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A cappella master Deke Sharon is seriously awesome, musically and beyond, and I'm happy to see him recognized in the NY Times.

I e-met him in undergrad¹, marveling at his admirable but laughable plan to make a living from a cappella music.

He's gotten the last laugh, musically-powering super-popular movies (the "Pitch Perfect" series), a well-loved TV show ("The Sing-off"), multiple a cappella groups, and most recently, a musical on Broadway.²

I've had the pleasure of meeting him in person (he gave a talk at Google!³) and his optimism and sincere cheerfulness are just as amazing 'live.'

What I most appreciate about the fellow is that he sees music-making as a way for everyone to share joy.
He firmly espouses that both everyone can sing and everyone SHOULD sing. And as you might guess, I think he's 100% right :).


¹ He and I were both geeks on the USENET newsgroup rec.arts.a-cappella back in the early 90s.


³ "Lessons from A cappella for Business and Life" -
Deke Sharon discusses his work on “In Transit,” an a cappella musical about the intertwining lives of New Yorkers.
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I first offered seed
Which the birds liked indeed!
But rats followed soon after
On the feeder and rafter

So I tried out some suet
But the birds, they poo-poo it:
"Come on, what the heck?!
What the bleep IS this dreck!"

Oh, what frustration!
Not to mention vexation
Let them get their own food!
While I give up and brood :(
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Women in ads... as strong and successful doers, movers, thinkers
We could ask what took so long, but we likely already know the reason (read the article to find out). The better question is... how can we (men and women) accelerate the trend of advertising that respects and inspires?!

P.S. - With all that said, I'm a bit disappointed that the image chosen for this article (shown below) is... a scantily clad and especially attractive woman, which kind of goes against the key points in the article. Hmm... two steps forward, one step back...
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I think that any discussion of harmful objectification needs to focus on the behaviors of the objectifiers, rather than on the traits of the targets. Asian women are a commonly objectified group as well, but the answer isn't to stop advertising to them, or to erase their depictions from our advertising media.

Insofar as there exist women who consciously and conscientiously decide to dress a particular way, I think it makes sense for the advertiser to meet them there, despite the objectifiers. Otherwise, you're basically empowering the objectifiers themselves, right? Who should have the power to decide how women are portrayed in the media? The answer is certainly not "disgusting catcallers on the streets."

Of course, there's a balance. If the ad portrays the act of objectification, that's bad. If the ad basically conforms to the male gaze, that's bad. But given that a bunch of actual women dress a certain way, I don't think it's automatically indicative of the male gaze that the model is attired just like the real-world prototypes. Just like it's not automatically indicative of Asian objectification to have an Asian woman as a model in an advertisement.
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Why should Twitter enable >140 character tweets?
You might be surprised at the many compelling reasons why...
Check out my chart & blog post and see if you're not convinced ;)
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This is super-cool... highlighting and empowering outstanding contributors on Google+

I'm delighted to see this new initiative led by +Daniel Raynaud, a colleague of mine who cares deeply about helping people build and discover respectful & interesting communities online.

There are already lots of great conversations on Google+ and I know many have resulted in awesome "real-life" friendships.

Here's to more of all of that positivity, sharing, and connecting!
Introducing Google+ Create

Today we are launching Google+ Create (, a unique program that gives amazing content creators the recognition and audience they deserve.

When we introduced Google+ Collections last May, we were blown away by the amazing things people began sharing, from the beautiful ( to the breathtaking (, from the profound ( to the playful (, from the whimsical ( to the wonderfully eclectic (

And people on Google+ agree. Since launching the redesigned Google+ in November, Collection follows have more than doubled.

But these Collections don’t create themselves. Behind them are fascinating individuals who bring their flair, imagination and craft to engage and inspire others. There are food alchemists like +maria nasir in Lahore, Pakistan, writers and woodturners like +Ellie Kennard and +Steven Kennard in Nova Scotia, and daredevil acrobats like +Randy T on a mountain top near you.

We want to celebrate these inspiring creators and amplify their unique voices. Google+ Create members get a verified profile, early access to new product features, a private channel with the Google+ team, and special opportunities to build their audiences.

Visit to meet some of our members, learn about the benefits, and apply to join if you’re interested. Or just immerse yourself in the diversity of Collections already on Google+ (
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Thks Adam , for sharing !

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Let's work together to make online communities safe and respectful.
I was really happy to read this post by +Yonatan Zunger, remarking on Google's hiring of Christopher Poole ("moot"), the founder of the (in)famous site 4chan.

4chan has long been in the news as a site that -- among other things -- has hosted some rather despicable speech... mean-spirited & even hateful.

At the same time, I have a lot of respect for and trust in Yonatan; I've seen his longstanding public and internal-to-Google engagement on the topic of robust and safe communities online.  

And also, I've learned that -- in addition to its abhorrent contributions -- 4chan has provided the internet with fascinating and sometimes hilarious ideas and conversations.  It has been, essentially, in many ways like a slice of "real life."

*  *  *

I genuinely believe that Google is concerned about and interested in improving the quality and safety of online communities.
But with that said, I hope all good souls will firmly and respectfully let Google -- and other companies hosting communities online -- know when our efforts fall short.  

At a minimum, I personally believe that community members should have powerful and reliable tools to effectively report and block harassment.  Ideally, we should all be able to enjoy communities that are structured and maintained in a way that prevents jerks from ever getting a foothold in the first place.

Community design and management is massively difficult; even gobs of money and impressive technologies aren't sufficient.  But where there's a will... where there are high expectations... where there are thoughtful, kind, and passionate souls... we can make valuable progress :).

Important:  please don't fight hate with hate.
1) That never works.
2) It makes it harder to tell who the good folks are.
3) The most awful people online often get their kicks specifically from stirring up hatred, so you're just adding fuel to their fire.

Lastly, please know that I'm writing this as a long-time (albeit lapsed) community manager, not as a Googler
...and certainly not as a Googler in an official capacity.  I no longer do any community management at Google, much less speak for any of the teams/people/departments responsible for community development or management.  These are my personal opinions, formed from my experience being online for decades and even launching my own email and web communities back in the 90s :-).
Since several people have been asking me about this, I just want to mention: At Bradley's instigation, I spent a few hours chatting with Chris Poole a few… - Yonatan Zunger - Google+
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i think the trick is how to make it programatic or systematic so it happens automatically and is self reinforcing / scaling.
lots of times it crosses the lines of what is acceptable. example of it is here
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Super excited about this!
I'll be scanning and uploading all 100 of my childhood photos with this.
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Awesome John Williams movie music - A cappella!
Check out this beautiful, fun, and wonderfully executed medley:

and be sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel of Voctave (which I'm delighted to have now discovered!)

Hat tip:
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You need to see AND click on the doodle of the (late) great Frankie Manning on today!

Why? Because there are many good articles you can and should read about this amazing, inspirational guy. He was absolutely one of the most joyful, generous, inspiring people I've ever met, and I'm thankful I had the opportunity to take classes and chat with him.

In one of his classes, I accidentally rock-stepped right onto his foot (!). I was mortified, but thankfully he wasn't hurt and he had a good sense of humor about it.

A day later, he accidentally spilled a spot of white wine on me when we were both hanging out in the bar at When he saw that there was no harm done, he playfully poked me, smiled broadly and chuckled, "Payback! heh heh heh!" :D

I have many other memories of Frankie... typically with him ever so patiently helping dancers feel the music, feel the essence of partner dancing.

He wasn't all about the moves, but rather dancing to him was all about connecting with others and having a damn good time. Just as it should be.

"Gentlemen, you've gotta always remember... who is that beautiful lady in front of you? She's your Queen!" Indeed!

And couldn't we use a bit more respect, connection and undivided attention in our lives? :-) Yes, yes we could!
Frankie Manning's 102nd birthday! #GoogleDoodle
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This is amazing! If you're a lindy hopper, you'll broadly smile in recognition. If you're not (yet) a lindy hopper, you'll enjoy Emei's delightful illustrations and funny captions.
This is a short comic about my experiences when first learning how to dance the amazing dance called lindy hop!
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Love this!  Sometimes, shame is the answer.

(and for those who are expecting an important call or text... they should put their phone on vibrate and then leave the theatre if they get pinged)
Benedict Cumberbatch will probably be very happy.
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Whoa. This week is my 10th Googleversary! :o

It's been a wild ride. Grateful for the opportunities, the experiences, and -- most importantly -- the friends I've made as a Googler, both inside and outside the company.
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Thanks, Ivan! :)
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Friendly service, reasonable coffee, lots of options, and plenty of places to sit. Parking can be a bit hectic, though.
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Ugh. Not much selection in terms of hot dishes, and the ones my friend and I had were lackluster to say the least. For instance, in the hot dish I ordered, all the green beans were refrigerator-level cold. Who does that?
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My friend and I both enjoyed our meal. Tasty food, reasonable service, hearty portions. I had the honey walnut prawns with diced apple, which was an unexpected but delicious combination.
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Pretty reasonable parking, nicely renovated theatres with good sound and visuals and comfy recliners, and Dryer's ice cream available for purchase :).
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I quite enjoy coming here. It's not too crazy large, so one has a decent view from nearly all seats. Staffers and volunteers are friendly. And there's a reasonable amount of parking nearby (well, within a 5 minute walk). Lots of top notch performers to enjoy as well (though be prepared to pay quite a bit for the most famous ones).
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Pluses: Strong, tasty coffee. Friendly baristas. Tasty snacks. Close walk from Caltrain. Minuses: Very limited seating. Has a tip jar, which I find a bit offputting; pay your workers a fair wage with a good compensation plan and charge what you gotta charge. Not much drink selection for non-coffee drinkers (e.g., no steamers, hot cider, etc.)
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Pros: Beautiful view of the lake. They have fresh squeezed OJ. Cons: Lackluster menu variety. Food is average and not well-presented (e.g., coleslaw put on same plate as foccacia sandwich, making the sandwich totally soggy). $5 for a small fresh squeezed OJ?! Took a long time to get food.
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