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That took a while. This time, trying to cross post with an +IFTTT recipe.
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Congress (aka people who can barely use a keyboard) votes on SOPA (aka the single piece of legislation that would rewire Internet acces in the US to something resembling that of Iran or China) on January 24th.

I never phone Congress, but I just called the offices of of Lynn Woosley (Representing my part of Northern California), asking that she oppose SOPA. Apparently she's received over $130,000 from interested groups supporting the act (http://maplight.org/us-congress/bill/112-hr-3261/1019110/total-contributions). The EFF has made it really easy to find (cause, face it, most of us don't know who represents us) and contact your representative about this issue here: http://www.eff.org/sopacall

Disappointingly, it looks like +Hillary Hartley already did this and got vague letter back resembling a "thanks, but no thanks" response. Still, don't let that make you too apathetic to try.
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Long, lost acquaintance +Peter Nixey is full of great ideas with plans to execute on them, and this is no exception. He sees a gap in social tools in support of academic studies and proposes his service, PingPanel, will fill that gap. He may be right.
Excuse the weird photo of me and if you like the pitch please come and vote for my new startup, Pingpanel, which is through to the final of Pearson Education's Innov8 competition.

http://innov8.pearson.com/vote/
Like Jason Donovan I need your votes to stay in - thank you!
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Just read Malcom Gladwell's article in which he makes clear the distinction between inventor (which Steve actually was not) and tweaker (as in modifier, enhancer not a manic-y or drug-addict like, which I had presumed :). I love how Gladwell writes; he's so good at illustrating the natural connection between Jobs being (let's face it) an asshole and his standard of perfection. Does anyone know of a person (living or dead) that's reached anywhere Jobs' level of public achievement that and wasn't a jerk?
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/11/14/111114fa_fact_gladwell
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A conversation I recently had with +Zebulon Young reminded me of this beautifully produced video that touches upon "robo-signing" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_United_States_foreclosure_crisis#Robo-signing_controversy).

It's unfortunately an ad, not a PSA. That is, anyone who needs this kind of of help probably also needs to be able to afford a lawyer. And if a lawyer helps one get their foreclosed home back, it's likely that one will still be unable to afford it.

Still, it does a good job at conveying a pretty complex situation -- one that I'm still struggling to understand.

Foreclosure Law LLC
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I'm rally excited, almost giddy to re-visit Ghostbusters. I expect it to have survived the test of time and to touch those emotional chords that come with nostalgia. It should new meaning too.

For example, Eric Reis has been making the case for Ghostbusters being a story of an entrepreneurial startup company who made their mark just at the right time (RailsConf 2011: Eric Ries, "Lessons Learned"). If Zool tried to take over NYC and the world one year earlier or sooner, he may have been successful because the Ghostbusters were just about entirely out of capital before Sigourney Weaver's character walked into their office, which was an old fire station of course.
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This 3-year old, simple article keeps reminding me of something so important: that really good things happen to me when I "pad some whitespace" into the things I do. This includes my calendar, my todo list, and my communication. If it's so simple and beneficial, I wonder why I continue to forget it. http://zenhabits.net/pare-it-down-cut-away-the-extraneous-to-leave-the-awesome/
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Finally getting around to +Edd Dumbill's recommendation of 750words.com. If you've felt the need to push yourself through writing, this is for you.
I'm three days into using +Buster Benson 's 750words site now. And loving it.

It gives me the same pleasure to flex the "writing muscle" as it does to engage in physical exercise.

750 words is just that little bit longer than you think it is, causing you to push yourself each day.

If you choose to view them, the analytics over the text are fascinating, analyzing you for sentiment and tense, among other things. Today I was mostly "affectionate" in my writing about "success", it turns out. Yesterday's was a stormier "upset".
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A b'day Request

I'm getting some nice love for my b'day. Thx for that, people, truly. (And if you've not contacted me, this is in no way a coded prompt to pay attention to me :)

But since I have some of your attention, if you could do one thing for me, it would be to do something actually for yourself...

You surely have been out of touch with a loved one, someone whom you may owe a phone call, or a visit or a beer/smoke, someone you feel you can always link up with tomorrow or when time allows, someone you've not recently told how you feel about them, someone with a story or a message you want to hear, preserve, and pass on.

Go reach out to them, celebrate that you're both alive at the same time, that you have your physical and mental health, that you have the means to stay in touch even when far apart. Breach convenience, and do so in a meaningful way, not just a +1 or or a quick txt message. Ditch the small talk and share an experience. Get off the grind and into their mind.

Oh, and don't be resentful if they don't respond immediately or equally. It doesn't at all make it less meaningful. Thanks to those of you that show me love. Even when I don't reciprocate immediately, I thrive on it.

There's not enough time to reach out to everyone to express what you mean to me, but I take none of my friends and fam for granted.

<3,
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