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Joseph Smarr
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Lives in Half Moon Bay, CA
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Senior Staff Software Engineer
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  • Google
    Senior Staff Software Engineer, 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 - Krems an der Donau, Austria
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Engineer at Google. Opening up the Social Web.
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I can code circles around you. (Get it??)
Education
  • Stanford University
    Symbolic Systems (MS), 2002 - 2003
  • Stanford University
    Symbolic Systems, 1998 - 2002
  • University Laboratory High School
    1993 - 1998
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Love this short video that +Dan Ambrosi commissioned of me and +Christopher Lamb explaining the tech behind our Dreamscapes!
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Hello +Joseph Smarr. My music facebook page was hacked/Stolen. Facebook support won't give me any help. I can prove to you that the page is mine and I created it My face is all over it. The man who stole it is from pakistan I know his facebook account But he will not give it back. Please help me heres the link to it: https://www.facebook.com/TSteezymusic/?fref=ts
Here is my email if you can help. ttcsteezy@gmail.com. Please please help.
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Super easy yet powerful way to fix your out of order photos from your next trip (or when a bunch of people share photos from an event with you).
 
Web update: Easily adjust the date & time of multiple photos

You took a bunch of great photos with your camera. But when you uploaded them to Google Photos, you realized you forgot to correct the time zone after your last trip. So now you’re stuck with a disorganized photo library, and the thought of changing each time stamp individually makes your head hurt.

Thankfully, adjusting the time or date for a range of photos is now fast, easy, and intuitive.

On photos.google.com, just select the group of photos you’d like to adjust and click “Edit date & time” in the menu dropdown. You’ll be able to shift or set the time stamps, and preview the changes before saving.

In addition, you can now delete photos directly from an album – just select photos and click “Move to trash” in the menu dropdown.

These updates are rolling out now on photos.google.com.
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Spence and I will be a good time to get the same time as 
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I finally tried sous vide cooking at home! Have you ever done it? I collected some tips for things that weren't obvious to me as a first timer...
After years of passive enchantment with sous-vide cooking, my wife bought me an Anova immersion circulator for my birthday so I could finally try it at home. De
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Perfect timing. We just got one last week =)
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Nice review of smart albums by +WIRED, calling them 'a souped-up version of the existing “Stories” feature'--indeed! 
The Google Photos Assistant now puts together a full-featured photo album when you return from your awesome vacation.
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Nothing looks to have been changed in Albums yet, it is still just a rectangular box of rectangular images all lined up one next to each other. I thought there were going to be changes in transitioning Albums into something better than when Stories was removed?

There is still no white space between photos, still no horizontal scrolling, and still no ability to adjust the layout, and still no way to tell a story.

Albums is okay for something like what I'm doing with photos related to my thesis - tagging the photos in groups (though search doesn't work for tags, making that next to impossible to find, I have to view source to search, and then try to find them later, scrolling through hundreds and thousands of photos, depending on the album). Mind you, even on the desktop you can't easily rearrange hundreds or thousands of photos. You have to drag one photo or tag at a time, and there is no way for a photo or tag near the end to be dragged to near the beginning without going past all the other photos. I gave up trying to numerically/alphabetically order my photo groups, and use Ctrl-F on the source code to check whether my photo tag is there, and then waste an unreasonable amount of time manually searching for the tag and images I need.

But it just isn't a way to tell the story of your holiday for sharing with friends. And zero of my family are interested in the 'shared album' feature. Not a single one has ever tried to upload their photos of family events to add theirs, making me wonder what the point was of removing Stories and transitioning to shared Albums, when no-one I know uses shared Albums.

I am still extremely disappointed by the removal of Stories, and still put in semi-regular feedback about bringing it back. Still waiting on something - anything - to change to show us that Google Photos is listening and willing to provide things that their users want. Yet, after half a year or so, nothing seems to have changed.

But, then, people have wanted Google Maps to 'avoid tolls' as standard for over 3 years now, and nothing has changed (unless you are an iPhone/iPad user), so I can only assume that Google just doesn't care about their users, and Google will do whatever Google wants to do, and too bad for people who actually care. :(
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Substituting 2:1 vs. 1:1 simple syrup?

While reading Jeffrey Morgenthaler's justifiably lauded The Bar Book (http://amzn.com/145211384X), he often prefers 2:1 "rich" simple syrup to the classic 1:1 variety. Makes sense--less volume, stores better, etc. But he doesn't mention how to calculate the appropriate quantity of 2:1 simple syrup you need in a recipe that calls for 1:1. Any tips?

Is it as simple as the straight math: 2/3 volume is sugar vs 1/2, so use 3/4 as much (2/3 * 3/4 = 6/12 = 1/2)? I notice he often uses 3/4 oz lemon/lime juice to 1/2 oz 2:1 simple syrup, whereas normally you would use 3/4 oz 1:1 simple syrup, and 3/4 * 3/4 = 9/16 ~= 1/2 so maybe that checks out? But I couldn't find anything definitive about this on the web, so I'm turning to the mixology community here. :)
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Yes it's that simple, just use 3/4 as much rich simple syrup compared to regular 1:1 syrup.
I usually never bother with 2:1 syrup for sours, shelf life is usually not a problem and I don't think anyone notice the difference in dilution. A finished regular daiquiri (2oz, 3/4oz, 1/2oz) has a alcohol content of around 16.5%, if we switch the syrup to 2:1 and use 3/8oz syrup, then the alcohol increases to 17.2% so not that much of a difference.
When it comes to demerara syrup though, then I use 2:1 mixture due to the increased shelf life.
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First time anything I've worked on has gotten the Disney treatment (unless you count the deleted scene from Ratatouille where Linguini cleans up his address book with Plaxo). There's even a brief scene of a Polar Bear using "Zoogle Photos" in Zootopia itself (we got to see an advanced screening yesterday--loved it!).
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Omg I love you. Excellent ratatouille reference. Often missed.....
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Here's an update with tons of news & photos of the amazing progress of our Dreamscapes project (including the tech talk and exhibit we had at Google)!
So much has happened since I first wrote about my “side project” to help Dan Ambrosi apply DeepDream to his multi-hundred megapixel HDR landscapes. Here's a
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Thomas Frank is back with a vengeance, this time turning his brilliant, sardonic, barbed tongue towards the Democrats who, he argues compellingly IMO, have consciously chosen to abandon the working class in favor of the professional "creative class" that is winning in the new economy. He traces the arc from McGovern through Bill Clinton, Obama, and even Hillary, showing how they spoke as if they were still the party of the FDR and the protectors of the middle class, but their policy agenda instead exacerbated income inequality and the precariousness of the less fortunate.

His point is that blaming Republicans (as he's done so effectively for years) for the problems we face today as a nation is insufficient, and likewise another term with a Democratic president is not on its own going to necessarily do much to fix things. The left's failure to take seriously the plight of the working class is also what has created the space for alternatives like Trump (the same case made by George Packer, author of the haunting The Unwinding, in his latest essay: http://goo.gl/wtgcLS). In the 90s, the theory was "these people have nowhere else go [politically]". Frank points out this theory is now dangerously out of date.

Those of you who have been Feeling the Bern will no doubt be nodding your heads as you read this book, tho curiously Frank scarcely mentions Sanders. He explains why in an interview (https://youtu.be/4w4I1c8VnbI): Sanders's career has not actually been as a Democrat, and he's only running as one now because there isn't really an alternative. So although Frank is an admirer and thinks his campaign is helping fix this problem on the left, he didn't consider him to be a refutation of the core criticism against the mainstream Democratic party of the last thirty+ years).

If you've never read any of Frank's writing before, you're in for a real treat, and if you have, you're no doubt eagerly licking your chops as I was. He's true to form and tho it can be painful to hear his frustration and despair with folks closer to home than his usual fodder, it's nonetheless thought provoking and extremely timely. So put this near the top of your reading list and lemme know what you think when you're done!
books.google.com - From the bestselling author of What's the Matter With Kansas, a scathing look at the standard-bearers of liberal politics -- a book that asks: what's the ma...
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Is a great work you doing Joseph, am an intelligent and smart young man who takes passion in the IT field. I want to learn more and get a career in IT, the only backbone which happens to be my mother died and my dreams is at de virge of collapsing, i therefore seek your immediate help or anybody who can help me realise my dreams in the IT world..this is my email: sam2005gh@gmail.com
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Here's a great new smart album from a recent trip to Mexico by our PM +Francois de Halleux -- you may recognize a few faces ;) 
31 new photos · Album by Francois de Halleux
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+Joseph Smarr All my Stories are now gone, reformatted and converted to Albums. Why didn't we have any warning that this was going to happen? I can't tell you how angry I am about it, I assumed that they would stay as Stories. I'll be finding new software that can create albums as I want them, not as Google wants them. 
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The best of stories, now in Google Photos albums

With today’s update, albums in Google Photos are becoming smarter and more expressive, powered by many of the best ideas and technology from stories. There’s now one simple way to view, personalize, and share your life’s adventures. I hope you’ll agree it combines the proactive smarts and context awareness of stories that we all love with the enhanced editing and collaboration features of photo albums. Let us know what you think!
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Great idea Davide
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I've been dogfooding this for a while, and it's a pretty magical experience. If I never have to swipe a card and enter a PIN and confirm that I don't want cash back again, it'll be too soon! :D
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Btw you apparently get $5 off your first purchase with Hands Free, so that's a little extra incentive to try it out if you're in the Bay Area!
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I always feel like, as a Google engineer, if your work is impacting the main search results page, you've really made an impact. Most of us never actually do that, but I'm proud and excited to see my friends +Malte Ubl and +Dave Besbris join that club :)
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Not sure what the current plans/timeline are, but that would certainly be a good idea IMO :)
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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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