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Today I learned the +Google VR team has their own YouTube channel, including a nice playlist of all of their #io16 talks: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkUZagbGbewp3bZQLXGzkmA
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Whoa. #1 for the idle question that popped into my head (and which I answered as a comment to myself a few minutes later!) while Clay Bavor was talking about VR at Google in the Amphitheatre, and the confetti was drifting down, and the swallows were flitting through the air.

Talk about presence and setting an environment!
 
The I/O Requests program was a success once again! This year, we received and answered 70 requests from all over the world. We had a lot of fun tracking down answers for you across Shoreline (and we got a tan and burned some calories while we were at it)!

Here are some of our favorite requests from the 3-day #io16 festival:
1. +Dan Scott was curious about some floating pieces of paper he noticed in the Shoreline Amphitheatre the morning of day 2. It turns out it was left over confetti from the Wednesday night concert, and we recreated the experience for him: goo.gl/KOMcRV.
2. When +Paolo Amoroso watched the keynote he was curious which movie was featured during the introduction of Daydream. The answer is the IMAX film “A Beautiful Planet”: goo.gl/JHXON2.
3. It seems like the chicken dance is becoming an annual request from members of Google’s +Google Top Contributor Program: goo.gl/34ulyf.

You can see all the requests we fulfilled in the I/O ’16 Request Google+ Collection: goo.gl/xZiO9Z. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Until next year,
Your I/O Requests Team

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For a data-based company, this is surprising

I'm completing the surveys for the sessions I attended at #io16 and noticed that the Android app provides a survey with one additional field, an overall session rating, that is missing from the corresponding surveys in the web app.

Given that Google prides itself as a company that, more than most, bases is decisions on collecting and analyzing data, I found this inconsistency quite odd!

Otherwise, the web app was a very convincing demonstration of the progressive web app design and implementation philosophy; it worked well with very inconsistent network connectivity, including entirely offline.
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I wasn't able to view the map and find sessions easily on the web app. I also found that the notifications, when clicked, didn't take me to a useful place (just the I/O schedule page). The Android app map was incredibly useful to me and having notifications open the event screen was much more helpful. I ended up disabling the web app notifications and removing it. 
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Tal Oppenheimer giving a great data-based pitch for the mobile-first, mobile-only progressive web apps strategy in Building for Billions On The Web session. https://events.google.com/io2016/schedule?sid=29631cfd-0bef-e511-a517-00155d5066d7
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What are the little pieces of paper floating down from the amphitheatre this morning?

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8 rows back is awesome, but most importantly we're under the cover of shade on this 90° day!
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Well shit.

The Hip were an always-present part of my youth and young adulthood. Gord Downie wowed me the first time I saw him perform (at Molson Park for Canada Day / EdgeFest or some such event). He went into monologue mode about how the band was finishing off its cross-Canada tour, pulled off the boots that he claimed had been on every stage, doused them with lighter fluid, and set them on fire in an homage to Jimi Hendrix.

I hope The Hip make it to Sudbury this summer so we can give Gord a proper farewell.
Gord Downie, the lead singer and lyricist of the iconic Canadian rock band the Tragically Hip, announced this morning he has terminal brain cancer, but still plans to join his bandmates of more than 30 years for a summer tour.
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Very sad indeed. And a reminder of how short life can be.
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125 videos and counting on the #io16 playlist so far. Nice turnaround time, I watched about 6 sessions on my flight home.

BTW this is supposed to be a link to the complete playlist at http://youtu.be/862r3XS2YB0?list=PLOU2XLYxmsILe6_eGvDN3GyiodoV3qNSC - not just the keynote.
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I ran into Mike shortly after he ran into the Material design review booth, and he was kind enough to take a look at the app my daughter created (which mostly followed the basic material design guidelines) and offer up some suggestions for refining the UI design... which I know she'll take seriously from an expert!

Thanks Mike!
 
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Was lucky to stumble upon the review booth today (it was kind of hidden on the back side of another tent), especially when +Richard Fulcher was on duty.

I always find his advice well thought out. He gave me a great solution for a navigation problem that is sure to delight my users.

I only waited 20 minutes for my turn (and even did an impromptu GDE design review for someone while we were waiting).

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Your daughter is awesome for doing that (it is a fun idea to boot).  Ping me if you want guidelines on how to do what I suggested - 1. start by using width-match_parent and change colors.  Once you have that working, create a new frame or linear layout to contain the item and the text below that shows up when you press it, then wrap put a background on each of the layouts.  #gde <--if encouraging a young girl to embrace Android doesn't get program credits I don't know what does.

Hit me up if you want other hints or help.
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Unreal Engine SDK for Daydream now available at http://developers.google.com/vr

Unity integration is coming later this summer.
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Well they said it was available now. Maybe later today...
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Jazzed to meet +Chiu-Ki Chan​ and +Virginia Poltrack​, makers of the excellent Fit Cat app for Android Wear! My daughter will also be very impressed :)
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Systems Librarian
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Structured data (schema.org, RDFa, microdata); Perl; PHP; Python; PostgreSQL; HTML5 (yes, JavaScript and CSS too); obscure library standards and protocols like MARC21 and Z39.50; can code Java when necessary, which Android gets me to do.
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  • Laurentian University
    Systems Librarian, 2006 - present
    I make it possible for people to connect with information they need in the form of articles, books, and data, while overcoming the hurdles that publishers and "solution providers" put in the way.
  • IBM Canada
    1998 - 2006
    Product planner for DB2 on Linux; Information Architect for DB2 / IBM Software Group (System House); Technical Writer focused on DB2 application development
  • Xerox Canada
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Librarian coffeetarian bass guitarian geek.
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I'm a systems librarian who cares about software freedom and open source. Since 2007 my core contributions have been to the Evergreen library system project.  I'm also the founder and lead for the Google Developer Group Sudbury.
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I can (and do) hit some awesome mountain biking trails right out of my backyard. Sudbury rocks!
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  • Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto
    Information Studies, 1996 - 1998
  • Laurentian University
    English & Philosophy, 1992 - 1996
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$6 for all you can play games! And their selection is pretty comprehensive, from Mousetrap to Jenga variants to Exploding Kittens. Sure the drinks (lattes, teas, and hit chocolates) are a little pricey, but they have to make some money some where. Tables can be a little wobbly but the décor is fun and well done.
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Possibly my new favorite sushi place in town... Which is funny, because it used to be the only place in town. I love the new location, with its refreshed interior, and the sushi is great.
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