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SimpleGeo, the once promising location startup, has been acquired, I've heard. The buyer is Urban Airship. This is an all stock acquisition apparently, totaling around $3.5 million in value. Sin......
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I'm incredibly impressed by the flexibility of this guy's voice! ... Is it odd that this makes me want to take up singing again?
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Apparently there is a limit to number of people you can add to your circle - and it's 5000 - and I've hit that limit - and Circle starts to act inconsistently/strangely. For example, when I add one more person, the number inside the circle doesn't update, but the floating tip updates, so there are two inconsistent counts. And the animation says "+1" even though it didn't actually add the person. There was no message, no warning, just random strange behavior...
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The craziest fountain I have ever seen
The Bellagio water fountains ain't got nothing on this. This water fountain in Osaka Station, Japan is so amazing that it can tell you the time, draw pictures of leaves, show music notes, spell words ...
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Watch this clip before reading. Warning: If you're at work, be careful. If you focus and pay attention to this clip, I'm pretty sure you're going to have a few tears rolling down your face by the end.

I mentioned meeting +Trey Ratcliff in a post a few days ago: http://bit.ly/ruQQrf. We talked about many subjects (I think our conversation ran about 10.5 hours). One topic that came up was "micro expressions" -- extremely brief facial expressions (lasting as little as 1/25th of a second). An expression that brief could actually be missed by standard 30 frame per second (fps) film. At 30 fps, you may be missing key signifiers & moments from your favorite actors, because the technology is not sufficient to capture the full range of human motion (and thus e-motion). Interesting if you think about it.

Trey theorized that this was the reason why human interaction is where we experience the most powerful emotions. I'm sure you can think of 10 other reasons why interacting with each other is more emotive than watching movies (though the reasons might be more what we'd want to believe than what may be "true"). But that said, I immediately thought the "opposite": that some of my most powerful emotional memories were from watching films, and not from interactions in person.

Is this because an animator can overcome the technology hurdle that hides "micro expressions"? That the animator can make sure we read the range of emotion in their characters by simply insuring they're on the screen for us to see? I don't think so, but it's interesting to think about.

For me, I think animations can be so powerful for the same reason we can be so emotionally affected by animals. It's hard to be cynical about an animal. We assume their souls are pure. When I empathize with an animated character that's portrayed as good, I think my mind adopts this anti-cynical approach. Since the animated character is not human, somehow the character becomes "more" human. The character is idealized and his motives seem entirely pure. There's no part of me that doubts his sincerity, or integrity. This is really hard to do with live action actors, or in real life. There may always be a little bit of "doubt" in the viewer.

This, I'd submit, is why these 4 minutes from Up is one of the most powerful moments in film I've ever seen. If you filmed this segment with human actors, the idealized, pure portrait of the characters love would be sullied by what we humans really are: self-interested, complicated, and sometimes not so nice.
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Beautiful Paintings of Evgeniy Lushpin I love his works!!!

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Tom Anderson originally shared:
 
Great idea and some amazing photos here -- a "Top List" or "Top Photos of the Day" culled from Google+.

-Here's my hope for a few improvements: First, there doesn't seem to be a permanent link where one can bookmark / go and see it everyday. Second, I wish it used shortcut's "J" and "K" like Google+ itself to move through photos. (So used to that here.. haha!) Third: It doesn't really seem like it's auto-updating, going to show up everyday. Where's Sep 28? Hope that changes.- Update, +Jarek Klimek (creator of this Top list says all these features are coming.)

Keep an eye on this thing, and enjoy the top-rated photos (based on shares, +1s and comments from September 27th. Nice work +Jarek Klimek (the creator of this site). Oh it'd also be nice to explain the algorithm - what's considered "top"?

Btw, as some of you may have noticed, I've started to get into photography over the last month or so. It started with seeing +Trey Ratcliff's images here, and then meeting him in person. We went on two "photo trips" together -- to Burning Man and China and now I'm back in LA upgrading my computer, software and gear to continue my new interest. In fact, that's why I haven't posted much since Friday. I've been working on photo stuff for the last 5 days! I will share some soon, but I'm not happy with them yet.
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The difference between the US and Europe: the cheap self -serve coffee here is fancy, good espresso. 
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