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It's funny... In the last handful of birthdays leading up to my 30th, I dreaded every one. But ever since I bid farewell to that epitome of youthfulness we call the "20's," I find myself looking forward to getting a year older. Wait, not older... less foolish, wiser, happier. Those are the only things that matter, aren't they?

Welcome to my world, Macintosh.
On January 25, organizations will celebrate the Mac's launch with reflections from the original developing team and Ridley Scott, who directed the company's iconic "1984" commercial.
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I've been saying for a while now that Google is in desperate need of a simplicity director. They generally make good stuff, but there are a lot of simple operations in their services that should be much simpler to execute.
Google readies its developer army for the upcoming I/O conference with new marching orders to make their apps and services look better.
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+Brandon Petaccio I know, and the quality of their services is what makes it so unfortunate. If their support was even half as solid as their actual products, I would have no reason to complain. I think all they need is a re-think; They need to hire someone with a great background in customer service and let them do for Google's CS what their UI designers have done for their look over the past couple years. It just needs a major face-lift to keep it in line with the value of their products.
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These are actually quite useful tips. Highlight from the article:

William Shakespeare said, “Expectation is the root of all heartache.”

Too true.
 
5 Ways To Overcome Disappointments - It seems very natural. We get hit by the wrong assumption and the disappointments lurk under the blanket. It’s a phase in which we are sad and displeased caused by false expectations.
It’s just the way of life. We get hit by it and we are in a bad mood until the unpleasant feeling...
However, as every bad mood has a remedy, disappointments have it too. I would like to jump to the 5 ways to overcome disappointments.
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I want this, and I'm not entirely sure why...
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+Gary Ray R I'll let you know when I start my own
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One of the best prescriptions for anger is accepting your share of the responsibility. It's more difficult to be angry with yourself and much too easy to be angry with others.
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yes, close to it.  But rather than just accepting your share of responsibility you take on a response to make it better.  Also it's easier to be angry at others because you cannot control them.  Being angry at others is an attempt to extort them and control their actions, appealing to either their love for us (I don't want to make you mad) or fear of us (I don't want to get hurt) in order to get our way.  This is what I've found true for me at least.  Since realizing it I've only been truly angry once in the past couple years.  Usually I can identify it and cut it out immediately.

The time I was angry was over a misunderstanding with someone.  I was quite hurt and came quite close to verbally lashing out.  I was able to explain my side of the situation calmly instead, and as they didn't at all mean to hurt me they explained a bit more their side and part.  Miscommunication was found out and corrected.

Most the times I dismiss the anger is because of fools.  I'm quite rational and find it highly frustrating dealing with irrational people.  So I cut this out by just not dealing with them anymore.  If they're willing to think, no matter how fast or slow, we can work together.  If they aren't, I can't control it (though I certainly wish it) and I start ignoring it.

P.S.  Never call out a fool.  You tell a wise man he is being foolish and he becomes wiser.  You tell a fool he is being foolish and he becomes angry, then you have to put with him. 
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Finally, somebody is talking about the vertical video thing! I really don't understand why we haven't seen a solution for this long ago.
Long, stretched-out videos? Don't yell at the people who take them. Instead, let's wonder why phone cameras aren't smarter.
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The best #Banksy yet, I think.
 
New Banksy mural of lovers who are more into their phones than each other http://ow.ly/vNcso
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Great tips on how to better conceal your feelings.

Wait, er... I mean...
 
Which smile is genuine, and which is social?

"Whenever we smile, there are 2 potential muscles we activate. The first one is the zygomaticus major and it controls the corners of your mouth. Whenever this muscle only is activated, it’s not actually a genuine smile. Scientists call this also the “social” smile. The second muscle, known to show sincerity is the obicularis occuli and it encircles our eye socket."

Here's a great piece on the science of smiling: 
http://goo.gl/lckNqt

Turns out, smiling is good for you. But I guess most of us already knew that. 

#smile  


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I'm thinking that if Apple doesn't do something big this year, they're going to be laughed off the stage. The excitement around new Samsung and HTC flagships resembles Apple from a few years ago. But it seems like this year, people are almost expecting to be disappointed in Apple.
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Yeah... I respect Apple for their (Steve Jobs') vision, always have, even despite fundamental differences on design philosophy. But I think we're at a point now where Apple has been surpassed in nearly every way. Their cameras are possibly the best, though only marginally now, and their screens are the most color accurate - again, only marginally. And that's about all they have going for them, anymore.

I just watched the Steve Jobs movie, and it makes me sad that Apple seems to lack vision nowadays. There was a lot of speculation about whether that would happen without Jobs, and I'm sad to say that it seems to be manifesting.
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