It’s a Big Conspiracy

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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Living With Giant Dogs

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Have you ever seen three Irish wolfhounds and a greyhound suddenly shift to territorial mode? You should… it’s impressive.

It was even funnier because I’ve been marathon-watching Supernatural and the first thing I thought when we all went outside was “I wouldn’t want to be any monster with bad intentions in this yard tonight.”

(update: turns out there’s either a momma possum or a really masculine sounding cat in an old shed in the yard next door. I just hope it stays over there)

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Profiles of Cool People in Tech – Parisa Tabriz

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Quotable quote:

It’s more that she prefers not to suffer fools. “Some people in other parts of the industry, they introduce themselves as, like, ‘vice president,’ with all of these certifications,” she says, amused. “I couldn’t give a shit. You could be Code Monkey Number 507, but if you’re doing cool stuff, I’m much more interested in talking to you than to whoever’s senior vice president.”

Well said. The article just gets better from there.

Meet Google’s Security Princess

As Google’s top hacker, Parisa Tabriz thinks like a criminal—and manages the brilliant, wonky guys on her team with the courage and calm of a hostage negotiator.

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Medical Information and Big Data

Sunday, July 6, 2014

I disagree with the degree to which +Larry Page feels HIPAA makes a comprehensive medical database difficult, but having to deal with the requirements for HIPAA compliance does raise the hurdle higher than some startups can manage. But Google isn’t such a startup, and the opt-in / need to know access nature of what HIPAA provides shouldn’t be as large a hurdle for Google.

The problem is one of transparency and informed consent. User agreement lengths these days make transparency a joke, and the overabundance of legalese makes informed consent ridiculously difficult.

There’s other cool stuff +Sergey Brin and +Larry Page discuss in this talk, and they’re worth giving a listen just for hearing their point of view. There’s some pretty interesting perspectives, in my opinion.

Fireside chat with Google co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin with Vinod Khosla

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True Story – Aliens

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Did I ever tell you about the time I was abducted by aliens and they forced me to slow dance with them?

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James S.A.Corey: Authors at Google

Friday, July 4, 2014

Hey, here’s a video of a couple of pretty cool guys hanging out and chatting at Google.

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Hardest Places to Live in the US

Sunday, June 29, 2014

I can’t say my experience is scientifically significant, but moving from an orange to a green has been beneficial for me.

Original Post from David Brin:

The last map I offered (earlier today) ticked off folks on the left.  Here’s a reality splash for the other side. A composite ranking (map) of counties where Americans are healthy and wealthy, educated and thin, versus where they are struggling, poor and obese… and take more from the government than they give, or choose to admit.

There are various ways to evaluate living standards, but by many of them, eastern Kentucky comes out at or near the bottom.

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Ultrasonic Hacking

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Is anyone besides me hearing the old Cap’n Crunch whistle playing?

Original Post from Mohammed S. Al Sahaf:


“the Chromecast plays an ultrasonic sound through the connected TV’s speakers. The sound is then picked up by the microphone in the device, which allows it to pair with the TV.”

Simple, yet brilliant.

How Chromecast will talk to smartphones without Wi-Fi or Bluetooth
A bat signal from the streaming stick will let you pass videos to the TV.

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Material Design by Google

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

This is great news for me, because it’s merging native and web app design look ‘n feel.

Original Post from Google Design:

This is material design.

When we started building for the first mobile devices, mobile meant less: less screen space, slower connection, fewer features. A mobile experience was often a lesser experience. But mobile devices have evolved—they have become more powerful, faster, and more intuitive—so must our approach to design.

And as Google, including the Android platform, expands into new form factors, we’re introducing one consistent design that spans devices across mobile, desktop, and beyond. Today at #io14 , we introduced material design, which uses tactile surfaces, bold graphic design, and fluid motion to create beautiful, intuitive experiences…

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Original Post from Tony Fleming:
Sir Isaac Newton vs Bill Nye. Epic Rap Battles of…: #nerdlife

Sir Isaac Newton vs Bill Nye.

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