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Michael Stillwell
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Buckingham Palace. #autoawesome  

Excellent stitching. Strange contour line fringing in the sky.
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Some clever, thoughtful ways to convey the benefit of allowing an app access to photos, contacts, notifications, etc. on iOS. I really like the technique of prompting for access to contacts after search fails. The double consent screens are a bit inelegant, but they seem to get good results.
 
Their approach to permissions and when to ask them is fantastic.
Cluster is the first native mobile app I’ve designed, and the experience has taught me a lot about things to consider that aren’t necessarily a concern on..
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Can't seem to figure out a way to research the original source of this image on my phone.

I hope we eventually get the ways and means--it's so pleasing that on desktop, the two step composition (download image, upload image to search) just works.

(Even easier in Chrome, but that "Google Image Search" menu item in the context menu is a cheat.)
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All lil b related internet searches are sure to end in disaster. 
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WhatsApp founder enigmatically Tweets "elliot yasnovsky" in Mar 2010, confusing the search box and new Tweet box? (Almost done this myself a few times.)
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"This has involved making a number of flybys of the inner planets, using their gravity to pick up sufficient speed for the eventual comet encounter."

This is not completely accurate, right? The increase in energy is not due to gravity, it's a consequence of the planets' movement through space--gravity enables the probe to hook on to the planet, but just like a bungee cord attached to a passing train, it doesn't provide any energy itself, it just lets the probe steal some from the planet.
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The issue I have with the velocity of planets providing the probes final velocity is that they aren't travelling fast enough in my estimation. The accelerating force applied by gravity over a long period of time will make a probe go far faster than just using the orbital velocity of the planet around the sun.
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A quick note on how to localize all Google+ plugins (the sign-in and +1 buttons, etc.)

If you're using the synchronous loader embed an object literal between the opening and closing <script> tags:

    <script src="https://apis.google.com/js/client:plusone.js">{ "lang": "fr" }</script>

If you're using the asynchronous loader set the ___gcfg global variable:

    <script type="text/javascript">
      window.___gcfg = {
        lang: 'fr'
      };

      (function() {
        var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true;
        po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js';
        var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s);
      })();
    </script>

Here's the supported language codes:

https://developers.google.com/+/web/api/supported-languages
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Turns out +Ian Barber and I were in almost the same place at almost the same time last Saturday! c.f. https://plus.google.com/+IanBarber/photos/photo/5991132181224998946
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Hah, that is weird! Within the hour of each other. 
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"By design, the underlying Internet and the WWW are non-hierarchical, decentralized and radically open. The web can be made to work with any type of information, on any device, with any software, in any language. You can link to any piece of information. You don’t need to ask for permission."

I really do like +Tim Berners-Lee's insight that eliminating the requirement that links can never ever break could lead to a whole lot of good stuff. (At least, I'm assuming this was his invention--hypertext systems existed before the web, but AFAIK they held on to their links a lot more tightly.)

Because it's a quite ridiculous flaw, really--you have this page of stuff with a bunch of nice click targets, but the system (and therefore the user) has no idea which of the links will and won't work. If something breaks, try again later--maybe it will start working again. Or maybe not. (But good luck finding out who can fix it.)
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+Sam de Freyssinet That's a nice point about the stability of the HTTP part versus the HTML/CSS/JS part. Have you seen the HTTPbis docs? e.g. https://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-httpbis-p6-cache-26
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Very long. Much photos. Also: LiveJournal!
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Much amazing photos.
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    Developer Advocate, 2013 - present
    I help companies work with Google technologies and APIs, and I help make Google work better with these companies.
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    Software Developer, 2008 - 2013
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BonzaMode
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A guide to Planet Earth's charming spots. Death to dull chains.

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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

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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

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

It's pleasant enough.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
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 - a year ago
reviewed a year 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 to fairDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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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 to fairAppeal: Poor to fairService: Poor to fair
Public - a year ago
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