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I've read the first of my Christmas books, "Bach - Music in the Castle of Heaven". Highly recommended.

http://scott7373books.blogspot.com/2014/01/bach-music-in-castle-of-heaven-by-john.html
I'm deeply thankful that I read this book, because it taught me how to appreciate Bach's cantatas and great Passions. Gardiner is not only a sensitive historian but also a talented and innovative conductor. Though I'm not sure what his personal beliefs are, he doesn't sneer at Bach's Lutheran ...
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I love the incremental auth feature - ask for permission only when I trigger an app feature that needs it. Score one for logging in with Google!

http://googleplusplatform.blogspot.com/2013/12/google-sign-in-improvements11.html
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Some fun reading just came in the mail. Where to start?
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I just finished it and really liked it. Think of it as a short study of how Greco-Roman culture mixed with Judeo-Christian beliefs and produced the Western world.

It's arranged around representative medieval people and places, moving forward in time: Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hildegard, Dante, Roger Bacon, pre-Renaissance Florence, Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas, and probably some others.

I learned quite a bit about some people like Hildegard and Eleanor. When he wrote about people and topics I'm already familiar with, he was accurate and balanced.
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I read a bit about the Great Yahoo Miracle over the weekend and decided to try Yahoo's news page (from my tablet) for the first time in years. Ouch, nothing but bare-bones ugly... Yahoo still has a long way to go if that's any indication.
Summary: Yahoo’s stock has been on a tear and its chief executive has graced the cover of BusinessWeek and the pages of Vogue. Its product re-launches have gotten Bieberesque attention. Yahoo loyalists are celebrating. I think they are wrong; here is why.
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In which I quote a really creepy saga about Odin and review a book about the Vikings -

http://scott7373books.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-vikings-new-history-by-neil-oliver.html
This is wide-ranging history of the Scandinavian history, beginning in the Bronze Age and ending with the conversion to Christianity in around 1000 A.D. I hadn't realized that Swedish Vikings went east to Russia and Constantinople, or that Russia is named for the "Rus" Vikings who ended up ...
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I watched North by Northwest for the first time in many years. I liked it a lot more than I remembered, especially the desolation of the crop duster scene's prelude. It took guts for Hitchcock to film that long of a scene with no music and no action. It's the ultimate in less is more.
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Our government only spies on people to keep us safe. Conclusion: Angela Merkel is a terrorist.
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So true. I'm not looking forward to Apple's new spaceship building in my locale.

" That size may be appropriate for a downtown metropolis or a rural setting with little else around it, but it doesn't belong smack dab in the middle of single-family homes and strip malls. Would you want the Empire State Building or the Pentagon in your backyard?"
Apple’s new campus is going to be a traffic nightmare that offers little benefit to the surrounding community; instead of being a symbol for Silicon Valley, it’s going to be emblematic of urban planning gone way wrong.
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Malcolm Gladwell is a good storyteller but don't take what he says too seriously.
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To me, Gladwell is just one step above Thomas Friedman, in that Friedman isn't even readable. (Also, there's a Friedman essay generator but only a cover generator for Gladwell.) But to take either seriously is not only silly, it could be dangerous.
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Wow, I wasn't expecting this. I confess my first thought was, "A new innovative company... great, more demand for Bay Area housing." :)
 
I’m excited to announce Calico, a new company that will focus on health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and associated diseases.  Art Levinson, Chairman and former CEO of Genentech and Chairman of Apple, will be Chief Executive Officer.

OK … so you’re probably thinking wow!  That’s a lot different from what Google does today.  And you’re right.  But as we explained in our first letter to shareholders, there’s tremendous potential for technology more generally to improve people’s lives.  So don’t be surprised if we invest in projects that seem strange or speculative compared with our existing Internet businesses.  And please remember that new investments like this are very small by comparison to our core business.

Art and I are excited about tackling aging and illness.  These issues affect us all—from the decreased mobility and mental agility that comes with age, to life-threatening diseases that exact a terrible physical and emotional toll on individuals and families.  And while this is clearly a longer-term bet, we believe we can make good progress within reasonable timescales with the right goals and the right people.

Our press release has a few more details though it’s still very early days so there’s not much more to share yet.  Of course when Art has something more substantial to communicate (and that will likely take time), he’ll provide an update.  Finally, thanks to Bill Maris for helping bring this idea to life and getting Art involved, and to Sergey Brin for consistently supporting 10X thinking like this.  It’s hard for many companies to make long term investments.  So I’m tremendously excited about the innovative new way we’re funding this project.  Now for the hard work!

http://googlepress.blogspot.com/2013/09/calico-announcement.html
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I have often suspected this.
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