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The German brewery Pinkus claims to be the world's first organic brewery. Is that true?

Enjoying this by the fire pit at Santa Barbara's Brat Haus. 
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Those red diamond-shaped icons are current car accidents. Welcome to L.A.

And the yellow triangles are "traffic incidents."
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Here comes my Apple Watch!

Can't wait to finally try it out!
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Person purchases Movado or Bulova watch for $1200-$2000, posts a pic and nobody bats an eye.

Person buys Apple Sports Watch for a fraction of that and everyone loses their damn mind.

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Who else wants +Christina Warren to post her podcast stuff on Google+ more often?

Let her know:
So I rarely post about my podcast stuff on Google+ but I think this one is really core for the G+ audience. I was on +Bad Voltage with +Jono Bacon, +Bryan Lunduke, +Jeremy Garcia  and +Stuart Langridge. I had a total blast.

Because it's a Linux podcast (or at least, is dominated by Linux people), we talked about Microsoft.

Because this is what I do. My Apple fan-girling selfI goes on OSS podcasts to talk about Microsoft.

Hilarious. I LOVE +Bad Voltage and was totally psyched to be on the show. So thanks for having me guys!

Also be sure to check-out the Bad Voltage community page:
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Arrrrgh! Google, I can't delete any more circle friends!!! 5k isn't enough!!

I've deleted all my brand pages long ago, and have had to cut people I really enjoyed following. Now I'm having to delete direct contacts. 

Why is there a 5K limit? 
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The name of this store is ill-advised.
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Many years ago I worked for a couple who owned a convenience store, their names were Dick and Trudy. When Trudy got mad at her husband, she called him a Richard Head.
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Must run Windows....
Good advice for anyone who owns a Boeing 787. Turn it off and on again, or it will crash
Don't make the mistake of leaving your Boeing 787 switched on for 248 days. Because an integer overflow bug could cause it to crash.
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+Nick Osachoff It's still far safer than driving.
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Why have people started using the phrase 'international countries'?


First, the word "international" doesn't mean "foreign." It means "existing, occurring, or carried on between two or more nations." It's inherently about interrelation between sovereign states. 

Second, what's the difference in these usages between "countries" and "international countries"? 

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Perhaps they should say "overseas countries"
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Should management be outsourced to machines?

(Read my column: )

Don't look now, but predictive analytics is being applied to human resources: It's machine-based, automated surveillance of employees.

If you think this is some kind of science fiction fantasy, you should know that it's already taking place at Google, JPMorgan Chase, Yahoo, Adobe, Symantec, Belkin, VMware and other companies. 

Are the benefits of HR predictive analytics too good to pass up? Or should we re-think the slippery slope we're sliding down here?

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+Mike Elgan  predictive analytics is put in the system by humans and is affected by the humans that are doing the input .. so there is a chance of mistakes within the system due to human failure .....and this has been proven over many years 
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Fish soup.

Another +Amira Elgan joint. 
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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+: 

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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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reviewed 7 months ago
Everything we tried at this restaurant was incredible. What a gem.
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reviewed 8 months ago
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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reviewed a year ago
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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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reviewed 8 months ago
Awesome. Simply awesome.
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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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