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+Dan Pupius's incredible photos from our group's expedition to the Minarets in the Eastern Sierras this past weekend.
Last weekend seven of us ventured into the Ansel Adam's Wilderness Area.  It was a long drive for one night, but well worth it.  We did a quick 5 mile hike around the Devil's Postpiles on Saturday evening, then rose at 4:30am to prepare for an 11 hour, 17 mile hike up to Minaret Lake, then back round to Agnew Meadows via Ice Berg Lake ( There was some excitement during the 1 mile transition between marked trails at the furthest extent of our trip, but we all survived.

Highly recommended.
Eastern Sierras
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A brief history of the Internet, and what the future may hold

Yesterday marked the 44th anniversary of the first message sent on the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET), the progenitor to what we know as the Internet. At 10:30 pm on 29 October 1969, a student programmer at UCLA, where Computer Science Professor Leonard Kleinrock ( had established a Network Measurement Center, used a SDS Sigma 7                                   ( to send a message to the Stanford Research Institute's SDS 940.  

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The message text was the word “login”; the “l” and the “o” letters were transmitted, but the system then crashed. Hence, the literal first message over the ARPANET was “lo”. About an hour later, having recovered from the crash, the SDS Sigma 7 computer effected a full “login”.

Initially consisting of only 4 Interface Message Processors (IMPs), the ARPANET grew to 13 by the end of 1970, and to 213 host computers 12 years later in 1981. As a graduate student at UCLA, Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist +vint cerf contributed to a host-to-host communications protocol for the ARPANET, later co-developing the TCP/IP suite ( with Robert Khan ( while at Stanford University in the mid 1970’s.  

Today, Cerf continues to help shape the technology and impact of the Internet by identifying technologies that support the development of Internet-based products and services. On November 19th, Cerf will deliver the keynote at the Federal Trade Commission’s Internet of Things Workshop (, a workshop focused on the “opportunities and challenges for consumers related to the growing number of Internet-connected devices that touch their lives”. 

Free and open to the public, the workshop serves as a forum for academics, industry professionals, and consumer advocacy groups to explore issues surrounding the increasing prevalence of everyday devices that communicate with the internet, and each other.
The Internet has progressed enormously, from sending a single “login” message between two computers 44 years ago, to today’s system of interconnected networks that serves billions of people. 

We are interested in hearing what your predictions are for the next 44 years of the Internet, in the comments below!

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+BBC News visited the Googleplex to chat with Ben Gomes, who has worked on search at Google since 1999. In the video interview (below) and accompanying article (, he discusses how search has become more intuitive and shares his excitement for the "next frontier" of search. 


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Re the Abelson Report on MIT's behavior in Swartz case. Interesting to see some headlines to the effect that "MIT Cleared in Report of Suicide of Activist" (NY Times.)   I don't think that's the bald outcome.  But what Abelson has done is kind of clever.  He has stuck to the facts, which show no smoking gun pointed at Aaron.  But there is plenty of evidence that MIT did not do what it should.  Abelson basically airs out MIT's lame justifications for its actions or non-actions, and lets the institution hang itself by its own rope.  Thus while the report seemingly displays the maddening "neutrality" that was such a bane for Aaron, it really provides plenty of grist to damn the behavior of an institution that has failed its mission and its community. 

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Cool JS library.

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Singularity + orchestral space pop + Google glass = epic #ifihadglass  submission
#ifihadglass  We'd wear Glass on our tour across the USA (25 cities, NYC to California via SXSW in Austin - Capture the whole tour (including the shows!) and share it with our fans on G+. Use the footage to make the first Glass-shot music video for our new song "The Singularity" ( -- inspired by the theories of Google's new Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil). And show the video at our Googleplex performance on March 25.

It'd work a hell of a lot better than our last attempt:

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I must confess, I am dreading today's elections.
Not because of who might win or lose.
Not because as a Californian, my vote for President will count 1/3 as much as an Alaskan (actually it won't matter at all -- I'm not in a swing state).
Not because my vote for Senate will count 1/50 as much as an Alaskan.

But because no matter what the outcome, our government will still be a giant bonfire of partisanship.  It is ironic since whenever I have met with our elected officials they are invariably thoughtful, well-meaning people.  And yet collectively 90% of their effort seems to be focused on how to stick it to the other party.

So my plea to the victors -- whoever they might be: please withdraw from your respective parties and govern as independents in name and in spirit.  It is probably the biggest contribution you can make to the country.

[If you agree, pass it on to your newly elected officials.]

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Had a great time hosting +Jefferson McCarley and Zachary Rosen of Mission Bicycle. They're doing great things up on Valencia St. to promote urban bicycle transportation.

Check out what they have to say. The YouTube link is below.

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I had the incredible opportunity to sit down with renowned industrial designer and entrepreneur Yves Behar at the Googleplex a few weeks back. We talked about how his firm Fuseproject approaches design challenges, the role that design has played in Silicon Valley now v. the first dot com boom and where design is headed now that Steve Jobs has passed away.

Check out the full conversation below!

Tastemakers@Google presents industrial designer Yves Behar
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