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Here's a good story:

I accidentally wiped a Windows 7 partition when installing Ubuntu 14.04 beta for a neighbor friend of mine...whoops :P

I then setup Ubuntu. Logged in to Chrome, Chrome synced and my neighbor was hardly aware the computer was different. Sure, no more iTunes....you use Rhythmbox...etc. But, it's as if only 5% of the computer experience changed, even though the majority of the computer itself changed.

This is the perfect argument for a Chromebook! For people who do 95%+ of their computing in the browser and sync with Chrome, why have Windows as your OS?...no real reason. #thatisall  

Thanks +Google Chrome 
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Hey +Nick Fedesna! Absolutely, right.
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Big Picture: Music
http://research.google.com/bigpicture/music/
I really love this visualisation of music history by the research.google team - they allow you to see the progress of genres of music in an refreshing way. Can't wait to see more done with the data from Google Play.
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I recently flipped through this at a friend's house, fascinating little-known accomplishments: http://books.google.com/books?isbn=0758241666 ... basically contains stuff like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_African-American_firsts but with a lot of surrounding/supporting text rather than jumping through wiki links.
 
I'm re-sharing a post about Black history month that was posted exactly one year ago.

The Problem With Black History Month

It's that time of year; the time when Faux News, and conservatives around the country whine about why we have such a thing as black history month. They will swear that it's not needed at all, as they always have, and will argue it is needed even less now that we have a black president. Some liberals may even wonder, "why do we need it anymore?"

It's simple, for the same reason we need sex education and evolution taught in schools; kids will otherwise never learn a thing about blacks in this country without the encouragement of black history month. They will be kept ignorant by their friends, family, and community. The problem with Black History Month, is that without it, we do not teach any black history.

Black history is important for black children to understand not only the struggles blacks have faced in this country, but more importantly, for the accomplishments made throughout history; because being black, you don't get to learn much about your accomplishments as a people, but rather the problems in your community. It is also important for all American's for the same reason, so that they have a better understanding of history they might otherwise not be taught.

Black history should be incorporated into ALL history books. The sooner the better; in the meantime, we need a time of year to focus and promote black history since we have a portion of our society that are racist, and will do anything to keep white kids from learning that Malcolm X was not such a bad guy. That Frederick Douglass, Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, are more than just names of black people; they are American's that helped to make this country what it is today. They would learn that +Bobby Seale and Huey Newton did more than just own guns. Black Americans throughout history have made this country what it is today... Not including the architecture (look it up).

Eventually, I hope it will be unnecessary to offer an entire month like this. But, at this point, our textbooks are there to create workers, rather than inspire citizens; thus, the need for a month dedicated to shedding light that blacks have a long history in this country that should not be overlooked.

Everything from architecture, the light bulb, and open heart surgery was impacted by black Americans in this country. It is important for all of us to learn black history so we understand what we as Americans have accomplished. Without recognizing what blacks in this country have accomplished, we fail to understand the things that make this country great.

If you'll excuse me, I'm going to go listen to Run DMC, "Raising Hell" now.
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My first reshare January 15th: "I was able to back it! Woohoo, the first Kickstarter project I've backed, I'm excited to receive the hardware. would be super cool, if they reach their extended goal of $150,000"

And now: What a fantastic campaign, congratulations OpenBCI ... yeahhh!!!! I can't wait to play around with the hardware, April will not come soon enough.
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Frantic rendition of Classical Gas, I love it! Percussive to the max, funky, a fantastic composition.
 
In anticipation of a signed association copy by Mason Williams that's just being cataloged, here's one of his greatest compositions, performed by nobody other than Tommy Emmanuel.....
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Imagine what you'd create if code were your canvas. This is the idea behind "DevArt"—a new kind of art, made with modern technology—and this summer we're teaming up with the Barbican in London to celebrate DevArt in an interactive gallery. 

We want you to be a part of it—visit g.co/devart, where you can follow the creative process of several incredible interactive artists creating installations for the exhibition, as well as submit your own project for a chance to see your own work featured at the Barbican. Learn more: http://goo.gl/7w6MtS
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Thanks, +Randall Spencer for enlightening me to this wonderful site.
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Introducing Backer: Crowdfunding for Features from +App.net

https://broadcast.app.net/26283/appnet-blog/2634015/
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I was able to back it! Woohoo, the first Kickstarter project I've backed, I'm excited to receive the hardware. would be super cool, if they reach their extended goal of $150,000
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Yeah, and something about using their own app store too! These kind of policies lead to the healthier developments like the one you posted :)
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    Senior Systems and Network Administrator, 2012 - present
  • Fractal Systems
    v0.0.0.1 Alpha Android Developer, 2010 - present
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Night life was a lot of fun. Been twice. I did realize I like the "Underwater Forest" better during the day, with plenty of lighting, compared to the night. Well worth coming for day and night experiences.
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Great cheese, veggie and fruit platters for catering needs.
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