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Brian White
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Attended University of Waterloo
Lives in Montreal, QC, Canada
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Hell, yeah!

This morning I booked a hotel for an overnight trip to Montreal. Disappointingly, Expedia seems to have dropped the "unpublished rate" for hotel bookings which means the stay was going to cost me 30-40% more than usual. Booking.com was no better so I booked the Hotel Espresso at the regular price.

Preparing to leave for the day, I checked "Google Now" in my phone to get the weather and came across the card shown below. Back to the computer to check this website I've never heard of and, sure enough, there was the very hotel I'd booked this morning. The hotel name isn't given on their website (even though it's in the card) but I recognized the photos. Price was $76. After taxes and everything, the final price was about $90 (vs $156 via Expedia). Cancel Expedia booking and book this instead.

Thank you, Google! Is this card useful? Hell, yeah!
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It actually has reasonably nice rooms and about 1/2 to 1/3 the price of something only slightly better. Besides, all I do there is sleep and brush my teeth.
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The Copenhagen Interpretation of Ethics says that you when you observe or interact with a problem in any way, you can be blamed for it.
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In yet another "Here's your sign" moment, I received this today at my @google.com email address:

Hi, my name’s Heng Shih, and I’m emailing you from a Sydney based Online Advertising Agency that specialises in both SEO (Google Rankings) and creating Custom Designed and Developed Websites.

Our SEO and Web Services are legitimate, high quality, and most of all affordable. We also offer a written guarantee for our SEO services that you’ll appear on the 1st page of Google.

Our team handles Australian businesses only, customising all of our packages to the specific needs of the client. Please get back in touch with us if you’d like to find out more about how we can guarantee to get your website on the first page of Google.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Heng Shih
Online-Strategist-&-Expert.
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LOL you are in Canada!

... oh wait ;)
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Skiing tomorrow ought to be just awesome! Might cost a few digits but that's okay, right?
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+Kathleen Davies doing well. Travel takes me away from the island a lot is all. On my way right now to Poland for instance. :)
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This is so sad.  Imagine: walking home during the day from a nearby park is now a criminal offense.
 
The Montgomery County parents say they saw it as a moment of independence for their kids, ages 10 and 6, but that authorities viewed it much differently.
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I do NOT want to raise my newborn in the States if this is the type of busybody chicanery that is going on there.
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Take my $25!  Please!
This http://www.kiva.org/ "card" worth $25 expires at the end of today.  Somebody please use it!

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Teaching a man to fish...

When it comes to charity, I've always been a believer in donating to causes that help people help themselves.  One of my favorites is Kiva because it provides funds to the entrepreneurial sort of folk who, in my opinion, are some of the best for improving the general way of life of others as well as themselves.

Kiva is "microlending" where people like you and me loan money to others for whatever their reasons and then pay it back... at which point you can loan it out again!  It isn't technically "charity" because you get the money back (interest goes to the entities administering the loan) but it is providing a valuable service.

So, in the spirit of the holiday season, I'm going to be giving away free money to all of you to loan out to whomever you see fit.

So watch your streams...  I'll start soon!
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Thanks, the little push was all that was needed.
https://plus.google.com/102677794342579698454/posts/QCp2JethGkC
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Off camping with the kids until Sunday. Glad it won't be like the first half of this week.
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Daddy/Daughter Date: FIFA World Cup -- Germany vs Sweden
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Same here, but in front of the TV...
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Imagine... Google meant what it said.
The conventional wisdom about Google's experimental smart glasses project is all wrong. Here's why.
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I got to try Glass for a day.  It was really kinda fun and it was handy to have notifications appear so easily.  The photo/video taking was actually somewhat annoying and I'd disable it if I were wearing it all the time.  I didn't feel, in its current incarnation, that it is something I would want to wear all the time (completely irrespective of the price), but I can see it being a really big thing in businesses.
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We almost always serve the same to our kids as ourselves. Our policy at home is simple... "You don't have to eat it. But there's nothing else (and no dessert)."

I'm reasonably happy to BBQ hot dogs for them and save the expensive steaks for us, though. :-)
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+Bernd Paysan, be very careful calling someone an "idiot" with very little information.  A single statement simply does not provide enough data to come to such a conclusion.

First off, if it's something new then I don't fill up their plate with it.  I give them a small sample and say they must taste it but don't force them to eat it.  I don't even ask them if they like it (because they would be inclined to lie just to avoid admitting they were wrong should it turn out they do like it).  I've watched my kids quietly finish the sample when they thought nobody was paying attention and I've noticed times when the next time we have it, they eat it without batting an eye.  And sometimes they really don't like it.

I generally make main dishes I think they will like (or at least not dislike) but I'm not going to cook two meals.  It's not a punishment, just a fact.  They can still eat the other parts of the meal and are always entitled to a piece of fruit afterward if they wish.

As for dessert, that's a privilege that comes after eating a full and balanced meal.  Also just a fact.

My kids are not really picky eaters but they certainly have things they like more than others.
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Humans can see polarized light!
I lunch conversation about photography and lens filters turned into a conversation about humans being able to detect polarized light unaided.  I'd never heard this before but it's true and, knowing what to look for, have observed it myself by rotating an LCD monitor.

https://www.polarization.com/haidinger/haidinger.html
Seeing polarization with the naked eye
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I didn't actually know this about Yahoo News.

[S]ome news aggregation sites (Yahoo News being the one I know about) charge the recipients of referral traffic for it. Google sends it for free.
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Being the biggest always means you're the biggest target.  People on the attack don't want to settle for "second".  This is true everywhere, not just tech.
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Work
Occupation
Computer Engineer
Employment
  • Google
    Software Engineer, Chrome, 2012 - present
  • Google
    Site-Reliability Engineer for Orkut, Open-Social, News, and finally Websearch itself, 2007 - 2012
  • Precidia Technologies
    Chief Software Designer, 1999 - 2006
  • Wann Connection Devices
    1998 - 1999
  • Verisim
    (not the current Verisim.com), 1995 - 1998
  • Nortel Networks
    1994 - 1995
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Currently
Montreal, QC, Canada
Previously
Zurich, Switzerland - Ottawa, ON, Canada - Waterloo, ON, Canada - Redmond, WA, USA - Esterhazy, SK, Canada - Elkford, BC, Canada - Kimberley, BC, Canada - Milton-Freewater, OR, USA - Portland, OR, USA
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World Traveler, Amateur Photographer, Professional Googler
Introduction
This particular Brian currently works for Google in Montreal, Canada (though he just finished a 5-year stint in Zurich, Switzerland -- one of the nicest places to live in the world).  The jury is still out on Montreal.  Being a "small town boy", it is yet to be determined if he likes living in the big city.
Bragging rights
I have a natural gift for recognizing the next "big" technology product: I look at it and think, "Who in their right mind would want that?!?"
Education
  • University of Waterloo
    Electrical & Computer Engineering, 1988 - 1994
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bcwhite, Dragonslayer (Ingress Enlightened)
Great BBQ! Nice, friendly guys running the place. Portions are big. Ate too much. :-) Inside has only a couple tables so limited seating in the winter; take-out may be the best option. Plenty of picnic tables outside for the summer.
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Decent food. Fast service.
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Went on a date with my daughter. Spaghetti and massage were good but nothing exceptional. More expensive dishes might be better quality.
Food: GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
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Just into a tiny side street off of a back street, this establishment has some of the best burgers in Amsterdam. Cooked fresh right in front of you with whatever toppings you like, everything is very tasty and the fries are excellent. Nothing fancy or pretentious; just pure-beef burgers (or portobello for herbivores).
Food: Very GoodDecor: GoodService: Very Good
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I've visited Dr. Delorme for over a year as a personal experiment to see how regular chiropractic adjustments would help me even without major ailments to correct. Afterwards I've always felt great and he even helped some aching knees that I didn't expect to be treatable that way. His bedside manner is always of a good nature and he will cheerfully answer any questions I have. I have no compunctions recommending him to others.
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Fast, with large portions. Had a very tasty beef chimichanga with quite the "bite".
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Very tasty food at good prices. Service is friendly but slow when busy.
Quality: Very GoodAppeal: Very GoodService: Good
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