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A long walk around London today. I saw St. Paul's Cathedral, the London Museum, Sir John Soame's museum, the National Gallery, and the Transport Museum. After all that culture and walking I was wiped out and came back to the hotel and watched silly videos on YouTube. 
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These are fascinating images.  We use image recognition systems a lot in Google - these are the dreams or hallucinations of an artificial intelligence trained to recognize specific things.
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Latest project is finished. I wasn't satisfied with the bass extension of my home stereo, and I had these two subs in the closet... A couple weekends of work later and now the stereo goes down to 28 Hz, solid.

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I built it up from scratch... The picture shows the bottom, in the living room the subs face the floor.  Made from plywood, PVC pipe for the ports, legs are from Ikea, the subs used to be in my Jeep and have been sitting in storage for 5 years at least.  Binding posts from Amazon, lots of spray paint and sanding.  I was trying to make them look exactly like my Linn main speakers, in a satin pure white finish.  It turned out pretty well.  It's really hard to finish plywood to look as good as high-end speakers, but I came close. 
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This is hilarious... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lir4R5sRn7s

And I'm no Apple hater, I love my MBP.  It has ports ;-)
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Transit Directions FTW!
 
Got nine days to kill? Hop a train in John o’ Groats and step off in Vladivostok with #GoogleMaps Transit directions. goo.gl/wqmVDk
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I am tempted to do this.  :)
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This is a good read.  If you're a programmer, share it with your non-programmer friends.  Some of the animations are excellent.

http://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2015-paul-ford-what-is-code/
The world belongs to people who code. Those who don’t understand will be left behind.
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This.
 
Much of the recent "self-driving cars get in accidents" coverage felt off to me. This piece does a good job of explaining why. I've ridden in a self-driving car and I pass them all the time in my own car. I can't wait for them. I've seen way too many bad drivers, so I'm looking forward to the better safety and technology that will come with self-driving cars.
This is terrible journalism designed to upset you. Google's program and the data we have are cause for great optimism, and at this point, only optimism.
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If I was going to teach, this is how I'd want to try to do it.
 
The story of one man determined to teach third graders about binary by only asking them questions. The whole transcript of him asking questions and the third graders yelling back answers is great.
The following is a transcript of a teaching experiment, using the Socratic method, with a regular third grade class in a suburban elementary school. I present my perspective and views on the session, and on the Socratic method as a teaching tool, following the transcript.
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Is this a birthday suggestion?

Sent from my Nexus. Claire
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Seventh Heaven, Whistler, today. 
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  • Google Seattle
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  • Google Switzerland
    Software Engineer, 2014
  • Amazon
  • Myrio
  • Lockdown Networks
  • Nobility Environmental Software Systems
  • Google Kirkland
    2007 - 2011
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Canadian Software Engineer living in Seattle.
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Born in California, but grew up in Penticton, BC, Canada.  Claire and I were married about 10 years ago, and have lived in the Seattle area since then, except for two years in Zurich, Switzerland. 

I studied Computer Science at the University of Victoria. I moved to the Seattle area in 2000, worked for several companies, and then Google since 2007.   I'm a founding member of Sustainable Kirkland, and a member of Mars Hill Church in Seattle.  
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We had a great dinner here. The food was really good, although portions were a bit small. I would suggest getting appetizers as well as a main course if you're looking for a substantial meal. Our server recommended a couple of wines and provided tastes, and we ended up with an excellent choice. Most of the wines are from the Pacific Northwest. Seated by the open kitchen, we enjoyed watching the chefs work. I had been concerned that sitting by the open kitchen would be too noisy for conversation, but it wasn't a problem. We will be back!
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reviewed 7 months ago
Exceptional service, very friendly! The food was very good, prices are fair. We had lettuce wraps, red curry chicken, Kra Prow with shrimp, a noodle salad and roti canai bread. It was all good, all four of us had different favorites. We will be back to explore the menu further!
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Generous servings and fresh food. Will eat here again.
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Hansen was recommended to us by friends, and we were very satisfied. They moved us quickly and efficiently without damaging anything, and were well organized. I would recommend them.
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reviewed a year ago
Honestly good beer and food. Real beer, too, not just the usual pathetic, mass-produced pilsners that are sadly so common in Switzerland. And there's a view!
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reviewed a year ago
Delicious (and inexpensive) Libyan food and friendly service in a casual setting. Interesting decoration.
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