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Chris Wren
Some dude with a keyboard.
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It was an honor to speak at the first ever Android Developer Summit this week. My talk was about attention and the tools that the Android notification system provides to help developers be respectful of their users' attention.

The summit was great fun. There was a really good vibe at the event: lot's of great discussions, and questions. Thank you +Android Developers for creating this opportunity.

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Something reminded me of this weird John Carpenter sci-fi movie from the 70's. Can't buy or rent it anywhere, but it is​ on YouTube. 

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I caught myself trying to hold a light near my head while using my binocular magnifier ( so I decided it needed some integrated lights.
CR2032 holder:
a 1.5 Ohm resistor
three white LEDs (
a slide switch (maybe

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h/t to a Google peep who drew my attention to this.

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I never worked with Edith, but we share a lot of the same sections on our CVs, and she was one of those people that made those places special.

I found this while digging through my digital cumulation, if you need to listen to her talk about play for a bit:

Edith Ackermann, a beloved former faculty member of the Media Lab, developmental psychologist, and learning researcher, passed away on 12/24 at age 70.

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I'm a bit late to the game on this one, but it's been languishing in a tab for ages and I finally got around to reading it. It was a pleasant way to spend Sunday morning coffee.

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If you are a member, there may be an IEEE survey sitting in your inbox. It is about publication access, and it seems to be dancing around the idea of article "rentals". I suggest you fill it out and tell them how you really feel.

There's my little essay for the "do you have any other thoughts" section:

I would gladly pay twice as much in dues if you would just stop trying to make money off scientific publications. Please don't turn into Elsevier. You don't pay for the research to be done. You don't pay the authors. You don't pay the reviewers. You don't pay the editors. You used to pay for copy editors and layout for the camera ready, but it's been forever since you've done that. You shouldn't be paying anyone to print this stuff on paper, it's 2016! All you have is web-hosting costs, and given that most of these articles are only read by at most 5 people, ever, that shouldn't be too onerous. So: stop trying to charge for the articles! Research should not be locked behind a paywall. Please stop.

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This gives me hives every time I click next. It has to be the worst choice of a string in any app I use regularly. "Scrubbing" sounds like something you do to erase all the data off the drive before you sell it. <shudder>

The fact that it's the only option that has explanatory text under it tells me that they know it' was a bad choice and have decided to poke me in the eye anyway.

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Taking the final wrapper off of Android 7.0 Nougat

Today, Android 7.0 Nougat will begin rolling out to users, starting with Nexus devices. At the same time, we’re pushing the Android 7.0 source code to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), extending public availability of this new version of Android to the broader ecosystem.
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