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Two pork butts in the smoker now and three racks of baby backs going in afterwards. Yep, it is a 'scare the air' day here with a 20 hour smoke. :-)
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I like pork butts, and I cannot lie. 
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I just joined foursquare. If you want to be friends, send me one of those foursquare friend request things.
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I just deleted my account last month after 5 years of endless checkins. :-)
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Bad Voltage Season 1 Episode 20 'Private Poetry Slam' is available to listen to and download at http://www.badvoltage.org/2014/07/10/1x20/

The Bad Voltage team present tasty things for your ears, here for the twentieth time. Jeremy Garcia, Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Bryan “Stopped Clock” Lunduke bring you the Knowledge, specifically this time of:

 * The Bad Voltage Versification Perversification: the community gave us a selection of words around which to compose a poem and here are the distinctly poetic results, followed by some poetic justice
 * Uber and Lyft: are taxis relics of the last century? Does having an iPhone app exempt you from the law? Comparing the new cabs with the old, and whether disruption is inherently a good thing
 * We review the Dropcam: a webcam to protect your house and make the footage easy to review in the cloud, specifically by talking mostly about the privacy implications of this approach and not very much about the actual device at all, unless you have a meth lab in your front room
 * The Blackphone is “the world’s first smartphone to put privacy and control ahead of everything else”. Following on from our discussion of privacy implications, we look at a device aiming to change the public debate on the topic
 * Bad Voltage apps for many platforms, and feedback on Firefox OS and free software from the community

Be sure to share your feedback, opinions, and thoughts on the show in our awesome community at http://community.badvoltage.org/t/1x20-private-poetry-slam/1787 #badvoltage
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Bad Voltage Season 1 Episode 20 'Private Poetry Slam' is available to listen to and download at http://www.badvoltage.org/2014/07/10/1x20/

The Bad Voltage team present tasty things for your ears, here for the twentieth time. +Jeremy Garcia, +Stuart Langridge, +Bryan Lunduke, and myself bring you the Knowledge, specifically this time of:

 * The Bad Voltage Versification Perversification: the community gave us a selection of words around which to compose a poem and here are the distinctly poetic results, followed by some poetic justice
 * Uber and Lyft: are taxis relics of the last century? Does having an iPhone app exempt you from the law? Comparing the new cabs with the old, and whether disruption is inherently a good thing
 * We review the Dropcam: a webcam to protect your house and make the footage easy to review in the cloud, specifically by talking mostly about the privacy implications of this approach and not very much about the actual device at all, unless you have a meth lab in your front room
 * The Blackphone is “the world’s first smartphone to put privacy and control ahead of everything else”. Following on from our discussion of privacy implications, we look at a device aiming to change the public debate on the topic
 * Bad Voltage apps for many platforms, and feedback on Firefox OS and free software from the community

Be sure to share your feedback, opinions, and thoughts on the show in our awesome community at http://community.badvoltage.org/t/1x20-private-poetry-slam/1787 #badvoltage
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Expect the best. Possibly one of my favorite episodes. 
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Go and check out this great opportunity. +Martin Albisetti is an awesome guy to work with. :-)
 
I'm excited to open up a new position for a software developer that has some experience in payment processing to help us build a rock-solid experience for the upcoming Ubuntu Phone.
It's the best team I've ever worked with and and exciting challenge;
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Phenomenal looking Ubuntu app in the works. It tells a strong story about the power of the platform.
 
Here are a collection of screenshots of what the next version of Project Dashboard is going to look like.
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That looks wonderful! :D
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I just want to say a big thanks to my friends on twitter, Facebook, G+, and elsewhere. I am blessed to have you all as part of my life.
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Jono is a nice guy
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Really motivating day at +XPRIZE Foundation today. So much opportunity for bringing profound change to the world.
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Be sure to bring your questions to +Peter H. Diamandis in his Reddit AMA!
 
I'm going to be doing another Reddit AMA on July 11. Mark your calendars! Looking forward to talking about space, Abundance, exponential technologies and everything else. I'll follow up with a link for you in a couple weeks.
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Your time is up +Stuart Langridge
The red hair gene could be on the way out as it is thought to be a response to cloudy weather in Scotland, something which the country could see less and less of.
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Think you are a funny man, +Julian Edwards , doncha?
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Solving Your Challenge With Incentive Competitions

Do you have a big problem that you'd love to solve? A problem which, if solved, would transform your business, your life, your community?

In this blog I'm going to share how I solved my own challenge, and how you can use the same concept to solve yours.

I think of problems as gold mines. The world's biggest problems are the world's biggest market opportunities.

Solve a big one, you can help a billion people and become a billionaire in the process.

So how do you do that?

Who do you get to help you?

Welcome to the idea of running an incentive prize competition... big or small, you can incentivize brilliant minds around the world to help you solve your challenge. And best of all, you only pay the winner.

My Story

In 1994, I desperately wanted to get to space. The problem was, NASA was the only name in town and my chances of riding with them were one in a thousand (at 5'5" in height, I have a better chance of joining the NBA then I do being accepted as an astronaut).

After reading that Charles Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 1927 to win a $25,000 purse (the Orteig prize), I became enamored with the power of incentive prizes.

These competitions were the perfect way to excite and leverage the world's most talented, creative people to solve YOUR challenge. That insight led me to creation of the $10M Ansari XPRIZE for spaceflight, which was offered for the first commercial, reusable 3-person spaceship.

That competition was won 10 years ago in 2004, and immediately commercialized by Richard Branson to create Virgin Galactic. Since then, the XPRIZE has launched one to two prizes per year in areas like space ($30M Google Lunar XPRIZE), Health ($10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE), Oceans ($2M Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE) and Learning (note: Stay tuned for the launch of a major Learning XPRIZE soon).

But over the past 10 years we've been barraged by people wanting to design and fund hundreds of smaller prizes for their company, community and even for orphan diseases. And while the XPRIZE isn't designed to service such needs, the fact is that the Prize methodology works and should be used 100-fold more frequently than it is.

What's Next: HeroX

So, to expand the use of incentive prizes, and to give people an incredibly powerful tool to solve local problems, earlier this year a new platform called HeroX (HeroX.com) was created to implement and expand on everything learned by XPRIZE and the prize community over the past few decades.

HeroX effectively allows anyone to design, fund, and run your own incentive challenge, and tap into the crowd to help you solve your problems.
And as we add 3 billion new minds, connected online over the next 6 years (between 2014 and 2020), there's a lot more brainpower to tap into.

It was Bill Joy, the founding CTO of Sun Microsystems, who famously said: "No matter who you are, most of the smartest people in the world work for someone else." The implications of that notion are pretty profound, especially as you looking for talent to solve your problems.

Here's how HeroX works in 5 easy steps

You identify a problem you want solved in the world (or your community);
HeroX helps you create a prize-based challenge for solving that problem;
HeroX aggressively promotes the challenge to draw from the largest group of potential innovators and problem-solvers. They also look for people who care about your same problem area who will help amplify the challenge to new communities;
HeroX helps to design guidelines (often determined by the crowd and expert panelists) to help judge the challenge submissions that will determine who wins the prize; and,
HeroX rewards the winners with a prize set by you, the challenge owner.

So why is this useful? 5 key reasons:

Rather than hiring one person or team, imagine having tens or hundreds of teams working tirelessly on your problem;
My data shows that teams spend 5x-10x the prize purse amount to develop the solution;
You only pay for the solution to your problem, not failures;
You set the deadlines. This means that you can incentivize rapid breakthroughs much more quickly than traditional mechanisms might; and,
You engage communities, organizations, and people by raising awareness and by mobilizing and inspiring.

Upcoming webinar:

If you'd like to learn more about HeroX, here are a few options for you:

Check out the website www.HeroX.com;
Sign up for our a webinar that the HeroX team is doing on July 17th at 10:30am PST: blog.herox.com/webinar
Also, until September 1, you can submit your own challenge idea for the Imagine X Challenge and have a chance to win $1,000 just to share a challenge you want to see solved.
I truly believe we can transform ourselves from a world where we complain about problems to a world where we solve problems. We are now more empowered than ever before to do just that. So don't complain, solve... or, at a minimum, incentivize others to solve them by creating a HeroX Challenge.

Every weekend I send out a "Tech Blog" like this one. To make sure you never miss one, please go to www.AbundanceHub.com to sign up for this and my Abundance blogs. And if you want my personal coaching on these topics, consider joining my Abundance 360 membership program for entrepreneurs.
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    Senior Director of Community, 2014 - present
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