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Ikai Lan
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Making trouble, hulk smashing or chilling out
Making trouble, hulk smashing or chilling out

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Reminds me of a conversation I had with the venerable +Mano Marks a while back.
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I like well-lit, open workspaces more than I dislike them. My space in the Google SF office for two and a half years was a semi-closed half-cubicle farm where natural light was somewhat blocked out, and that was depressing as heck. I loved the days where I'd go to HQ and be able to just feed off the energy of my team. More good happened from chance meetings that offset the possibility of distraction.

I do understand the need to tune out background noise. My first job after I graduated was in a true cubicle farm. My experience was that there'd be less random visual distraction, but people were absolutely more inclined to stop by "just to say hi". Not to mention, they wouldn't pick up on cues that you want to get back to work. I suppose that's what the break area is for. But isn't it easier to look around, see who is looking up, make eye contact and the "let's get coffee" sign?

I believe the issues with open workspaces and even closed workspaces causing productivity loss are almost all symptomatic of culture. Neither are going to be perfect, we just have to keep improving what we have and deal with what is out of our capability to change in the short term.

Bonus: I know the note about leaving exactly at 5:04pm is tongue in cheek, but that almost sounds like the author is a clock watcher type ...

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I'm not going to argue with commenters, but it's my experience that points 2, 6 and 8 are laughable (I am a heavy Python user and fan). Particularly egregious is #8. CPython's concurrency's is a lightweight compared to Java, and to date I have not met anyone working in a Jython shop. Well ... we currently utilize Apache Pig and it's Python support via Jython, but that doesn't count.

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Jeez, every single one of these classes looks fun to play! As a former (occassional?) TF2 player, I'm definitely interested!

Anyone have a OnePlus One invite? I have a friend who is ready to buy.

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Shoot, time to play with this for a bit.
Hey iOS developers, today we’ve updated the Google+ iOS SDK to support one-time authorization codes, making it easier for your server to perform Google API calls on behalf of your users or to support offline access.  If your app requires your backend to interact with Google services, this update is for you.

Docs: https://developers.google.com/+/mobile/ios/sign-in#enable_server-side_api_access_for_your_app

#googleplusupdate   #googleplusplatform   #ios

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It's hard for economically disadvantaged families to eat well. Back this Kickstarter to get physical cookbooks donated to organizations that can get them into the hands of people who need them. The PDF is FREE so you can check out the quality of its contents. #goodandcheap  

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Crap.

Source: http://xkcd.com/1377/
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My first public Google+ story based on some photos I took a while back. +Thaya Kareeson ... Check it!

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I LOVE JetBrains IDEs. This is for you iOS developers that are sick of Xcode.

Also, I just downloaded an evaluation copy of WebStorm to fool around with its AngularJS integration, and that is also quite good. The only language I work in extensively nowadays where I prefer Sublime Text seems to be Python.
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