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"Dear Green Leaf Elm,

I hope you like living at St. Mary's. Most of the time I like it too. I have exams coming up and I should be busy studying. You do not have exams because you are a tree. I don't think that there is much more to talk about as we don't have a lot in common, you being a tree and such. But I'm glad we're in this together.

Cheers,
F"

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/07/when-you-give-a-tree-an-email-address/398210/

Paging +Ellen De Vries and +James Burt ... 
When the city of Melbourne linked email accounts to trees so people could report problems, they wrote love letters to the trees instead.
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So, this is me. All 835mb of me.

I spent half an hour earlier this week having an MRI scan. Don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with me (that I know of). My friend +Marcus Foster has started a business called Klarismo, and I managed to wangle my way into being one of their first customers.

You can read a load more at www.klarismo.com, but basically: they do 3D body scans using MRI and give you the data. It’s designed for anyone who’s interested in knowing a little bit more about themselves, particularly over time: so athletes examining the results of a training regime, dieters looking at what’s actually going on under the skin, all that sort of stuff. Off the back of this, they’ll build up a huge database of these scans and make it available for medical research - so, a bit like 23andme, you’re contributing to SCIENCE as well as learning a bit about yourself. OK, enough plug.

The process was surprisingly straightforward; I wandered over to the UCSF Imaging Centre in SF and met Marcus in reception. Next step: fill out a form confirming there was definitely no metal anywhere in my body, etc., and change into a hospital gown and light trousers. Tight underwear is inadvisable, the elastic making unsightly indentations in your skin. 

Friends who’ve done MRIs in the past have warned me that they’re noisy and uncomfortable. I was prepared for discomfort, but found the whole experience absolutely fine. The iffiest bit for me was having my legs gently strapped down and a cage-like device put over my head, to increase the signal during the brain scan. As I was being inserted into the doughnut-like body of the scanner, the technician asked me to keep my eyes shut (to avoid a laser), and being sliiightly claustrophobic I kept them shut through most of the procedure. Half an hour passed very quickly - the rhythmic whirrs and clanks of the machine were oddly soothing, and the robotic directions to breathe in, then out, then hold my breath (for what felt like ten seconds) easy to follow.

I now have an 835mb zip file of my body, and have been fooling with various free medical imagine software to try and visualise it; you can see some movies and screen captures below. The UI and language on much of this software isn’t exactly consumer-friendly; I’m looking forward to seeing what Klarismo provide for making sense of my 835mb. At the end of the scan itself, I looked at a few screens on the technician’s PC in the lab but didn’t really get a sense for what had been captured: running through some of these tools is interesting, but what I’d like - a simple 3D model of my body where I take turn bone, muscle, fat, brain tissue and water on and off - isn’t simple to do (yet)..

http://www.klarismo.com/
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Neat! I hadn't heard about these folks yet, and I have a background interest in the subject - I once worked on the Visible Human project at NLM.
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Tired of having to put the food in your own mouth? Let us do it for you. Launching in San Francisco. Join the Wait List. How it Works. You sign up. We have an initial visit where we assess the size of the silver spoon in your mouth. You never have to worry about feeding yourself again.
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http://www.theverge.com/2015/6/4/8729943/laughing-and-crying-my-way-through-the-new-google-photos

"The film itself is a new kind of uncanny valley for digital artifacts: Assistant and its algorithms combined these clips in a way that no reasonable person would attempt. Ever. The result is surreal, random, creepy, sad, and oddly funny.

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I’ve played it over and over. And the message of the strange film that Assistant made for me is clear: my future lies with my young family, with my children and the things they build. Grace and Grumpy will both be gone soon. Death and loss are a part of life, and we all have to keep running, around and around, forward through the sun.

I saved it to my library."
I started using Google Photos after it first launched last week. I was immediately impressed for all the reasons that Casey Newton mentioned in his review: simplicity, intuitive navigation and...
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"The goal of this project is to create a git repository representing the Unix source code history, starting from the 1970s and ending in the modern time."

https://github.com/dspinellis/unix-history-repo
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This will make reading the Lions book so much simpler!
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Programmatically generated recipes! /cc +James Burt​
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So that's where they got these scripts from....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzjR0yL4f0Y
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Many people have commented that they'd like to know what's going on in my head. On occasion, some have expressed a strong desire to split it open.

Both parties should be happy with these photos (courtesy of the hard-working rendering goblins of Klarismo).
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You'd make an original pair of bookends.
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“Welcome to Google. It’s amazing to be with you,” he says. “My name is Upright Mammal. I am a human being who stands on two legs, which is good. I will be your tour guide through the incredible technology prison of Google."
Google. A titan of the Information Age. From its modest beginnings in 1998 as the passion project of Stanford graduate students Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Google has grown to become one of the greatest tech juggernauts in the world. It is now an omnipresent force in modern society—an inescapable...
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"By 2020, the House of Commons should ensure that everyone can understand what it does."

Steady on!

http://digitaldemocracy.parliament.uk/chapter/summary#main-content
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Yes, it should go on the MySpace or something.
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"I’ve been testing Google Photos with a few thousand pics from recent holidays and family events. The behind-the-scenes Assistant feature is downright magical (to borrow another Apple buzzword). It combined five separate videos I shot of my daughter’s gymnastics competition into an almost perfect one-minute highlight reel set to music. Amazingly, it identified her amongst all the other children of the same age and wearing the same uniform, culminating with a still photo of her on the trophy stand.

I was blown away, again and again."

http://www.theverge.com/2015/6/2/8704137/google-photos-surprise-and-delight
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Product Manager
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"A janitor, essentially": https://medium.com/p/664d83ee702e
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  • Google
    Product Manager, 2012 - present
    Started out in the Android Apps team. Took Auto Awesome Movies from concept to launch, shipped Quickoffice for Android Kitkat, merged it with Google Docs for Android. Moved to Android Platform team in 2014, working on System UI. Responsible for Android home screen and setup experiences.
  • Future Platforms
    2000 - 2011
    Co-founded, ran, and eventually sold this software company, which built gorgeous mobile apps for Palm Pilot to Android and iPhone, and everything in between. EVERYTHING.
  • Good Technology
    1995 - 2000
    Graduated from web all-rounder to technical dogsbody, before spending a year spinning off a division looking at mobile apps in 1999.
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Long-time squawk box software chap. Snagged on frowns, and slowly dawns.
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Internet and mobile software guy, wannabe AI geek.

Career path: BBC Micro (8) -> BBSs (16) -> FidoNet (17) -> Linux (18) -> Web (20) -> WAP (26) (sorry) -> mobile apps (27) -> University (38) -> Google (39)

Hobbies: running, reading, (writing), Aikido, airsoft.

Living in the Bay Area since 2013. Heart still in Brighton, UK.
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Built, ran and sold Future Platforms, (once) one of the UK's first and best mobile software houses. Wrote Java for Kylie, back in the day.
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  • University of Sussex
    MSc Advanced Computer Science, 2011 - 2012
  • Lancing College
    1987 - 1992
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