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I've just voted on-line for the Labour leadership election.
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On day 3 out 3 of my vacation I gave up and went into work. For the Wednesday wine tasting with food paring of course.
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I am wearing my badge -- we needed a portrait picture to show it.
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The #Kubernetes project I work on at Google announces general availability for its hosted version Container Engine which makes it easier to create and manage a Kubernetes cluster running on Google's cloud.
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Contemplating deleting my Google+ profile and just making do with my Facebook profile.
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Certainly not! By all means, please feel free to talk about negative things, other people's lives, strangers, and politics. :-)
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I am clearly incompetent at spending a vacation day by myself so Susan took the day off and we hung out in San Francisco. I dragged her to four bike shops (and test rode a few bikes). We had a lovely long lunch at Zuni Cafe where we devoured wonderful oysters and their exquisite chicken. I then took her to see paintings and sculpture at the Legion of Honor (including a Monet water lilies painting) in beautiful Lincoln Park. When I got home my son Kavi and I killed lots of bad guys playing Halo Combat Evolved on the XBox and Kiran munched on some kung pao chicken that I made with the left over Zuni chicken.
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To avoid total emotional breakdown I have at the last moment decided to take Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday off work. Now I am in utter panic because I have absolutely no idea what to do.
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Can't read books. Drank far far too much wine yesterday because of +Quinton Hoole and +Phil James-Roxby who led me very astray.
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I slow cooked a leg of lamb for 12 hours at a low temperature and served it with Dauphinoise potatoes for friends. 
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Another wobble. Perhaps I should be getting this instead. http://bicycleoutfitter.com/product/salsa-vaya-2-199430-1.htm
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Salsa makes good bikes.
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After going back into San Francisco again today to do longer test rides of the Spot bikes with internal hub gears (Shimano Alfine 11) I rode this bike at Chain Reaction which is currently my number one pick (now that I have given up with internal hubs).
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It's amazing who you bump into when walking past the Twitter building in San Francisco. +Joe Blubaugh 
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It's sort of amazing working where walking around town isn't weird. +1 for SF living.
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I test rode a Surly Cross-Check at Palo Alto cycles. I did not like the drop handle bars (my shoulders and neck were sore afterwards) and I did not like the bar end shifters. I could not test ride the Surly Pacer since they did not have one my size and by default it does not rake a rack anyway (I need to carry two paniers). The search continues.
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Also not that I want to pimp for trek, but this one looks ideal for you (no drop bars): http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/city/urban_utility/lync/

Edit: or https://www.missionbicycle.com/
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Another bike shop told me there is no point in servicing my beloved Hoodoo Voodoo mountain bike from 1998 because the replacement parts dwarf the value of the bashed up bike. So I need to go bike shopping. My new commute to work is 10 miles on flat asphalt (tarmac) each way so I want to get a road bike or city bike. It has to be a steel frame (I don't care at all about weight) and I want upright handle bars and I do not want a single speed. So I am going to try and find a Surly Pacer http://surlybikes.com/bikes/pacer for a test ride. I test rode a Surly Long Haul Trucker but I did not not like to drop handle bars and the lever shifters.
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Granted, after years of thinking about a Rohloff, I have yet to actually do it.  I did buy a bike with a N360 and honestly the 360% range is fine for most of my riding, so I'm sure I could manage with 409% as well...  still there are definitely times when I'd wish for more, on both ends.  It's a good question whether that's worth all the extra money - before the Alfine 11 it was no contest, but now...

Combine that with my indecision about belt drive and I'm still using a derailleur :)
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    Computing Science, PhD
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Pretty sure I have almost every pop CD sold in the 80s.
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Software engineer.
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  • Facebook, Inc.
    Software Engineer, 2015 - present
  • Google
    Software Engineer, 2012 - 2015
  • Microsoft
    Principal Architect and Researcher, 2004 - 2011
  • XIlinx
    Prinicpal Engineer, 1997 - 2004
  • University of Glasgpw
    Lecturer, 1991 - 1997
  • VLSI Technology
    Engineer, 1992 - 1992
  • British Telecom
    Engineer (various projects), 1991 - 1995
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Glasgow - Bracknell - Ipswich - London - San Jose - Portland, Oregon - Seattle - Sophia Antipolis - Cambridge, England - Punjab, India - Palo Alto, California
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Welcome to the Kubernetes Blog!
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Welcome to the new Kubernetes blog. Follow this blog to learn about the Kubernetes Open Source project. We plan to post release notes, how-t

Lauren Weinstein's Blog: Google Glass vs. The USA's R&D Toilet
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iTWire - Securities exchange strengthens services with Equinix deployment
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Sydney-based Asia Pacific Stock Exchange (APX) has deployed its new trading platform in Equinix’s Sydney data centre, SY1. APX says the move

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Programmable logic company Tabula is rumored to be closing its doors on March 24. Tabula garnered industry interest with a unique 12-level F

The Interview
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You'll be fine in Silicon Valley
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Yesterday, a group of well-known professors from a bunch of universities sent an open letter to Microsoft Research's leadership, condemning

Minetower
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Minetower is a tower defense from Minecraft. You have to kill lot of mobs in order to earn Irons. Irons will be useful if you want to upgrad

Google Keep
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Quickly capture what’s on your mind and be reminded at the right place or time. Create a checklist, enter a voice note or snap a photo and a

How to get a faculty job, Part 3: Negotiating the offer
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This is the third (actually fourth) part in this series on how to get a faculty job in Computer Science. Part 1 and Part 1b dealt with the a

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Wedding Bells for Hannah
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Top Five
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I love lists! I have lots of to-do lists on the go all the time and often lie awake compiling my list of eight favourite pieces of music jus

Track of the Year: 2010 Lloyd Cole's That's Alright
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I had an excellent coffee and a wonderful gluten-free lemon cake (thankfully they have a separate GF spatula). My daughter devoured a croissant which she declared "excellent" which makes a change from the usual croissants in the USA which taste like machine oil.
Public - 7 months ago
reviewed 7 months ago
Ordered a takeout (carry out) from an Indian restaurant in Mountain View and I went to great pains to explain that I need the food to be gluten-free and I even called the restaurant back when there were a few fried potato-based chips on top of one of the chicken dishes (perhaps fried in the same oil as other gluten containing things like samosas). Despite the chef's assurances I am now in a great deal of pain and discomfort. This is not a gluten-free restaurant and although the food was very tasty I will have to cross it off the (very short) list of restaurants worth risking.
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
This turned out to be an excellent spot for lunch during our trip down the coast. I went with my wife and two young kids (ages 6 and 9). The kids had very good burgers and got free ice cream for finishing their plates (as advertised on the menu). My wife and I both the tomato bisque and BLT sandwich combo which was also very good. Service was also very good and the ambiance was nice.
Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
I picked Robin's because of the high overall score and some of the positive reviews. I dined with my wife and two young children (ages 6 and 9). Things got off to a rocky start when they seated us in the patio area rather than inside the nice and lovely and warm restaurant (most of the pictures on the restaurant website are of the actual inside). Normally I would not mind too much, but this is November and it was quite cold outside and the table we were given was in quite a cold and drafty spot. We expressed our concern and we were offered a couple of undesirable sounding tables inside but I sensed they preferred us to ghettoized in the patio area because we have kids (all the interior diners were kid free). I can't say I appreciate this kind of apartheid. I've dined with my daughter in multi-Michelin-starred restaurants and she typically behaves better than many of the adults. After having put our jackets back on we finally ordered and found the food to be quite good although quite expensive for what it is. We had spicy minced lamb spring rolls [7/10] and chicken satay [8/10] for starters and rogan josh [7/10] and a 5-spice duck dish [5/10] as mains and the kids had pasta [8/10] and pizza [7/10] and they also wolfed down the remaining duck that we gave up on. We all had dessert (all items very good) and a $50 bottle of wine (which was rather good, Heretic I think, from Paso Robles).Service was quite good. I feel the tables were packed too close together. My 6 year old son moves around a little bit in his seat (overall he is quite well behaved) but occasionally he bangs against the seat behind him (just a few mm away) so we had to injure the ire and stares or a fellow diner who would not even acknowledge our accept our apology which left a bad taste in our mouth (of course, not the restaurant's fault, but a few more mm of separation would help). Although the food was good, I am not sure the price vs. performance ratio was right so I am not sure if I would return.
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Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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Excellent food with many gluten-free items. Very good service and nice ambiance. Everything we ordered was at least very good: mussels with a spicy broth, dates wrapped in bacon, lamb sliders, marinated lamb skewers, seafood and chorizo paella and garlic bread. There were even two excellent gluten-free desserts. The fries were marked on the menu as being gluten-free -- but they are not since they are fried in the same oil as other items containing gluten.
Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
We had a wonderful meal at Commonwealth restaurant in November 2012. We started off with an amuse bouche which comprised a few small cubes of some tuna-esque fish in some preparation I can't recall although I do remember my rvery positive eaction and it was served with a fairly dry Cava [9/10]. The first course of the tasting menu was venison tartare, huckleberry horseradish, arugula, juniper cracker served with a glass of frappato (Tami, '11, Sicily, Italy). The horseradish was dotted on the venison as small spheres and it gave a lovely spicy bite to the venison which was well match with the peppery wine [10/10]. The second course was perhaps the weakest (relatively speaking): octopus, almond gazpacho, bone marrow, saffron-preserved lemon emulsion served with a disgusting glass of chenin blanc (Domaine Deletang, dem-secm '07 Montlouis-Sur-Loire, France). It looked fabulous on the plate and the octopus was very nicely charred and fairly tender. The octopus was too cold for my liking (lukewarm is perfectly for charred octopus but I think cold is wrong) and the other bis and bites on the plate did not come together to make a coherent dish. The wine was too sour for my taste and the food. [6/10]. The third course was beets, fromage blanc, pumpernickel, watercress, sorrel, smokey hay oil (really, I am not making this up) with a glass of tempranillo (JC Vizcarra, '09 RIbera del Duero, Spain). The beets were cooked in several different ways and the combination with soft fromage blance and the bite of the pumpernickel worked very well and the temperanillio was an excellent accompaniment. Susan does not usually like beets (beetroot) but even she cleaned her plate. Each course had a convincing explanation of why the matching wine was chosen. [8/10]. Another highlight of the evening were the sweetbreads, asian pear, brussel sprout, celery root-chestnut veloute servered with a glass of pinot noir (Alghren Vineyards, '09 Santa Cruz Mountains, California). These were by far the best sweetbreads I have ever eaten: they were very soft and delicately flavored and they had a gorgeous light crust which gave them a very satisfying crunch. Utterly devine. The match with the root-chestnut veloute was inspired and the small hard balls of asian pear added a wonderful sweet touch to the soft sweetbreads. The pinot noir had a wonderful slightly musky aroma and was very well matched to the dish. [10/10]. The fifth dish was carrot-orange sorbet served with ginger soda. The carrot favor was very intense (and I suspect the carrots were not peeled which lead to a nice earthy taste). The ginger soda was also very good but I am sure it was also 0% ABV. [7/10]. The last dish was a spectacular dessert: peanut butter semifreddo, chocolate ganache, frozen popcorn served with a glass of tawny port (Niepoort, Duro, Portugal). It tasted like a head on collision between an ice-choc and a snickers bar with stunning results. I often find that even in fancy restaurants desserts are not made to the same quality as the preceding dishes but this is absolutely not the case at Commonwealth. It is worth coming here just to eat this dessert. The tawny port was a nice match but this dish was so outstanding that you could have it without wine and not loose much. [10/10].
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Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago