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Nice little web app made by a Adam Cherti (a college student) integrating Google Maps and parking data from the Montreal open data initiative! This was part of a contest here in Quebec where Google proposed a simple idea.

Impressive work, Adam Cherti! I really hope you keep building up that app!

Github link: https://github.com/adimux/park-montreal
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First web page I use "Add To Home screen" for on my phone :-)!
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Mathematician John Nash, subject of film A Beautiful Mind, dies in a New Jersey taxi crash with his wife, US media reports say
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Yonatan Zunger originally shared to Brief Dispatches:
 
You know, I hadn't thought about it this way before, but the essay makes a compelling case: The Joker is really the hero of this story. Batman is weirdly overfunded and incompetent -- which is, of course, the traditional problem with Batman. ("You're going to invest how much in cleaning up the city? My god! Imagine all the schools and housing we could create, how many new jo... you're going to spend this on a bunch of armor and a car so you can beat up muggers? Oh. I see.") But the Joker is going out there and actually making a difference in rubbing out crime in the city -- and he seems to be going about it with a purpose.

I always liked these alternate perspectives. I remember walking out of X-Men: First Class several years ago and being profoundly confused by it; we have two guys with super-powers. One of them is an Auschwitz survivor who uses his powers to hunt down Nazi war criminals. The other of them seems to mostly use his powers to get laid, and is perpetually riding just this close to date rape. When they get pulled into political machinations, and it becomes clear that the mutants are going to be registered, indexed, "encouraged" to become ordinary people, all the things that would make anyone who survived Germany in the 1930's panic, the first one makes a stand against it and wants mutants to live freely and proudly, and tries to organize them so that they have the muscle to stand up to such demands, knowing that they'll never be accepted; the other one urges cooperation, that it'll all be OK if they just work within the system.

Wait, the second one is supposed to be the hero, and the first one is the villain? Xavier (#2 for those who haven't seen this) comes across as somewhere between naïve and deluded; Lensherr has the serious realism of someone who's seen just what the world offers in these cases. I'm pretty sure, given the choice, that I know which side this movie convinced me to take, and it sure as hell isn't Xavier's. 

This is something important in stories in general: Sometimes the story seems to have the hero/villain dichotomy printed on the label, but you can never really understand why, and it makes as much sense, if not more, from the opposite perspective.

One of the great masters of doing this on purpose is Hayao Miyazake. His Princess Mononoke is an excellent example: everyone in this war is acting for completely comprehensible, reasonable objectives, and everyone's goals make perfect sense from their perspective. But added together, they're a recipe for a bloodbath, and the real hero proves himself by preventing that.

Television has recently done an excellent job of adopting this approach, as well. Two shows which particularly come to mind are Fringe and The Americans: in both, we have two sides fighting an increasingly bloodthirsty war, and it would be very easy to pick one side as "the good guys" and the other as "the bad guys." But we see the stories through everyone's eyes, and it's extremely clear that each person is, in complete honesty, fighting for what they believe to be right, and with good reason. Fringe's "Walternate" has every reason to believe that the other world is trying to invade and destroy his, and given that they started off by kidnapping his only son, his militaristic attitude is quite understandable; and he's the closest thing the story ever had to a villain. In The Americans, listen to Elizabeth express her disgust with all the things broken in capitalism, or Stan his disgust with the KGB; everyone has real reason behind their patriotism. 

Broadly, I think this is something which always makes for the best stories: a sharp conflict, wherein all the perspectives actually make excellent sense. 

Movies, especially big-budget ones, appear to have lagged behind television in this regard, but this sometimes creates the wonderful moments of dissonance where you realize that the script itself did achieve this goal, and it's only the marketing materials or the directing choices which tried to paint one of the agonists as the hero. In a strange way, that can be even more rewarding than when it's overt: you get what you thought was a simple story, but then you peel back the layers a bit, and discover a moment of Fridge Brilliance. (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FridgeBrilliance)

h/t to +Koushik Dutta for sharing this article.
When you really examine The Dark Knight The Joker might have been the real hero.
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This is impossible! is a scientist's way of saying WTF!?. Unfortunately the press typically prefers a much more literal interpretation.
Brian Koberlein originally shared to Our Universe:
 
And Yet, Here We Are

Every now and then there are reports of a star that is older than the universe, or one that shouldn’t exist because it exhibits some strange property. It’s bad enough when the popular press makes these kinds of headlines to get pageviews, but it’s worse when the press releases themselves have such a title. That’s because most pop-journalism sites will simply copy-pasta the press release with little or no vetting, so a misleading press release spreads like wildfire.

Caffau’s star is a perfect example of this. Research on it was first presented in 2011 as an “impossible star” by ESO, and the story keeps returning with the a similar headline every year or so. What’s unfortunate about such headlines is that they miss the chance to look at what happens when observational data and presumed models come into conflict.

Caffau’s star is a star of about 0.8 solar masses with an extremely low metallicity. In astronomy, metallicity is a measure of how much “metal” a star contains, where metal in this case means anything other than hydrogen and helium. The ratio of metal to hydrogen is known as its metallicity. Stars can be categorized by their metallicity as population I (relatively high metallicity, like our Sun), population II (some metallicity) and population III (essentially none). While we’ve observed population I and II stars, we’ve never found a true population III star.

Such a star would be among the very first generation of stars to form. That’s because the early universe consisted of hydrogen, helium and some traces of lithium. Heavier metals were formed in the cores of stars, thus higher metallicity stars are generally younger than low metallicity ones. Caffau’s star has such a low metallicity that it is likely a second generation star, having formed soon after the very first stars experienced their explosive deaths as supernovae.

This makes the star unusual, but not impossible. The “impossible” part comes from the fact that it contains less lithium in its spectrum than we would expect for an early second generation star. While stars do consume lithium to make other elements (a process known as lithium burning) that isn’t enough to account for its lack of lithium. We’ve found other stars with similarly low lithium levels, which has given rise to what some call the lithium problem. Why do early stars contain less lithium than expected?

It’s currently an unsolved problem in astrophysics. Our estimation of primordial lithium levels from the big bang seem to be correct, and we aren’t sure how stars like Caffau’s star can have so little lithium. But that doesn’t make the star impossible, since it clearly exists. What it means is that our model is clearly incomplete, and that’s far more interesting.
Caffau's star is sometimes called an "impossible star." It's actually just an interesting star that we don't fully understand.
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I fundamentally don’t think that Cards Against Humanity is a funny game. The cards create jokes, but that isn’t what makes people laugh. The laughter comes from the giddy thrill of behaving in a way that we know is taboo.

How I feel about a game I'm ashamed has become some kind of ambassador of modern board and card games.
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I like to play a more PG version of it when blogs post headlines to G+ in the form of a question. I give them a snarky answer.
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How much is it worth to be allowed to collectively dream about space exploration again?

Thanks SpaceX.
 
This morning, SpaceX's Pad Abort Test of the Crew Dragon was held. The SuperDracos ignited, pushing the Crew Dragon test article instantly off the pad! Catapulted skyward on the strength of the SuperDracos, the Crew Dragon test article is flew out over the Atlantic Ocean with the fins on the trunk section stabilizing it as it moved through the air.

The trunk section separated from the Crew Dragon. The test article deployed drogue chutes as it started its fall toward the ocean. Then three main parachutes opened to gently lower the test article to the ocean's surface.

The Crew Dragon test article splashed down just off shore from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The flight test is unlike any seen in Florida since the days of Apollo. With its parachutes floating beside it, the spacecraft will wait for a ship to lift it out of the sea and return it to the Cape. SpaceX controllers will pour over the telemetry and other data recorded during today's flight test to evaluate the launch abort system and SuperDraco engines. NASA's Commercial Crew Program experts also will help evaluate the results as the development of one of the new generation of American spacecraft continues on pace.

In the coming months, the SpaceX team will put the Crew Dragon through an in-flight abort test that will again put the SuperDraco engines and the spacecraft through a simulated emergency. That test will take place on the opposite coast of the United States from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The Crew Dragon is designed to carry astronauts to the International Space Station. The ability to abort from a launch or pad emergency and safely push the crew out of harm's way is a critical element for NASA's next generation of crewed spacecraft to the space station.
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I don't know much about ball bearings, and I don't really understand why these tiny grooves stabilizes the gap between the balls, but this looks interesting. (Although they're comparing to the worst ball bearings I've ever seen.)
They just keep going and going and going and going
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So that's why so many people are out of f*cks to give.
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Thanks for drawing it, Rob! :)
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Goal: Chat with Elon Musk.
Plan:
* Start a Tesla museum (Too late...)
* Write a webcomic/blog he enjoys  (Damn!)
* Cook the best burger he has ever eaten.

That's it. I'm dropping my job at Google and opening a hip burger join.

#skatingwherethepuckwillbe  
When you pick up the phone, you don't expect Elon Musk to be on the other line.
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Visualizing chaos, because it's always fun.

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The double pendulum is well-known as a chaotic system. But it can be hard to see what that means. The second animation below is a marvelous way to visualize sensitivity to initial conditions. Superimpose a lot of simulations with almost the same initial conditions. Then watch them diverge into wacky-go-nutty ping-pong popcorn trajectories.

Mmmm. Chaos.

http://hyrodium.tumblr.com/post/114391254249/double-pendulum-simulations 
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Something distinctly mesmerizing about that. I wish the simulation went longer.
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Reshare from +Evan Prodromou:
My friend +Ed Finkler is open sourcing mental illness and he needs our support. Your donation helps him spread the word at user group meetings and conferences around North America. He's making the technology world a safer and happier place, and I'm really proud of him.
 

I just launched the new Open Sourcing Mental Illness 2015 campaign. Please share and support!
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  • University of British Columbia
    2011
  • Université de Montréal
  • École Polytechnique
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Code + Boardgames
Introduction
I stayed in school too long, they gave me a PhD for it. Then I created two popular open source projects, gwt-platform and jukito. In June 2011 I joined Google as a software developer on Chrome.

I also play and design boardgames, Quebec is my first published design.

Moderation style
I like Google+ more than any other social network because the discussions I have here are more substantial, more polite, and more interesting than anywhere else on the Net. However, to maintain that level of quality, I will sometimes (very rarely) delete comments that I feel throw the conversation in undesirable directions. It does not mean I do not welcome opinions that differ from mine. However, if:
  • you attack someone else personally,
  • you propose an outrageous claim without any backing evidence,
  • you are too agressive,
it is very likely that I will delete your comment.

Fortunately, this happens so seldom that I can take the time to contact people whose comments I delete. You're always welcome to come back and voice your opinion in a more polite way, or with stronger evidence. Naturally, you're also welcome to reshare my post and comment in any way you like on your own stream.

Disclaimer! Although I work for Google, I use Google+ to publish my personal opinions. Any views I express here are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer.

Bragging rights
Gave a talk at Google I/O before I was a googler.
Work
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Software developer
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programming, boardgame design
Employment
  • Google
    Software developer, 2011 - present
  • BookedIn
    Lead developer, 2010 - 2011
  • ArcBees
    CTO, 2010 - 2011
  • University of British Columbia
    Postdoc, 2008 - 2010
  • Digital Fiction
    Software developer, 2001 - 2003
  • Matrox
    ASIC Architect, 2000 - 2001
  • Neo Dimensions
    CEO, 1999 - 2000
  • Université de Montréal
    Research and teching assistant, 1997 - 1998
  • Nortel
    Intern, 1996 - 1996
  • NetCorp
    Intern, 1995 - 1995
  • Teleglobe Canada
    Intern, 1993 - 1993
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The burgers are good but overpriced. Fries were OK. Nice decor.
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We went there three times: once for breakfast and twice for the amazing desserts. Breakfast was OK, but the desserts are really good. Everything we tried was delicious, save maybe for the cannolis that were a bit disappointing. The kids just love the place and they make you feel welcome every time you step in.
Food: Very GoodDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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Miniature cookies in an hipsterish decor. Not bad if you're into that kind of thing. I did not try enough variety, so take my rating with a grain of salt.
Quality: Very GoodAppeal: GoodService: Very Good
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Whenever I travel to the US I like to get at least one "diner" experience. I was looking at doing the famous Broadway Diner but it was a bit further away from home so we opted for Amsterdam. It did not disappoint: all the breakfast were excellent. Kids loved their pancakes. Try the sausages they are different than regular breakfast sausages but delicious!
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Rating is for the shop, as we did not eat there. Lovely place, great and original selection of sweets, beautiful chocolates. Absolutely worth stopping at.
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No way I was going to do Grimaldi's line up with the heat and two kids, so we opted for Ignazio's, half-expecting sub-par pizza. We were pleasantly surprised: best pie I've had in NYC. Admittedly, I'm not an expert, but this is definitely a valid alternative if you find yourself in that area.
Food: Very GoodDecor: Poor - FairService: Good
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