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Kevin Clarke (ksclarke)
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Since I can't watch the preview (my setup isn't supported?) this page tells me nothing about the film.  But, yes, I'll watch it because... Joss Whedon.  Hopefully there is a Vimeo player on Roku or PS4 since it doesn't seem to like my Linux laptop.

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Great "and then" story...
And Then

Last month, my wife's uncle died in a tragic accident in LA when the bicycle he was using to get lunch was hit by a truck. At the memorial service his daughter relayed a very touching story. 

She said her dad (who was her best friend) called every day to talk. But instead of opening the call with the customary "How are you" or "What's going on", her dad always opened the conversation with "And then?" Her father viewed each conversation as a continuation of the last, and what pained her the most was that there were to be no more "and thens". I cried. 

Since then I've thought a lot about how similar this is to our life's endeavors. We pour our heart and soul into our work and it becomes something we love and cherish. But even the challenges we work on today will one day become "and thens" as we move on to the next. 

Today I'm announcing my departure from Google after almost 8 years.

I have been incredibly fortunate to work with the amazing people of Google. I don't believe there is a more talented and passionate collection of people anywhere else. And I'm overwhelmed when I think about the leadership of +Larry Page and what he empowered me to do while at Google. From starting Google I/O, to being responsible for all mobile applications, to creating Google+, none of this would have happened without Larry's encouragement and support.

I'm also forever in debt to the Google+ team. This is a group of people who built social at Google against the skepticism of so many. The growth of active users is staggering, and speaks to the work of this team. But it doesn't tell you what kind of people they are. They are invincible dreamers. I love them. And I will miss them dearly.

Finally, thank you to all those who I've met on Google+. The community here has been so supportive that I don't even know how to say thank you. You all make Google+. Without you, this social network wouldn't exist. Your support for Google+, and for me personally is something I will never forget. 

But, now is the time for a new journey. A continuation. An "and then". I am excited about what's next. But this isn't the day to talk about that. This is a day to celebrate the past 8 years. To cry. And smile. And to look forward to the journey yet to come.

And then....
+Vic Gundotra 

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Doesn't there seem like there should be a tool out there that will add Javadoc 'author' tags to code based on its GitHub history?
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Six minute mini-documentary about the case for personhood for non-human animals.

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IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and others pledge millions to open source.
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Tip of the week: Exclude internal traffic from your data
Posted by +Daniel Waisberg 

When you analyze your data, you are probably trying to understand how your customers behave and how to provide them with a better experience. However, your employees often visit your website too, for many reasons, and that might be affecting the accuracy of your data.

In order to remove internal traffic from your data, we recommend adding a filter excluding internal traffic based on your IP Address. Here is how to do it:

However, your company might not have static IP addresses, or employees work from home, or you also want to remove the traffic from 3rd party agencies working for you. If that is the case, you will have to use your creativity... here is one (advanced) technique described by +Simo Ahava explaining how to do it using Google Tag Manager:
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Now, if only the government can see it like this paper does.
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Nanoparticle panels will bring blue skies indoors
Skylights are so 1986. Now it doesn't matter if the weather outside is dark and dreary, or even if it's midnight, for that matter: Thanks to this LED panel which replicates cloudless skies, you'll feel like you're bathed in warm sunshine.
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Astronomers are one step closer to solving a longstanding mystery — just what our Milky Way galaxy looks like.

Using the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), a system of 10 radio telescopes spanning the globe from Hawaii to New England to the Virgin Islands, and operated in Socorro, N.M., a team of scientists studied masers — naturally occurring sources of laser-like radio waves from clouds of gas near luminous stars — to map our galaxy in unprecedented detail. Details here:
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Digital Library Programmer at the UCLA Library
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    Digital Library Programmer, 2012 - present
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (IMLS Grant)
    Digital Library Programmer for the Grateful Dead Archive, 2011 - 2012
  • Duke University/NESCent (NSF Grant)
    Dryad Data Repository Programmer, 2009 - 2011
  • Appalachian State University
    Coordinator of Web Services, 2007 - 2009
  • Princeton University
    Digital Library Programmer, 2004 - 2007
  • Stanford University
    Digital Information Systems Developer, 2000 - 2004
  • UNC Chapel Hill
    Copy Cataloger, 1994 - 2000
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Boone, NC
Richmond, VA - Mountain View, CA - Princeton, NJ - Chapel Hill, NC - Greensboro, NC
A father, husband, programmer, librarian, tattoo and sci-fi fan, vegan, quaker, buddhist, introvert, and perpetual rambler who is rarely at ease...
My tagline probably says it all, but in case not:

"Anything you want to know, just ask me,
I'm the world's most opinionated man.
I'll give you an answer if I can
Catch one passing through
That feels right for you.

Anything you want to know, just ask me,
It's worth every cent it costs.
And you know it's free for you,
Special deal.

Anything you want to know, it should be perfectly clear.
You see just beneath the surface of the mud,
There's more mud here...
Surprise." -- David Crosby

Things that interest me (feel free to add me to related circles):
  • Animals (veganism, vegetarianism, psychology, etc.)
  • Music (folk, rock, acoustic, bluegrass, old time, etc.)
  • Science (astronomy, cognitive science, health, etc.)
  • Programming (Java, XQuery, PHP, XML, etc.)
  • Tech (Android, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, DIY, etc.)
  • Religions (Quakerism, Buddhism, Non-violence, etc.)
  • Digital libraries/archives, curation, and digital access
  • Copyright, gift-culture, and open source software
  • Appalachia (music, culture, region, preservation, etc.)
  • Volkswagon Type II Campers (repair, history, etc.)
  • Science Fiction (movies, books, literary criticism, etc.)
For what it's worth, I post (almost) everything to my main G+ stream.  I won't be upset if you uncircle me (or don't add me) because you want a more focused stream.

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Perhaps this goes without saying but, since I list my current employer and previous places I've worked, I'll say it anyway:
All opinions on this account are my own and not my employers'
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I live in the NC mountains and work in Los Angeles, CA
  • UNC Chapel Hill
    Information Science, 1995 - 2000
  • Guilford College
    English, 1988 - 1994
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