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Actions are live!

Starting today, developers can now create Conversation Actions for Google Home. This opens up a new dimension for using Home and is the next (but not last) step in making it part of a ubiquitous experience.

Home is awesome so far... and Actions will make them even better!

I'm already working on a few things... let's talk about what you want to see hear!

https://developers.googleblog.com/2016/12/start-building-actions-on-google.html

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Actions are live!

Starting today, developers can now create Conversation Actions for Google Home. This opens up a new dimension for using Home and is the next (but not last) step in making it part of a ubiquitous experience.

I'm already working on a few things... let's talk about what you want to see hear!

https://developers.googleblog.com/2016/12/start-building-actions-on-google.html

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Warm

I absolutely love this oatmeal. From the scent of the toasting oats to the flavor of everything combined.

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Never Again

And we must stand with our fellow Americans who may be singled out for how they look, who they love, where they’re from or how they pray.

And let me say this. There recently have been reports that the new Administration plans to force Muslim-Americans to register for some sort of master government list.

Look, Islamic extremism is a threat to us all. But as Jews, we know what it means to be registered and tagged, held out as different from our fellow citizens.

As Jews, we know the righteous and just response. All of us have heard the story of the Danish king who said if his country’s Jews had to wear a gold star…all of Denmark would too.

So I pledge to you right here and now, because I care about the fight against anti-Semitism, that if one day in these United States, if one day Muslim-Americans will be forced to register their identities, then that is the day that this proud Jew will register as a Muslim.

Because fighting prejudice against the marginalized is not just the fight of those minorities. It’s our fight. Just as the fight against anti-Semitism is not only the fight of us Jews. It’s everyone’s fight.

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Before the Summit

I'm about to board a flight to meet with fellow GDEs, but wanted to quickly share that I spent yesterday at GDG Capital Region's DevFest. Spoke on two subjects and participated in a panel
- Brillo and Weave: A First Look
- Google Home: First Conversations
- Panel on Cloud Computing

I have my slides up at http://prisoner.com/ubi/, but you won't get the effect of using Google Home to control the slide deck discussing how to get Google Home to control slide decks. (You follow that?)

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I ponder this poem sometimes. It was written mid-war and calls on the author's comrades to continue to take the fight to the foe.

It doesn't call for peace. But today we can read that thought in it.

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Armistice Day + 98

I will come to a time in my backwards trip when November eleventh [...] was a sacred day called Armistice Day. [...] all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God.
-- Kurt Vonnegut - Breakfast of Champions
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December! And +Wayne Piekarski​ is a pretty awesome guy. I'm champing at the bit!
The Google Assistant is a great way to ask questions and get things done using a conversational interface, and is currently available in the Google Home device and Pixel phones.

Starting in December, developers will be able to build actions for the Google Assistant, using API.AI and other tools. We have a sign up page
https://developers.google.com/actions/ where you can register for updates as they come out. Also, I will be the Developer Advocate for Assistant and IoT areas, so follow me on G+ and I'll be making more announcements soon!

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Lights, Camera, Actions!

I can't tell you how excited I am for this API, and I'm thrilled that +Wayne Piekarski will be the Developer Advocate for Actions as well.

Can't wait to see what we come up with!
The Google Assistant is a great way to ask questions and get things done using a conversational interface, and is currently available in the Google Home device and Pixel phones.

Starting in December, developers will be able to build actions for the Google Assistant, using API.AI and other tools. We have a sign up page
https://developers.google.com/actions/ where you can register for updates as they come out. Also, I will be the Developer Advocate for Assistant and IoT areas, so follow me on G+ and I'll be making more announcements soon!

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From Sea to Shining Sea

I had been saving these two pictures for some pithy commentary... but I never found the right occasion. The juxtaposition still means a lot to me every time I think about this election. I have one more photo from the Life Underground art collection if the polls go the way I hope it does.

The polls in every state are now open. I've seen and heard touching stories from people who immigrated and have become citizens, children of immigrants, and fourth (and more!) generation citizens. I've seen videos from the Susan B Anthony gravesite. I've seen many stickers and a few ballot selfies where it was legal. I've seen an actor portraying a founding father rap about voting. I've spoken to my son about how he feels this election day. I'm getting pretty emotional about it all.

Around 5 hours till the first polls close.
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