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Make Your Side Projects Wildly Successful: Treat Them Like Experiments by +Paul Jarvis


Tips from the article:
♞ Focus on the task at hand, not the end result.
♞ Don’t create your experiment and judge it at the same time.
♞ Break the experiment down into the smallest tasks possible.
♞ Remember: these are experiments. Not full-time business ideas.
♞ Don’t repeat yourself.

Set your fear of failure aside and get that nagging idea out of your head, once and for all. The benefits can help take your creative career to new heights.
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"Appennine Colossus" (1580) by Giambologna
11 meter tall masterpiece near Florence (Italy)

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Antonio Scaramuzzino (2006)

#photo #art #italy
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Have you seen the interior of this sculpture (I have not), but it is quite involved. There's even a spot for a small orchestra.
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Good evening, my Google+ friends!
How are you?

This photo is a fascinating shot by my friend +Chris Macidis on holiday. Chris collected the shells, his wife arranged them.

It's beautiful, isn't it?

I'd like to see that shells too, instead of the computer ones... you know, the "bash" kind... :P

Power of the holiday, come to me! :)

I'm from Southern Italy and shells like those are "behind the corner", but this year I've not seen them yet because work work work...

Have a great weekend, you all! ;)

#photo #sand #shell
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“That's Greek to me” — but probably not to you!
Chinese, maybe? #interesting :)

« That's Greek to me (...) is an idiom in English, expressing that something is not understandable. »

« The idiom is typically used with respect to the foreign nature, complexity or imprecision of verbal or written expression or diagram. »

« Different languages have similar formulations. Many have picked the point of reference to be a foreign language with another alphabet or writing system. »

« (...) various non-English languages most frequently use the Chinese language in their equivalent expression to the English idiom “it's all Greek to me”. »

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You may also like these other posts from my Culture collection:

The Indo-European & Uralic Language Families

“The Great Canton and Hong Kong Proverbs”

Netherlandish Proverbs, 1559, Pieter Bruegel the Elder

#language #culture #graph
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Good one!
Quite expository.
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The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Recurrent Neural Networks
by +Andrej Karpathy, CS PhD student at Stanford


«We'll train RNNs to generate text character by character and ponder the question "how is that even possible?"»

«If training vanilla neural nets is optimization over functions, training recurrent nets is optimization over programs

«The concept of attention is the most interesting recent architectural innovation in neural networks.»

Fun with RNNs — Five example character models:

♞ Paul Graham generator
♞ Shakespeare
♞ Wikipedia
♞ Algebraic Geometry (Latex)
♞ Linux Source Code

#neuralnetworks #science #funny

Photo credit: Gerd Altmann
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1,000 True Fans by +Kevin Kelly
A must-read classic to apply to your startup or personal branding.


«A creator (...) needs to acquire only 1,000 True Fans to make a living

«A True Fan is defined as someone who will purchase anything and everything you produce.»

«One thousand is a feasible number. You could count to 1,000. If you added one fan a day, it would take only three years. True Fanship is doable. Pleasing a True Fan is pleasurable, and invigorating.»

Translations available in Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish.

#microcelebrity #niches #startuptips #personalbranding

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Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep

Interesting article by +NPR [2013]:

«While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, researchers say.»

«During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a study of mice found.»

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(from linked article)

#science #medicine #neuroscience #brain #sleep
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Brainwash :8~)
let me guess, the dishwasher starts, if the sleeptimer is listening REM. 
Dreams are the output of the dishwasher fluid.
Would be great to know, if my guess fits.
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Suggestive photo taken in Madrid (Spain)
by my friend +Chris Macidis

This shot seems to me high quality computer graphics... but it's real!

Wikipedia about St. Jerome Royal Church:

Another fascinating shot by Chris:

#photo #spain
Looking at San Jerónimo el Real de Madrid
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USB plug: right way on first try...
Extremely rare experience! :D

Does anyone know which movie is this gif from?
EDIT (Thanks, Google Images:
The gif depicts Aaron Ruell ( as Kip Dynamite in Napoleon Dynamite (

#gif #funny
When the USB goes in the right way on the first try

#comedy   #lol   #tech   #nerd   #usb     #satechi  
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Startup Stash — A curated Directory of Resources and Tools to Help you Build your Startup #amazing

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Startup Stash includes 400 products in 40 categories. Each category consists of 10 handpicked resources and tools, all with their own detail page.

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Could we get something good for Google+ this year?

In the meantime, let's enjoy this great alternative I/O (I/C?) logo by my friends at +CircleCount.

#hopeisthelasttodie #googleio #googleplus
Google I/O 2015
May 28-29, 2015

We are looking forward to see what Google will announce this year!
What do you think? What are you hoping for?
Android M? Internet of Things? Virtual Reality? Google Car? Android Wear? The new Photo App?

Some highlights of the last years:

► 2014
Android Lollipop
Android Wear
Android Auto
Android One
Android TV
Google Fit
Material Design
Google Cardboard
LG G Watch / Samsung Gear Live / Motorola Moto 360

► 2013
Google+ ReDesign
Auto Awesome Phtotos
"OK Google"
Google Play Music All Access
Google Maps Update

► 2012
Google+ Events
Google+ Statistics
Nexus 7
Project Glass live demo

► 2011
Google Chromebook
Angry Birds in Chrome
+1 button for publishers

► 2010
YouTube with html5
Chrome Web Store
Google Font API

► 2009
Google Wave
Web Elements

► 2008
MySpace with Google Gears

#io15 #logomockup
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