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Google Cloud SQL assigns an IPv6 address for your instance.
Google Compute Engine doesn't support IPv6.

+Google Cloud Platform - do these teams talk to each other?
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Why did the turkeys cross the road?
To get to I/O Extended

Didn't register for I/O? Worried you won't get in? Don't forget there are plenty of opportunities for an I/O experience at I/O Extended events worldwide - you'll meet up with other local developers, watch the keynote and other selected presentations, participate in local activities, and maybe get some special swag!

Check out to find one near you. Don't see one listed? Maybe you can help organize one!
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Yeah, I love that picture of me (from I/O 2014), and I've been trying to buy the license for it from the photographer so I can use it.
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Time is running out to register for I/O 2015!

So if you're a developer - go register now. Under 12 hours left.
And then enjoy these retrospectives from my I/O 2013 experience:

It is interesting to go back and read some of my observations and comments from then. I was clearly more focused in 2013 than I was the year before - Glass and Google+ more than exploring sessions, but I feel like that was because I didn't find the sessions I really wanted. It was interesting to see the comments about "faster Hangout API rollouts" and some of how we saw Glass in those early months. There was a lot of talk about "Android for Education". Many other things that didn't materialize - yet many many that did.

Mostly, the core feelings were there. People, people, people - it is all about the people. The chance encounters and questions. The random discoveries.
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They changed the registration procedure for I/O last year, and continued it this year. There isn't a race for tickets anymore - you sign up first and then are picked via lottery later.

Much more sane, and much less butthurt if you think about it for more than 30 seconds.

(But yes... I/O 2013 did have the mad scramble for tickets. Tho I think it took 2 hours because the payment system melted down.)
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May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor

Registration for the 2015 Hunger Games I/O are now open at You have a couple of days to register, however, so theres no need to rush.

And remember, if you can't attend in person - there are plenty of Extended events that are being organized. Find one near you, or step up and help organize one!

Google I/O 2015 brings together developers for an immersive, two-day experience focused on exploring the next generation of technology, mobile and beyond. Join us online or in person May 28-29, 2015.
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Celebrating #PiDay  with +Lisa Bauer at the +Pie Lady & Son cafe.
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New place opening near me called Mr. Tad's Pie Factory.   I'm disappointed they didn't make it by yesterday.  
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+Lisa Bauer and Jack being adorable for an early #caturday  
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Birthday Dinner at the CIA's Pangea

After my last time visiting the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), I really wanted to take my parents to dinner there for my father's birthday. After the photos I posted, they liked the idea, so we set a date and braved the rain to attend.

The food was delightful, and just different enough from my last visit to feel like a new experience. Our waiter commented that the students working this restaurant were doing this as a preliminary course to be able to go to the other restaurants at the CIA. I love the flexibility in cuisine that this format offers that I will be sad to see it go when the semester ends.

We all had a great time with great food and company.

Happy birthday, +David Firstenberg!
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Sounds like an amazing trip. We've got a Creole Festival going on here that I plan to check out...right after Thai Week. Happy birthday, +David Firstenberg​! :)
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I have mixed feelings about Unions. Very mixed feelings. But this event, and in some ways, my friend Gordon's story, is why I don't dismiss the concept of unions out of hand.

And it is worth repeating the story, so we don't have to repeat the lesson.
As many of you know, today marks 104 years since my great-grandmother skipped work to go on a date with the man she would later marry and bear two children to -- the younger being my mother's father. She'd later say that she obviously had to marry him; after all, his asking her out had saved her life, on a day when so many of her co-workers perished.

In memory of her co-workers, and others who have died under similar work circumstances, let's not forget why worker protection laws are needed; why we cannot rely on every employer to do what's right for their employees simply out of the goodness of their hearts; and why unions and the labor movement are as essential today as they became in the immediate aftermath of this tragedy.
The backlash to this incident became a turning point in the history of the US and global labor movements. But 104 years later, it has become clear that too many folks in this country have forgotten the painful lessons of that day....
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Any good idea can be tarnished. Unions are a great idea. Better to have them and combat the people who would turn them to their own advantage than not.
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I/O Registration is almost Over
If you're a developer - you have about 3 hours left

And to round out my retrospective, here's the third of my three sets of I/O posts to date:

My posts are longer form in 2014, it looks like. With more pictures. (There is a Story somewhere, too.) But the theme was the same - technology is good, sure, but the people are the important thing. I think I felt more lost in 2014 than in previous years - the sandbox area was more crowded with more to see and do.

Developers - don't forget to go to before it is too late.
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keeping my fingers crossed
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I/O Registration In Progress

If you're a developer, don't forget that you have about a day left to register for I/O! If you want to get a taste for what it can be like, check out my notes from 2012 with

I/O 2012 was my first time at I/O... and it set a new path for me as a developer. Reading through the posts, I realized this was the first time I really was exposed to the Drive API and to Chrome manifests. It showed me that Android could be a serious platform. I was able to start networking with the engineers who built the tools I was getting involved with. And, of course, a few people jumped out of an airship, landed on the roof, and ran past me to introduce me to Glass. The rest, as they say, is history.

But most importantly - I met up with people. Other developers who were building with the Hangout API, and the engineers who were supporting us. DevRel people who I've been working with ever since... over three different technologies now. We connect all the time via Google+ and Hangouts... but I/O is where we refresh our friendships.

And if you want to register for the #io15  lottery go visit before it is too late.
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Beware the Ides of March!

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lol. well played :D
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Would've guessed it was "F-PLUTO."Either that "don't walk" timer is actually red, or it's moving away from us incredibly quickly. What's that? It's just red? That makes more sense. (via reddit)When va
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Let me tell you a story...
...or tell me one of yours.

Our lives are made up of stories, and is a story in itself.  Stories are fact or fiction, can be told by a wandering minstrel or projected on the big screen, are written in books or woven into games, are heard through poetry or prose in many styles, let us experience the tale with sound or silence, and can stimulate any or every one of our senses and emotions.

It has been my goal in life to understand stories and storytellers, to help people tell stories, to explore new ways to tell those stories, and to enjoy and appreciate the stories swirling around us.

So come... sit by the fire.  Let us share a story for a little while.
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