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I have to wonder if John Edward knew what kind of interview he had signed up for.
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Hahahaha..I really think he had no clue what he was in for - or how to take the "hard" questions...but at least he "went along" to some extent.
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After sunset - western sky from Sydney tonight. The Moon, Venus, the star Regulus (barely visible to the right of Venus) and Jupiter.
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Very cool. I tried to catch it but only had my mobile with me..came out all fuzzy, as usual :(
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I accidentally saw this tonight!

I was leaving the train station, looked up at Venus and Jupiter on a still bright sky, and saw this dot, slightly less bright than Jupiter, moving quickly between them from west to east. I only realised it was the ISS after I got home and read this article. 
Sydneysider stargazers witness the International Space Station appear close to Jupiter and Venus in the night sky this evening.
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The pride flag has flown for 37 years. Today, we can all understand what it really means. #LoveWins https://goo.gl/QQZFfn
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After the zombie apocalypse, this is how we'll rebuild civilisation.
A while ago, I posted the comic Up Goer Five, an annotated blueprint of the Saturn V rocket with all the parts described using only the thousand most common English words. Today, I'm excited to ann...
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Melbourne at sunset.

(this was a while ago; this photo is from Australia Day, 2010 - those people on the banks of the Yarra are waiting for the fireworks)
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elo can we b friend pls
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Hypothesis: humans will eradicate most/all infectious diseases before developing a time machine. The reason why we don't see time tourists from the future is the fear of biological contamination (our era is isolated as a bio-hazard).

Alternatively, the reason we don't see time tourists from the future is that the first scientist to test a time machine did not think about the bio-contamination issue and accidentally eradicated (future) human civilization by bringing back multiple pathogens and spreading them around.
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Hypothesis: In the future they think there are nothing worth to see in past . They're ashamed of this age.
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I have a good feeling about this.
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I go through these pretty much every week.
people who say exercise is fun get a commission and make a quick $15 for every five minutes you exercise. IT'S THE ONLY WAY THIS MAKES SENSE
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Melbourne at night.
(last Friday)
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All of these images were computer generated!

For the last few weeks, Googlers have been obsessed with an internal visualization tool that Alexander Mordvintsev in our Zurich office created to help us visually understand some of the things happening inside our deep neural networks for computer vision.  The tool essentially starts with an image, runs the model forwards and backwards, and then makes adjustments to the starting image in weird and magnificent ways.  

In the same way that when you are staring at clouds, and you can convince yourself that some part of the cloud looks like a head, maybe with some ears, and then your mind starts to reinforce that opinion, by seeing even more parts that fit that story ("wow, now I even see arms and a leg!"), the optimization process works in a similar manner, reinforcing what it thinks it is seeing.  Since the model is very deep, we can tap into it at various levels and get all kinds of remarkable effects.

Alexander, +Christopher Olah, and Mike Tyka wrote up a very nice blog post describing how this works:

http://googleresearch.blogspot.com/2015/06/inceptionism-going-deeper-into-neural.html

There's also a bigger album of more of these pictures linked from the blog post:

https://goo.gl/photos/fFcivHZ2CDhqCkZdA

I just picked a few of my favorites here.
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I heartily endorse this product and/or service.

A bit more seriously: Auður is a great guide (and a very nice person!), and her blog is an amazing resource for anyone considering visiting Iceland. If you're thinking of going there, read her posts and not only you will be convinced to go, you'll also know about lots of places most tourists wouldn't normally visit. And, of course, her tour of Reykjavík is incredibly informative; do it on the first day you're there if you can.
5 reasons why you should add The I Heart Reykjavík on your todo list for Reykjavík
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I was sad that I only learned about this during my stay in Iceland -- but most of my stay wasn't in Rekyjavik anyways, and I'm sure I'll go back sometime.
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I graduated in Computer Science from UFRGS (in Porto Alegre, Brazil) many moons ago. After that I worked from 1993 to 2004 for the company that eventually became Terra Networks Brazil, in Mountain View (1994-1997) and Porto Alegre. I then moved to Australia in 2004, worked for Melbourne Uni until 2010 and now work for Google in Sydney.
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