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Alex Ander
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Oh my god. Oh my god.
This is breathtaking.
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The most disappointing thing about the +Humble Bundle is that many of its customers are totally undeserving of it.

Selling games they already bought? "I hate Humble Bundle!"
Selling games not available on their platform? "The Humble Bundle sucks!"
Selling mainstream games? "The Humble Bundle is evil!"
Using +PewDiePie's star power to promote a cause? "The Humble Bundle is a disappointment!"

The Humble Bundle exists to raise money for charity, raise awareness for independent developers, and/or raise availability of a cross-platform video game selling service.

Until you can give a persuasive argument as to why anything the Humble Bundle does fails to deliver on all three points simultaneously, criticizing Humble, Inc. because one particular bundle doesn't cater to your personal interests only succeeds in making you look like a self-centered, absolutely immature child.

Should the Humble Bundle reject PewDiePie's support because you personally don't like him?  No. Should the Humble Bundle choose not to sell a bundle because you personally already have one of its games? No. Should the Humble Bundle stop raising millions of dollars for charity and save many people hundreds of dollars on games because that particular set is not available on your platform? No.

The Humble Bundle one of the most successful examples of how organizations can get people to spend money in a way which benefits everyone.  Charities benefit, developers benefit, gamers benefit.  If you don't like PewDiePie, don't watch PewDiePie.  If you don't like a bundle, don't buy it.

The only problem here is people who demand that their entertainment (this is video games, not food) is exactly as they want it, all the time.  So please, do yourself (and the world) a favor by getting your head out of your ass.
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+TubeofDestiny call me senpai babe B^)
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How could I have never listened to this album until now? +MUSE reminds me of Queen in the best possible way.
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This album is fantastic.
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If you thought Google knew the difference between a child and an algorithm, I've got some bad news.

Consider the following model of education:
"Tens of millions of tests" made up of knowledge bits such as "Q2125A" are being analyzed by "psychometricians" under "new and more stringent standards" in order to "provide screening, diagnostic, and progress monitoring data in half the time." Ultimately, students give right-or-wrong responses to "computer adaptive engine and algorithms" which determine "a student's knowledge and skills in the fewest possible items" and plot it on a "growth proficiency chart."  The STAR Assessments measure "Reliability and Validity even for Diverse Populations*" which other tests "simply don't have sufficient data to quantify."

Would you donate $40 million to a company which proudly proclaims that humans are nothing more than data points to be aggressively tested, defined, measured, and accelerated? A brief tour of +RenaissanceLearning's website shows that Google Capital invested in what is essentially an aggressive push to transform education into an utterly rigid machine.  Renaissance Learning has an equation for intelligence, and it crossed out humanity in the process.

I'm deeply disappointed in Google for not understanding that education should not be quantified.  I've always thought that they treated humans as data points only to collect statistics and use it in a thoughtful, limited way.  That they could somehow fail to see how destructive this program is for creativity, exploration, and happiness is extremely disappointing to me.

If Google wants intelligent, innovative engineers to make the Internet (or at least their company) a better place for years to come, why are they spending millions of dollars undermining the future?

Watch the educational dystopia unfold: www.renaissance.com
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You are right students of given area should give some indications of their academic level
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Google Didn't Forget to Be Awesome!
This has certainly been my favorite April Fool's Day ever from +Google. First we catch 'em all in the +Google Maps Pokemon Challenge (http://goo.gl/FbCJup) then we Hoff it up with #AutoAwesome Photobombs featuring +David Hasselhoff . (http://goo.gl/KaahTo) and now we can let Google write our Dogengineer resume for us! (http://goo.gl/yUjbjw)

Watch for the +vlogbrothers shout-out at the end! I'm glad to know that a lot of Googlers seem to be Nerdfighters, too.

#DFTBA
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+David Hasselhoff Less convincing this time.
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The Age of Postmodern Advertising is here.
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I dare say those +Old Spice commercials get more out there every time.
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This is still my favorite dance for Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger after 6 years... Holy shit, how has it been that long?!
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This week's news summary from +The Onion is almost as good as the old Onion News Network. Everything is just spot-on.
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Is it bad that I think these are all actually hilariously great ideas?
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Some people are bound to take this literally; unfortunately "some" means thousands, so the people taking this seriously will very likely cause an actual trend. Hooray april fools! You fooled yourself!
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I am a Pokémon Master!
This year +Google may have outdone itself with its traditional April Fools Day goodies - and it's not even April yet!

Now you can find and catch Pokémon scattered across the world on the +Google Maps app for iOS and +Android - some are pretty hard to find, and I'll admit I used some hints. I'll give you one: Pokémon seem to gather around places Google has a greater presence. Sorry, China!

I actually spent a couple of hours doing this, because Pokémon is always the highest priority. I wasn't the first, but if Google still wants to give me that "Pokémon Master" job, I'm listening.

Read more and watch the video: goo.gl/InoKP2
See what other people are saying: #AprilFools #GoogleMaps #Pokemon  
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i can imagine
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full-time procrastinator (student)
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writing (creative, academic, and journalistic) • innovation and analysis • competitive napping
Employment
  • Google Plus Daily
    Writer, present
    Writes news reports and features covering a variety of topics related to the Google+ platform and its users. • googleplusdaily.com
  • The Phillipian
    Commentary Writer, 2011 - 2013
    Wrote independent opinion articles on current local and global events or issues, published in the Commentary section of the weekly school newspaper. • phillipian.net
  • Missoula Food Bank
    Volunteer, 2013
    Performed various on-demand manual labor such as sorting, processing, and shelving food, stuffing envelopes, and collecting cardboard boxes for clients. • missoulafoodbank.org
  • The Missoulian
    Student Reporter, 2011
    Conducted investigative reporting including interviews and data research for original and independent articles about the Western Montana Fair, written on deadline and published in the Midway Dispatch section of the daily town newspaper. • missoulian.com
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Missoula, MT
Previously
Andover, MA - South Bend, IN
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If Google takes over the world, I'll be an early adopter.
Introduction
I love to read, write, and sing in the shower.
Stories are my favorite pastime.  I immensely enjoy watching movies, playing video games, writing, taking pictures, recording things, and just talking.  I also like reporting because it's the discipline of telling new stories and giving a voice to those who have gone unheard.

I have an opinion about everything.
I'm thinking about pursuing journalism, social media, Internet design, and everything under the umbrella term "media studies" because I have a passion for all of them.  I consider myself a liberal independent politically and while I try to be open to new ideas, I'm not afraid to speak my mind.  I'm a hardcore Google geek (a totally converted Apple fanboy) with a rooted HTC One X.

I find spirituality and philosophy fascinating to talk about.
I am an agnostic Quaker (although I don't go to Meeting as often as I should!) who is also a pescetarian (I eat fish but no other kinds of meat).  I could argue about the meaning of life forever, although everyone knows it's 42.

I am in the Class of 2014 at Phillips Academy Andover.
I attend a boarding, prep high school in Massachusetts and am extremely happy to have the opportunity.  Being in a place unimaginably different from where I grew up is a challenging but eye-opening experience.  The things I've learned here go far beyond the classroom.

I've picked up a few skills along the way.
I'm in an intermediate level of Spanish and, although I'm certainly not fluent yet, I'd like to be immersed in it.  I am also learning to fence sabre and will hopefully be able to swashbuckle mercilessly by the time I graduate.  I can also type at 92 word per minute with no errors, mostly because in my youth I thought Mavis Beacon was some kind of video game for grown-ups and I spent so much time wandering through the Internet.

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ENFP, Nerdfighteria, Ingress (Resistance) [AlexAnder], Independent (Liberal), Politics, Debate, Google, Writing, Journalism, Fencing (Sabre), Hiking, Amateur Photography, Movie Buffs, LGBTQA, Homestuck [chumhandle: alexAnder], PC Gaming [Alex_Ander], Valve Software (Portal, Half-Life), 3DS [3437-3374-3323], Pokemon, Firefly, Doctor Who, Star Trek (The Next Generation), Harry Potter, Sherlock (BBC), Avatar (including Legend of Korra)
Bragging rights
Tang Scholar • Means Essay finalist • Glass Explorer • still alive
Education
  • Phillips Academy Andover
    High School Senior, 2010 - present
    An Oscar Tang Scholar (received full academic scholarship) • English (four years of scholarly reading, writing, and analysis, and one term of a fiction-writing workshop) • Mathematics (four years through Calculus) • Computer Science (one term of HTML, JavaScript, and jQuery) • The Ethics of Hacking (one term of interdisciplinary research and discussion taught by John Palfrey, the Phillips Academy Head of School) • Media Studies (one term) • Spanish (four years of grammar and literature including analytic and creative papers) • World and American History (three years including several in-depth analytic and research papers) • Introductory Sciences (one year each of Physics and Biology and one term of Chemistry) • Astronomy (one term) • Introduction to Ethics (one term) • Music Theory (one term) • Photography and Film (using both traditional and digital formats) • Drawing and Media Studies (one term) • Sabre Fencing (four years)
  • New England Center for Investigative Reporting
    Boston University Workshop, 2012
    Special workshop for high school students interested in journalism careers • Worked with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists • Wrote original investigative reports including data analysis and phone interviews with city officials
  • National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
    Idaho Backpacking Adventure, 2011
    14-day backpacking experience in Wyoming Mountains teaching leadership and outdoor skills • Hiked, camped, navigated, and mountaineered across all terrains including steep slopes, snow, rocks, and rivers • Learned wilderness cooking and safe camping procedures
  • Washington Middle School
    Missoula County Public School, 2007 - 2010
  • Paxson Elementary School
    Missoula County Public School, 2002 - 2007
  • Lowell Elementary School
    Missoula County Public School, 2001 - 2002
  • Missoula International School
    Private Spanish Immersion School, 2000 - 2002
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A locally-owned Italian restaurant featuring (of course) lots of different gourmet pizza options, MacKenzie River Pizza Co. is a great place to have lunch or dinner. The food is top-notch, the service friendly and incredibly fast (I came here on a busy day and my meal was prepared so quickly they didn't have time to bring out my salad first!) and the decor is very comfortable. If you have a big appetite and a taste for good pizza, you have to eat here.
Food: Very goodDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
A friendly fast food joint with better-tasting meals than what you'll find at the big chain restaurants. The menu has everything you'd expect with reasonably good quality, including milkshakes with a lot of different flavors. The service is helpful and quick; the dining area is clean but fills up fast. Try to get here before peak hours to avoid the lines and you should have a good experience.
Food: Very goodDecor: GoodService: Very good
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
I recently had an eye exam here and the doctor was very friendly and informative. It's a pretty small building but you'll find all of the regular optometrist equipment here. Everyone in the store was nice and helpful, but as far as the actual selection of glasses go you might not find what you're looking for. Their offerings are decent but a bit few in number to begin with, and I only learned as I was trying out some pairs that students directed through the Phillips Academy healthcare system can only pick from one table of the cheaper frames. Fortunately, there was one pair that I liked, though it wasn't what I was looking for at first and there really was only one pair for me. Overall, I was pleased by the friendliness of the staff but really disappointed by their choices of frames. Make sure to check them out before you commit to anything.
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Quality: Very goodAppeal: GoodService: Excellent
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
A beautiful and relatively large meetinghouse that is definitely worth a visit. Located a block from UChicago Admissions, it's in a great location and it even has its own driveway so you can avoid hefty Chicago parking fees. Upstairs is a nice Quaker library as well as guest rooms which are very affordable - though there's a long waiting list. If you're able to stay here, though, it's a wonderful opportunity.
Public - 10 months ago
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Three stories of furniture, decorations, and gifts of varying quality, The first floor is by far the most interesting, with a wide variety of small trinkets and gifts, many of which were indeed "handmade" from questionable origins that at the very least live up to the name. The second floor is almost entirely racks of every kind of poster from the gag to the inspirational to the generic to the bizarre. The third floor is comprised of wicker furniture and decorations as well as some nice pillows and other cloths. Overall, the quality is decent and the price is okay. There are some unusual offerings which the curious might find worth checking out, but many things here seem to be imported from the mass-producing third-world shops making a profit on the "exotic", "hand-crafted" gimmick. Take a look around, but don't be surprised if you walk out empty-handed.
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Quality: GoodAppeal: Very goodFacilities: GoodService: Good
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
One of the most interesting restaurants I've ever eaten at. Located on the second floor, this restaurant is full of quirky, brightly-painted booths with a curtain for privacy. The atmosphere itself is worth having a visit. The food is, of course, Americanized and cheap, but surprisingly well-done despite that. If you're in the mood for Chinese food in Butte, this is my top recommendation.
Food: Very goodDecor: ExcellentService: Good
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
The food here is unique and high-quality but won't break the bank, the environment is pleasing and the waiters were fairly friendly. Unfortunately, the thing that makes their fries so famous is that they (along with anything fried) are made with beef tallow and aside from a veggie burger there are no accommodations made for people with dietary restrictions. What I was able to eat, however, I found tasty and quite filling. You can definitely taste the fact that this is home-made food.
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Food: Very goodDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago