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John Costigan
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Maemo Mapper creator gone Google
Maemo Mapper creator gone Google

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The rise of Fake News and "Fake Knowledge" are two of my least favorite side effects of the Internet. From climate denial to vaccine concerns, there is just too much misbelief that reading a few articles on the internet can make you more of an expert on topics than the people who spend years researching those topics.

Sure, even experts can be wrong; but a group of legitimate experts is much less likely to be wrong than a similarly-sized group of non-experts.

Speaking of which: PSA! Flu season is coming around again, so get your flu shot ASAP. I got mine last week. Please be a good citizen and help save the lives of those who physically cannot get the flu shot.

"Ars Technica: First thing we do, let’s kill all the experts."
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Aside from being a pretty accurate history of Google+, this article makes me wish it had caught on with more people before it's decline accelerated in 2014....

On the other hand, maybe it was a blessing in disguise. I don't think I have time to participate in any truly vibrant social network. :)

"Fast Company: Goodbye, Google+: A eulogy for the last great social network."
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"Sunsetting consumer Google+"

Seems only appropriate to share this on Google+. I haven't been especially active on Google+ myself as of late, but I wonder what I'm going to do with the thousands of posts (public and private) I've made over the years. Maybe I can migrate them easily to Blogger or something.

I have ten months to figure it out!
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"258 mph in 1.85 seconds" is literally insane. If my math is right, that's more than 6 G's of force on average, which is more than twice the force that you'd have felt in a space shuttle. So, yeah, crazy.

If it actually pans out, though--a BIG if!--I still want one. :) Anyone have a few million to spare?

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So many good quotes in this song; here are a couple:

"You can't always do what's right; you can always do what's left."

"I know how to be controlled: do opposite of what you're told."
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Well said. If you can get vaccinated (whether it's for the measles or for the flu), do it for the sake of those who should-but-can't.
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67% of California didn't vote for Trump.

I wonder if we could secede in time to avoid a Trump presidency....
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Well, Trump was right about one thing: the system is rigged! :) Thanks to Vladimir Putin and Julian Assange.

I wonder if Gary Johnson was in on it. Clinton probably would have won if he hadn't been in the race.
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OK Go came to Google today. It was awesome! During the last song, "Here it Goes Again", they invited me (and others) to come on stage to dance with them. I won't post any video of us dancing :), but I was literally right next to Damian Kulash (lead singer), and I managed to snag the set list, which I've attached.

And yes, they did play a Led Zeppelin song: Black Dog.
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Trump: "Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism"

Wow. Just wow. Ignoring the insensitivity of this statement for a moment.... The perpetrator was born and raised in the U.S., so Trump's "ban immigrants" stance obviously wouldn't have helped. And the guy's ISIS "allegiance" seems to have been a last-minute thing - his homophobia was the real trigger.

People who know me know that I'm a Republican, but come on, Trump is a huge mistake for this party.
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