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another day, another failure to Hangout.
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I hangout every day. Sorry about the failure.
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I've been poking around firebase & meteor, and sparkleshare+github and dropbox+site44. I'm a bit disturbed (in a good way) by what feels to me like a sea change that's happening there,...
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thanks! this made my day. :)
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Wondering about the economics of convincing a bunch of amateur photographers in the office to pool resources and get a quality photo printer, in the hopes that we could combine the ease of on-premises printing, high quality output, low capital investment and shared knowledge (without dealing w/ e.g. drying ink cartridges).  +Roland Tanglao suggests that +Tim Bray might have some useful insights in this burning topic.
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London Drugs is good but NOT great! much more fun and time consuming to do it at home like Tim suggests for more "prosumer" results
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can i get iphoto to show me photos not currently saved on flickr?
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Trumpeting.
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+David Ascher I have a friend Jerry Williams and his family that live in Cambria California! He sent me photos of sea lions in San Simeon California! I am forwarding this to him too! Thanks for sharing David! I came to you via Steve Jackson and just happened to check you out! I signed on and added you to my friends list! I a a nurse and live in Aransas Pass Texas! I enjoy your way of thinking! Kathy Villanueva!
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I made this.
SAVE HIM! The bunny is in trouble! What can you change to get him out of trouble?
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Edmund Wilder-James originally shared:
 
iBooks Author makes me sad

I adore content creation tools. I've spent most of my adult life either trying to build content creation tools or in the search for the perfect one. How exciting that Apple are getting behind this!

Yet —

Section 2. B from the T&Cs:

[[ B. Distribution of your Work. As a condition of this License and provided you are in compliance with its terms, your Work may be distributed as follows:

(i) if your Work is provided for free (at no charge), you may distribute the Work by any available means;

(ii) if your Work is provided for a fee (including as part of any subscription-based product or service), you may only distribute the Work through Apple and such distribution is subject to the following limitations and conditions: (a) you will be required to enter into a separate written agreement with Apple (or an Apple affiliate or subsidiary) before any commercial distribution of your Work may take place; and (b) Apple may determine for any reason and in its sole discretion not to select your Work for distribution. ]]

Write a book, any book, as long as it conforms and you permit us to own your distribution. Oh, except if you're giving it away. In that case, have at it, we love free advertising!

No thanks.
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can't even +1 that, but thanks for reading the documentation and reporting on an egregious limitation - stay tuned for a more open ebook app, i guess
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A new blog post on a possible future, if we think about products by assuming a decentralized architecture: http://blog.ascher.ca/2013/03/07/decentralization/
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I'm convinced we are seeing a pretty big revolution. We getting close to anybody being able to make anything. Every day I see new, interesting, crazy stuff evolving:
http://www.hackthings.com/udoo-might-eat-raspberry-pi-for-lunch/ 
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I like the contrast and tonality, but the vignetting distracts too much IMO -- did you add that in post?  #delete (my first vote, so that feels wrong, but...)
 
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Moving away from my landscapes for todays post.

Hope you like it..
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Big Sur pit-stop.
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A sweet lesson on patience.

A NYC Taxi driver wrote:

I arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few minutes I honked again. Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift I thought about just driving away, but instead I put the car in park and walked up to the door and knocked.. 'Just a minute', answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor.

After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90's stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940's movie.

By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets.

There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard
box filled with photos and glassware.

'Would you carry my bag out to the car?' she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman.

She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.

She kept thanking me for my kindness. 'It's nothing', I told her.. 'I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated.'

'Oh, you're such a good boy, she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked, 'Could you drive
through downtown?'

'It's not the shortest way,' I answered quickly..

'Oh, I don't mind,' she said. 'I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a hospice.

I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. 'I don't have any family left,' she continued in a soft voice..'The doctor says I don't have very long.' I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.

'What route would you like me to take?' I asked.

For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.

We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.

Sometimes she'd ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.

As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, 'I'm tired.Let's go now'.
We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico.

Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move.
They must have been expecting her.

I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.

'How much do I owe you?' She asked, reaching into her purse.

'Nothing,' I said

'You have to make a living,' she answered.

'There are other passengers,' I responded.

Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug.She held onto me tightly.

'You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,' she said. 'Thank you.'

I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light.. Behind me, a door shut.It was the sound of the closing of a life..

I didn't pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day,I could hardly talk.What if that woman had gotten an angry driver,or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?

On a quick review, I don't think that I have done anything more important in my life.

We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.

But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.

(Thanks for sharing +Damien Basile)
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Happy Birthday David - Good story above
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Education
  • Brown University
    Cognitive Science, 1993 - 1997
  • Brown University
    Physics, 1986 - 1990
  • Lycee Henri IV
    1986
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    VP, Product, 2011 - present
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    CEO, 2008 - 2011
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