 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Before you head off for wherever, this video will help you appreciate life and all that we have this Thanksgiving.

http://thedailywh.at/2011/11/21/adorable-blind-animal-being-adorable-of-the-day/

Before you head off for wherever, this video will help you appreciate life and all that we have this Thanksgiving.

http://thedailywh.at/2011/11/21/adorable-blind-animal-being-adorable-of-the-day/___

2011-11-22 01:42:52 (3 comments, 17 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

This is the Chuck Norris of infographics:
http://xkcd.com/980/huge/#x=-6432&y=-7600&z=2

This is the Chuck Norris of infographics:
http://xkcd.com/980/huge/#x=-6432&y=-7600&z=2___

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2011-11-18 02:57:53 (9 comments, 46 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Et tu, Brute?

Microsoft and Apple are using a front group supporting the Internet Censorship Bill SOPA. I feel a horrible sense of betrayal of the Internet...

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2011/11/17/which-tech-companies-back-sopa-microsoft-apple-and-27-others/

Et tu, Brute?

Microsoft and Apple are using a front group supporting the Internet Censorship Bill SOPA. I feel a horrible sense of betrayal of the Internet...

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2011/11/17/which-tech-companies-back-sopa-microsoft-apple-and-27-others/___

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2011-11-17 03:50:16 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Just adjusted by Nest Thermostat from 35,000 feet in the air on my way to Philly. Sweet technology, this Internets....

(Also, on a flight with +Matt Tucker and +Gretchen Orca who apparently has the same exact life as me.)

Just adjusted by Nest Thermostat from 35,000 feet in the air on my way to Philly. Sweet technology, this Internets....

(Also, on a flight with +Matt Tucker and +Gretchen Orca who apparently has the same exact life as me.)___

2011-11-16 23:44:37 (0 comments, 13 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Don't get why we're all up in arms over SOPA? I'll let someone more articulate-er than me explain:
http://thedailywh.at/2011/11/16/this-is-important-you-should-know-about-it-of-the-day-8/

Don't get why we're all up in arms over SOPA? I'll let someone more articulate-er than me explain:
http://thedailywh.at/2011/11/16/this-is-important-you-should-know-about-it-of-the-day-8/___

2011-11-16 21:36:04 (2 comments, 10 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

If you don't want Big Media to censor our Internets, go enter your zipcode here:
https://wfc2.wiredforchange.com/o/9042/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8173

It took me less than a minute to send a message to my representatives asking them to actually represent my interests for once.

If you don't want Big Media to censor our Internets, go enter your zipcode here:
https://wfc2.wiredforchange.com/o/9042/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8173

It took me less than a minute to send a message to my representatives asking them to actually represent my interests for once.___

2011-11-16 21:20:50 (3 comments, 9 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

Hey Congressman/woman,
If you censor my Internets, I will vote you the fuck out, period.

Share it on. #anti-SOPA

Hey Congressman/woman,
If you censor my Internets, I will vote you the fuck out, period.

Share it on. #anti-SOPA___

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2011-11-16 07:47:41 (9 comments, 3 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Also, it's so easy a tiny old dog could set the temperature. (With out even having to look directly at the screen.)

Also, it's so easy a tiny old dog could set the temperature. (With out even having to look directly at the screen.)___

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2011-11-16 07:46:18 (16 comments, 3 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

I would like you to welcome to the world, Mr.ComfyPantz, our new Nest Thermostat. We happened to be the 11% of the US that actually set the thermostat schedule and we're curious to see if this will still save energy. It's awesome that it actually connects with our WI-FI and backs up our settings. Installation took about 15 minutes.

I would like you to welcome to the world, Mr.ComfyPantz, our new Nest Thermostat. We happened to be the 11% of the US that actually set the thermostat schedule and we're curious to see if this will still save energy. It's awesome that it actually connects with our WI-FI and backs up our settings. Installation took about 15 minutes.___

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2011-11-16 07:43:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Nest Thermostat Setup

Nest Thermostat Setup___

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2011-11-16 07:43:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Nest Thermostat Setup

Nest Thermostat Setup___

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2011-11-16 07:41:48 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Nest Thermostat Setup

Nest Thermostat Setup___

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2011-11-16 00:15:30 (13 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

In a post-racial society, this is OK, right? RIGHT?

http://failblog.org/2011/11/15/epic-fail-fail-nation-treating-animals-as-equals-fail-2/

In a post-racial society, this is OK, right? RIGHT?

http://failblog.org/2011/11/15/epic-fail-fail-nation-treating-animals-as-equals-fail-2/___

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2011-11-14 23:02:41 (2 comments, 12 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

When you call someone an "animal", think of this:
http://cheezburger.com/DextersCoalition/lolz/View/5424108800

When you call someone an "animal", think of this:
http://cheezburger.com/DextersCoalition/lolz/View/5424108800___

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2011-11-14 22:27:27 (20 comments, 4 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Tacky or Clever? (Found on the menu of a local restaurant)

Tacky or Clever? (Found on the menu of a local restaurant)___

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