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Great post by +Fyza Hashim on the design process behind Trello's new Android app, which goes all in with Material Design, whilst retaining Trello's own look and feel.

(I think the blog itself is an excellent example of how to write an official blog, by the way--interesting content, and well-written & edited.)
An in depth look at how we redesigned the Trello Android app using Google's Material design guidelines.
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Thank you for the kind words, Michael!
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So charmed by Bill Murray singing along to Bob Dylan and happily watering his dead plant.
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When we break camp the next day to return to Shushenskoye, I'm surprised to see that the campfire is left smoldering. It's a hot July day, which would be bad enough without the helicopter's rotor wash blowing everything all over the place, but the risk doesn't even seem to register with Alex, central Siberia's most powerful firefighting official. In the U.S., firefighters would douse a fire on an ice floe in the dead of winter, especially with journalists around. But here they play the odds the way they see them, and perfect safety is burdensome and unnecessary. Fire shelters and fireproof clothing? Too expensive, but that's OK, because the odds of needing them are low. Seat belts? Impractical. Thousands of times you will buckle and unbuckle, and probably for nothing. Campfire? It's not going anywhere.
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By Glenn Hodges. Alexander Selin, the head of central Siberia's aerial firefighting force, is a man who knows how to make himself clear, even in English, a language he barely knows. The police, he tells us, are "garbage." Vodka is "gasoline." His driver? A "Russian barbarian.
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PSA for those in San Francisco: Robots are making cocktails at the DNA Lounge this Sunday.
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Want to make some great photos but don’t have or don’t want to spend a lot of money? A few days ago I posted photo of a Hummingbird on my Facebook page I t
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Impressively open development process for the italic version of Adobe's Source Sans Pro font. (Looking forward to this for use with Android Studio.)
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Interesting approach to sign-up email verification by Yo (slide 36): on OS X at least, they use your native email client to send an email from you to them.

I suppose this means you can "verify" any email address but as long as it's only ever used for account recovery this might work out okay, and it eliminates one async round trip. (You can't use it to send invitation messages like: "Your friend, obama@whitehouse.gov, has invited you to join Yo.")
Yo is legitimately sticking around, as evidenced by passing the 1 million user mark back in August 2014. Could their (partially INGENIOUS) onboarding experience have anything to do with that?
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neat. rather than parsing the messy code in the email body, you could put it in the "to:" address (still a bit messy). e.g. "to: register+12345token23456@service.com". that would probably then work from web apps too with a mailto: link, rather than being limited to native apps.
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Vice have been producing a bunch of great YouTube videos recently–funny, smart, and with an incredible cast of characters. (Hope the business side of this works out for them.)

I particularly liked this series on Scottish food and food culture (topical!). One good segment: "Mad Chef" Danny McLaren's Buckfast ice cream and Irn-Bru-infused pulled pork: http://youtu.be/v6Ftsc69DdI?t=3m40s
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Thrilling blog post outlining how to produce a space-based solar power station. (Thrilling because it includes lasers, liquid hydrogen, rocket planes, and a construction schedule that involves launching into space three 30-ton payloads per hour for a year.)

(Sounds pretty wacky, though I came across this via a recommendation from David MacKay, the Chief Science Advisor to the (UK) Department of Energy and Climate Change: http://withouthotair.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/solar-power-from-space.html.)
People have looked resource (and now climate change and global warming) disasters in the face so long that I am not entirely sure they are actually able to deal with something llike good news. It will be interesting to see how much flack I get for this article.
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Especially for +Paul Matthews. Isn't that your old university, too?
Scientists at Aberystwyth University in Wales have shown that more bacteria are transferred by shaking hands, than by fist-bumping or high-fiving.
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Now someone just needs to do a study about whether an explosion at the end makes a difference…
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All the Stackexchange sites—the 54th busiest "site" in the world—could, on an average day, run on five (very big) servers. (They actually have 25 to handle peaks, failover, etc. but apparently five would be sufficient.)
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Chrome Browser - Google
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Browse fast with the Chrome web browser on your Android phone and tablet. Sign in to sync your Chrome browser experience from your computer

Muzei Live Wallpaper
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A living museum for your Android home screen. ·····Muzei is a live wallpaper that gently refreshes your home screen each day with famous wor

Choosing a Google identity scope
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With all the changes to Google+ Sign-In at the end of last year, it was easy to miss some of the extended options that have been added. In p

BonzaMode
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Make your keyboard talk Australian... BONZA!

Great Little Place
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A guide to Planet Earth's charming spots. Death to dull chains.

DS video
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*You must own a Synology NAS to run this app, and be running Video Station 1.2 on your Synology NAS to get all features listed below*DS vide

F-Secure App Permissions
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Why does this app need so many permissions? If you find yourself asking that question, install F-Secure App Permissions! One app to reveal t

Launch All The Things!
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Today was a busy day of launching stuff in Google+ land, and it is pretty easy to miss out on one or two features - particularly as the rest

Google+ Sign-In: Page Level Configuration
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On Monday the Google+ Javascript SDK team announced the release of a number of enhancements to the sign-in SDK on the web. These are all thi

Wifi Analyzer
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Turns your android phone into a Wi-Fi analyzer!! Shows the Wi-Fi channels around you. Helps you to find a less crowded channel for your wire

Twitter's PR department is more skilled than I thought.
www.jwz.org

I too was guilty of assuming that when Twitter said, "Now we can censor per-country instead of globally" that it meant that they had, in fac

Does an exemplary cheese toastie.
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
It's pleasant enough.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Probably best to avoid eating here if at all possible. The service, crockery, general cleanliness, and food were all poor and/or dirty. (There was even a problem with the card machine: it doesn't work correctly from the rear section of the cafe.) Take-away of pre-baked items might be satisfactory.
Quality: Poor - FairAppeal: Poor - FairService: Poor - Fair
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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A little cramped, fairly loud, moderately bustling, wonderful food--especially the sea bass. It's a restaurant, though it tends toward "bar" in general style and approach. Most of the dishes are small (tapas style), and there's a bit of a Peruvian twist going on. (No grilled chorizo here.)
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
This is a nice looking place, and I really wanted it to like it. However after two visits a year or so apart I can't see that happening. The food is so-so, which isn't surprising given the number of items on the menu. For the number of covers they do, 15+ different meats (including a good amount of seafood) is far too much--how can it all be fresh? Since it was brunch time, I was able to avoid the meats via Eggs Benedict. It wasn't the worst I've ever had, but there were shortcomings. (e.g. such vast quantities of Hollandaise and (separated) melted butter that I feared for my clothes, should a piece of food fall from my fork and splash into the gloop.)
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Food: Poor - FairDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago