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A blast from the past.
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Netrunner fans: This is a whole bunch of inside jokes, but I think you'll dig the attention to detail. It was a blast putting this together with the other folks we run with in Chicago.
 
Shortly before we moved from Chicago to California, the folks in my office gave me perhaps the most thoughtful gift I've ever received: a custom datapack of "official" Netrunner cards, with each card featuring some memory or inside-joke from my time at Google Chicago.

The amount of effort that went into this blows my mind. There's obviously a lot of content, but the thing that makes this so special to a Netrunner fan is all the little details. For example:
  * They actually printed and folded a box exactly like the real datapack boxes. The box included not only all the cards, but also an awesome story insert, just like the real thing.
  * All of the cards make mechanical and thematic sense; they would actually "work" in the game [though some balance fixes are desperately required]. ;-)
  * Many of the cards have great flavortext, often with embarrassing-but-accurate quotes from me, such as the text on Diplomat ("At a meta-level, I'm happy that you're all so passionate about this subject."), or Laser-Focused Metrics ("It's hard to find the right balance between fair and insane.")

As you can see in the last shots in this album, these cards are now proudly on display above my new desk in Mountain View. I fully expect to be looking up at them, remembering Chicago, and grinning foolishly for years to come.

My understanding is that this was a big, group effort, but I also heard from many folks that +Jacob Matthews was instrumental in making this happen. So, thanks so much to Jacob and to everyone who contributed to this gift!

My time in Chicago marked the best four years of my life. I miss you already.
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Amazing. I love ffg lcgs. This is one of the best things I've ever seen.
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Ha!
 
Even though +Ben Collins-Sussman and +Brian Fitzpatrick didn't attend OSCON they still managed to appear in the Microsoft booth.
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Yup, Julian is awesome!
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It's your choice, not your school's.
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Social stigma not too if you watch the movies. We have it here.
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Once again, my annual recycling program test device has arrived!

To quote +Brian Swetland:

"This is a standard recycling program test device. You are intended to separate the bound paper part from the plastic wrapper and deposit them in the appropriate recycling container(s). Your local waste management or recycling provider will register the arrival of this test device, verifying end-to-end operation of their system."

Test complete from my end. Awaiting confirmation of receipt from recycling provider.
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Sometimes it still comes in handy
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This book is amazing.
 
New book on a REAL steampunk computer: 100 yr old mechanical marvel does Fourier analysis. Free PDF of entire book http://goo.gl/ZECnWd #scienceeveryday
Description of book Albert Michelson's Harmonic Analyzer (ISBN 9780983966166 / ISBN 9780983966173)
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Incidentally my ears are pretty good mechanical marvels that perform Fourier analysis as well :-)
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Best idea for a dance show ever? Or best idea for a dance show ever of all time?

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People are taking this USA vs. Belgium World Cup game very seriously. #NoMoarWaffles #BELUSA 
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Fermilab Today has an article about the Tevatron magnet I got for the Google Chicago office:

http://www.fnal.gov/pub/today/archive/archive_2014/today14-05-28.html
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I'd like to stop by to see your collection next time in Chicago - which should be soon. I've worked in Silicon Valley for three "tours of duty" (long list), in Scottsdale (Motorola) and in Houston  (Compaq) and now live in Salt Lake. 
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Check out what a Google self-driving car "sees":

Google Self-Driving Car on City Streets
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I don't know... self-driving cars will have enough cameras and internet/3G links (and no doubt some method of contacting the police) - I'd imagine you'd be violating some law and get reprimanded.
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This is fascinating. I've walked past this shack hundreds of times wondering "why?"

Now I know.
 
Q: So, why is Silicon Valley studded with an implausibly large number of abandoned barns, shacks, and other things that don't look like they belong here?

A: Because this all used to be orchards. This all made sense, fifty years ago.

Q: Right, but shouldn't they have, like, torn them down by now?

A: No. Abandoned barns in Silicon Valley are a better investment than historical stock market returns.

Q: Wouldn't they be an even better investment if there were, like, usable buildings on the land?

A: No.

Q: You have got to be shitting me.

A: Proposition 13 makes abandoned barns an enormously lucrative investment. You see, the assessed value of a piece of property is capped at a rate well below the rate of increase in property values out here. So you can just get the price of the land reevaluated every year and take tax-free loans against the increase in equity. This is a huge amount of untaxable money. Especially if you're an abandoned shed that's worth seven figures, right smack dab in the middle of the Google campus.

Q: Right, but that's just about low taxes, right?

A: Yeah. Well. Uh. I was going to get to the "except" part.

Q: And what's that? 

A: The increase is capped except upon the sale or the completion of new improvements. Like an apartment building, for instance, to partially solve the housing crisis out here. Or a new building on the Google campus. This means that if the value of the improvement is less than the compounded increase in the value of the property absent the improvement, then it doesn't make any sense to actually build anything.

Q: That's horrible. Why aren't people, like, vandalizing abandoned buildings to get rid of them?

A: The only way you can vandalize anything in California that solves the problem is to literally build a new improvement on the property without the landowner finding out. That resets the tax basis and gives them an incentive to stop holding the land off the market.

Q: That's... double horrible.

A: Yeeeeeeah.
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+Laston Kirkland "improving" in this context usually means "building a habitable building," not landscaping.
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This is the only place I will take my knives to get sharpened. It was recommended to my by several local chefs and even an executive chef in the San Francisco Bay Area. For two years running now I've taken my knives there to get sharpened, and I've returned home with knives that I could shave with. On top of that, they've got great prices on kitchen supplies and the people are great. If (heaven forbid) I ever move out of Chicago, I'll be mailing my knives back here to get sharpened.
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