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I don't work for Google but I am a Google Top Contributor for Google+, meaning I get to work for free but I don't have secret contacts to make things happen. For more information go to http://www.google.com/get/topcontributor/
Born in Argentina
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argentina
Lived in 3 different countries
Blood type: Red
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Club_Atl%C3%A9tico_Independiente
Married, 2 kids.
Accountant.
Personal Computer user since 1981
Internet user since 1995.
Social network user since 2007.
Facebook disliker since Feb 2009, but stucked in there until Google entered the ring.
Have driven on both sides of the road.
Bilingual: Spanish and English
Favourite movies: Singing in the rain, Back to the Future, Gattaca.
Favourite music: Too many to make a list.
These days I listen to 97.3fm Brisbane.
www.973fm.com.au
Love reading. Always a book in hand. Ebook lately.
Interested in: Singularity and understanding what's the next step in human evolution.
Don't be disappointed if I ignore your hangout request. I can't be available 24 hours and I can't have long conversations. I mostly use hangouts with family. Private posts are the best alternative if you don't want to post public questions

My favourite quotes
LEARN from yesterday, LIVE for today and HOPE for tomorrow"
"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, that's why it is called 'the present'."
"Consider the postage stamp. Its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there."--Josh Billings
"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."--Douglas Adams
"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted" - Albert Einstein (disputed)

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I am a proud user of Google+ since July 1st, 2011.
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February 9, 1966
So close and yet so far
The Dow posted impressive growth in the booming economy following the Second World War. Starting from 161.60 in June 1949 and hitting a new record just five points below 1,000 on February 9, 1966.
So when did the Dow close over 1000?
On November 14th, 1972.
2,470 days later.
An this is not the end of the story. Every time the Dow got around 1,000 the market went downwards. The barrier was finally broken at the end of 1982.
The last time the Dow closed under 1,000 was December 16, 1982
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February 8, 1966
The NHL Great Expansion
National Hockey League (US-Can) president Clarence Campbell announces the expansion from 6 to 12 teams.
Starting with the 1967-68 searon, the "original 6" will play in the East Division and the new teams will play in the West Division (even though geographically they were located 2 in the West, 2 in the Mid-West and 2 in the East)
NHL granted conditional franchises to Philadelphia (Flyers) , Pittsburgh (Penguins), Los Angeles (Kings), San Francisco-Oakland (California Seals), Minneapolis-St. Paul (Minnesota North Stars) and St. Louis (Blues).
The owners of the new clubs paid a $2 million expansion fee and also had to pay $50,000 per player claimed in the expansion draft.
The expansion was forced by US TV networks that promised not to renew the contract unless 2 teams from California were added to the league.
After 1967-68, the NHL was never the same. Once growth started, the desire to fill in the map while collecting large expansion fees, propelled the game in a direction that would have been unimaginable a few years earlier.
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February 6, 1966
Last original episode of Mister ED is broadcasted
Do you know who Mister ED was? A talking horse in a sitcom.
This program lasted 6 seasons (January 5, 1961 - February 6, 1966)
Mister Ed was the first fantasy sitcom of the Sixties. Also classified as escapism, a purely imaginative activity or entertainment as an escape from reality.
It was the first sitcom of the decade to utilise the premise of an ordinary person living with an individual who has extraordinary abilities, which will cause the ordinary person's life to be turned upside down trying to cover up or explain the extraordinary events, like My Favourite Martian, Bewitched, and I Dream of Jeannie.
Essentially, Mister Ed established that viewers were willing to watch a sitcom even when its premise was as outlandish as they come.
Escapist sitcoms in the sixties seemed to be as popular as reality TV at the beginning of the 21st century.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpR7k0rJlTY
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Web/browswer version updated
We are getting to a point in which we can start using it again.
 
G+ Web Preview Update Feb 5
Today we're starting to roll out several fixes and new features on the Google+ Web preview including:

* 101 bug fixes
* View large profile images in a gallery
* Improved people search results
* An updated design for the Following screen
* Ability to see who you've muted and un-mute them in the Activity Log (found under Settings)

As always, keep sending us your ideas/issues using the Send Feedback menu item. We are continuing to listen and make changes.
Thanks~
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February 5, 1966
Queen Elizabeth II visits British Guiana
The Royal Tour of the Caribbean is a 1966 documentary film, produced by the Colonial Office to record the royal visit of Elizabeth II to the Crown Colonies of the Caribbean.
The film recorded pre-independence footage from several of stops of the tour. The tour included visits to Antigua, the Bahamas, Barbados, British Guiana, the Caicos Islands, Dominica, Grand Turk Island, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Tortola, and Trinidad and Tobago.
The film was one of a relatively few documentaries shot in the area in the 1960s.
British Guiana (also spelled Guyana) was the name of the British colony on the northern coast of South America, since 1966 known as the independent nation of Guyana.
As the British developed the colony for sugarcane plantations, they imported many Africans as slave labour. The economy became more diversified since the late 19th century, but has relied on resource exploitation. Guyana became independent of the United Kingdom on 26 May 1966.
If you are interested in a full description of the event and how the locals reacted to the first reigning sovereign to visit these lands, just a few months before independence, go to
http://silvertorch.com/g-visit-of-queen.html
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The 39-year-old Queen visits British Guiana - which became Guyana later that year - in 1966 in this clip from a new DVD.
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February 3, 1966
Luna 9 lands on the moon without crashing
Luna 9 was the first spacecraft to achieve a lunar soft landing and to transmit photographic data from the Moon's surface to Earth, preceding the U.S. Surveyor 1 soft lander by about 4 months.
The probe also proved that the lunar surface could support the weight of a lander and that an object would not sink into a loose layer of dust as some models predicted.
Luna 9 launched on 31 January 1966 at 11:41 UT (14:41 Moscow time) from Baikonur Cosmodrome and reached the Moon on 3 February.
To give a better picture (pun intended) of the state of the technology, see how many images were sent and how long the battery lasted.
1966 Feb 4 01:50 Luna 9 transmits pictures over a period of 107 minutes which are then assembled into a panoramic view of the landing site
1966 Feb 4 14:00 Luna 9 transmits pictures over a period of 174 minutes which are then assembled into a panoramic view of the landing site - they reveal that Luna 9 has shifted its position slightly which permits a stereoscopic view to be built up
1966 Feb 6 20:37 Luna 9 transmits pictures over a period of 138 minutes
1966 Feb 6 22:55 Luna 9 final radio transmission ceases when its batteries are exhausted - it has been in radio contact with Earth for a total of 8 hours and 5 minutes over its three-day period of operation and has returned a total of 27 individual photographs of the lunar surface. That's a little over 3 pictures per hour or 18 minutes per picture.
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February 10, 1966
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann released
An overnight success when it was first published, Valley of the Dolls became the bestselling work of fiction of 1966. Total sales up to date estimated above 30 million copies.
But it wasn't just luck. It was a masterful promotional campaign, including gifting free autographed copies to book sellers, which usually would put them on display.
"The biggest thing is being No1 on the New York Times best-sellers list, being on top of that list that is in every bookstore," Susann said. "People just look at that list and buy the book and when a book hits a hundred thousand, you're off and running." She organised book buying and re-ordering campaigns at the 125 stores that were measured to compile the list and pretty soon Valley of the Dolls began shooting up the New York Times list.
As it rose up the chart, the publicity snowballed and a book that had been selling a few hundred copies per week was soon selling nearly nine thousand copies a week. Her competitive instincts were relentless. "I didn't smell blood until the book was number two on the best-sellers list and number two was not enough," she said.
The book finally reached the No1 slot in May 1966 and it stayed there for an unprecedented 28 weeks. Valley of the Dolls spent 65 weeks on the list in all, and made Susann rich. For each $5.95 book sold, she received $1.35. It was translated into 12 languages including Russian, and it was even reviewed in Pravda.
And success breeds success.
In 1967 the book was adapted into a film of the same name directed by Mark Robson
In 1981 the novel was adapted for a TV miniseries
In 1994 was adapted for a late-night, syndicated television soap opera, Valley of the Dolls (65 episodes)
For more details on this story.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/authors/how-valley-of-the-dolls-went-from-a-reject-to-a-30-million-best/
For more details on the book.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valley_of_the_Dolls
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February 7, 1966
Vietnam War: Honolulu Conference
Even though wars are not my favourite subject, there is no doubt that the war in Vietnam dominated a lot of the headlines in 1966.
President Lyndon B Johnson said the purpose of the unexpected summit was to review the economic, social and political conditions in Vietnam with South Vietnamese Prime Minister Air Vice-Marshal Nguyen Cao Ky and his Chief of State Nguyen Van Thieu.
The declaration of Honolulu proclaimed five joint goals: to defend against aggression, to bring social reform to South Vietnam, to bring self-government to South Vietnam, to ensure the country was free from hunger, ignorance and disease and to continue the unending quest for peace.
There is no doubt that the purpose of this conference was to stop the questioning from the Foreign Relations Committee, headed by James William Fullbright, into the US justification for the war. Also to show South Vietnam that US were supporting their efforts to remove communists from the North. But South Vietnam population saw Ky as a US chosen government and a deputy for American interests in the region.
In 1966, Fulbright published The Arrogance of Power, in which he attacked the justification of the Vietnam War, Congress's failure to set limits on it, and the impulses which gave rise to it. Fulbright's scathing critique undermined the elite consensus that U.S. military intervention in Indochina was necessitated by Cold War geopolitics.
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I can see big profile pictures again!
Now that we finally got the little pictures linked to the actual photos, extensions like hoverzoom+ allow me to look at them just by hovering over them. For those who don't want to use extensions at least clicking on the profile picture will take you to the bigger version.
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hover-zoom%20/pccckmaobkjjboncdfnnofkonhgpceea?hl=en
Zoom images/videos on all your favorite websites (Reddit, Amazon, etc). Simply hover your mouse over the image to enlarge it.
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Google will try to warn you about deceptive buttons
Exploring the sketchier regions of the Internet, you’ve undoubtedly run into sites so full of ads that it’s nearly impossible to tell which buttons or links will actually take you to the content you’re looking for. Yes, that one button might say “download,” but chances are that clicking on it will just take you to a site you really don’t want to visit.
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Excellent news. I often find myself having to check links posted by community members - this would help with that task and make general browsing a bit safer.
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February 4, 1966
First Winnie the Pooh Disney animation
On this day, the cartoon featurette Winnie the Pooh and the honey tree was released to theaters. Duration: 26 minutes.
Based on the first two chapters of the book Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne. It is the only Winnie the Pooh production to be released under the personal supervision of Walt Disney.
(Tigger looks different compared to latest versions)
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He was named after a bear in London Zoo that had been left there by a medical orderly from Canada (Winnipeg) who was on his way to the Front in World War I. 
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  • I don't work for Google but I am a Google Top Contributor for Google+, meaning I get to work for free but I don't have secret contacts to make things happen. For more information go to http://www.google.com/get/topcontributor/
  • Born in Argentina 
  • Lived in 3 different countries
  • Blood type: Red
  • Married, 2 kids.
  • Accountant. 
  • Personal Computer user since 1981
  • Internet user since 1995. 
  • Social network user since 2007.
  • Facebook disliker since Feb 2009, but stucked in there until Google entered the ring.
  • Have driven on both sides of the road.
  • Bilingual: Spanish and English
  • Favourite movies: Singing in the rain, Back to the Future, Gattaca.
  • Favourite music: Too many to make a list. Watch what I am listening to.
  • Love reading. Always a book in hand. Ebook lately.
  • Interested in: Singularity and understanding what's the next step in human evolution. 
  • LEARN from yesterday, LIVE for today and HOPE for tomorrow"
  • "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, that's why it is called 'the present'."
  • "Consider the postage stamp. Its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there."--Josh Billings
  • "I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."--Douglas Adams
  • "Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted" - Albert Einstein (disputed)
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I am a proud user of Google+ since July 1st, 2011. I was included in Rahul Roy's Top 40 (posts for the week) on June 22nd, 2012.
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