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Sometimes I wonder if little kids need to be shielded from this kind of exposure but I usually quickly realize the bourgeois ideology underlying this thinking, conceiving of the child as pure and innocent and needing protection from an inherently dangerous world. Children are also members of our society, participants in our culture, citizens in the making. I think we’re better off including them more rather than inhibiting them in the name of often vague fears.

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Learning about the pleasures of the interface and the power of the algorithm by tweeting with a little kid.
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I'd rather them develop a sense of self before they develop a sense of image.
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"Bigotry", you keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.
 
Christian extremists really are masters at portraying themselves as a subjugated, abused minority, despite that being the exact opposite of reality. The American Family Association [cough] has a new "Bigotry Map" out to document those they say are oppressing them and threatening their freedoms! What I find hilarious is the list of offenders includes the "homosexual agenda" (snort) and "humanists" (what? they like critical thinking and physical evidence?!? those bastards!!) as well as such diabolical groups like the Human Rights Campaign (how dare people demand equal rights!) and the Southern Poverty Law Center (which, incidentally, has officially designated the AFA as an anti-gay hate group). All told, it's the best example of Poe's Law I can imagine.

Link: http://www.afa.net/bigotrymap# (now I feel dirty)
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So I guess all these pro-GSM Christians are bigoted against themselves.
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Nice! Thought of you, +Pierre Phaneuf.
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"Tyres"!  Your journey towards the dark side is now complete!  ;)

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The asymptotic limit of UI simplification.

Magic is "mechanical turk" applied to UI. I don't think the model scales, but it's a beautiful example of what clever UIs may look like.

I'm a big fan of simpler and simpler UIs and of a "no options" policy. It forces UX designers, developers and researchers to get closer to an experience where the user says only what he needs to say and the view exposes only what the user wants to know.

The drawback is that it moves us away from UIs where "everything was always at the same place". This was necessary in dumb UIs where you managed to gain speed by building up muscle memory. In a clever UI an expert may not be as fast as he was on a dumb UI, but the big advantage -- and it's a huge one -- is that anybody can pick up the tool and immediately be efficient with it.

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Get Magic Now

Simplest possible e-commerce experience - text whatever you want to buy - pizza, travel, whatever.

Josh Williams (ex-Gowalla) discussed this trend in app design recently, towards ultra-minification and being able to explain what an app does in terms of a simple question https://player.fm/1NKZaT

http://www.getmagicnow.com/
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+Robert Cooper That raises a good point about the SMS use too, as it can't use geolocation to suggest a likely location. (e.g. with geolocation they can say "Ordering pizza to your office now").

Still, there's a world of people who don't have all of these apps installed and would find it easier to just say "I want X". Or even if you do have Door Dash etc, random things like cinema tickets which you might not have installed an app for.
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Meanwhile in Canada...
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Chill out, relax - it's just a bad dream, it will go away. And at this rate, he will also get a free indoor pool when it all melts down!
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One of these is not like the others.
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PSY wears nothing, he has small naked eyes.
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Edward Snowden's only regret is very much à propos given Canada's government proposal to grant more power to police and secret services:

I would have come forward sooner. I talked to Daniel Ellsberg about this at length, who has explained why more eloquently than I can.

Had I come forward a little sooner, these programs would have been a little less entrenched, and those abusing them would have felt a little less familiar with and accustomed to the exercise of those powers. Once you grant the government some new power or authority, it becomes exponentially more difficult to roll it back.

Don’t let it happen in your country.
A day after Citizenfour won the Oscar for best documentary feature, its subject, Edward Snowden, appeared on Reddit for an “Ask Me Anything” question-and-answer session. One of the first things users asked the fugitive whistleblower was what he thought of Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris’s pun about him Sunday night....
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Bring these PB&J sandwich to the daycare!

via +Maciej Kalisiak.
 
Scientists find peanut-eating in infancy prevents allergy: British research contradicts years of health advice
British research contradicts years of health advice
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Yeah, Gab, my intuition also tells me that the "hygiene hypothesis" has some right to it but... It's pretty much the same argument anti-vaxxers are using and they get to a totally flawed conclusion so one has to be careful with it.

Still, I'm happy to find it's being seriously investigated.
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Via +Robert Bridson, through whom all cool things come.
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Awesome.
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Too much finance is bad for "real" economy.

"there is a pressing need to reassess the relationship of finance and real growth in modern economic systems"

http://www.economist.com/blogs/buttonwood/2015/02/finance-sector-and-growth
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Related: "Every dollar a worker earns in a research field spills over to make the economy $5 better off. Every dollar a similar worker earns in finance comes with a drain, making the economy 60 cents worse off."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/business/2014/12/16/a-black-hole-for-our-best-and-brightest/
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Welcome to CERN. My name is Higgs, I'll be your waiter tonight.
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Ah! The "ze ze ze" are a part of any good international conference. :)
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After the useless box, the F*** useless one!
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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.

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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.

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Gave a talk at Google I/O before I was a googler.
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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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Trois-Rivières - Montréal - Vancouver
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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.
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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.
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