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Urs Hölzle
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I watched a recording of the Brazil - Germany game and was struck by how well ESPN commentator Derek Rae read the situation early on: "There is lots of space already on the field. Brazil have to become a little tighter. They can't be so expansive from back to front, otherwise the Germans will cut them to shreds." 30 seconds later Germany scored the first goal.

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In Italia 90 it was only 19 men, but Germany still "won". That was probably the worst final.
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Still trying to scrape my jaw off the floor at the half. Holy cow.   #worldcup  
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+Holy Cow! Gourmet Burger Company SA best Burgers in Zürich ;)
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Only in the US, I guess....want to buy a tank or SCUD missile launcher? Now's your chance.
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It's kind of sad to see a man's legacy auctioned off this way, with people completely ignoring the fact that these things had sentimental value to people...

Jacques was a friend of a friend...
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“Ninety-nine percent of the ashes in North America are probably going to die” because we can't stop the emerald ash borer, an invasive Asian beetle that is devastating ash trees from Minnesota to New York.
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Devastating :(

closer to home, Sudden Oak Death is hitting oaks pretty hard, including oaks in bay area parks, with some dire predictions that it could kill 90% of California oaks in 25 years, although the current drought seems to have slowed it down a bit.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phytophthora_ramorum

and there's currently a serious infestation of the mountain pine beetle in North America.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_pine_beetle "As of May 2013, the Pine Beetle is aggressively devastating forests in all 19 Western States and Canada, effectively decimating approximately 88 million acres of timber at a 70-90% kill rate"
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Live lightning map of US and Europe, based on crowdsourced measurements -- very cool.  Live maps at http://www.blitzortung.org/Webpages/index.php?lang=en&page_0=30.
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Nice site... Too bad they don't have an API. They are hoard their data.
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Worth watching: incredibly detailed graphics coming to Android tablets later this year.  (Bonus: no violence in the demo video :-)
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OMG this is going Galactic!
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Wow, I never would have thought of this analogy but Nikki Lee makes it in a really compelling way.
 
This essay is an excellent read.

To carry the analogy further, if you are a driver, share the road.
Cycling is awfully similar to being a woman
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+Ivan Jager It's not about risk. It's about empathy.
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Ouch, that could have gone wrong very badly. (Happened yesterday in Barcelona.)  Direct link to interesting section: [FULL HD] UTair Aviation 767-300 NEAR MISS? GO AROUND at Barcelona-El Prat.

Note to (co)pilots: always look downwind before crossing runways...
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Skyteam co-pilot to pilot: "Hey I know a short cut "
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Sometimes they call Costa Rica the Switzerland of Central America. Maybe they'll call Switzerland the Costa Rica of Europe if they win Tuesday?  Anything can happen in this World Cup...congrats, Ticos!

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Go Switzerland !
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Absolutely worth watching! (Unlike the past few minutes of the Brazil - Chile game...)
 
So how did "doing something like a girl" become a put down??  This is so worth watching!
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www.minmaxst.com you can buy more cloth
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Looks like the folks at mongolabs like GCP:

"First, Google virtual machines (VMs) spin up really quickly. In some cases we have seen Google instances spin-up in 10 seconds, faster than we’ve seen on any of the other major cloud providers.

Second, Google’s network is incredibly fast, allowing for very low-latency connectivity between your Google-hosted application and your MongoLab database.

Third, Google’s live VM migrations make most VM maintenance completely unnoticeable to end-users. Google can transfer hot memory from one VM to another live, with minimal impact on VM performance. This means you will rarely see a VM reboot for maintenance. This makes our pagers happy. No other cloud can do this."

http://blog.mongolab.com/2014/06/production-ready-mongodb-replica-sets-on-google-cloud-platform/

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I'm experimenting with several other cloud providers right now...you're telling me GCE is one of the only ones with live migration capability? I'm used to our puny internal VMware environment where we've always had vMotion, so the idea of NOT having live migration capability seems insane.
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Own handmade things, the feeling is good!
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