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Joseph Smarr
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Attended Stanford University
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  • Stanford University
    Symbolic Systems (MS), 2002 - 2003
  • Stanford University
    Symbolic Systems, 1998 - 2002
  • University Laboratory High School
    1993 - 1998
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Engineer at Google. Opening up the Social Web.
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I can code circles around you. (Get it??)
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Member of Technical Staff
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  • Google
    Member of Technical Staff, 2010 - present
  • Plaxo
    CTO (among other things), 2002 - 2009
  • MedExpert
    2000 - 2002
  • WebEx
    1999 - 2000
  • Sigma Digital Design
    1996 - 1998
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Half Moon Bay, CA
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Urbana, IL - Stanford, CA - Los Altos, CA - San Jose, CA - Stabbiano, Italy

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I'm impressed that Google just published such a detailed explanation of one of their crown jewels internally. Definitely worth a look if you're curious how we dispatch and manage jobs across all of our data centers and machines.
 
So many folks have asked me over the years "what do you do at Google?"  I often have to just shrug my shoulders.

Well, the group I worked with (prior to my current team) has published a paper:  I used to be manager of the Borgmaster team.  What's a Borgmaster?  Read the paper.  :-)
Venue. Proceedings of the European Conference on Computer Systems (EuroSys), ACM, Bordeaux, France (2015). Publication Year. 2015. Authors. Abhishek Verma, Luis Pedrosa, Madhukar R. Korupolu, David Oppenheimer, Eric Tune, John Wilkes. BibTeX. @inproceedings{43438, title = {Large-scale cluster ...
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Wow, amazing footage. I'm grateful that +Elon Musk is being so transparent with the results of these historic attempts!
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im not sure that other companies have failures that are this awesome :p he's definitely a marketing genius no doubt about that.
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Whoa, huge congrats to my longtime friend (and partner-in-crime on OpenID/OAuth/etc.) +David Recordon on his appointment by +Barack Obama as Director of White House Information Technology. David has always cared about using technology to actually make the world a better place, not in a corporate winner-take-all sense, but in a "change what's possible and expected in the world" sense. I'm thrilled as a fellow citizen! :)
Beyond posting a few cryptic pictures of The White House the past few months I've really not written about why I've spent a bit of time out in DC. But...
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I bore witness to Pi day/time with as much precision as I could muster:

$ while true; do date +"%-m.%d.%y %-H:%M:%S.%N"; done | grep '3.14.15 9:26:53'
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3.14.15 9:26:53.552403843
3.14.15 9:26:53.558829535
3.14.15 9:26:53.577460604
3.14.15 9:26:53.58 4352540
3.14.15 9:26:53.590236447
3.14.15 9:26:53.592911562
3.14.15 9:26:53.601783398
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Got down to a hundredth of a second. If I wanted the full nanosecond accuracy of 3.14.15 9:26.53.589793238, I guess I should have used something a bit higher performance than a bash loop. :D
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Nice. Irene and I were watching Life of Pi at pi time. 
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Saw it last night! Incredibly compelling and entertaining and well produced. Take Al's word for it! :)
 
Merchants of Doubt, the new must see documentary about climate denial and the fossil fuel spin machine: http://ow.ly/K0Z4Y
Release, Theater Name, City, State. 03/13/2015, WESTPARK 8, IRVINE, CA. 03/13/2015, EMBARCADERO CENTER CINEMA, SAN FRANCISCO, CA. 03/13/2015, E-STREET CINEMA, WASHINGTON, DC. 03/13/2015, BETHESDA ROW CINEMA, BETHESDA, MD. 03/13/2015, SHIRLINGTON 7 THEATRES, ARLINGTON, VA ...
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Btw, Paul Krugman's latest op-ed is right on point with this film: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/03/06/opinion/paul-krugman-pepperoni-turns-partisan.html?referrer=
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Let me join the chorus of people praising How We Got to Now, a fun and thought provoking look at history through the lens of individual technological quests like controlling temperature, sound, and light. Steven Johnson makes the case that technological breakthroughs usually come not from solitary geniuses but from a network of related people and ideas, and that their implications are often much wider, more profound, and less predictable than anyone thinks at the time. Good stuff!
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Over the past several days, lots of people have reached out to me and other early +Plaxo Inc employees in shock over the headlines that a so-called "co-founder" was arrested for murder. The truth is, Minh never worked at Plaxo and I've never met or corresponded with him. +John McCrea finally decided to set the record straight on this sad and bizarre situation.
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Love this new integration. Glad people are starting to notice and like it too. :) h/t +Mike Elgan
 
Google+ Photo "Stories" are now showing in Google Now

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h/t +Thomas Tenkely​​

A cool feature from Google+ is now making its way to Google Now. "Stories," which is a feature that automatically creates a story from photos based on location,
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The latest venture from some of the key Plaxo/Meebo mafia. These guys are always worth paying close attention to...
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This is needed so badly. A fantastic venture!
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A powerful, inspiring speech--even by Obama's standards. This was clearly personal for him.
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+soulamazing This usurper doesn't write his speeches.  
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I totally share +Sam Altman's concerns that modern technology is likely to destroy jobs and concentrate wealth (unlike the Industrial Revolution). If computers/robots/AI can do more and more normal jobs, and even if there's enough shared prosperity (redistribution) to keep the pitchforks at bay, what are most people going to do in the future? I haven't heard a convincing scenario yet...have you?
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Oh man, +John McCrea dug up so much great nostalgic material from SGI's original WebFORCE launch 20 years ago today. I love reading the marketing material, which had to sell the Web itself as much as SGI's tools for doing more with it. :)
[20 Years Ago, Part 15. Other options: prior post or start at the beginning.] Somehow, against the odds, it all came together. WebFORCE went from funded project to new product line, ready for launc...
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I so miss SGI. 
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One of my favorite spots to get a great latte in Cambridge, esp. near Kendall Square. Service is quick and the baristas know what they're doing.
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Amazing chocolate, yummy pastries and hot chocolate, and so cool to see the factory humming right next to the cafe seating.
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Wonderful little gourmet artisan coffee shop. Best coffee and espresso drinks around, with friendly and passionate service to match. We come here every morning when we're staying in Wailea, and we look forward to it each time. They source and roast their own beans, and the care they take in brewing and presenting their drinks reminds me of the best places I've been to in San Francisco. They also sell bags of some of the best quality 100% Kona Coffee you can find anywhere (which they can also brew for you in a French Press). Highly recommended for anyone who loves great coffee or lattes.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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Yum! Food was great, service was helpful and prompt, and the space is beautiful. Definitely a great choice if you're near The Fillmore!
Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
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K&L is amazing if you're into wine (or spirits). They have a great selection of wines (both domestic an international, esp. French) that they've hand-picked and in many cases directly imported, and their staff (and website) are super helpful too. I buy a ton of stuff from them, and I don't know of any other place that does what they do. Highly recommended!
Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
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