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Individually wrapped potatoes.
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Spud Duds?
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Today the search team is giving users a unprecedented glimpse of what things look like behind their iconic page.
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Woah; earthquake.
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Astronaut +Don Pettit's very clever solution for reducing light pollution and improve in-city stargazing is awesome (1:03).

I'm a fan of the +SmarterEveryDay YouTube channel; it's edutainment at its best and I'm really looking forward to the space series.
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"Infinite combinations of matter and energy with infinite possibilities..." @ 3:53 That's my favorite part.

If you want to get deeper, you can add your own inner-monologue to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqdvYJ-7IrM
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These fine, intrepid musicians are simultaneously brave, stupid and inspiringly professional under duress.
Pain. Tears. Hurt. Agony. Numbness. Burning hell. When an entire orchestra decides to make the questionable life decision to all eat the world's hottest chili peppers at the same time and then perform a song, all of that and more happens to them. For us watching though? It's just funny as hell.
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I listened to this today:
http://www.sciencefriday.com/segment/04/24/2015/youtuber-wants-to-make-you-smarter-every-day.html

So naturally I had to see what the bike actually looked like.

I've come to the conclusion that I would love to see a bike thief try to ride away with one.
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That is a fascinating exercise and good message about cognitive biases. I don't entirely agree with some of the sweeping conclusions he draws from it, but yeah. Could also make a compelling metaphor for interface design. If you present a familiar handle to a user, think hard about making the effect of pulling that handle clear and learnable.
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The Valley Carpenter Bee

The shots are somewhat out of focus since this monster never landed in the 3+ minutes that I watched while it circled me.
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Looks like a cartoon version of a bee one might see in The Oatmeal.
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Maybe +Buzz Aldrin+Chris Hadfield+Ron Garan, or +Don Pettit can help me out with this.

I was reading through the details of various manned space missions last night (mostly the Gemini project) and arrived at the hypothesis that during every manned mission into space, at least one problem or malfunction needed to be addressed.  *Is there an example of a manned mission where everything went completely by the book where nothing unexpected happened or corrections needed to be made*?

I certainly have a new level of respect for the individuals' skills, the training program, all of the coordination with ground control and the massive amount of math needed to make any mission a success.
These chronological lists include all crewed spaceflights that reached an altitude of at least 100 km (the FAI definition of spaceflight, see Kármán line), or were launched with that intention but failed. The USA has adopted a slightly different definition of spaceflight, requiring an altitude ...
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Cool question +Michael Soland, I hope you get some responses from those guys. 
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"There's an old programmer's joke; in order to understand recursion, you must first understand recursion."

Nice short film.

http://vimeo.com/115677771 in case the play button below doesn't work.
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To understand recursion you must first understand the terminal base case...
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My only intention was to watch the first few minutes.  40 minutes later I can't stop.  Educational, artistic and funny with a wonderful soundtrack; you can't beat it!
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I am part way through this...you're right it is addicting for some reason.
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  • Google, Inc.
    Software Engineer, 2011 - present
  • SayNow, Inc.
    Senior Software Engineer, 2008 - 2011
  • Vuze Inc.
    Senior Software Engineer, 2007 - 2008
  • Azureus, Inc.
    Senior Software Engineer, 2007 - 2008
  • VeriSign, Inc.
    Software Engineer III, 2005 - 2007
  • Lightsurf Technologies, Inc.
    Software Engineer, 2004 - 2005
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    Computer Science and Mathematics, 1998 - 2003
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