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More map Making!

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zbJInt-9ZY0I.kmsEUOGKR3G4&usp=sharing

This is a map of breweries, distilleries, and cideries in the Boston area. It's mostly stolen from Yelp and google results, but "filtered" to exclude events, tour companies and duplicates. In a second pass, I might move brewpubs to a new layer. If I missed something, let me know in the comments and I'll drop it in there.

So far, I have kept this to Eastern MA, but I might do a New England version if I get really inspired.
A collection of breweries and brewpubs with tours and/or tastings
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Ooh. Love this, +Charles Bosse!
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Am I missing a way to link voice dialer with google now so that it is the default for phone calls from voice command and/or usable on tablets?
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After looking through my phone, I think this may be dependent on the OEM as neither Phone or Dialer apps have defaults set on my LG G3 and I don't recall ever being offered the choice of default for dialing.  Haven't checked the tablet yet (Nexus 10)
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So I figured out how to remove results from a search (no, that's my cat, not my dog there), but I'm not sure how to combine results (say, one set of pictures of my baby with another set). Any insight on this?
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Thank you +Zachary Fair​
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+Google Play, why isn't Chrome Web Store integrated yet? 
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We had a blast at the #localguides  event at +Hopsters Brew. Thanks +Melissa Rudden for coming along!
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So great to see you again, +Charles Bosse. Looking forward to seeing +Melissa Rudden's terrariums!
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Let the games begin
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Sad news.
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He will be missed.
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I was recently in Greece, in some part because, having visited Egypt about a decade ago, I now find myself tremendously glad I took the opportunity when I did, and as a westerner hearing rumblings of a nation in decline, I decided I should also "see Greece before it is too late".

I'm glad I did, because Greece is a fabulous place to visit, but having been there, I have a much different perspective on the relationship between Greece and the EU. 

Greece is a young democracy. In some ways, it is still dealing with those growing pains that any government less than the age of many of it's citizens gets to experience. Culturally, however, Greece has a fully realized identity. The people of Greece like their government, but they will still be Greece regardless of the near-term actions of the Eu. 

And that brings me to the thrust of what I have to say. In the west, we have been sold a narrative of an EU getting strung along by a country unwilling to cooperate and, like an unruly child and a stern parent, getting it's comeuppance. 

I now believe this couldn't be further from the truth. Greece certainly is motivated to be part of the EU: there are some nice benefits and leaving now would be a hassle. But "hassle" is all it would be for Greece. It would not be a disaster - Greece would be fine, they would change their currency and their airport checks (basically just removing the "Europeans get to cut" lines) and look to wiser investors willing to cut a long term deal on a country that really is a good bet all things considered. 

By contrast, the EU absolutely needs to cut a deal with Greece. In the brilliant phrasing of a colleague who discussed this with me during lunch, the EU now has the chance to show the world whether they are a union, "or just a club". If the EU kicks Greece out, it shows that they are a fair weather friend, not willing to help with real stability, or even take responsibility for it's own messes (Barclays is not, I would note, a Grecian bank). They show that their only political power is to storm off when things get bad, and they show that countries with uncertain economic futures might be better off not changing anything major in favor of overall stability when the EU might come back and pull the rug out when things get a little bad. 

And if the EU does pull the rug out, wise investors will stick with Greece, where there is hope and political will to make things better, but they will pull out of the EU, an institution so eager to use its bully pulpit that if forgot the central mission of improved stability and access for all. In fact, it's sort of shameful that the EU has had such a nonchalant approach to the east Mediterranean so far. 

It seems to me that the EU needs Greece as much as Greece needs the EU (maybe more). Let's hope that the EU can acknowledge this and cut a deal that is truly productive for all parties involved.
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+Christian Schäfer​​, true, but international perception of Greece isn't going to get much worse, where international perception of the EU as a whole still very much can, and I believe will. It's even possible that Greece will leave the EU entirely after the strong feelings of mutual mistrust that have been created in the eurozone dealings, which would have a lot deeper consequences yet. Even if all that happens is that Greece takes a compromise and is left to make amends, the northern members of the EU already look imperial to much of southern Europe.

And let's be frank, Greece lied about money, but compared to the actions of almost every one of their neighbors over the last century? Greece birthed a democracy without becoming a walled state, sponsoring a genocide, or governing under an absolutist religious regime. They are currently, along with Italy, supporting a huge influx of refugees without any international acknowledgement of the expense that entails. Their current government, far from being the cause of corruption as portrayed by the negotions, came to the table after realizing what the old government had done, but is now being told to step down or face excile (from the eurozone, which it seems provides most of the meaningful benefits for a place like Greece in terms of being an EU member).

Maybe I am wrong: the US currently has a state and a territory on the verge of bankruptcy, and I am proud that "kicking them out" of anything is off the table. In fact, I think this is a great time for US citizens to discuss increasing inclusiveness for Puerto Rico, which has suffered at least in part from not having a seat at the national government. They are also a good case study for why the demands from Europe on Greece aren't going to provide long term recovery and stability: Puerto Rico has implemented austerity and higher revenue measures, and is still loosing money. From the cuts Geece has already made, there are obviously not any clear paths out that can avoid renegotiating debt, but if that can be done in a way that avoids further splits and loss of confidence, then that should be at the top of everyone's priorities.
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Using the new Photos app, how can I tell the app that two differently identified people are in fact the same?
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+Kaleh Kohler no problem, and thanks for letting me know it's already been reported. I suspect you'll see a few more lost souls here before the end of the week. :)
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This is my collection of bars in the Boston area without outside signage. My goal for the summer is to hit all of these at least once. If you have more that you think I should add, leave info in the comments, and I'll update the map!
Unlabeled Bars in the Boston area.
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+Juliana Casale that's what the kids are calling 'hang out in real life' when you gather folks you only know from their online presence and meet up in real life.  I'm fairly aggressive enthusiastic about organizing these in various cities around the world. 
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For my Portland friends who play.
 
The world around you is not what it seems. Statues, public art, and historical sites have been activated as Ingress Portals. XM Anomalies are free player events that bring together hundreds of Resistance and Enlightened Agents of all Levels for an intense burst of walking, running, and biking gameplay. After the Anomaly, Agents rendezvous at the Cross-Faction Meetup to celebrate and meet new recruits. It’s time to move.

New to Anomalies? We were all Level 1 once. Here are pro-tips to help you get started:
1. When planning to go to an Anomaly, reach out to your local RES or ENL lead. Find your local Faction lead (http://goo.gl/ylNaLx).
2. Focus efforts on building rather than destroying by deploying Resonators and establishing Links and Fields.
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I'm excited!
 
2015 marks the much anticipated return of the Steampunk Festival to Watch City! Once again, attendees can expect a panoply of period fascinations that has something for everyone. Victorian-era calliopes, high-wheeling Penny Farthings, costumed performers, musicians and bands, lectures and discussions, an open-air market with a unique collection of vendors of all things Steampunk, and a parade are just some of the delightful things guests of the Watch City Steampunk Festival can expect to encounter while enjoying a spring day on the banks of the historic Charles River.
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PThis is a nice little lunch spot with a fresh salad bar and a good selection of sandwiches. Unlike some places, they can make a wrap that doesn't just come apart.
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A full menu of high quality burgers and sandwiches, made delicious and quickly... and entirely vegan. Good eats for a good price!
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Taza has a fun tour with lots of excellent chocolate, and of course the chance to try and purchase some flavors of Taza not that are hard to find elsewhere.
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The tour was great, and it's a nice clean space. $5 gets you some good beer samples and a mug. Worth it!
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Grendel's is a great little spot to grab a beer and a bite.
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The menu has a good selection of well prepared sushi and Japanese classics for reasonable prices (especially if you get in for the daily specials) and the restaurant has a nice clean modern atmosphere, with a good balance of wood tones and interesting lighting.
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Obviously the beer is good, and there's some nice selections that you can't get elsewhere. The food was pretty basic brewpub fare and our waitress had to check three times to find out what was vegan and still brought us cheese that we had to send back - and it sounded like the problem was at least as much from the kitchen staff as it was from the waitress. Also, a veggie burger with egg and cheese kind of misses the point. Bottom line is that the brewery is nice, and if you want to stop for a beer or enough food to feel sober then this place if fine, but with a pretty good food scene in Portsmith, it's not really worth "planning" to eat here.
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