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"It's odd that the word 'atheist' even exists."
"And at the end of the day, I'd rather not be any category at all."

-- My sentiments exactly.
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Control is an illusion. The only thing we have control over is acceptance.
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Over 3.5 years later, and this is still extremely relevant.
 
Google+ Should Ditch the Social Graph
In the real world our relationships rely on proximity. We learn to make friends (or at least how to politely tolerate) the people near us: our family, our schoolmates, our neighbors, our coworkers and colleagues. Of course, many great friendships grow from this soil. We discover common interests and grow closer. We date the cute guy at work; we marry the girl-next-door.

Relationships evolve in the other direction, too. We join a club or a group. We discover the excitement of talking with people who share our passions, who never get bored or roll their eyes at the trivial details which bore our spouses, family, and coworkers. The Internet has made it easier than ever to interact with people who share our interest irrespective of proximity.

So who are our real friends? It depends on you. But don't expect a lot of overlap.

Facebook owns the social graph.
By default, Facebook entries are private and friendships reciprocal. You can share publicly but it feels like your at a party with all the people in your life, past and present. For the most part, the conversation remains at the level of cocktail party patter.

Google+ has the potential to own the interest graph.
Despite all the marketing of circles, many people tend to share publicly on Google+ and interact with strangers based on shared interests. When our friends and family are cajoled into joining, they are bored by our tech talk (or whatever passion). This is our social graph asking to be excluded from our interest graph. This is our mom rolling her eyes when we get excited about the latest API release.

We should let them go.

FB is social for the real world. But look around you in the real world and look at all the people staring into their phones. We live in the Internet age. And social on the Internet is the interest graph. Our relationships are no longer constrained by proximity.

Google+ is not going to beat Facebook at its own game. It's going to beat Facebook by changing the game. It's going to beat Facebook by understanding that people aren't using the Internet as a tool to map their existing lives. The Internet is an entirely different landscape in which we live and form new relationships.

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Advice to the Google+ team. Stop selling Google+ short. Stop selling it as a social network. Give us tools to find people who share our interests. Stop focusing our attention on the people we already know and help us find people we want to know.

#interestgraph #socialgraph
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I am cynical of cynicism and have no tolerance for intolerance. 
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Shocking. Unless you have actually been paying attention. 
Microsoft's Windows operating system, which is often criticized for its security issues, is no longer the number one as far as security vulnerabilities are
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This is bad. This is really really bad. 
Lenovo says that the Superfish adware it preinstalled on laptop computers isn't a security problem. That's not true. And guess what? It breaks Slack too.
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It is official: Lollipop is (slightly) more stable than iOS 8. 
According to data from Crittercism, application crash rates are .2% lower on devices running Lollipop than devices running iOS 8.
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Netflix is in terrible danger. In fact, these might be its last days. Oh, not today's Netflix. The Netflix you're using today is fine. It made it—got to do something daring and edgy, prove out its model, and become part of the establishment. But the next Netflix—the company so cool it makes Netflix look like Blockbuster Video—that Netflix is practically dead in the water.
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Love Astronomy? Take a tour with this baby.
An interactive 3D visualization of the stellar neighborhood, including over 100,000 nearby stars. Created for the Google Chrome web browser.
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Infringement regulations are clearly about money and power--NOT art.

It is time for new copyright laws to come and usher away the era of putting profits ahead of allowing consumers to enjoy and share our favorite games with one another.

These games are OURS, not THEIRS.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit group that defends civil liberties in the digital world, is facing off against the Entertainment Softwar
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Welcome to my world.

P.S. - Chipotle only barely qualifies as food.
You should be ashamed of yourself, cilantro. YOU RUIN FOOD. YOU RUIN FOOD THAT INNOCENT PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO ENJOY.
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