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Some good suggestions on how Google Plus can be even better from +Mike Elgan out of the five Mike suggests I would like to see Google Plus enable posts from Gmail.  This was a feature of Posterous (RIP) it was a feature that made you post more regularly.  You would be writing an email and think you know what this could be a post on Posterous. This would be the same for Google Plus.  

Why?  well sometimes its easier to write an email than a post inside a social network.  So when you write in Gmail having the option to publish it to Google Plus would encourage more posts to be put on Google Plus. 
Five things I'd love to see in Google+.

+Vic Gundotra recently posted an open invitation to Google+ fans in Dallas to come tell him what they'd like to see added to Google+. 
(Imagine the people who run Twitter or Facebook doing that. Yeah, hard to imagine....)

Anyway, I'm not in Dallas. I don't even own a cowboy hat. But I do consider myself Google+'s number-one fan. So here are 5 things I'd like to see added to Google+: 

1. Expand the 5,000-person circle limit. Every few days I try to circle someone, and Google+ tells me I've reached the limit. So I go in and start looking for people or pages to cut. It's enormously painful and time consuming. Mostly I cut pages. Pretty soon, I will be following zero pages, not because I don't want to follow them, but because I'm being forced to choose between people and pages that I want to follow. I'm a heavy user who uses Google+ in my job. Part of that is that I want a circle with all my colleagues -- namely technology journalists. If I can't follow all the people I want to follow on Google+, then I have to find some place to follow them. I WILL follow these people, somewhere. Google+ has from the beginning been the unlimited social site in a field of competitors with all kinds of arbitrary limitations. So why, of all things, does Google force me to circle fewer people than I want to circle? 

2. Fix Hangouts. People get interrupted by incoming Hangouts by people they don't want to be contaced by at times they don't want to be contacted. They ask me for help, and I can never figure out how to explain it. The solution for most people is to delete the app and opt out. Also: Make it super simple to launch a hangout. Right now, we'd like to use Hangouts instead of Skype for TWiT, but it's too hard to explain to non-users how to launch or join a hangout. 

3. Enable posts from Gmail. Posterous used to enable you to post via email. The subject line was your headline. The message was the body of the post, and the attached picture was the picture in the post, all perfectly formatted in the Posterous blog. Twitter bought them to kill them, and now that company -- and that feature -- is no more. Why? This would be KILLER for Google+. With Google+, you can make a G+ post that is also an email to a bunch of people. I'd love to see it work in the other direction where an email message to a bunch of people could also be a Google+ post (by adding one's own G+ post email address to the recipients). 

4. Give me an un-filtered stream option. The options for noise filtering for any given stream or circle is "More," "Standard" and "Fewer." Please add "All." It doesn't matter if even if your filtering algorithm is perfect. It bugs me because I don't know what I'm missing or why I'm missing it. 

5. Show me fewer strangers. If you want to filter something, please filter my Notifications stream. Half the posts in there are from total strangers who I have never interacted with, many of whom speak an entirely different language and most of whom are posting about things totally irrelevant to me -- oftentimes just a picture of themselves or something. I don't even have time for all the awesome Google+ posts that I want and that are relevant to me and I definitely don't have time for totally irrelevant posts. Google is supposed to be great at harvesting signals from me, then personalizing my experience. So why doesn't Google know that I don't speak Arabic? 

I'll stop there. I'll admit that it's easy to complain and hard to build a complex social site that pleases everyone. 

I'll also say that Google+ is by far the best social anything ever and I'm still loving it every day. 

This email is partly for Vic Gundotra and partly for the G+ team. But it's also for my circle friends just as a reality check. Am I off in the weed here, or would you like some of these upgrades, too? 
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Our cluttered future: The Zero Theorem  Having seen Terry Gilliam's new film I found it a bit of a mess but an interesting one that you should see. What I like about Gilliam's future is just how messy it can be.  This is a future that is not efficient, clean or smooth but is cluttered. Gilliam perfected this style in Brazil (1985) and it is evident in Blade Runner (1982) Technology can deliver efficiency and make our lives better but sometimes it just gets in the way.
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Journalist Paul Mason on the future of capitalism. His book 'Post Capitalism' is released in 2015. This talk sets the scene for the ideas behind the book.
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My new Chromecast will turn my viewing habits in the direction of +YouTube Very impressed by Chromecast especially the set up which was uber easy. Hopefully more services enable Chromecast.
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If you have Amazon Prime, I've found you can also stream that to the TV to widen your viewing choices.
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Under The Skin will divide audiences. For some it will be a listless perhaps boring film.  For others like myself it's a mesmerizing film. Scarlett Johansson as an alien predator prowling around Glasgow in a Ford Transit van was an inspired bit of casting.   
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+Arturo Abrigo that is the case.  They could this because the quality of tiny small cameras for cinema has greatly improved.  
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The Double  (Richard Ayoade) creates a familiar retro future world but does not put enough into it. It's  an interesting film that gives a nod to Gilliam's Brazil.  Jesse Eisenberg is good as the office drone who is losing it fast with a much superior version of himself stalking the office.  An eclectic soundtrack of Japanese sounding pop music. 

The office setting inevitably has a love interest for Eisenberg's character played fairly well by Mia Wasikowska.  Worth watching, sometimes interesting but a film you should prioritise to see that achieves much more than The Double is the Berberian Sound Studio from director Peter Strickland 
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Help.  Despite signing into my Google account every time I open Google Maps on my Chromebook I get asked to sign in.  Then when I do sign in I arrive at  the page about 2 step verification.  Can someone help?
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In defence of +Google Glass with some myth busting.  Will it succeed? who knows? but eye wear akin to Glass will succeed. First mover might not take advantage but others will. 
The Top 10 Google Glass Myths

Mr. Rogers was a Navy SEAL. A tooth placed in soda will dissolve in 24 hours. Gators roam the sewers of big cities and Walt Disney is cryogenically frozen. These are just some of the most common and -- let’s admit it -- awesome urban myths out there. 

Myths can be fun, but they can also be confusing or unsettling. And if spoken enough, they can morph into something that resembles fact. (Side note: did you know that people used to think that traveling too quickly on a train would damage the human body?)

In its relatively short existence, Glass has seen some myths develop around it. While we’re flattered by the attention, we thought it might make sense to tackle them, just to clear the air. And besides, everyone loves a good list:

Myth 1 - Glass is the ultimate distraction from the real world
Instead of looking down at your computer, phone or tablet while life happens around you, Glass allows you to look up and engage with the world. Big moments in life -- concerts, your kid’s performances, an amazing view -- shouldn’t be experienced through the screen you’re trying to capture them on. That’s why Glass is off by default and only on when you want it to be. It’s designed to get you a bit of what you need just when you need it and then get you back to the people and things in life you care about. 

Myth 2:  Glass is always on and recording everything
Just like your cell phone, the Glass screen is off by default. Video recording on Glass is set to last 10 seconds. People can record for longer, but Glass isn't designed for or even capable of always-on recording (the battery won’t last longer than 45 minutes before it needs to be charged). So next time you’re tempted to ask an Explorer if he’s recording you, ask yourself if you’d be doing the same with your phone. Chances are your answers will be the same.

Myth 3 - Glass Explorers are technology-worshipping geeks
Our Explorers come from all walks of life. They include parents, firefighters, zookeepers, brewmasters, film students, reporters, and doctors. The one thing they have in common is that they see the potential for people to use technology in a way that helps them engage more with the world around them, rather than distract them from it. In fact, many Explorers say because of Glass they use technology less, because they’re using it much more efficiently. We know what you’re thinking: “I’m not distracted by technology”. But the next time you’re on the subway, or, sitting on a bench, or in a coffee shop, just look at the people around you. You might be surprised at what you see.

Myth 4 - Glass is ready for prime time
Glass is a prototype, and our Explorers and the broader public are playing a critical role in how it’s developed. In the last 11 months, we’ve had nine software updates and three hardware updates based, in part, on feedback from people like you. Ultimately, we hope even more feedback gets baked into a polished consumer product ahead of being released. And, in the future, today's prototype may look as funny to us as that mobile phone from the mid 80s.

Myth 5: Glass does facial recognition (and other dodgy things) Nope. That’s not true. As we’ve said before, regardless of technological feasibility, we made the decision based on feedback not to release or even distribute facial recognition Glassware unless we could properly address the many issues raised by that kind of feature.  And just because a weird application is created, doesn’t mean it’ll get distributed in our MyGlass store. We manually approve all the apps that appear there and have several measures in place (from developer policies and screenlocks to warning interstitials) to help protect people’s security on the device.

Myth 6: Glass covers your eye(s)
“I can't imagine having a screen over one eye...” one expert said in a recent article. Before jumping to conclusions about Glass, have you actually tried it? The Glass screen is deliberately above the right eye, not in front or over it. It was designed this way because we understand the importance of making eye contact and looking up and engaging with the world, rather than down at your phone.
Myth 7 - Glass is the perfect surveillance device
If a company sought to design a secret spy device, they could do a better job than Glass! Let’s be honest: if someone wants to secretly record you, there are much, much better cameras out there than one you wear conspicuously on your face and that lights up every time you give a voice command, or press a button. 

Myth 8 - Glass is only for those privileged enough to afford it
The current prototype costs $1500 and we realize that is out of the range of many people. But that doesn’t mean the people who have it are wealthy and entitled. In some cases, their work has paid for it. Others have raised money on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. And for some, it’s been a gift. 

Myth 9 - Glass is banned... EVERYWHERE  
Since cell phones came onto the scene, folks have been pretty good at creating etiquette and the requisite (and often necessary) bans around where someone can record (locker rooms, casino floors, etc.). Since Glass functionality mirrors the cell phones ("down to the screen being off by default), the same rules apply. Just bear in mind, would-be banners: Glass can be attached to prescription lenses, so requiring Glass to be turned off is probably a lot safer than insisting people stumble about blindly in a locker room.

Myth 10 - Glass marks the end of privacy
When cameras first hit the consumer market in the late 19th century, people declared an end to privacy. Cameras were banned in parks, at national monuments and on beaches.  People feared the same when the first cell phone cameras came out. Today, there are more cameras than ever before. In ten years there will be even more cameras, with or without Glass. 150+ years of cameras and eight years of YouTube are a good indicator of the kinds of photos and videos people capture--from our favorite cat videos to dramatic, perspective-changing looks at environmental destruction, government crackdowns, and everyday human miracles. 
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Heading to Herne Bay  getting out of London for some sea air.  Have put together a map using Google Maps engine of places I will be visiting. Eating and drinking establishments feature.   Feel free to have a look or add some suggestions to the map.  
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  • Aberystwyth University
    International Politics, 1994 - 1997
  • Birkbeck, University of London
    Masters European Politics, 2004 - 2006
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The mains reasons for disliking my stay at Pebbles Reach. First, asked to pay up front and second it turned out breakfast was not included. Paying up front and not on departure suggests distrust and not having breakfast included was a let down for somewhere that describes itself as a bed and breakfast. They said it would have been sixty rather than fifty had breakfast been included. The room was small but in fairness it was cosy and had all what you would need crammed into it. Overall staying here felt like staying in a shared house of a mate. Looked like a family was staying at the premises and they were renting out a few rooms. We wanted to be near the seaside and Pebbles does have a good location but we got a room not with a sea view but instead a view of the grimy back streets of Herne Bay. A for sale sign greets you on arrival that should have been a warning.
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Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
Decent old skool pub on the up and coming Union Street. Decent choice of ale, good pub food in particular the ale pie which is tasty and good sized. The pub has sports covered with matches from Sky. Plenty to televisions but thankfully it does not have one massive all dominating screen that can overwhelm some pubs. Staff are very friendly and helpful.
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Old school Indian restaurant that is popular with locals. The interior is comfortable if uninspiring and it reminded me of similar restaurants in either Manchester and Birmingham. Service is average, when I asked for a Mango Lassai from the menu the waiter told me they did not have any. No Lassai This was a first for an Indian restaurant. Though the menu covers many of the usual Indian dishes with coconut rice being rather nice. I had a Tropical Balti not as exotic as it sounds. It contains a mix of beef, chicken and prawns. Quite nice but nothing special. As the meal went on people came and went with take away's, phone was ring for home delivery and the noise from the kitchen could be heard clearly. On the kitchen, a recent inspection by the council hygiene inspectors only gave this place a one (highest is five) you might worry. However I did not and the bill came to £35 pound for two with drinks.
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Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
Not a bad pub if want something of the beaten track from the area around Victoria. The night I visited it was really packed but the bar staff served as quickly considering the crowd. Thinking about it the best feature of this pub is the long, narrow beer garden. Well hardly garden as its mostly stone maybe back yard would be better to describe it. Recommended on a hot day for the backyard. Ale is pretty good as well.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
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Reasonably average pub but if you go on Saturday night then weather permitting it is better to sit out in the beer garden. This is the best feature the pub has. Once inside if its a Saturday night it will be chock full with people, barely enough room to move and getting a pint will be labour of love.
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Little tricky to find but once you discover its charms you will feel relaxed. Cosy and modern venue with a cafe and nice seating. The programme is eclectic and as Time Out reckon 'its a place for rising talent' .
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
A quality Irish Pub, you know its not a fake Irish pub because of the service. The bar has got plenty of staff and the service is excellent. Plenty of TV screens with GAA and soccer on most of the time. Even horse racing is catered for. Best thing of all about this pub is the Sunday carvery which is the most generous in terms of portion in London. Great value for money.
Food: Very goodDecor: Very goodService: Excellent
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