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Andrew Solmssen
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I had a lovely conversation with +Jake Kroeger and +jeremy Paul and it turned into a podcast! Listen and enjoy!
This week’s This Better Be Funny: Jake and Jeremy enjoy a nice afternoon in West Hollywood chatting with nerd extraordinaire and very funny comedian Andrew Solmssen on anything from The Bridge, a documentary on suicide off the Golden Gate Bridge, to bizarre editions of the Garfield comic strip, to the Winchester Mystery House, and everything in between and beyond. It gets dark, absurd, and a little historical, but definitely fun when Jeremy gets...
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How to impress your friends (or annoy your iOS counterparts): 40+ voice searches thrown at Google on Jelly Bean

I never make videos, but felt compelled to share the many new voice capabilities on +Android, some of which were not demoed on stage during Google #io12. You may be surprised by some answers, notably those provided by the Knowledge Graph.

This is not a performance or comparison test (I don't have an iPhone 4S or a Samsung Galaxy S3).

Also, sorry about the quality. My old Canon PowerShot does NOT do justice to the beautiful screen on the Galaxy Nexus.

Disclaimer: the only edits I made were to cut time between each of my queries, as well as re-order some of the demos from the original order I recorded them in, so they would fit into categories. None of the queries themselves have been edited or cut down, and the sequences are intact. The processing time happened exactly as you see. This demo is made on the early build of Android 4.1 (JRN84D, takju build for Galaxy Nexus I/O edition), on a wifi connection. Consider this beta.

A few observations:

1. Google will give you walking or driving directions directly, if you specify it. Asking for transit or biking directions does not work at the moment.

2. Google is able to distinguish how 'long' a bridge is in length vs. how 'long' a movie is in duration. That's assuming the data already exists in the KG.

3. Local search, coupled with auto-correct, is able to properly locate and spell 'Worcester Mass' and 'Wooster College', even though these places are in different states and can be pronounced the same way (or at least, I did).

4. The voice will speak back any answer it finds in the KG; however, Google currently requires that your query somewhat matches the way attributes are labeled in the Graph. For example, asking for the 'height requirement' of Space Mountain works, but asking 'how tall do I have to be for Space Mountain' does not work at the moment, because this particular data is labeled as 'height requirement'.

5. In order for answer cards to work properly, everything on your device (and the Google Now app) must be set to US English. More languages will be available soon.

6. Sorry, Siri! Although I'm not on the  #boycottapple  bandwagon per se, I gotta say, it's becoming more difficult to love you. :)
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A good night at the +Nerdist Meltdown open mic with +Paul Cibis and Kyle Clark. I'm pretty happy with this one. http://soundcloud.com/solmssen/ipmi
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Looking for 315 E 15th in Manhattan? Google Maps on DROID RAZR M will get you there & not #iLost in Brooklyn.
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This week, Apple delivered the highly anticipated MacBook Pro with Retina Display — and the tech world is buzzing. I took one apart yesterday because I run iFixit, a team responsible for high-resoluti...
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I did a bunch of the art for this cartoon about the particularly unfortunate French astronomer Guillaume Le Gentil and his attempts to record the 18th century transits of Venus. Super-cool dude Rob Schultz wrote and produced it and other super-cool dude Lewis Sequeira did the other half of the art. Check it out!
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Posted on The Verge forums, maybe someone here has some insight...
Hi all, Looking for a little net wisdom here. I had a Roku SoundBridge M1001 gizmo in my bathroom with some very nice Cambridge Soundworks 2.1 speakers delivering tunes to shave and shower by. The...
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Real truth from (the former) Fake Steve.
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About me: I am a nerd. I nerd it up currently as an independent computer consultant and stand-up comic, but my nerd history is long. I started by typing in BASIC programs on a TRS-80, progressed to Apple IIs and then PCs and Macs. My first internet transaction was downloading the "Canonical Collection of Light-Bulb Jokes" from an FTP site on a line-printing terminal at the University of Maryland in 1984. My CompuServe ID was 73300,13, and my Slashdot user id is 9448. I still have some Apple DOS 3.3 disks somewhere, and the first USR Courier 2400bps modem I ever owned. I have been to three different Fry's in one day. I can build a new PC in an hour from stuff I have around the house. I started by administrating a Novell 2.15c network and now do Windows, Mac, and Unix. I'm not a comic book geek, or a Star Wars guy, or even a D&D guy, although I can speak those languages. Nerd, that's me.
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