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Inspiring words from an NFL football player who just published a(nother) mathematical research paper. One neat quote:

I have no desire to try to accumulate $10 million in the bank; I already have more money in my bank account than I know what to do with. I drive a used hatchback Nissan Versa and live on less than $25k a year. It's not because I'm frugal or trying to save for some big purchase, it's because the things I love the most in this world (reading math, doing research, playing chess) are very, very inexpensive.
"A Cascadic Multigrid Algorithm for Computing the Fiedler Vector of Graph Laplacians" was published in the Journal of Computational Mathematics. It's not Urschel's first paper.
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This guy will go off the deep end if he retires. If he cant "go without physical contact" he will use his Rain man brain and go nuts!
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Fans of The Quiet Year: rejoice!
 
This is one of the coolest projects I've ever worked on, and I'm honored that +Avery Mcdaldno asked me to be a part of it.

http://www.patreon.com/creation?hid=1429046
I'm proud to release a new project today, a collaboration with Mark Diaz Truman. The Deep Forest is a map-drawing game about post-colonial weird fantasy. You play as a community of monsters, decolonizing and healing in the wake of a human occupation. It's a re-imagining of The Quiet Year. If you're familiar with that game, you'll see lots of subtle deviations from the mechanics there. Scarcity is no longer a focus point, instead replaced by cult...
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Shortly before we moved from Chicago to California, the folks in my office gave me perhaps the most thoughtful gift I've ever received: a custom datapack of "official" Netrunner cards, with each card featuring some memory or inside-joke from my time at Google Chicago.

The amount of effort that went into this blows my mind. There's obviously a lot of content, but the thing that makes this so special to a Netrunner fan is all the little details. For example:
  * They actually printed and folded a box exactly like the real datapack boxes. The box included not only all the cards, but also an awesome story insert, just like the real thing.
  * All of the cards make mechanical and thematic sense; they would actually "work" in the game [though some balance fixes are desperately required]. ;-)
  * Many of the cards have great flavortext, often with embarrassing-but-accurate quotes from me, such as the text on Diplomat ("At a meta-level, I'm happy that you're all so passionate about this subject."), or Laser-Focused Metrics ("It's hard to find the right balance between fair and insane.")

As you can see in the last shots in this album, these cards are now proudly on display above my new desk in Mountain View. I fully expect to be looking up at them, remembering Chicago, and grinning foolishly for years to come.

My understanding is that this was a big, group effort, but I also heard from many folks that +Jacob Matthews was instrumental in making this happen. So, thanks so much to Jacob and to everyone who contributed to this gift!

My time in Chicago marked the best four years of my life. I miss you already.
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+Donna Leong: I can translate it either into plain English or into language that a lawyer would understand. =) But here's a brief attempt: there's a card game called Netrunner that includes hundreds of different of cards, each with their own unique effects, and with more cards coming out every month or two. [If you've heard of card games like Magic or Pokemon, those are very close analogues]. For a going-away present, some Chicago friends went to great lengths to create a set of cards that look and feel like they're from the real Netrunner game, but where each card is some goofy thing about me, Chicago, or the Google office there.

Think of it like they'd printed up a custom set of playing cards for me, where for example the Queen of Hearts was my wife, the Joker was my (nonexistent) dog, etc. etc. Except way nerdier, way more intricate, and way harder to do. :-)
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It's "move somewhere else and start a brand new life" Wednesday for me, too, T-Rex. :-/
DID YOU KNOW: t-rex is absolutely speaking in the style of a newspaper headline in panel two
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Just back to Mountain View, +Sverre Rabbelier, so not so dramatic as all that. :-)
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Baby's first summer.
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It's official -- +Lauren Uyeshiro and I are moving back to the SF Bay Area this September! We miss our Chicago friends already, but we're excited to be settling down in California and raising our little one closer to family.
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Congratulations! We have family in California so hopefully we can catch up then. Stop by DC sometime and safe travels!
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Somehow, I limit these shares to once a month. :-)
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+Lauren Uyeshiro wanted this to be linkable from a blog post, so I'm hoping that public sharing does the trick. Sorry for the baby spam to those who don't go in for such things.
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Google auto-generated this "story" from some of the pictures we took over Christmas, and it came out pretty well!
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Dark Horse loses the rights to sell its decades' worth of Star Wars comics at the end of this year. For a last hurrah, they're now selling digital versions of these comics at steep discounts. Buy them now, and you can read them forever[1]! Miss the sale and it's quite possible that you'll never be able to buy or read these comics again.

Sufficiently motivated folks like +James Koh can even buy every Star Wars comic in the Dark Horse catalog (spanning 1991 to the present) as a single $300 bundle:

https://digital.darkhorse.com/profile/5400.star-wars-farewell-megabundle/

I ... know a guy who just did this. It wasn't his most rational decision, but he has no regrets. I also heard from this guy that the Dark Horse Android app isn't quite as slick as the Comixology app, but it's still a great way to read comics.

#starwars
#thanksdisney
#fomo
#yolo

[1] "Forever" here means "as long as Dark Horse exists and continues supporting its digital library offering." So it's basically the Kindle bargain, but backed by the full faith and credit of middling-sized-comics-publisher Dark Horse, rather than massive-tech-company Amazon.
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I haven't read that many myself, but so far the recommendations in this article seem on the money to me: http://toybox.io9.com/the-greatest-dark-horse-star-wars-comics-to-buy-before-1670419639

IMO Star Wars comics age pretty well. Erm, I mean, "it's an old code, sir, but it checks out." ;-)
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so many snippets of life :)  Great job.  Thanks for sharing!
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Thanks to +James Koh and +Jesse Beder for honoring me in the best way imaginable at work. Screen in the background is the tournament sign-up page mentioned on the flyer.

Man, I'm going to miss this office...
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I had no idea you were a Fooseball Savant!! You're a man of many talents!
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Tons of flies buzzing around the table by the door. When we asked to move to a table near the back instead, we got upgraded from "tons of flies" to merely "lots of flies." 4 stars for food and atmosphere. Minus 3 for flies, flies, and flies.
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Really delicious waffles, but they were not prepared for the convention rush. Long line; small, cramped, disorganized seating area. Buddy went back the next day because the waffles were THAT good, but be prepared for the hassle...
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Great local spot that doesn't try to be anything other than it is. My guava chicken sandwich was *really* tasty, but was a bit small for the money. The fried saimin noodles my mother-and-law shared for round two were unfortunately way too salty. But all the other dishes we tried at this spot were winners. We'll be back.
Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Good
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Great reuben sandwich. Courteous and quick service. I've probably eaten in most of the concourse B and C spots in O'Hare, and this is the best bite I've had yet.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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This place could be great, but it consistently falls short. Every couple of months, after enough time has passed since my last visit, I get lured back by the funky midcentury-mod decor, the great photos on the wall, and the high-quality coffee. Then I sit down for a few minutes, and I remember why I don't come here all the time. The place is dingy all around the edges, with wobbly tables, spills left uncleaned for a bit too long, a few flies hovering near the overfull trash cans, etc. It breaks my heart, because the concept is so cool and the place is right in my neighborhood. If they could combine the look and taste of this place with the simple attention to detail found in every friggin' Starbucks, they'd have a real winner.
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