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This is just amazing. A John Cleese talk on creativity that is hugely inspiring and completely practical. A lot of people doing online comedy could do with carefully watching and re-watching the section on originality.
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This timelapse video of Rear Window is my favourite thing of the day http://vimeo.com/37120554
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Inspiring stuff from Johnny Marr

(full disclosure - my ex-girlfriend is his son's art teacher, so we're practically related)
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Whoa. That's a pretty big universe you got yourself there, son
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This is my favourite thing of the day
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新年快樂,恭喜發財
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Hey guys, you do know that Sen. Lindsey Graham is cosponsoring PIPA, right? At the very least give his staffers a bunch of voice mail to wade through. (202) 224-5972 Please pass it on to other SC people. (Yes I know I made this public, but I didn't want to miss anyone on accident.)
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I don't like complaining about new interfaces just because, but am I missing something here with #newgoogleplus ?
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+Gabriel Shelnutt That would make more sense. I actually like the new look except for the wasted space
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"Google is playing for the long term, but it feels it has no choice but to make these moves now. It’s in a “rip off the band aid” phase of the game."
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"I saw the best minds of my generation writing spam filters" - Neal Stephenson
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For all my American friends who would like to understand cricket
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Bradley Horowitz originally shared:
 
Toward a more inclusive naming policy for Google+

With Google+, we aspire to make online sharing more like sharing in the real world. And during the Google+ signup process, we've asked users to select the name they commonly use in real life.

Since launch we've listened closely to community feedback on our names policy, as well as reviewed our own data regarding signup completion. The vast majority of users sail through our signup process -- in fact, only about 0.1% submit name appeals.

When we analyze the set of all name appeals on Google+, we find that they generally fall into three major categories:
- The majority (60%) of these users want to simply add nicknames.
- About 20% of appeals are actually businesses (who are inadvertently trying to set up their business as a Profile, rather than using Google+ Pages which were intended for this purpose.)
- And the remaining 20% would either prefer to use a pseudonym or another unconventional name.

Today we’re pleased to be launching features that will address and remedy the majority of these issues. To be clear - our work here isn’t done, but I’m really pleased to be shipping a milestone on our journey.

Nicknames and Names in Another Script

Over the next week, we’ll be adding support for alternate names – be they nicknames, maiden names, or names in another script – alongside your common name. This name will show up on your Google+ profile and in the hovercards which appear over your name. In the next few weeks, we’ll be displaying it more broadly as part of your name in other areas of Google+ as well. So if you’re Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jane Doe (Smith), or Saurabh Sharma (सौरभ शर्मा), you can now communicate your identity the way you want to.

To add an alternate name, go to your Google+ profile, click Edit Profile, select your name and click on “More options.” (See attached photos)

It’s important to remember that when you change your name in Google+, you’re changing it across all services that require a Google Profile.

Other Established Identities

On Google+, we try to flag names which don’t represent individuals, such as businesses or abstract ideas which should be +Pages. Sometimes we get this wrong, so starting today we’re updating our policies and processes to broaden support for established pseudonyms, from +trench coat to +Madonna.

If we flag the name you intend to use, you can provide us with information to help confirm your established identity. This might include:

- References to an established identity offline in print media, news articles, etc
- Scanned official documentation, such as a driver’s license
- Proof of an established identity online with a meaningful following

We’ll review the information and typically get back to you within a few days. We may also ask for further information, such as proof that you control a website you reference. While a name change is under review, your old name will continue to be displayed. For new accounts without an old name, your profile will be in a non-public, read-only state during the review. Either way, you'll be able to see the status of your review by going to your profile.

For more details, check out the Google+ Names Policy: http://support.google.com/plus/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1228271

To reiterate, the features described herein will be rolling out over the next couple days.

Today is a small step towards improving the ways in which you can communicate your identity on Google+. We will be listening to feedback from the community and will continue to refine all aspects of how we handle names and identity over the coming weeks, months and beyond.

Thanks for your continuing feedback and support.

Bradley and Team G+

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Father of two. Born in Scotland, grew up in England and now living in the States. 

I like Cinammon Toast Crunch, football, 'football', Gregory's Girl, Jaws, The Godfather, Breaking Bad, shiny things, QI, Firefly, vodka, Scotch, Mad Men, my space pen, space, Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Freaks and Geeks, H2G2, Dirk Gently, Neil Gaiman, my Kindle, Amazon, Netflix, Nottingham, Taiwan, curry, samosas, samoas, The Pixies, Iain Banks, Stewart Lee, Morrissey, Youtube, X-Files, and Oxford commas. But not necessarily in that order.
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