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New Beyonce song is exclusively on Tidal (and YouTube, apparently)

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We can do without this.
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New fighter jet with no tail will probably be unveiled in a Super Bowl commercial tomorrow

It's a 30-second commercial hawking Northrop Grumman as a defense contractor. The plane in question is a concept, and should evolve over the years into a stealth fighter that shoots "lasers."
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Yeah, looks like the Horten/Gotha 229
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Two completely different approaches to information overload

Thank you, +Allen Firstenberg!
INFO OVER LOAD are Four Letter Words

The Note to Self podcast on +WNYC Public Radio ran a special this week called #InfoMagical. I found it anything but "magic".

It tried to provide some solutions to Information Overload, and while it had some reasonable ideas, I think it did a very poor job in discussing and delivering those ideas. Overall, their approach was almost missing the core of the problem.

On the other hand, +Mike Elgan did a great job at providing some suggestions to handle the same problem. And I think his tools (and some suggestions from a +Google for Work post the other month) were far more on the mark.

But read what I have to say... tell me what you think. What causes your Information Overload and how do you reduce it?

(cc: +WNYC and +Guy Kawasaki)
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Didn't want to be overloaded so didn't read it 😇
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How gamers drink coffee

This "Gamer Mug" is stupid, but only because it's not functional for playing games.
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I think if you put a sippy lid on it would be functional

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Swinging your phone around by a string while recording video is a thing

And a surprisingly awesome thing. Check this out:
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Super Bowl 50 will take place in a stadium that's the perfect reflection of Silicon Valley

(Read my column: )

Levi's Stadium is expensive, elitist, utopian, green and obsessed with technology and great food.

In other words, it's the perfect expression of Silicon Valley itself.

You're not going to believe this:

#superbowl #levisstadium
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+George Kozi hahahha.brilliant. lmao. very funny
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Feeling information overload? Here's how to cure it!

(Read my column: )

We tend to think information overload is just the natural response to the fact that there is too much information. The unexamined assumption that we must learn all this information is a remnant or cultural habit from the pre-Internet age, from education and from what we were told growing up.

The cure for information overload is to shift our efforts away from the action needed to learn a fact and toward the skill of storing and retrieving information.

The ability to find the answers is not only as good as the ability to have the answers—it's better.

Here's why that's true, and also how to do it:

(Tired puppy is: Scout Thomas.)

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Nigerian scammers get a space program

The latest scam email out of Nigeria involves a Nigerian astronaut stuck in space who needs millions of dollars to return home.

This is awesome:

#spam #scam

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+Olivier Malinur  Thanks for enlightening people here. The fact is that in Africa, any project run by a white person is good. Any project run by a black person is no good. The chinese knows the game. So they run these  fake projects to make a kill.
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Amira feeding the cows and goats

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Ya know Mike, she be bulking up if she keeps pitchin that hay! 
And yep, miss the morning news show, oh well. 
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McDonald's kale salad has more calories, salt, and fat than a Double Big Mac

Only McDonald's could turn kale into junk food.

The kale salad with Asiago Caesar dressing and chicken has 730 calories, 53 grams of fat and 1,400 milligrams of salt.

#junkfood #mcdonalds

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I do wonder, are the nutriologists at McDonalds stupid or what??
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Wow: A shopping app for Google's Project Tango!
Great article by +Mike Elgan  We just built the first ever shopping app for Project Tango. You can download it here:
Project Tango is a Google platform for giving phones and tablets a sense of space, and it's going to radically change how people use their mobile devices.
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That looks very cool
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Drop that sandwich and listen to this!

Why are you eating that?

In this episode, I talk with food writer Bee Wilson about her book: "First Bite: How We Learn to Eat."



Subscribe and Review on iTunes:

Visit the FATcast web site:

Learn about the book:

Follow Bee Wilson on Twitter:

#beewilson #food #fatcast

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Thanks for sharing +Mike Elgan, it was a fascinating talk!
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Who the $#@! is Mike Elgan? 

I write and talk and interview on the subjects technology and innovation. I anchor TWiT's daily Tech News Today netcast ( 

My opinion columns appear all over the place, most frequently Computerworld, PC World, InfoWorld, MacWorld, CIO Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, eWeek, Baseline and elsewhere. 

I don't do "access journalism." I am not in the industry, I'm not an investor or entrepreneur, but instead an independent, disinterested observer with strong opinions. (I have nothing against access journalism, it's just not what I do.)

My Thoughts on Google+:

After 10 years of blogging with conventional blogging sites and services, I abandoned that approach a year ago and started blogging on Google+. Why? Because Google+ is by far the best blogging platform. As Tim O'Reily said, it's like Tumblr 2.0, but more social. 

I also cancelled my account with a leading photo-sharing and management site, and now use Google+ for that exclusively. 

I've replaced more than half my email communication with Google+ communication.

I use Google+ to write first drafts of my stories, to crowdsource, to take polls, to get feedback and to drive traffic to the articles I write. It has dramatically improved my work as a writer. 

I even use Google+ for social networking!

Although I'm most active on Google+, you can also follow me here: 

And you can download my top 200 most popular posts as an eBook by clicking here.

I'm ranked #1 on the Google Plus Score list, which is based on user engagement.

I'm the #7 Most Recommended Person to Follow on Google+ (as voted by users). 

I'm one of Mashable's top nine Google+ Power Users.

I'm also a "Curator" on the Google Currents app!! (Please install the free app and "Add" me!)

I've also created and moderate these Google+ communities.

Here's how I do Google+: 

In the meantime, please CIRCLE ME! I'd love to interact with you here on Google+. 
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Luma Fitness cost us $232 per class. Here's why. My wife and I signed up for a year at Luma fitness at the beginning of last year. Luma Fitness limits the number of students per class. You have to sign up. If the class is full, you can't take that class. And the classes are usually full. You can see this for yourself. For example, when I wrote this review on Saturday morning, you can see from my screenshot that every Sunday class that takes place at the gym is already full. (The only available classes are a trail running class -- we already trail run every day and don't need to pay a gym for that -- and a second class that's way above our fitness level.) We work during the day, and want to work out after work. Those classes are the most unavailable, especially the ones at our fitness level. We're very busy, and often had a hard time making time for the gym. But when we did find the time, we found that Luma Fitness classes were already full. Because of that, we were able to attend only 10 classes for the year. We paid them $2,148 and used their gym 10 times. The nightmare continued. Our membership ended at the end of January. You have to give 30 days notice in writing to terminate the membership, which we did on January 6. Yet they're charging us for the full month of February. We called and argued with them about it, but they were horrible and nasty and insisted that we pay the full month, rather than honor their own contract of 30 days notice. They KNOW we won't be using their gym for the month of February. They KNOW we paid them thousands of dollars without using their service much. But they are just taking our $179 for the month anyway. I guess the $2,148 we paid for 10 classes wasn't enough, so they took more. So now our grand total is $2,327 for 10 classes. Instead of going to Luma Fitness, just flush $20 bills down the toilet twice a week. You'll save money, and you'll get more exercise.
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Shirley rules!
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Everything we tried at this restaurant was incredible. What a gem.
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OK, I'm going to say something VERY controversial here. But it's my opinion that Pizzateca has the world's best pizza. As the author of the book _American Pie_ says, the world's best pizza is usually the one you grew up with. However, I have eaten at Bianco's Pizzeria in Phoenix, all the highest rated pizza places in New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere, and this is the best I've had. Most of the best places in America nail the toppings but fail on crust. They tend to use yeast-based leavening, which can only get you so far. Pizzateca, on the other hand, is doing something magical with the crust that involves 3 days of fermentation, according to the owner. Specifically, Pizzateca's muchroom and garlic pizza is truly mind-blowing. Please, do NOT fail to eat at this tiny joint if you're anywhere near Madrid, Spain.
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This is a really good restaurant. The food is very flavorful without being fatty and heavy. Great service.
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Awesome location and great coffee completely ruined by freezing room temperature and mind-bogglingly slow Internet connect (it took me three minutes to load this page before I could write a review).
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Best place for breakfast in the State of California. I'm not kidding. This place rocks. It's mostly a French cafe, but with Moroccan and Mexican influences. The food is as good as food gets, and the owner is an awesome guy, too. Do NOT leave L.A. without eating here. You're welcome.
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