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Colin McMillen
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Wow.
 
Jan knew she had to find creative ways of changing people’s minds. She came up with an idea: During the first week of school, each girl would learn to write her father’s name.

For the fathers, that changed everything. Jan, who spent more than 30 years in the United States, remembers their reactions. “I swear to God, the guy was crying. He said, ‘I don’t know how to write my name. I put my thumb on everything. And my 4-year-old girl knows how to write my name.’”
How do you spark a movement in a conservative community? A Q&A with Razia Jan, founder of the Zabuli Education Center.
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Lots of interesting regional trends in these maps. (Warning: contains strong language, which is the point.)

https://stronglang.wordpress.com/2015/07/28/mapping-the-united-swears-of-america/
Swearing varies a lot from place to place, even within the same country, in the same language. But how do we know who swears what, where, in the big picture? We turn to data – damn big data. With g...
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Instantly translate text with the Google Translate app, now in 27 languages → http://goo.gl/ClyPbu
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Looks like they are not.
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Just kayaked down the Charles for 2.5 hours, starting around Mt. Auburn and ending at Kendall. It's a beautiful day -- mostly sunny, but a bit of clouds so that it's not glaring, enough of a light breeze to be cooling but not so much that it was hard to paddle against.

I figure I passed by at least 4 universities, but maybe I missed a couple ;)

Anyways, fun times! but I'll probably be sore tomorrow.
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I need to go do that.  I keep meaning to, but putting it off.
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Dammit. Dammit dammit dammit. Motorola has jumped on the "flagship phone is a huge hulking monster" bandwagon (5.7"). They had the only decent Android phone that wasn't a phablet :(

I'm hoping the Sony Z4 Compact is a real thing that happens; if not, I will love my ancient Moto X until it dies and then hope against hope that anyone other than Apple is making a hand-sized phone that's not awful.
Motorola just announced the latest version of its flagship Moto X, which is now called the Moto X Style. It looks a lot like last year's Moto X, but it comes with a bigger, higher resolution...
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This is the same issue I ran into 4 months ago when I was trying to replace my Galaxy Nexus. I even tried out the nexus 6 because people said I'd get used to it (I'm 6'1" and have big hands). I couldn't even reach horizontally across the screen without dropping the phone. My wife couldn't hold the phone in one hand and interact with the screen in any way... it was physically impossible. We sent it right back. I got a second gen moto X which is still too big for me but I've been able to kinda sorta use it. I still regular give up on clicking links on the top left hand corner if there is no way to scroll them down closer to my thumb.
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The usual disclaimer: I am a Google employee so you should naturally treat my Google-related shares with some degree of skepticism, yet the opinions I reshare on Google+ are not my own :)

All that said, I mostly agree with what's written here :)
 
I don't often share press articles about our products – they rarely seem to say much of use – but this was just such a good case of a journalist Getting It Right that I had to share. Google+ is very much alive, and our recent changes are focused on making it be the best product it can be for what it's best at: helping people meet people and have great conversations about things they're passionate about. 

One particularly noteworthy thing in this article is its discussion of the "majority illusion:" people tend to assume that their friends are typical of the wider world, but almost by definition they aren't – for one thing, they all have one uncommon attribute in common, which is being your friend in the first place. And since people don't choose their friends randomly from the entire spectrum of humanity, one's friends are always a distorted sample. 

So yes, we have here a tech press article which (correctly) uses an important result in cognitive psychology to explain why lots of tech press articles are nonsense.
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"They all have one uncommon attribute in common, which is being your friend in the first place."

...burn?
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"For most people, the big question isn’t “when did you start drawing?” but “when did you stop drawing?” Virtually everyone drew and doodled at one point in their lives. For artists and non-artists alike, drawing is about more than art—it’s about the very art of thinking."

Or, as Picasso said, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."
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Somewhat related article about the phenomenon of adult colouring books and other adult pursuits of "childish" activities: http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/why-adults-are-buying-coloring-books-for-themselves
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I'm not sure whether to be mad at the vandalism itself, or the fact that they got their Daft Punk lyrics wrong.
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:picture of +Paul Fisher on fire with NOT ART stenciled on him:
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Huh, this is a pretty neat feature. Tried it out for a couple nearby restaurants and it seemed accurate enough.
 
Do you ever find yourself trying to avoid long lines or wondering when is the best time to go grocery shopping, pick up coffee or hit the gym (hint: avoid Monday after work)? You’re in luck!

Now, you can avoid the wait and see the busiest times of the week at millions of places and businesses around the world directly from Google Search. For example, just search for "Blue Bottle Williamsburg", tap on the title and see how busy it gets throughout the day. Enjoy your extra time!
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(It's weirdly absent from Maps, I noticed. I actually looked there before Search.)
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"Batch"?
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    Staff Software Engineer, 2009 - present
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I proposed to my wife using obfuscated Perl code. My Erdős number is 4.
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  • Carnegie Mellon University
    Ph.D. Computer Science, 2003 - 2009
  • University of Minnesota
    B.S. Computer Science, 1999 - 2003
  • Robbinsdale Cooper High School
    1995 - 1999
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