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Jon Batiste and the Stay Human Band are going to be in the Bay Area for the next 4 days. You should definitely check them out. Accessible jazz (with a nawlins tinge), but with a sophisticated soul.

(Unfortunately, I'm busy for the next four days. Noooooo...)
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It occurred to me that I never wrote a public G+ post explaining that I'm no longer writing public G+ posts.

I'm no longer writing public G+ posts. If this feed looks really sparse to you, it's probably because I don't value your friendship. If you want to see a slightly less sparse feed, encircle me to let me know that you exist.
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Friendly reminder: Gary Burton is teaching a free, online Coursera course on improvisation, starting Apr 22.
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Taylor Eigsti, Dayna Stephens, Harish Raghavan (b), and Eric Harland are playing in Portola Valley on Feb 16. Could be interesting...
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Nope, I forgot about it, too. Also, it turns out there were a couple of interesting Yoshi's concerts this week that I didn't notice until yesterday.
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I just got a chocolate recommendation from a comedy sketch mocking rich people. I'm okay with that.
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HTML5 demo of They Need To Be Fed.
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And +Jason Morrison's commentary:

"This is embarrassing, but a good illustration of two things:

1. Why I like working at Google. The Search Quality Team tries to apply the Webmaster Guidelines fairly - even on other Google products.
2. Why you should pay attention to what any marketing, advertising, or SEO companies might be doing on your behalf."
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Sorry that it took me until now to comment on the situation that Danny wrote about at http://searchengineland.com/google-chrome-page-will-have-pagerank-reduced-due-to-sponsored-posts-106551 . I’m in Central America this week and my ability to reach the internet hasn't been great.

I’ll give the short summary, then I’ll describe the webspam team’s response. Google was trying to buy video ads about Chrome, and these sponsored posts were an inadvertent result of that. If you investigated the two dozen or so sponsored posts (as the webspam team immediately did), the posts typically showed a Google Chrome video but didn’t actually link to Google Chrome. We double-checked, and the video players weren’t flowing PageRank to Google either.

However, we did find one sponsored post that linked to www.google.com/chrome in a way that flowed PageRank. Even though the intent of the campaign was to get people to watch videos--not link to Google--and even though we only found a single sponsored post that actually linked to Google’s Chrome page and passed PageRank, that’s still a violation of our quality guidelines, which you can find at http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=35769#3 .

In response, the webspam team has taken manual action to demote www.google.com/chrome for at least 60 days. After that, someone on the Chrome side can submit a reconsideration request documenting their clean-up just like any other company would. During the 60 days, the PageRank of www.google.com/chrome will also be lowered to reflect the fact that we also won’t trust outgoing links from that page.
Searches for “browser” no longer bring up the Google Chrome home page after Google applied a penalty against the page because of Google’s own sponsored post campaign. Google said even though it felt t...
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Calypso/Creole post-bop in San Jose this Wednesday! Etienne Charles is a pretty great trumpeter I just found out about recently.

A quick playlist to whet the appetite: http://tinysong.com/#/result/etienne%20charles/
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In the 1940s, the OSS (precursor to the CIA) developed an aerosolized whoopie cushion, intended for the French to use to humiliate the Germans. Its main flaw: the French would accidentally spray it on themselves.

(Of course, with only one source, I'm a bit skeptical on this whole thing...)
This article does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (September 2009). Who ...
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#TIL The HS code for Gochujang is 2103.90.1030.
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Wikipedia is not an encyclopedia. An encyclopedia must document their source and reference that source. Wikipedia allows people to write articles that can be accessed by an unwary student, not knowing that his source is wrong. Wikipedia has become the goto spot, for what most think is accurate information. This is wrong. A student should use references that can be substantiated with multiple sources. I feel that wikipedia has become an uncontrollable monster. What has happened to the library? Do students even read anymore? Or do they just stop at the first page, citing wikipedia as facts and histories?
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Japanese use fungus to ferment their alcohol rather than yeast.
[edit] History of koji. 300 BCE – Koji (qu, pronounced “chew”) is first mentioned in the Zhouli [Rites of the Zhou dynasty] in China. Its development is a milestone in Chinese food technology, for it ...
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Oops. Good to know. Perhaps it's safe to say "mold... rather than yeast"? Also interesting: "Initially kept secret, the A. oryzae genome was released by a consortium of Japanese biotechnology companies in late 2005." Quelle intrigue.
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I was hoping for a mimicry feedback loop that spun out of control, but this will have to do.
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YOU GUYS underwater creatures are basically THE COOLEST THING
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