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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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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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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 (g.co/PlusCreate), 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 (goo.gl/ryi0jv) to the breathtaking (goo.gl/n0KpR6), from the profound (goo.gl/XfBB0y) to the playful (goo.gl/zdDVsf), from the whimsical (goo.gl/zLOMgy) to the wonderfully eclectic (goo.gl/kgtI38).

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 g.co/PlusCreate 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+ (g.co/Collections).
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+Adam Lasnik​ Married for 3 years and still going strong :D Lots of spam and bots on here but plenty of gems too!
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So... how IS your private data protected internally at Google?

Googler Brian White shares his personal (unofficial but quite informed) thoughts and info.  Worth a read!
 
After being asked personally a few times and reading claims by others a few more, I thought I'd set the record straight....

Working at Google does not give you access to the data of users!

It's an easy assumption to make.  After all, most companies don't put internal access controls on data making it easy for every employee to access everything inside the firewall.  Google does not work that way.

Though there are many groups at Google, we'll simplify it into Software Engineering ("SWE") and Site Reliability Engineering ("SRE").  I was the latter for 5 years and I've been the former for 3.

SWE, in general, has access to nothing.  They run their code on their own workstations and sometimes test clusters with test data.  A few get access to anonymized user data for their service -- more on that later.

SRE is the group that owns the keys to the kingdom.  They're the group (actually many small groups) responsible for running Google services "in production".  They almost always have access to anonymized user data for their service and the ability to access "raw" logs if necessary, again for only their service.  The kicker is that, since around 2011, this latter access comes through a specific interface where you must explain with each request why you're doing this.  All those actions are logged and those logs are audited.  Misuse of the access will get you fired.

What is "misuse"?  I can't even look up my own queries.  I could be on-call for my service, have you on the phone fixing a problem with you saying, "go ahead" , and I still couldn't do it.  In five years, I only used raw logs twice, both on myself during training just so we'd know how.

So, for any given service, there may be somewhere between 10 and 100 people worldwide who could potentially access Personally Identifiable Information ("PII") of a user, but doing so without a good reason would be the end of them at the company.  And should that abusive employee somehow cause "material damage" to the company...  I don't even want to speculate.

On top of that, any attempt to track a single user, whether the user can be identified personally or not, will also get you fired.  Every user with any form of logs access has signed a paper (real paper, even) stating that they understand all this and the consequences.

This is serious stuff.  My own team would turn me in without a second thought if I did any of this.  And I'd do the same to them.

What are "anonymized" logs?  They're the requests that have had all PII stripped.  No IP address.  No account identifier.  No geo-locating finer than the city, etc.

Disclaimer:  I work for Google (obviously).  These thoughts are mine and mine alone.  Mine, I tell you!  Mine!!!
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Go see #Zootopia  the first moment you can!
Kids or not, doesn't matter. This is a moving, funny, thoughtful, clever film. Loved it!

And yes, this is a film about racism and bigotry and hatred and understanding and tolerance and love. 

With all that said... I'd love to know what my non-white and (also) female friends think of the film. Inspiring? Patronizing?
The brilliantly well-rounded Zootopia offers a thoughtful, inclusive message that\'s as rich and timely as its sumptuously state-of-the-art animation -- all while remaining fa...
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Oh I don't actually know when it's released
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This guy has recorded (and composed) some absolutely beautiful pieces which he shares on his YouTube channel*

Here's a sample (BUT DO NOT YET READ THE  COMMENTS ON THE VIDEO)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txnitrq53RQ

All is not what it seems, though.

See if you can figure out the interesting and (IMHO) somewhat shocking twist.  And then in the comments (at least initially), note whether you guessed the secret or not ;)

P.S. -- Yes, it's really him playing.  

The reveal:
http://j.mp/iiree

His YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzp0erAOXXpY6O40hMx1xLg
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Yep, understood.

I did have a chance to play an LX-17 over the weekend, and was favorably stunned at how much better the experience was in person... probably due to experience of playing it personally and also due to the strategic placement of 8 (!) speakers within the piano that made it all feel much more immersive.

Given my experience, I'm actually planning on buying the LX-17, and you can come over and try it out :)
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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.

https://medium.com/panel-frame/lindynoob-thoughts-on-being-a-beginner-dancer-514a58c425ab
This is a short comic about my experiences when first learning how to dance the amazing dance called lindy hop!
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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 ;)
http://j.mp/twtr141
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Heh, well, it DID serve a purpose (back in the day when lots of people consumed tweets via SMS).

And today, many folks understandably appreciate the constraints of brevity, noting (reasonably so, IMHO), that it can be refreshing & fun zipping through a feed of concise blips.

But given the awful workarounds currently being used to bypass the limit, it now certainly makes sense to officially and smartly lift the constraint.
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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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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. https://plus.google.com/+YonatanZunger/posts/TLPw23eiYrM

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."

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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 https://www.instagram.com/byefelipe/?hl=en
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This is one of the most joyful and awesome videos I've seen in a while.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEeiRXOlWUE

About 4 minutes of music, and then... the making of.  All very worth seeing!

Hat-tip: my parents! :)

P.S. -- Yes, this is the same amazing group that recently featured a massive music-marble machine! 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvUU8joBb1Q
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After a rather surreal experience in a hot tub with a friend the other night, I decided to full-on rant against people acting cluelessly and rudely in public spaces.

Definitely interested in hearing your thoughts... as replies on the Medium post or here in G+ :)
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What a charming place! Friendly service, very tasty food, and reasonable prices given the portions. Edited to add: Great coffee, too... very smooth and rich! And today I met the famous Esther! Some recommendations: - Get there early; I arrived at 11am and seating was very limited! - Go with a friend and share two entrees: an omelet and the apple pancakes. The latter is huge and -- though delicious -- a bit heavy for one person to eat alone.
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Outstanding food and drink quality, very friendly service What i love about this place is that the servers are consistently friendly and helpful (and will offer to replace or fix a dish if you're unhappy without complaint!). The drinks are strong and tasty. And the food is almost universally delicious. The meats, the fish, all of it cooked so nicely and flavored very well! UPDATE April 2016: Just had dinner here with a small work group again, and I continue to be delighted with this place. Our very attentive and helpful waiter Carlos was actually able to get a special not-on-the-menu dish made for us (and it was outstanding!), and all the food and drinks continue to be awesome. I'll certainly continue to visit Scratch for personal special occasions, and will also continue to recommend it at my company for work events and get-togethers.
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I just broke up with Wells Fargo and I'm surprisingly sad about it. I had a mortgage, checking, and savings account with them, and I've never gotten anything other than prompt, effective, professional, and friendly service. What a rare and wonderful combination in a big business! I've actually looked forward to my interactions with WF employees. Clearly, management has done an outstanding job in both hiring and training. The only reason I left was that Chase offered me an amazing deal for refinancing my home mortgage, and unfortunately, Wells Fargo wasn't able to meet the rate :(. Were this a difference of a few bucks re a different savings account interest rate, I'd have absolutely stayed with WF, but alas, it was a difference of many thousands of dollars, so I had to regretfully break off the relationship :\.
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Had a great experience with Jeff @ Nest Bedding. He was remarkably knowledgeable and also chill; the polar opposite of folks at nearly every other bedding store I've been to. Absolute zero pressure, and lots of patience... in person, over the phone, and in email. Interestingly, I don't think I paid much if any premium for a very nice 100% latex mattress by buying it with Nest Bedding vs. a "discount" outlet (online or offline); I believe I got a very fair price, especially for a well-made AND American-made product. The mattress (Q3, blended latex) is also super-comfortable; firm enough to support my back and hips and giving enough to be comfortable after a rough day at the gym. Oh, and the mattress and pillow were delivered exactly when promised. My only disappointment -- and it was minor -- was that Jeff and Nest Bedding didn't have an equal expertise in bedroom furniture, so I ended up going with Costco for that. But all in all, buying from Nest Bedding and Jeff was a very comfortable and successful experience. Highly recommended!
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Lots of potential, but unfortunately mostly unrealized so far. 2.5 stars, rounding up. THUMBS UP: - Impressive variety of breakfast and non-breakfast foods. - Breakfast all day! - Indoor and outdoor seating - Reasonable prices for the area - They apparently use organic ingredients - Not greasy THUMBS DOWN: - Of the three breakfast dishes I tried, 2 out of the 3 were startlingly BLAND. I ended up eating only half of my "breakfast quesadilla" this morning, and just sort of picked at the potatoes. - Speaking of the potatoes... they seem barely cooked by default, and asking for "extra-crispy" may or may not help. - Service could really be improved. Look, if you're prompting people to leave a tip (via the Square payments thing), then at least offer SOME service. No one checked how my meal was, whether they could get me anything, etc. I asked the guy, "Hey, do I get water inside?" and the answer was, "Yeah." Walked inside, guy saw me, I still had to ask for a cup. Great service would have been, "Ah, it's inside, but no worries, I'll grab you some water." And there were no condiments on my table whatsoever (pepper, salt, etc.), so I had to grab a basket of 'em from inside. Also, given that this is a new establishment, why not go the extra mile and ask people how their food is? I ended up walking back inside to offer unsolicited feedback last time. Look, there are a TON of food choices on Castro Street. From talking to one of the friendly owners, I get the feeling that they're making an admirable, sincere attempt to use local, organic, fresh ingredients to offer great meals at fair prices. I have faith that this cafe will grow into something great. But right now -- at least for my tastes and preferences -- it's frustratingly disappointing :(.
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I bought a Roland LX-17 digital piano from Dave^2 at CPG and everything went very smoothly. - They're *extremely* knowledgeable about Roland and their new digital pianos. - They were very responsive to phone calls and emails. - They were extremely competitive in their pricing. - Though they didn't have an LX-17 to sell me right away, they gave me a good estimate of when it'd be in stock, and it actually came in exactly when they said it would. - They took the time to assemble the piano for me, free of charge. - They arranged for professional movers to deliver the piano, and they did so effectively and on-time. These guys are true professionals and a pleasure to buy from.
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Really delicious! Holy moly, this place actually made me like brussel sprouts! My friends and I also shared the spaetzle, pork, and brisket. I felt the spaetzle was just average, but everything else was excellent! Perfectly cooked, wonderfully seasoned. Service was attentive without being overly fawning or fake.
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