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Please don't tell me it's 11 years after I left and Auckland traffic is still like this every night...
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And if he was personally causing it, then of course it's going to be bad if he returns.
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Blast from the past. Tastes just like they did in the 80s/90s.

Yeah that's right +Glen Murphy, they have mince & cheese pies at McDonalds down here.
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Thanks Mike it was my bday pie.
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Linux users, please help us test the latest Chrome dev channel build.

Details for how and how to report bugs:

https://groups.google.com/a/chromium.org/d/msg/chromium-dev/Zpu9801pPRc/mUu_8Fyq_DcJ

Please reshare as needed to get attention.
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The Aura build is a big step forward for Chrome on Linux - try it first. I've found so many little things working better than before.
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Dear +LEGO ,


+Greg Simon makes a great suggestion here: 

https://twitter.com/GregSimon_/status/439542579281932288

Can Benny's spaceship please please please come in a retro box and use the correct set # (929). Looking in brickset.com doesn't show any conflicts..

Thank you!!
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9 years at Google today.

In unrelated news, looks like it's going to be an amazing year for large +Lego sets, kicking off with the Parisian Cafe, Maersk Triple E, then heading into The Simpsons House (!!) and the Lego Movie Sea Cow!!
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Woot!  Congrats!
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"Traditional NZ-Chinese" food menu.
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Yes. I've never ordered from that section but I'm thinking it's probably akin to Singapore/Hong Kong noodles.

Fun fact... Chinese places in the Bay Area used to be similar. In the 60s/70s, restaurants like Tao Tao in Sunnyvale and Ming's in Palo Alto used to serve burgers & fries, to appeal to palates unfamiliar with Chinese food. Eventually the market developed and they stopped serving American-style food. In NZ, these "Chinese-European" take-out windows have remained popular due to demand for mash-ups... turns out french fries and potato fritters are a delicious substitute for white rice as a sauce-absorber.
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After violently extracting distressed family member from a news conference, it seems the Malaysian Govt. didn't quite learn the right lesson...

"The Government considers this a huge embarrassment to Malaysia," a source told the Herald.

"We don't know who brought them here, how they escaped their minders, but heads will be rolled."

So apparently their mistake was that they let them escape confinement, not the way their support staff treated them...

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11223349

Not sure it's possible for Malaysia to lose any more face over this, but then I said that a week ago, and they just keep trying!
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Dear +LEGO 


+Greg Simon  makes a great suggestion here: 

https://twitter.com/GregSimon_/status/439542579281932288

Can Benny's spaceship please please please come in a retro box and use the correct set # (929). Looking in brickset.com doesn't show any conflicts..

Thank you!!
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via Reddit's "What's the TL;DR of your country's entire history?" thread, my personal favorite:

"Treaty Translation Error."

http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1xjv73/reddit_whats_the_tldr_of_your_countrys_entire/

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I remember hating recess when I was a kid.

That was the time when there were the fewest teachers paying attention. If they did pay attention it was either to break up a physical fight or to force the kid playing by himself to “be social”. “Be social” is code for forcing a kid to participate in whatever conformist ball-kicking nonsense the other kids felt like doing. It meant being picked last, being cajoled and made fun of, being an outcast without being able to get away. Nothing too overt, of course, anything physical or loud would attract the teachers.

The message was clear though, “You are not welcome here.”

I managed to construct some safe places. The teachers tended to like me because I didn’t cause much trouble, so the classroom was safe. I also paired up with another outcast for recess. We’d go to the far corner of the field and play tetherball. The other kids didn’t like tetherball much, and the teachers wouldn’t be so quick to force two kids playing together to “be social”.

Then they started trying to destroy my safe places.

On some days there was a sudden “interest” in tetherball so that my friend and I couldn’t play. Not every day, of course, they didn’t really like tetherball, but enough to send a message. Later in elementary school the kids got more clever; they started sabotaging projects and creating enough anonymous mischief around me that the teachers started considering me a hassle.

I remember one day in particular. My friend and I were playing away from everyone else and the school fire alarm went off. We heard it and marched off dutifully to line up with the rest of the class. We had the farthest to walk, so we were the last to arrive.

We were immediately marched off to the principal’s office. Someone had pulled the fire alarm as a prank and several of the other kids had concocted a story that my friend and I had done it. We spent what seemed like hours being lectured about how serious it was to trigger a false alarm. They told us that our parents would get a $500 fine and that it would be better if we’d just confess. They said they “knew” it was us because so many of the other kids said they saw us.

I remember the feeling in my gut as the people I’d relied on to protect me turned against me, as my safe place went away, seemingly forever.

The school staff eventually dropped the subject. They never apologized or explained why. I don’t think my parents ever got a call, much less a fine.  The message that day was clear too though, “You have no place. Anywhere.”

It’s been a long time since I felt the fear/dread/frustration/sadness that I felt that day, but I felt it today.

A group of people took some real and dire problems (income disparity), added some speculative and questionable ones (some poorly articulated thoughts on surveillance) and decided to pick a Googler somewhat at random and make him a scapegoat. A mob of people marched up to his house, rang his doorbell, blocked his driveway, and passed out fliers telling everyone in the neighborhood what an evil person he is.

It’s hard to articulate why this pushes my buttons in the same way.

There are plenty of well paid people in Berkeley. There are lots of expensive houses on that street and all over town. Lots of people who live in Berkeley work elsewhere. There’s only one reason this guy was targeted, only one thing that makes him stand out.

He’s a “techie”.

“Techie” seems to be the new slur to throw at people who like gadgets, people like me. They can’t use “nerd” or “geek” any more; we took those and made them our own ages ago and made the asshats who threw them at us choke on them.

An angry mob showed up at this guy’s house because he’s a geek.

He’s someone like me.

(I feel the need to point out that there are many other groups of people who deal with this sort of asshattery (and far worse) all the time. )
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Born in the UK, grew up in New Zealand, now living in northern California.

I've been working on browser user interfaces for about 12 years, most recently Google Chrome (a project I helped start in 2006) and before that Firefox.

I have a strong interest in architecture and residential design and recently completed a massive remodel of a house in Los Altos Hills. It was something of a boondoggle and now I'm contemplating taking another swing at it.
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    Computer Systems Engineering, 1998 - 2003
  • Auckland Grammar School
    1993 - 1997
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