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In the studio, shooting the next few episodes of Google Root Access, with +Yair Bar-On from TestFairy!
While you're waiting for these episodes to be edited and published, check out our back episodes at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOU2XLYxmsILjw2c4ImxWXvi4vPrLCjYv
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#hack4baltimore is happening in Baltimore this weekend to build a better city together 
Join #hack4baltimore as we build a better Baltimore together.
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Ferry ride back to Sydney is beautiful after dark too.
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sir i want to come there from pakistan by studnt visa will u plzzz guide meeee
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At the end of the rainbow on Manly Beach.
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Beautiful!
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The Google Sydney office has to be in one of the nicest locations and the life size Android figurines are cool!
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It's beautifull
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Via +Ade Oshineye​. Brain Pickings is one of my favorite sites. +Maria Popova​ does an amazing job on a daily basis of curating great literary content and interviews with the associated authors. Check it out!

http://www.brainpickings.org
Vicky Veritas originally shared to Beautiful Minds:
 
There's a really beautiful commencement address that Adrienne Rich gave in 1977 in which she says that education is not something you "get," but something you "claim." I think that's something that's very much true of knowledge itself. The reason we are so increasingly intolerant of long articles and why we skim them; why we skip forward even in a short video you know that reduces a three hundred page book into a three minute animation and even in that we skip forward. It's that we've been infected with this kind of pathological impatience that makes us want to have the knowledge, but not to do the work of claiming it. I mean the true knowledge of meaning and the meaningful is the opposite of trivial. The only thing we should have gleaned from skimming and skipping forward is the trivial. The only way to gain knowledge is contemplation and the only road to that is time. There's nothing else; it's just time. There is no short cut for the conquest of meaning and ultimately it is meaning that we seek to give to life.
~ Maria Popova, the creator of Brain Pickings in On Being - Cartographer of Meaning in a Digital World, an interview with Krista Tippett
Maria Popova cross-pollinates — between philosophy and design, physics and poetry, the intellectual and the experiential. We meet her at 30, and explore her gleanings on what it means to lead a good life — intellectually, creatively, and spiritually.
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So long Sydney!

Final SYD -> SFO leg of 23 day circumnavigation of globe commencing shortly.
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I won't make the GDG summit but I will be sure to look for you at I/O :)
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Lots of new and awesome features... Fetch API -- woohoo!
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Having the Mongers Box at Fishmongers
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Yummy - good morning:)
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Beautiful ferry ride from Circular Quay to Manly.
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I was down by Manly Pier, drinkin' tubes of ice cold beer
With a bucket full of prawns upon me knee
When I swallowed the last prawn........
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"The world is a vibrant tapestry, not monochrome, and I don't want to be the thirty-second person to talk about the same things everyone else is. We should embrace a world focused on curiosity, not compliance."

Great post by +Louis Gray
 
Preaching to Our Choirs and Setting Up Blinders for All Else
/via +louisgray.com  #filters   #siliconvalley  

"Our personal positions on politics, sports, and yes, even technology, have us in a constant state of affirmation seeking, and the desire to be part of a group of like-minded people, to reinforce our position and strengthen our decided upon beliefs, that we just might be right. And should somebody in our streams disagree with us, or launch into an off topic rant, we can easily unfollow them, and "clean up" the channel."
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Thanks +Van Riper. I didn't set out to write this post. It just kind of happened. Glad you like it.
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People Development
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meta-community building, mindful leadership
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  • Google
    People Development, 2015 - present
    In my second dream job at Google, I am applying my meta-community manager experience to building communities of mindfulness practices for well-being change at every Google office in the world.
  • Google
    Developer Relations, 2010 - 2014
    I focused on helping developers succeed using Google technology. My team within Developer Relations focused on developer community programs at a global scale. In particular, my primary area of focus was supporting the global network of 550+ Google Developer Groups (GDG) in more than 100 countries. A network that I personally grew from less than 200 GDGs in about 50 countries at the time I started.
  • HP, Metaphor, Apple, Taligent, Adobe, Icarian, VeriSign, Krillion
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Silicon Valley
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Wisconsin - Boston
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Silicon Valley Geek, Hatha Yogi and Serial Community Organizer
Introduction
Van Riper has a Bachelors in Computer Science from MIT. Van has more than 20 years of experience as a software engineer in Silicon Valley. He was a core member of the engineering team at Adobe that built the award winning Adobe PageMill web authoring program. Since 1999, he has focused on developing web applications in Java.

Back in April of 2003, he was the founder and still is co-leader of the Silicon Valley JUG with more than 4000 members. In May of 2008, Van was selected by his peers in the Java developer community as a Java Champion. Back in January of 2008, he was the co-founder of Google Developer Group Silicon Valley that has grown to 7000 members.

In December of 2010, Van joined Google Developer Relations as a Developer Community Advocate. His official title was Global Program Manager for Google Developer Groups (GDG). There are 550+ active GDGs in 100+ countries to date. These groups are holding local developer meetups at a rate that is averaging upwards of 15 meetups on a daily basis. You can find your nearest local GDG chapter in the GDG Directory.

In January of 2015, Van moved into People Development at Google. He now leads the effort to build communities of mindfulness practices for well-being change at all Google offices in the world.

From 2007 onward, Van has also been a member of the core organizing team for Silicon Valley Code Camp. This is the largest free community organized Code Camp in the US and possibly in the world. We had almost 3000 attendees in 2014.

Finally, Van is the lead organizer of the annual West Coast Community Leadership Summit (AKA CLS West) and a member of the core organizing team for the annual International Community Leadership Summit.

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  • MIT
    Computer Science, 1976 - 1980
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