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This is a generational shift if I've ever seen one, and the overall trend is striking, as well (more "nones" than Catholics in the U.S.):

Looking at the long view, the generational spans are striking. Whereas 85% of the silent generation (born 1928-1945) call themselves Christians, just 56% of today's younger millennials (born 1990-1996) do the same, even though the vast majority -- about eight in 10 -- were raised in religious homes.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/12/living/pew-religion-study/index.html
Nearly one-third of millennials say they are unaffiliated with any faith, up 10 percentage points since 2007.
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I'm not sure how to create something new... I don't think we've fully grokked the impact of the internet yet. It's effectively 2 decades old for techies, and a decade old for the mainstream, and is IMHO a more transformative technology to society than radio/TV or air travel.

But what we don't know yet is what we'll end up with in the internet world. The internet is still in the process of breaking the world that came before it -- it'll take time for institutions to appear and grow to replace those that it destroys.
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Sunrise and a fingernail-moon this past Tuesday.
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Just learned of the Petrie multiplier, which you can learn more about here: http://iangent.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-petrie-multiplier-why-attack-on.html ... the concept is fascinating and while it's applied specifically for sexism in tech here, it's just as applicable (I'd think) to any majority/minority situation.
This image is explained below. Image links to large nonlooping animation. Looping version also available. If you don't think sexism in Tech and Computer Science is a major problem, you really have not been paying attention. T...
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My 5 year old has taken to "OK Googling" on my old Nexus 7. OH:

- "OK Google, what day is today?" (Thursday, February 26)
- "OK Google, what's six plus 5?" (11)
- "OK Google, show me cat videos." (Just what you'd expect)
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Prepare to invest a lot of time^  in reading the two part's in this excellent Wait, But Why series on artificial intelligence, but if you're looking for a primer and some helpful frames to think about the issue, it's an investment worth making.

http://waitbutwhy.com/2015/01/artificial-intelligence-revolution-1.html

http://waitbutwhy.com/2015/01/artificial-intelligence-revolution-2.html

^ probably an hour or so when it's all said and done
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If you wonder about aging and life extension, this article by Todd Becker covers off on some of the general views on the subject but also shares a newer theory (hyperfunction) that has practical implications, a few of which come down to mTOR inhibition (Intermittent Fasting, caffeine) and fostering healthy stress (Exercise, cold showers — hormesis).

Worth the read!
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Good morning, Austin!

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That Apple is now a luxury brand is interesting/important but also strange — I know plenty of people across demographics who own an iPhone. Where the "luxury" enters the picture is in owning the latest iPhone. And it's on this front that I think Scott's extended discussion in the Bloomberg interview gets interesting. Find that here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2015-03-12/the-incredible-turnaround-of-the-u-s-dollar-explained

The gross majority of people have a smartphone now, so how do you actually signal wealth with your technology? You extend it, and that's where Apple's entrance into a premium watch/wearables market (as perceived as a luxury move) gets interesting: it allows consumers to show that they've got the disposable income to throw at technology that seems (at least at first blush) as a luxury.

The luxury/attractiveness for mating perspective put forth by Scott is a useful way to think about things; however, perhaps "luxury" and displays of wealth are phase-shifting away (or building upon, more likely) from jewelry and designer jeans. The truly wealthy now must display their sexual prowess through their adoption of tech. 

We live in a time when being able to transverse multiple, often disparate technologies is a prerequisite to getting the  best jobs, making money, saving money, increasing efficiency, saving time, and on and on and on. The more capable of us on this front will be more wealthy (and more attractive for mating). 

So Apple-as-luxury made manifest through their watch is, perhaps, more about a display of tech-adeptness than it is about having the disposable income to not only have the latest iPhone but also have the latest watch.

What is "luxury" and wealth is changing -- or at least growing to include things not typically considered as such.
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I think Apple has been a luxury brand since OS X when Jobs went back after NeXT.
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Relevant, Coke exec talking up the importance of Atlanta at a recent mobile event:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5BHh8dop1U
 
Well, this is nice.

I'm not a huge fan of the "how much was raised by whom" slant to many TC articles (as opposed to, you know, who's actually making cool things and preferably making money doing so), but it's still nice to see a positive article about the ATL tech scene.

Minor nit: I've never once heard anyone utter the phrase "A-Town". You can say "the ATL" if you must.

http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/25/atlantas-southern-hospitality-is-winning-venture-investors/
Atlanta is home to the world's largest drive-in, some of rap music's greatest minds, and 71 streets named Peachtree. It's also the center of a thriving..
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That time I was looking for a post from +Kirill Grouchnikov and I ended up on his Google+ profile page ...   #pixelpushing  
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ans then he reshares and steals your sweet, sweet plusses
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Atlantan, Entrepreneur, Googler, Father, Husband, Meatza and Toe Shoes Enthusiast.
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< Life > 

I call Augusta, Georgia, my hometown though I'm an Atlantan.  Been married to Sonal Amin Owings since 2005.  I've known Sonal since around 1996.  We got a daughter in August 2009 named Aviana.  We upped the ante in 2011 with another daughter in December named Raya.  Raya and Avi continue to change everything and generally do the opposite of what we want them to do.

We also have a siamese cat named Zeke.  Zeke is (in)famous on youtube and is a bit neurotic.  He's super friendly though (mellowed out in his old age).

I'm most interested in finding joy in everyday life through friends, family, hobbies, getting physical, work, and making observations about the complex workings of the world. Sometimes I even get to do these things while enjoying a cigar, piping hot mug of coffee, or bourbon on the rocks.

< Work >

I graduated from the University of Georgia with a BBA in Accounting and Masters of Accountancy in 2003.  Thereafter, I worked for Ernst & Young in the Boston and Atlanta offices until 2004.  

Audit was not my cup of tea.  I left E&Y to take a job in corporate accounting at Georgia Gulf Corporation (GGC) in Atlanta.  At GGC I saw  the full gamut of corporate accounting and finance, an experience that culminated in a $1.5 billion acquisition of a Canadian-based building products company.  It was a bad deal in the end for GGC (It's a long, boring story. The gist: no one listened to reason).

In Spring 2007 I left GGC and joined up with Aaron Krowne to found Implode-Explode Heavy Industries (IEHI), the parent company behind the Implode-O-Meter franchise.  IEHI's success rode on the coattails of Aaron's brainchild, the Mortgage Lender Implode-O-Meter

The 'meter was ground zero for the credit collapse as it chronicled the demise of mortgage lenders in real-time, frequently breaking news days in advance of mainstream press.  It was (and still is, perhaps) the Drudge Report for mortgage professionals and boomed amidst the cacophonous housing bust.  It was a wild ride for about three years.  Aaron continues to fight the good fight with the 'meter to this day but I have since moved on.

Around 2009 I started building out "Birthday Shoes," the popular minimalist footwear fan community site for toe shoes (a.k.a. Vibram Five Fingers) that gets nearly a quarter-million visits a month and has made me the Al Bundy of barefoot shoes (er... "God's shoes" as it were!).  I have way too many pairs of shoes these days.  It is ridiculous and drives Sonal crazy.

Where am I now?  In Spring 2010 I went to Google Atlanta to work as an Account Planner on the sales side (I mostly do client research).  Life at Google is pretty much as glamorous as it's made out to be.  Don't be jealous!
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My cat had 2 seconds of fame on VH1's best week ever. My site about toe shoes has had over 2mm visitors since inception.
Had an amazing double buffalo cheeseburger (only one cheese slice). Perfect combination. The BJ sauce is amazing. Sitting on the covered deck at dusk eating one of these burgers and drinking beer is an authentic experience of Houston you owe yourself to try. Just know there aren't fries! I didnt miss them though.
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A fresh and tasty dinner. We started with the mussels which were fresh and including some smoky sausage. The portion was enormous. Spouse had crepe/kale combo and the lobster bun for her entree. Both were excellent and I'm not a huge fan of lobster rolls. I had the trout which was some of the best fish I've had in recent memory and the portion was sizeable, here, too. Great service and a solid bourbon selection too from what i could tell. Recommended.
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Great breakfast spot but beware the wait. Only 10 tables (the largest could probably seat 7?). All the food was great but my favorite was the Jalapeño Bacon, which was incredible. I was skeptical while ordering as I'm almost always let down by fancified bacon but this stuff--wow. First time I think I have ever found myself sucking bacon. Tack on the three varieties of house branded hot sauce and I was loving the spice with my tasty mushroom omelette. Would go back.
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Amazing trail system just outside of Augusta. You can connect different 10-15 mile loops to make your own course. a few of them ride like roller coasters. My favorite trails around Atlanta/Augusta.
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Had a fantastic country ham and sunny side eggs breakfast with the home fries and biscuit. Finished my entire plate and nothing was less than stellar. Best breakfast I have had in awhile. Loved the home fries and the country ham was salty and delicious (and not over tough). Wife's Eggs Benedict were also amazing.
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Great Cuban sandwich. Pro-tip: mix the beans into the rice. Also, add jalepenos to the sandwich.
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